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BLOG UPDATE 18 th February 2017
Since my last update ,the proposed closure of the Library has of course been the major issue of concern in our Ward.Yesterday myself and Ward colleagues Iain Gartside and Greg Keeley met with the Cabinet Member with responsibility for Libraries ,Cllr Sandra Walmesley and the Assistant Director for Learning and Culture Klare Rufo.
Although we had been forewarned that the basic for operating the Library annually is £21.200 this was just the starting point and a figure of 100 k was mentioned yesterday in relation to ongoing operating and maintenance over the next few years.
This was initially extremely daunting news, however Tottington Cllrs are still working on a way of keeping the Library open beyond August of this year when the shocking proposals if finally agreed would take effect.
Over 1000 local people have signed the petition and 20 people have now offered to volunteer to work in the library which is very heartening news but only part of the problem, the finances are the big problem we have to solve. Funding bids are an option but time is now tight.A Committee would have to be formed who would be fully responsible for the Library….this is a huge undertaking.
Would local companies be interested in sponsorship ? Would a community cafe be viable staffed by volunteers to help make the Library financially viable ? A fighting fund? A Freiends of The Library Membership ?
The library means so much to so many,collectively we have to do all we can to save it.Do you have any comments or suggestions to safeguard its future?
It’s been a busy few weeks and I have dealt with lots of very diverse issues in our Ward.
Fly tipping of tyres on the approach road to Miller Brook occurred again and the Council agreed to remove them a few at a time so as not to incur tipping costs at the tip.✅
Damaged guttering reported at Harwood House reported to Six Town Housing.This 2 year problem had led to dampness in a residents flat…still ongoing.
Six Town gave reassurance that the bench on Wesley Street will be reinstated when the building development is completed.✅
The bench on Market St on the site of the Christmas tree has now been reinstated.✅
I have requested that yellow lines are repainted on a stretch of Bury Road.Beware those parking illegally near corners on yellow lines ,traffic wardens are on the way !👨��✈️
Ongoing work on Harwood Road to stop homes flooding has at last been ✅ completed
A protruding section of pavement which I reported on Tuesday was repaired this week✅
Lack of lighting on Harwood Road for many months is now in the hands of United Utilities,delays but unfortunately further delays expected due to land registering enquiries.
I have requested that the road sweeper visits Harwood Road after residents contacted me.
After complaints on the patchwork
of potholes on Moorside Road, I have requested that the Road is inspected and considered for resurfacing as the patching is clearly not working here.
The serious matter of raw sewage entering Island Lodge is a longstanding problem, and it has now been included for future improvements and in the hands of United Utilities. Please keep your pets and children away from this polluted areas, pets have become ill after drinking the water.
Flytipping on the edge of Townsmeadow Park was promptly sorted ✅
Received an enquiry regarding school travel.
Are you aware that those with a disability who need to use taxis can apply for annual vouchers worth £120 and pay just £30. Further details from transport for Greater Manchester 0161 244 1050
After turbulent times hopefully Bury Hospice has turned a corner.I have joined the Ramsbottom Support Group and am helping to organise a Lancashire Night at Ramsbottom Cricket Club.Tasty supper,entertainment and fun for £20 per ticket.Please contact me if you would like to attend.
A Planning application has been submitted regarding changes to the conditions of existing approval at x Tottington Motors.I am awaiting more details .You can access details yourself on the Councils website application number 61118.
Gossip upsets residents if it’s about planning applications near their home .If you want clarity on Planning applications ,contact me and I will check for you.
I was happy to be able to suggest that Bury Volunteer Rangers maybe able to assist with the gardens at Bury Hospice and delighted to hear they are helping out with some work.
Busy collecting Tombola for The Deaf Society COMMUNIC8TE .
I am embarking on another fundraising fashion show with ladies bad buys almost new clothes and appealing for clothes,shoes bags jewellery accessories .I can pick them up from you ,it’s all for a great TOTTINGTON cause this year….to help with the refurbishment of St John in Trinity on Kirklees Street. Tickets are £5 and the show will be held at Elton Liberal Club on April 21 st as the church is not yet ready to take big numbers.Please email or ring me should you wish to donate clothing or buy tickets firstname.lastname@example.org. 01706823536
Since my last update I have attended a Planning Control Meeting,some controversial applications but none in Tottington Walshaw or Affetside.
I attended the Holocaust Memorial service which as always was very moving.
I have attended a Board Meeting of the Deaf Society COMMUNIC8TE and also sub committee meetings to interview potential Trusteees.
Each Monday morning I have spent in The Blind Society preparing for future events ,if you like a good quiz come along on Friday 24 th Feb .We hold our annual quiz at Elton Liberal Club.Tickets £5 includes Pasty and peas. Just turn up for a 7.30 start.
I attended a full Council Meeting when the Greenbelt issue was debated at length.
I have attended an Events Meeting and a Board Meeting at The Blind Society.
Should you have any issues of concern please contact your Councillors.
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