Greater Manchester Spatial Framework – 4 weeks to have your say

Greater Manchester Councils are currently consulting on proposals to provide land for 225,000 new houses over the next 25 years. This includes releasing a significant amount of Green Belt land in the Prestwich area to build 3,400 homes.

For further information on the consultation please visit

Watch this short video:


Copies of the draft GMSF are available to view via the website above and paper copies can be viewed at the Planning Division reception (Ground Floor, 3 Knowsley Place, Duke Street, Bury) between the hours of 8.45am to 3.30pm (Monday-Friday), Bury Town Hall between the hours of 8.45am to 5.00pm (Monday-Friday) and all main libraries.

All comments must be received by 17:00 on 23rd December 2016. 

Sign the online petition to save our Green Belt land here.




1 December World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held across the world on 1 December.

Over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.


Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, each year in the UK around 6,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.

World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

In Manchester City Centre there is a Candlelit Vigil and Procession – all welcome – Thursday 1st December 7pm, Sackville Gardens, Sackville Street, M1 3HB.

Find out more about you can get involved locally here.
Find out more about national campaigns here.

Liberal Democrats in Bury were successful in backing a motion which was agreed by our national Party Conference in support the campaign for a relatively new HIV preventative treatment ‘Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis” or ‘PrEP’ to be made available on the NHS. At present the Government and the NHS are refusing to make this drug, which is 99% effective, available. Find out more about the ‘I Want Prep Now’ campaign here.

Phillips Park Volunteer Action Day 3 December

3 December 2016, 10am – 4pm – Philips Park Volunteer Action, The Barn Countryside Centre, Philips Park:

Clearing paths around the Formal Garden, trimming box hedge, cutting back bramble. Our agreement with Bury Council to manage The Barn includes monthly task sessions. There is always other work to do if you don’t fancy the main task and you don’t have to work the whole day. Bring a packed lunch if staying all day, but drinks and biscuits are provided. Contact David Dutton 0161 705 1298. If attending please text Rob on 07749 042 325.

Next dates: 8 January, 10am – 4pm, 4th February 10am – 4pm

Warning: Beware Council Tax Refund Promise

Residents are being warned to beware unsolicited emails and phone calls urging them to claim a Council Tax refund. Bury Council has been phoned by a number of people who were asked, allegedly by HMRC, for their bank details or told to click on a link to claim the refund. Do not provide any details to these people and, if you have, contact your bank ASAP.

Trading standards say residents should be very cautious when receiving emails or phone calls from people they do not recognise which request money or personal information in exchange for financial reward. Residents should report the scam email to the action fraud helpline 03001232040 and forward the email to

Autumn Statement – time to provide confidence and reassurance to health services, workers and business

This Autumn Statement comes at a time when our economy is in turmoil, our public services are in crisis and people and businesses are struggling to keep afloat.

Liberal Democrats want to see a statement that seeks to provide confidence and reassurance- to our health services, to workers and to businesses. The Government needs to show it will support these vital institutions, not leave them high and dry in its drive for a hard Brexit.


Find out more here.

Exhibition of Textiles at Studio Church Prestwich

The latest exhibition oat the ‘Studio Church’ (Bailey Street/Heaton Street junction) is “Textiles by Ella – A Retrospective by Eleanor Poston”. This runs from: 26 November – 16 December 2016. Admission is free.

Eleanor is a Prestwich textile artist and embroiderer, creating a range of work including pictures, panels, and wall hangings. She works with anything that can be embellished with fabric, thread, paint, dyes, found objects and that fires her imagination.

Her sources of inspiration are wide-ranging and include myth and legend, folk lore, space, Native American Indian, Celtic and many others. She very much enjoys researching themes for her work.

More details and opening times here.


Hunter’s Grill Late License Application Withdrawn

Many thanks to the large number of residents who got in touch about the application by ‘Hunters Grill’ on Heywood Road (near the Metrolink Bridge) to have a new licence to serve food until 4am.

A lot of residents got in touch extremely concerned about the proposals and how inappropriate they were for that area.

Following all the objections, we can now confirm that the application has been withdrawn. As we understand an application is going to be submitted, but for the same times as now.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require further information.

Heywood Road Roadworks Update

The following information is from United Utilities:

“We are happy to report that we have nearly completed the repairs to our sewer network in Heywood Road and anticipate that we will be able to re-open the road by Monday 21st November. We have carried out CCTV investigations of the sewer to check its condition and we have identified just a couple of minor issues that we can repair by using “no dig” technology (patch lining), this work will be undertaken while the road is still closed.

We believe that the collapse was most likely caused by a localised issue on the network.

I understand that there has been a press release by Bury Council informing people that the road would re-open Monday 17th November 2016, this was the original date in relation to the road closure notice but this has since been extended to allow the lining work to be complete whilst the road remains closed.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your patience while we have been repairing our sewer network.”