Pharmacy Opening Times Bank Holiday Weekend

Information is correct at the time of publication, please check availability before you travel.

Asda Pharmacy, Pilsworth Road, Pilsworth, Bury, BL9 8RS, 9am – 6pm
Asda Pharmacy, Riverside Retail Park, Pilkington Way, Radcliffe M26 3DA, 9am – 6pm
Asda Pharmacy, Spring Street, Bury, BL9 0RN, 9am – 6pm
Boots, Unit 1, Woodfields Retail Park, Peel Way, Bury, BL9 5BY, 11am – 5pm
Boots, 32-36 The Mall, Bury, BL9 0QQ, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Tesco In-store Pharmacy, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 7BL, 11am – 4pm
Tesco In-store Pharmacy, Peel Way, Bury, BL9 5BY, 11am – 4pm

You can find pharmacy services on the NHS Choices website.

New 20mph Zone consultation – Nursery, Poppythorn, Glebeleands, Langley

Bury Council is currently consulting on a major new 20mph zone to cover the a large area of to the north of Prestwich – this the areas around Nursery Road, Glebelands Road, Poppythorn Lane, Guest Road and the Langley estate area. It also includes Fairfax Road and the part of Heys Road between the school and Prestwich Metrolink that is not already 20mph.

The details are:
– establish an area-wide 20mph zone with signing at all boundary points;
– install pairs of 75mm high speed cushions on Fairfax Road, Poppythorn Lane, Nursery Road, Guest Road, Langley Hall Road, Glebelands Road and Heys Road;
– introduce “dummy” speed cushions on Langley Road and Langley Hall Road;
– introduce “20” carriageway roundels and/or repeater signs throughout the area;
– introduce carriageway cycle symbols to support existing quiet cycle routes.

A leaflet outlining the scheme has been delivered to residents and occupiers of frontage properties within the boundaries of the scheme. As your councillors we have also written to you asking for your views.

If you have views on the consultation please:
(a) Let us know your views so that we can best respond as your councillors and represent your views
(b) Do respond to the formal consultation as this will help determine the outcome.

It is important that schemes like this do have the support of local residents, as once traffic calming is done it is difficult to undo it!

The deadline for comments is Monday 24 August 2015.

This is a map of the proposed scheme (click on the image for more detail)

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A number of people have asked us about accident statistics in the area. The map below shows accidents in the last five years. Apparently there have been four slight incidents in the last five years (and interestingly most of these seem to be on Fairfax Road). (Again click on picture for more accurate image).

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Healthwatch Bury Dental Services Survey

Healthwatch Bury is currently undertaking a survey to find out what patients’ experience has been regarding the dental provision in the Bury area.

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This survey is targeted at people with disabilities however we want to hear feedback from anyone who is using dental services in the Borough of Bury. We would be grateful if you could complete this survey about your dental practice and your recent visit. Feedback from this survey will enable Healthwatch Bury to identify areas that may need improvement and therefore your feedback is very valuable.

Please return the surveys to Healthwatch Bury before 31st August 2015.

The Survey is here as a word document to print out (if there is an online version we couldn’t find it!)

Metrolink Overnight Working

Just to let people know about some overnight working which is happening on the Metrolink between Bowker Vale and Heaton Park and between Besses and Whitefield stations. This is information from Transport for Greater Manchester:

This is a rolling programme of overnight working on weekday nights between 23.59 pm on Sunday 9. August until 05.00 am on Friday 25. September 2015. This work will then resume on weekday nights between 23.59 pm on Sunday 4.October 2015 and 05.00 am on Friday 16. October, 2015.

Please note that this does not mean that work will be continuous at any one location for the duration of the programme of works.

This work, to install passenger information display to tram stop platform, minor trackside equipment installation and cabling, forms part of the new Tram Management system which will provide essential service improvements and improved public information.

No work will take place at the weekends (ie between 05.00am on Friday and 23.59pm on Sunday ).

Small, battery operated, hand-held tools only will be used in carrying out these works. Portable lighting, directed away from neighbouring properties will be used for personal safety. All staff will be briefed in advance regarding keeping noise to a minimum.

This work can only take place outside normal working hours when the trams are not in operation.

Whitefield Ambulance Station is to Close

It has now been confirmed that Whitefield Ambulance Station is closing.

As we understand the ‘HQ function’ (offices) that have been there are going to Bolton. One ambulance will be based at to Whitefield Fire Station, in Bury New Road, while the other will now be based at Bury Ambulance Station in Birch Street.

The changes will happen in the next few weeks. There are plans by North West Ambulance Station to close the building by the end of the year and sell it. They say: “Whitefield Ambulance Station is a 1950s building and the structure is showing extensive signs of age and needs significant investment to bring it up to a modern and acceptable standard.Both NWAS and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service agree that these proposals are a positive demonstration of partnership and responsible financial management by two publicly funded organisations.”

NWAS claim that there will be no impact on response times, but we certainly want more information on this. It seems illogical that the response time from an ambulance based in Bury not be less than an ambulance based in Whitefield.

The NHS in Greater Manchester has recently published its ‘Healthier Together’ review which means that in the future emergency surgery provision will ONLY be at four hospitals in Greater Manchester (Oldham, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Salford and Stepping Hill in Stockport). This means that emergency surgery will not longer take place at our two local hospitals: North Manchester and Fairfield.

We believe there are serious questions to be asked about the impact of this on ambulance provision. Many serious ‘blue light ambulance’ incidents will in the future need to be taken to one of the four specialist hospitals – which are clearly further away than North Manchester of Fairfield.

We would be really interested to hear residents views on these issues.

Recycling Up – but where is the missing rubbish?

Bury Council has been celebrating this week that in the last six months the amount of rubbish we are putting in our grey bins has reduced by 3,923 tonnes.

On the face of it, this is great news: less waste to landfill or incineration is VERY good for the environment; less rubbish in our grey bins means less charges the Council has to pay to dispose of the rubbish (the Council has to pay £308 a tonne to dispose of grey bin waste.)

Bury’s recycling rate is now 57.5% of waste. Interestingly this is significantly below Lib-Dem run Stockport who achieve the best in Greater Manchester with 61% recycling – but this is with FORTNIGHTLY bin collections AND a weekly food collection.

The figures for other bins are interesting:

Over the period October 2014 to May 2015 (compared to the same period in the previous year):
* Green bin waste (paper/cardboard) has increased by 454 tonnes
* Blue bin waste (metal tins, plastic bottles) is up by 466 tonnes
* Brown bin waste (food and garden) is up by 644 tonnes

`That’s TOTAL recycling bins increase of 1,564 tonnes
* Grey bin waste (non-recyclable) is down by 3,923 tonnes

So where is the missing 2,359 tonnes of waste that is no longer in grey bins but isn’t in the recycling bins??

A few possibilities:
* all of a sudden people in Bury are producing less waste – it would be great if we’re all composting or re-using, or somehow supermarkets and Amazon had stopped giving us unnecessary packaging, but we doubt it….

It would be really interesting to know who much extra waste is being taken to Household Waste Recycling Centres (the tip) that before. Waste taken here is not included in Bury’s recycling or waste figures (not that we have a tip in Prestwich any more…)

It would also be interesting to know what increase there has been in flytipping. Anecdotally we know that there are more complaints to us about flytipping – either serious large incidents, but also cases of things cluttering back alleys spare bits of land in residential areas.

We would be interested to know your views!

Rochdale Council Consults on Three Weekly Bins

Bury Council was the first Council in England to introduce three-weekly bin collections 18 months ago. Now next-door Rochdale are consulting on a three-weekly bin proposal. Interestingly their proposal is the same for Bury EXCEPT the collection of food waste will be WEEKLY, not fortnightly like Bury.

Residents may remember that Bury introduced the change without any consultation with the public.

The Manchester Evening News conducted an online poll of Rochdale residents who found that 83% of residents oppose the plan. More information here.

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Farmers Market Update

A number of residents have been in touch about the Prestwich Farmers (or ‘Artisan’) markets that have, for a number of years, taken place quarterly in the Longfield area.

The most recent market was held on 22 February 2015. The market was to be held in conjunction with the newly appointed Vintage Market but disappointingly this market at short notice.

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Bury Council is now tendering for a Prestwich market provided who will be expected to hold a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 markets in the year. The franchise opportunity is looking for a food and craft operator as it is felt this will offer a diverse range of products.

If anyone knows of anyone who is interested then the tender information is here and an appellation form is here.

As we understand the fastest that a new operator could be up and running is the late autumn. It seems a shame that there will be this gap as the markets have become a good part of the ‘calendar’ in Prestwich.

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

Nursery Road / Lilac Grove Parking Restrictions

A number of residents have been in touch over many months around parking restrictions at the ‘top’ end of Nursery Road (and round into Lilac Grove) with concerns around safety issues since the ‘Kid’s Planet’ nursery was built on Bury Old Road.

The planning permission for the nursery included a condition of no waiting restrictions, but it has clearly taken some time for this to be implemented.

The Council has now received and considered the necessary application and the work has now been scheduled.

Please get in touch if you require any further information.

Mary and Tim

Creative Living Centre wins Queens Award for Voluntary Service

One of our local charities, The Creative Living Centre has been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

A group of staff, trustees, volunteers and members from the charity, which is based at the front of the Prestwich Hospital Site near Tescos, will attend a ceremony at Gorton Monastery to receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of the Duchy of Lancaster on August 3rd.

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The Charity say:
“We wish to highlight how crucial to the life of the centre our volunteers are. They include the trustees, the many tutors who provide a range of creative learning opportunities, therapists, cooks for our lunches, gardeners, the hugely supportive people who help with reception and admin tasks, those who provide a listening ear to our members and the members themselves who work to keep the centre looking good, and helping each other stay well. We also owe much to the staff who provide training for the volunteers and supervise and support them throughout.”

“If anyone is interested in volunteering with us please contact the centre for an initial look around, we offer a range of opportunities with some training and on-going supervision (0161 772 3524 or admin@creativelivingcentre.org.uk)”