News of the Ward.

It’s been a busy few weeks !

The outcome of the vote on the 28th July at full Council devastated many fighting to save our Greenbelt land here in Walshaw and beyond.

26 voted for this (All Labour)  and 24 of us vehemently against from the three opposition parties plus one Labour. Many fine speeches on the night trying to convince all to vote “Against”  but an outburst from me when the Mayor said we were out of time and would not allow me speak on this most important issue in our Ward.I make no apologies for having shouted out that the people of Bury would not forgive those who voted to decimate our Greenbelt.

My Ward colleague Cllr Iain Gartside immediately instigated a petition to bring this issue back for another debate to Council and presently we have over 5000 signatures. Each weekend I have been out collecting signatures all over the borough ….you can sign online at :- Alternatively, there are hard copies available in The TOTTINGTON Centre.

Talking of which ,the Tea Rooms in the library now has new Management in James and Rebecca serving delicious snacks and light lunches each weekday .

I have attended various meetings this month although August is traditionally the month of “recess” when fewer meetings take place .

Many of you will have received our “In Touch“ newsletter through your letterbox recently which included details of our community budget .Cllrs distribute this to local organisations. Do contact us if you have a project which needs some financial help …..several groups have recently benefited.

Each Tuesday afternoon I am volunteering in The Big Fandango in Bolton St , Bury. This is the new not for profit organisation which I am a Trustee and helps with emotional well-being …and giving brains a rest from anxiety by taking part in arts and crafts ….open 6 days a week do pop in for more info .
I attended  Pets in Need open day and a great success it was too despite the inclement weather .
I helped organise the Big Sunday Sale on the x Bowling Green on Royds St.

Sadly The Family Fun Dog Show has had to be cancelled …hitches out of my control….maybe next year !
You may recall that in March  2020  just before lockdown I appealed for volunteers to be a Friend on the Phone to those living alone…and matched a few people together .I became a friend to an elderly lady and still chatting and now socialising.

I am involved  in organising “ Welcome Back “event at The Jubilee  Centre with Bury Lions on 11 th September …stalls and a “Drumathon”taking place …Senior citizen Duncan Lees is drumming 100 tunes !

Six Town Housing are undertaking a Review of their housing  ,this includes Harwood House .I understand that all residents have had informal chats and their views sought .

Full credit to TOTTINGTON resident Judith Kelly who sought funding and succeeded for several replacement Defibrillators around the Ward …our thanks .

Passed on messages to the Police re break in and attempted break ins ….be vigilant folks …double check and lock everything up ! Also passed on comments regarding the difficulty of getting through to the Police on the phone .They  suggest it could be quicker to report incidents online .

Have had an informal chat with some residents living around the site of the burnt out x pigeon sheds off Scobell St ….many in favour of allotments .I have passed this info to Six Town Housing who informed me in spring that they would undertake a consultation with residents on the future use of this land ….let’s hope it’s soon.

Asked for advice on a  Planning Application.
Asked for advice for a child with Special Educational Needs


Below some  of the issues and Casework I have dealt with over the past month :

The biggest problem  in many parts of the Ward (and it’s still ongoing)  is the debacle of the missing pick up of bins …..Cllrs have received assurances that all is
resolved .Informed that a Senior Officer has been sacked .Do continue to report to us and we can pass on for pick up .

Vehicle stolen from Affetside ( House door handles removed ) again be vigilant .

Bottoms Hall route to walkers still closed …ongoing .

After an enquiry , discovered  a shortage of the green caddy bags ..,but they are on the way !
Complaint re trees and bushes encroaching onto a private garden , the Council to spray where public access is required and the Sunnywood Project gang to the rescue to help also ….our thanks !
A “ Dead” and leaning tree on the Lines reported ,assured by the Council that this will be resolved soon.
Reported the damaged wall on Holcombe Red near Royds St ,assured it will be investigated  as on private land.

Received complaint re trees being removed on the former Andrew’s site , waiting a response .
The Council have written to a resident regarding over grown trees on Boothway requesting they are reduced in height.

Passed on enquiry if Planning consent is required for a storage container on Turton Road area .
Reported “ depression “ in Bowling Green , meeting arranged with Council Officers .
Request for Brown bin from residents who have never had one.

Speeding on Turton Road…have constantly passed on complaints .Informed PCSO to evaluate the best place to set up a speed camera …watch out !

Patching now to take place on Turton Rd road surface …however white lining may take longer .
I have received complaints re lack of Road Markings at Crostons Rd and Bury Town Centre.Informed new surfacing in 2022 so white lining will then be sorted.

Asked for advice on refugee Afghan family members , referred to relevant  MP .
Dumped van reported, now with DVLA .

Should you have any issue you wish to discuss with me don’t hesitate to contact me or do call in The TOTTINGTON  Centre on any Thursday afternoon and I shall do my best to assist with your issues .


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