FROM YVONNE—3rd February 2022

It’s been a month of extremely important issues.

The petition with over 6000 signatures requesting another debate on the decision voted through last year by Labour regarding our Greenbelt at Walshaw has unfortunately remained on the Council Leader’s desk since early November !

 He gave no logical explanation at the January Council meeting when my colleague Iain Gartside questioned him as to why yet again, he is ignoring Bury residents who I believe he is treating with contempt, we will keep on pushing for the petition to be acknowledged and another debate.

Andy Burnham’s CAZ   (Clean Air Zone) plan has received thousands of objections to this unworkable scheme which would put many out of business with his planned extortionate charges. Well done to residents in our Ward for leading and supporting this massive campaign, people power has made a difference. With elections on the horizon, no surprise that a U turn appears to be on the way which is great news for all. However please don’t forget what this man attempted to push through and can we ever trust him again ?

No news on the much-needed crossing point for Market St Tottington. Good news for Unsworth though with a new crossing soon on Croft Lane and improvements too in Fishpool and Pimhole …and I quote “This scheme will also vastly improve road safety for pedestrians” This will add to the NINE crossing points on Heywood St but what about Tottington and safety for pedestrians here ??? Still no funding available for us but we are on a reserve list though! I regularly post on social media to raise the importance of this issue and will not give up !


Several complaints regarding bins of all colours with missed collections from a few days to a month. Most dealt with promptly, some the same day .

I reported fly tipping on Bentley Hall Lane.

Reported dog bins overflowing on Walshaw Walk.

I pressed again for a site visit on Bradshaw Rd with Residents , Council Officers and Police to deal with traffic issues , a productive meeting with agreement to implement some traffic calming measures with signage ,reflective strips and extended road markings hopefully this will reduce the many accidents.

Requested bushes cut back rear of Laurel St bordering Towns Meadow. Completed.

Requested meetings for parents with Special Educational Needs child , some progress.

Enquiry re residential driveway being used for private business, passed on information.

Flooding issues Moorside Rd , UU and Council Officers involved.

Request for repairs on Council flat. Completed.

TWICE requested road markings reinstated on Walshaw Park . Informed need dry weather.

Reported street lights out on Sunnywood Close, promptly repaired.

Request for pavement washing near Tottington Primary School.

Signposted for work experience with the Council.

Positive outcome.


After pressing SIX TOWN HOUSING for many months to follow through with their promise to consult with residents living around the site of the x pigeon sheds off Scobell St , I delivered the surveys and now waiting for the outcome from residents on the suggestion for allotments on this site. There is a waiting list in Tottington of over 20 families and I fully support this site for allotments which will safeguard it from being sold for development. Several people not living near the site but locally have contacted me to express an interest and a local group of young people have volunteered to help ready the site should this use be approved.

Tottington Tea Room in the library has reopened with a new proprietor.

There is to be a tree planting project in Old Kays in February and March with funding from Central Government. Community groups will be contacted and invited to be involved with planting and routine maintenance.

SAVE THE DATE >>>>>>>This year I will be working with St John’s Church to help organise some fun family and “different” events to draw in the community. St John’s was under a refurb for many years but is now available to hire for community groups etc. Firstly A CRACKING EASTER MARKET on Saturday 9th April with

 Crafts, Local Produce and The Parsons Tea Room will be open too.

New gas pipes are being laid on Springvale drive hence the temporary lights on Market St.

The Council organised “Market Place” for the PITCH is to take place at the Tennis Club Longsite Rd on SUNDAY 27th FEBRUARY 2-4. Residents are invited to come along and cast 6 votes for local groups who have applied for funding.

A very frightening experience for residents living in the centre of Affetside last weekend with a surge of electricity which left electrical items smoking and destroyed. Thankfully no one was hurt. A generator installed to ensure the lights were on at least. Hope things are improving by the day for Affetsiders !

When I report  caswork,I am informed that it could be 10 days before I receive a response. If no progress with your issue after a 10-day period, please contact me again.

I have attended a meeting of the Licensing Committee and Full Council Meeting.

Attended 2 Meetings with Vicar Hugh Bearn, Bury Vets and Council representatives to discuss plans to celebrate the life of WW1 soldier George Peachment who received the Victoria Cross . Ongoing.

Did you know that this year’s elections are different to the usual due to Boundary changes in all Wards? This means that ALL 51 Councillors are up for re-election. You will have THREE VOTES and must vote for THREE CANDIDATES.

If you wish to speak to me on any matter please call in THE TOTTINGTON CENTRE on Thursday afternoon from 2-4 or email

Kind Regards


P.S. Please pass on to anyone who could benefit that social group Dignifying Dementia meet Wednesday afternoons at St Johns Church Kirklees St.

Update from yvonne

Hoping you had an enjoyable Christmas and escaped the dreaded Omicron !

Unfortunately, despite it being several weeks since the petition with over 6000 signatures was submitted,  we have not received any communication on our request to debate the issue again on the important issue of the Greenbelt. All are aware that to our fury Burys Labour Cllrs voted this through in September but now we hear they want to back peddle ,GOOD  maybe we can have another vote ,after all there is an election in a few months’ time !

 Incidentally this will be an ALL OUT Election when every Councillor in the borough (All 51 )will be up for election. You each have three votes which must be used on THREE INDIVIDUALS.

Likewise, we will not give up on the fight for safer crossing points in Tottington. Numerous crossings have been implemented all over the borough from various funding sources in the past 3 years and yet we are repeatedly refused.

Heavy rain on the 4th December led to flooding in Springvale St and Sunny Bower St. Council Officers and the Fire Service were promptly on the scene. Repairs required at a culvert on Springvale St , ongoing .

The land rear of Queen St off Bury Rd has now had a tidy and fly tipping removed. Beware, the Council will prosecute when they have evidence .

A trip hazard on the pavement outside of the Post Office was repaired within 24 hours of me reporting this.

Large pothole on Turton Road reported after  comments on social media, it was then promptly repaired .Never underestimate the power of social media so do keep posting on W.O.I.T.

I have arranged meetings with Senior Officers for parents of children with special educational needs. The recent damning Ofsted report regarding Children’s Service at Bury Council is deeply concerning with vulnerable children at risk. Our Group Leader has requested an Emergency Council  Meeting , we await the decesion of the Chief Executive.

I have advised on Housing issues.

Requested investigation of oil fumes from a neighbours garden, investigated and resolved. 

Does anyone need a wheelchair ? Please contact me .

Reported the removal of trees off Harwood Road. However as this is private land with NO Tree Preservation Orders this is allowed.

Ongoing traffic issues to be discussed at a site visit at Bradshaw Road with Council Officers and Police , waiting for date to be confirmed.

A pleasure to attend a Christmas Sing a Long at St Johns Church with Dignifying Dementia who will be using the Church in the New Year for Group sessions . Should you know of anyone who could benefit from these social gatherings contact John for more details 

Another pleasure….was to attend the annual “Carols round the Christmas Tree” in Affetside with the splendid Tottington Public Band . Always a good event from a very welcoming community.

I helped on the Blind Societies Fundraising Gift Wrapping stall in Tesco and the Market Hall.

All being well ,I will be in The Tottington Centre on Thursday afternoons , so should you have any issues you wish to discuss, do call in between 2 and 4pm.

Should you report an issue to me and there is no progress in two weeks please get back to me and I will chase up your issue. 

Finally I want to thank all those big hearted people in the Ward who go through the extra mile to help our community …. and I need to mention just a few people …. David from Church St Walshaw …. The one man cleaner of streets , we thank you for all you do .
Julie Poxton  and Harry for facilitating the Christmas Gifts for Residential Homes in the Ward , thank you both !
All those volunteers who work tirelessly for good causes thank you !
It’s a pleasure to represent you  !

My Very Best Wishes for 2022

Yvonne 27-12-21

Update from yvonne

Another busy month with lots happening and varied casework .
After receiving yet another refusal to our ongoing request for a much-needed crossing point on Market Street but being informed we are on a “list” until there is funding available, I raised this issue in full Council earlier this month. I am afraid informing how much the Council are spending in other parts of the borough is irrelevant . No response when I quoted that there are 23 crossing points on Walmersley Road and 9 on Heywood St. !  I asked for some levelling up in the north of the borough as on this issue I feel that Tottington is not treated as fairly as some other areas . We need a crossing point not just to make the road safer to cross but I believe crossing points also serve as traffic calming measures too and we certainly need to slow traffic in any way possible. We will not give up and intend to raise this matter at every opportunity.
At last new street lighting columns for Market St .

I sold Poppies on two consecutive Saturdays in Bury M&S . I attended Remembrance services at both Walshaw and Tottington on the 14th of November and it’s always good to chat later in St Annes Church Hall.Residents of Affetside are thrilled that the third Memorial bench in the Ward is now in situ in the village, including a brass plaque engraved with fallen soldiers names from Affetside . Thanks to the Tottington man who has very kindly converted all three benches for our Ward. We are so very fortunate to have such a kind benefactor and I imagine we are the only Ward in the borough to have 3 Memorial benches, a great mark of respect to our fallen. 

I helped organise a fundraising dinner for The Big Fandango which raised over £2000.

It’s taken lots of time in the planning and preparation, but it paid off with a very busy Cracking Christmas Market which I played a part in organising last weekend at St Johns Church . I was a waitress and didn’t break any crockery !  Wonderful support from residents THANK YOU ! More events are already planned for next year.The money raised was divide equally between the Church and two Groups who are now hiring the Church , Dignifying Dementia and The Sunnywood Project . The Church is available to hire and has flexible space which would suit various uses . For details do call in any Wednesday and meet Minister Anthony or email 
PICS HEREAs a member of the Fundraising Committee at Ageuk I have chatted weekly to those who use the Jubilee Centre to discover what kind of events would be supported, the surveys are ongoing.

I have helped the Blind Society Gift Wrapping stall in Tesco and will help further during December on their stall in the Millgate .

I have attended 2 Licensing MeetingsStandards MeetingFull Council   2 meetings with the Neighbourhood Community Hub ManagerAgeUK Fundraising CommitteeSt Johns Event Planning ( numerous )

Residents on ParkGate have waited for road surface repairs for some considerable time, now completed.Blocked culvert rear of Moorside Road, concerning issue which is ongoing informed it is the responsibility of homeowners, the Council have assisted earlier this year, but this issue is unfortunatly still not resolved. Reported 3 dead trees on the Lines , now removed .Reminder sent regarding bushes needing to be cut back rear of Laurel St. Machinery needs repair , will pursue.Request for Enforcement on Leigh Lane now resolved.Clarity sought for new signage for road safety measures on Bradshaw Road , suggested a meeting with Police and Officers to be arranged.Yet again reported the running water outside St Annes, to be investigated with CCTV.Still waiting for response as to when road markings will be reinstated on Walshaw Park.Road Sweeper requested and attended on Bradshaw Rd.  Drains cleaned , residents requested scheduled maintenance, ongoing .Officer visited Cann St talked through a plan to sort issues with the lane, improved maintenance requested.Resident complained re Parking Ticket issued at Ramsbottom Civic Hall Car Park . No refund.Road Markings on route to town centre require remarking. Now quoted March when the road will also be resurfaced. Requested update on wall needing repair on Holcombe Rd facing Royds St. Landowner is pursuing through insurance.Fly tipping reported, evidence supplied with address so hoping for prosecution !A visually impaired resident asked for my help re raised pavements /trip hazards near her home ,reported and repaired promptly.Blue bins missed reported and collected.Reported Assisted Bin service missed . Passed on concerns from parents as no School Crossing Guard. Council response that it’s not mandatory and parents’ responsibility. All more reason why we need a crossing point on Market St !Pavement flags on Booth St reported and promptly repaired .Reported Street lights needing repair on High St.Grit requested on Moorside Rd and Meadow Way.Tree blown down in storm on Kirklees St reported.  Protruding grid on ginnel off Rhine Close reported to UU and advised residents. 

For help with any issues please contact me



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

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 … 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… 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 !

News of the Ward from Yvonne

News of the Ward from Yvonne

September was a very busy month for me on all levels .

I continued  collecting signatures on the petition each weekend to bring back to Council for another debate the decision which Labour voted through to build on our precious Greenbelt .

Each and every week in all parts of the borough  99% of those approached, supported us and signed the petition .

The Consultation on the decision to build on Greenbelt ( “Places for Everyone” ) proved very challenging to complete and begs the question ,why was this so ? Regardless I was sent copies of many excellent strong detailed objections and we must have faith that our comments get “ Places for Everyone “ well and truly rejected !


Here are some  of the issues I have dealt with last month .

Requested ,road markings repainted on the roundabout near Pennine Vets …agreed !

Brown bins missed on Bury Road …reported , bin pick ups now improving in most areas.

Requested annual strimming of hedge on path from  Rhode St to Sycamore Rd , sorted promptly .

Walshaw Park ,roads resurfaced …ongoing ,assured roads will take a few months before finished state .

Requested road markings be reinstated on Walshaw  Park .

A Banner  placed on Remembrance Gardens railing was promptly removed .

Closure of Footpath 19 at Bottoms Hall , new notices to be displayed , no progress to date .

Had dialogue with Police re young local boys being subjected  to attempted robbery for their bikes in Ramsbottom ….ongoing .

Also have contacted new Inspector Kevin Wright for our area re crime in TOTTINGTON .

Reported debris on walkways on Walshaw Walk Boothway , little action taken  .

Asked for update re lack of school crossing patrol for TOTTINGTON Primary .

Reported corroded sign on Bury Road ….promised replacement ASAP .

Given advice on several planning applications giving concern to residents .

Sunnywood Close has at last adoption status 24/9/21

New Brown bin requested …but residents have to pay .

Resident requested 20 mph zone for a safer Kirklees St and wider area

be considered .No funding available .

Passed on complaint re trees removed on Bellway Homes site ,no response .

Contacted Enforcement re Container , ongoing .

Requested repairs to poor road service on Pendle Close …to be patched .

Unadopted roads and nearby residents parking rights , unfortunately they have no rights .

Assisted bin service ….missed bins now rectified .

Several distressing cases regarding children with Special Educational Needs ,ongoing.

Blocked culvert Bury Road …ongoing .

Speeding traffic on Walshaw Rd, new signage on road safety coming to Walshaw soon .

Requested bushes cut on Market St as exiting Library car park ….assured will be cut back very soon.

Reported overgrown trees in various areas, letters sent to residents .


Our campaign for a crossing on Market St continues and Tottington Cllrs have arranged a site visit with the Portfolio Member responsible .

A new attraction for Townsmeadow Park …

“Active Floor Image  “ which is also being rolled out in 13 Bury parks .

The Remembrance Parade will take place as usual this year in TOTTINGTON in the afternoon and Bury Town Centre in the morning on 14 th November .

I have pressed for Six Town Housing to arrange as promised  a Consultation with residents who live surrounding the x Pigeon loft site off Scobell St .

Complaint re speeding cars in many areas led to a speeding operation recently by Police in Affetside and Turton Rd .

A national temporary shortage on small caddy bin liners  ! Council suggest you still leave yellow tag on your bin and place food loose in your brown bin .Local stores do sell the bags .

Crimes in the Ward recently , offenders cause damage to back door locks Cotswold Close .

Vehicle stolen in Affetside .

Spring Vale ,Offenders enter house ,cars keys stolen and car then stolen from drive.

Boothway , break lock on Conservatory , take car keys and steal vehicle on drive .

Residents of Bradshaw Rd continue to work tirelessly for improved road safety on this road which has a record of many traffic accidents , some traffic calming measures planned .

A concerned resident submitted a petition with 88 signatures regarding speeding traffic in High St and Walshaw in general.

Do check local social media site for informative community info …lots of warnings of scams etc  on…..”Whats on In Tottington Greenmount and Walshaw” with 13.6 k members .

We have a new Council Officer Tracey Coatman coveting our patch . Tracey operate a virtual Hub and will meet regularly  with Cllrs and organise public meetings with interested residents …no dates as yet .A funding pot will be available for Groups and organisations to make applications  ….no further details as yet .

Pleasure to help at two recent  events with Ageuk …..on a stall at the Welcome Back Event and at The DISCO night….appropriately dressed in 60’s gear in my sixties !

I was in the Millgate a couple of weeks ago with Tottington based organisation Fightback4justice on their awareness day , pleasure  to meet their staff and chat with residents.

I continue to volunteer in The Big Fandango on Tuesday afternoons in Bolton St Bury and organising a fundraising Dinner .

As a long standing Trustee of St John’s Church I will be working with the new Vicar Rev Anthony Roberts for the benefit of the community .An event is planned for next month in the church a “CRACKING CHRISTMAS MARKET”  on Saturday 27 th Nov 10-4 …..stalls available at just £10 for Crafts, Vintage, Collectables ,Artisan Foods too ….contact  for a booking form .

The Church wants the community to use the space so should  you know of a Group who need a big space for such as  …Dance classes…Keep Fit …Slimming Groups …Mum and Toddler Group or just a meeting room which is also available . There is a kitchen available too , please contact Rev Anthony

Or on 07383969264.

Health watch Bury are holding a drop-in surgery at The Tottington  Centre on Tuesday 12 th October from 10am – 12 .This is a opportunity to express your views on Health and Social Care in Tottington.
Council meetings are again taking place in the Town Hall and I have attended a Council ,Licensing and Standards Meeting during September .Some other meetings are still held online .

Should you wish to speak to me on any issue ,I am in the TOTTINGTON Centre on Thursday afternoons so do pop in .

Yvonne Wright

4th October 2021

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 .


Please Sign Our Petition To Save The Greenbelt.

On the evening of 28th July 2021, a majority of Labour Councillors on Bury Council voted through the “Places for Everyone” plan by 26 votes to 24 votes opposing it. Your 3 Tottington Conservative Councillors all voted against it.

We now want to try and reverse this decision by collecting at least 2,500 signatures on this petition. Subject to the ruling Labour Group on the Council agreeing, this would allow us to bring the matter back to a future Council meeting for another vote to take place which could reverse the decision. Please sign our petition which is now live on Bury Council’s web-site at:-

It is the petition named “Save our greenbelt” (ePET092)

If you have already signed the paper version that has been circulating in the local area recently, please do not sign again online as the Council may audit it and discount if a name and address appears more than once. Thanks.

Best Wishes – Iain Gartside, Yvonne Wright & Luis McBriar

Councillors for Tottington, Walshaw & Affetside

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Yvonne’s Blog Updates

At the Council meeting on Wednesday the future of our Greenbelt and  THE most important issue for our town will be debated. Each Cllr shall have a vote . A consultation with the public will then take place

Needless to say that all your Tottington Cllrs ard vehemently opposed to the destruction of our green belt . We all acknowledge we need more homes but smaller starter homes are needed for people to get on the housing ladder or downsize and these won’t be built on this prime site at Walshaw Road . I hope all Councillors on all sides of the Council chamber have listened to residents and will now vote this down !

The Hoe Down on Saturday on the Bowling Green on Royds St last Sunday  was a success and enjoyed by all… going off the feedback on social media ! Great effort by our committee of 4 .Thanks to all who supported  this event and those who helped too 

Iain and Luis being stewards for the day with Yvonne at the
Hoe-Down last Sunday
All set up and ready to go!

The Hoe Down in Full Swing!

Wanted Dead or Alive!

The next event at this location is The Big Sunday Sale on 22 nd August . If you know of anyone who would like a stall whether it be Crafts … stuff from your loft … or a charity stall please contact Sue at

  • It’s been a very busy few weeks for casework , below some of the issues I have dealt with .
  • Top of the list missed BIN collections … so many and of all colours all over the Ward not emptied .
  • Reasons for this debacle are varied but we are assured things will improve !!!!
  • A planning application has been submitted for a dog exercise area off Royds St .
  • Obstruction of bins on unadopted road reported but no action taken .
  • Overgrown trees on walkways on Boothway , reported and resident written to and given time to cut back .
  • The problems caused by the closure of Bentley Hall Road reporter and is due to British Telecom Works .
  • Enquiries re Council Tax bill error for new home owner , ongoing .
  • Sunnywood Lane overgrown trees impacting on private property waiting a response .
  • Sunnywood Close Adoption, still waiting for confirmation.
  • Arranged hairdresser for housebound gent promptly though the power of social media .
  • Swings were removed from the play  ground at Trafford Park Booth St due to Covid . Assured they will return
  • Building Debris reported near shop , no response
  • Hedge cutting on the boundary of Towns Meadow  near  Laurel St will be undertaken in autumn
  • Enquiry what Support are the Council giving re Covid to the pupils of Totty High .
  • Enquiry re moving of lamppost to make driveway accessible will incur fees.
  • Request for memorial bench at Old Kay’s  ongoing
  • Again reported road markings need repaint Crostons  Road to Bury Town Hall  and back .
  • H Bar marking completed in Scobell St
  • More accidents on Bradshaw Rd , hope the new measures will be implemented soon .
  • Complaint re the condition of Holcombe
  • Rd , reported .
  •  Long standing request for road  white lining
  • On Cotswold Cres , waiting for response 
  • Requested repainting of lines on Turton Road , first reported by resident in August 2020 ongoing .
  • Update requested re closure of footpath at Bottoms Hall .
  • Council helping with the issue of the individual camping on memorial garden .
  • Anti social behaviour reported on Church St
  • Police and Council informed of large quantity of gas canisters dumped in Affetside , ongoing .
  • Enquiry for allotment .
  • Enquiry re food vouchers for a child

Other info

My colleague Iain Gartside mentioned last week in a blog that each Councillor has £1000 to spend on community projects in the Ward. Do contact us if you would like some financial help with a project .

A pleasure to visit and discover Bury Croquet Club who meet at Whitehead Park Elton . 07856 348706 for details

My support for Bury Market Traders is ongoing  .

I continue to promote availability for vaccinations at Ramsbottom  Civic Hall.

The Sunnywood Project goes from strength to strength , over 5000 people have taken part in events in Tottington in the past year . See them on social media .
The Tottington Tea Room is to reopen under new management next week , good luck to the new team , we have missed it !

Booth St is to have new  street lighting , LED lanterns , works start from 4 th August for 2/3 weeks .
Assisted a resident who wants to move to a council bungalow .
I am  to undertake a door to door survey of those living nearest to the  x pigeon loft site  off Scobell St .I would personally favour allotments to safeguard this land from development but will listen to the residents views and pass on to Six Town Housing .

A review is to take place from this week at Harwood House which includes looking at options for improvements .Residents should not be alarmed your Councillors are here to give support and I have asked for updates .

Should you wish to speak to me on an issue we can meet at a mutually conveniently time
at The Tottington Centre .

Finally … it started with a tweet with my name on it when we met almost two years ago . Rebecca Jackson a bereaved mum lost her daughter to Suicide 7 years ago . Rebecca started a Bereavement support Group and started her group with free room hire in autumn 2019 at the Tottington
Centre .
Last week her dream can’t true when after months of raising funds ,our arts based hub opened in Bolton St Bury opposite ELR named ….

The Big Fandango !
The aim is to help those who are struggling with anxiety  by getting them involved in arts and crafts . I am proud to be a Trustee and I shall be in there each Tuesday afternoon in my capacity as a volunteer .

Iain and Yvonne

Yvonne and Rebecca


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Ward Update from Yvonne

Unfortunately many plans have had to be postponed due to Covid restrictions however
The Tottington Village Reunion Hoe Down and BBQ will now take place from noon on Sunday 25 th July on the Bowling Green at Royds St .Country and Western music for Line Dancers … BBQ and Moms Apple Pie and lots of cold beer in the Saloon ! Jeans and Checks shirts if you wish  …kids corner too . Bring your own seating .

The Family Fun Dog Show also postponed  … but it will happen !

No further news on the fight for saving the Greenbelt land in the Ward but today we hear that a new hotel will be built on a brownfield site in the Bury town centre . The area would have been ideal for low cost starter homes . Bury needs a Local Plan to safeguard our Greenbelt land which sadly the ruling Group has yet to produce .

 I have taken part in Training sessions and attended monthly Licensing meetings in the Town Hall . My Group colleagues and I have suggested improvements to paperwork  for Taxi Driver applications and renewals to reduce errors .

Some meetings I attend are still taking place online .
Local charity Age Uk “ Welcome Back “ celebrations at the Jubilee Centre also postponed but now with an interesting addition to the usual stalls , cafe , bar etc with a Bury Lions Member “ Drumming “ to a 100 songs to raise funds for charities .I am a member of Age Uk  fundraising committee and those who use the Jubillee (for the  over 50 ‘s) live all over the borough  .Fans of drumming do save the date of the afternoon of 11 th September

The new not for profit organisation I am involved with has also had to delay its official opening to 23 rd July . The Big Fandango  is an arts based community hub  in shop premises in Bolton St Bury aiming to help those struggling with anxiety . There will be lots of different workshops , crafted items created will be on sale and rooms also available for hourly hire .We need to raise £250 a week for our overheads and I will be organising fund raising events for this worthy cause .Do you have the skills to help Volunteer at The  Big Fandango ? Do contact me or check out the website .

I recently helped place a friends daughter with a nursing background to become a volunteer at the Blind Society and her skills will be invaluable.

The local Sunnywood Project is progressing and planning woodland activities in
Old Kay’s . Check out their website.

The Council draft Climate Strategy and Action Plan is now open to public consultation.

An area in Tottington has been put forward to install electric charging ( EUCI )
I have requested that residents in the area are consulted .

A Tottington Covid Volunteer flagged up that some days recently were “ quiet” at the Vaccination Centres and could the Council do more to promote . I was assured they are doing all they can to get the message out to get everyone vaccinated.

Spurr House in Unsworth which serves the borough provides essential respite care for elderly residents , some with Dementia and is under threat of closure . Staff have deep concerns and so have I and supporting and advising staff .

Am still hoping to receive a weekly list of crimes as provided for Bury South so I can share to residents making them aware of crimes occurring in the Ward .

The Library is open and hopefully a new proprietor will take over the Tea Room soon .


Casework can no longer be mailed directly to Officers and now has to be sent to  the Casework Team then cascaded down to Officers which can create a delay in receiving responses .

A blocked culvert off Bury Road  reported to Officers and ongoing .

The flooding from the blocked culvert at the rear of gardens on Moorside Rd has been inspected by a Council Officer . Residents  have spent considerable time removing fly tipped objects partly causing the problem  .
Unresolved and ongoing .

Residents living on Market St near the new petrol station are now experiencing parking
 problems .

Speeding on Market St  is common and a resident suggested a 20 mph zone through the village as a low cost solution which I supported .
On social media this was supported by some and criticised by others !  Council Officers informed me that currently  there is no funding available for a crossing which many support but that they will apply for funding when it becomes available .

Have reported several issues to Six Town Housing  regarding Harwood Crescent.
Door  mats at entrances removed and flooring needs repair , dumped white goods now removed and anti social behaviour reported , ongoing .

Again asked for date for new heating at Harwood House .

Assured today that the adoption of Sunnywood Close is again imminent !
Also enquires re the cost of moving a street lamp as blocking a driveway on Sunnywood Close .

Bins ! Collections in some areas not improving and Assisted Service missed last week on Wesley St . Reported and hoping just a blip !

H BAR road marking on Scobell St long overdue and again requested a date for completion.

An application has been submitted for
Live music/ Recorded Music / and sale of Alcohol at cafe premises on Walshaw Rd . Notices displayed for residents to comment .

A Scheme of Lining and Signage with
 “ Not Suitable for HGV’s “  for Bradshaw Road is to be submitted for the Portfolio Holder to consider .This is desperately needed as increased accidents on this country road with sharp bends .

Am hoping trade is getting better for local shops and we can look forward to the country fully opening up soon .

Do contact me if you have any issues which you need assistance .

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May 20th 2021 “News of The Ward“ from Yvonne

Well on the 6th May the Local elections were held ,it was goodbye to Cllr Greg Keeley who chose to stand down after over 5 years representing our Ward and hello to Cllr Luis McBriar joining Team Totty !

Luis works for MP James Daly so can signpost residents on issues which are above our usual remit .I have in the past week sent 2 cases to Luis .

The big fight for our precious Greenbelt continues , we are vehemently opposed to any destruction of our Greenbelt and the proposals to build 1250 houses at Walshaw Road .

Yesterday we had our first Council Meeting actually together in over 15 months but it was held in the Leisure Centre rather than the Council Chamber as more space to socially distance .

Since my last blog I have received varied casework ,here is a sample .

Elton High school agreed to a request for a fence to help with a neighbouring residents privacy .
Enquiries re Affetside x School building .Ongoing the flooding at rear of many gardens on Moorside Road subsided but with recent heavy rain the levels again rose.

Engineers at Bury Council last week confirmed that they will be undertaking investigations into the cause of this worrying issue.

Unfortunately no response from Environmental Health yet on the fly tipping at rear of Moorside Rd which I am informed is in part causing the problem with the flooding – ongoing.

Complaints re excessive dog fouling at Old Kay’s ….assured adequate bins so irresponsible  dog owners at fault here !
The ongoing waterfall pouring out at Old Kay’s am assured by engineers is resolved and culverts have been cleared .
I have requested improvements to the path from Sunnywood Drive to the Lines as presently difficult to access for mobility scooter drivers as uneven .To be inspected .

Missed brown bins reported on Walshaw Park and sorted promptly surplus bins reported and removed .If you know of bins with “ no home” and in the way ,report to me and I will have removed.

After I reported the poor state of the grassed verge at Brookwater Close (after work had taken place ) I requested it was rectified .I hoped for re turfing for an instant make over but sadly it has been seeded so some weeks before it is back to a pleasant grassed verge.

Had an enquiry from a Clergyman  who wanted to take over the x Court Building in Bury for a multi functional centre  . This is not in the ownership of the Council so passed on the details to the Vicar.

Sadly as my Group did not win the election ,the crossing we promised on Market St is now unlikely to materialise.I do hope soon that our Ward will get an equal share of funding to improve our roads and traffic safety.

On that subject ,at long last and after much pressure by residents ,Bradshaw Rd is to have additional signage and road markings to try and reduce the weekly accidents. Unfortunately HGVs persist in using this route which is totally unsuitable due to its width and bends, ideally they should be barred from this route to protect residents property from  repeatedly being damaged.

Confirmation again that the Street sign I requested many months ago for South Royd St will not arrive until September !!!
The TOTTINGTON Centre needs an external glass covered  notice board attached to the front of the building and advised on the planning procedure as a listed building. Pot hole reported and repaired  off Bradshaw Road .
No progress or update received on the parking outside Elton High.

Ongoing the plans for the x pigeon shed site off Scobell St ,current tenants are being contacted .Then it’s my understanding that immediate neighbours will be asked for their views on their preferred  future use of this land near their homes.

Reported to Six Town Housing that the central heating was not functioning at Harwood House .
Signage had been tampered with at Four Lane ends and some hidden by bushes, now repositioned and resolved .


Recently  established local group The Sunnywood Project continues its programme of activities centred around the environment with activities for all ages ,do check out their website .
Much work is again being done on the “ Snake “ to clean up , repaint and enhance this display of painted stones .Very disappointing that it has been vandalised .Good on those ladies for all their hard work and persistence as the snake is enjoyed by many.

Weather permitting I am serving on the book stall each Thursday afternoon between 2 and 4 . Lots of bargains with 7 books for a fiver or £1 each .Jigsaws and games for sake too.The stall is there on Saturday mornings too.
After recently leaving the Board of the Blind Society after 21 years ,I have now become a Director of a new not for profit CIC , The Big Fandango opening in 6 weeks at premises  in Bolton St Bury.

The Big Fandango will, be an arts based hub helping those struggling with their mental health by getting involved with activities ….giving their brain a rest !

Local  artist Rebecca Jackson is leading this group and it’s been a pleasure to have played a part in helping her set up this by “begging”  to colleagues and businesses for donations . We shall need to raise a thousand pounds a month to make this sustainable but we have lots of plans to raise funds, watch this space !

A new business is coming to TOTTINGTON and just in the process of applying for planning approval .4 Paws on Tour are extending their dog walking business into a dog exercise area on the x football ground at Old Doctor’s at the rear of the Con Club on Royd St.To launch the business the owner is to hold The Tottington Family Fun Dog Show on Sunday 25 th July .All proceeds to Dogs 4 Rescue who take in sick dogs and re home  .Presentations will be on the Bowling Green next door with outdoor  Pimms bar  and Picnic food available .Details will appear shortly on 4 Paws on Tour website . I am to sponsor a trophy …The Best Dressed Dog !

Before that fun event there is another for your diary ! Hoe Down and BBQ again to be held on the Bowling Green .It’s a village reunion to bring people together on the first weekend after the country opens up on Sunday 27 th JUNE .We want all you line dancers to turn up , bring your own chairs and blankets ….kiddies corner ….some fun competitions too…check shirts and jeans galore and if you have a Stetson yee haw do wear it !

In August  on the Bowling Green we shall again hold our Big Sunday Sale with Craft stalls… vintage  etc
All these events with details and times will be well publicised on social media .

I have today written to the new Police Inspector for the area expressing my concern re the ongoing  crime in the area which many feel is not being addressed  , many reports on local social media of damage to cars and property .

I am also involved in fundraising for Ageuk at The Jubilee Centre . On 26 th July they are holding a “Welcome Back” event …food ,fun and stalls in that lovely setting around the lido.

Enjoyed a drink with my Ward colleague Iain at St John’s cricket club which Iain as President is heavily involved . What a great job has been made of the new access from the Lines and the picket fence makes it a perfect destination for a leisurely afternoon.

Well done to Walshaw Sports Club too on all their recent refurbishments and the great food now on offer from Christine and her girls. We are fortunate to have these clubs ,great community assets in  our Ward .

I hope we can keep on track for opening fully after this long difficult period for so many and would wish businesses everywhere all the best for a great comeback …after all we are British !

If you need to speak to me on any matter please do get in touch.

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