Reporting Back: Heaton Park Parking Issues

Earlier in the month your local councillors met with Heaton Park managers and representatives from Bury Council’s Highways team to look at some of the problems with parking in the residential areas around Heaton Park.

The concerns we raised were around the significant parking problems that residents can experience who live near to the park. The particular areas we raised were: St Margaret’s Road and Close, Middleton Road/Baguley Crescent, the Upper Wilton Street Area, the Milton Road area and Carver Avenue.

We identified different types of parking pressures:
– Very major events (Parklife, Bonfire Night) where a proper traffic management plan is put in place with parking restrictions, signage and stewarding.
– Other major events which are not big enough to warrant a traffic management plan (e.g. the charity ‘runs’). We also raised the Saturday morning Park Run which is now a very large weekly event.
– Busy days in the park (e.g. sunny weekend or bank holidays)
– Normal days in the park.

Things Heaton Park can and will do
We identified a number of things Heaton Park can do to make things easier:
– the ‘start point’ for Park Run has now been moved from the Hall to the Lakeside. This will hopefully reduce pressure on the northern side of the park and encourage runners to use the larger car parks off Sheepfoot Lane.
– Heaton Park are undertaking a new review of parking, to make sure they are making the best use of their current spaces and in particular thinking about what use is made of the overspill parking off Sheepfoot Lane.
– We urged the park to look at how it encourages more people to use public transport to get to the park and also to look at signage to the park from the Motorways to make sure that this is directing people to the larger car parks.
– The Park, in response to its own consultation group, is thinking how it can improve communications with nearby residents about upcoming events and event timing (e.g. a dedicated webpage, or using a social media tool).

Things Bury Council will look into:
In the St Margaret’s Road area there is a particular issue with the lack of parking around the junction with Polefield Road, with the extensive time-restricted parking bay which used to be well used for the (now closed) bank and post office. The Council is going to look at reducing the length of the bay by 16 metres to provide more residents parking, but still provide some short stay parking for the important shops and businesses that are there.

In the Upper Wilton Street area the Council will take forward the idea of having two short-stay spaces at the top of the road to help provide some sensible parking for the businesses (e.g. the sandwich shop) on Bury Old Road which would create some relief. They will also look at reproving the (faded) double yellows towards Bury Old Road, and also extending this down on the northern side to the current car park.

We are very conscious that this leaves some problems un-resolved – particularly Milton Road, St Margaret’s Close and Carver Avenue – and we are going to talk more to residents about your ideas on these roads. We have asked about the potential of residents’ parking schemes in all these areas but at the moment they are not meeting the Council’s criteria.

Hope this is helpful, please do not hesitate to ask if you have questions or comments at this stage.

Red Bag Scheme help home care residents admitted to hospital.

A new, innovative, ‘Red Bag’ scheme has launched across Bury to ensure care home residents receive quick, personalised and effective treatment should they be admitted to hospital in an emergency.

The scheme, which launches this month, will see care homes for the elderly in Bury provide their residents with a Red Bag. The Red Bag contains a patient passport holding important information about the individual’s health, medication and personal decisions. It also has space to store personal belongings such as glasses, slippers, hearing aids and dentures – items which are often easily lost during an emergency admission – along with room for clothes to come home in after their hospital stay.

When someone is admitted to hospital in an emergency, the Red Bag, which is already packed and ready to go, is handed to the ambulance crew and travels with the patient to hospital where it is then then handed to hospital staff. By having important information in one place, health staff are able to make informed decisions and avoid unnecessary delays.

It’s a simple idea that is centred around the individual. It also helps to improve communication between care homes, the ambulance service and hospital staff, ensuring their assessment, treatment and discharge is timely, which improves their overall experience and ensures they get to go home as soon as possible.

When the patient is ready to go home, the patient passport is updated with relevant information reducing the chance of a readmission to hospital.

Catherine Jackson, Executive Nurse for NHS Bury CCG said:

“As we have seen in other parts of the country, this simple and innovative scheme will make a genuine difference to elderly care home residents in Bury. This is a really good example of how the NHS is integrating care by working in partnership with social care to create a smooth pathway for patients, who only have to tell their story once and get the best possible care every time.”

Bury Archives – officially in the top 5% of UK services

Bury Libraries and Archives has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation, the UK standard for archive services. Throughout the UK there are 2,500 archives.141 archives have gained accreditation meaning that Bury has joined the top 5% of services to earn this prestigious award.

Archives Service Accreditation defines good practice and standards and supports the development of excellent archive services. During the accreditation process, the panel were particularly impressed by the positive, enthusiastic and dedicated staff who work hard to deliver a high quality service.

Whether you are interested in the history of Bury or want to research your family’s past, Bury Archives Service is ready to help.For more visit

National Hate Crime Awareness Week

This week is National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

The week aims to bring people together, to stand with those affected by hate crime, to remember those we have lost, and support those who need our ongoing support.

Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s: disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation
or transgender identity.

More information about the week and what it stands for here.

How can I report hate crime?
In an emergency call the police 999, if it is not an emergency call 101

The Third Tram Campaign

Have you signed our petition yet to bring a THIRD tram to Prestwich and Whitefield?

In 2020 a third tram will be coming up the Bury line. Current proposals are that this tram will be terminating at Crumpsall, despite pretty severe overcrowding further north on the line.

We’re campaigning to bring this third tram up to at least Prestwich and Whitefield to alleviate congestion on our trams and on our roads.

Sign the petition.



World Mental Health Day 10 October 2018

This year’s World Mental Health Day focuses on young people in a changing world.

Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. Depression is one of the most common diseases in teenagers and suicide is the leading cause of death for people between 5-19 years old.

Being young can be difficult, with changes in every part of your life. From exam pressures, social media, getting to grips with dating, to moving away to uni or getting a new job, young people deal with many different pressures while growing up. Often at the same time they are starting to use drugs, like alcohol, which can make problems worse.

Unfortunately there’s still a taboo around mental illness that means problems are too often kept secret rather than shared with friends and family. Luckily many of our schools have already got the message about the importance of helping youngsters build the mental resilience from early life. This World Mental Health day is all about improving communication between young people and parents, teachers and friends, to let everyone know that, like physical health, mental health is something to work at and to talk about openly.

If you are experiencing mental health problems or need support, there are lots of places you can go to for help.<


Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)

Provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, †write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.

Mind Infoline
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)
Web site:

Mind provides confidential mental health information services. With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental distress, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind also has a network of nearly 200 local Mind associations providing local services.

Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line
Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (10am-2pm Monday to Friday)

Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England and Northern

Military memorabilia sought for TV roadshow

ITV’s Granada Reports WW1 Roadshow will be at Bury Market at 9am on Wednesday 17th October.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1, Granada Reports reporter Paul Crone, a camera crew and a team of historical experts will be on hand as part of a special show to be televised on Granada Reports. The team wants anyone with photos and medals of relatives or loved ones who fought, died or survived from 1914 to 1918 to come down to the market with their mementos and stories.

Filming for the road show will take place in the open section of the market where special gazebos will be in place.

Photo: Wiring party of the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers going up to the trenches. Beaumont Hamel, July 1916. Imperial War Museum image Q731

Heaton Park Parking Issues

On Monday your local councillors are meeting with Council Officers and the Management of Heaton Park to discuss issues of parking on the residential streets near to Heaton Park (next Monday 9 October 2018).

Issues that we would like to raise are:
– impact of event and other ‘busy day’ parking on nearby streets (e.g. St Margaret’s Road and Close, Milton Road and the Upper Wilton Street area), and what measures can be taken to address these problems.
– Specific parking issues in some areas near to the park – St Margaret’s Road and Polefield Roads areas, Carver Avenue and the area near to Heaton Park Metrolink.

If there are other issues you would like us to raise, or if you have comments on these issues please don’t hesitate to get in touch. (Comment below or to

​New rules to protect animals come into force

Tougher new licensing rules to better protect thousands of animals are introduced this month (from 1 October 2018) as part of reforms to safeguard the welfare of Britain’s pets.

These rules tighten up laws around selling pets, breeding dogs and the business of caring for animals. This information is provided by Bury’s Trading Standards team:

Smaller establishments – sometimes called ‘backstreet breeders’ – which supply thousands of dogs to families each year, as well as larger commercial breeders, must meet strict welfare criteria to get a licence. It is now illegal to sell puppies younger than eight weeks and anyone breeding and selling three or more litters of puppies a year must apply for a formal licence.

Anyone trading commercially in pets online needs to be properly licensed, to help make reputable sellers easily accessible to prospective buyers.

The rules also cover how pet shops, dog home boarders, kennels, catteries and day care centres are licensed. They introduce a single ‘animal activities licence’ to improve the process and make enforcement easier. Other animal activities covered include businesses who hire out horses and the exhibiting of animals for performances.

Bury’s licensing service, in partnership with the Greater Manchester Centre of Excellence and barrister Malcolm Hope, have been providing a series of workshops for some of the businesses affected by the new laws to help them understand them and ensure they are prepared for the changes.