Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment – Consulation

Posted September 13, 2014

Local people are being asked for our views in the current Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment Consultation which is currently taking place.

Every Health and Wellbeing Board has a responsibility to publish a statement of the needs for pharmaceutical services (‘chemists’ ) of the population in its area.

The assessment considers a number of issues including: population density, opening hours, access to pharmacies, prescription numbers, locations of chemists etc.

The Assessment is an important document which is used to inform decisions about applications for new chemists or changes to existing arrangements.

So far in the consultations that have been undertaken it has been identified that there is a shortage of provision in the Besses ward area (the area of Whitefield/Unsworth immediately over the motorway from Holyrood Ward).

The Assessment is now open for consultation with the general public.

We can have our say at:

before 31 October 2014.

Cuckoo Prestwich License Review

Posted September 13, 2014

A number of local residents have been in touch about a licence reivew which is taking place of ‘Cuckoo’ on Bury New Road.

Basically a license review of the premises has been triggered following complaints from local residents. A hearing by Licensing Panel will take place on 26 September 2014 (2.00pm at the Town Hall). Members of the public can attend, only people who are formally involved will be asked to speak.

The deadline for making a submission about the issue has passed over a week ago. I know a number of people have only just found out about the review and are therefore frustrated that they cannot make formal comments, but hopefully people will understand that the Council needs to follow a formal procedure correctly.

I know Cuckoo has a lot of support from many people in Prestwich and beyond and much of this is being expressed in social media – e.g. on Cuckoo’s Facebook page here.

Heywood Old Road Parking

Posted September 13, 2014

A couple of residents have been in touch about problems with parking at the bottom of Heywood Old Road, in the area where Rochdale (very unhelpfully) put double yellow lines a few years ago.

As I understand parking attendants have been attempting to ticket residents who park on the grass verge area. This is obviously causing problems for people who have nowhere else to park near to their own homes.

I have asked Bury Council to liaise with Rochdale to see if a sensible solution can be found to the problem, and I’ll keep people posted if anything can be done.


New Planning Application Brooklawn Drive

Posted September 13, 2014

A new planning application has been received within Holyrood Ward as below:

Two storey side extension; Single storey extension at rear; Decking and steps at rear
2 Brooklawn Drive, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 2GS
Ref. No: 57958
Received: Mon 08 Sep 2014

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require further information or help with this. The details will be on the Council’s website here.


New Planning Application Maple Grove

Posted September 13, 2014

A new planning application has been received within Holyrood Ward as below:

First floor extension at side
2 Maple Grove, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 3DQ
Ref. No: 57962
Received: Tue 09 Sep 2014

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require further information or help with this. The details will be on the Council’s website here.


Croft Lane Closure from 22 September

Posted September 10, 2014

We have been informed that the closure of Croft Lane will now take place from 22 September, a week earlier than originally planned. This is an important route that could well affect many people’s journeys.

The following is information provided by United Utilities

This is part of United Utilities ongoing maintenance and improvements works in the Hollins area:
- laying new sections of sewer pipe along Croft Lane and in the small cul-de-sac section opposite the car garage
- building new manholes
- building a new surface water sewer outfall into the River Roch.

Road Closures
Phase 1: Croft Lane cul-de-sac starting 15 September
Phase 2: Croft Lane will be closed from 22 September 2014 to move other utilities. Work expected to start mid-October
Phase 3: Melton Drive at the junction with Croft Lane
Phases 2 & 3 are expected to take around 15 weeks to complete. A letter will be sent to residents of Melton Drive with more information and start dates before work there begins. From 19 December 2014 to 5 January 2015 Croft Lane will be temporarily re-opened for the Christmas period.

If your question is relating to the road closure that Electricity North West will put in place, please contact them direct on 0800 195 4141. Alternatively if your question is related to our work please call: 0345 672 3723 quoting project number NCA 80028286.

Creative Living Centre Singing Sessions

Posted September 10, 2014

The Creative Living Centre is organising singing sessions at its centre on Bury New Road (near Tescos) 4.10-5.30pm on Fridays.

Creative Living Centre say:
Come along and join us in the most friendly, supportive and nurturing group, where you’ll learn real techniques that will help you develop effective and safe vocal skills, that will not only improve your singing ability, but increase your confidence and self-esteem.

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Ann Taft teaches her revolutionary ‘RaleaSing’ method of singing. Whether you sing in the shower, in a group or not at all, do join us … it may add a whole new dimension to your singing and your life!

(£2 contribution for waged and £1 for unwaged)

More informaiton 0161 772 3524

Falls Prevention Awareness Day: Bury

Posted September 10, 2014

Care service providers in Bury are working to reduce the number of accidental falls suffered by older people.

Residents are invited to a Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Wednesday 24 September, held at Textile Hall, Manchester Road, Bury from 10am to 4pm.

Every year, one in three over-65s will have a fall. This event will provide information and support around the most common causes of falls, such as dehydration, poor vision, hearing impairments, incorrect footwear or foot problems, and incorrect medicines.

Residents are invited to “come along and find out more about how you can help yourself or someone you love stay safe in their own home. Falls can cause not only loss of mobility but loss of independence and confidence, and could lead to more serious health issues.”

The meeting will include light refreshments and give visitors the chance to chat with like-minded people. For more information, email [email protected]. or call 0161 253 5819.

New Planning Application: Heys Road

Posted September 5, 2014

A new planning application has been received within Holyrood Ward as below:

Application Number: 57919
Registration Date: 27/08/2014

Location: 36 Heys Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 1JY
Proposal: Single storey extension at rear

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require further information or help with this. The details will be on the Council’s website here.


Save our local Children’s Centre

Posted September 3, 2014

Bury Council will tonight (Wednesday 3 September 2014) consider a proposal to close EIGHT of the borough’s Children’s Centres.

This would include closing the Children’s Centre in the heart of Holyrood Ward – Toodle Hill Children’s Centre on Cuckoo Lane. Butterstile Children’s Centre would also close, and the only provision remaining open in Prestwich would be the Sedgley Children’s Centre on Bishops Road.


Currently the service is a ‘universal’ service (i.e. anyone can make use of the services), but if the proposals happen the the only service that would be offered would be a ‘targeted’ service – i.e. for those people who are identified as being most in need.

The proposal is that seven of the eight Children’s Centres would be rented out to nursery operators to run as nurseries.

The government is extending the current nursery provision to offer 15 hours of nursery care for less well off families so the Council have identified a need for more nurseries.

We are extremely concerned by these proposals. It’s great about the child care guarantee from Government, but Children’s Centres have only been open a few years in Prestwich, but many families have found them a great service to help give children a good start in life.

Toolde Hill is actually the ONLY council run facility in Holyrood Ward, and one of the few community venues we have which seems a great shame to lose. We are very concerned that parents and families in most need will not make the journey to Sedgley Park to use services which is significantly less convenient to people than Cuckoo Lane.

A campaign group has been set up oppose the proposals which, if agreed, will see a twelve week ‘consultation’ period.

Find out more and add your support at their Facebook Page here.

Read the Bury Times article on the subject here.