It’s been a very busy period since my last update. Listed are some of the issues I am dealing and involved with around the Ward.
* Highways Officers visited Bradshaw Road and residents’ requests are being implemented regarding traffic calming measures which I understand is ongoing.
* There is a promise from Tottington High to reduce the height of the trees at the rear of Victoria Court. This we are assured will be undertaken when the leaves have dropped.
* I have twice requested that the road markings are repainted around the junction near Carmellos.I have received assurances that this will done in the next few weeks.
* I passed on a request for some traffic calming measures on the ward boundary with Lowercroft Road. There is a possibility that some new signage will be erected at this location.
* Unfortunately a request for litter picking equipment 6 weeks ago has not been sorted. This is now ongoing. I have expressed my disappointment that a simple request is taking so long to implement.
* Bin problems continued during the summer. Hopefully the problem with regards to non pickups for residents with assisted bin service in Affetside is now sorted.
* I have requested low hanging trees be cut back on both Laurel Street and on Cotswold Close at the junction of Pennine Close. Received promises from the Council that both will be sorted.
* I have recently purchased 50 more of the lamppost poppies for our Ward through a kind donation from a past president of Tottington at a cost of £150. These will be put in place by local residents, my colleague Iain Gartside and prospective candidate for Tottington in next Mays local election Luis McBriar. Many of you will already know Luis as he has lived on Bury Road for the majority of his 24 years. He is well known locally ,full of enthusiasm and feel sure he will strengthen our team here in the ward to give the people of Tottington Walshaw and Affetside another hard working Councillor !
* Unfortunately the Council will not intervene further to get the overgrown overbearing trees cut back in the centre of the walks on Boothway. I have tried for months but unfortunately the trimming back in summer has made little difference and I am concerned that this area is intimidating for many but sadly I have failed on this one.
* With permission from the Council and the generosity of a local business man, one of the benches near the cenotaph in Tottongton is to be modified into a memorial bench to fallen soldiers and I am hoping this is completed for Remembrance Sunday. Any costs will come from the monies allocated to Councillors. We are given £1000 each year to help the community in ways we see appropriate.
* Planning applications for lighting have been submitted for the proposed petrol station on Market St.
* Along with the vicar of St Anne’s I am working to pass on information to Greater Manchester regarding the number of groups in our Ward which involve senior people.
* Sadly no Progress on the request for a Speed Gun session on Turton Road. I am waiting for the Police to organise and have 2 volunteers ready !
*I attended a Homewatch meeting which was taken over by recent increased incidents of crime in Tottington over the past few weeks. Vandalism occurred at Walshaw Sports Club by a large gang of 40+ youths which I am informed came from Walmersley and not local lads as many may have surmised. There was a brutal attack on a man and several other incidents over the past 2 weeks. The Anti Social Behaviour Officer and a governor of Tottington High attended a meeting last week. We understand the Police have this in hand and that there will be more patrols by PCSO Officers. Please be vigilant and do pass on any information to the Police.
* I arranged a site visit meeting with residents of Brookwater Close, Calderwood Close and Council Officers to discuss the ongoing problems with the highway, collapsed drain with water constantly present.
* You may recall that I organised a poster competition in the summer with children from Tottington High School. The winning poster is to highlight the ongoing problem with irresponsible dog owners not picking up after their dogs. I have requested residents display the poster in their window to highlight the problem. The areas I have targeted are around Tottington Primary School, part of Boothway and part of Market Street. If you spot someone not picking up after their dog please pass on any information to me, either their address or a video taken on your phone. Obviously in the utmost confidence.
* As a Member of Bury Folk I continue to support the group in any way I can. The GMSF appears to have been kicked into the long grass for now but all are not convinced that the battle is over.
* I must highlight and thank Tottington Rotary Club for all the ongoing hard work upgrading Whitehead Gardens.
* As I was appointed to the Trust of East Lancs Railway in May, I have recently experienced an enlightening full day’s tour plus a train ride, pity it was pouring!
* I continue as a Trustee of the Blind Society and helping to organise the annual dinner…Our Night at The Proms at The Town Hall Bury with everyone’s favourite…. Tottington Brass Band providing the entertainment. Please contact me for further details.
* For the past 6 months I have been involved in supporting Bury Market Traders and attending meetings on their behalf. I am now in cross party Working Group looking at how we can improve the market and meet the pressures that are facing traders. As an X retailer myself for almost 20 years, I have a good understanding of the issues they face and also have ideas going forward to ensure our market remains traditional , yet we must move with the times and entice more local people to shop here.
* The demands of The Tottington Centre continue, obviously fundraising is nonstop and we recently held a ladies lunch which I helped to organise. We raised over £1000. We are to hold a PUMPKINFEST for the children on Sunday 3rd November, details in the library. Tickets are now available for a Fun Race Night to be held at Walshaw Sports Club on Friday 15th November. Tickets are £12 and include supper.
If you are time poor and yet want to show real support for THE TOTTINGTON CENTRE, please join our 100 CLUB. It’s just £5 per month . We have 44 now signed up and our first draw is on the 18th October. Please call in the Centre or email Yvonneyvonne.ldc77@ yahoo .co uk
* The Library is to be a drop off point for a Children’s Christmas Shoebox Collection , details in the library.
* Save the Date for our 3 DAY CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAYRE with fabulous gifts on 29th/30th/31st November. Stalls available to rent with booking forms in the library……FREE ENTRANCE FOR SHOPPERS !
* Proud to announce that The Tottington Centre is to be the venue for a new unique support group, helping those affected by suicide . There will be 2 sessions per month and details will be available later this month. The group will be led by a mother whose daughter committed suicide. This is NOT counselling more about helping those affected though……