Update on X41 Bus Service

James Daly MP has confirmed he has written to the Mayor of Greater Greater Manchester, TFGM and Transdev requesting urgent meetings to discuss the X41 bus service. He told us … ‘The loss of this route impacts many of my constituents and I will be asking that this decision be reconsidered.’

Transdev have previously said they were scrapping the X41 and the Red 4 services from Ramsbottom to Bury because low passengers numbers meant the two routes combined are losing £300,000 a year.

James Daly MP


Update on Ripon Hall Avenue flooding

Ripon Hall Avenue during recent flooding

Councillor Ian Schofield has made further representations to Bury Council about the flooding on Ripon Hall Avenue.

Council engineers have undertaken investigations to confirm that the blockage on the culvert is on adjacent private land and have subsequently issued a legal notice to the land owners requiring them to take the necessary steps to resolve the issue.

The legal department have not received any response to this notice, or seen any indication of any works taking place.

It has been agreed that a grit bin will be provided temporarily to reduce the risk due to freezing water whilst the Council’s legal department continue to pursue the land owners.

Residents should be aware that the cost of the required works could potentially be substantial.

The Council have powers to intervene and once correct procedures have been followed, any works undertaken in default would be likely to result in a charge on the land. This would represent a significant investment by the Council to resolve this issue, with no immediate likelihood of recouping the investment.

Councillor Ian Schofield understands that this matter will be discussed at the next portfolio meeting before deciding on a course of action. He will continue to push for the work to be undertaken urgently.

Councillor Ian Schofield

General Election 2019 – A message from James Daly MP

Thursday 12 December 2019 was a long day!

We were up at 4am and out at 5am with activists from across Ramsbottom, Tottington and Bury, delivering last minute reminders to voters about polling day.

The weather was dreadful but we were determined to push the message to ‘Get Brexit Done’ and elect James Daly as the new Conservative MP for Bury North.  At some polling stations, the turnout was the highest that staff had ever seen.

Conservative Activists in the rain in Bury North

By the close of polls at 10pm, it was evident to us that the election in Bury North would be very close.  The exit polls showed a large Conservative majority.

Election Count at Castle Leisure Centre

At the end of the Count, James Daly was very slightly ahead by just 61 votes over Labour incumbent, James Frith, so a recount was undertaken.

At the end of the first recount, the Conservative vote had increased slightly.  A second recount was ordered.

The final result, showed that James Daly had won by just 105 votes.


James Daly and his wife with supporters on the announcement of the Bury North result

Politics can be cruel sometimes and James Frith accepted defeat graciously – hampered by his support for Jeremy Corbyn and his votes against Brexit in Parliament – he saw his majority of 4,375 in 2017 wiped out.

Today sees James Daly sworn in as the Member of Parliament for Bury North.  His local office is just being established and his contact details are below.

James Daly MP has given us the following message for Ramsbottom residents:

It’s the honour of a lifetime to be elected as the MP for Bury North, and I’m so grateful to everyone who put their trust in me on Thursday.  I believe that politics starts when you walk out of the front door, and I’ll work hard to ensure Bury is the best it can be. Thank you.”

James can be contacted at:

James Daly MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

James Daly and other newly elected MPs welcomed to Parliament by Boris Johnson

Bury Blind Society Christmas Fair 2019

Ramsbottom Councillor Ian Schofield and Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Bury North, James Daly, visited the Bury Blind Society annual Christmas Fair at Ramsbottom Civic Hall this week.

Cllr Schofield and Cllr Daly at the Bury Blind Society Christmas Fair

Councillor Schofield expressed his thanks to the hard working volunteers who give up their time to help the blind and partially sighted residents of Bury and Ramsbottom.

Should anyone like to volunteer to help, or need advice and assistance, then the Bury Blind Society website can be found here: https://www.buryblindsociety.org/

General Election campaign gets underway …

The General Election campaign here in Ramsbottom got under way with a week of intense campaigning including door knocking and leaflet delivery for James Daly, the Conservative Candidate for Bury North, which includes Ramsbottom, Shuttleworth, Holcombe and Hawkshaw

Conservative Campaigners on the Whittingham Drive estate

Conservative Campaigners on Peel Brow

James Daly is the local Councillor for Holcombe Brook, Greenmount, Summerseat and Hawkshaw.  He is a partner in a business in Bury and Chair of Governors at Hoyle Nursery School.

He is seeking to win the seat back for the Conservatives from James Frith, who took the seat from the Conservatives in 2017.

You can find out more on his facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/jamesdalyforburynorth

Conservative Campaigners off Nuttall Lane

Should residents require a postal vote or proxy vote for the General Election on December 12th, then they should contact Bury Council’s election office hotline on 0161 253 5252 or by email to: electionservices@bury.gov.uk

Leaflet delivery in Shuttleworth

Ramsbottom Election Results 2019

Local Election – Count of Votes

It was a very disappointing night for Ramsbottom Conservatives on 2nd May, losing the seat by 186 votes.

We would like to send our congratulations to Clair Cummins the newly elected Councillor for Ramsbottom and wish her every success in representing our town at Bury Town Hall.
It was clear to the us on the doorstep and from the vote results that Conservative voters stayed at home or protest voted due to the national situation, despite this being a local council election. However, we will take that message back to our Party Leaders in Westminster.
We would like to thank our fantastic candidate, Gregg Fletcher, and his entire campaign team who worked tirelessly over the last few months despite difficult national circumstances.
The full results can be found here (in alphabetical order):
Candidate Party Votes poll
Bancroft, Louise Stephanie Green Party – Save Our Green Space 363
Cummins, Clair Ann Labour Party 1645
Fletcher, Gregg Dennis The Conservative Party Candidate 1459
Foss, David Henry Liberal Democrats 160

Effective electorate: 9011
Spoiled votes: 55
Poll: 41%

Vote Gregg Fletcher on Thursday 2nd May

By Gregg Fletcher, Conservative Candidate for Ramsbottom Ward

We are now in the closing stages of the local election campaign here in Ramsbottom.

I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many people across our area with my campaign team.  We have been out in all weathers – wind, rain and sun – but it has always been a pleasure to speak to local residents on the doorstep about issues of concern and also our positive campaign.

Gregg and his campaign team

Part way through the campaign, I had to break away from electioneering to devote my time to the Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival, which I organise along with my wife Terri.

We were so pleased that this year’s festival was such a success and brought thousands of people to our fantastic town.

Gregg and Terri Fletcher, organising at the Chocolate Festival

Quite rightly, Ramsbottom has become one of the best places to live in the country and I am proud to have had a helping hand in my role as Chairman of Ramsbottom Business Group for many years, and lately as the organiser of the Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival, Farmers Markets and other events.

I am standing for election because I love this area and have a positive vision for Ramsbottom and our villages.  I have lived here in Ramsbottom with my wife, Terri, and young family on the Whittingham Drive estate for many years.

When the Polling Stations open this Thursday, residents of Ramsbottom, Holcombe, Shuttleworth and Hawkshaw will have the chance to decide who is going to be one of their local Councillors.

If you elect me this Thursday, I pledge to work tirelessly to:

■ Stop a 4th Supermarket being built in the town centre;

■ Find a long-term solution for the old Mondi Paper Mill site on Bridge Street with affordable housing, extra car parking and a new, state of the art Pool and Leisure complex;

■ Protect the Green Belt and green spaces in Ramsbottom, Holcombe, Hawkshaw and Shuttleworth from being developed and concreted over;

■ Secure CCTV and extra lighting for our town centre to ensure it is safe for visitors at night.

Gregg with Councillor Rob Hodkinson and Councillor Ian Schofield

Bury has a Labour Council and we need a strong opposition.  Residents have a clear choice between our positive vision for our area or more years of Labour neglect.

Don’t just hope for a better Council. Vote for it.

Don’t sit this election out. Make certain your voice is heard by either completing your postal vote and returning it to Bury Town Hall or taking a few minutes to call in at the Polling Station on Thursday.

Best Wishes.

Gregg Fletcher, Conservative Candidate

Published by Dene Vernon on behalf of Gregg Fletcher both of Conservative Campaign Headquarters, 1 Manchester Road, Bury, BL9 0DR.