Totty Scarecrows Competition

Totty scarecrows competition is shortly going to be run by 12th Bury & Ramsbottom (1st Tottington St. Annes) scout group .

The idea:

You build a scarecrow with your family and place in your front garden/yard/window, anywhere that people can see it from a distance without breaking social distancing rules. Entry forms available via email, request, complete and return from/to

We issue a list of streets with scarecrows being displayed for people to plan their own route for their daily exercise walks.

They will be judged and prizes given.

There will be a small fee of £2 to enter your scarecrow, if you wish to be included in the judging, with a 50/50 split to the scout group and the prize fund, payable vial paypal

The event will be held from Friday 3rd July to Sunday 5th July with the winner being announced at the end of the day on Sunday 5th.

If you have access to Facebook then the event details can be found here:

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Bury Celebrates VE Day & COVID-19 Update

Dear Residents,

Please follow the link below for the latest communications from Bury Council regarding the Stay at Home VE Celebrations and COVID-19.

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Best Wishes and Please Stay Safe.

Iain Gartside, Yvonne Wright and Greg Keeley

Councillors for Tottington, Walshaw & Affetside

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Update on Bury Carers Service and COVID-19

Dear Residents,

Below is a press release from Bury Council regarding a new provider on Bury Carers service and COVID-19.


“A new provider will take over the Bury Carers Service on 1 June to provide help to hundreds of local carers.

The new Bury Carers Hub will be provided by n-compass. The aim of the service is to improve the health and wellbeing of carers and their families, with a strong partnership approach and providing early intervention.

The change follows a 12-week consultation with carers in September 2018. Bury Council and the CCG wanted to understand from carers and those supporting them what services and support carers feel there should be in Bury.

This was followed by a number of feedback sessions and workshops with carers and service providers, an online carers forum, and feedback on what carers wanted to access online via the Bury Directory. The service contract then went out to tender in December 2019.

Established in 1999, n-compass is a not-for profit organisation which works to improve the lives of vulnerable people across the region. n-compass has more than 20 years’ experience of delivering services to carers and currently provides carers services in Lancashire, Cheshire East, and Rochdale.

As well as delivering traditional carers support which includes a face-to-face offer, n-compass has developed bespoke online services for carers including virtual carer forums and meetings, all of which will be available to carers of Bury. n-compass also provide many volunteer opportunities with more than 100 volunteers supporting their delivery. They will be developing the Friends of Bury Carers initiative where volunteers can take up a variety of roles to extend the reach of the service.

n-compass has also been awarded 3 stars by the Best Companies organisation and achieved 13th position in The Sunday Times Top 100 Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work For.

The current service provider, Gaddum, will continue to support carers until 1 June and work with n-compass to ensure the successful transition of the service. This will include contacting all carers registered with Bury Carers Services.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, support is currently being provided remotely, over the phone, by email and texts, or face-to-face through video calling.

The office phone line: 0161 834 6069 (option 2 for Carers, followed by option 1 for Bury Carers) is still open and being answered between 9am and 4.30pm. At other times, callers are asked to leave a message, and someone will respond by the next working day. Alternatively, email


Finance chiefs are appealing to local companies hit by the Covid-19 pandemic to contact them if they are eligible for cash help.

Bury Council has now administered grants totalling £22 million to around 1,800 Bury firms, but know that many more businesses could benefit.

The authority is pro-actively contacting businesses that have yet to get in touch, with letters, emails and texts where we have contact details.

So far the council has processed payments of £10k to 1,660 businesses and grants of £25k to a further 218 firms.

If you think you might be eligible for help through the Small Business Grant Fund, see how to apply via our website:

For all information relating to business support during the coronavirus pandemic, go to our Bury Means Business website:″


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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