Please find below an update on Bury Brown Bin Collections and an update from GMCA on Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs).
Brown Bin Collections
On Friday 3rd April the Council suspended brown bin collections to focus on emptying all other colour bins over that period. This week we have noticed that we now may have enough staff to resume some brown bin collections, though we are not able to stick to the normal schedule for these. If staff levels fall throughout the coming days/weeks then again we will have to suspend the brown bin collections indefinitely to focus on completing the rest of the scheduled collections of the other bins (grey, green and blue), so all residents may not get a collection.
They have started today (Monday 6th April) with 3 brown bin rounds that would have been normally emptied tomorrow and were the first to be cancelled on the 24th March. These rounds are shown by the maps attached to this email. We will then continue day by day to mobilise as many brown bin rounds as they possibly can each day (subject to staff levels). These collections will no doubt fall behind the original schedule so it may will take us longer than 2 weeks to complete everyone’s brown bin collection or if the staffing situation worsens, we will may not be able to complete all brown bin collections.
The Council will let residents know the day before we are due to empty their brown bin using our email alert system. This email alert system is our best way to communicate with residents and therefore it would be very beneficial to push this service as if the Waste Collection Service has to make any changes in the coming weeks these subscribers will be kept up to date. To sign up for email alerts use the website https://www.bury.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=10493, this will then ask the resident to search for their address, once they have selected their address there will be a box asking for an email address. Once the resident enters this and presses the “Sign up for email alerts” button they will then be subscribed.
Once residents brown bins have been emptied, this will be their last collection until further notice and they will be advised to place food waste into their grey bin accordingly.
A daily update will be provided on the status of these collections and will also be emailing residents as/when applicable with information regarding their collections.
Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs)
The following message provides an update regarding the closure of the HWRCs:
The sites closed on 24th March on the basis of not complying with the Government guidance on essential reasons to leave the house. The position from all other local authorities nationally is currently for recycling centres to be closed for the foreseeable future pending review of the lockdown restrictions. National waste industry guidance is also recommending sites remain closed during the lockdown period. Those authorities that kept sites open after the initial lockdown announcement on 23rd March have subsequently closed their sites due to visitor numbers, queuing and gatherings of people occurring.
The GMCA is working with Suez (site operator) on the development of a reopening plan should a decision be made to lift movement restrictions in the future. The operation of the sites would need to be on the basis of maintaining social distancing for staff and site users by restricting the number of vehicles on site at any one time. While Suez will be able to manage the onsite operations, they will not be able to control the numbers of residents seeking to access the sites and the control measures will result in offsite queuing on the highway and the potential for social interaction. Most of the sites do not have long access roads so queues will quickly develop. To give an indication of potential visitor numbers, over the weekend prior to the closures there were 46,000 vehicle visits to the 20 sites. If similar visitor numbers are experienced then there will be long wait times with the social distancing measures in place on site. All bordering authorities sites remain closed so we may also attract out of area residents to our sites on the border with Wigan/Cheshire etc. Other issues will be queues affecting district waste collection vehicles being able to access the main waste reception facilities to tip off which will affect collection rounds and queues affecting access for Suez vehicles to empty containers on the recycling sites to maintain capacity. Management of offsite highways issues will be critical in minimising the impact.
Once finalised the plan will be shared with GMP/districts for review in order to determine the resources that will be required to manage the offsite impacts. The plan will also look at options on whether to open all sites or a selection and on the range of materials to be accepted likely to be reduced to minimise the time site users spend on site.
Iain Gartside, Yvonne Wright & Greg Keeley
Councillors for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside
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Bury Council has set up five community hubs throughout Bury to target help and support for those residents most vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19).
What are the Bury Community Hubs?
Bury Council is working with organised voluntary groups and local volunteers to provide support and arrange delivery of food and medical supplies.
The hubs cover five areas: Bury North, Bury South, Bury West, Prestwich and Whitefield. They will pro-actively identify and reach out to vulnerable people, but people can also contact the hubs direct.
Who can access support?
Anyone living in the Borough of Bury without a support network who meets one or more of the following criteria:
- has received a letter from the NHS advising them that they are in the most vulnerable group and should be shielded;
- is aged 70 or over AND HAS UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS;
- is otherwise socially or economically vulnerable.
What support is available from the Bury Community Hubs?
During the coronavirus outbreak the network is here to help those who do not have support to source food and medical supplies or access hardship grants.
The hubs are here to help
Support can be requested from Bury Community Hubs either online or by phone.
- Online: Request help from Bury Community Hubs
- Phone: 0161 253 5353 (7 days a week, 9am to 5pm).
For more information please click on the link below:
Iain Gartside, Yvonne Wright and Greg Keeley
Coucillors for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside
Please see the link below regarding protecting yourself against bogus callers during the COVID-19 virus period.
Please see below COVID-10 related updates regarding Council Tax assistance, Crime prevention and the latest newsletter from Dignifying Dementia.
The government have set up a £500m Council tax: COVID-19 hardship fund 2020 to 2021 following the budget on 11th March 2020. The fund is designed to support economically vulnerable people and households in their local area.As part of the COVID-19 hardship fund Bury MBC received £1.8m based on the Working Age Caseload (2019/20 Q3 submission) being 8,741.The Government recognises that COVID-19 is likely to cause fluctuations in household incomes and recognises that, as a result, some individuals may struggle to meet council tax payments. Councils will already have established their local council tax support schemes for 2020-21. The Government therefore expects that billing authorities will primarily use their grant allocation to reduce the council tax liability of individuals in their area, using their discretionary powers under s13A(1)(c) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. Councils may also want to use some funding to deliver increased financial assistance through other local support mechanisms, having considered local circumstances.The Council intend to use £1m to be allocated to applying a further £150 credit to existing Council Tax Support Receipts – there will be no application for this. It is the Government’s intention that any assistance provided from the council tax hardship fund will not affect the eligibility of recipients for other benefits.We attach for your reference the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Briefing note – COVID 19 hardship fund 2020 to 2021 which will provide you with everything you need to know regarding the fund.
At this very difficult time for us all, your TOTTINGTON Cllrs want to place on record our thanks for all that you are doing to support our local community.
We don’t intend to give you the usual updates on casework and the meetings we have attended since our last updates. As you can well anticipate all the ongoing issues are still very important but on the back burner now and of course meetings are all suspended too.
The Council have to concentrate on keeping everyone safe and importantly that those vulnerable people in need of assistance will receive help promptly.
Please stay home and stay safe !
Cllr Yvonne Wright, Iain Gartside & Greg Keely
Food Suppliers- Delivery or collection
We have been informed that the following suppliers will deliver food to homes, or that can be paid over the phone and then food can be collected.
This may help with people who cannot get out of the house, but who cannot wait for the next on line shopping slot for food.
Please be aware that these are NOT recommendations from us or the Council and not an endorsement, it is just who we have been made aware of who can supply food. If you would like to, please feel free to pass onto to your friends and neighbours.
0161 763 7900
Pasta, rice, tinned goods, yoghurt, cheese, sliced cooked meats, fresh meat and more.
Call for a price list. Website being set up soon
The Bacon Factory
0161 797 1100
bacon, eggs, sausage, black pudding
9-4pm 7 days a week
Park Farm Shop
01706 823584 ext1
Fresh vegetables, fruit, deli items, bread, pies, puddings etc
Please don’t leave phone messages.
Delivery may be limited to some areas.
0161 478 1462
Fresh fruit and vegetables,fish,dairy, dried foods, bread
Bradley Fold Garden Centre
Full range of meat and deli items
Home delivery for £4.99
Best in Bury Butchers
Full range of fresh meat
Home delivery Wed-Sat £5
Milk dairy, orange juice
Falshaws farm Shop
0161 764 9312
Meat, vegetables, jams, pickles
John Kenyon and Sons
Milk, full range of dairy products, orange juice
Cheese Plus Bury Market
0161 797 2472 / 0707488319044
Packs of 4 different cheeses for £10, dairy products, rag puddings and pork sausages
Free delivery to Bury addresses
Delicious Catering Bury Ltd.
Fresh homemade meals delivered to your door.
Soups £2.50, mains £5, Desserts £2.50
Home deliveries Mon-Sat
Examples: Leek and sweet potato soup, steak and potato pie, cheese and onion pie, lasagna, premium sausage, mash and gravy, all served with vegetables, sticky toffee pudding and custard.
Bury Roast Company, Bury Market
Packs of mixed essentials, meat packs, fruit packs, sweet boxes
Order before 11am
Free delivery to Bury addresses
Delivery of hot and frozen meals to elderly or vulnerable in their own home. Regular delivery of food also a means of keeping in touch and alert in emergincies. For anyone in Bolton or surrounding areas 0845 604 1125 Open to new and existing customers in Bury
Cupboard stored meals delivered to the door and ready to eat in minutes- no subscription required. Delivery may take a few days due to demands.
Free to call- 0800 612 7225 www.parsleybox.com
Wiltshire Farm Foods
Frozen meals and desserts. Currently only open to current customers due to demand but new customers can go on a waiting list 0800 773100
Ready meals and groceries. 0333 370 6700. www.oakhousefoods.co.uk
Orders from existing customers only, new customers can register and will be contacted if delivery slots become available
Firstly, as we have previously advised, please continue to follow Pubic Health England’s advice on how to avoid catching or passing on the COVID-19 virus at
Waste Collection Services
The coronavirus is now beginning to impact on the availability of Council staff to operate the waste collection service and it is anticipated that the situation will worsen in the coming days and weeks.
Decisions taken to date
- To suspend all brown bin collections for 2 weeks, with effect from Monday 23 March. So we have now gone MONTHLY on Brown bins
- To honour any bulky waste collections already booked but to cancel the service from hereon and not take any new bookings.
Moving forward, as staff numbers inevitably deplete further, the following will happen.
- The suspension of brown bin collections may be extended and may become indefinite.
- The suspension of green and blue bin recycling collections is very likely but NOT yet.
At the point at which sufficient resources are not available to collect any other recycling bins, all efforts will be focused on emptying the grey bins only
We have also been informed by Council officers that in the month to come grey bins may have to be left out at residents’ properties with the service endeavoring to reach them as and when it is able, utilising whatever vehicles and staff it has available. Householders will be asked to double bag waste and put at the side of their bin. With more residents being at home the Council says they expect waste production in the home to be higher.
As well as bin wagons, tipper vehicles from Highways and Street Cleansing will be brought into service for the collection of loose black bag waste. Staff from other operational services could be diverted to assist with waste collections.
With effect from 24 March, all Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) across GM (including those at Every Street, Bury and Cemetery Road, Radcliffe) will be closed until further notice, in order to maintain social distancing. This will place an additional strain on the waste collection service.
Every Street Transfer Loading Station, adjacent to the above HWRC, to which the Council delivers all its collected waste, remains open at this time. It also remains open to traders to use. HWRCs are not for the use of traders.
In anticipation of further disruption to collections, the Council is encouraging residents to conserve space in their bins by squeezing air out of plastic bags in the grey bin and by crushing plastic bottles and cans in the blue bin and flattening cardboard in the green bin.
In order to help protect collection crews households with possible coronavirus infection please put personal waste, such as used tissues, and disposable cleaning in disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. Put these bags aside for at least 72 hours before putting them put in your usual external household waste bin.
For further information on waste collection services, you can either register for regular e-mail updates and alerts at:
Or you can get them on Twitter at @RecycleforBury
Volunteering to help vulnerable people get through the virus
Formal volunteering opportunities in the Borough are channeled through the Bury Voluntary Community and Faith Alliance (VCFA). If you are fit, healthy and have no underlying health conditions and would like to volunteer in the Borough to help vulnerable people get through this extremely difficult time, the first point of contact is
https://www.buryvcfa.org.uk/volunteering/. Alternatively, you can call 0161 253 5353.
Best Wishes and please stay safe!
Iain Gartside, Yvonne Wright and Greg Keeley
Councillors for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside.
Firstly did anyone tell you today that you are a fabulous person with a kind heart ? ….well you are and I am telling you !
THANK YOU very much for offering a little of your time to phone someone in need of the informal friendly service which I am in the process of setting up. When responding do please let me know what your e-mail address is (if you have one) as I have received some telephone messages from volunteers who have not provided them.
A call every other day just to check on welfare and to chat ,to fill up some time which is the one thing we all have more of at present.
One of our group suggested that each individual caller should set up a password to give a little reassurance to the person you are calling…so in due course ,when I can find you a buddy to call , can I suggest that you sort this yourself.
I maybe if there is a big demand be coordinating with Jane Lees a staff member at Age uk ( The Jubilee Centre at Walmersley ) who is also organising a similar scheme .
I already have connections with the Jubilee Centre as I am a member of a fundraising committee there.
If anyone does NOT wish me to pass on your contact details to Jane ,PLEASE INFORM ME.
There are almost 40 volunteers in our group and Age uk also have 25 all waiting to be matched with someone who needs us.
On Wednesday I delivered/ distributed 100 flyers to specific areas where I know the elderly live in TOTTINGTON and also left flyers in some village shops.
To date no one has called me and Age uk have the same issue…but we feel this may change in time .
However maybe you could help by networking with your friends on social media or by phone asking around to try and identify people who I can contact….if you have a name and the road the person lives on, with my council contacts I can find the precise postal address and write to the individuals explaining our scheme.
I did try to mail several of you earlier this week but unfortunately had problems with my network provider and all mails bounced back.
I will be back in touch as soon as I have someone for you to call.
All my best wishes that we all get through this doing our little bit to help those in need.
01706 82 3536
Well a big thank you!
I have in the past 36 hours been inundated with so many kind offers of people willing to volunteer to help those who need a friend telephoning for a chat and to check on welfare.
There are other established groups such as Age Uk and Bury Mutual Aid Group also organising similar help in our area…. to avoid crossover I will work with them for the good of our area.
Have tried to email many of you who have volunteered but IT problems and lots bouncing back so please bear with me.
I am leafleting in the next 2 days to target those who will need our help.
I will be back in touch with all who have volunteered.
Cllr Yvonne Wright
Should we need to move to the more serious stage, I am looking for volunteers to chat on the phone and become a buddy “Phone a Friend “ to those who live alone In Tottington Walshaw and Affetside .
To reduce the risk of feeling isolated the elderly who live alone and have to self isolate will need a friend even more to chat and check on their welfare.
If you could help and spare a few minutes every couple of days to chat on the
phone ,please contact me with your name, address and the telephone number you wish to use for the scheme.
My aim would be to partner you up with a person who lives in your area… if you are willing to befriend more than one person please state this.
Please contact me on 0776 2116 437
Cllr Yvonne Wright
Councillor for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside
P.S On a different matter, please see the link below to a poster advertising for volunteers to help secure the heritage of Tottington St John’s Free Church.
Please see the latest update below on Coronavirus from Public Health England.
Iain Gartside, Yvonne Wright and Greg Keeley
Councillors for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside
” The UK Chief Medical Officer has confirmed that as of 3 March 2020, a total of 13,911 people in the UK have been tested, 13,860 were negative, and 51 positive.
Three of these new cases are from Greater Manchester. Two of the cases are residents of Bury. As a result of contact tracing we know the new Bury cases announced today are known contacts of the previously confirmed case from Bury.
The third case is a resident of Bolton which is not linked to the two cases in Bury announced today.
Public Health England (PHE), Bury Council and the local NHS are working closely together to respond.
Public Health England is currently contacting people who may have had close contact with the confirmed cases. Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after they had contact with the confirmed case. This tried and tested method will ensure that any risk to them is minimised and the wider public is protected.
We will not be commenting further on the details of these cases due to the need to protect patient confidentiality.
PHE and the NHS are well-prepared to deal with coronavirus and the priority is to safeguard local communities which sometimes involves taking preventative measures to help reduce the risk of further cases.
The UK is well prepared for these types of incidents and there is rapid and effective testing undertaken by PHE for this virus. The NHS has expert teams of highly-trained staff and specialist hospital units around the country ready to receive and care for any patients with any highly infectious disease. The NHS adheres to the highest safety standards for the protection of its staff, patients and the public.
Based on current evidence, Coronavirus COVID-19 presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.
Anyone who is concerned about health symptoms is advised to follow the advice about what to do on the Government’s website at:
The multi-agency response team will update this briefing for partners as more information becomes available.”