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Update from Iain, Yvonne and Greg
We have been really busy recently in the Ward addressing many issues and helping to improve our local area.
We have been at Old Kays park investigating reports of fly-tipping which has now been removed. We would also like to thank local farmer Rob Mckenzie again for mowing the park for the third year running because Bury Council will no longer maintain it.
Greg has been cutting back overgrowth on Delph Lane, off Turton Road where the newly installed 40 MPH zone signs have been erected.
We have also been out picking up litter at Towns meadow park and at the Library
Iain has been helping out at the Incredible, Edible Tottington Project
Greg and Iain have been gathering more signatures outside the Co-Op on Market Street to oppose more house building on our beloved GreenBelt. The draft Greater Manchester Spatial Strategy is due to be published in the next few weeks which will give us the first indication of whether planning policy in our Borough will be more favourable to housing developers who are looking to build on the Greenbelt. As Yvonne is a member of the Council’s planning committee, she will be unable to take a view on it but Iain and Greg will continue to campaign and get more signatures to oppose more house building on our precious Greenbelt.
As soon as we see the publication of the draft document we will update this Blog so watch this space!
Yvonne recently attended a meeting of Bury Rural Inequalities Forum. The important issue of the Local Link ( subsidised taxi service ) was discussed. After a recent review there are to be changes. A 7 seater mini bus will be used instead of taxis from the 30 th October. For more details www.tfgm.com/locallink or ring 0161 200 6012
This service fills the gap where other public transport is limited or not available.
Yvonne has also attended Board Meetings of The Deaf Society (Communic8te) and Shopmobility and the AGM of the Blind Society which the Mayor attended. The Mayor also attended the opening of an IT Suite at the Deaf Society too this week.
News from the Town Hall
In a very passionate and heated debate at the last Full Council meeting, Iain moved a motion to condemning the Labour ran Manchester City Council for increasing it’s wage bill by almost £500,000 for senior and already highly paid Council officials. His motion called upon Bury Council not to do the same – but the ruling Labour Group failed to support this motion !
Iain and the rest of Bury Conservatives on the Council supported Bury Clinical Commissioning Group who run our essential health services in Bury, who are currently drafting plans to improve health services across our Borough by opening 6 new “Hubs” designed to deliver the right kind of urgent health services to those who need it. The current system of just two “Walk In Centres” in the whole of Bury have not been meeting needs with less people using them and having to go up to A&E at Fairfield.
It was just a shame that Bury Labour felt the need to move a politically driven Motion to openly criticise our health professionals, when they should be working along side them as the ruling Group on Bury Council. Iain said in the Council Chamber “If this Labour-Ran Council is unable to work with our Health Professionals, then step aside and a Bury Conservative Ran Council will !”