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.

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Thank You for re-electing me on May 2nd…..the hard work goes on for Tottington Ward!

I’m now fully back into the swing of things after the elections. I have been appointed onto the Licensing Committee which I served on many years ago.

More clean up kits in situ after a resident requested them for Sycamore Road and on Market Street.Incidentally I have requested this appalling street sign (attached )is replaced and informed the Council only order replacement signs  twice a year, so unfortunately it could be some considerable time before a new one is in place.

I have requested that road markings at Carmellos junction are repainted and assured this will take place in June.

I am dealing with a variety of casework issues which unfortunately cannot be solved quickly and are ongoing …..overgrown trees,Planning advice, blocked grids which are impacting on householders.

I am assisting Bury Market Traders with ongoing issues and arranging a meeting with Council Officers.

Along with fellow volunteers from The Tottington Centre we had a stall at Greenmount Village Day and raised £201 for the Centre with a Tombola and Hook the Duck, it was awful weather but a fun day!

Tottington Councillors are launching an essay competition for pupils at both Tottington and Elton High and will award a Trophy  for the best, the subject , “ Our Planet “….how do we help save it. Feel sure it will be interesting to read the views of the young people.
We are not leaving the junior school pupils out and will give awards for the best poster from both Tottington  and Christ Church Primary.

The theme of the poster is to attract and stop irresponsible  dog owners from not picking up the dog poo.The best poster from each school will be copied and delivered to areas in our Ward where this is a problem.

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Blog Update from Yvonne 5th May

I wish to thank the 1725 residents of Tottington Walshaw and Affetside who once again put their trust in me and voted for me last Thursday.

I am overwhelmed to have received more votes than the other 3 parties put together with a 961 majority. 

I have full appreciation for your faith in me and I can assure you that I will not let you down.

Back to Work Already !

I will again be working hard on your behalf on all the issues which matter to you starting with the most important issue to hit the Ward in years,that is the ongoing campaigning to save our greenbelt from destruction and stop the proposals to build of 1250 homes at Walshaw.YOU can also help by signing the online petition organised by Bury Folk as soon as possible please.

The petition is for Bury Council to withdraw from the Greater Manchester Framework and thousands of people registering will send a strong message to the Leader of the Council .You can check this out on Bury Folks website or here is the link.

https://www.bury.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid+10483

As a member of Bury Folk, I will keep you updated on any progress and any further campaigning.

ISLAND LODGE

The Council have now received tenders back for the Topographical Survey and surveyors have been appointed. They will be on site next week. It is hoped the survey will be with the  Consultant by the 24th May for him to complete the report by late June and I will update as soon as I hear of the outcome and hopefully a way forward to restore this well loved area to its former glory.

KEEP IT CLEAN !

The 30 clean up kits with doggie bags I placed around the Ward have in the main been well received…a few removed…such is life.

Some need refilling with bags and I will sort that this week. If the one near your house needs more bags please let me know or if you think another is needed let me know please.

I shall be working on a stall raising funds for The Tottington Centre tomorrow Bank Holiday Monday at Greenmount Village Day…Tombola and Hook the Duck, if you are attending, please call by and check out our stall…..

Feel free to contact me on any matter you want assistance with by email or telephone or call into The Tottington Centre any Thursday if you wish to speak to me from 9.30 am to 5 ish.

Yvonne…. I  am feeling H-A-P-P-Y !

Please Help Yvonne To Protect Our Greenbelt This Coming Thursday 2nd May.

Dear voters of Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside

This coming Thursday you will be voting for a Councillor to represent you for 4 years.

My record over the past 19 years speaks for itself, check me out on the history of this blog website.

If you want to protect our precious Greenbelt in Walshaw, only a vote for the Bury Conservative Party can stop Bury Labour from destroying it.

Hope my lucky mascot Rosie Wright brings me luck Thursday !

Thanks for all your messages and good luck wishes.

Please remember Councillors have no control over Brexit and I too am as angry and disappointed as you are of MPs ignoring the wishes of the people.

I Hope you can consider supporting me this Thursday.

Yvonne and Rosie Wright 

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 !