New Planning Application: Hathaway Road

Just to let residents know about a new planning application in Unsworth. Please just let me know if you have any queries. Detached games room/gym with external platform – 23 Hathaway Road, Bury, BL9 8EG Ref. No: 61116 | Received date: Thu 09 Feb 2017 | Status: Application registered | Case Type: Planning Application

New Planning Application: Hillsborough Drive

Just to let residents know about a new planning application in Unsworth. Please just let me know if you have any queries. Two storey extension to side and rear and demolition of existing garage – 83 Hillsborough Drive, Bury, BL9 8LF Ref. No: 61104 | Received date: Mon 06 Feb 2017 | Status: Application registered…

Bury’s Spatial Framework Debate – Statement

On Wednesday (1 February 2017) a proposal that Bury Council pull out of the Greater Manchester Strategic Framework (GMSF) was rejected. Liberal Democrat and Conservative councillors voted to pull out, but Labour councillors voted to stay in. Speaking after the debate, Liberal Democrat Group Leader on Bury Councillor Tim Pickstone said: “We recognise the need for more…

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…

Planning application submitted for Park 66, Pilsworth

During mid-2016 the owners and developers of Park 66 at Pilsworth engaged with Bury Council and, importantly, the local community through forums and residents association. They brought some outline ideas for exciting retail and warehousing developments on the cleared site that was once home to the bowling alley and cinema. I blogged about this here.…

Yet another planning application for Unsworth Smile Clinic

Unsworth residents who live in and around Unsworth Pole may wish to be informed that the Unsworth Smile Clinic located at 57 Parr Lane have submitted yet another planning application. The last application I blogged about here in November 2016 has been withdrawn by the applicant and re-submitted under a new application number 61048. This…

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…

Reporting back: Save our green belt protest march

Yesterday (2nd January 2017) I joined hundreds of people who walked from Elton High School to Elton Reservoir in Bury. The main aim of the walk was to raise awareness of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s plan to introduce their ‘Spatial Framework’ across all the Greater Manchester authorities, including Bury Council. This plan, should it…

How to object to the Green Belt plans for Unsworth

If you agree with Unsworth and Bury Liberal Democrats that building thousands of houses on green belt land in Unsworth is the wrong move for our area, then please get involved. The two most important things you must do right now (and certainly before the consultation closes at midnight on 16th January 2017) is register…

Figures show full scale of Bury’s Green Belt betrayal

Figures obtained by Bury Liberal Democrats have revealed to what extent Bury has been betrayed in the proposals to remove ‘Green Belt’ land in the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework. Across Greater Manchester, just 8.2% of Green Belt land is proposed to be destroyed. However, Bury Council’s Labour-leadership have signed-up to the proposals which means…

New planning application: Link road between Pilsworth and J19 M62

A new planning application has been submitted for consultation by Rochdale Council, as it directly affects Unsworth residents and businesses. Details below: Application Number: 16/01399/HYBR Registration Date: 22/11/2016 Location: Land bounded by Manchester Road, Hareshill Road and Pilsworth Road; West of Junction 19 of the M62, Rochdale Proposal:  Article 18 consultation from Rochdale Council (ref.16/01399/HYBR)…

New planning application: Unsworth Smile Clinic 57 Parr Lane

A new planning application has been received in Unsworth ward, as detailed below: Application Number: 60845 Registration Date: 21/11/2016 Location: Unsworth Smile Clinic, 57 Parr Lane, Bury, BL9 8JR Proposal: Second floor extension to form three storey building Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require further information or help with these.…

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…

Have your say on new powers for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Have your say on new powers for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority  Greater Manchester is seeking your views on the powers that the City Region needs to drive forward its ambitious programme of growth and reform.    We’re living through the most exciting changes to how England is governed for generations.  Greater Manchester has led…

Re-submitted planning application: 247 Sunny Bank Road

A planning application previously refused in April 2016 has been re-submitted by the owners of the Unsworth Smile Clinic Dentists (currently located on Parr Lane) to convert the house at 247 Sunny Bank Road. The previous application proved particularly unpopular with local residents and saw 30 members of the public submit comments to Bury Council’s…

SAVE OUR LIBRARY – SIGN THE PETITION HERE

You can sign the petition to call on Bury Council to save Unsworth Library on the Council’s website by following this link: http://www.bury.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=10483 Click on the button titled “Sign the petition – Save our library (Sunny Bank, Unsworth). Here is the text of the petition: Bury Council is undertaking a comprehensive review of the borough’s…

Unsworth Library – the campaign to save it starts here

Just a quick note to say that I am starting a petition to Save Unsworth Library. As soon as the petition application has been accepted by Bury Council, I will post a link here so that residents can sign it electronically. I will also be collecting as many signatures as I can in person, so…

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)…