I am contacting you as a matter of urgency to remind you that there are only a few days left to submit/post your objections on the proposals in the revised GMSF to build 1250 houses on Walshaw Brook.

Please get them in before 18th March, either online:

Or postal objections to: Planning Team Consultation, GMCA Churchgate House, 56 Oxford Street Manchester M1 6EU

Some of you will know through the local press that I have after 18 years now  resigned from the Planning Committee so I can campaign fully on this issue, the most important matter to affect the lives of people in my Ward in all the years I have represented you since May 2000. I urge you to ask your friends and neighbours to also object as this could be our last opportunity to voice our opinion on these proposals.

I have attended meetings on the GMSF and spoken to many residents who are distraught regarding the proposals for Walshaw.

Some other issues which I have been dealing since my last update:

My requests for some resurfacing on the entrance to Walshaw Park had a positive result and this work is to be undertaken imminently…oh what a shocking state it’s in…looks like decades of neglect… many roads in the Ward.

I have requested a street light repair on Boothway and tidy up on one of the inner walks which has been completed today ! Enforcement is now involved in getting trees cut back which are not only encroaching on the walkway but make this area dark and feel unsafe.

I have requested the drain is unblocked on the Trafford…play area on Boothway.

Arranged an assisted bin service …which is available to all with mobility problems….contact me and I can arrange this for you or a family member.

I reported the many lights out on Bradshaw Road.

I do get contacted from people outside my Ward for assistance too which led me to get involved in trying to help Bury Market Traders. It appears they have to pay their stall rent come what may…bad weather or family crisis does not count. So I appealed for them to be able to have one free rent day a year…some towns allow 2 weeks free rent. Despite the market  taking in 2 million pounds per annum and the traders making the market the big success it is, my request fell on deaf ears…in fact I was not even given the courtesy of an answer from the Leader of the Council when I requested this in a Council Meeting !

I was contacted and concerned regarding elderly relatives moving into a new Six Town Housing apartment block without heating at Redvales and pressed for action…eventually sorted !

I have attended a meeting of CAB which I have been appointed to by the Council. Big changes are happening in this charity which gives advice to hundreds of local people.

I have attended meetings at The Blind Society and also arranged for the society to hold a fundraiser at The Tottington Centre which was a success…charity helping charity …its good !

Blind soc Mar 19

I am a member of The Ramsbottom Support Group for Bury Hospice and helping to organise a ladies lunch and fashion show to raise funds for music systems for each bedroom at the Hospice.

The Library continues to take up much of my time…but it’s worth it. We recently celebrated our first year and I organised a party for volunteers with poet John Harrison entertaining us with his amusing poems…Knickers that fit being my favourite!

Challenges continue at the library…leaks in the roof again and the flooding in the cellar persists without a solution even though we have paid a company to detect the problem…like I say the library continues to be challenging.

This weekend we are holding a 2 day fundraising event to help with the £22.000 we need per annum to operate the library . Its Bury’s Biggest Book SALE…..from 10 am to 4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Books to suit all including children’s plus DVD’s CD’s Jigsaws and Vinyl LP records too ! Our Tea Room will be open on both days for snacks and drinks. I will be there on both days should you want to speak to me on any issue.

I have followed the idea of Tottington Primary and yesterday have made containers from bottles to hold dog poo bags and placed them in the vicinity ,2 being attached to our “promotional “ bikes on the lines . Such a good response on social media that I have today  sorted 8  more and will put them out in areas where needed especially around Boothway where I have received complaints….. to help make Totty tidy and CLEAN !


Did you hear someone stole a wheel off one of the old bikes on the LInes… say this is disappointing is  an understatement….however if anyone can put another old  wheel on it and some tamper free screws would be much appreciated  ….I will pay for the screws ….it’s the bike near Laurel Street entrance to the lines. Any offers ?

Meanwhile I have that other thing going on… working on getting myself re elected….roll on May !

Regards Yvonne

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