Reporting Back: Parklife and Campsite

Councillors Tim Pickstone and Mary D’Albert recently attended another briefing meeting with the organisers of the Parklife festival in Heaton Park (11-12 June 2016).

A few issues to report back:

Residents Consultation Letter and Events

Residents in a fairly wide area around Heaton Park will have received a residents information leaflet in the post. If anyone has missed this, or for people who don’t live in the area of the leaflet drop, the letter is here.

There are a number of resident information session which are available to anyone to attend. Those that have not already happened are:
– Wednesday 1st June, 11:30 – 13:30, Heaton Park (outside the Stables café)–
-Sunday 5th June, 10:30 – 12:30, Sainsburys
– Wednesday 8th June, 20:00 – 22:00, Sedgley Park Children’s Centre
NB this session is specifically for residents who have concerns about Parklife coinciding with Shavout to discuss these and find out more about the measures in place

There will also be a post event feedback session held at the Orangery on Wednesday 13th July 2016, once at 17:00 and again at 18:30.

Issues that specifically affect Holyrood Ward Residents
We raised a number of issues that affect residents in Holyrood Ward:
– parking and anti-social behaviour in the Baguley Crescent and Middleton Road area. We have been assured that additional attention is being given to this area, including a new dedicated team allocated to this area to keep on top of parking and other issues
– we raised concerns of residents who live very close to Heaton Park Metrolink station who experienced issues of anti-social behaviour and cleansing issues in previous years
– we raised concerns of residents in the St Margaret’s Road area who have experienced some traffic issues in the past.

Please do let us know if there are other issues that need to be raised.

Residents may have noticed this Manchester Evening News story about a proposed campsite on the fields that are between Parrenthorn School, the beginning of Simister Lane and Heaton Park.

The proposed campsite is nothing to do with the Parklife organisers, and run by a completely separate company. Apparently they do not need planning permission to do this from Bury Council because it is a temporary campsite. Parklife organisers have been very clear that they are discouraging people to use this company.

A number of residents have already been in touch who are understandably very worried about this. We have sought for an urgent update from the Council and Parklife organisers to see if there is anything we can do about this, or if it has to go ahead how we can manage any impact. We will be updating residents as soon as we know anything.

Reporting Back: Annual Council

Councillors met last week for Bury’s ‘Annual Council’. The event elects a new Mayor every year, but this year councillors also elected a new Council Leader.

Councillor Mike Connolly (Labour, East Ward) is the new Mayor of Bury for 2016-17. Councillor Rishi Shori (Labour, Radcliffe West) is the new Leader of the Council. We wish them both the very best in their new roles.

New Mayor of Bury, Councillor Mike Connolly, with his partner and Mayor’s Consort Ian Hargreaves. (Bury Council)

The Lib Dems on Bury Council will be represented on all the major committees – more details here.

Bury New Road – Truth Revealed on Consultation

The truth about the ‘consultation’ on the Bury New Road proposals have been made available following a ‘Freedom of Information’ request by the Prestwich and Whitefield Guide.

The Guide has undertaken an independent assessment of the comments made by local residents, and report act HALF of people who had their say on a £2 million Prestwich regeneration plan opposed it, sparking renewed calls for it to be scrapped.

After making a Freedom of Information request to Bury Council, The Guide reviewed the 498 comments made by people during the consultation period at the end of last year.

According their independent research, of the 477 people who expressed a view, 250 (52 per cent) opposed either the proposals and 87 (18 per cent) backed them. The other 140 were neutral.

The report that was given to Councillors stated that: “a large proportion of respondents expressed concern” about elements of the proposals, but did not quantify the level of public opposition.

The same report and the same information was made available to Councillors when the decision was ‘called-in’ to be reviewed by the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

We believe that it is a disgrace that the full strength of opposition from local people was not made clear to Councillors before they voted on the decision. The views of local people should have been listened to. Labour have ignored the clearly expressed views of residents in their own consultation. The council needs to back to the drawing board with this scheme and genuinely find out what people want.

Let us know what you think!

This Sunday is Prestwich Clough Day!

This Sunday, 22 May 2016, is the 11th annual ‘Prestwich Clough Day’.

This is a a FREE Annual Event held from 12pm – 5pm in St Mary’s Flower Park and outside The Church Inn, Church Lane.
The Event features a really impressive range of Activities, Concessions, Countryside Groups, Displays, Entertainment and local Groups. A great event well worth our support.

More information from this website.

Simister Village Community Association New Committee

Just to let residents know that a new Committee was elected at the Simister Village Community Association AGM which was held on 27 April 2016:

Kristian Dodsworth – Chair
Donna Kelty – Deputy Chair
Paul Acheson – Treasurer
Robina Fallon – Secretary
Angela Hutton – Committee Member
Anne McGee – Committee Member

You can keep up to date on the Association on their Facebook Page which is here.

Dementia Awarness Week Events

Dementia Awareness Week is 15-21 May 2016 and a number of events have been organised across Bury:

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Monday 16 May
Dementia Friendly Swimming
Castle Leisure Centre, Bolton Street
12.00pm – 1.00pm
Clarence Park, Walmersley Road
1.30pm – 2.30pm
A series of slow and steady strength and balance exercises. For further information call John on 07972 732 848
Dementia Friends Session
Millercare, Bolton Road, BL8 2AH
2.00pm – 3.00pm
Learn more about what it is like to live with dementia and turn understanding into action. To book phone 0161 761 0099

Tuesday 17 May
Singing for the Brain
Parkhill’s Community Centre
10.00am – 12.00pm
Dementia Friends Session
Ashton Lodge, Ramsbottom
11.00am – 12.00pm
Phone 07972 732 848 to book a place
Singing for the Brain
Harry Whitehead Court, Lowes Road
13.30pm – 3.30pm

Wednesday 18 May
Piece of Mind Cafe
The Green, Clarence Park, Walmersley Road
10.00am – 4.00pm
Wednesday 18 May
Friendly Faces
Radcliffe Borough Football
Club, Stainton Park, Pilkington Rd 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Tackling isolation amongst older people. For further information email

Thursday 19 May
Carers Support Group
Carers Centre, Silver Street
11.00am – 1.00pm
Email or phone 0161 763 4867
Dementia Friends Session
Hamilton House,
off Walmersley Road 11.00am – 12.00pm Phone 07972 732 848

Friday 20 May
Musical Melodies with Making Space
White eld Fire Station, Bury New Road
2.00pm – 4.00pm
Musical Memories and Reminis-sing
Manna House, Irwell Street 10.00am – 12.00pm
East Lancashire Railway Reminiscence Steam Train Journey
Contact Fiona at and inclde ELR in the subject line.

Volunteers needed for 1 July Somme Event

The organisers of the Battle of the Somme event in Heaton Park on Friday 1 July 2016 are looking for 400 volunteers to take part in short movement based performance. They need people over 18 regardless of age, gender, experience or disability.

Dressed in a made-to-measure uniform as a member of the ‘Somme100 Pals’, you’ll form part of a moving tribute to the many ‘Pals’ battalions whose devastating losses impacted on communities throughout the region.

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More information and to sign up as a volunteer here.

Special Deal on Garden Composters

You might not know this, but this week is ‘Composting Awareness Week’, which aims to promote the benefits of composting food and garden waste in your own garden.

As part of the week, Recycling officers from the council will be on Bury Market on Wednesday 4 May, offering advice to help people get started with composting at home.

Residents can buy discounted compost converters from just £17.98 and buy a second converter from only £8.99 under a ‘buy one get one half price’ offer provided by the council in partnership with ‘Get Composting’.

To find out about the range of compost bins and accessories available, visit or phone 0844 571 4444. The ‘buy one, get one half price’ offer is available on selected products and a one-off delivery charge of £5.99 applies.


Polling Day Information Holyrood Ward

Polling Day for the local elections is Thursday 5 May 2016.

Polling stations are open 7am – 10pm on Thursday.

You don’t need your polling card to vote.

If you need a lift to the polling station or any other information please call our Polling Day number which is 07976 831 686.

Polling stations are:

Baguley Crescent and Heywood Old Road areas
Mobile Unit Baguley Crescent

Lady Wilton Hall

Parrenthorn, St Margaret’s and Polefield areas
St Margaret’s Community Centre, St Margaret’s Road

Heaton Park area (Heaton, Hampden, Milton – etc – everything between Heywood Road and Bury Old Road)
Heaton Park Congregational Church (corner Heaton Street and Bailey Street)

Nursery, Langley, Glebelands, Chatsworth Road areas
Prestwich Arts College, Heys Road

Whitefield area (between Cuckoo Lane and the motorway)
Toodle Hill Children’s Centre, Cuckoo Lane

If you have a postal vote, that you have not yet returned, then this can be taken down to the polling station (any polling station in Bury) before 10.00pm on Thursday. You need to take a completed postal vote (ie fill the envelope in as if you were going to post it, and take the completed, sealed envelope to the polling station.

Prestwich Heys top League

Congratulations to our local football team, Prestwich Heys, for winning the Premier Division of the Manchester Football League. The victory was guaranteed after a win against Wythenshawe in the week, and the team celebrated following another win against AVRO at the weekend.

Coming top of the league means that Prestwich Heys can ‘move up’ to the Northern Counties League for next season. The reserves them also won their league and can progress up to the Manchester Premier Division.

More information on the club here.

Photo: Prestwich Heys.