Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Hollins Conservation Group needs your help

by Steve Middleton on 2 May, 2017

Posted on behalf of the Hollins Conservation Group: Hollins Conservation Group would like the support of the whole community. Over the past twelve months we have been working hard to improve Hollins Village. Clearing litter, removing weeds, planting flowers and shrubs in public spaces. Our new sponsored green litter bins have been springing up everywhere. […]

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Missed bin collections on Rufford Drive

by Steve Middleton on 9 April, 2017

I wrote about the increase in missed bin collections across Bury here in September of last year and I am sorry to report that the problem does not seem to be getting any better. While new figures have not been released yet, I am hearing about some real problems on Rufford Drive and surrounding areas. […]

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Greater Manchester Spatial Framework Phase 2 DELAYED

by Steve Middleton on 6 April, 2017

GMCA have agreed to delay the Phase 2 consultation on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework until September. The full report considered by the GMCA is here (it’s not very detailed). (Page 25) Highlights are: The report considered by Council officers says: “The current published timetable provides for consultation on the Publication Plan in June/July. In […]

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“It’s time to scrap GMSF” says Mayoral Candidate

by Steve Middleton on 11 March, 2017

JANE BROPHY, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester, is calling for the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework (GMSF) to be scrapped. The GMSF process will only go ahead if all ten councils in Greater Manchester and the newly elected mayor vote in favour of it. If any one of the eleven deciding vote […]

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Council Starts process for Bury Development Plan

by Steve Middleton on 11 March, 2017

Bury Council has issued a Notice of Intention to begin the development (for the third time) of a development plan for Bury – this would replace the existing saved policies of the Bury Unitary Development Plan. A Local Plan is a plan that is drawn up to guide and manage future growth and development (such […]

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Bury’s Spatial Framework Debate – Statement

by Steve Middleton on 4 February, 2017

On Wednesday (1 February 2017) a proposal that Bury Council pull out of the Greater Manchester Strategic Framework (GMSF) was rejected. Liberal Democrat and Conservative councillors voted to pull out, but Labour councillors voted to stay in. Speaking after the debate, Liberal Democrat Group Leader on Bury Councillor Tim Pickstone said: “We recognise the need […]

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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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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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