New Planning Application: Simister Lane

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

Certificate of lawfulness for proposed vertical (first floor) rear extension
153 Simister Lane, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 2SF
Ref. No: 60448 Received: Mon 08 Aug 2016

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.


Renters Rights Bill – Tell us Your Story

The Liberal Democrats in Parliament are pushing forward a ‘Renters Right Bill’. supported by tennants lobby groups such as Generation Rent and the Make Renting Fair Campaign.

We’re proposing to:
– Ban letting fees for renters
– Give renters access to an open register of rogue landlords
– Bring in compulsory electrical safety checks in rented homes
– Prevent rogue landlords from obtaining an HMO licence

Renters are hit with high costs every time they move. It is time to bring an end to rip-off letting fees which are already banned in Scotland and which allow letting agents to unfairly charge both the landlord and the tenant.

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But we need as much evidence as we can get to help make the case for the bill – and that’s where you come in!

Tell us how much you’ve paid in fees and share your story with us, so together we can make a difference.

First 10K Run – Route and Places Still Available

Bury’s first 10km run takes place on Sunday 18th September, staged in partnership with the Bury-based I Will If You Will project, funded by Sport England.

The run starts and finishes close to The Rock, the course is suitable for all ages and abilities from beginners to experienced fast runners. It is £22 to enter, but many charities will also have fundraising places available. There is also a family run run on the same day. More details and enter here.

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Funding Available: Active Citizens Fund

The Police and Crime Commissioner has announced the second cycle of small grants funding – The Active Citizen’s fund, available to Community and Voluntary groups and organisations, funding projects of up to £5,000.

The fund will be suitable for:
Projects aimed at reducing demand on policing services (without displacing demand on other services)
Projects which encourage organisations to build capacity within their organisations and improve the voluntary network, including vulnerable groups, i.e.: dementia watch, street pastors
Projects which encourage citizens to become involved in local community projects and organisations
Projects which seek to increase resilience within the community

Increasing “neighbourliness” and reducing vulnerabilities
Making your neighbourhood safe
Reducing crime and antisocial behaviour and hate crime
Building safer, stronger communities
Supporting vulnerable victims of crime

Bury’s Community Engagement event, providing practical information on the grants application process, will take place on:
5 September, 10am – 12noon
Peel Room
Elizabethan Suite
Bury Town Hall

It is anticipated that the application process will close on the 22nd September, aiming to have the appraisal process completed in time for announcements in early December 2016. Apply and more information here.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Lees, 0161 793 3036.

Update- Greater Manchester Call for Sites

More information has been published on the ‘Greater Manchester Call for Sites’. All ten local authorities in Greater Manchester are working together to produce a Greater Manchester Spacial Framework. This will be a joint plan that identifies land to provide the new houses, jobs, infrastructure for the future – an estimated 225,000 new houses are proposed for the next 25 years.

The call for sites has been asking landowners, developers, interest groups and others to identify sites that they think may be suitable for development in the future.

All of the sites we receive through the call for sites are promoted by their owners or developers. They have no endorsement as sites for future development by Greater Manchester and its constituent 10 districts. Decisions on whether such sites will, or will not, be supported will be made when the draft GMSF is produced for public consultation in October this year.


More information has been released on the individual applications. For data protection reasons, GMSG have redacted personal information, such as personal names and email addresses.

For the Prestwich area there are some very significant proposals. Most of these are to the east of Prestwich, with very significant proposals for new houses in the area between Prestwich and Middleton. The most significant proposals are for 1264 between Heywood Old Road and Simister Lane and 701 homes north of Simister Lane. There are smaller proposals for land down Nutt Lane, land around Parrenthorn School. On the other side of Prestwich there are proposals for a significant housing development immediately on the Salford side of Drinkwater Park.

The map can be viewed here. The details of all proposals are on this spreadsheet.

Our very clear view is that although we do need to ensure that we have the houses that we need, the priority should be to use ‘brownfield sites’, rather than building on the greenbelt land that surrounds us. Liberal Democrat councillors will give our 100% support to residents campaigning to save our greenbelt land.

We will know more when the first recommendations are published in October.

Victoria Wood Memorial Appeal

The brother of the late Victoria Wood, Chris Foote Wood,  has is running a ‘crowdfunding’ appeal to fund a permanent memorial for Victoria. The appeal has so far raised over £8,000 of it’s £20,000 aim. You can donate to the appeal here.

Bury Council has announced that the venue of the statue is to be in Library Gardens on Silver Street in the Town Centre. Victoria was born in Prestwich, but brought up and schooled in Bury – it does feel a shame that this won’t in Prestwich, but obviously the wishes of the family will also be very important in this decision.

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Electoral Register Annual Rewal

Bury residents will soon be receiving a form through their letter box asking them to confirm that their details on the electoral register are correct.

The canvass is conducted every year to ensure that everyone who is entitled to vote is registered to do so.

Throughout August, Bury Council staff will be delivering a household enquiry form to 84,000 homes across Bury. It only takes a few minutes to confirm the details on the form. If all the information is correct, you can reply through one of the following options:

– Post your signed form back in the pre-paid envelope
– Complete the form online using the security code provided
– Call the automated service using the security code
– Text the automated service using the security code

Please remember you can only vote if you are on the electoral register. Please also remember to include anyone in your home who is 16 or 17 as we can register their details ready for when they are 18. I urge all Bury residents to check the form and confirm their details as soon as possible to ensure they are correctly registered.

Family Fun Days at Recycling Centre

See how your rubbish is turned into electricity! Join Recycle for Greater Manchester (R4GM) for a tour of the Thermal Recovery facility on Raikes Lane, Bolton. The facility turns grey bin waste into enough electricity to power up to 14,000 homes.

On the tour you’ll get to see inside a furnace which reaches temperatures of over 850°C, a 200 foot chimney repaired by local steeplejack and TV personality; Fred Dibnah AND a generator which spins 6,900 times a minute!

There will be fun interactive recycling activities in our purpose built education centre, free lunch and lots of giveaways to help you recycle more.


Family Open Days run from 10am-2pm on the following dates:
• Thursday 11th August
• Thursday 18th August
• Thursday 25th August

Booking is essential. To book your FREE place (minimum age of visitors 7 years old) contact the Recycle for Greater Manchester team on: 01204 374 222 or email

Tackling Anti-Social Off-Road Bike Crime

One of the crime related issues that you most often raise with us and the police is reports of anti-social vehicle use around our communities – for example the use of ‘off road’ bikes or quad bikes around residential areas.

The Prestwich Police team has taken up the challenge to reduce this issue and raise awareness with the public.

This has included getting resources together to erect 18 new ‘Section 59’ warning signs across particular ‘hot spots’ affects by this issue.

There will be a Motorbike Awareness event to be held at Tesco Prestwich car park this Saturday 13th August 2016 from 11am – 3pm. On display will be some specialist Off-road Police vehicles and some locally seized vehicles. The idea is to encourage the public to report those responsible for this ASB and to raise awareness to the riders.

A commercial company COWM Leisure are generously offering one lucky rider the chance to take their bike to a legal track which is normally £30 in value plus they will be donating awareness material to the day to help raise awareness. The winner of the track day out will be decided live on Prestwich social media on the day and will hopefully change the attitude of potential riders.

Prestwich team will be conducting some more joint traffic events in direct response to raised community issues, coming in September and November 2016 highlighting awareness and enforcement on seatbelts, kids seats and mobile phone misuse.