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…

Gritting Map

I must admit,  until recently, I did not know that Bury Council published a helpful map and list of routes across Unsworth and Bury that they have gritted. Given the recent bad weather, this may prove useful. Simply click on the map below to be taken to the Council’s website, where a updated and scrollable…

Hollins Conservation Group needs your help

Posted on behalf of the Hollins Conservation Group: Hollins Conservation Group would like the support of the whole community. Over the past twelve months we have been working hard to improve Hollins Village. Clearing litter, removing weeds, planting flowers and shrubs in public spaces. Our new sponsored green litter bins have been springing up everywhere.…

Missed bin collections on Rufford Drive

I wrote about the increase in missed bin collections across Bury here in September of last year and I am sorry to report that the problem does not seem to be getting any better. While new figures have not been released yet, I am hearing about some real problems on Rufford Drive and surrounding areas.…

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…

“It’s time to scrap GMSF” says Mayoral Candidate

JANE BROPHY, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester, is calling for the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework (GMSF) to be scrapped. The GMSF process will only go ahead if all ten councils in Greater Manchester and the newly elected mayor vote in favour of it. If any one of the eleven deciding vote…

Council Starts process for Bury Development Plan

Bury Council has issued a Notice of Intention to begin the development (for the third time) of a development plan for Bury – this would replace the existing saved policies of the Bury Unitary Development Plan. A Local Plan is a plan that is drawn up to guide and manage future growth and development (such…

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…

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…

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)…

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…

Increase in Missed Bins across Bury

Figures obtained by Bury’s Lib Dem councillors have revealed a noticeable increase in the number of reported ‘missed bins’ in the last few years. The figures identify the number of bins reported as not collected by bin type. This includes instances where it is not the Councils fault such as access problems due to parked…

Greater Manchester Councils ‘Call for Sites’ – update

In March of this year, I blogged here about the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework strategy, in particular, that the combined authorities of Greater Manchester had put out a ‘Call for Sites’. The spatial strategy will be a joint plan that identifies land to provide the new houses, jobs, infrastructure for the future – an estimated…

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…

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…