BLOG UPDATE FROM YVONNE
August 25th 2018 >>>>>>>
A very busy few weeks in the Ward for me. Some of the issues I have reported to Council Officers are:
Complaint regarding gullies in Affetside which can’t cope with heavy rainfall. To be monitored. Matter not resolved.
Dog fouling Signs requested for entrance to the play area on Booth Street, now in place.
Request for road markings repainted at the bottom of Tottington Road. Date now earmarked to complete the works.
Requested twice for grids to be cleaned on Laurel St car park as flooding occurs each time heavy rainfall. No response to date.
Complaints received regarding neighbours leaving dustbins at the front of properties and general irresponsibility with recycling. Ongoing
Twice requested repair to footpath on entrance to Old Kays. Now confirmed this will be repaired soon.
Received complaints regarding several caravans parked on Scobel Street. Passed information to relevant Council Officers.
After receiving several complaints re the condition of Island Lodge, Council Officers inspected. Requested that the Council put pressure on UU to repair damage created several years ago by builders which has had a negative impact on Island Lodge. Ongoing.
Enquired regarding flood defences for Tottngton but sadly no grants available at present for this area.
Set up a meeting with residents and Walshaw Cricket Club to resolve issues of concern.
I recently attended a meeting of the Planning Control Committee, no applications causing any concerns in the Ward.
Continue to spend Monday morning in the Blind Society preparing for fundraising events.
However the Tottington Centre and Community Library continue to take much of my time day and night! The committee continues to meet each Monday (from when we became established over 18 months ago.)
I am in the Library each Thursday from 9.30 to 5.30 pm should you wish to speak to me on any matter. (Note I am on hols the next 2 Thursdays though)
I continue to lead and organise fundraising events and very proud that we have raised £12.500 over the past 6 months. Recently we held Burys Biggest Book Sale which was so successful that we intend to hold 2 each year.
The Library was invited to have a stall at Pets In Need open day and we raised £70. Last week 50 people enjoyed a fun Call My Bluff wine tasting night held in the Library with over £900 raised.
In September a Ladies Lunch will be held at Greenmount Golf Club with a singer, fashion show and Cookery Demonstration. Tickets are £25 and just a few now available. Interested? Contact Yvonne firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Bob Hargreaves is to have his Riot Band entertain us in October at Walshaw Sports Club.
A family event, a Pumpkin Halloween Spooktacular Festival will be held late October at half term. Lists of all events available in the Library.
After chatting to members of Tottington Public Band I discovered that they are one of the longest established bands in the country and requested the Council erect a sign. Sadly this was not possible so a local engineering company supplied the metal plate and the Tottington Centre paid for the stick on sign. The band was delighted to finally receive the recognition they so very much deserve.
We are now into our 7th month after taking over the Library. We have dozens of enthusiastic Volunteers and we have just celebrated our 1000th member. The computers are now up and running!
We have been faced with many challenges in the past few months: the boiler was condemned, urgent electrical repairs were undertaken, a catering kitchen is being installed and the cafe will open next month. The one toilet will soon have 3 cubicles and 2 hand basins installed. We have to upgrade the emergency lighting and this work has also commenced.
Since the weather broke we are now faced with serious leaks from the roof. Things surely can only get better!
Thankfully we have had great support and some financial help with grants to enable all the work to be undertaken.
Finally all Ward Councillors have been allocated a small amount of money to spend on community projects. I have bought some new blinds for windows in the library.