Prestwich Clough Day – 17 May 2015

The popular Prestwich Clough Day returns on Sunday 17 May 2015.

This is a free day out for all the family celebrating the Prestwich Clough area of parkland, established by Prestwich Urban District Council in 1906.

The Clough Day is 12noon – 5.00pm on Prestwich Flower Park (Bury New Road) and at the Church Inn (Church Lane).

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This is the 10th Prestwich Clough Day, which is a great achievement. Clough Day Chair David Stanley said:

“Little did we think when we held the first one in 2006 that would achieve such a milestone. For this we have to thank all of our Sponsors over the years for their support without them it would not have been possible, The Committee for all their support and hard work in planning what has become much loved Community Event and everyone who has participated over the years.

Over the past ten years we have seen the launch at the Clough Day of Incredible Edibles (Prestwich), The Village Community Co-Op, Prestbake and many other Local Groups and Community Organisations whilst many local Groups, organisations and Charities have benefitted from joining in the Event.

We hope that you enjoy this years event and remember that it is organised by Volunteers, with no support from Council Officers, and all of our funding has to be raised either on the day or through Sponsorship and Concessions.

Many thanks for your support over the Ten years.”

If you are involved in a business or group who are able to sponsor the Clough Day please do get in touch with the team – packages start from £100. More information here.

The team are also looking for more volunteers – more information here.

5 Point Plan for Parents and Teachers

The Liberal Democrats have announced a ‘Five Point Plan’ for teachers and parents

The front page of the Lib Dem manifesto states our commitment on education, to protect education funding from nursery to 19.

The Liberal Democrats are the only party to guarantee the protection of per pupil funding in real terms over the next five years.

The Liberal Democrat five point commitment for teachers and parents will:

– Provide an additional £2.5bn of funding for 2-19yr-olds by 2020; protecting per pupil education spending in real terms over the next parliament and increasing the education budget as a whole.

– Guarantee all teachers in state-funded schools will be fully qualified or working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by September 2016.

– Establish the Royal College of Teachers to oversee QTS and professional development. And support the Teach First programme to attract high calibre graduates into teaching, in particular in STEM subjects.

– Establish a new National Leadership Institute to promote high-quality leadership targeting the most challenging schools in the UK.

– Get politics out of the classroom. We will give teachers more freedom over what they can teach by introducing a minimum curriculum entitlement – a slimmed down core national curriculum, which will be taught in all state-funded schools. As well as establish an Independent Educational Standards Authority (ESA) to remove ministerial interference in curriculum content and exam standards.

In Coalition the Liberal Democrats stopped the Conservatives cutting the schools budget. The scale of Conservative cuts in their plans is equivalent to axing four starter salary teachers in every school in England.

Find out more here.

Adult Care Services in Bury – Consultation Event

Residents across Bury are invited to help shape the future of council services at a ‘customer task force’ event held on Friday 1 May.The session is for people who live in the borough and either use, or care for someone who uses, social care services.

Bury Council says: “This is your opportunity to find out what’s coming up, tell us what you think and help us shape our services so that they better meet your needs.”

The event will take place from 10am to noon (a light breakfast will be provided) in the Lancaster Room at Bury Town Hall.

At this meeting you can:
– Get involved in the Advocacy Service Remodel.
– Test the new ‘Bury Directory’ and tell us what you think.
There will also be plenty of opportunities to meet and talk to new and like-minded people as well as council professionals.

If you would like to attend the task force event, or want more information, call 0161 253 6021 or email to book your place.

Local GPs produce new booklet to support people with Dementia

GPs across Bury are taking a more active role in the diagnosis and care for patients living with dementia from this month onwards.

It is important that people with dementia have regular check-ups and seek support as soon as possible if they develop any health concerns. GPs across Bury have now received additional training to equip them to both diagnose and provide care of people living with dementia and provide support to their carers, ensuring care is both co-ordinated and closer to home.

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To help assist and guide patients who have received a diagnosis, the NHS in Bury has created a new information booklet. The booklet provides a guide for people living with dementia and their carers, explaining the different types of dementia, advice on living with the condition and contact details of organisations that can provide further support to help the person living with dementia to have the best possible quality of life.

Local GP Dr Jeffrey Schryer from Whittaker Lane Medical Centre is the lead GP on Mental Health for Bury:
“Dementia is a priority in Bury, and we are committed to improving the diagnosis and care of people living with the condition.

“Timely diagnosis and support can enhance the quality of life of people living with dementia and that of their carers. It’s a really important step forward that GPs will be the first port of call in dementia diagnosis and planning care.”

“The new booklet will help people to access the right information and support.”

Download and print the booklet here.

For more ore information about living well with dementia, visit

A Manifesto with Opportunity at its Heart

The Lib Dems have launched their General Election manifesto today. It puts opportunity at its heart and sets out a plan to ensure every child has a world-class education.

The party has announced a major new commitment to protect education funding for every child.

This means protecting education spending per pupil in real terms over the next parliament, increasing the education budget as a whole.

This commitment provides an extra £2.5bn of funding for 2-19yr olds by 2020.

This spending commitment will allow the Liberal Democrats to:

– Put a qualified teacher in every classroom.
– Recruit and retain more good teachers.
– Help schools to offer more one-to-one and small group tuition.
– Expand early years education as pupil numbers grow.
– This funding will also help ensure we can meet our commitment that every child is able to read well by the age of 11.

The £2.5bn funding commitment is the equivalent of:

– 70,000 teachers, 10,000 learning support assistants and guarantees funding for the additional 460,000 children starting school through the parliament.

The full manifesto includes:

– Opportunity for children: with investment in education from nursery to 19 and qualified teachers in every classroom
– Opportunity for young people: with more apprenticeships, discounted bus travel, a massive increase in housebuilding and support to rent or own their own home through the innovative Help to Rent and Rent to Own schemes
– Opportunity for parents: with more free childcare and more paternity leave for fathers
– Opportunity for workers: with a further £400 tax cut for millions of working people
– Opportunity for older people: with the pensions triple lock written into law and the extra £8bn a year the NHS needs by 2020 to cope with the pressures of an ageing population
– Opportunity for the next generation: with the budget balanced and our environment protected so that our children and grandchildren are not left to pay for the mistakes of this one

As with the party’s 2010 manifesto, the Liberal Democrats’ top priorities are spelt out on the front page. They are:

– Prosperity for all: Balance the budget fairly and invest to build a high-skill, low-carbon economy
– Opportunity for every child: Guarantee education funding from nursery to 19 and qualified teachers in every class
– Fair taxes: Cut your taxes by an additional £400 by raising the Personal Allowance to £12,500
– Quality health care for all: Invest £8bn to improve our NHS and guarantee equal care for mental health
– Our environment protected: Protect nature and fight climate change with five green laws

Download and read the full Manifesto here.

New Bus Timetables from 12 April 2015

First Manchester have confirmed new timetables which take effect from 12 April 2015.  For a large part we have already reported on these changes, which largely affect buses on the Bury New Road corridor, but there are also some other changes which will affect other people:


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This information is from FIRST MANCHESTER. New timetables are available on their Forthcoming Timetables page.

Service X35 – stand change at Shudehill interchange
Manchester – Bury – Ramsbottom – Edenfield – Walmersley
Afternoon journeys from Shudehill Interchange will depart from stand E.

Service 92 – daytime service withdrawn
Bury – Pilsworth – Unsworth – Prestwich – Carr Clough – Kersal – Manchester
The daytime service will be withdrawn, being replaced by revised service 93, extended service 95 and new service 97.
We’ll continue to run some evening journeys between Bury and Manchester, with support from Transport for Greater Manchester.

Service 93 – revised route and timetable
Bury – Unsworth – Prestwich – Carr Clough – Kersal – Manchester
The daytime service will run between Manchester, Lower Broughton, Lower Kersal, Kersal and Carr Clough. Buses will run four times an hour Monday to Saturday daytime, every 30 minutes Sunday daytime.

Extended service 95 and new service 97 will provide alternative facilities between Carr Clough/Unsworth and Bury.

Between Manchester and Lower Broughton, the timetable will be co-ordinated with service 110 to provide six buses an hour during the day on Mondays to Saturdays.

We’ll continue to run some evening journeys between Bury and Manchester, with support from Transport for Greater Manchester.

View map for services 93, 94, 95, 97 & 98

Service 94 – new route and timetable
Pilsworth – Unsworth – Prestwich – Carr Clough – North Manchester General Hospital
This route will replace service 154, running hourly during the day on Mondays to Saturdays.

View map for services 93, 94, 95, 97 & 98

Service 95 – extended route and new timetable
Bury – Whitefield – Carr Clough – Kersal – Lower Kersal – Salford Shopping Centre

The Monday to Saturday daytime route will be extended from Whitefield to Bury, via Hillock and Sunny Bank. The route will also change between Salford Shopping Centre and Whitefield, with buses serving Carr Clough and Butterstile Lane.

There will be an hourly service to/from Bury, an hourly service to/from Salford Shopping Centre, with two journeys an hour between Prestwich, Carr Clough and Kersal.

View map for services 93, 94, 95, 97 & 98

Service 97 – new route and timetable
Bury – Unsworth – Hillock – Prestwich – Higher Broughton – Manchester

This new service will run every 20 minutes during the day on Mondays to Saturdays and every 30 minutes during the day on Sundays.

Between Prestwich, Higher Broughton and Manchester, the timetable will be co-ordinated with service 98, with buses running up to every 10 minutes during the day on Mondays to Saturdays and up to every 15 minutes during the day on Sundays.

At Shudehill Interchange, this service will depart from stand L.

View map for services 93, 94, 95, 97 & 98

Service 98 – revised timetable
Bury – Radcliffe – Whitefield – Prestwich – Higher Broughton – Manchester

The frequency of this service will be reduced, with buses running every 20 minutes during the day on Mondays to Saturdays.

Between Prestwich, Higher Broughton and Manchester, the timetable will be co-ordinated with new service 97, with buses running up to every 10 minutes during the day on Mondays to Saturdays and up to every 15 minutes during the day on Sundays.

View map for services 93, 94, 95, 97 & 98

Service 135 – improved timetable – more Sunday journeys
Bury – Whitefield – Heaton Park – Cheetham – Manchester
The Sunday service will be improved, with additional jouneys introduced in the morning, late afternoon and early evening.

Service 163 – earlier journeys from Bury Interchange
Bury – Heywood – Middleton – Rochdale Road – Manchester
Morning journeys on Mondays to Saturdays that start from our Bury depot will instead start from Bury Interchange, providing a number of earlier journeys from the interchange towards Manchester.

Lib Dems Cutting your Taxes by £825

On Monday with the start of the new tax year the Liberal Democrats will have cut income tax for 27 million working people by £825 a year.

Cutting taxes by raising the personal allowance to £10,000 was on the front page of our 2010 General Election manifesto. Liberal Democrats in government have fought to deliver this tax cut, something the Conservatives said was unaffordable.

On Monday the personal tax allowance will increase to £10,600 meaning that during this Parliament Liberal Democrats will have delivered a tax cut worth £825 for 27m workers.

Under our 2015 manifesto plans we will go further and increase this to £12,500 by the end of the next Parliament delivering a further tax cut of £400.

Pension Freedom Day!
Monday was also the day that 300,000 people a year with defined contribution pension savings will now be able to access them as they wish when they turn 55 subject to their marginal rate of tax.

This is one of the biggest ever changes to how people access their pensions, removing the effective requirement for many to purchase an annuity.

And thanks to the Liberal Democrat Triple Lock Guarantee, the basic state pension is now £950 higher in cash terms than in 2010.

Parking – Let us know what you think!

The Council is currently undertaking a (rather short) consultation on parking in Prestwich and we would like to know your views before making a submission to the consultation.

The ‘objectives’ of the parking strategy are:

1. To provide parking that meets the needs of residents, businesses, shoppers and visitors and ensuring it is appropriately placed.

2. To improve the long term economic viability and accessibility of Prestwich Town Centre.

3. Maintain and improve the condition of local car parks and parking places.

4. Ensure there is adequate on and off street parking in the town centre and other Prestwich shopping areas.

5. Encourage more responsible parking and tackle congestion.

6. Ensure parking supports the aims of Bury Council’s Climate Change Plan by promoting sustainable travel

What do you think?

Some of the issues we would like to raise in the Holyrood Ward area include:

– there is not enough ‘short stay’ parking in the Prestwich village area. Although there is quite significant parking provision at the Longfield and on Fairfax Road, much of this can be taken up for long-stay parking (e.g. Metro link) and making it difficult for people to park for shorter visits to the health centre, library or to a quick visit to local shops.

– There are significant issues in all the roads that lead off Bury Old Road in the Whitefield part of Holyrood Ward – e.g. there are successful local businesses all the way from the Motorway to Cuckoo Lane, but hardly any parking provision. This causes problems on all the roads off e.g. Kenilworth, Taunton, Derby, Ludlow and over the road in the Nursery Road area.

– The St Margaret’s area – not only parking for the park on busy days, but also specific problems which need to be reviewed on St Margaret’s Road/Polefield Road (especially now the post office has moved) and on Carver Avenue.

– Other areas close to Heaton Park and Heaton Park Metrolink – particularly the area around Upper Wilton Street

– parking problems outside our local schools (very bad issues in particular near on Heys Road, near to OLOG in the Nursery Road area, on Cuckoo Lane and on Heywood Road near to Parrenthorn and St Margaret’s)

– no provision to park bicycles – in fact the only council parking stand for bikes is in the Longfield – where bikes are banned!!!

What else? Please let us know by emailing or by commenting on this story.

Happy Passover and Happy Easter

Just a quick note to wish local residents both a Happy Easter, and our greetings and best wishes for Passover.

The Christian celebration of Easter takes place this weekend with bank holidays on both Friday and Monday surrounding Easter Sunday itself.

The Jewish festival of Passover begins this year at sundown on Friday 3 April 2015 and ends on the evening of Saturday 11 April 2015.

Can I take the opportunity to wish residents a Happy Easter, and Happy Passover.

Best wishes