Update From Iain
It’s been a very busy few weeks in the run up to Christmas. I have been helping residents with many issues in the Ward including unblocking girds and gullies, street light repairs, unjust parking ticket fines and looking at possible traffic calming measures.
I have continued to campaign to protect Our Greenbelt collecting hundreds of more signatures for my petition (an online version is on this Blog). I recently presented it to the Council’s Democratic Services and they have since verified it at 2,195 signatures. So A BIG THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE SIGNED IT!
You may have noticed on social media there are many other campaign groups from across the Borough who are now starting up across the Borough to oppose The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework. I was invited to a public meeting last week by the “Bury Folk” Facebook Campaign Group. It was packed meeting at the Old White Lion pub in Bury, which was chaired very well by a Radcliffe resident, Mr James Mason. I addressed the meeting on a few occasions and made it clear that, together, we have everything to fight for as the final document is not due for publication until late 2017. They are organising many more public meetings in 2017 and are delivering leaflets to residents across the Borough informing them of what is going on, as many residents are still unaware. If you wish to help them then join this group at “Bury Folk” on Facebook.
The GMSF consultation is still running at the GMCA website (greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk) so if you have not already done so please register your views on their website immediately.
I recently attended the Council’s Cabinet meeting and raised my grave concerns over the the 4.9 million projected overspend in the Council’s 2015/16 Budget. I asked the Cabinet member responsible for finance if they had a plan to bring it down by the time of the next quarters report but unfortunately she couldn’t really say she had one. I then attended the Council’s Corporate Parenting Panel which is concerned with protecting young and vulnerable people in our Borough.
Last Sunday I attended the annual Affetside Christmas Carols on the Millenium Green. The music was provided by the Tottington Brass Band and mince pies and mulled wine was on hand. However, this was a very special occasion as BBC Northwest Tonigh were filming the proceedings and presented local Affetside residents Mr Tony and Mrs Roseanne Davis (pictured below) with a “Star For Christmas” award for all the hard work they have done for the Affetside community over the past 14 years since they moved there. An award richly deserved!!
I then attended the carol concert at St John’s Free Church in Tottington. The church, over some period of time now has been ungoing extensive renovations and in past years the service has been conducted outside. But we were inside this time, and work to make this a great community asset for Tottington is almost complete. The friends of St John’s Church group have done a terrific job and deserve much praise!
Finally, fingers crossed we don’t have a repeat of the flooding last year – I have been assured that Bury Council and the emergency services will be on stand-by – however, the weather forecasts suggests that we should be ok. Going forward we do need much more investment from United Utilities to cope with these periods of unprecedented rainfall that we have been experiencing over the past few years. Councillors and Bury Council have been in contact with them to request more investment in our Borough’s sewage systems.
Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year!
Update From Yvonne