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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In the past few months I have blogged here, here and here about Bury Council’s review of our library services. The expectation was that some libraries would close and as Unsworth Library almost closed 3 years ago, local residents are worried that our library is likely to disappear. The first stage of the consultation has […]

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Increase in Missed Bins across Bury

by Steve Middleton on 9 September, 2016

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 […]

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Bury and Prestwich NHS walk-in centres set to close

by Steve Middleton on 9 September, 2016

Last night I attended the Prestwich Township Forum in the mistaken belief that the presentation by the Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG for short) was intending to consult the public on the drastic proposal to close the NHS walk-in centres, currently located in Bury town centre and Prestwich Longfield. Silly me. As we were pointedly […]

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Greater Manchester Councils ‘Call for Sites’ – update

by Steve Middleton on 30 August, 2016

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 […]

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Bury Council Highways department in resurfacing mess

by Steve Middleton on 30 August, 2016

The council has got itself into an awful mess due to a failed road repair in Bleasdale Close, Unsworth. While residents were initially pleased that the council’s highways department was finally filling in the numerous potholes in the small cul-de-sac, that pleasure soon turned to horror when highways had finished the work. A couple of […]

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