UPDATE: Sunny Bank Playground

In May of last year I highlighted the vandalised Playground on Sunny Bank Road here. I am pleased to report that the damage has been repaired and the equipment has all been replaced. I am grateful to Bury Council and in particular Team 6 of the Parks and Countryside service for working hard to return…

Libraries final consultation starts on Monday

On Monday 30th January the final Libraries closure consultation opens for 10 weeks (ending on 10th April 2017). In the last few months, we’ve seen hundreds of Unsworth and Whitefield residents sign our petitions, however, we need more of you to lend your support. Please tell your friends and neighbours: this will be your last…

Save our Libraries – Sign the Petition

Bury Council’s Cabinet will be considering a report at its meeting next Wednesday (25 January 2017) on the future of Libraries. The Council has been consulting on library service for a number of months, though for everyone involved in the consultation the proposals – which now recommend the closure of at least 10 of the 14…

Massive plans to build on Bury Green Belt

Proposals have been published by Greater Manchester Councils for massive plans to build on green belt land in Bury. Proposals include: – the release of 255 hectares of green-belt land south of the M62 around Simister extending westwards towards Prestwich for 2,300 homes. – the release of 62 hectares of green belt land around Pole Lane…

Hands off our green belt – sign the petition

The local Lib Dem team across Bury are campaigning to save our ‘Green Belt’ land from development. 60% of Bury is green belt land. This is under threat because Greater Manchester Councils are considering proposals to provide the land to build up to 225,000 new houses over the next 25 years.   Across Bury, developers…

Library service consultation ends – thank you for your support

In the past few months I have blogged here, here and here about Bury Council’s review of our library services. The expectation was that some libraries would close and as Unsworth Library almost closed 3 years ago, local residents are worried that our library is likely to disappear. The first stage of the consultation has…

Public Meeting: Whitefield & Unsworth Township Forum 5 July, 6.30pm – plus PACT at 5.30pm

The next Whitefield & Unsworth Township Forum takes place on Tuesday 5 July, 6.30pm at Elms Community Centre. Agenda items include: ·         Appointment of Chair and Vice Chair ·         Advisory Board membership ·         New Health and Care Centre for Whitefield – update on progress (Mike Woodhead, Acting Chief Finance Officer – NHS Bury CCG) ·        …

Save our Library

It looks like Library closures are a distinct possibility, with Unsworth Library possibly a victim of library services cutbacks that were originally proposed a number of years ago. At 5.20pm this evening Bury Council sneaked out the following press release: Public consultation to begin on review of Bury’s library service https://t.co/q9Av1IEL9X — Bury Council (@BuryCouncil)…

Development proposals revealed for Park 66, Pilsworth

The Hollins Village Community Association met last night and the developers of the land at Park 66, Pilsworth (the site of the former Cinema and Bowling Alley) were present to discuss their proposals. They are proposing a 50/50 split of warehousing and retail. Not all of the land can be built on, due to the…

Whitefield and Unsworth Home Watch Association – Wednesday 25th May 2016

All Unsworth residents and business owners are  invited to attend the next meeting of the Whitefield and Unsworth Home Watch Association 7.30pm on Wednesday 25th May 2016 in St. George’s Church Hall, Hollins Lane, Unsworth. AGENDA 1.    Intros & Apologies. 2.    Previous Minutes. 3.    Matters Arising. 4.    Correspondence. 5.    Treasurer’s Report. 6.    Police/PCSO Report. 7.  …

Sunny Bank playground vandalised

Today I was upset to see significant damage to the safety mat/tiles that were installed beneath the swings at the playground on Sunny Bank Road, next to the Community Centre. Almost a third of the safety mats have been ripped up and left strewn all over the park. I have reported this to Bury Council…

Lib Dems secure Victory for Vulnerable Tenants

The Government has agreed a Liberal Democrat amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill, which protects vulnerable tenants from being wrongly evicted.Under the Housing & Planning Bill, landlords get faster access to a property if they believe the tenant has abandoned it. The successful amendment requires a landlord to get in touch with a third…

National Libraries Day – 6 February 2016

There are a large number of events on National Libraries Day this Saturday (6 February 2016). At our very own Unsworth Library on Sunny Bank Road we have the Library Wall of Love. Come and tell us what you love about your library. Leave a lovely message on our display telling everyone what it is…

Vandalism continues in Unsworth

Almost 4 months ago I reported the vandalised bin in Sunny Bank Wood, Unsworth to the Environmental Services Dept of Bury Council. It will come as no surprise to anyone who lives in Unsworth that Bury’s Labour-controlled council have not bothered to remove the offensive graffiti, nor repair the broken bin (or indeed, replace it).…

Democracy failure in Bury as township forums cut

A shocking announcement from Labour-controlled Bury Council has emerged over the last few days concerning our township forums. For those who have never attended one of Bury’s six township forums (covering Radcliffe, Whitefield and Unsworth, Prestwich, Bury East, Bury West, and Ramsbottom, Tottington and North Manor), these community meetings are held every two months and…

Unsworth and Whitefield abandoned by Bury Labour

At the beginning of 2014 (more than 12 months ago), I began voicing my frustration at the lack of council maintenance in Unsworth and Whitefield. Broken paving slabs on pavements left unrepaired, the same graffiti on council bins for years and years and flooding in our parks and fields. I talked about these problems, tweeted…