Last night Cllr Iain Gartside and I, along with other colleagues, submitted the petition to the Council requesting another debate on the disastrous decision to build on our precious Greenbelt.

With over 6,600 people signing, we now await the decision from the Leader of the Council/ the relevant Cabinet member on whether they will allow a further debate and vote on it. We sincerely hope the wishes of residents from all over the borough who signed the petition in support of a further debate are not ignored on this massively important issue.

May we take this opportunity to thank all 6,600 residents and people who work or study in Bury who took the time to sign the petition.



Yet again it’s been a busy month, below a sample….

  • A sexual attack on Bury Rd , request for improved lighting.
  • After complaints of neglected walkways on Boothway ,Walshaw
  • Tree issues rear of Cotswold , some residents want removal , majority want them to stay. All details are in the Planning conditions and my understanding is they will be staying.
  • The issue of the culvert on Bury Road near Rosewood is not resolved and ongoing investigations taking place.
  • Light out reported on Whittles Lane 6th Oct.Confirmation that no alternative route available at Bottoms Hall for walkers.
  • Housing enquiries for Council house.
  • Ongoing complaint re state of the recently resurfaced roads on Walshaw Park holding water , ongoing ,residents state unsatisfactory and I agree…waiting for further comments.
  • Request for road markings are reinstated on Walshaw Park, ongoing.
  • Requested  a clean up of moss on tarmac in Memorial gardens before Remembrance Sunday.
    Request for adapted bungalow, made enquiries.
  • Distressed mothers wanting improved communication with Council Officers regarding their child’s special educational needs , one meeting arranged.
  • Reported Gravestones at St John’s church yard  had been laid flat probably  due to being unsafe, however laid so inscriptions no longer visible .Council no information.
  • Reported with dustbin non pick ups in neighbouring Ward , all resolved and situation thankfully seems to be back to normal.
  • Confusion with bin recycling  for residents with Dementia , a suggested new routine in place .
    Hedge cutting requested on perimeter of TownsMeadow park  near residents
    homes .Agreed.Worry to parents that crossing patrol for school children at Holly St which the Council provide is intermittent, informed not mandatory and responsibility of parents .I do hope not just TOTTINGTON missing out here on this.
  • Enquiry re work on land at rear of Cormar, assured just tidying taking place.
  • Refused , the offer by residents to pay for 20 mph zone signage
    Application for Childrens Home on Walshaw Road at Committee next week , recommended for Approval, residents concerned re parking issues.
  • Concerns regarding lack of any maintenance on Cann St .
  • Concerns regarding lack of any maintenance on Harwood Rd , grids constantly
  • Trees being removed near Scholes Kennels reported , waiting for comments from Enforcement
    Alarmed to discover through social media that the flooding at rear of gardens on Moorside Road first reported to me early summer is still not resolved .Ongoing.
  • Complaint on Bury Road when residents observed missed bins of all colours being put in the same truck ( no recycling)  …..assured this rarely happens and to avoid further delay with bins being emptied

I DO ALWAYS ASK RESIDENTS TO CONTACT ME TO FOLLOW UP IF NOT RESOLVED….if I don’t hear back from you ,I assume all is sorted and well .


Dignifying Dementia are to resume meeting up in Tottington  with their MERRIE MELODIES singing group. At new venue St John’s Church  Kirklees St. Meeting weekly from 12th January from1-3pm however there will be a pre Christmas session on 8 th December. To reserve a place contact John
dignifyingdementia@ gmail.com

Big hearted local volunteers JULIE AND HARRY are  organising presents for residents in residential homes in the Ward. In due course they will request on social media in due course for generous spirited residents to donate gifts

The Council have been allocated funding from the Government for a Winter Hardship fund …..do you need it and in re wilt if benefits?

There appears to be many incidents of break ins in the Ward which is very concerning , I would urge you to attend the public meeting next week  and share your experiences.

There are again to be regular Public Meetings for residents to have their say. The first for Tottington and Elton residents  is next Wednesday 10th November at Woodbank Cricket Club at 6 to 7.30pm focussing on Community Safety …all welcome !

The Council Officer leading these meetings is Tracey Coatman and she also has details of funding available for community groups and charities , come and meet her for more info !

Good news to see Bury Market is to receive Government Funding for
much needed regeneration .Those who follow my blog will be aware I have supported the Traders  for several years and do hope the 20 Million pounds is spent wisely to bring the market into this century by both enhancing but keeping its appeal ,not just for visitors but it needs to win back its own townspeople , am personally hoping for some additional interesting eateries to draw in new customers …..the way to our hearts and purses is through a nice meal and then to see the stalls and be tempted on route too !

It was a pleasure to support Karen at Paws for Coffee with her Halloween Fancy Dress Party for dogs …even though one little sweet dog did give me a quick nip ! It was interesting to speak to one owner whose dog had helped her enormously with anxiety and she no longer suffered from panic attacks .

I took part recently in a Suicide Prevention Training Session at The Big Fandango and did learn a lot ….being a good listener and really taking note of the behaviour of those near to you can help .
54% of those who take their own life are not mentally ill and 75% are male …it’s perceived that men don’t talk ….the menopause can have a severe impact on women too…..watch out for your nearest and dearest and keep talking !

A site visit took place on Market St ,TOTTINGTON with Cllr Quinn and my colleagues and I felt hopeful that he would acknowledges and understand  that we desperately need a crossing/ refuge which we have been requesting for years. However,  we have been informed that there is still no funding available and TOTTINGTON is now on a “list “. This is unsatisfactory and I am submitting a question at the next full Council meeting later this month .

The Rotary are collecting good quality warm coats  WRAP UP PROJECT . Please leave at The Tottington  Centre .

The Sunnywood Project continue to go from strength to strength and expanding on the work they do …check them out for activities planned .

I am helping to organise a fundraising dinner for the BIG FANDANGO later this month at Greenmount Golf Club .

I was approached several weeks ago by the new Vicar at St John’s Church Rev Anthony and now heavily involved in helping him draw in the community . The Church space and meeting room is now available to hire at a modest cost ,so please pass on the word to anyone who maybe interested .I am also helping to organise
THE CRACKING CHRISTMAS MARKET on Saturday 27 th November 10 until 4 . A mix of interesting stalls with unusual gifts  ( now all pitches sold ) and a small cafe serving snacks and cakes …I shall be waitressing , look out Julie Walters ! Hope you can support this new community event.

Next week on Sunday 14 th November we shall have our usual Remembrance service at Walshaw at 11am and parade down Market St Tottington with the service at 3 pm ,always heartening to see so many of you there remembering those who gave their lives for us .

I shall be in Marks and Spencer in Bury on both the 6 th and the 11 th selling Poppy’s for the British Legion .

Any Ward  issues you wish to discuss , you will find me in The TOTTINGTON Centre each Thursday 2-4 pm or if not convenient do contact me by email

Cllr Yvonne Wright

P.S on Friday 1st December I shall be in Tesco’s Bury Gift Wrapping to raise funds for Bury Blind Society …..will do extra fancy for Totty Folk !

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