Ward Update From Yvonne Wright

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Update from Yvonne

August is the time for “Council Recess” and although Council meetings are halted, this week I am to attend the annual “Planning Outcomes Training Day”. Members of the Planning Control Committee visit sites through-out the borough which have been developed since receiving planning approval and evaluate them. 
I have again passed on to Council Officers requests for the hedges to be cut back along Turton Road and requested urgent inspection of the footpath,  it is so overgrown at the top end, its practically non existent.
I have again requested pothole repairs on Moorside Road.
After complaints regarding the over grown grass at Old Kays , Cllr Iain Gartside has been in touch with a local farmer who has agreed to cut it back.
Not satisfied that the draft of new proposed signage was giving a stronger clear message, I have asked for modifications of the new proposed signage for the Kirklees Trail. This is to help make the trail more user friendly and safer for all users.
No planning applications on July’s agenda for Tottington Ward,  however I did express my concerns regarding  “sunflower yellow and red cladding” on the gable of a new apartment block in Church Ward. I am not happy when developers cut back on the finish of new builds and I personally wish for a high standards though-out the borough.

We have requested urgent repairs to potholes on Holly Street. Are there repairs required in your area?….contact us and we will action.

Residents on High St were quite rightly angry after requests for  more bags for brown bins were ignored twice by the waste operatives. I have arranged for a speedy delivery but residents can pick up rolls of bags at Tottington Library.
I have received complaints regarding blocked grids on the Laurel St car park which has now been cleaned. I have been informed by Council Officers that all grids are cleaned annually. Do report  to me any which you think need attention.
A land search is required to discover who is responsible for the upkeep of the steps at the side of Spring Terrace as this area is “unadopted” and needs repair.  The Council do not have any responsibility for the repair or upkeep of many such areas.
I have received complaints regarding litter around the library and have reported this.
In autumn we shall be recruiting volunteers for a BIG LEAF CLEAN UP around the library. Last year residents were disappointed at the  state of the area on Remembrance Sunday, Tottington Cllrs will make sure that this year there will be no such disappointment.
I was with colleagues last week talking to residents about potential further house building on Green Belt areas in our Ward. The feeling of residents on Walshaw Park was very mixed, many said they do not mind further developments in the area whilst others were eager to sign a petition as they were concerned of possible impacts with more traffic  and the demand for school places..
It was reported in the national press recently that some co op stores will close, although non as far as we know have been earmarked. Tottington Cllrs hope the store in the village which is well used remains open.
The recent Planning application for a petrol station and store on Market St on the former site of Tottington’s Motors has so far according to my Ward colleagues ,had a 50/50 response , some strongly in favour and others very much against.
 I am busy collecting Tombola prizes for a fund raising event for the Deaf Society, if you have anything suitable to donate , please contact me.
Also selling tickets for The Blind Societies “Dazzling Dinner and Silent Auction” at The Red Hall. 
A short course of Dance classes are again taking place soon at Affetside with their annual Strictly Dance Event. For details contact  Carol on 0120488 2817. 
Finally, its good to chat to residents whilst delivering our latest In Touch newsletter in our Ward and whether you voted to Remain or Leave, I hope you agree that we should now all look forward, forget our differences and  for the good of a future prosperous land, talk our great country UP !


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