NSPCC COFFEE MORNING

Dear Residents,

Tottington & Ramsbottom NSPCC are holding a coffee morning at Cannon Lewis Hall, Emmanuel Church Centre, Longsight Road, Holcombe Brook on Tuesday 5th November 2019 between 10.30 am – 12 noon.  Tickets are £2.

There will be a cake stall, tombola and a raffle. If you would like to go please e-mail me at yvonne.ldc77@yahoo.co.uk

Also, just an update on the issue regarding the water which floods from the Council property at Old Kay’s Park on Holcombe Road which I have received many complaints from residents. Earlier today I received the following response from a Bury Council Officer which said :-

“The problem at Old Kays Park has been recurring for some time. It is the result of blockage of the culvert which runs from the park under the road. The gully team have previously cleared the blockage on numerous occasions, but it keeps returning.

Recent CCTV surveys have revealed that there are at least two service ducts crossing the culvert, thereby restricting the capacity and causing a build-up of debris. Investigations are on-going to determine which statutory undertaker is responsible so we can approach them to have the damage repaired.”

Very Best Wishes

Yvonne Wright

Councillor for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside.

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BLOG UPDATE FROM YVONNE OCTOBER 2019

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……

 

Blog Update From Yvonne

Blog Update July 19th 2019

I have dealt with the following casework in the past few weeks:

Complaints re land at Leemans Hill being neglected by the Council, now some progress with grass mowed .

I reported fly tipping on Kirklees Trail, now removed and I hope the Council examined the many bags and will prosecute if they have evidence of the perpetrator.

Uneven paving on Ryecroft Avenue reported.

The trees at the rear of Victoria Court are taking light from residents homes. The trees are on land owned by the school and the request is with them to reduce the height.

Reported low braches of trees on Laurel Street, with Officers waiting to inspect.

Hogweed off Scobell St reported and with Officers to inspect asap.

Request for maintenance of land on approach to Miller Brook estate not possible by the Council as private land.

Complaints received regarding speeding on Turton Road near Woodstock Drive. WARNING …… check your speed as rumour has it the CAMERA VANS are on the way…the ones which give you a fine and points !!!!! SO CHECK YOUR SPEED.

I have attended the following meetings:

East Lancs Railway

Blind Society Board Meeting

Events Meeting Blind Society

Licensing Meeting

Full Council Meeting

Fundraising Meeting The Tottington Centre

Management Committee The Tottington Centre

AGM of Bury Folk

 

I have been busy at fundraising events… buying stock for the second Village Fete at The Tottington Centre. The Mayor and Mayors plus hundreds of visitors attended and we raised over £2700 !

Totty Fete 2019

 

 I was on a stall at The Big Day Out again for the Library. We raised £400 and grateful for all the support for our stall. Iain was also present all day, he was a marshal in high viz!

Totty BDO 2019

Totty BDO 2019 No 2

 The next fundraiser at The Tottington Centre will be a repeat of our previous event BURYS BIGGEST BOOK SALE on Sunday 11 th August. Activities and games for children too plus our pre loved bargain jewellery stall will also feature. A BBQ plus the Tea Room open too.

Ladies a date for your diary…Sunday 8th September

“Ladies Who Lunch “……at Greenmount Golf Club…delicious 2 course lunch, fashion show by Buttons Boutique and entertainment. All for £25.

This was a sell out last year so please call in the library for tickets soon.

I am in the process of obtaining costings for a bench depicting silhouettes of soldiers. A Tottington resident has offered to make this at a discounted price and we are meeting soon. This will be paid for from my Councillors discretionary budget.

Last week I attended a social event for Blind Society Members at a local restaurant. There I chatted all evening to an inspirational young man, blind from birth yet he was very upbeat and positive. Puts everything into perspective and makes me value good health and not complain about minor ailments!

Good News, The Tottington Centre is to sponsor a litter bin to help keep Totty Tidy!

I launched a poster competition some weeks ago at both primary schools in the Ward. Last week I have been presented with piles of posters…ooo what a job this is…the challenge was to create a poster to display in windows highlighting the problem of irresponsible dog owners who leave our streets dirty. What creative comical children here in Tottington…it’s not been easy but I think I have a winner who will receive a trophy and the poster will be copied and delivered to house in the problem areas with a request to display in windows.

I attended Tottington High School Celebration of Excellence.

Enjoyed afternoon speaker Stuart at The Tottington Centre last week. Band member Stuart spoke about the history of Tottington Brass Band.

 

Tottington Ward Update

Update from Yvonne 16th June 2019.
I am dealing with lots of casework at present :-
  • Two overgrown trees impacting on neighbours on Walshaw Park and this is ongoing.
  • No pick up of a brown bin …no tag to state contaminated, this now resolved.
  • Request for Planning Enforcement due to the lack of tree screening as conditioned in approved application, this is ongoing.
  • Modification needed at Harwood House Bedsit, this is now resolved.
  • Clarification of 20 mph zones in Tottington, this is ongoing.
  • Alleged tipping  issues Turton Road, this is ongoing.
  • Given advice regarding a Planning application.
  • Again complained regarding overgrown trees on walkways on Booth Farm Estate.
I have attended ;
  • Blind Society Events Meeting.
  • Blind Society Board Meeting.
  • Licensing Meeting.
  • Tottington Centre Board Meetings.
  • Tottington Centre  Fundraising Sub Committee Meeting.
  • Inaugural meeting of Booth Farm Estate Neighbourhood Watch.
  • Equality Training session.
  • Meetings ongoing with Market Traders issues .
This forthcoming week I will be attending my first meeting on the Board of ELR.
I helped raise funds for the library at Ramsbottom Farmers Market  selling preloved books. I attended the Boules afternoon in Affetside …well organised as usual !
I attended a Fundraising wine tasting night at The Tottington Centre.
I have passed on to Council Officers a suggestion  that grass verges could have wild flowers which will look attractive and save on mowing.
Pleased to report that both Tottington High and Elton have taken on my suggestion for an essay competition regarding our planet. Also both Walshaw and  Tottington
Primary schools have agreed to launch a poster Competition …..regarding irresponsible dog owners who don’t pick up.  Trying to push the Councils suggestion of groups, schools, businesses  or organisations to sponsor litter bins….which would support the work of all the Litter Picking Groups.The Tottington Centre are to sponsor a bin.
I am very busy preparing for our second village Fete to be held on the library car park next Sunday 23 rd June commencing at 11 am. We have lots of craft stalls plus stalls selling pre loved toys,children’s clothes,handbags, fashion jewellery….bric a brac …home made produce….BBQ…tea room open too….plus lots of children’s activities.
Please bring any cakes for the Big Totty Bake Off competition before 1pm on Sunday
Scarecrows for the competition need to be brought in the centre before next Sunday so that they can be displayed for judging.
I do not usually mention my private life on here but wish to make an exception today.
A few weeks ago I went on a trip to Poland and visited the concentration camps.The harrowing images will stay with me forever. I was heartened to see so many young people there too.
Last weekend a close friend of mine Lily Reid passed away. Lily worked tirelessly for decades in a VOLUNTARY capacity helping those with severe and enduring mental illness and their Carers in Bury. I nominated her for several awards and was present in Buckingham Palace when the Queen presented her with her MBE.  I’m very proud to have had this compassionate lady as a friend.
Some of my many “clean up kits” placed around the Ward aimed at irresponsible dog owners have been removed . Some I have replenished with bags ……please feel free to support this idea and place extra bags in the bottles…it helps your area stay clean.

Lots of support on social media for wild flowers being sown on verges to save on costs of mowing.  I have passed this onto Council Officers who are giving the suggestion consideration.

Blog Update from Yvonne

Poop Patrol arrives at Walshaw Park !


More clean up kits are now at various locations on Walshaw Park…with a total of  24 in various locations in the Ward…….if you know where one is needed, let me know and Poop Patrol will deliver !

I have been dealing with a wide variety of casework issues in the past couple of weeks;

Request submitted for a new sign much overdue … it’s in a shocking state !

Poop 11

Reports of drug dealing,  now resolved.
Anti social behaviour on the Lines, now reported.
Requested help from the Council regarding a very neglected house and garden now impacting on neighbours on Walshaw Park
Fly Tipping sign requested at Miller Brook estate , sorted and it’s up !
Query re on street parking in Holly Street, answered .
Requests for advice on planning matters Walshaw Park
I have  requested replacements for street signs on Walshaw Park and Market Street .
Pot holes  repairs requested Walshaw Park
Assisted Bin Service requested….at Last sorted !
Supporting Bury Market Traders with issues ongoing
Enquiry again after no answer for months on flooding concerns Sunnybower
Help sorting postal votes .
Reported missing dog bin on Booth St
Reported constant running water  from Old Kay’s park onto the footpath and Highway informed no funding presently available.

My work at the library continues ,committee meeting are now fortnightly instead of weekly .I am busy making plans for our second Village Fete in June and launching a Scarecrow Festival soon which hopefully will all be on display on the day of the Fete
23 rd June so please save the date to support the library at this community event .The Library was again awarded £1500 at The Pitch event and proud that the little poem I wrote again brought us success.I attended a meeting of The Tottington Townswomens Guild to receive the cheque  for the tremendous record breaking amount of £2300 for the library which the ladies had raised over the past year .I attended a promotional evening of Rotary and signed up as an associate member.

Good to hear so many residents sent objections in against the proposals to build 1250 houses in Walshaw. Residents from Bradshaw Road have contacted me to highlight the impact these proposals could have on the their area which is already used as a rat run to Bolton.

The Brexit issue has led many people to say they are not voting  and I know many are disappointed in  the present stalemate. Not voting in the local elections will not solve a thing regarding Brexit ,so please do vote!

Have supported the Hospice and NSPCC recently at local fundraising events.

Exciting plans in the pipeline for Tottington to honour Bury Soldier GS Peachment who received a Victoria Cross in WW1

Delivering my Election leaflet this past week has brought opportunities to chat with residents….very uplifting to be thanked for my work both at the library and in the Ward generally… thank you, much appreciated .

Do remember I volunteer in the library on Thursdays and I am there all day should you wish to speak to me on any matter……good opportunity to try The Tea Room too !

Old Kay’s Park Update

Water flowing down on the path and highway from Old Kay’s Park.

The Council have  said that they are aware of the issue with surface water flowing onto Holcombe Road at Stormer Hill. At this stage of their investigations into the cause of this issue seem to indicate that there is a restriction to the culvert which crosses Holcombe Road.

The Council have informed me that they aim to carry out an exploratory excavation to the culvert when resources become available. Sorry folks looks unlikely that this issue will be sorted anytime soon.

Yvonne

P.S Poop Patrol on the prowl…….need a “ no excuses kit“ in your area? Then please do contact me.

Poop 9

Island Lodge Update on the topographical survey  

Island Lodge Update on the topographical survey

The tenders went out on Wednesday the 20th of March and are due to be returned on the 17th of April. Assuming that the tenders come in at the expected price the Council would look to carry out the tender appraisal and award the contract by the end of April with the on-site work taking place by the 12th of May and the survey drawings been delivered by the 27th of May.

We are awaiting an update from Environmental Health to update on progress on the misconnected drains.