A NEW councillor has been welcomed onto a parish council in the Moorlands this week. Peter McCready becomes the latest member to join the Forsbrook Parish Council after all councillors voted in favour of accepting him into the position on Monday (December 18) night. “I'm very pleased and quite excited about the opportunity to try to support and develop the parish,” Councillor McCready told the Times and Echo.
“I’ve been disappointed with the perceived slow and steady decline of the village, like the chemist closing on Saturdays and general things like that.
“I was having a complain to one of the councillors who I know and he suggested why don’t I come along, see what it’s all about and make a difference myself.”
Mr McCready went on to explain that, after attending a few meetings, a councillor suggested he should apply for the position so subsequently he submitted an application.
He was in attendance at Monday’s full Forsbrook Parish Council meeting when members voted him in.
“I want to bring a fresh pair of eyes,” he stated.
“We have some long-standing councillors who are very experienced.
“Part of my role in my job is to oversee processes where we can make improvements to things and make a difference.
“I’ve been involved with gymnastics organisations and done a few funding bits for them as well.
“I’m looking to bring some of that experience, and bring some fresh blood, into the council.”
Cllr McCready is currently on two governing bodies at two schools in the Moorlands and says the safety of young people is of importance to him.
He said: “I’m on the two governing bodies at Painsley Catholic College (in Cheadle) and St Filumena’s Catholic Primary School (in Caverswall) so I know all about understanding problems.
“Even though they are not both in the area, I know a lot of parents and kids who live in Blythe Bridge.
“I’d like to look at the safety of young people and get them out again like out riding on bikes and such things.”
Forsbrook Parish Council clerk Dawn Plant told the Times and Echo: “We welcome Peter to the council.
“He has got relevant commercial skills which we hope will benefit the area of Blythe Bridge and Forsbrook and we are keen for him to make a difference.”
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