All good wishes for 2020 !

I am now back in the swing after the Christmas break and full of enthusiasm for the year ahead.

Firstly my thanks for all the support in the General Election for my colleague James Daly. He won by just 105 votes, the smallest majority in the country, so your votes for him certainly made all the difference. After 8 hours and 2 recounts in the Leisure Centre, I was glad to get home!

Big issues in the borough and importantly our Ward are still with us and the fight continues to protect our precious Green Belt.  The financial state of Council finances is concerning but as opposition members’ this is not in our control.


Some of the issues I have dealt with over the past weeks since my last post:

* Potholes !  Some success in Affetside and Pendle Close but others waiting for inspection on High Street (Contact me if inspections needed in the Ward)

* Requested an update on the Brookwater /Calderwood water on the highway etc issue.

* Again requested the cutting back of trees on Victoria Close.

* Reported missed bin collections (contact me if you have a problem)

* Passed on comments re the cost of Environmental Health request for service for the problem of rats present. £75 for 3 visits.

* Severe damp in a Housing Association property.

* Enquiries re land ownership when not Council owned.

Residents are advised to enquire themselves to the Land Registry, there is a fee.

* Moving by 5 ft, a bus stop to allow access for off road parking.

I attended a Blind Society Events Meeting, planning fundraising events for this year. If you enjoy FUN quizzes join ours on Friday 6th March at Elton Liberal Club, tickets £5 includes supper teams of 4. Please contact me for tickets.

I attended a Group Meeting in preparation for full Council meeting this week.

This week I am chairing a meeting of the Ramsbottom and Tottington Support Group for Bury Hospice and organising 2 fundraising events in spring, details in my next update.

Another 2 day book sale coming soon at the library, details in my next update.

Good to see the new street sign on Market St facing the vets….need one on your road ??? Do contact me.

Market St Picture


The 2 new dog poo bins will be in place imminently.

I popped into the Robin Hood on Wednesday lunch to chat with John who organises Dementia support group social meetings each Wednesday for those in the area with dementia and their family and Carers. All welcome for lunch, chat and entertainment some weeks.

Very pleased that Council Officers agreed to my request to allow Rebecca Jackson( who leads on the support group for those who have lost someone to suicide with meetings in the library twice monthly) to take over the maintenance of the small area of land where the Christmas tree is planted near the cenotaph.

The Christmas tree gave comfort to those local family members who after the torch light walk on 9th December were able to display decorations.  Now the group aim to use it throughout the year with an Easter display in April.

If you wish to speak to me on any matter, I am in the library each Thursday from 9.30am or alternatively, you can telephone /email me or I can arrange a meeting at a time to suit you.        Yvonne 20th Jan 2020.

GM Bus Consultation

Dear Residents,

Please see below a recent press release put out by Greater Manchester Combined Authority concerning a major GM Bus consultation that is currently running.

Best Wishes

Yvonne Wright, Iain Gartside and Greg Keeley

Councillors for Tottington Ward (Comprising Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside)



Buses are vital for Greater Manchester. They’re used for three-out-of-four public transport journeys and thousands of us depend on them to get to work, the shops or services like our local GP.

Buses also help reduce the number of cars on our roads, this means less congestion and less pollution.

But bus use is falling.

Currently, in Greater Manchester, individual bus companies decide their own routes, frequencies, tickets and standards. In areas they don’t run, the public sector pays to fill in the gaps in the market where it can.

It’s hard to make our buses work together, or with other kinds of public transport, and the fares and tickets available can be confusing.

Buses can be improved and Greater Manchester now has a chance to do buses differently.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority is proposing a franchising scheme for the whole of Greater Manchester.

This would mean that bus services would be under Greater Manchester’s control and they would decide which services would be provided – like the way buses are run in London and some other major cities around the world. GMCA would set the routes, frequencies, tickets and standards, while the bus operators would run the services.

This would allow buses to work better with the rest of our public transport – as part of Our Network – Greater Manchester’s vision for a joined-up transport system.

As a part of the legal process GMCA is consulting with the public, businesses and organisations to get their views. As a concessionary passholder we want to ensure that you are aware of the consultation and have the opportunity to take part.

Please note that the consultation is on how Greater Manchester’s buses could be run and the outcome will not affect your concessionary pass.

You can find out more information at  where can complete an online questionnaire.

Alternatively, you can email your comments to or write to FREEPOST GM Bus Consultation.

The consultation ends at midnight Wednesday 8 January 2020.

If you need to respond in a different way, or require the consultation materials in a different format, please contact or call 0161 244 1100 to discuss your requirements.


James Says Thanks!

James Daly is now the newly elected MP for Bury North has asked that we pass on his thanks to those of you in TOTTINGTON Ward who put their trust in him and voted for him last Thursday.
It was a very tense night with 2 recounts and the votes cast in TOTTINGTON Ward appeared very high but we do not have any figures as yet.
Now to Christmas, we hope you all have a very happy time and our very best wishes for 2020.
Yvonne Wright
Iain Gartside
Greg Keeley

Blog Update From Yvonne

Along with my usual commitments, I am as you would expect busy campaigning for the General Election next week.

The Conservative candidate, Solicitor James Daly is a Councillor Colleague and Leader of the Conservative Group here in Bury.

James has been an Elected Member of Bury Council for 8 years; however I met him several years prior when James helped me with a problem I experienced whilst being in a position of responsibility volunteering at a local charity.

I will never forget his help when I most needed it and I can vouch first hand that James is a good listener and will always stand up for what is morally right. He did not gain financially by helping me and hope this goes some way to explain the good character of this man who wants to represent you in Parliament. He has the personal qualities to be an excellent MP for Bury North.

James, his wife Joanne and their family have also supported me by attending numerous fundraising events for local charities over many years. He supported me all through the fight to keep Tottington Library open in 2017 and generously acted as our  Solicitor dealing with all the legalities, a man with a generous spirit he did this free of charge.

I am asking you to vote for James Daly !


Contractors on the site of the new petrol station on Market Street informed me that it is likely to be February before it’s completed.

The problem on Brookwater Close continues and the latest information from Council Officers that although it is known there is a blockage, finding exactly where is proving problematic. A private landowner is now involved and has now been notified.

I have received details from the Island Lodge Pre Feasibility-Draft Issue. The report has identified 5 options but the Council does not have funds for any option. An external funder could be possible but at present none have not been identified.

Again I followed up enquiries regarding the request for the height of the trees to be reduced at the rear of Victoria Court and informed that the school has this in hand.

I have reported a big pothole in Affetside that appears to have been overlooked by contactors who I understand have done a good job patching up potholes.

I have stepped back from the Cross Party Working Group re the future of Bury Market. I await the report with interest due in the New Year.

I have contacted Planning Enforcement on a couple of issues which are….. in progress.

Always an honour to take part in Remembrances Services both in Walshaw and Tottington.


The Christmas spirit was in full swing with 39 Boxes shoe boxes full of goodies collected at the Tottington Centre for children in Eastern Europe and Africa. Thanks to Affetside villagers for their generous contribution.

Pic Shoe

The 3 Day Craft Fayre at The Library was again another big success.

As a member of The Fundraising Committee at The Jubilee Centre I helped with the raffle at the Winter Wonderland event last weekend.

Raffle Jubilee centre

The Hospice are pleased that Tottington is now represented by the fundraising group I am Chairing to raise funds for The Hospice. We have planned 2 events for next year and details of The Gardeners Question Time and Supper in March plus the Dinner and Fashion Show in May  will be follow in January. On the subject of Bury Hospice, wishing Tottington candidate in next May’s local elections LUIS MCBRIAR GOOD LUCK this Saturday when he takes part in Bury Hospice STRICTLY competition…don’t break a leg Luis, especially as he is performing my favourite dance the Argentine Tango ! Friends can sponsor Luis too.

I supported Brooksbottom Cricket Club with a Luxury  gift Wrapping service and on Friday 6th I will be in Tesco in Bury gift wrapping for the Blind Society from 10-4pm…Extra special wrapping for Tottington residents who mention my blog !

Gift Wrapping

I worked waitressing at the Blind Societies annual Christmas Fayre

Blind Soc tea Pic


Each year Councillors receive a budget to spend on worthy causes in the Ward. If you know of such a cause please contact us. Some of our funding this year went towards the refurbished Memorial Bench near the cenotaph.

Bench Pic

Some other causes we have contributed to are;

New music for Tottington Public Band

Contribution towards Christmas tree in Affetside

Affetside Tree

Project for Luncheon Club at St Johns

Christmas Lunch for members of Dignifying Dementia.

If you know of a worthy cause for funding in the Ward, please contact me and we can give it our consideration.

I have asked for suggestions for the locations of  2 new Dog Bins…do you know of locations where they are needed?

After the recent poster campaign and adequate bins, I am very disappointed to see that irresponsible dog owners are active still on Boothway.Dog faeces all over the place and I wish we had evidence to prosecute these inconsiderate people.

Unfortunately, the Conservative Group Members are presently not attending Licensing Meetings (which I am a member) due to inappropriate comments from the Chair which we deemed inoffensive.

Proud that after the Tottington Centre became available for meetings to support those who have lost family to suicide, that the Council are now providing a venue in the south of the borough. Making weekly support available in the borough in the New Year which is rare if not unique. I am pleased that we in Tottington helped this worthy project on its way. On Monday 9th I am supporting Rebecca Jackson who leads the group in a Torch light Remembrance walk from Greenmount to Tottington. A service will be held around a Christmas tree in the area near the cenotaph. Local Ministers will be present.



A Letter from a Tottington Resident

Below is a letter from a Tottington Resident who has asked us to put this on our Blog.  It is addressed to Mr James Frith.


Today we received your letter concerning the forthcoming General Election. Normally, I would not respond to this kind of correspondence. However, this time

I feel that I must. I do so in point order.

1) in your opening paragraph you state that in your judgement there is no Brexit deal that works best for Bury and Britain. With respect, this is not about you, about me or about anyone individual. This is about respecting democracy and all the values that it represents. In early 2016, nearly 600 MPs voted for a referendum understanding what was at stake and recognising what the binary nature of a referendum involves. After the referendum and in subsequent 2017 election manifestos, the main parties confirmed that its outcome must be respected.


2) You then go on to say that “with politicians and Parliament unable to agree, the people need a final say on Brexit”. I feel very frustrated to have to remind you, but the people have already had their say and trust me, knew exactly what they were voting for – an independent Britain, free from the constraints from an EU, which continues to readily promote central federalism and control. Indeed, many many people said in 2016, that some short economic downturn would be a willing price to pay to take back control of our country.


3) You confirm your intention to support a “Final Say Vote”, then stating that you will campaign to remain. I can only add that if there was another referendum, it should only be on how we leave, as a proper and logical follow on from the first “what” vote. The Remain option has not earned the right to be part of any final “how” vote, because it lost first time around!!!


4) Regarding your next comments about “smaller parties”, it is not true that a vote for anyone other than you risks a Hard-Right Tory Brexiteer crashing out of the EU without a deal. We now have a deal, agreed with the EU, aimed at preventing such a scenario. With 54% of people in Bury voting to leave, I suggest you had an absolute duty to respect the majority will of the people who elected you and vote for this deal. Ignoring this, you blatantly refused to do so AND unashamedly  continue to promote the Remain alternative. Along with the majority of your MP colleagues who have gone against the majority wishes of their constituents (approximately 400 constituencies voted to leave in 2016), your hypocrisy beggars belief.


5) Leading on from the above, you also unashamedly confirmed support of Lib Dem and Green Party supporters in your election campaign. This despite the fact these parties are prepared to revoke article 50 and cancel Brexit altogether. I can only read into this, that you welcome the support of parties who have a handful of seats in parliament, at the expense of the 17.4 million who voted to leave. What price democracy eh.


6) Next you explain voting tactics in both 2015 and 2017 and then go on to talk about the future and other challenges. In short, it seems you don’t care how these other parties will deal with such issues, so long as they help you stop Brexit.


7) You finish by saying that these are testing and difficult times. They have only been made so, because people like you have refused to accept the democratic will of the people. It started with Tony Blair openly stating on 24 June 2016 that we should not accept the outcome of the previous day’s referendum and has continued ever since. In so many different ways, the establishment has tried to run roughshod through the majority view.

Democracy is one of, if not the most precious value we have as a free nation. It is a value that has been fought for time after time throughout the ages and yet it is people like you who treat it with contemptuous disregard. People like Nelson Mandela must be turning in their graves.


Shame on you Mr.Frith, shame on you.


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 !


Can you fill a shoe box of goodies for a needy child ? The boxes are for children in Eastern Europe and Africa. Boxes and information are available at The Tottington Centre. All boxes must be ready for mid November.

The first of the twice monthly 2 hour sessions  to help support those who have lost someone to suicide will  comence on Saturday 2nd November at The Tottington Centre at 10 am. Please call  in for a leaflet. These sessions will be led by Rebecca ,a mum who lost her teenage daughter to suicide.

I will be there to help, meet and greet and give support in any way I can.
Rebecca has tried for some time to get this started with  no luck.
This will be a first for Bury and it started with a Tweet…and I responded .
Proud that The Tottington Centre is to host these sessions.
You will still find me at The Tottington Centre each Thursday from 9.30-5 pm as a Volunteer. However, I am no longer part of The Management Committee or the fundraising team.
I will always be very proud  to have played a large part in saving the library from closure along with my colleague Cllr Iain Gartside who instigated the petition to save the library
 I was one of the main drivers and secured the £15.000 of funding to ensure we could initially operate the library with volunteers. I have introduced many fundraising events and feel sure they will continue.
Meanwhile, I have agreed to Chair the Ramsbottom and Tottington Fundraising group to raise funds for Bury Hospice so will put my creative fundraising skills to more good use.
My colleague Totty lad LUIS McBriar who will be standing for election in Tottington Ward next May is taking part in Bury Hospice Strictly Dance Competition. We hope he wins !
GOOD LUCK LUIS !…don’t break a leg !