Help us keep Bury Fracking Free

In the ‘media quiet’ days before Christmas, the Government awarded an additional set of Fracking licenses to private companies. Threes of these license blocks cover the Bury area, including one which covers parts of Whitefield. License areas 70, 80 and 81, which includes a part of Prestwich, Whitefield, Bury, Ramsbottom, Tottington and and then right…

Randale Drive potholes finally fixed after months of delays

I am please to report the potholes I highlighted on Monday last have finally been fixed. It’s taken months of waiting for local residents, but for now, the holes have been filled in. A bigger problem is the leak under Randale Drive at the junction with Millom Drive. The biggest of the potholes was no…

Bus lanes to be reviewed in Whitefield

Bury Council at it’s last full meeting agreed changes to the three bus lanes that operate around Bury Town Centre, following serious concerns about the flow of traffic and congestion causes in some places.   Three major changes are to take place as a result of the review: BOLTON ROAD In light of the current…

Whitefield Ambulance Station to Close

It has now been confirmed that Whitefield Ambulance Station is closing. As we understand the ‘HQ function’ (offices) that have been there are going to Bolton. One ambulance will be based at Whitefield Fire Station, in Bury New Road, while the other will now be based at Bury Ambulance Station in Birch Street. The changes…

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).…

One month later and still nothing done to repair vandalised bin

Last month I wrote this post about the lack of maintenance to the parks in Unsworth and Whitefield. In particular, I noted that a vandalised bin in Sunny Bank Wood had not been repaired by Bury Council, even though regular grass cutting was taking place. I reported the vandalised bin to Bury Council on May…

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…

Unelected Greater Manchester mayor appointed despite NO vote

In remarkable defiance against the democratic wishes of people all across Greater Manchester, including Bury, the ten council leaders who run local councils across the region yesterday decided we should have a mayor and installed current Police & Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd (the former Labour MP for Manchester Central). Two very expensive referendums were held…

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…

Thank you

A huge thank you to everyone who voted for me in Whitefield and Unsworth. Despite the awful performance nationally for the Lib Dems, we gained an extra seat on Bury Council (which we took from Labour), so certainly Bury Council voters understand that an extra Liberal Democrat voice on the Council is a good thing.…

If you haven’t voted yet…

There is still time to vote in today’s local and general election. You have until 10pm this evening. Remember, you have two votes: one for the general election (to elect our MPs who represent us in Parliament) and one for the local election, to elect our local councillors who represent us on Bury Council. No…

Practical Information for Polling Day

Polling Day for the local and General elections is today, Thursday 7 May 2014. Polling stations are open 7am – 10pm on Thursday. At the polling station you will be given two ballot papers – a yellow ballot paper for the local elections and a white ballot paper for the General elections. You don’t need…

Local teenagers attacked and robbed at Thatch Leach Lane park

I am worried and concerned to learn that a gang of eight or nine thugs attacked local teenagers on Easter Sunday at Thatch Leach Lane park, leaving one of the teenagers with a fractured skull. Greater Manchester Police say the incident happened around 7pm on the Sunday evening and as well as the vicious assault,…

Why you should vote Lib Dem Steve Middleton for Besses ward

On May 7th I am hoping you will vote for me as your next council representative for Besses ward. I want to represent the area where I grew up on Bury Council as I am tired of seeing my home town wither under our current Labour-controlled council. Potholes go unrepaired, pavements are uneven and dangerous,…

Five months to get a deposit back

In December I posted here about a battle to get my deposit returned for the house I rented in Whitefield. Blogging has been light, so I thought I should post an update. I eventually received my deposit back in February 2015 (I moved out in October 2014) a full 5 months after my tenancy ended.…

Millions allocated to pothole repairs in Bury – let’s spend it!

I was pleased to read today that the Department for Transport has committed £4.7bn to be shared over 115 English councils, including Bury, which should be enough to fix around 18,000 potholes across the country. This is particularly good news for Bury, which perhaps is only second to Salford in terms of its poor road…

How quickly will I get my deposit back?

For the past couple of weeks I have been trying to get my deposit back from a house which Mrs M and I rented for the last year in Whitefield. Despite endless problems during the tenancy with the house alarm (which never worked) and particularly the boiler, we left the property in a much better…

There should be an end to rip off rent fees in Bury

Earlier this year Shelter wrote about the exorbitant letting fees charged by estate agents. They reported that 1 in 4 renters have said they’ve been charged an unfair fee and 1 in 7 renters are hit with fees of over £500 or more. Polling carried out in March shows 67 per cent of the British…

Labour discourages Whitefield residents use of local parks

In December 2013 I moved back home to Whitefield after 6 years away. During our time away we rescued Dexter, our Border Collie, from Manchester Dogs Home and with him we have re-discovered all the parks and fields where I used to play when growing up here. Our nearest park is just around the corner…

Bury Council meeting to be streamed live on the internet

Yesterday the Bury Times carried the news that Bury Council is to begin streaming live council meetings, starting with next Wednesday’s meeting of the full council. This follows a decision recently to allow tweeting in Bury’s council chamber, overturning a ban by the previous council when it was under Tory control. Regular readers of my…