Another Update on the GMSF

Another Update on the GMSF

Earlier this week I requested a meeting with Bury’s Chief Executive Geoff Little and I met with him with colleagues James Daly and Jackie Harris on Wednesday.

I requested that although a Planning Application which has taken 22 years to come to fruition was approved last week for commercial / industrial use could he consider a rethink.

The application approved by all Labour Councillors on 17 acres of COUNCIL OWNED BROWNFIELD LAND is on the edge of the town centre at Chamberhall (rear of the new Police Station and ideal for 1 and 2 bed starter homes near to good transport links. A Google search proves Bury is not short of commercial premises.)

Not only is this approval insensitive to all those fighting to save Greenbelt in Bury.…the timing of it is a slap face, days after the revised release of the GMSF.

This is now a decision for the Labour Party in Bury. They have the power to protect green belt land by building much needed starter homes and truly affordable properties on this brownfield site.



GMSF     Blog Update from Yvonne 29th January 2019

Since my last update I attended the publicmeeting last week at the town hall organised by Bury Folk. 

As a member of the Planning Control Committee, I am unable to speak freely on applications before they come to the committee meeting.

Due to the enormity of the proposals to build 1250 homes in Walshaw and the negative impact I believe this will have on your lives, I have decided that I shall step down from this committee so I can now speak out and fully support the campaign to stop destruction of the greenbelt.

I am also very disappointed in a decision taken last week at the Planning Meeting to approve planning permission for commercial /industrial use at land at Chamberhall (rear of the new police station) on 17 acres of COUNCIL OWNED BROWNFIELD land. This proposal has taken 22 years to come to fruition and the timing of it with the GMSF report causing high emotions at the potential loss of precious greenbelt, is insensitive to say the least. This site is perfect for homes and within walking distance of the town centre, nearto good transport links and ideal for one and two bed starter homes. Of course I spoke out vociferously and voted against this. Every Labour Councillor voted this through. There are plenty of empty commercial units in the borough and homes on this site should be a priority!

I am seeking an urgent meeting with Burys Chief Executive to discuss the possibility of reconsidering this site for housing.

I have become a member of Bury Folk and intend to support this group of determined campaigners in any way I can to save the greenbelt.


Help Us To Save Walshaw Brook!

IMPORTANT: Blog Update from Yvonne 20th January 2019

We have all now received the devastating news of the revised Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and I need to contact you urgently to explain my position. As a Member of the Planning Control Committee, I am prevented from giving a view on planning applications until they come to the committee meetings. However I can now reassure you that I will step down from this committee so that I can now speak out freely on your behalf and campaign fully against the proposals to destroy forever the green spaces at Walshaw Brook.

Despite all the assurances and fine words from Andy Burnham and Bury’s Labour Leader Rishi Shori, NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN WALSHAW from the first plan in 2016 with STILL the proposal to build 1250 HOMES on WALSHAW BROOK, stretching across this beautiful GREENBELT land  from Scobell Street (an area which has suffered severe flooding ) right across to Walshaw Road.

Bury’s Labour Council MADE THESE DECISIONS and ignored the petition with over 2000 names which my ward colleague Cllr  Iain Gartside presented to Bury Council two years ago.  Do not be fooled by Labour blaming the Government. Bolton are to build their quota on BROWFIELD sites and yes share the same Government with Bury !

Sadly in Bury we have NO VISION and POOR LEADERSHIP…otherwise Bury would have planned for this  with compulsory purchase run down employment areas in Bury town centre years ago ,areas which are desperately in need of regeneration. Do remember LABOUR have been in charge of your town for most of the past 35 years….way before any cuts !

So what can we do ?

Attend every meeting in the area and voice your opinion.

Attend the Drop in Events with details on the Councils website

IMPORTANTLY Take part in the public consultation from 21st Jan to 18th March, details at

Support BURY FOLK in their campaign to save Walshaw Brook, follow them on face book for updates and attend their meeting on Wednesday next 23rd January at the Elizabethan Suite at 7.30.

Join their protest March.

We have to work together to fight this…those who know me will recall that I am a seasoned campaigner and have a history of successful campaigning. I was one of the leaders in the campaign to keep free parking in Tottington village in 2006 and against all the odds we won against brewery Greenking  !!!!

Also an achievement which I am extremely proud of was along with Iain Gartside we were the instigators in saving Tottington Library from closure in 2017 and again along with many volunteers WE WON!   This fantastic community facility is going from strength to strength.

I am a fighter for what is right and am with you all shoulder to shoulder to stop these proposals to destroy Walshaw Brook.

Cllr Yvonne Wright

Ward Councillor for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside

Tottington Ward Update


The controversial application for houses at the rear of Victoria Street was approved in November. I voted against this as I believe it to be an over development of the site.

I have reported a street light needing repair in Ryecroft Ave and assured this will be undertaken very soon.

Also another street light needing repair on the pathway from Chestnut Avenue to Bury Road.

Arranged assisted dustbin service for an elderly resident. Contact me if you too have a disability and you need help in getting your dustbin out for collection and returned to your property.

Requested traffic calming measures on Harwood Road, ongoing.

Reported tree damaged in a storm on Booth Street and requested it is inspected to ensure it is safe.

Along with many Tottington residents I attended the public meeting on the future of Island Lodge. Options were discussed and we now are awaiting a report for a way forward.

I have attended sessions each Monday morning at the Blind Society and a Board Meeting.

I waitressed at the Christmas Craft Fair at Ramsbottom Civic Hall and have helped with a fundraiser in Bury Tesco last week and chatted to many Tottington residents.


I was invited to look around the offices of Bury Citizens Advice Bureau as I have joined their Board of Trustees.

As usual I have been extremely busy with Library business over the past few weeks. We continue to hold weekly committee meetings and each Thursday is my day as a Committee member to be present from 9.30 to 5.30. I work alongside volunteers undertaking all sorts of tasks from cleaning, sweeping leaves and preparing for fundraising events.

Challenges with an old building are the norm and last week we had flooding in the cellar which we are in the process of investigating with a drains company.

I organised a Call my Bluff Wine Tasting Night in November and we raised over £1000 !

Wine Tasting

Our 3 Day Craft Fayre was a big success and we hope to hold 2 Craft Fayres next year. Early in the year we shall have a programme of events planned for the year and hope they are well supported again. Details will be available on leaflets in the library and social media

I am encouraging local residents to support the new business which has opened in the Library last month The Tottington Tea Room. We have 4 tenants now in various parts of the building and rents all help towards the annual £22.000 required to operate YOUR library.

Tea Rooms

In January there will be a promotion with a FREE book with every BREW so please call in. Check out the Tea Room menu either in the external notice board when passing or on our facebook page The Tottington Centre.

Need to promote

I have organised a Luxury Gift Wrapping service which is operating each day in the library should you want help with wrapping your gifts for a donation. Raffle tickets are on sale for a fantastic hamper which shall be drawn on the 16th December so please call in and support.

Gift Wrapping

Finally, it was my pleasure to see the Library committee recently present an award to Matthew Miller entitled “Contribution by a young volunteer in the community”.

Prize Giving