Cllr Phil Harris Hough Green Ward Halton Borough Council

Some examples of Initiatives by Phil in the Council. (Not comprehensive)


Targetted investment in Halton's Parks and Greenspaces has lead to 12 Green Flag Awards.
Halton is now ranked in the top six councils in England & Wales for Green Flag Awards.

Targetted investment into improved recycling services at the kerbside and at recycling centres
like Johnson's Lane, in Widnes. This is in addition to ensuring we have one of the best bin service's in the country.

Cut consumption of energy and materials by the Council by joining the Carbon Reduction Programme,
independently audited by the Carbon Trust and is now using the Energy Savings Trust to seek further
improvements. Tackling Climate change in a practical manner isn't new to Halton Council.

Leisure and Sport.

Introduced 100% rate relief for sports clubs across Halton & cut pitch fees for junior competitive sport.
Despite budget cuts, Junior pitch fees still receive a 50% subsidy to help encourage younger people into sport.

Produced the first comprehensive Sports Strategy for Halton. This has resulted in planned investment for sports facilities, like the flood-lit artificial turf pitch at Bankfield School; the athletics track at Wade Deacon & St Peter & Paul High Schools;
and similar facilities across Halton. This was done in dialogue with the local sporting community.

Phil created the Halton Sports Partnership - giving a voice to local sport & reintroduced the Annual Sports Awards, which the sports partnership now run each year. The winners go on to be considered for regional awards.

He Introduced Sports Development grants for clubs and individuals and a new grant fund for local people who may be potential olympians, but need financial assistance.

Extended membership of the Halton Leisure Card, which now includes serving members of the army, navy, airforce and reservists. 50% of all leisure card card holders are aged over 60.

Further development of the 'Splash' programme - providing diversionary activities for young people.
In the last six years this has included targetted investment in the Scouting & Girl Guiding movement across Halton.

He pushed for and secured £1 million for pitch drainage on all council-run pitches.
Ensured the former Widnes Recreation Club site was secured as a sports site, rather than become a housing estate.

He pressed for the successful replacement of the former Widnes Recreation Club on Liverpool Rd, with a £2.7 million
pavillion and grounds, securing the site for sport for decades to come. It was recently renamed after local Rugby League legend Frank Myler.

Halton's Award Winning School Meals Service.

Healthier school meals - which exceed national nutrional standards. Red tractor approved.
Cage free eggs - Halton Borough Council does not purchase battery hen eggs.

Cut red tape to ensure increased take up of free school meals & training for hundreds of school dinner staff.

Targetted investment in kitchens and school dining facilities. Only one school site without a kitchen by dining hall.
Increased 'buying local' from local food suppliers.

   Political Composition of
  Halton Borough Council

Halton Borough Council has 56 councillors.

52 are from the Labour Party

  2 are Lib Dems

  2 are Conservatives.