August 25th 2018 >>>>>>>

A very busy few weeks in the Ward for me. Some of the issues I have reported to Council Officers are:

Complaint regarding gullies in Affetside which can’t cope with heavy rainfall. To be monitored. Matter not resolved.

Dog fouling Signs requested for entrance to the play area on Booth Street, now in place.

Request for road markings repainted at the bottom of Tottington Road. Date now earmarked to complete the works.

Requested twice for grids to be cleaned on Laurel St car park as flooding occurs each time heavy rainfall. No response to date.

Complaints received regarding neighbours leaving dustbins at the front of properties and general irresponsibility with recycling.  Ongoing

Twice requested repair to footpath on entrance to Old Kays. Now confirmed this will be repaired soon.

Received complaints regarding several caravans parked on Scobel Street. Passed information to relevant Council Officers.

After receiving several complaints re the condition of Island Lodge, Council Officers inspected. Requested that the Council put pressure on UU to repair damage created several years ago by builders which has had a negative impact on Island Lodge. Ongoing.

Enquired regarding flood defences for Tottngton but sadly no grants available at present for this area.

Set up a meeting with residents and Walshaw Cricket Club to resolve issues of concern.

I recently attended a meeting of the Planning Control Committee, no applications causing any concerns in the Ward.

Continue to spend Monday morning in the Blind Society preparing for fundraising events.

However the Tottington Centre and Community Library continue to take much of my time day and night! The committee continues to meet each Monday (from when we became established over 18 months ago.)

I am in the Library each Thursday from 9.30 to 5.30 pm should you wish to speak to me on any matter. (Note I am on hols the next 2 Thursdays though)

I continue to lead and organise fundraising events and very proud that we have raised £12.500 over the past 6 months. Recently we held Burys Biggest Book Sale which was so successful that we intend to hold 2 each year.

The Library was invited to have a stall at Pets In Need open day and we raised £70.  Last week 50 people enjoyed a fun Call My Bluff wine tasting night held in the Library with over £900 raised.

Pets In need

In September a Ladies Lunch will be held at Greenmount Golf Club with a singer, fashion show and Cookery Demonstration. Tickets are £25 and just a few now available. Interested? Contact Yvonne

Local Bob Hargreaves is to have his Riot Band entertain us in October at Walshaw Sports Club.

A family event, a Pumpkin Halloween Spooktacular Festival will be held late October at half term. Lists of all events available in the Library.

After chatting to members of Tottington Public Band I discovered that they are one of the longest established bands in the country and requested the Council erect a sign. Sadly this was not possible so a local engineering company supplied the metal plate and the Tottington Centre paid for the stick on sign. The band was delighted to finally receive the recognition they so very much deserve.

Totty Brass Band

We are now into our 7th month after taking over the Library. We have dozens of enthusiastic Volunteers and we have just celebrated our 1000th member. The computers are now up and running!

We have been faced with many challenges in the past few months: the boiler was condemned, urgent electrical repairs were undertaken, a catering kitchen is being installed and the cafe will open next month. The one toilet will soon have 3 cubicles and 2 hand basins installed. We have to upgrade the emergency lighting and this work has also commenced.

Since the weather broke we are now faced with serious leaks from the roof. Things surely can only get better!

Thankfully we have had great support and some financial help with grants to enable all the work to be undertaken.

Finally all Ward Councillors have been allocated a small amount of money to spend on community projects. I have bought some new blinds for windows in the library.



Meeting To Discuss The Future of Island Lodge

Island Lodge

Island Lodge

This coming Monday 20th August at 7pm, Bury Anglers Association will be hosting a public meeting at Elton Liberal Club New George St, Bury BL8 1NW to discuss the future of this much loved beauty spot.

The lodge is in much need of repair and Bury Council have said there are currently no funds available to improve and maintain it.

The New Tottington Fete

Tottington’s Traditional Village fete is on Sunday 24th June, 11am onwards.
Come along, have some fun and help us raise the money needed to keep The Tottington Centre and Community Library open!! Over 3800 people have used the centre in the last 10 weeks and it has became a real community hub. Run by community volunteers and for the entire community to use.
Bring a picnic or have a delicious lunch in the café or buy a burger or hotdog from the BBQ
Stalls, games, music and entertainment all afternoon
An event not to be missed. Support your village and support The Tottington Centre and Community Library
Competition forms available from the library or print off from this email.
Completed forms to be returned by Wednesday 20th June




Dear Residents of Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside,

As you may be aware, Crompton Meadows the usual venue for Tottington’s Big Day Out, has been undergoing ground improvements and this may have led to some speculation over it being at the same venue again for this years event.

We would like to confirm that the event WILL be taking place as usual at Crompton Meadows (The home of Tottington St John’s Cricket Club).  It again promises to be a great day and it promises to be a great ‘day out’ with the usual mix of music, stalls, kids activities and family fun.

For more details about the event please visit

We look forward to seeing you all again at Crompton Meadows on the 1st July!

Iain Gartside, Yvonne Wright and Greg Keeley
Councillors for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside

Tottington Ward Update

Update from Yvonne
Thank you for supporting my colleague Iain in the elections last Thursday. We work very well together and I am very pleased that he was re-elected for another 4 year term.
Been busier than usual of late, my pleasure to have attended the 150 year celebrations of St Johns Church which I am a Trustee.The refurbishment is not yet completed but truly amazing what has been achieved to date.
The Library is taking up much of my time. I am leading on fundraising events and thrilled that over £3200 has been raised with the fashion show and jumble sale I organised last week. Preloved Handbag sale next week , do call  in for a bargain. We now have over 700 members and almost 70 volunteers and incredible support from everyone who comes in the  Library.
Just a few tickets left for the Fun Gardeners Question Time  to be held in the Library on May 25th, tickets £15 and includes a 2 Course Supper and glass of wine.
Just weeks after we have taken over the library we have had a bombshell….the boiler has been condemned and urgent electrical repairs are also required.I will be contacting the Council  with regard to these serious amounts of money  needed to make the building safe and sound !
I  am also busy sourcing  furniture and catering equipment to set up the Tea Rooms in the library which we hope to open next month.The toilet is in desperate need of an upgrade and we are applying for funding to help with this . Starting to plan the Village Fete too which will be held on the 24th June……more news of this in our next blog update.
Incidentally the green bags for your food caddy are still available at the library…another good reason to call in …and maybe you would like to join  the Library for just £2.50.
I am in the library every Thursday , a busy day with story time with  lots of tots but please do call in should you wish to speak to me on any issue.
I am still a Trustee at the Blind Society  and have attended several meetings also each Monday morning session too as a Volunteer but have now resigned from the Board of the Deaf Society due to the demands on my time at the library.No contentious applications in the Ward  have  come before us of late on the Planning Committee.
I have dealt with several Ward cases over the past few weeks including ,inconsiderate parking on Bury Road…ongoing.Damaged pavements due to bad driving.Erratic bin service.Requested more dog bins.

The Tottington Centre Goes From Strength to Strength!

Totty lib
We are now entering week 9 of the newly established Tottington Centre and to date all is going well. We are receiving very positive feedback on social  media and our website is updated regularly listing all the many events and activities.

I am leading on fundraising and mindful of the £22.000 we have to raise each year  for our overheads. We have planned a full programme of fundraising events for 2018 and lists are available in the Library or on our website with all the details.

We had our first event of the year ,a quiz night and raised £1400 ! A great result and a packed house. Next week I am holding a fashion show with donated nearly new clothes and all tickets are now sold, hopefully it will be a financial success. The clothes left over will be for sale in the library from 28th to the 5th of May so do pop in to bag a bargain..and help the Library.

A fun Gardeners Question Time and Supper is planned for Friday 25th May in the library and tickets are £15 (available in the library) and include a 2 Course Supper and a glass of wine. A Village Fete is planned for the 24th June on the Library car park….more details in due course. Any books to donate, please bring them in.

We now have over 700 members and 60 Volunteers….with all ages visiting the library for activities …from tots for Storytime  and senior men attending our Grandads Gathering discussion group every fortnight.
Lots of groups meeting too and rooms available to hire. I have personally been very busy in setting up the dining area ready for the Tea Rooms opening in late May.We have old furniture in keeping with the building and there will be an outside seating area overlooking the bowling green too.

Its very exciting and I feel sure will be popular.A local pub landlord is to operate the cafe. We are presently recruiting Volunteers with good computer skills , so please pop in the library should you be interested.

We are open more than any Library in the Borough at 5 and a half days a week.
If you have yet to call in, please do so soon and see for yourself  that the battle to save the Library was well worth it !

Please do remember to vote for my hardworking colleague Iain Gartside on May 3rd.

The Newly Opened Tottington Centre (formerly known as the Tottington Library)


Library picIMG_8232

Update from Cllr Iain Gartside, Chair of Friends of Tottington Library

After continued hard work by the FOTL committee and many volunteers, it is with great pleasure that I can announce that the Library building is now open under the new name of The Tottington Centre.  At present the hours are the same as previously 9.30 -5.30 Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri but no closure at lunchtime. Also Saturday 9.30am until

We are aiming to open Wednesdays too once Volunteers are in place

Although we have spent 6 weeks giving it a makeover, there are lots of improvements to be made and we will be applying for grants to improve the toilet facilities, disabled access and stair lift …and that’s just for starters !

I have been dealing with many issues from residents including looking at reinstating a bus service from Walshaw Road to Ramsbottom,  campaigning to protect our precious Green Belt and getting more investment to fix pot-holes on our highways.

The Labour run Bury Council have recently decided to put up our Council Tax by 6% which the Conservative Group and myself on Bury Council opposed and put forward an alternative budget that would have meant it would have only gone up by 3% to fund the increased demand in social care services and not to cover up Labour’s budget overspend and mismanagement. As Labour currently run the Council our amendment was rejected and voted down by them.

Please take a minute to complete the tick box survey below to say at what level you think the Council Tax should have been set.

Update from Cllr Yvonne Wright

Complaints regarding the shocking state of the roads throughout the Ward are pouring in. A longstanding bad patch has been repaired on Meadow Way. I have now submitted a list reported to me by residents of potholes needing inspection and repairs.

I have assisted residents who needed Council accommodation due to declining health.

I have also received a complaint re the poor light from new street lamps.

Also complaints regarding trying to have street lights repaired, do contact me and I can try to fast track.

Bins…..a resident living in a rural location in the Ward  has been refused an extra  brown bin,  even though willing to pay you are allowed only one.

The Towler pub on Market Street has had Planning permission granted for 4 apartments and now being converted by a local builder. New life soon for this attractive building and new homes in the centre of the village , good all round.

I have continued to support local charities which I am a Board Member by attending regular meetings and have also helped with a quiz night for the Blind Society and a Tombola for the Deaf Society.


And now to the Library which has taken up much of my every waking moment for weeks but it has been worth it.

The most exciting and challenging project which I have been involved in my almost 18 years as one of your Ward Cllrs.

To recap, Iain started an online petition over a year ago. We formed a committee which have met weekly since.

We have raised funds over many months and fortunately secured a substantial donation which made the community take over possible.