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Liberal Democrats in Greater Manchester have announced their candidate for the election for Greater Manchester Mayor in May 2020. Councillor Andy Kelly, who is the Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Rochdale Council will take on Labour’s candidate, Andy Burnham. Andy said: “The Tories are playing parlour games with people’s lives and Labour are […]

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Hands Up if you voted for a £10 tram tax?

by timpickstone on 20 August, 2019

Council Leaders in Greater Manchester have voted to introduce a £10 a year charge for pensioners to travel for free on Metrolink and trains. The charge will come into effect in 2020 and is expected to bring in in around £1.2 million, straight out of the pockets of Greater Manchester’s pensioners. This was supported by […]

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Reporting Back – Cabinet Meeting

by timpickstone on 20 August, 2019

Last month was there regular meeting of Bury Council’s Cabinet. Opposition Leaders are allowed to attend the meeting but not vote. Councillor Cristina Tegolo reports: Corporate Finance Monitoring ReportThe Leader and Cabinet Chair, submitted the Cabinet Financial monitoring report.  The report informs Members of the Council’s financial position for the period April 2019 to June 2019 […]

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Manchester Pride, this weekend

by timpickstone on 20 August, 2019

This weekend is the annual Manchester LGBT Pride festival, so expect the city centre to be busy with some road closures for the parade on Saturday. The parade starts at midday on Saturday 24 August 2019 going down Deansgate, then Peter Street, ending up in the gay village area. The rest of the event takes […]

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Bank Holiday Weekend NHS Opening Times

by timpickstone on 20 August, 2019

NHS Bury have issued the following information to local residents about health service opening times over the summer bank holiday weekend. “Patients are being urged to get organised ahead of the summer bank holiday on Monday 26th August, collect prescriptions in advance and to consider self-care for minor, short term conditions. There are a range […]

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Planning Applications Update Holyrood Ward August 2019

by timpickstone on 6 August, 2019

Below are planning applications in the last month. Please just let us know if you have any queries. Residents in the Holyrood Road / Heys Road area will be interested in the last one, the demolition of a detached house at 19 Holyrood Road and replacement with a new house. Two storey side extension with […]

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A new service called Advice and Guidance has been introduced in GP practices across Bury to help ensure that patients are receiving the most appropriate care in a timely way. Advice and Guidance is a consultant led service provided by specialists at The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, which brings together the Salford Royal and […]

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From Prestwich Hospital to Sierra Leone

by timpickstone on 6 August, 2019

After moving into the role in September last year, Prestwich Hospital’s Waste and Environmental Manager Gary Roberts talks us through how unused Trust furniture ended up finding a second home in Africa. “Part of my role includes managing the GMMH (Greater Manchester Mental Health) Warp It Page which is a platform that lists any unwanted […]

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100 years of Council Housing

by timpickstone on 6 August, 2019

Last week marked the 100th anniversary of the Addison Act – named after the Liberal Minister Christopher Addison – the legislation which paved the way for council house building. At the time this was particularly significant, given the need to provide decent housing for troops returning from the First World War, and their families, often […]

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Answers to Questions: Police Issues

by timpickstone on 6 August, 2019

At the last full Council meeting of Bury Council, Liberal Democrat councillor Steve Wright asked a number of questions to the Greater Manchester Police representative:  Community Policing Expenditure:Could the Council’s member of the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel inform members what proportion of the Greater Manchester Police budget is spent on local community police […]

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