Tottington Ward Blog Update

I was pleased to have many colleagues supporting  Bury Blind Society Annual Dinner which was themed “Our Night at The Proms” with my Group Leader James Daly….plus prospective candidates who both live in TOTTINGTON, Liam Dene for North Manor and Luis McBriar for TOTTINGTON. Enjoyed by all and very successful for the society too.

Feel sure you will have noticed the lamppost poppies in the Ward covering Tottington Centre ,Walshaw and Affetside. A big thank you  to our candidate in next May’s local elections, Luis McBriar who faced the rain to put them up….he will make a very good Councillor and is in my good books already ! Both Luis and I will be selling poppies over the next few days, Luis in the Millgate and I will be in Tesco in Bury on Friday afternoon on behalf of the Rotary.
The first session of the Suicide Support Sessions led by Rebecca Jackson will commence this Saturday 10-12 in The Tottington Centre. I will be present to meet and greet. Due to a donation I was able to help Rebecca with leaflets publicising the sessions. The response from social media posts is overwhelming and it proves how much this sort of support is needed .This is a first for Bury and I am very  pleased that the Tottington Centre is to host these sessions.Do call in for a leaflet for more details
Last week I was interviewed to help with an award for Tottington . This is for GM Mayors Age Friendly Neighbourhood Challenge. I am very hopeful that Tottington will be successful and we shall be informed in December if we along with Greenmount and Ramsbottom have  won an award.
A new group started last week in The Robin Hood, Dignifying Dementia.  The next meet up for those with Dementia and their Carers is on 13th November with musical bingo…then 4th Dec with a sing song and Christmas Meal.  In the new year meetings will be every week. Please contact John for further details 07902308823. Tottington Councillors are pleased to be able to contribute to the cost of the Christmas Meal from the Councillors allocation of funds.
We are also to fund 2 more Dog Poo bins for the ward at a cost of £350……WHERE DO YOU THINK THEY ARE MOST NEEDED ?
We will soon be able to reveal the modified memorial bench  which we have also  funded, hopefully it will be in place by Remembrance Sunday and residents will admire and approve of the work completed by a local businessman.I think it is a lovely tribute to our fallen soldiers.
My work re the future of Bury Market continues and I have submitted some radical ideas to draw more local residents to use the market.
I have attended a Licensing Meeting, Task and Finish Group Meeting re Bury Market, Blind Society Board Meeting, Blind Society Event Planning Meeting. 
CASEWORK
  • I have again updated every resident in Brookwater and Calderwood Close re the on-going  work to remedy running water problems on the highway.
  • Requests for action on more very tall Leylandi trees on the Boothway estate unfortunately refused. I am informed that any  complainant has to take action and have to pay a considerable sum which I feel is outrageous .This legislation was made law in 2005.
  • Requests for bushes strimming on the lane off Rhode Street has had to be shelved until the spring.
  • Requests since March for action on an overgrown garden and trees although promised by this week , I have been informed that this too is to be postponed until next Spring which is very disappointing for the neighbouring residents all around this property. 
  • I have requested an update on the future of Island Lodge a year after the public meeting.
  • I have received emails requesting the Councils takes some action re the impact of fireworks on animals.  As an animal lover and dog owner I too am very concerned. However, I have been informed that the  Licensing of fireworks is in the hands of the Police and Fire Services and not the Council.

Affetside

Thanks to Affetside residents Andrea and Phil who have provided notice boards for their village which I feel sure will be well used promoting events in and around the area.
Planning Applications
A Planning Application has been submitted for change of use of a Warehouse unit on South Royd St to be converted into a gym.
Sold Poppies today in Tesco Bury, shoppers were extremely generous.
That’s about it for now, I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween and stay safe on Bonfire Night!
Cllr Yvonne Wright
Representing Residents of Tottington  Walshaw and Affetside
P.S  On Sunday 17th November 10am – 3.30pm, Bury Blind Society will be holding our annual Christmas Fair at Ramsbottom Civic Hall….mention my blog for BIGGER  slices of cake… as I work on the cake stall in the café !

CALLING ALL THE GENEROUS SPIRITED FOLK OF TOTTINGTON !

CALLING ALL THE GENEROUS SPIRITED FOLK OF TOTTINGTON !
Can you fill a shoe box of goodies for a needy child ? The boxes are for children in Eastern Europe and Africa. Boxes and information are available at The Tottington Centre. All boxes must be ready for mid November.

The first of the twice monthly 2 hour sessions  to help support those who have lost someone to suicide will  comence on Saturday 2nd November at The Tottington Centre at 10 am. Please call  in for a leaflet. These sessions will be led by Rebecca ,a mum who lost her teenage daughter to suicide.

I will be there to help, meet and greet and give support in any way I can.
Rebecca has tried for some time to get this started with  no luck.
This will be a first for Bury and it started with a Tweet…and I responded .
Proud that The Tottington Centre is to host these sessions.
You will still find me at The Tottington Centre each Thursday from 9.30-5 pm as a Volunteer. However, I am no longer part of The Management Committee or the fundraising team.
I will always be very proud  to have played a large part in saving the library from closure along with my colleague Cllr Iain Gartside who instigated the petition to save the library
 I was one of the main drivers and secured the £15.000 of funding to ensure we could initially operate the library with volunteers. I have introduced many fundraising events and feel sure they will continue.
Meanwhile, I have agreed to Chair the Ramsbottom and Tottington Fundraising group to raise funds for Bury Hospice so will put my creative fundraising skills to more good use.
My colleague Totty lad LUIS McBriar who will be standing for election in Tottington Ward next May is taking part in Bury Hospice Strictly Dance Competition. We hope he wins !
GOOD LUCK LUIS !…don’t break a leg !

NSPCC COFFEE MORNING

Dear Residents,

Tottington & Ramsbottom NSPCC are holding a coffee morning at Cannon Lewis Hall, Emmanuel Church Centre, Longsight Road, Holcombe Brook on Tuesday 5th November 2019 between 10.30 am – 12 noon.  Tickets are £2.

There will be a cake stall, tombola and a raffle. If you would like to go please e-mail me at yvonne.ldc77@yahoo.co.uk

Also, just an update on the issue regarding the water which floods from the Council property at Old Kay’s Park on Holcombe Road which I have received many complaints from residents. Earlier today I received the following response from a Bury Council Officer which said :-

“The problem at Old Kays Park has been recurring for some time. It is the result of blockage of the culvert which runs from the park under the road. The gully team have previously cleared the blockage on numerous occasions, but it keeps returning.

Recent CCTV surveys have revealed that there are at least two service ducts crossing the culvert, thereby restricting the capacity and causing a build-up of debris. Investigations are on-going to determine which statutory undertaker is responsible so we can approach them to have the damage repaired.”

Very Best Wishes

Yvonne Wright

Councillor for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside.

BLOG UPDATE FROM YVONNE OCTOBER 2019

It’s been a very busy period since my last update. Listed are some of the issues I am dealing and involved with around the Ward.

* Highways Officers visited Bradshaw Road and residents’ requests are being implemented regarding traffic calming measures which I understand is ongoing.

* There is a promise from Tottington High to reduce the height of the trees at the rear of Victoria Court. This we are assured will be undertaken when the leaves have dropped.

* I have twice requested that the road markings are repainted around the junction near Carmellos.I have received assurances that this will done in the next few weeks.

* I passed on a request for some traffic calming measures on the ward  boundary with Lowercroft Road. There is a possibility that some new signage will be erected at this location.

* Unfortunately a request for litter picking equipment 6 weeks ago has not been sorted. This is now ongoing. I have expressed my disappointment that a simple request is taking so long to implement.

* Bin problems continued during the summer. Hopefully the problem with regards to non pickups for residents with assisted bin service in Affetside is now sorted.

* I have requested low hanging trees be cut back on both Laurel Street and on Cotswold Close at the junction of Pennine Close. Received promises from the Council that both will be sorted.

* I have recently purchased 50 more of the lamppost poppies for our Ward through a kind donation from a past president of Tottington at a cost of £150. These will be put in place by local residents, my colleague Iain Gartside and prospective candidate for Tottington in next Mays local election Luis McBriar. Many of you will already know Luis as he has lived on Bury Road for the majority of his 24 years. He is well known locally ,full of enthusiasm and feel sure he will strengthen our team here in the ward to give the people of Tottington Walshaw and Affetside another hard working Councillor !

* Unfortunately the Council will not intervene further to get the overgrown overbearing trees cut back in the centre of the walks on Boothway. I have tried for months but unfortunately the trimming back in summer has made little difference and I am concerned that this area is intimidating for many but sadly I have failed on this one.

* With permission from the Council and the generosity of a local business man, one of the benches near the cenotaph in Tottongton is to be modified into a memorial bench to fallen soldiers and I am hoping this is completed for Remembrance Sunday. Any costs will come from the monies allocated to Councillors. We are given £1000 each year to help the community in ways we see appropriate.

* Planning applications for lighting have been submitted for the proposed petrol station on Market St.

* Along with the vicar of St Anne’s I am working to pass on information to Greater Manchester regarding the number of  groups in our Ward which involve senior people.

* Sadly no Progress on the request for a Speed Gun session on Turton Road. I am waiting for the Police to organise and have 2 volunteers ready !

 *I attended a Homewatch meeting which was taken over by recent increased incidents of crime in Tottington over the past few weeks. Vandalism occurred at Walshaw Sports Club by a large gang of 40+ youths which I am informed came from Walmersley and not local lads  as many may have surmised. There was a brutal attack on a man and several other incidents over the past 2 weeks. The Anti Social Behaviour Officer and a governor of Tottington High attended a meeting last week. We understand the Police have this in hand and that there will be more patrols by PCSO Officers. Please be vigilant and do pass on any information to the Police.

* I arranged a site visit meeting with residents of Brookwater Close, Calderwood Close and Council Officers to discuss the ongoing problems with the highway, collapsed drain with water constantly present.

* You may recall that I organised a poster competition in the summer with children from Tottington High School. The winning  poster is to highlight the ongoing problem with irresponsible dog owners not picking up after their dogs. I have requested residents display the poster in their window to highlight the problem. The areas I have targeted are around Tottington Primary School, part of Boothway and part of Market Street. If you spot someone not picking up after their dog please pass on any information to me, either their address or a video taken on your phone. Obviously in the utmost confidence.

* As a Member of Bury Folk I continue to support the group in any way I can. The GMSF appears to have been kicked into the long grass for now but all are not convinced that the battle is over.

* I must highlight and thank Tottington Rotary Club for all the ongoing hard work upgrading Whitehead Gardens.

* As I was appointed to the Trust of East Lancs Railway in May, I have recently experienced an enlightening full day’s tour plus a train ride, pity it was pouring!

* I continue as a Trustee of the Blind Society and helping to organise the annual dinner…Our Night at The Proms at The Town Hall Bury with everyone’s favourite…. Tottington Brass Band providing the entertainment. Please contact me for further details.

* For the past 6 months I have been involved in supporting Bury Market Traders and attending meetings on their behalf.   I am now in cross party Working Group looking at how we can improve the market and meet the pressures that are facing traders. As an X retailer myself for almost 20 years, I have a good understanding of the issues they face and also have ideas going forward to ensure our market remains traditional , yet we must move with the times and entice more local people to shop here.

* The demands of The Tottington Centre continue, obviously fundraising is nonstop and we recently held a ladies lunch which I helped to organise. We raised over £1000. We are to hold a PUMPKINFEST for the children on Sunday 3rd November, details in the library. Tickets are now available for a Fun Race Night to be held at Walshaw Sports Club on Friday 15th November. Tickets are £12 and include supper. 

If you are time poor and yet want to show real support for THE TOTTINGTON CENTRE, please join our 100 CLUB. It’s just £5 per month . We have 44 now signed up and our first draw is on the 18th October. Please call in the Centre or email Yvonneyvonne.ldc77@ yahoo .co uk

* The Library is to be a drop off point for a Children’s Christmas Shoebox Collection , details in the library.

* Save the Date for our 3 DAY CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAYRE with fabulous gifts on 29th/30th/31st November. Stalls available to rent with booking forms in the library……FREE ENTRANCE FOR SHOPPERS !

* Proud to announce that The Tottington Centre is to be the venue for a new unique support group, helping those affected by suicide . There will be 2 sessions per month and details will be available later this month. The group will be led by a mother whose daughter committed suicide. This is NOT counselling more about helping those affected though……

 

Blog Update From Yvonne

Blog Update July 19th 2019

I have dealt with the following casework in the past few weeks:

Complaints re land at Leemans Hill being neglected by the Council, now some progress with grass mowed .

I reported fly tipping on Kirklees Trail, now removed and I hope the Council examined the many bags and will prosecute if they have evidence of the perpetrator.

Uneven paving on Ryecroft Avenue reported.

The trees at the rear of Victoria Court are taking light from residents homes. The trees are on land owned by the school and the request is with them to reduce the height.

Reported low braches of trees on Laurel Street, with Officers waiting to inspect.

Hogweed off Scobell St reported and with Officers to inspect asap.

Request for maintenance of land on approach to Miller Brook estate not possible by the Council as private land.

Complaints received regarding speeding on Turton Road near Woodstock Drive. WARNING …… check your speed as rumour has it the CAMERA VANS are on the way…the ones which give you a fine and points !!!!! SO CHECK YOUR SPEED.

I have attended the following meetings:

East Lancs Railway

Blind Society Board Meeting

Events Meeting Blind Society

Licensing Meeting

Full Council Meeting

Fundraising Meeting The Tottington Centre

Management Committee The Tottington Centre

AGM of Bury Folk

 

I have been busy at fundraising events… buying stock for the second Village Fete at The Tottington Centre. The Mayor and Mayors plus hundreds of visitors attended and we raised over £2700 !

Totty Fete 2019

 

 I was on a stall at The Big Day Out again for the Library. We raised £400 and grateful for all the support for our stall. Iain was also present all day, he was a marshal in high viz!

Totty BDO 2019

Totty BDO 2019 No 2

 The next fundraiser at The Tottington Centre will be a repeat of our previous event BURYS BIGGEST BOOK SALE on Sunday 11 th August. Activities and games for children too plus our pre loved bargain jewellery stall will also feature. A BBQ plus the Tea Room open too.

Ladies a date for your diary…Sunday 8th September

“Ladies Who Lunch “……at Greenmount Golf Club…delicious 2 course lunch, fashion show by Buttons Boutique and entertainment. All for £25.

This was a sell out last year so please call in the library for tickets soon.

I am in the process of obtaining costings for a bench depicting silhouettes of soldiers. A Tottington resident has offered to make this at a discounted price and we are meeting soon. This will be paid for from my Councillors discretionary budget.

Last week I attended a social event for Blind Society Members at a local restaurant. There I chatted all evening to an inspirational young man, blind from birth yet he was very upbeat and positive. Puts everything into perspective and makes me value good health and not complain about minor ailments!

Good News, The Tottington Centre is to sponsor a litter bin to help keep Totty Tidy!

I launched a poster competition some weeks ago at both primary schools in the Ward. Last week I have been presented with piles of posters…ooo what a job this is…the challenge was to create a poster to display in windows highlighting the problem of irresponsible dog owners who leave our streets dirty. What creative comical children here in Tottington…it’s not been easy but I think I have a winner who will receive a trophy and the poster will be copied and delivered to house in the problem areas with a request to display in windows.

I attended Tottington High School Celebration of Excellence.

Enjoyed afternoon speaker Stuart at The Tottington Centre last week. Band member Stuart spoke about the history of Tottington Brass Band.

 

Tottington Ward Update

Update from Yvonne 16th June 2019.
I am dealing with lots of casework at present :-
  • Two overgrown trees impacting on neighbours on Walshaw Park and this is ongoing.
  • No pick up of a brown bin …no tag to state contaminated, this now resolved.
  • Request for Planning Enforcement due to the lack of tree screening as conditioned in approved application, this is ongoing.
  • Modification needed at Harwood House Bedsit, this is now resolved.
  • Clarification of 20 mph zones in Tottington, this is ongoing.
  • Alleged tipping  issues Turton Road, this is ongoing.
  • Given advice regarding a Planning application.
  • Again complained regarding overgrown trees on walkways on Booth Farm Estate.
I have attended ;
  • Blind Society Events Meeting.
  • Blind Society Board Meeting.
  • Licensing Meeting.
  • Tottington Centre Board Meetings.
  • Tottington Centre  Fundraising Sub Committee Meeting.
  • Inaugural meeting of Booth Farm Estate Neighbourhood Watch.
  • Equality Training session.
  • Meetings ongoing with Market Traders issues .
This forthcoming week I will be attending my first meeting on the Board of ELR.
I helped raise funds for the library at Ramsbottom Farmers Market  selling preloved books. I attended the Boules afternoon in Affetside …well organised as usual !
I attended a Fundraising wine tasting night at The Tottington Centre.
I have passed on to Council Officers a suggestion  that grass verges could have wild flowers which will look attractive and save on mowing.
Pleased to report that both Tottington High and Elton have taken on my suggestion for an essay competition regarding our planet. Also both Walshaw and  Tottington
Primary schools have agreed to launch a poster Competition …..regarding irresponsible dog owners who don’t pick up.  Trying to push the Councils suggestion of groups, schools, businesses  or organisations to sponsor litter bins….which would support the work of all the Litter Picking Groups.The Tottington Centre are to sponsor a bin.
I am very busy preparing for our second village Fete to be held on the library car park next Sunday 23 rd June commencing at 11 am. We have lots of craft stalls plus stalls selling pre loved toys,children’s clothes,handbags, fashion jewellery….bric a brac …home made produce….BBQ…tea room open too….plus lots of children’s activities.
Please bring any cakes for the Big Totty Bake Off competition before 1pm on Sunday
Scarecrows for the competition need to be brought in the centre before next Sunday so that they can be displayed for judging.
I do not usually mention my private life on here but wish to make an exception today.
A few weeks ago I went on a trip to Poland and visited the concentration camps.The harrowing images will stay with me forever. I was heartened to see so many young people there too.
Last weekend a close friend of mine Lily Reid passed away. Lily worked tirelessly for decades in a VOLUNTARY capacity helping those with severe and enduring mental illness and their Carers in Bury. I nominated her for several awards and was present in Buckingham Palace when the Queen presented her with her MBE.  I’m very proud to have had this compassionate lady as a friend.
Some of my many “clean up kits” placed around the Ward aimed at irresponsible dog owners have been removed . Some I have replenished with bags ……please feel free to support this idea and place extra bags in the bottles…it helps your area stay clean.

Lots of support on social media for wild flowers being sown on verges to save on costs of mowing.  I have passed this onto Council Officers who are giving the suggestion consideration.

Sponsor a Bin

Officers at Bury Council, Waste Management Service have devised a new initiative called the ‘Litter bin sponsorship scheme’ as part of Bury’s strategy to make the borough a ‘Cleaner, Safer Greener place’.

·         The scheme enables stakeholders such as businesses, residents, community groups, voluntary organisations, schools and colleges, individuals etc. to cover the costs of purchase and installation of a new litter bin.

·         In return the sponsors name will appear on the bin and the Council will commit to empty the bin regularly after installation. 

·         The aim is to encourage the community to actively make use of these community facilities by placing their litter in the bins provided.

·         The scheme currently makes available the two following types of litter bins for sponsorship:

o   Ground fixed, 100 litre capacity @£250 (see attached sample bins & stickers document).

o   Post or wall mounted, 25 litre capacity @£80 or £130 if a new post is required (see attached sample bins & stickers document).

o   Prices include installation          

·         So far 5 different stakeholders have sponsored a total of 7 bins which have been installed.

·         The initiative will be launched shortly with a press release to encourage a more widespread take.

·         The initiative will continue to be developed as each bin is sponsored and sited.  It will include an awareness raising campaign with relevant Press Releases being submitted.

We hope you will actively and where possible financially support this important initiative. If you require any further information, want to discuss further or sponsor any bins, then please contact Talat Afzal (Recycling & Sustainability Officer) tel: 0161 253 6630 or email: t.afzal@bury.gov.uk