Eventful October !

Message from Greg
I would like to personally thank everyone who turned out to support me recently in the Tottington By-Election. I will do my utmost to help everyone who lives in our area and represent Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside at Bury Town Hall.  I also look forward to working alongside my two ward colleagues Iain Gartside and Yvonne Wright in protecting local amenities and improving our local area.
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Message from Iain
The election of Greg means that there are now 13 Bury Conservative Councillors in the Council Chamber in Bury (3 from Tottington).  The Labour Party in Bury still have a big majority but we are hopeful of gaining more seats in next May’s Local Elections, in order to be in a position to regain control of the Council again for the first time since 2011.
It is very frustrating being in opposition when the ruling Group opposite continue to vote down motions that we put forward to invest more in much needed Highways repairs, give an hour’s free parking in Bury Town Centre, re-instate two weekly bin collections and remove the chaos causing bus lanes on Bolton Rd…and the list goes on.
However, democracy in our Borough is now under real threat from the one-party state (aka The Labour Party). In a recent Council meeting, my Conservative colleagues and I submitted some very serious questions regarding Safeguarding procedures in our Borough for the Leader of the Council to answer, but the mayor ruled them out under grounds of Data Protection.
They wouldn’t even let the questions be printed on the order papers or read out.
We have therefore now submitted Freedom of Information requests in order to get reassurances that are most vulnerable people in our Borough are being protected.
The next Full Council meeting is scheduled to be on Wednesday 9th December commencing at 7pm. Hopefully our questions will not be ruled out.  Members of the public are quite welcome to attend in the public gallery at the start of the meeting and ask questions to the Leader of the Council.
I have been recently supporting local residents in opposing some planning applications that threaten the green belt off Turton Rd. One application in particular causes me and the residents of Victoria St great concern. The residents have many years spent a lot of time and effort in maintaining a green space which also attracts a lot of wildlife from the wider green-belt (pictured below). A planning application to build houses on this land has now been submitted for Bury Council to consider. I will continue to fight against encroachments like these onto our precious green-belt spaces.
If you would like to comment on this planning application you can do so at :-
quoting reference number 59216
Message from Yvonne
Of course we are over the moon that our candidate Greg Keeley won the By-election on 22nd October. Tottington Ward now has 3 dedicated Conservative Cllrs.
Been busy with Voluntary/charity work of late:
Chasing up the progress on plans for my proposals for a multi functional bandstand canopy for charities to use in Bury Town Centre.
Collecting prizes and organising a Tombola to raise funds for a day trip for mentally ill people.
I was invited to join a group of Carers on a day trip to Lytham. Some of these remarkable ladies (in their 70’s and 80’s) are still caring for their children suffering from severe and enduring mental illness.
Lytham
Monday mornings in the Blind Society preparing for events.
Enjoyed working on a stall on Halloween in the Millgate to raise funds for the Blind Society.
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Coordinating a Christmas Charity Fair at Bury United Reformed Church on 5th December.
I attended a Planning Control Meeting, no applications in our Ward on that Agenda.
Attending meetings at The Blind Society and Communic8te.
News and Updates around the Ward
We’ve attended a PACT public meeting(Police and Community Together). We were informed that over the past 6 weeks the following crimes have occurred in the Ward, 6 burglaries, 3 other thefts from garages, 4 theft of cars and 6 thefts of items from cars. There were 2 incidents of criminal damage.
After more repeated requests for a crossing on Bury Road/Market St, Council Officers have observed pedestrian numbers and have unfortunately decided on no further action.
We have again enquired when the lower speed limit signs will be displayed on Turton Road . Council Officers are waiting for Bolton MBC to confirm a date. 20mph signs are soon to be erected on Scobel St. Work on Bury Road is expected to be undertaken within the next 2/3 weeks to improve vibrations experienced by  residents near to the new developments.
After 10 black bags of rubbish were dumped at a pensioners back gate in Walshaw the Council have removed them. Council Officers are investigating reports of noisy neighbours on Market St. Earlier in the summer the access was opened on the lines rear of Laburnum Ave to allow a young disabled teenager to have easy access in her wheelchair, there are now problems and Council Officers are trying to find a solution to suit all parties.
And Finally……
For those Facebook users out there if you’re not already aware, there are two excellent Facebook Groups devoted to life in Tottington and sharing local information whether it be road closures or where to find a good local plumber!  Check Out:-
https://www.facebook.com/totallytottington/   AND   https://www.facebook.com/groups/972671049422484/  (This one is called “What’s on in Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside)
For those Politicos amongst you check out:-
 
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