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.

 

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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

Thank You for re-electing me on May 2nd…..the hard work goes on for Tottington Ward!

I’m now fully back into the swing of things after the elections. I have been appointed onto the Licensing Committee which I served on many years ago.

More clean up kits in situ after a resident requested them for Sycamore Road and on Market Street.Incidentally I have requested this appalling street sign (attached )is replaced and informed the Council only order replacement signs  twice a year, so unfortunately it could be some considerable time before a new one is in place.

I have requested that road markings at Carmellos junction are repainted and assured this will take place in June.

I am dealing with a variety of casework issues which unfortunately cannot be solved quickly and are ongoing …..overgrown trees,Planning advice, blocked grids which are impacting on householders.

I am assisting Bury Market Traders with ongoing issues and arranging a meeting with Council Officers.

Along with fellow volunteers from The Tottington Centre we had a stall at Greenmount Village Day and raised £201 for the Centre with a Tombola and Hook the Duck, it was awful weather but a fun day!

Tottington Councillors are launching an essay competition for pupils at both Tottington and Elton High and will award a Trophy  for the best, the subject , “ Our Planet “….how do we help save it. Feel sure it will be interesting to read the views of the young people.
We are not leaving the junior school pupils out and will give awards for the best poster from both Tottington  and Christ Church Primary.

The theme of the poster is to attract and stop irresponsible  dog owners from not picking up the dog poo.The best poster from each school will be copied and delivered to areas in our Ward where this is a problem.

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Blog Update from Yvonne 5th May

I wish to thank the 1725 residents of Tottington Walshaw and Affetside who once again put their trust in me and voted for me last Thursday.

I am overwhelmed to have received more votes than the other 3 parties put together with a 961 majority. 

I have full appreciation for your faith in me and I can assure you that I will not let you down.

Back to Work Already !

I will again be working hard on your behalf on all the issues which matter to you starting with the most important issue to hit the Ward in years,that is the ongoing campaigning to save our greenbelt from destruction and stop the proposals to build of 1250 homes at Walshaw.YOU can also help by signing the online petition organised by Bury Folk as soon as possible please.

The petition is for Bury Council to withdraw from the Greater Manchester Framework and thousands of people registering will send a strong message to the Leader of the Council .You can check this out on Bury Folks website or here is the link.

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

As a member of Bury Folk, I will keep you updated on any progress and any further campaigning.

ISLAND LODGE

The Council have now received tenders back for the Topographical Survey and surveyors have been appointed. They will be on site next week. It is hoped the survey will be with the  Consultant by the 24th May for him to complete the report by late June and I will update as soon as I hear of the outcome and hopefully a way forward to restore this well loved area to its former glory.

KEEP IT CLEAN !

The 30 clean up kits with doggie bags I placed around the Ward have in the main been well received…a few removed…such is life.

Some need refilling with bags and I will sort that this week. If the one near your house needs more bags please let me know or if you think another is needed let me know please.

I shall be working on a stall raising funds for The Tottington Centre tomorrow Bank Holiday Monday at Greenmount Village Day…Tombola and Hook the Duck, if you are attending, please call by and check out our stall…..

Feel free to contact me on any matter you want assistance with by email or telephone or call into The Tottington Centre any Thursday if you wish to speak to me from 9.30 am to 5 ish.

Yvonne…. I  am feeling H-A-P-P-Y !

Please Help Yvonne To Protect Our Greenbelt This Coming Thursday 2nd May.

Dear voters of Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside

This coming Thursday you will be voting for a Councillor to represent you for 4 years.

My record over the past 19 years speaks for itself, check me out on the history of this blog website.

If you want to protect our precious Greenbelt in Walshaw, only a vote for the Bury Conservative Party can stop Bury Labour from destroying it.

Hope my lucky mascot Rosie Wright brings me luck Thursday !

Thanks for all your messages and good luck wishes.

Please remember Councillors have no control over Brexit and I too am as angry and disappointed as you are of MPs ignoring the wishes of the people.

I Hope you can consider supporting me this Thursday.

Yvonne and Rosie Wright