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Pharmacy Opening Times August Bank Holiday

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 Planning Applications: Rainsough Brow and Branksome Avenue

Two new planning applications have been received within St Mary’s Ward as below:

Application Number: 59063
Registration Date: 04/08/2015

Location: Land at 49 Rainsough Brow, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 9XW
Proposal: Variation of conditions 2 and 11 of planning permission 57899: Condition no. 2 – revised site layout plan and change to Rainsough Brow elevation Condition no. 11 – replace contrasting white through coloured render with white Sandtex masonry paint

Application Number: 59048
Registration Date: 30/07/2015

Location: 21 Branksome Avenue, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 1AG
Proposal: Conservatory at rear

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require further information or help with these. The details will be on the Council’s website here.


20mph Zone Consultation: Nursery Road, Glebelands, Langley areas

Bury Council is currently consulting on a major new 20mph zone to cover the a large area of to the north of Prestwich – mostly this is not in St Mary’s Ward, but small part of it is and will no doubt be of interest to people who live nearby. The area proposed is roads 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.

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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Dental Servies Survey from Healthwatch Bury

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


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!)

Three new Planning Applications St Mary’s Ward

A number of new planning applications have been received within St Mary’s Ward as below:

Application Number: 59019
Registration Date: 24/07/2015

Location: 110 St Anns Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 9GJ
Proposal: Two storey extension at side/rear and single storey extension at rear

Application Number: 58992
Registration Date: 23/07/2015

Location: 34 Agecroft Road East, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 9RT
Proposal: Two storey extension at side and single storey extension at rear

Application Number: 58283
Registration Date: 30/07/2015

Location: Land at side of 122 Venwood Road and 16 River View Close, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 9UH
Proposal: Outline application for residential development of 1 no. dwelling with all matters reserved

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require further information or help with these. The details will be on the Council’s website here.


Whitefield Ambulance Station 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 / Artisan 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.


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.

Roadworks – Rectory Lane / Heywood Road Junction

Residents will have noticed the roadworks (and traffic lights) at the junction of Heywood Road and Rectory Lane.

The works are a further stage of the Cycling City Ambition Grant funded project (funded by the previous Government) to improve safety between Prestwich Metrolink station, right through to the Heaton Park gates.

The roundabout, which has had some terrible safety issues in the past, is one of the main pieces of work, with a new traffic light junction at the end of Whittaker Lane to follow.

This is the scheme below:

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