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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It will come as a great relief to many Unsworth residents, especially those that live around the Sunny Bank Road and Pole Lane areas that, once again, the planning application to relocate the dentist to 247 Sunny Bank Road has been REFUSED. Despite the applicant’s attempt to appease the planners with a car parking solution […]

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Sunny Bank Road Post Office move and planning application

by Steve Middleton on 3 August, 2016

Few people in Unsworth will be surprised to learn that the Post Office currently located at 66 Sunny Bank Road is due to close. The Post Office is actually moving not far away to Manchester Road (the current Bargain Booze shop) which will leave the former post office empty. Many local residents have asked me […]

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Parr Lane road survey results from GMP

by Steve Middleton on 29 July, 2016

In May of this year (following a number of road traffic accidents on Parr Lane, outside the Co-op store), I asked Greater Manchester Police to conduct a road survey to see if we could determine how serious the speeding traffic had become. During June and July local residents may have noticed the survey box and […]

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Have your say on new powers for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority  Greater Manchester is seeking your views on the powers that the City Region needs to drive forward its ambitious programme of growth and reform.    We’re living through the most exciting changes to how England is governed for generations.  Greater Manchester has led […]

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Re-submitted planning application: 247 Sunny Bank Road

by Steve Middleton on 6 July, 2016

A planning application previously refused in April 2016 has been re-submitted by the owners of the Unsworth Smile Clinic Dentists (currently located on Parr Lane) to convert the house at 247 Sunny Bank Road. The previous application proved particularly unpopular with local residents and saw 30 members of the public submit comments to Bury Council’s […]

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