Tottington Ward Blog Update

I was pleased to have many colleagues supporting  Bury Blind Society Annual Dinner which was themed “Our Night at The Proms” with my Group Leader James Daly….plus prospective candidates who both live in TOTTINGTON, Liam Dene for North Manor and Luis McBriar for TOTTINGTON. Enjoyed by all and very successful for the society too.

Feel sure you will have noticed the lamppost poppies in the Ward covering Tottington Centre ,Walshaw and Affetside. A big thank you  to our candidate in next May’s local elections, Luis McBriar who faced the rain to put them up….he will make a very good Councillor and is in my good books already ! Both Luis and I will be selling poppies over the next few days, Luis in the Millgate and I will be in Tesco in Bury on Friday afternoon on behalf of the Rotary.
The first session of the Suicide Support Sessions led by Rebecca Jackson will commence this Saturday 10-12 in The Tottington Centre. I will be present to meet and greet. Due to a donation I was able to help Rebecca with leaflets publicising the sessions. The response from social media posts is overwhelming and it proves how much this sort of support is needed .This is a first for Bury and I am very  pleased that the Tottington Centre is to host these sessions.Do call in for a leaflet for more details
Last week I was interviewed to help with an award for Tottington . This is for GM Mayors Age Friendly Neighbourhood Challenge. I am very hopeful that Tottington will be successful and we shall be informed in December if we along with Greenmount and Ramsbottom have  won an award.
A new group started last week in The Robin Hood, Dignifying Dementia.  The next meet up for those with Dementia and their Carers is on 13th November with musical bingo…then 4th Dec with a sing song and Christmas Meal.  In the new year meetings will be every week. Please contact John for further details 07902308823. Tottington Councillors are pleased to be able to contribute to the cost of the Christmas Meal from the Councillors allocation of funds.
We are also to fund 2 more Dog Poo bins for the ward at a cost of £350……WHERE DO YOU THINK THEY ARE MOST NEEDED ?
We will soon be able to reveal the modified memorial bench  which we have also  funded, hopefully it will be in place by Remembrance Sunday and residents will admire and approve of the work completed by a local businessman.I think it is a lovely tribute to our fallen soldiers.
My work re the future of Bury Market continues and I have submitted some radical ideas to draw more local residents to use the market.
I have attended a Licensing Meeting, Task and Finish Group Meeting re Bury Market, Blind Society Board Meeting, Blind Society Event Planning Meeting. 
  • I have again updated every resident in Brookwater and Calderwood Close re the on-going  work to remedy running water problems on the highway.
  • Requests for action on more very tall Leylandi trees on the Boothway estate unfortunately refused. I am informed that any  complainant has to take action and have to pay a considerable sum which I feel is outrageous .This legislation was made law in 2005.
  • Requests for bushes strimming on the lane off Rhode Street has had to be shelved until the spring.
  • Requests since March for action on an overgrown garden and trees although promised by this week , I have been informed that this too is to be postponed until next Spring which is very disappointing for the neighbouring residents all around this property. 
  • I have requested an update on the future of Island Lodge a year after the public meeting.
  • I have received emails requesting the Councils takes some action re the impact of fireworks on animals.  As an animal lover and dog owner I too am very concerned. However, I have been informed that the  Licensing of fireworks is in the hands of the Police and Fire Services and not the Council.


Thanks to Affetside residents Andrea and Phil who have provided notice boards for their village which I feel sure will be well used promoting events in and around the area.
Planning Applications
A Planning Application has been submitted for change of use of a Warehouse unit on South Royd St to be converted into a gym.
Sold Poppies today in Tesco Bury, shoppers were extremely generous.
That’s about it for now, I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween and stay safe on Bonfire Night!
Cllr Yvonne Wright
Representing Residents of Tottington  Walshaw and Affetside
P.S  On Sunday 17th November 10am – 3.30pm, Bury Blind Society will be holding our annual Christmas Fair at Ramsbottom Civic Hall….mention my blog for BIGGER  slices of cake… as I work on the cake stall in the café !

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