News of the Ward.

It’s been a busy few weeks !

The outcome of the vote on the 28th July at full Council devastated many fighting to save our Greenbelt land here in Walshaw and beyond.


26 voted for this (All Labour)  and 24 of us vehemently against from the three opposition parties plus one Labour. Many fine speeches on the night trying to convince all to vote “Against”  but an outburst from me when the Mayor said we were out of time and would not allow me speak on this most important issue in our Ward.I make no apologies for having shouted out that the people of Bury would not forgive those who voted to decimate our Greenbelt.


My Ward colleague Cllr Iain Gartside immediately instigated a petition to bring this issue back for another debate to Council and presently we have over 5000 signatures. Each weekend I have been out collecting signatures all over the borough ….you can sign online at :-https://www.bury.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=10483. Alternatively, there are hard copies available in The TOTTINGTON Centre.


Talking of which ,the Tea Rooms in the library now has new Management in James and Rebecca serving delicious snacks and light lunches each weekday .

I have attended various meetings this month although August is traditionally the month of “recess” when fewer meetings take place .

Many of you will have received our “In Touch“ newsletter through your letterbox recently which included details of our community budget .Cllrs distribute this to local organisations. Do contact us if you have a project which needs some financial help …..several groups have recently benefited.


Each Tuesday afternoon I am volunteering in The Big Fandango in Bolton St , Bury. This is the new not for profit organisation which I am a Trustee and helps with emotional well-being …and giving brains a rest from anxiety by taking part in arts and crafts ….open 6 days a week do pop in for more info .
I attended  Pets in Need open day and a great success it was too despite the inclement weather .
I helped organise the Big Sunday Sale on the x Bowling Green on Royds St.


Sadly The Family Fun Dog Show has had to be cancelled …hitches out of my control….maybe next year !
You may recall that in March  2020  just before lockdown I appealed for volunteers to be a Friend on the Phone to those living alone…and matched a few people together .I became a friend to an elderly lady and still chatting and now socialising.


I am involved  in organising “ Welcome Back “event at The Jubilee  Centre with Bury Lions on 11 th September …stalls and a “Drumathon”taking place …Senior citizen Duncan Lees is drumming 100 tunes !

Six Town Housing are undertaking a Review of their housing  ,this includes Harwood House .I understand that all residents have had informal chats and their views sought .

Full credit to TOTTINGTON resident Judith Kelly who sought funding and succeeded for several replacement Defibrillators around the Ward …our thanks .

Passed on messages to the Police re break in and attempted break ins ….be vigilant folks …double check and lock everything up ! Also passed on comments regarding the difficulty of getting through to the Police on the phone .They  suggest it could be quicker to report incidents online .

Have had an informal chat with some residents living around the site of the burnt out x pigeon sheds off Scobell St ….many in favour of allotments .I have passed this info to Six Town Housing who informed me in spring that they would undertake a consultation with residents on the future use of this land ….let’s hope it’s soon.


Asked for advice on a  Planning Application.
Asked for advice for a child with Special Educational Needs

 CASEWORK

Below some  of the issues and Casework I have dealt with over the past month :

The biggest problem  in many parts of the Ward (and it’s still ongoing)  is the debacle of the missing pick up of bins …..Cllrs have received assurances that all is
resolved .Informed that a Senior Officer has been sacked .Do continue to report to us and we can pass on for pick up .

Vehicle stolen from Affetside ( House door handles removed ) again be vigilant .

Bottoms Hall route to walkers still closed …ongoing .

After an enquiry , discovered  a shortage of the green caddy bags ..,but they are on the way !
Complaint re trees and bushes encroaching onto a private garden , the Council to spray where public access is required and the Sunnywood Project gang to the rescue to help also ….our thanks !
A “ Dead” and leaning tree on the Lines reported ,assured by the Council that this will be resolved soon.
Reported the damaged wall on Holcombe Red near Royds St ,assured it will be investigated  as on private land.


Received complaint re trees being removed on the former Andrew’s site , waiting a response .
The Council have written to a resident regarding over grown trees on Boothway requesting they are reduced in height.


Passed on enquiry if Planning consent is required for a storage container on Turton Road area .
Reported “ depression “ in Bowling Green , meeting arranged with Council Officers .
Request for Brown bin from residents who have never had one.


Speeding on Turton Road…have constantly passed on complaints .Informed PCSO to evaluate the best place to set up a speed camera …watch out !


Patching now to take place on Turton Rd road surface …however white lining may take longer .
I have received complaints re lack of Road Markings at Crostons Rd and Bury Town Centre.Informed new surfacing in 2022 so white lining will then be sorted.


Asked for advice on refugee Afghan family members , referred to relevant  MP .
Dumped van reported, now with DVLA .

Should you have any issue you wish to discuss with me don’t hesitate to contact me or do call in The TOTTINGTON  Centre on any Thursday afternoon and I shall do my best to assist with your issues .

Yvonne
y.s.wright@bury.gov.uk

Please Sign Our Petition To Save The Greenbelt.

On the evening of 28th July 2021, a majority of Labour Councillors on Bury Council voted through the “Places for Everyone” plan by 26 votes to 24 votes opposing it. Your 3 Tottington Conservative Councillors all voted against it.

We now want to try and reverse this decision by collecting at least 2,500 signatures on this petition. Subject to the ruling Labour Group on the Council agreeing, this would allow us to bring the matter back to a future Council meeting for another vote to take place which could reverse the decision. Please sign our petition which is now live on Bury Council’s web-site at:-

https://www.bury.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=10483

It is the petition named “Save our greenbelt” (ePET092)

If you have already signed the paper version that has been circulating in the local area recently, please do not sign again online as the Council may audit it and discount if a name and address appears more than once. Thanks.

Best Wishes – Iain Gartside, Yvonne Wright & Luis McBriar

Councillors for Tottington, Walshaw & Affetside

P.S To help us monitor the numbers signing and how well the petition is doing please tell us below in the contact boxes that you have signed it. Thanks

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Yvonne’s Blog Updates


At the Council meeting on Wednesday the future of our Greenbelt and  THE most important issue for our town will be debated. Each Cllr shall have a vote . A consultation with the public will then take place

Needless to say that all your Tottington Cllrs ard vehemently opposed to the destruction of our green belt . We all acknowledge we need more homes but smaller starter homes are needed for people to get on the housing ladder or downsize and these won’t be built on this prime site at Walshaw Road . I hope all Councillors on all sides of the Council chamber have listened to residents and will now vote this down !

The Hoe Down on Saturday on the Bowling Green on Royds St last Sunday  was a success and enjoyed by all… going off the feedback on social media ! Great effort by our committee of 4 .Thanks to all who supported  this event and those who helped too 

Iain and Luis being stewards for the day with Yvonne at the
Hoe-Down last Sunday
All set up and ready to go!

The Hoe Down in Full Swing!

Wanted Dead or Alive!

The next event at this location is The Big Sunday Sale on 22 nd August . If you know of anyone who would like a stall whether it be Crafts … stuff from your loft … or a charity stall please contact Sue at
old.doctors@btinternet.com

  • It’s been a very busy few weeks for casework , below some of the issues I have dealt with .
  • Top of the list missed BIN collections … so many and of all colours all over the Ward not emptied .
  • Reasons for this debacle are varied but we are assured things will improve !!!!
  • A planning application has been submitted for a dog exercise area off Royds St .
  • Obstruction of bins on unadopted road reported but no action taken .
  • Overgrown trees on walkways on Boothway , reported and resident written to and given time to cut back .
  • The problems caused by the closure of Bentley Hall Road reporter and is due to British Telecom Works .
  • Enquiries re Council Tax bill error for new home owner , ongoing .
  • Sunnywood Lane overgrown trees impacting on private property waiting a response .
  • Sunnywood Close Adoption, still waiting for confirmation.
  • Arranged hairdresser for housebound gent promptly though the power of social media .
  • Swings were removed from the play  ground at Trafford Park Booth St due to Covid . Assured they will return
  • Building Debris reported near shop , no response
  • Hedge cutting on the boundary of Towns Meadow  near  Laurel St will be undertaken in autumn
  • Enquiry what Support are the Council giving re Covid to the pupils of Totty High .
  • Enquiry re moving of lamppost to make driveway accessible will incur fees.
  • Request for memorial bench at Old Kay’s  ongoing
  • Again reported road markings need repaint Crostons  Road to Bury Town Hall  and back .
  • H Bar marking completed in Scobell St
  • More accidents on Bradshaw Rd , hope the new measures will be implemented soon .
  • Complaint re the condition of Holcombe
  • Rd , reported .
  •  Long standing request for road  white lining
  • On Cotswold Cres , waiting for response 
  • Requested repainting of lines on Turton Road , first reported by resident in August 2020 ongoing .
  • Update requested re closure of footpath at Bottoms Hall .
  • Council helping with the issue of the individual camping on memorial garden .
  • Anti social behaviour reported on Church St
  • Police and Council informed of large quantity of gas canisters dumped in Affetside , ongoing .
  • Enquiry for allotment .
  • Enquiry re food vouchers for a child

Other info

My colleague Iain Gartside mentioned last week in a blog that each Councillor has £1000 to spend on community projects in the Ward. Do contact us if you would like some financial help with a project .

A pleasure to visit and discover Bury Croquet Club who meet at Whitehead Park Elton . 07856 348706 for details

My support for Bury Market Traders is ongoing  .

I continue to promote availability for vaccinations at Ramsbottom  Civic Hall.

The Sunnywood Project goes from strength to strength , over 5000 people have taken part in events in Tottington in the past year . See them on social media .
The Tottington Tea Room is to reopen under new management next week , good luck to the new team , we have missed it !


Booth St is to have new  street lighting , LED lanterns , works start from 4 th August for 2/3 weeks .
Assisted a resident who wants to move to a council bungalow .
I am  to undertake a door to door survey of those living nearest to the  x pigeon loft site  off Scobell St .I would personally favour allotments to safeguard this land from development but will listen to the residents views and pass on to Six Town Housing .

A review is to take place from this week at Harwood House which includes looking at options for improvements .Residents should not be alarmed your Councillors are here to give support and I have asked for updates .

Should you wish to speak to me on an issue we can meet at a mutually conveniently time
at The Tottington Centre .

Finally … it started with a tweet with my name on it when we met almost two years ago . Rebecca Jackson a bereaved mum lost her daughter to Suicide 7 years ago . Rebecca started a Bereavement support Group and started her group with free room hire in autumn 2019 at the Tottington
Centre .
Last week her dream can’t true when after months of raising funds ,our arts based hub opened in Bolton St Bury opposite ELR named ….

The Big Fandango !
The aim is to help those who are struggling with anxiety  by getting them involved in arts and crafts . I am proud to be a Trustee and I shall be in there each Tuesday afternoon in my capacity as a volunteer .

Iain and Yvonne

Yvonne and Rebecca

Yvonne

0776 3116 437
y.s. wright@bury.gov .uk

Road Repairs for Turton Road and other Ward Updates

Dear Residents,

Starting off with some good news that the Council have confirmed that Turton road is programmed for some remedial patching work for the worst worn areas in the next 4-6 weeks. It will include planning out and reinstating some large areas with bitmac.

I attended the Tottington High School governors meeting last week. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff and pupils for their hard work in improving the school’s performance under a prolonged period of difficult circumstances.

Yvonne Wright, Luis McBriar and I continue to campaign for a much needed new safety crossing in the Market St / Holcombe Rd area. The Council have said they haven’t got the money to install one but we understand that there is a funding pot for new traffic crossings at Transport for Greater Manchester so we are going to ask the Council if we can apply for funding from them.

I recently attended the Tottington St John’s committee meeting. It’s great to see the club going from strength to strength. The Greater Manchester Cricket League have recently complimented the club for the great job they doing upgrading Crompton Meadows and promoting grass-roots cricket in the local community. It’s also great to see hundreds of local residents who are going down to Crompton Meadows at the weekend to support the club and start to socialise after the lifting of COVID restrictions.

The new picket fence at Crompton Meadows

There have been many reports of missed bin collections, not just in Tottington, but across the borough of Bury. The Council have said that there have staffing and operational issues which they are now resolving. For more information of what to do if your bin collections has been missed please go to the missed bin collection page on the Council’s web-site at:-

https://www.bury.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=16358

Finally, the Council has given your three Tottington Councillors a modest pot of funding to help local community groups in Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside. If you are involved with a local group or know of one who would be interested in applying, please let us know on the ‘Leave a Reply’ box at the bottom of this page, with full contact details so we can discuss the details of the project you would like us to help fund. Examples of projects we have helped to fund in the past include improving sporting facilities at Walshaw and Tottington St John’s cricket clubs, helping to set up The Tottington Centre (The old Tottington Library), helping to fund The Sunnywood Project, Tottington’s Big Day Out and the restoration of St John’s Free Church.

New cricket equipment for TSJCC Under 11’s

Best Wishes

Cllr Iain Gartside (also on behalf of Cllr Yvonne Wright and Cllr Luis McBriar).

Working hard for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside all year round.

Protecting Our Greenbelt – Update from Iain

Dear Residents,

Please see below the latest update on the draft “Places for Everyone” proposals at the link below (if the link doesn’t work when you click on it – just copy and paste it into your web browser) :-

https://www.bury.gov.uk/placesforeveryone.

These proposals replace what was the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework that was previously rejected. Please be assured that your Tottington Councillors continue to oppose any proposals that include building on our precious Greenbelt land.

Since 2017, we have consistently made our opposition known to the ear-marking of the site at Walshaw Brook to build some 1,250 new houses. The new document “Places for Everyone” unfortunately continues to include this site in it’s draft proposals.

The proposed site for new house building at Walshaw Brook

The “Places for Everyone” document is currently going through some key Council meetings in the next few weeks (see the timetable through the above link). If it is approved then there will be a period of consultation open to all residents and key stakeholders. If this is the case, then we ask as many residents as possible to join us Tottington Councillors in registering our opposition to these plans. We understand that you will be able to take part in it at the Bury link above or at:-

https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning-and-housing/places-for-everyone/

If you have any further questions at this time regarding this process you can e-mail planningandhousing@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk.

We will of course continue to keep you all updated.

Best Wishes

Cllr Iain Gartside (also on behalf of Cllr Yvonne Wright and Cllr Luis McBriar)

Working Hard for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside all year round.



 

Ward Update from Yvonne

Unfortunately many plans have had to be postponed due to Covid restrictions however
The Tottington Village Reunion Hoe Down and BBQ will now take place from noon on Sunday 25 th July on the Bowling Green at Royds St .Country and Western music for Line Dancers … BBQ and Moms Apple Pie and lots of cold beer in the Saloon ! Jeans and Checks shirts if you wish  …kids corner too . Bring your own seating .

The Family Fun Dog Show also postponed  … but it will happen !

No further news on the fight for saving the Greenbelt land in the Ward but today we hear that a new hotel will be built on a brownfield site in the Bury town centre . The area would have been ideal for low cost starter homes . Bury needs a Local Plan to safeguard our Greenbelt land which sadly the ruling Group has yet to produce .

 I have taken part in Training sessions and attended monthly Licensing meetings in the Town Hall . My Group colleagues and I have suggested improvements to paperwork  for Taxi Driver applications and renewals to reduce errors .

Some meetings I attend are still taking place online .
Local charity Age Uk “ Welcome Back “ celebrations at the Jubilee Centre also postponed but now with an interesting addition to the usual stalls , cafe , bar etc with a Bury Lions Member “ Drumming “ to a 100 songs to raise funds for charities .I am a member of Age Uk  fundraising committee and those who use the Jubillee (for the  over 50 ‘s) live all over the borough  .Fans of drumming do save the date of the afternoon of 11 th September

The new not for profit organisation I am involved with has also had to delay its official opening to 23 rd July . The Big Fandango  is an arts based community hub  in shop premises in Bolton St Bury aiming to help those struggling with anxiety . There will be lots of different workshops , crafted items created will be on sale and rooms also available for hourly hire .We need to raise £250 a week for our overheads and I will be organising fund raising events for this worthy cause .Do you have the skills to help Volunteer at The  Big Fandango ? Do contact me or check out the website .

I recently helped place a friends daughter with a nursing background to become a volunteer at the Blind Society and her skills will be invaluable.

The local Sunnywood Project is progressing and planning woodland activities in
Old Kay’s . Check out their website.

The Council draft Climate Strategy and Action Plan is now open to public consultation.
climate@bury.gov.uk

An area in Tottington has been put forward to install electric charging ( EUCI )
I have requested that residents in the area are consulted .

A Tottington Covid Volunteer flagged up that some days recently were “ quiet” at the Vaccination Centres and could the Council do more to promote . I was assured they are doing all they can to get the message out to get everyone vaccinated.

Spurr House in Unsworth which serves the borough provides essential respite care for elderly residents , some with Dementia and is under threat of closure . Staff have deep concerns and so have I and supporting and advising staff .

Am still hoping to receive a weekly list of crimes as provided for Bury South so I can share to residents making them aware of crimes occurring in the Ward .

The Library is open and hopefully a new proprietor will take over the Tea Room soon .

CASEWORK

Casework can no longer be mailed directly to Officers and now has to be sent to  the Casework Team then cascaded down to Officers which can create a delay in receiving responses .

A blocked culvert off Bury Road  reported to Officers and ongoing .

The flooding from the blocked culvert at the rear of gardens on Moorside Rd has been inspected by a Council Officer . Residents  have spent considerable time removing fly tipped objects partly causing the problem  .
Unresolved and ongoing .

Residents living on Market St near the new petrol station are now experiencing parking
 problems .

Speeding on Market St  is common and a resident suggested a 20 mph zone through the village as a low cost solution which I supported .
On social media this was supported by some and criticised by others !  Council Officers informed me that currently  there is no funding available for a crossing which many support but that they will apply for funding when it becomes available .

Have reported several issues to Six Town Housing  regarding Harwood Crescent.
Door  mats at entrances removed and flooring needs repair , dumped white goods now removed and anti social behaviour reported , ongoing .

Again asked for date for new heating at Harwood House .

Assured today that the adoption of Sunnywood Close is again imminent !
Also enquires re the cost of moving a street lamp as blocking a driveway on Sunnywood Close .

Bins ! Collections in some areas not improving and Assisted Service missed last week on Wesley St . Reported and hoping just a blip !

H BAR road marking on Scobell St long overdue and again requested a date for completion.

An application has been submitted for
Live music/ Recorded Music / and sale of Alcohol at cafe premises on Walshaw Rd . Notices displayed for residents to comment .

A Scheme of Lining and Signage with
 “ Not Suitable for HGV’s “  for Bradshaw Road is to be submitted for the Portfolio Holder to consider .This is desperately needed as increased accidents on this country road with sharp bends .

Am hoping trade is getting better for local shops and we can look forward to the country fully opening up soon .

Do contact me if you have any issues which you need assistance .

Yvonne
yvonne.ldc77@yahoo.co.uk
0776 2116 437

May 20th 2021 “News of The Ward“ from Yvonne

Well on the 6th May the Local elections were held ,it was goodbye to Cllr Greg Keeley who chose to stand down after over 5 years representing our Ward and hello to Cllr Luis McBriar joining Team Totty !


Luis works for MP James Daly so can signpost residents on issues which are above our usual remit .I have in the past week sent 2 cases to Luis .

The big fight for our precious Greenbelt continues , we are vehemently opposed to any destruction of our Greenbelt and the proposals to build 1250 houses at Walshaw Road .

Yesterday we had our first Council Meeting actually together in over 15 months but it was held in the Leisure Centre rather than the Council Chamber as more space to socially distance .

Since my last blog I have received varied casework ,here is a sample .

Elton High school agreed to a request for a fence to help with a neighbouring residents privacy .
Enquiries re Affetside x School building .Ongoing the flooding at rear of many gardens on Moorside Road subsided but with recent heavy rain the levels again rose.

Engineers at Bury Council last week confirmed that they will be undertaking investigations into the cause of this worrying issue.


Unfortunately no response from Environmental Health yet on the fly tipping at rear of Moorside Rd which I am informed is in part causing the problem with the flooding – ongoing.


Complaints re excessive dog fouling at Old Kay’s ….assured adequate bins so irresponsible  dog owners at fault here !
The ongoing waterfall pouring out at Old Kay’s am assured by engineers is resolved and culverts have been cleared .
I have requested improvements to the path from Sunnywood Drive to the Lines as presently difficult to access for mobility scooter drivers as uneven .To be inspected .


Missed brown bins reported on Walshaw Park and sorted promptly surplus bins reported and removed .If you know of bins with “ no home” and in the way ,report to me and I will have removed.


After I reported the poor state of the grassed verge at Brookwater Close (after work had taken place ) I requested it was rectified .I hoped for re turfing for an instant make over but sadly it has been seeded so some weeks before it is back to a pleasant grassed verge.


Had an enquiry from a Clergyman  who wanted to take over the x Court Building in Bury for a multi functional centre  . This is not in the ownership of the Council so passed on the details to the Vicar.


Sadly as my Group did not win the election ,the crossing we promised on Market St is now unlikely to materialise.I do hope soon that our Ward will get an equal share of funding to improve our roads and traffic safety.


On that subject ,at long last and after much pressure by residents ,Bradshaw Rd is to have additional signage and road markings to try and reduce the weekly accidents. Unfortunately HGVs persist in using this route which is totally unsuitable due to its width and bends, ideally they should be barred from this route to protect residents property from  repeatedly being damaged.


Confirmation again that the Street sign I requested many months ago for South Royd St will not arrive until September !!!
The TOTTINGTON Centre needs an external glass covered  notice board attached to the front of the building and advised on the planning procedure as a listed building. Pot hole reported and repaired  off Bradshaw Road .
No progress or update received on the parking outside Elton High.


Ongoing the plans for the x pigeon shed site off Scobell St ,current tenants are being contacted .Then it’s my understanding that immediate neighbours will be asked for their views on their preferred  future use of this land near their homes.


Reported to Six Town Housing that the central heating was not functioning at Harwood House .
Signage had been tampered with at Four Lane ends and some hidden by bushes, now repositioned and resolved .

OTHER INFO


Recently  established local group The Sunnywood Project continues its programme of activities centred around the environment with activities for all ages ,do check out their website .
Much work is again being done on the “ Snake “ to clean up , repaint and enhance this display of painted stones .Very disappointing that it has been vandalised .Good on those ladies for all their hard work and persistence as the snake is enjoyed by many.


Weather permitting I am serving on the book stall each Thursday afternoon between 2 and 4 . Lots of bargains with 7 books for a fiver or £1 each .Jigsaws and games for sake too.The stall is there on Saturday mornings too.
After recently leaving the Board of the Blind Society after 21 years ,I have now become a Director of a new not for profit CIC , The Big Fandango opening in 6 weeks at premises  in Bolton St Bury.


The Big Fandango will, be an arts based hub helping those struggling with their mental health by getting involved with activities ….giving their brain a rest !


Local  artist Rebecca Jackson is leading this group and it’s been a pleasure to have played a part in helping her set up this by “begging”  to colleagues and businesses for donations . We shall need to raise a thousand pounds a month to make this sustainable but we have lots of plans to raise funds, watch this space !


A new business is coming to TOTTINGTON and just in the process of applying for planning approval .4 Paws on Tour are extending their dog walking business into a dog exercise area on the x football ground at Old Doctor’s at the rear of the Con Club on Royd St.To launch the business the owner is to hold The Tottington Family Fun Dog Show on Sunday 25 th July .All proceeds to Dogs 4 Rescue who take in sick dogs and re home  .Presentations will be on the Bowling Green next door with outdoor  Pimms bar  and Picnic food available .Details will appear shortly on 4 Paws on Tour website . I am to sponsor a trophy …The Best Dressed Dog !


Before that fun event there is another for your diary ! Hoe Down and BBQ again to be held on the Bowling Green .It’s a village reunion to bring people together on the first weekend after the country opens up on Sunday 27 th JUNE .We want all you line dancers to turn up , bring your own chairs and blankets ….kiddies corner ….some fun competitions too…check shirts and jeans galore and if you have a Stetson yee haw do wear it !


In August  on the Bowling Green we shall again hold our Big Sunday Sale with Craft stalls… vintage  etc
All these events with details and times will be well publicised on social media .

I have today written to the new Police Inspector for the area expressing my concern re the ongoing  crime in the area which many feel is not being addressed  , many reports on local social media of damage to cars and property .

I am also involved in fundraising for Ageuk at The Jubilee Centre . On 26 th July they are holding a “Welcome Back” event …food ,fun and stalls in that lovely setting around the lido.


Enjoyed a drink with my Ward colleague Iain at St John’s cricket club which Iain as President is heavily involved . What a great job has been made of the new access from the Lines and the picket fence makes it a perfect destination for a leisurely afternoon.


Well done to Walshaw Sports Club too on all their recent refurbishments and the great food now on offer from Christine and her girls. We are fortunate to have these clubs ,great community assets in  our Ward .

I hope we can keep on track for opening fully after this long difficult period for so many and would wish businesses everywhere all the best for a great comeback …after all we are British !

If you need to speak to me on any matter please do get in touch.

Regards
Yvonne
0776 2116 437

Update from Yvonne

Its been good to be out and about again as we work our way back to normality and it’s been a busy few weeks in our Ward. Good to see many residents when out delivering leaflets for the local elections on 6 th May. Cllr Greg Keeley is standing down after 5 years and Tottingon lad Luis McBriar is standing for election in Greg’s place.

Here are some of the casework issues  I have dealt with over the past month;

After the many incidents of anti social behaviour and arson attacks at Scobell St , I requested the site with the burnt out pens be cleared . I was pleased for residents that my request was met promptly by Six Town Housing who are now consulting with existing tenants and those living close by the site for it’s future use . I support the suggestion of allotments on this site as there is a big demand and long waiting lists in Tottington.


Complaints regarding speeding traffic on Market Street reported.


Damaged bin replaced promptly.

Brown bin missed 3 collections reported .

Traffic gridlock with parked cars reported near Elton High  ,ongoing .

Grassed area at Brookwater Close needs remedial work ,agreed and will be undertaken ASAP .

Enquiries regarding Planning conditions and Enforcement at Andrew’s Mill ongoing .

Pothole around manhole cover off Bradshaw Road reported .

Enquiries re closure of footpath 19 ongoing as repairs required .

Enquiries re hedges and trees cut back near the Lines on private land   . Council Officers investigated .

Blocked culvert resulting in serious flooding of gardens at rear of Moorside Rd , ongoing .

Fly tipping reported rear of Moorside Rd , waiting for update .

Water seeping through walls at Island Lodge  reported .

Ongoing traffic issues on Bradshaw Road ,still waiting for new signage .

Enquiries re Adoption status at Sunnywood Close .Waiting for Section 38 fee to progress to adoption .

Again requested when replacement South Royd St sign will be delivered as now over 6 months since I requested.

Traffic lights suggested at Carmelo’s junction, waiting for response .

Blocked grids on Turton Rd , waiting for response .

Assisted residents of Victorian Court with Contractors leaving the site .

Attempted to protect nesting Swans on footpath near Island Lodge , Council Officers erected signage .

Passed on suggestion for markings on Kirklees Trial for Cyclists to alert pedestrians on approaching ( As in Nuttall  Park  )

Passed a suggestion to Council Officers for renaming of particular roads .

Other Issues


I repainted my stones on the “ Snake” and encouraged others (on social media)  to do the same .
Greenmount Bird Sanctuary is in the process of planning to reopen in the future with new Trustees now in place .
Need to spread the word to please do not NOT feed horses , this can kill  !


Good to see a new group The Sunnywood Project is becoming popular . Please look at their website for many fun outdoor challenging activities for all ages.


Hoping to soon have details of incidents of crimes in the area which are usually circulated to Neighbourhood Watch groups . I can circulate and warn residents what’s happening in the area.


New street lighting is to be replaced on Bank Street.


Tottingon Councillors banners to encourage residents to shop local were well received and its working !
When in Bury Town Centre do support our market too, all are independent traders who help put our town on the map.
Working on trying  to find a venue for activities for teenagers…not easy !

Meetings


Online meetings continue , I will be glad when we get back to meeting face to face .
I have took part in numerous meetings ;

Age Uk
Scobell St issues
Licensing
Various Fundraising Meetings .

After serving on the Board of The Blind Society I have resigned, however I will continue to volunteer at some events.
I have become a Board Member this week of a new CIC (not for profit organisation)  supporting wellbeing and mental health .The Big Fandango will be opening premises in Bury Town Centre soon and I am looking forward to fundraising for this worthy
cause .

I am working with members of Tottingon Con Club to organise community events to ensure the club is sustainable.
I hope to sell books from the library on an outdoor book stall on Thursday afternoons on Market St .

As always any problems do get in touch .

Yvonne

Hope – Update from Yvonne

Blog Update March 2021

“HOPE” after lockdown is now very much on the horizon and fingers crossed the plans for unlocking fully are on course for June.

The work of a Ward Councillor is very varied from attending meetings, working with local groups, organisations and charities and of course the all important casework to improve life for residents in our Ward.

In January black ice reported in several locations where water is constantly present , these issues are never easy to resolve but Council Officer and  UU  are aware of the problems on Turton Road and Chapel St , ongoing .
Over flowing dog bins reported and sorted promptly.

More accidents on Bradshaw Road  reported .New / improved signage requested and agreed .
I have assisted several people re Grants for the self employed , some successful .

On behalf of an elderly resident I requested an exchange for a smaller grey bin, sorted within 24 hours with no charge .
A flurry of missed bin collections in various areas including Affetside and Bury Road, eventually resolved.

It’s been a very busy few weeks with Casework in the Ward and here are some of the issues I have dealt with;

  • Reported dumped tyres is ongoing.
  • Various incidents  with floods when heavy rain reported and Officers attended.
  • Request for gully cleaning on Turton Road and Harwood Road.
  • Request for tidy up of grassed area facing Carmellos, completed.
  • Footpath No 19 at Bottoms Hall, closed at present , ongoing.
  • Fly tipping near the Lines / Kirklees St, reported and removed.
  • Flooding in rear gardens on Moorside Road reported inspected and ongoing .
  • Request for information on affordable housing ,supplied.
  • A “problematic” tree has been reduced in size.
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    Other Matters …..which Matter !

The fight to save the Greenbelt in Walshaw and beyond continues,  I  am 100% supportive of the work of the campaign group Bury Folk. Several  of the Committee members leading almost 10.000 supporters live in our Ward and I am very proud of all their sterling work and amazing commitment to save the land at Walshaw from development.It’s a fact we need more houses BUT not at the expense of our precious greenbelt , Brownfield first with small starter homes is I believe what out town needs .

TOTTINGTON Cllrs supplied banners to encourage residents to shop local in the village and received thousands of positive responses on social media  .
Informed of a new facility for Townsmeadow Park  “ Active Floor Image “ . The Council informed me “the aim is to create more opportunity for movement in a fun way by providing visual nudges” are you any wiser ?Me neither but understand this facility is to be in many Bury Parks.

A Boundary Review is taking place and in our case the intention is to increase the size of the Ward by a few hundred  but unclear which side of the Ward  as yet the “Newcomers “will come from .

Volunteers from TOTTINGTON Ward have worked many sessions at the vaccine Centre at The Elizabethan Suite and have explained to me the dedication of all involved .Our thanks to Totty folk for giving their time week in and week out to help get us out of lockdown.

After being approached by a young mum who suggested a new crossing in the vicinity of the new petrol station on Market St , we launched an online petition . We have requested a crossing on several occasions over the years  but it’s always refused .At a recent Council Budget Meeting  ,the Conservative Group Leader announced in our Budget proposals for the new crossing for Tottington  IF our Group takeover the Council in May !

Tottington Councillors have donated  the majority of our Community Cllrs Budget to a new CIC ( a not for profit organisation ) operated by volunteers to open in Bury Town Centre in Spring .The Big Fandango will serve the whole borough helping those struggling with their mental health.

I aim to bring my fundraising skills to raise ongoing funds for this much needed facility .
Rebecca Jackson who lost her daughter ( who was a pupil at Tottington High)  to suicide has the lived experience and will bring much to this new organisation .The Big Fandango will be a multi functional facility with art based activities,meeting rooms and drop in sessions for anyone who needs help with their mental health .

The TOTTINGTON Centre is open for books on Click and Collect from 15 th March and hopefully will move to Grab and Go on April 12 th .There is a new counter with Screens.

Takeaway food continues from Kelly Ann proprietor of the Tea Rooms 07971012204.

Let’s hope all the community events can take place this summer , I will be helping with events at The Con Club  using the Bowling Green when allowed .Am available to help others too so please contact me.

Congratulations to my Ward Colleague Iain Gartside who is now the President of St John’s Cricket Club. The work is complete on their new steps from The Lines and looks  great. Let’s hope Tottington’s Big Day Out can happen this year.

My work supporting Bury Market Traders continues and hope the Council embark on regeneration to ensure this remains a jewel in Bury’s Crown plus a big source of income bringing in 2.6 million a year.

Bury is to receive 100 young trees to be planted as part of the  Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Dukes 100 th birthday . If you have land to plant some of these trees please contact me for more details .

Walking down the Lines you will notice how cruel the winter wet  weather has been to “The Snake “ and so disappointing after all those weeks  of hard work from the Volunteers and the cost which was  funded by the Council that it has sadly deteriorated.When it stops raining I aim to repaint mine  and invite others to give their stones a spruce up too for Spring, so again it can be an interesting focal point when walking down the Lines and a positive memory from lockdown 2020 .

Good luck to all businesses existing  or new preparing for opening and  especially all in the hospitality business . What a clever name for the new barbara at Leemans Hill in the former post office premises ….First Class Male !

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Meetings

Since my last Blog I have attended Licensing Meetings and did express my concerns at Licensees presently being asked to pay the Hospitality  License.

I have attended the Budget Council Meeting
Group Meetings
Standards Committee Meetings
Blind Society Board Meetings
Blind Society Event Meetings
All meetings online .
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Fingers crossed that the vaccinations continue and life can start to get back to normal from June.

Do contact me with any issues of concern:
Yvonne
y.s.wright@bury.gov.uk
0776 2116 437

Update from Yvonne

Hoping you all made the best of Christmas 2020 and I truly hope this is a much better year for us all !

Sadly again we have lockdown measures but when we come out of this,  I am keen to bring my fundraising skills to help any organisation / community facility in the Ward  with events …. have already offered my services to a couple to help raise funds … please do contact me …. so we can talk / zoom and plan for better times on the horizon !

All Council meetings continue online  as do the meetings with charities which  I am involved.

The Council meeting In November to vote on The GMSF was cancelled due to Stockport Council voting against the plan . Complaint regarding the condition of Mill St reported , inspected and unfortunately unresolved to residents satisfaction. Bury Folk the campaign  group continue to put pressure on Bury  Council to drop the plan to destroy our precious Greenbelt, however the future with regards to the GMSF is far from clear at present .

The Ramsbottom and Tottington Support Group for Bury Hospice which I Chair, hired the free Charity stall on Bury open Market in December to raise funds for the Hospice, the weather was shocking but the stall was a success selling donated items and Bury shoppers were as usual very generous.



There has been much on social media regarding low level crime around  many areas including Boothway . The Police advise that anyone subject to an incident report it to 101 with descriptions and names.

Unfortunately vandalism has taken place at Walshaw Sports Club over the Christmas holidays costing well over a thousand  pounds. I have discussed ways forward with representatives of the club . Anyone with information regarding those responsible for the vandalism again do report and ring 101.

Since my last blog my casework has been busy and varied :
* Site visit re problematic tree on land understood to be Council owned – ongoing
* Passed on advice re grants to publicans.
* Missed bin collections reported and sorted !
* Reported 7 street lights out in Tottington village .
* Requests for safer crossing near new Petrol station , no funding available  but ongoing .
* Ongoing issue over several years for individual resident on Brookwater Close now thankfully resolved .
* Fixed penalty notice enquiry resolved.


Prompt service received from Council Officers to grit pavement near St Anne’s Church and repairs to stop running water ongoing.

Again requested vehicle activated sign on Turton Road is repaired. Supporting residents on Bradshaw Road for traffic calming measures , several accidents over the past few weeks, ongoing.


My support for Bury Market Traders continues . It’s now almost two years since I was first approached by a Tottington resident to help Traders  have a voice for fairer rents . Now with  Covid many non food business are suffering . I submitted a plan for regenerating the market well over a year ago which fell on deaf ears .In early December I shadowed Traders for a full day to see for myself the footfall. A week later a colleague did the same.


I then requested that Senior Officers undertake an urgent rent review before we lose more traders and the market declines .

Obviously The Tottington Centre will not reopen yet but hopefully in a few weeks the Click  and Collect service can recommence. If you wish to support the Centre please consider joining the 100 club with a chance to win cash too each month .For details please contact

Jillianpercival117@gmail.com

The highlight of this unusual Christmas for me was coordinating the Secret Santa Scheme …. appealing on social media for Christmas gifts for those living in residential homes in the Ward resulted in 135 gifts in total The generosity of so many people in the area buying gifts was heartwarming.

Together we provided gifts for 3 homes for the elderly ,1 for residents with brain damage and another for residents with severe mental illness .My thanks to all involved , we made a difference particularly to those with no relatives.

Things can surely only get better.

My Best Wishes
Cllr Yvonne  Wright