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Apologies if you have been unable to access our regular updates, we have experienced technical problems at our end but hopefully you can now read all the summer updates here.

Its not usual to mention our private lives in  Councillor updates but we are making an exception. As a result of attending the service to commemorate the centenary of the First World War a year ago in the Parish Church , I was inspired to  visit Menin Gate in Ypres Belgium. I recently went with relatives to find our great uncles name inscribed on the  wall on the Menin Gate War Memorial . Dedicated to all those soldiers who were killed and whose graves are unknown. It was a very moving experience and also to be present for the last post played each evening at 8pm.

On the way home to the ferry terminal I saw for myself the big problem of the camp at Calais France and do hope Mr Cameron can improve the situation soon for Brits ,crucially for business and holiday makers. Its a big problem with no easy solution.

Even when away, I can keep up with my Ward work with the aid of technology and casework is busy home or away !

Some of the issues we have dealt with recently are;

Complaints regarding cracks in interior walls due to building works on Bury Road, now waiting for Contractors comments.

Passed on information  that the introduction on reduced  speed limits on Turton Road progressing .

Residents with bushes overhanging pathways on Boothway have been informed that they have 28 days to cut back or action will be taken.

I have requested pot holes are repaired at the rear of walks on Boothway.

I have requested that a decision to remove plants from corridors in Harwood House is reversed. This is ” home” for many senior citizens and plants should be allowed, they are not causing obstruction and common sense should prevail.

Reported noise issues at the rear of Brookwater Close which is being investigated.

I attended a meeting of the Planning Control Committee. An application for a house to be built in the side garden of a house on Boothway was passed. Many residents had objected and I too am against “Garden Grabbing ” and voted against this. The Labour majority on the committee approved this.

I know Iain has been very busy helping residents who are looking to protect many trees in the Walshaw area by requesting that the Council places Tree Protection Orders on them, opposing the plans for more Wind Turbines on Scout Moor, helping to run the very successful Tottington’s Big Day Out, and manning the bar at the recent Affetside BBQ

I was very pleased to have been asked to judge the Scarecrow Festival in Affetside in September.

Iain and I have been out with colleagues delivering resident surveys. Our Group works all year and not just at Election time!


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A very worrying incident has occurred this weekend on South Royd Street. In the early hours of Saturday morning several cars had their wing mirrors vandalised. I have requested the Police patrol the area. I am unsure at present if the yobs responsible have been apprehended. I was shocked to hear that  the proprietor of The Village Bakers had been attacked  and beaten whilst walking his dogs on the Kirklees Trail. I understand the thug was arrested and I hope he receives much more than a caution for this mindless act on an innocent man.

I have as usual volunteered at the Blind Society each Monday, preparing for fundraising events.

On the question of fundraising, I am presently organising a Tombola to raise funds for a day trip and meal for a group of Bury residents suffering from severe and enduring mental illness. I am asking for donations of unwanted gifts or small items suitable for a Fundraiser.  The Tombola will take place in the Millgate in November.Please contact me if you have anything you wish to donate and I can arrange to pick it up.

Finally, Tottington and every other Ward in Bury has 3 Elected Councillors but due to criminal proceedings well publicised in the press recently regarding the Labour Councillor elected in 2012, only myself and my Conservative colleague Iain Gartside have been representing residents for over 3 month.  The question is how long can this continue ?  The Councillor in question has already pleaded guilty to these very serious charges but is not due back in Court until September and is still accepting his allowances. The best thing he can do is now is resign his position so a by-election can be called to elect a 3rd Councillor for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside.

I am sorry to end on such a serious matter.


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