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Less than two years ago I blogged here about how Bury’s Labour-controlled council had planned to reduced the Township Forums across the borough from six meetings per year (on average, once every two months) to four meetings per year. They brought these changes in from January 2016 and just 15 months later the council are […]

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Bury’s Budget Council 2017

by Steve Middleton on 5 March, 2017

At Bury’s recent ‘Budget Council’ Meeting the proposals from the majority Labour Group were voted through, which is a Council Tax increase from 1 April 2016 of 4.94%. Your Bury Liberal Democrat councillors voted against this budget. The increase is made up of a basic increase of 1.94%, plus a further 3% ‘social care levy’. […]

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The next Whitefield/Unsworth Township Forum takes place on Tuesday 14 March, 6.30pm at Elms Community Centre. Agenda items include: ·         Police Update ·         Presentation: Library Review – update on progress of review ·         Health Centre Development update with NHS officers ·         Updates – Uplands, Former Town Hall, Hickory Grange, Porada, Pilsworth (Park 66), Boz Park […]

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Answers to Questions: Bulky Waste Collections

by Steve Middleton on 17 February, 2017

On 10 April 2016 the cost of a bulky waste collection increased from £15 for up to 3 items, with up to 2 additional items for £5 each, to £30 for up to 5 items – that is the minimum charge has doubled from £15 to £30. Given the number of residents that have been […]

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A large number of issues were raised by Unsworth and Whitefield residents at the last township forum and attached are the responses from local councillors, Bury Council officers and the Police. Download PDF document for reading offline [pdf-embedder url=”https://res.cloudinary.com/eastlancs/image/upload/v1486931567/Whitefield_Issues_Raised_170117_ncuvqs.pdf” title=”Issues raised”]  

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Reporting Back: Liberal Democrats work on Bury Council

by Steve Middleton on 12 February, 2017

Last Wednesday (1 February 2017) was the regular ‘Full Council’ meeting of Bury Council, the one meeting where all 51 councillors meet to discuss the main issues facing the area. This was a very busy meeting of the Council, with a full public gallery – mostly people concerned about the proposals in the Greater Manchester […]

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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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The next Whitefield & Unsworth Township Forum takes place on Tuesday 5 July, 6.30pm at Elms Community Centre. Agenda items include: ·         Appointment of Chair and Vice Chair ·         Advisory Board membership ·         New Health and Care Centre for Whitefield – update on progress (Mike Woodhead, Acting Chief Finance Officer – NHS Bury CCG) ·         […]

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Save our Library

by Steve Middleton on 1 June, 2016

It looks like Library closures are a distinct possibility, with Unsworth Library possibly a victim of library services cutbacks that were originally proposed a number of years ago. At 5.20pm this evening Bury Council sneaked out the following press release: Public consultation to begin on review of Bury’s library service https://t.co/q9Av1IEL9X — Bury Council (@BuryCouncil) […]

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Election results – Unsworth ward and council-wide

by Steve Middleton on 6 May, 2016

Unsworth 2016 local election ward results: Tony Clough UKIP 411 Nicole Haydock Green 66 David Jones Labour 1365 (elected) Steve Middleton Liberal Democrats 114 Bernard Vincent Conservative 885 Turnout 40% Thank you to everyone who voted for me. Your support is very much appreciated. Overall: Labour lost 3 seats (2 to Conservatives, 1 to Lib […]

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