A56 Bridge Improvements

Highways England is to begin work to improve the bridge on the A56 Bury New Road roundabout above junction 17 of the M60. This will involve upgrading the four existing bridge barriers by increasing their height to 1.8m plus ‘anti-access’ measures to prevent unauthorised pedestrian access onto the bridge

Work is due to start on or shortly after 22 June for approximately 20 weeks with enabling works commencing 11 June 2018. A lane closure will be in place on the roundabout and a second lane while the works are happening. Works will take place
· Monday to Thursday: 8pm to 5am
· Friday and Saturday: 8pm to 6am

Residents who live nearby have had an additional letter sent to them.

Eden Garden Allotments Open Day 8 July 2018

Eden Gardens Allotments presents it’s Annual Open Day on Sunday the 8th July between 12 noon and 4pm. The allotments are off Derwent Avenue in Whitefield.

They say: “Visit our lovely award winning allotment attended this year by the Mayor of Bury
Our Cafe serves tea, coffee, soft drinks cakes and sandwiches, BBQ, Home made jams and honey from our own bees. A Raffle and Tombola with great prizes and games and activities for the kids. Fresh produce and plants. GM Fire Service and Police together with Home Watch.

Our resident bee keepers will show and talk about the bees. Look out for our chickens. Local Councillors and Onward Homes will be on site and be entertained by the Sparkles dance troupe.
Toilet facilities available.”

Public Meeting: Democracy Needs You

Bury Liberal Democrats have organised a public meeting on the theme: “Democracy needs you: why you should get involved in politics today”.

“Democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted” former USA President Barack Obama says. We will look at how democracy works, why sometimes it doesn’t and how you can be part of fixing it. Remember – decisions are made by those who show up!

Wednesday 27 June, 18-30 -20.30, St Margaret’s Church Hall, St Margaret’s Road, Prestwich. 

Our speaker is Councillor Lisa Smart, Deputy Leader of the Opposition on Stockport Council, and the Liberal Democrat Target Parliamentary Candidate for Hazel Grove constituency.

The event is free and open to the public. We ask everyone to register for a free ‘ticket’ in advance so that we can manage number.

18.30 to 19.00 Doors and Light Refreshments
19.00 to 19.45 Speaker
19.45 to 20.30 Q&A

Event details can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/170488923669159/

Loneliness Connects Us 23 June 2018

Please find below information on a Seminar which has been organised by St Michael’s Church Whitefield is in association with Manchester Metropolitan University and 42nd Street, who over the past 18 months have been working and researching Loneliness with young people (14 – 25) in Greater Manchester.

This will take place on Saturday 23rd June at St Michaels Church Hall, Albert Road, Whitefield, M45 8NN. A poster is below with more information with details in how to book onto this seminar – places are limited.

The organisers say: “Loneliness can affects us all, not only the old but the young and all spectrums of our community. Being alone can be ok and good at times, but Being Lonely can lead to heart disease, obesity, depression and severe mental health problems and even suicide. Being Lonely is painful. We all crave human connection.

Since the 80’s it has become an epidemic in the UK and has risen to over 40% that means, 2 in 5 people in the UK, suffer from being lonely.

This seminar aims to raise awareness of Loneliness and come up with ideas on how we can help end loneliness in our communities”

The link to register on Eventbrite is:

Carers Week 11-17 June 2018

Carers Week (11-17 June) is an annual awareness campaign to bring caring right out into the open ñ recognising and celebrating the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK.

This Carers Week we want to draw attention to the brilliant local carers in our area who work tirelessley, often without recognition or support.


Across the UK right now are around 6.5 million carers, looking after elderly, disabled or unwell, family and friends. As our population ages and people live longer, more and more of us will find ourselves becoming carers for those close to us. Many people donít identify themselves as carers, they feel they are just doing what anyone else would so they donít always know what support is available to them!

This Carers Week, caring charities like Carers UK are coming together with local communities to make sure carers stay Healthy and Connected. Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience, enriching relationships and bringing satisfaction and wellbeing. However, the hours of care that the 6.5 million carers provide for ill, seriously ill or disabled loved ones often comes at a cost to their own health and wellbeing. All of us, wherever we live, whatever we do, have a part to play.†

If you want to find out more, or help support carers week by running a local event then have a look at the links below.

If you’re reading this as a carer then thank you!

Find out more about Carers Week in Bury here. 

Check out Carers UK here.

Get involved with Carers Week to raise awareness for local carers here.

Prestwich Carnival and Grand Parade – This Weekend

This weekend (23-24 June 2018) is Prestwich Carnival. There are some activities in St Mary’s Park on Saturday, but the main parade and carnival takes place on Sunday 24 June.

The great team of volunteers that put on the Carnival say: “For the people of Prestwich and surrounding areas, Prestwich Carnival has been a key celebration in the summer calendar for many years. In fact, in its present format the Carnival parade spans back over 90 Years.

Once a year St Marys Park plays host to a great family day out including a fun fair, stalls village, music and much more; culminating in the grand parade which passes through the streets of Prestwich.

For 2018 we will be having a Fun Day on Saturday the 23rd of June, with funfair and various activities from1pm to 5pm with the Big Day on Sunday the 24th of June, come and join in the celebrations and be part of our community!”


More information from the Carnival website here.

Road Closures
09:00-12:30 Rectory Lane
12:00-13:00 Bury Old Road
12:45-14:00 Bury New Road

Parade Route and Timings


New Metrolink Fare Zones Proposed

A new zonal fares system is being proposed for Metrolink. The proposal would replace the existing ‘station to station’ fare system with a zonal system – similar to London’s travel network.

You have the opportunity to share your feedback ahead of any final decision being made about the proposed change with a survey before 17 June. Take the survey here.

According to T4GM, the proposal would make using Metrolink simpler, more convenient and better value for money.

The proposal for Metrolink would introduce four ringed zones on the network.

Prestwich and Heaton Park stations are in Zone 3. Besses is at the border of zone 4 and 3 (ie treated as zone 3 for going south, but zone 4 for going north. Bowker Vale is at the border of zone 3 and zone 2 – ie zone 2 for going south, zone 3 for going north.

The proposed fares for Zone 3 into Manchester are:
Single: £4.00
Daily travelcard (peak): £6.20
Daily travelcard (off-peak): £4.20
7-day: £24.60
28-day: £81.00
Annual: £930.00

Regular tram users will notice that this is more than current prices – a single is £3.80, off peak return £4.00 and peak return £6.20.

In our view Metrolink is horrifically expensive compared to other modes of transport. An annual season ticket from Marple to Manchester Piccadilly (18 miles) is £1,030. Heaton Park to Manchester is 4 miles and £930.

Last year investigations from the Lib Dems revealed that 12% of Metrolink journeys are not paid for, so honest passengers are paying for the 1 in 8 journeys that are not.

This is our opportunity to have a say on the new fares proposals – you can do so here.

National Volunteers Week 1-7 June 2018

1st – 7th June is National Volunteers’ Week 2018. Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make.

During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

This information is from Volunteering England: “Here you’ll find inspiring volunteering stories, ways to get involved in the week, and free downloadable resources to help make your celebrations a success”.

The campaign was established in 1984 by Volunteering England, which merged with NCVO in 2013. NCVO now leads this UK-wide campaign.

If you’ve never volunteered before then there’s never been a better week to start. You might want to join a community group doing other great things in our area, so please spend a few minutes on Google now and start a new chapter†by getting stuck in locally.