Planning application update: re-submitted application for 247 Sunny Bank Road

It will come as a great relief to many Unsworth residents, especially those that live around the Sunny Bank Road and Pole Lane areas that, once again, the planning application to relocate the dentist to 247 Sunny Bank Road has been REFUSED.

Despite the applicant’s attempt to appease the planners with a car parking solution (use of the car park behind the pub), the application did not address the ‘over intensification of the site’ and more crucially the fact that their planning application was contrary to the UDP (or as it is more commonly known, the local plan).

Basically, some years ago, Bury Council agreed in their local plan that commercial premises would not replace much needed housing.

While it is possible the applicants could appeal, or modify their plans further and submit again, the costs in doing so would hardly represent a good investment – so I think it unlikely we will see further applications from either the Unsworth Smile Clinic or indeed any other business wishing to take over residential accommodation in the immediate area.

I’m pleased with the outcome, as I think the Council has re-affirmed its commitment made in the UDP that residential accommodation in Unsworth is a priority. The refusal can be used as a benchmark for future planning applications.

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Sunny Bank Road Post Office move and planning application

Few people in Unsworth will be surprised to learn that the Post Office currently located at 66 Sunny Bank Road is due to close. The Post Office is actually moving not far away to Manchester Road (the current Bargain Booze shop) which will leave the former post office empty. Many local residents have asked me what is to become of the shop once the Post Office move out and I now have the details.

A planning application has been submitted by the owners of the premises as follows:

Change of use from post office (A1) to hot food takeaway (A5) with extractor flue at rear – 66 Sunny Bank Road, Bury, BL9 8HJ

Ref. No: 60408 | Received date: Tue 26 Jul 2016 | Status: Application registered | Case Type: Planning Application

The planning application does not indicate what type of hot food takeaway is proposed.

Local residents should take a close look at the application by clicking on the blue underlined link above. You may submit comments (for, against or neutral) against the planning application either online, via email or via post to the council’s planning department. Online comments are by far the easiest way to submit comments (both anonymous and named) and if you do not know how to do this, or have good internet access, the excellent facilities at Sunny Bank Library are available for this purpose. The library staff will be happy to show you how to access the online planning portal.

Alternatively, simply drop me and email or call me on 07870 444 235 and I’ll help as best I can.

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Parr Lane road survey results from GMP

In May of this year (following a number of road traffic accidents on Parr Lane, outside the Co-op store), I asked Greater Manchester Police to conduct a road survey to see if we could determine how serious the speeding traffic had become. During June and July local residents may have noticed the survey box and cables appeared at the junction of Parr Lane and Chadderton Drive (see picture) and this has subsequently been removed, once the survey came to an end.

Greater Manchester Police’s Territorial Support Section – Specialist Operation Branch have now written back to me with the results and I am very grateful to PCSO Angela Jarvis for taking the time to do this.

Results of the survey

The survey results showed an 85th percentile of 31.3 mph and a Mean speed of 26.4 mph.

Conclusions of GMP

These results are very low with the 85th percentile only just above the posted speed limit but below the enforcement speed and the Mean speed is below both.

GMP have to prioritise all speed enforcement work so that we are where we are needed the most, due to the results of the survey Parr Lane would not fall into our priority for enforcement at this time.

My thoughts

Unfortunately, the results mean that GMP will not be enforcing the current 30mph speed limit on Parr Lane, in or around the area of the Co-op. This is disappointing since the results clearly show that 15% of all traffic is travelling at a speed greater than 31.3mph.

Further, I was disappointed with the siting of the survey equipment. By positioning the equipment so close to the junction with Chadderton Drive, inevitably the survey is skewed by those cars that have slowed down to make the turn into, or those pulling out of Chadderton Drive (which by the very nature of the turn, means it can only be achieved at speeds lower than 30mph).

Ultimately, I feel this is an issue not worth pursuing further at this point in time. Should the 20mph streetsafe zone scheme be resurrected, it may well be worth making further submissions to the council. I am very disappointed that none of Unsworth’s three Labour councillors have become involved in this issue, nor even expressed concern at our local traffic problems.

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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.

 gmconsult

 We’re living through the most exciting changes to how England is governed for generations.

 Greater Manchester has led the way on ‘devolution agreements’ that move decision-making on crucial public services like local transport, housing, health and skills training closer to local people.

Please tell us whether you agree or disagree with the powers proposed for the GMCA and let us know why you agree or disagree.

 The closing date for this consultation is 15 August 2016.
Go to www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/devopowersconsultation for more information about devolution powers and the consultation form.

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Re-submitted planning application: 247 Sunny Bank Road

247 Sunny Bank Road, Unsworth

247 Sunny Bank Road, Unsworth

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 planning portal, none of which were in favour of the proposed development.

The new planning application is detailed on the Bury Council planning portal as follows:

Application number: 60320
Application Received:     Fri 01 Jul 2016
Application Validated:     Fri 01 Jul 2016
Address:     247 Sunny Bank Road, Bury, BL9 8JU
Proposal:     Change of use from dwelling (Class C3) to dental surgery (Class D1) (relocation of existing dental practice from 57 Parr Lane); Single storey extension at front with new entrance, two storey extension at side, single storey extension at rear and gate to existing vehicular entrance.

The application can be viewed online here:

Change of use from dwelling (Class C3) to dental surgery (Class D1) (relocation of existing denta… – 247 Sunny Bank Road, Bury, BL9 8JU

There are a number of important differences between the new application and the one that was refused in April 2016, which appears on the face of it, genuine attempts to address the reasons for refusal given by the council’s planning committee previously.

The new application removes all parking facilities on-site and closes off the existing vehicle access off Sunny Bank Road, leaving only a pedestrian access remaining. In theory, this makes the parking situation worse than before, as the Dental Surgery staff now have no on-site parking (as opposed to the previous application, which did provide for staff parking only on-site). The new application attempts to address the parking concerns raised by both local residents and the planning officers by offering to refund patients the costs associated with parking in the pay and display car park behind the Bay Horse public house at the pole.

The new application does not fundamentally differ from the original application, in terms of the addition of extensions to existing building. This was an area of concern to both local residents and the planning committee.

As it stands, the new application certainly addresses two of the refusal points (parking and access problems). There are two points, I feel, the new application does not address. One is, the “undue intensification of the site and commercialisation  of the residential property”. The other is that the development still does not comply with the local plan, also known as the UDP.

It is important to note that the original application’s refusal notice stated the following “There were[are] no amendments to the scheme, or conditions which could reasonably have been imposed, which could have made the development acceptable and it was therefore not possible to approve the application.”

It seems reasonable to assume that the planning committee would be of the same view as just 3 months ago and recommend refusal once.

I would encourage all local residents to, once again, comment on the newly submitted application, as previous comments recorded on the original application will not likely be taken into account by the planning committee. I will attempt to contact those who commented before over the next couple of weeks to invite them to comment again.

I will keep you all advised as and when the application comes before planning for consideration.

As always, if there is anything else in Unsworth ward I can help with, please do not hesitate to ask – my contact details are below.

Steve Middleton
Unsworth community campaigner
Bury Liberal Democrats
36 Chadderton Drive, Unsworth
tel: 07870 444 235
email: steve@stevemiddleton.net

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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)

·         Police Update

·         Shaping your town plan (roundtable discussions to identify key local issues)

·         Updates – Uplands, Former Town Hall, Hickory Grange, Porada, Pilsworth

·         Public Open Question Time

·         Funding

·         Any Urgent Business

Whitefield/Unsworth Township Forum agendas and minutes of meetings can be found at:

http://councildecisions.bury.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CId=144&Year=0

Please note: The PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting will start at 5.30pm before the Forum. Meet your neighbourhood policing team and discuss issues one to one. For more details about Whitefield & Unsworth PACT meeting please contact GMP Bury South team on 0161 856 8204 BurySouth@gmp.police.uk.

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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 library service. The council has said that they remain fully committed to retaining a high quality library service, but anticipate that there will need to be changes, including the possibility of a reduction in the number of libraries.

Unsworth Library at Sunny Bank was almost closed in 2013, but saved at the last minute by a campaign involving residents and local councillors.

We the undersigned, petition Bury council to consider carefully the need and support that Unsworth Library gives to the residents of Unsworth and surrounding areas. Residents may not have access to books, internet and social clubs without this much needed resource. This Library is well supported by our residents young and old alike. Please do not close this much needed resource.

Please sign this petition to save Unsworth Library, otherwise existing users will be forced to travel to Prestwich or Bury.

Save our library

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Last Chance to Register to Vote – EU Referendum

If you want to have your say at the EU Referendum, you must be registered to vote.The final deadline is 7 June 2016.

 

You can register to vote online anytime at http://ift.tt/1yqOK3c.

Anyone who was already registered to vote (or recently registered) before the 18 April deadline for the elections taking place across the UK on 5 May will also be registered to vote at the EU Referendum and will be able to cast their vote. You do not need to re-register.

If your circumstances change, for example you move home between now and the EU Referendum registration deadline on 7 June, then you will need to re-register at your new property.

If you’re going to be away, or just want to vote by post, the deadline to apply is 8 June 2016. Apply here.

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Unsworth Library – the campaign to save it starts here

Save our library

Save our library

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 you may see me on your doorsteps or out and about around Unsworth.

Please sign the petition and tell your friend and relatives about it too. If we receive a certain number of signatures on the petition, the council has to take action as detailed below:

  • Petitions to hold an officer to account – 1500 signatures
  • Petitions to be considered by a Cabinet Member at Council – 2500 signatures

Just a few interesting figures to leave you with regarding Bury’s library service, from the council’s own consultation paper:

55,388 ADULT MEMBERS
15,496 JUNIOR MEMBERS
673 GROUP MEMBERS

LIBRARIES OPEN 510 HOURS A WEEK
795,200 LIBRARY VISITS A YEAR

190,159 BOOKS
15,000 NEW BOOKS PURCHASED EACH YEAR
487,199 BOOKS BORROWED ANNUALLY

149,200 ADVICE/INFORMATION ENQUIRIES ANNUALLY
100+ PEOPLE EVERY DAY USE THE LIBRARY TO HELP LOOK FOR WORK
4 JOB CLUBS

£529,994 IN COUNCIL PAYMENTS LAST YEAR
5,275 FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS
71,800 COUNCIL ENQUIRIES LOGGED LAST YEAR
DISTRIBUTION OF FOOD CADDIES BY LIBRARIES SAVING £16K+ EVERY YEAR

130 VOLUNTEERS
0VER 7,500 VOLUNTEER HOURS EVERY YEAR
6,243 EVENTS HELD LAST YEAR
65,008 PEOPLE ATTENDED

433 IT TRAINING SESSIONS LAST YEAR
1,496 ATTENDEES
185 PUBLIC ACCESS COMPUTERS PROVIDE 325,462 HOURS OF IT TIME

This is all, potentially, threatened by changes the Council may make once the consultation periods have ended.

Make your voice heard.

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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:

The council must think we have very short memories! They made cutbacks to Bury’s library services in 2011 (see here) then made further, sweeping cutback proposals in 2013, which were mostly abandoned at the last minute (although 20 council library employees lost their jobs). Now the council is at it again – we are about to start a 3 month consultation, but it is quite likely that the plans from 2013 will be the cutbacks proposed for next year.

As a reminder, the proposals in 2013 were to close Unsworth Library on Sunny Bank Road and move the services to Sunnybank Community Centre, just down the road. Anyone can tell you that there is no way that the entire contents of Unsworth Library are going to fit into the Community Centre, so what kind of service would Unsworth be left with afterwards?

The new 2016 consultation is set to run from the 13th June until 5th September 2016 and following this, the consultation results and proposed changes will be sent to the Bury Council Cabinet for a decision. Once the lead councillors have made their decision, there will then be another consultation from November 2016 until February 2017. A staff consultation is also scheduled to take place April – May 2017.

Implementation of the changes, including any library closures will take place from 1st July 2017 onwards.

I will be fully participating in all aspects of both the first and second consultation in order to save our Library. I urge all Unsworth residents to do the same. You will be able to participate in the consultations on-line via the Bury Council website (I will post full links and further blog posts once those links are available) and also the Council intends to bring the consultation to community meeting and township forums. It will be essential to have a good attendance at all these meetings to ensure our voices are heard.

Set to close?

Unsworth Library – Set to close?

The council is also employing a firm of consultants to help them with the first consultation (at a cost of £13,000 which is coming straight from the Department for Children, Young People and Culture budget!). The consultants will engage with residents by conducting telephone surveys with current library users and non-library users.

While we are waiting for the consultation to start, I am asking everyone reading this to start thinking about how you or people you know have used Unsworth Library. What stories can you share? Has the library helped you find a job? Locate long lost relatives? Made a positive contribution to you or your children’s learning and development? What couldn’t you have done without the library?

Be thinking about the six principles that the council will consult on, which are:

1.   To provide a library service across the borough which provides all residents with access to libraries and electronic services sufficient in number, range and quality to support reading for pleasure, lifelong learning, the development of new skills and the effective use of information.

2.   To ensure that the needs of more vulnerable residents and groups are taken fully into account in the provision of these services.

3.    To ensure that the resources committed to the library service are used as efficiently as possible by exploring options to reduce running and maintenance costs and to share premises with council and other services.

4.   To explore options for investing in technology to improve access to the library service, for example by extending opening hours, increasing our digital services and enhancing provision for those with sensory impairments.

5.   To welcome the contribution that members of the community can make to the library service as volunteers, supporting both traditional and digital services.

6.   To meet local aspirations for a network of community spaces across the borough in which the council and local communities can work together as partners in meeting local needs.

Apologies for the long post, but this is something that I feel passionately about and I am very worried about losing something we will never be able to get back. I also think about what could become of the library building should it close – how soon will it be vandalised or worse?

I’d really appreciate your thoughts – please do comment on the blog post at https://stevemiddleton.net or feel free to telephone me on 07870 444 235, email me at steve@stevemiddleton.net or you can post me a letter 36 Chadderton Drive, Unsworth. If we start now, we can save our library.

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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 location of gas and water pipes.

The site of the former bowling alley will be:
JD sports with gym upstairs and a camping store.
Food warehouse (part of Iceland chain).
Home bargains
.

The former cinema area will be warehousing.

Aldi have first refusal to build on the former cinema car park.
If Aldi do not take this up, then Costa and KFC (drive through) are considering the site for development.

It is good to finally put all the rumours of prisons, IKEA stores, football grounds and houses to bed. While the cinema car park area is still undecided, we at least now have a good idea of what will and will not appear on the site. This is good news for Hollins, Unsworth and Bury as a whole. Some of the rumoured proposals (if they had transpired) could have caused some serious traffic issues to Hollins and Pilsworth residents (especially on Croft Lane). Public transport is almost certainly not up to the task for these proposals, but should they get planning permission, it would make sense for the bus companies to sort this out.

I’m generally pleased with this turn of events. Of course, until we see some concrete plans submitted (and some actual concrete setting on site), these are just ‘proposals’, so I reserve full judgement until planning permission is sought and granted.

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Overflowing bins in Unsworth

Overflowing bins in Unsworth

A quick update regarding parks and open space maintenance. I noticed this morning that the dog waste bin on Chaddy field (the one by the entrance at Parr Lane) was so full it was overflowing. The council’s Parks and Countryside services website states that the bins are emptied weekly, but I’m not sure if this is (1) true and (2) often enough.

Are residents elsewhere across Unsworth finding similar problems?

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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.    Guest Speaker
To be arranged

8.    Refs and Raffle

9.    Open Forum

10.    Any Other Business

11.    Dates of Next Meetings

May 25th

July 27th

September 28th

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Election results – Unsworth ward and council-wide

Unsworth 2016 local election ward results:

Tony Clough UKIP 411
Nicole Haydock Green 66
David Jones Labour 1365 (elected)
Steve Middleton Liberal Democrats 114
Bernard Vincent Conservative 885
Turnout 40%

Thank you to everyone who voted for me. Your support is very much appreciated.

Overall:
Labour lost 3 seats (2 to Conservatives, 1 to Lib Dems) and gained 1
Conservatives gained 3 seats (2 from Labour, 1 from Independent)
Lib Dems gained 1 seat (from Labour)
Greens lost their only seat

A few notes from the results:
Labour only held St. Marys (Prestwich) by 19 votes
The Conservatives took Ramsbottom ward from Labour by 37 votes

New makeup of council
Labour 32 seats (-2)
Conservatives 16 (+3)
Liberal Democrats 3 (+1)

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RSPCA Mobile Welfare Clinic

RSPCA Mobile Welfare Clinic

Bury, Oldham & District Branch provides a subsidised veterinary clinic service for people in receipt of benefits or on a low income*. Funding is limited and therefore they can only treat animals on a preventative care basis.

The mobile clinic provides the following preventative treatments;

  • Health Check
  • Vaccinations
  • Worming treatments
  • Flea Treatments

They are also able to offer limited subsidised 1st line treatments for ear & eye infections.

The mobile clinic currently operates on a fortnightly schedule alternating between the Bury and Oldham areas.  It is available 8.30am – 1.30pm and no appointment is necessary. For further information please ring 0161 624 4725.

Here are the dates and locations currently planned in our area :-

27th April 2016                          Unsworth South Social Club, Derwent Ave, Whitefield

11th May 2016                           Hoyles Park, Huntley Mount Road, Bury

25th May 2016                           Close Park, Dumers Lane, Radcliffe

8th June 2016                           Unsworth South Social Club, Derwent Ave, Whitefield

They are unable to see animals at clinic for any other illnesses, injuries or diagnostic investigations. All animals that require this type of treatment will need to contact the RSPCA Animal Hospital at Salford (Tel 0300 123 0711, Address 411 Eccles New Road, Salford Manchester M5 5NN) or contact a private veterinary practice for assistance.

Animals that will not be seen by the clinic

  • Animals that have been intentionally bred or bred for profit
  • Exotic animals
  • Stray animals
  • Wild animals
  • A maximum of 4 animals per household will be treated except at the discretion of the branch
  • They have a 3 strike rule, if your animal is under 12 months on your first visit to and is not neutered they will only see the animal on 3 separate occasions.  After the third visit your animal must be neutered for them to carry on seeing it.
  • They do not deal with insurance claims.  The RSPCA recommends that owners take out a pet insurance policy to cover the cost of private veterinary treatment.  Insured animals will not then need to be treated at the welfare clinic, allowing resources to be used in helping other animals.
  • You will be requested to show your proof of eligibility whenever asked and at least every 6 months.

The veterinary clinic is for the preventative treatments of animals whose owners are in receipt of benefits or on a low income.  Benefits currently accepted:

  • State retirement pension
  • Employment and support allowance
  • Pension credit
  • Incapacity benefit
  • Job seekers allowance
  • Income support
  • Working tax credit
  • Bereavement benefit
  • Housing benefit
  • OR a low income which is defined as a weekly household income of £200 or less.

To qualify to use our clinics your address must come within the following postcodes:

  • M45, M26,
  • BL0, BL8, BL9
  • OL1, OL2, OL4, OL8, OL9

All veterinary surgeons which carry out the work at the clinics are from RSPCA Greater Manchester Animal Hospital, 411 Eccles New Road, Salford, Manchester, M5 5NN.

If your animal is under care by the RSPCA veterinary surgeon, for emergencies and out of hour care contact 0300 123 0711.

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Polling day information – Unsworth ward

Polling Day for the local elections is Thursday 5 May 2016.

Polling stations are open 7am – 10pm on Thursday.

You don’t need your polling card to vote.

 






 

Polling stations are:

Hollins Community Centre, Hollins Lane
Sunnybank CP School, Hathaway Road
St Bernadettes Social Club, Selby Avenue
Unsworth CP School, Blackley Close

If you have a postal vote, that you have not yet returned, then this can be taken down to the polling station (any polling station in Bury) before 10.00pm on Thursday. You need to take a completed postal vote (ie fill the envelope in as if you were going to post it, and take the completed, sealed envelope to the polling station.

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Petition to save the Homestart charity

Local campaigners have launched a petition to save the local charity ‘Home-Start Bury’. This is a charity which supports local families by offering support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children.

Bury Council funded Home-Start thorugh it’s ‘Commissioning Fund’ for a period of three years starting in 2013/14. That came to an end on 31 March 2016. During this period Homestart received a total of £69,000 from the Commissioning Fund.

This is the statement from the Trustees of Home-Start from their Facebook Page”
“It is with much sadness that the Board of Trustees has taken the difficult decision to close Home-Start Bury. This is due to a 100% cut to zero in our funding by Bury MBC.
The Impact is 70 families lose vital support, 3 staff loses their jobs, and 50 highly trained volunteers lost to the community.
When Home-Start Bury closes, there will be no other early intervention services to support families in the same way that Home-Start does: offering personalised parent-to-parent support in the confidential environment of the family home during weekly visits for as long as the family needs support for. This early intervention approach stops many families from reaching crisis point and needing costly statutory support.
The Staff and Board have exhausted every possible avenue for funding, but to no avail. External grant makers like BBC Children in Need, Big Lottery and Lloyds TSB prefer to have some reassurance that there is at least some commitment from Statutory services…so in effect, the cut in our funding is preventing us from bringing £££££ in to the Borough.
Our hearts goes out to those families as well as our brilliant staff and volunteers.
All families and volunteers are aware of the situation and support is being offered to signpost families to other local facilities like the children’s centers.
We have written to the relevant officers within the Local Authority and elected members of the council. As yet, we have not had any responses.
If you are a council tax payer in Bury, please write to your local councillor if you think this is wrong.
You can also follow us on twitter @homestartbury
Thank you for all the messages of support we have had so far, we are overwhelmed with peoples kindness x”

Online Petition
An online petition has been set up to support the charity. If enough people sign the petition it will trigger a formal debate on the issue at the Town Hall.

You can read the petition and add your support here.

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Update: Fridays car accident outside Parr Lane Co-op store

I’ve written two letters today about the car accident that happened last Friday outside the Co-op store on Parr Lane. The first letter was to Bury Council’s Traffic Management Department, in which I asked them to do more to enforce the double yellow lines outside the Co-op, install a temporary 20mph zone around that section of Parr Lane (which the council can do, due to the proximity of a local school) and thirdly to re-open the consultation into the proposed permanent 20mph zone which we are due to have installed around Sunny Bank Road, Randale Drive and Chadderton Drive. The consultation on the proposed 20mph zone ended in February, before either of these two incidents occurred and as such the speed problem on Parr Lane, in my view, has not adequately been taken into account.

The second letter I wrote was to our local Police neighbourhood team. I have asked the Police to immediately begin enforcement of the existing 30mph speed limit on Parr Lane and longer term, to offer their suggestions on what can be done to protect residents and their property from further accidents of this nature.

As a result of the second and most recent accident on Parr Lane, a number of local residents have had their cars very badly damaged. I have not seen or heard anything about the persons involved, but it is my sincere hope that no-one has been injured.

It is obvious we have a serious and pressing safety matter outside the Co-op on Parr Lane in Unsworth and I will be continue to ensure that we get permanent measures in place to reduce the possibility of further accidents, before someone is killed.

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Sunny Bank playground vandalised

Sunny Bank playground damage

Sunny Bank playground damage

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 but in the meantime I would recommend that local residents do not use the equipment until the council have repaired the flooring.

I anticipate this may be some time, but I will ensure that the Council does not forget about the playground and will check in with them regularly.

If anyone knows who might have vandalised the safety mats, I would encourage them to contact the Police on telephone number 101.

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Another car accident outside Parr Lane Co-op store

There has been another car accident outside the Co-op store on Parr Lane in Unsworth this evening. Details are thin in the ground at the moment, but I do hope everyone is OK.

I’ll be trying to find out some more detail tomorrow, but it does look like we have a serious safety issue at that particular location and urgent action is needed to protect lives.

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