Please join other MCFly readers in taking a quick action on public transport and democratic accountability.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is “the organisation responsible for implementing local transport policy … responsible for investing your money in improving transport services and facilities, supporting the largest regional economy outside London.”
On Christmas Eve they released a press release about their next meeting, a consultation on Budget priorities for 2013/14. The press release invites people to attend a public meeting on … Thursday 3rd January. (See MCFly story here.)
This is NOT, we feel, (and we hope you do too!) how consultations should be run. Whether or not you have any specific opinion on the TfGM budget for 2013/4, there is a principle at stake here.
Please ask him to ensure that future press releases and announcements of meetings are put out at least four weeks in advance. You might also suggest that they keep their web page about consultations a bit more up-to-date (see the screen grab from 2/1/13 to the right).
Please cc us into any email you send, and fwd us any answer you get back!
If you are interested to see if any of your councillors is on the TfGM committee (there are 33 members from the ten local authorities) you can check out the membership here.
PMT?? Stands for “Practical MCFly Tasks.” Every Wednesday we are going to ask readers to do something (usually something simple and quick, but occasionally a bit more complex and a bit longer). That “something” might be “publicise the latest issue of MCFly on facebook” or it might be “respond to this consultation” or it might be something else. If your group has something that you’d like to see in this slot, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
“MCFly: giving you PMT every week of the year.”