Increase in vehicle crime across Unsworth

Whitefield’s local police team are really excellent at keeping local residents updated on crime in our immediate area. There have been three recent twitter updates from GMP Whitefield which specifically mention crimes reported in Unsworth, in particular two of the tweets mention that local residents vehicles have been targeted. #Crime Tue 12-Apr-2016 04:20 Van stolen,…

Bury cyclist dies after striking pothole

It was upsetting to read in the Bury Times that an 83 year old cyclist from Ramsbottom has died after he hit a pothole on Bury New Road in the town. In 2014 I blogged here about the millions of pounds that the Liberal Democrat-Conservative coalition government gave to Bury Council to start to tackle…

Update: Randale Drive and Chadderton Drive water leaks

I’ve been in touch with United Utilities over the last 2 days regarding separate water leaks on Randale Drive and Chadderton Drive. First, a further update on Randale Drive (see picture). It’s been over a month since I last blogged about the surface water that has been on Randale Drive at the junction of Rhodes…

Four seriously injured in car crash outside Parr Lane Co-op

Residents who live near the Co-op on Parr Lane will be aware that there was a very bad road traffic accident right outside the store this morning, just before 8am. The Manchester Evening News reports that four people have been seriously injured, with one of the injured taken to hospital by the Air Ambulance which…

Randale Drive leak still not fixed after a month

Last month I posted here about the leak under Randale Drive that has been flowing for quite some time. The leak continues to flow despite reporting to United Utilities. One can only imagine how much water is being wasted every single day. I’ve again contacted United Utilities, but if there is no sign of a…

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…

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…

A journey back in time – part 2

Continuing with my “blast from the past”, the video below is an interview with me, by Sky News presenter Colin Brazier, where I took the government to task a few years ago over it’s plans to increase tax on petrol and diesel. Also participating in the debate was Mike Rutherford from the Motorists Association and…

So impressed by Compare the Market

I don’t normally use my blog to ‘advertise’ other company’s products – for one, my blog is independent of commercial interest. If I did introduce advertising or worse blogged about products in a way destined to influence my readers (perhaps for some sort of commission), people would quite rightly stop reading it. I wouldn’t blame…

How should our community spend £170,000? You decide!

Back in late 2007 an idea was muted by council officers that Salford needed a shiny new “gateway” into the city that looked appealing, instead of the drab entrance to Salford that the M602 roundabout offered. With the news that MediaCity:UK was to happen, a £3m funding application was submitted to the North West Development…