Planning: More greenbelt destroyed by Whitefield Mercedes dealership

I’ve written about the various planning applications submitted by the Mercedes dealership on Manchester Road many times before. I am again dismayed to see that the council have done nothing about the continued destruction of trees and green spaces by LSH Autos, who own that particular Mercedes franchise. The following planning application has been approved:…

Six Town Housing Launch Annual Gardening Competition

SIX Town Housing are inviting green-fingered residents to show off their gardening efforts in their annual competition. The competition aims to celebrate the hard work of residents living in homes Six Town Housing manage across Bury. The judges are looking for attractive gardens and impressive hanging baskets belonging to tenants, along with schools, youth clubs…

Unsworth library building update

Several  months after closing both Unsworth and Whitefield libraries, taking a whole bunch of community services with them when they went, Bury’s Labour party are patting themselves on the back and telling residents they’ve “saved” the buildings. In fact, the buildings are likely to be sold to the Elms Bank School and Elms Bank Specialist…

Volunteers Needed – OASIS Whitefield

There are exciting times ahead at OASIS – the following information is provided by OASIS: We are looking to extend our opening hours and activities and have lots of great ideas for families, including after school groups, family film sessions, lunches and more. But in order to make these plans a reality, successful and affordable…

Bury Council gives away books after closing 10 libraries

At the start of this year Bury Council closed 10 out of the 14 libraries across the borough, and slashed the opening times of the four that are left. Now community group, charities and schools are all eligible to select items which are no longer required by the library service. Those who are part of…

Whitefield Mercedes dealership plans to build on Unsworth nature reserve

Not content with demolishing three perfectly good cottages to make way for 20 “customer car parking spaces” LSH Auto Properties (UK) who own the dealership on Manchester Road have submitted a further planning application for 22 “staff car parking spaces”. This is before the original planning application for customer car parking spaces has even been…

Elections 2017

Very few people will be unaware of the upcoming General Election which is due to take place on June 8th 2017, but there are a couple of other very important elections which are due to take place on 4th May 2017. In Besses ward, which encompasses parts of both Whitefield and Unsworth, one of the…

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework Phase 2 DELAYED

GMCA have agreed to delay the Phase 2 consultation on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework until September. The full report considered by the GMCA is here (it’s not very detailed). (Page 25) Highlights are: The report considered by Council officers says: “The current published timetable provides for consultation on the Publication Plan in June/July. In…

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…

Whitefield Police Station will close its public counter

Greater Manchester Police have written to me today to confirm that the public counter at Whitefield Police Station will close for good on 27th February 2017. Additionally, Bury Police Station will be reducing its opening hours to the new times of 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 10am-6pm on Saturday and Sundays.

The Truth about house building on Green Belt land in Unsworth

Earlier in the year I blogged here about the Conservative Government’s controversial plan to allow fracking in the Bury area, including Whitefield. I note that our Prestwich-based Conservative candidate in the upcoming Unsworth ward local election has not said anything about this, and presumably he supports his party in their decision to allow fracking in…

Reporting Back – Full Council, Answers to Questions

Earlier in the month was the regular meeting of Bury’s ‘Full Council’. The Lib Dem Group asked our full allocation of four questions: (summaries below – full answers here) – Children in Residential Care Mary D’ALbert asked about the recent report that “Thousands of police visits ‘criminalise’ children in care homes”, and could we be…

Bury Council confusion renames Unsworth to Hillock

A couple of weeks ago Unsworth residents received the leaflet attached below from Bury Council. I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, well here it is now. On the one hand, it is a nice message – well done, we are quite good at recycling…. maybe we should be all pleased to receive…

Greater Manchester Councils publish ‘Call for Sites’ Map

Greater Manchester Councils, including Bury Council, have been asking developers, land owners and residents for ‘suggested site for future development. They have now published the first map of sites suggested. This is available here. The information will help to determine whether there are areas of land available for development that individual districts or Greater Manchester…

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…