COVID-19 Update

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Dear Residents,

Please see the COVID-19 latest updates from the Council below. However, we would first want to offer our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Bury care worker who died this week of Covid-19. Our brave social care workers and health professionals are in the frontline of tackling this pandemic – they truly are heroes, and our grateful thanks go to them. Please help them by following the official advice – stay home, save lives, save our NHS.

Social Distancing

The social distancing rules are also having an effect on those who are about to celebrate Easter. Also, Passover starts today, and our very best wishes go to members of our Jewish community. The usual family gatherings will be affected by this outbreak, but unfortunately, we have little choice – we need to save lives by stopping the virus spreading. Also – we urge residents not to make the annual pilgrimage to Holcombe Hill this weekend. Thousands of people traditionally take a trek to Peel Tower on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but this would make social distancing impossible. Please follow the Government’s advice: take your daily exercise locally, do not make unnecessary travel, and keep your distance from others.

Vulnerable Residents

The council has been working tremendously hard, and with our partners in the NHS, to keep all our top priority services going, particularly our most vulnerable residents who need social care.

Virtual Council Meetings

Members of the council’s cabinet are having virtual meetings several times a week, with emergency decisions being made by leaders of all political parties on the council. Working from home,

Community Hubs

Our Community Hubs are up and running, co-ordinating supplies of food, medicine and other support to the most isolated across Bury. If you are in need, call the hub hotline on 0161 253 5353 or visit Bury VCFA – Voluntary Community and Faith Alliance.

The Local Economy

Our local economy is vital to the borough’s health, and we are already enabling more than 500 companies to receive grants of £10k and £25k to help them through this crisis. Our staff have done exceptionally well to achieve this in just a few days – and a whole range of information on support is available on our Bury Means Business web site.

Waste Collection

The Council have had to suspend collections of the brown bins for two weeks while we focused on maintaining the other bin collections, as there would be very little garden waste at this time of the year. However, one-off collections are being carried of the brown bins, recognising that people will have put food waste in there before the restrictions came in. To find out when yours will be emptied, please sign up for our email reminders – nearly 33,000 households have already done so – at Bin collection days and dates.


The Council have also been taking measures to settle our homeless and rough sleepers into stable accommodation, and many of our schools are still open during the holidays to look after and feed the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable.

Around 8,500 residents who receive Council Tax support will soon have their bills reduced by £150, and we urge anyone who is in financial difficulty to contact the Council .  See Coronavirus (COVID-19) – support with your Council Tax.

Finally, here is a link to Cancer Research’s web-site that gives COVID-19 support to those affected by cancer.

We hope you are all well during these unprecedented times and are able to see and speak to your family and friends on your computer /  social media over the bank holiday weekend.

Best Wishes

Iain Gartside, Yvonne Wright and Greg Keeley

Councillors for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside

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Bin Collection Update.


Dear Residents,

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, 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.

Best Wishes

Iain Gartside, Yvonne Wright & Greg Keeley

Councillors for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside

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Bury Community Hubs – Support for Vulnerable People.

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Dear Residents,

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 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.

For more information please click on the link below:

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Best Wishes,

Iain Gartside, Yvonne Wright and Greg Keeley

Coucillors for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside

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CONVID-19 Update – Various Matters

Dear Residents,

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.
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COVID-19 Update – Various Matters.

Dear Residents,

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 hope you are all coping with the challenge of being in your homes day and night and looking after your  own well-being and those close to you.
We want to place on record our thanks to our Council staff  who are working around the clock to ensure  local services are kept operating

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.

Bin services are disrupted due to staff sickness and we understand that the bin alerts some receive by email are presently not accurate … there is a problem in stopping the mails being sent !
Public waste bins have been covered as staff are needed elsewhere .A small ask is to please take your doggie bags home and place in your own bin.
Two weeks ago a “ Phone a Friend “ scheme for our Ward was set up by Yvonne, and she has over 40 volunteers.  It is very heartwarming that so many people of all ages responded quickly to my appeal. Thank you for this and all the many acts of goodwill which are taking place in our township.
However despite delivering flyers to targeted homes where the elderly live, the take up has been slow… If you know of someone who would benefit from a friend on the phone calling, do let me know but please note that I do not need any more volunteers at present.
Following next week will be details of hot food which can be delivered to your door by Proprietor of the TOTTINGTON Tea Room ( in the Library)  Kelly Ann Simister.
Here is a link to an update from Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive of Transport for Greater Manchester Combined Authority, regarding the impact of Covid-19 on public transport in Greater Manchester and work being undertaken by TfGM in response.
Finally, please see below a useful list of small local companies who deliver food etc.

Please stay home and stay safe !

Cllr Yvonne Wright, Iain Gartside & Greg Keely

Councillors’ for Tottington Ward


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.

Dunster’s Farm

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

Home delivery.

The Bacon Factory

0161 797 1100

bacon, eggs, sausage, black pudding

9-4pm 7 days a week

Home delivery

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.

Willis Bros

0161 478 1462

Fresh fruit and vegetables,fish,dairy, dried foods, bread

Home delivery

Bradley Fold Garden Centre

01204 529949

Full range of meat and deli items

Home delivery for £4.99

Best in Bury Butchers

07805 913904

Full range of fresh meat

Home delivery Wed-Sat £5

Andrew Kenyon

01706 874629

Milk dairy, orange juice

Home delivery

Falshaws farm Shop

0161 764 9312

Meat, vegetables, jams, pickles

Home delivery

John Kenyon and Sons

01204 883351

Milk, full range of dairy products, orange juice

Home delivery

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.

01204 888669

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

07977 0075112

Packs of mixed essentials, meat packs, fruit packs, sweet boxes

Order before 11am

Free delivery to Bury addresses

I Care

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

Parsley Box

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

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

Oakhouse Foods

Ready meals and groceries. 0333 370 6700.

Orders from existing customers only, new customers can register and will be contacted if delivery slots become available

COVID-19 Update – Impact on Waste Services

Dear Residents,

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  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.


Phone A Friend Update.

Dear residents,
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.

Yvonne Wright
01706 82 3536

Update “Phone a Friend”

Dear Residents,

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

Coronavirus Update


Dear Residents,

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.

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