Reporting back: Save our green belt protest march

by Steve Middleton on 3 January, 2017

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 […]

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How to object to the Green Belt plans for Unsworth

by Steve Middleton on 1 January, 2017

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 […]

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First Manchester to Close Bury Depot

by Steve Middleton on 20 December, 2016

Earlier this month First Manchester buses announced plans to close their depot in Bury. Buses based there would be run from neighbouring depots (e.g. Manchester or Bolton). First Manchester say that closing the Rochdale Road depot in Bury is the “best solution to enable us to further invest in front line services”. They say they […]

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Increase in long term Empty Properties

by Steve Middleton on 15 December, 2016

Questions by Bury’s team of Liberal Democrat councillors have revealed an increase the number of long term empty properties across the Bury area. Although the total number of empty properties in the borough has been decreasing slightly over the last four years and stands at around 2500, the number of long term empty properties ( […]

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Figures show full scale of Bury’s Green Belt betrayal

by Steve Middleton on 15 December, 2016

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 […]

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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) […]

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New planning application: Unsworth Smile Clinic 57 Parr Lane

by Steve Middleton on 26 November, 2016

A new planning application has been received in Unsworth ward, as detailed below: Application Number: 60845 Registration Date: 21/11/2016 Location: Unsworth Smile Clinic, 57 Parr Lane, Bury, BL9 8JR Proposal: Second floor extension to form three storey building Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require further information or help with these. […]

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Massive plans to build on Bury Green Belt

by Steve Middleton on 31 October, 2016

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 […]

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Hands off our green belt – sign the petition

by Steve Middleton on 31 October, 2016

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 […]

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Parking problems in Unsworth

by Steve Middleton on 16 October, 2016

There appears to have been a recent spike in reports of parking problems across Unsworth and Whitefield in the past few weeks. At Unsworth pole, problems continue with lack of spaces throughout the day and into the early evening, with significant problems around 8-9am. A few people have told me that they have received ‘fines’ […]

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