Have your say on Bury Council’s ‘Local Plan’

Bury Council has announced that it is commencing preparation of a new ‘Local Plan’ for the Borough of Bury which will, once adopted, replace the Council’s current ‘Unitary Development Plan’ which dates back to 1997.

The aim of the ‘Local Plan’ is to plan for the future growth and development of the Borough, address infrastructure needs and outline land in the Borough that is either suitable for development, or to be protected (such as Green Belt land).

The policies and proposals that are in the final Local Plan will form the basis for making decisions on planning applications in the future.

The Local Plan will sit alongside the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) and the Greater Manchester Joint Minerals and Waste Plans.

National planning policy places Local Plans at the heart of the planning system, so it is essential that they are in place and kept up to date. Local Plans usually require updating in whole or in part at least every 5 years. Bury Council’s last Local Plan was published in 1997.

What is a Local Plan?

Local Plans set out a framework for the future development of the Borough, addressing housing needs, the economy, community facilities and infrastructure – as well safeguarding the local environment.

It should recognise the different types of housing needed in the area and, where appropriate, identify specific sites for all types of housing to meet their anticipated housing requirement over a 5 year period. This should include sites such as apartments, affordable housing, family homes and older people’s housing such as sheltered or extra care housing, retirement housing and residential care homes.

The Council must demonstrate a 5-year supply of deliverable housing sites.

Bury Council will publicise the draft Local Plan that they intend to submit to the Planning Inspectorate for examination in due course.

Before they do, they require your input.  If you would like to comment on any local issues for consideration in the proposed Local Plan, such as housing needs, the Green Belt, local infrastructure, flooding etc these should be submitted to the Council before Monday 17 April 2017.

Comments should be sent by email to: planning.policy@bury.gov.uk

Alternatively, comments can be sent by post to:

Strategic Planning and Economic Development, 3 Knowsley Place, Duke Street, Bury, BL9 0EJ.

Permission given for 50 new homes off Bury New Road

Proposed site for 50 new homes off Bury New Road

Proposed site for 50 new homes off Bury New Road

By Cllr Ian Bevan

I joined local residents at tonight’s meeting of Bury Council’s Planning Committee who were set to decide on whether outline planning permission should be given for up to 50 new homes on this green field site off Bury New Road, Ramsbottom.

Bury New Road resident, Colin Butterworth, addressed the committee, particularly on the issue of access and traffic, before I focused on protecting the land from development.

Both Colin and I raised the following points.

  • Substantial harm will be caused by the loss of openness in the area. The fields and meadows are “protected open land” in the Bury Council’s Unitary Development Plan, next to the Green Belt, and should not be built upon.
  • Harm will be caused to the landscape and visual quality of the area with impacts of noise and traffic.
  • The site is a proposed Site of Biological Importance (SBI).
  • Road safety will be compromised due to difficult access to and from the proposed housing estate.
  • The risk of flooding will increase.

Unfortunately, Bury Council’s planning committee gave outline planning permission to build 50 houses.

Seven Labour Councillors and one Lib Dem Councillor on the committee voted for development to take place.

The three Conservative Councillors on the planning committee voted against the proposed development.

This Labour-run Council obviously want to prioritise house building over protecting our fields and meadows.  In my opinion, they should be open and upfront with residents about this – as day in, day out, their Councillors make decisions like this to build on our town’s green field sites.

I remain strongly opposed to our Green Belt and green fields being ripped up and built on.  I would rather see housing built on brownfield land first.

I will continue to work hand in hand with residents to stop this development going ahead.  We are waiting for final plans now from the developers for this site and will continue to oppose it.

Green Belt Update

Councillors - Ian Bevan and Rob Hodkinson

Councillors – Ian Bevan and Rob Hodkinson

More than 12,000 new homes could be built across Bury under a new plan for Greater Manchester.  In addition, it is proposed that various sites (including a site off Junction 1 of the M66 at Ramsbottom, and a major site near Pilsworth covering an area bigger than Trafford Park), will be used for new businesses.

This is just one of the proposals that are to be considered by Bury Council (and the nine other Greater Manchester councils).

The “Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF)” will act as guidance for planning committees across Greater Manchester (including Bury) when considering planning applications for employment and housing for the next 20 years or so.

It also involves redrawing the Green Belt boundaries across Bury and the rest of Greater Manchester.

It has been drafted by the Labour-run Greater Manchester Combined Authority – which comprises the Leaders of the 10 Greater Manchester Councils (9 of which are Labour, and 1 Conservative) – and the Interim Mayor of Greater Manchester – former Labour MP, Tony Lloyd.

By way of background, the ten councils have worked together voluntarily for many years on issues like transport, regeneration, and attracting investment.  This relationship was formalised in 2011, with the formation of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA). They have their own budget and employ staff to run the organisation which will be headed by the Mayor of Greater Manchester (to be elected in May 2017).

This draft plan was considered by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on 28 October 2016, and they approved an eight-week consultation period from 31 October 2016 to 23 December 2016.

Views submitted by residents will be considered and a second (final) draft will be published in June 2017 when another period of consultation will be held.

As part of the consultation, Bury Council will be holding a ‘drop-in’ session at the Elizabethan Suite, Bury Town Hall, on Monday 21 November  2016 (12-7pm) where the plans will be on show.

view from our house

Plans to remove around 500 hectares of land from the Green Belt so that they can be developed, including several sites in Ramsbottom, have been shelved by the GMCA.

Those sites included much loved green spaces at:

  • Fletcher Bank Quarry,
  • Church Fields (adjacent to St Andrews Church),
  • Land at Junction 1 M66 – Higher Walmersley
  • Land off Bury New Road,
  • Land between Dundee Lane and Heapworth Avenue
  • Land to the rear of Heatherside Road,
  • Land to the rear of Spring Street in Shuttleworth,
  • Ripon Hall Avenue, and
  • Redisher.

gmsf-call-for-sites-map

However, we anticipate that the owners / developers of these sites will strenuously object and seek to have them included in the second (final) draft of the GMSF document as sites suitable for development.

Other sites across the Borough of Bury are also set to be removed from the Green Belt and re-zoned as suitable for development.  However, not all of the employment land or 12,000 homes will be built immediately. Individual planning applications will still have to considered and approved by Bury Council’s planning committee over the next few years, although by re-zoning the land, opposition will be weakened as the land will not be in the Green Belt.

Housing:

The largest of the sites proposed is the land around Elton Reservoir, where some 3,500 new homes are proposed. Large schemes are also proposed in Walshaw (1,250 homes) and Simister.

100 homes are also planned near Holcombe Brook Tennis / Sports Club together with 60 homes at Higher Walmersley / Bevis Green.

The main proposed employment sites:

The largest site that is proposed to be released from the Green Belt in Bury is on the eastern side of the M66 at Pilsworth, which is proposed to be a new employment site creating around 1,580,000m2 of floorspace, larger in size than Trafford Park.

In addition, a site at Junction 1 of the M66 at Ramsbottom (Gin Hall at Higher Walmersley) would also be used for 32,000 sq.m. of industrial and warehousing floorspace.

gin-hall-proposals

Our View:

Bury’s Conservative Councillors have consistently said that we want to prioritise the development of brownfield land and get our borough’s vacant sites developed.

2,200 homes could be built on land where planning permission has already been granted, and a further 3,000 on brownfield sites across Bury.

However, Bury’s Labour-run Council seems intent on destroying the Green Belt around Bury.  65% of the proposed housing and employment sites in Bury are in the Green Belt.

David Nuttall, Conservative MP for Bury North (including Ramsbottom) said:

There are major concerns that the plan would allow development on the green belt – and even where land is not green belt, on land which is often the last green space in an area. There are concerns about all the sites in Bury North. We have been campaigning on the Walshaw site for some time and there is a lot of local opposition.

The same applies to the proposed industrial development at Gin Hall, Walmersley.

Green belt was designated as such for a reason and it defeats the object of having green belt if it is then built on.”

Consultation:

The draft GMSF plan and supporting documents are available to view here:

https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/GMSF

Sign up to receive further details and make comment: –

http://gmsf-consult.objective.co.uk/portal

Bury Council will be holding a ‘drop-in’ session at the Elizabethan Suite, Bury Town Hall, on Monday 21 November (12-7pm) where the plans will be on show.

Please also let us know your views as soon as possible so that we can feed them back to the GMSF team:

Scout Moor Wind Farm Extension – Public Inquiry

Cllr Ian Bevan at the Scout Moor Wind Farm Extension Public Inquiry

Cllr Ian Bevan at the Scout Moor Wind Farm Extension Public Inquiry

By Councillor Ian Bevan

This week, I spoke in my capacity as Councillor for Ramsbottom Ward at the Public Inquiry into the proposed extension of the Scout Moor Wind Farm.

Scout Moor is the second largest onshore wind farm in England.  Peel Energy and United Utilites submitted a joint venture to extend the current wind farm on Scout Moor above Ramsbottom with an additional 16 wind turbines (thirteen 115-metre turbines, and three 100-metre turbines).  This would make it the largest onshore wind farm in England.

The plans had been approved by Rossendale and Rochdale Councils.

Proposed Scout Moor Wind Farm Extension

Proposed Scout Moor Wind Farm Extension

Several Ramsbottom groups, including Edenfield Village Residents’ Association, the Holcombe Society, your local Councillors and Bury North MP, David Nuttall, had opposed the plans and campaigned against the proposals.  Other organisations such as the National Trust also objected.

The decision has been referred to the Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, and the matter listed for a public inquiry.

Our ward is situated to the west of the proposed development with Ramsbottom and the villages of Shuttleworth and Holcombe having a largely un-obscured view of the proposed wind farm extension.  At its closest, the nearest property in our ward, at Grimecote Farmhouse, Rochdale Road, Edenfield, is just 250 metres from the entrance to Scout Road.

The Government issued Planning Guidance: “Renewable and low carbon energy – Particular planning considerations for hydropower, active solar technology, solar farms and wind turbines” which was updated in June 2015.  In its online Planning Practice Guidance the Government’s aim was to make clear that the need for renewable energy did not automatically override environmental protections and the planning concerns of local communities.

A Written Ministerial Statement made on 18 June 2015, is quite clear that when considering applications for wind energy development, local planning authorities should only grant planning permission if:

(a)        the development site is in an area identified as suitable for wind energy development in a Local or Neighbourhood Plan; and

(b)        following consultation, it can be demonstrated that the planning impacts identified by affected local communities have been fully addressed and therefore the proposal has their backing.

Pre-application Consultation with the local community

There is a legal requirement to carry out pre-application consultation with the local community for planning applications for wind turbine developments involving more than 2 turbines.

That requirement is the responsibility of the applicant (Peel). They must publicise the proposal in such a way as to bring it to the attention of a majority of the people who live at, or otherwise occupy, premises in the area.

I can only comment on the position of us here on the Bury side of the boundary.  Whilst there were some briefings in the late stages of 2011, this was for a different proposal to the one lodged with Rossendale Council in April 2015.

There was a little publicised exhibition in June 2014 at the Town Hall in Bury but many people in Ramsbottom remained unaware of this proposal until the planning application was lodged in April last year.

Statutory Consultation with the local community

Bury Councillors were notified on 5 May 2015 of the application being lodged with Rossendale and views were sought. Unfortunately, this was in the final days of the General and Local Election campaigns and I made a request for an extension of time to consult with residents.

Unfortunately, this request was rejected on 19 May 2015 by the Assistant Director (Localities) at the Department for Resources and Regulation at Bury Council. The deadline for responses expired two days later.

Since that time, Ramsbottom Councillors have undertaken extensive soundings from our constituents.  This included letters, emails, online responses to surveys and importantly attendance at a public meeting at Ramsbottom Civic Hall to listen to residents views. A meeting hosted by former BBC News presenter, Martin Henfield. Residents were almost unanimous in their objection to this proposal.

Landscape and visual impacts from the wind turbines

Many Ramsbottom residents are concerned at the effects of the proposed development on the fabric, character and quality of the local landscape on Scout Moor. They are concerned that the wind farm will become a significant and defining characteristic of the local landscape in the valley.

The main concern is in relation to the visual impact.  Whilst most of us have become used to the current windfarm, the proposed extension will turn Scout Moor into an “industrial-like” landscape of turbines.

The existing Scout Moor turbines were approved several years ago. The Planning Inspector at the time recognised the turbines could have a negative impact on the local landscape, and wrote in his report about the turbines having to bewidely spaced and dispersed.

The current proposals are for infill to the existing wind farm, and evidently these large structures would dominate and devastate the immediate area, and would be visible in whole or in part from many parts of Ramsbottom, Shuttleworth and Holcombe. The “openness” of the existing wind farm will be removed.

The Planning Inspector for the previous Scout Moor Wind Farm application claimed that the turbines were so far apart that the landscape was clearly visible through the spaces – but emphasised any ‘closing up’ of these gaps was unacceptable.

The public inquiry has now concluded, and we will have to wait around 6 months for the decision.

Scout Moor Wind Farm – Public Inquiry

Scout Moor Wind Farm

Scout Moor Wind Farm

The Public Inquiry into whether the Wind Farm at Scout Moor should be allowed to expand is scheduled to start on Tuesday 11th October and last for eight days. It will be held at Rossendale Borough Council’s offices at Futures Park, Bacup with a 10am start.

Rossendale Borough Council granted planning permission for 14 turbines on 1 September, 2015. Rochdale Council further supported the proposals for two turbines within its area on 21 September, 2015.

As your local Councillors, we objected to the proposals at the time, but as the wind turbines are not within Bury Council’s boundaries, we had no say in the decision.

In December 2015, the project was called in by the Secretary of State which means that the future of the scheme will now be determined after the public inquiry this week.

We will keep you up to date with developments.

Planning Application for 50 New Homes on land at Bury New Road, Ramsbottom

Site of Planning Application - Land to rear of 71 to 99 Bury New Road

Site of Planning Application – Land to rear of 71 to 99 Bury New Road

From: Councillors Ian Bevan and Rob Hodkinson.

We have received notification that a planning application has been lodged with Bury Council for outline planning permission for the construction of approximately 50 new-build residential properties on open land behind No’s 71 to 99 Bury New Road, Ramsbottom.

Access to the site would be from Bury New Road.  The proposed access makes use of an existing access track between 77 and 79 Bury New Road.

A map of the location is here: Map of Bury New Road

The land is not in the Green Belt but is currently designated under Bury’s Unitary Development Plan (UDP) as ‘Other Protected Open Land’ as it is thought to be worthy of protection as open land in its own right.  The UDP states that the Council will seek to retain the existing predominant use and character of the land and will expect the land to remain for the most part undisturbed.

We are already in initial discussions with local residents who wish to oppose the planning application.  We are intending setting up a residents meeting shortly to discuss next steps.

Further details of the planning application can be found on Bury Council’s website, here:

https://planning.bury.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application

The planning application number is 60370 – Outline permission – residential development including means of access only – Land to the West of Manchester Road, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 0BZ.

Please make your views known to the Council as soon as possible, and in any event by Friday 12 August 2016.

There are two ways to object:

  • Online through the ‘planning portal’ of Bury Council at www.bury.gov.uk
  • By written letter or email

Direct by email:

  • Bury – development.control@bury.gov.uk quoting ref: 60370

By Letter to:

  • Bury Council, Development Control, Bury MBC, 3 Knowsley Street, Bury, BL9 0EJ

Please note that only 1 objection per person will be counted, but an individual objection from every adult member of the household is advantageous.

New Planning Applications – July 2016

New planning applications have been received in Ramsbottom Ward as detailed below:-

Application number: 60361 – Type of application: Full – Date Registered: 12/07/2016
Applicant: Mr & Mrs Roberts
Location: Hawkshaw Hall, Hawkshaw Lane, Hawkshaw, Bury, BL8 4LD
Proposal: Retention of agricultural building

Application number: 60354 – Type of application: Lawful Development Certificate – Date Registered: 11/07/2016
Applicant: Miss Jane Bailey
Location: 32 Roseberry Close, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 9FQ
Proposal: Certificate of lawfulness for proposed single storey rear extension

Application number: 60188 – Type of application: Full – Date Registered: 05/07/2016
Applicant: Miss Susan Kowalczlik
Location: 53 Whalley Road, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 0DP
Proposal: Creation of new vehicular access

Application number: 60340 – Type of application: Full – Date Registered: 06/07/2016
Applicant: Mr & Mrs Wayne Quinten
Location: 22 Beechwood Avenue, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 0BH
Proposal: Erection of detached double garage at rear

Application number: 60341 – Type of application: Full – Date Registered: 06/07/2016
Applicant: Miss J Royle
Location: 14 Mary Street, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 9PB
Proposal: Single storey extension at side

Application number: 60329 – Type of application: Full – Date Registered: 04/07/2016
Applicant: Mr Andrew Perry
Location: Rockcliffe, Green Acre Close, Shuttleworth, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 0HD
Proposal: Single storey extension at side

Application number: 60328 – Type of application: Full – Date Registered: 04/07/2016
Applicant: Maddogguitars
Location: Unit 5a Kay Brow Complex, Kay Brow, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 9AY
Proposal: Continuation of use as music bar (Class A4)

Application number: 60327 – Type of application: Full – Date Registered: 01/07/2016
Applicant: Royal Bank of Scotland
Location: 15 Bridge Street, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 9WN
Proposal: Creation of DDA entrance on southern elevation

Plans are available to view on Bury Council’s website should you wish to make comment, support or object to any planning application.

Link here: https://planning.bury.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application

Bury Council to have ‘Fracking’ and ‘Wind Power’ Debate

Hydraulic Fracturing Gas Drilling

Hydraulic Fracturing Gas Drilling

There has been a great deal of discussion locally in Ramsbottom about ‘fracking’.

Bury Council have announced that there will be a debate at the Council meeting on Wednesday 13 July 2016 about ‘fracking’ and whether the Council should promote other renewable energy such as wind power.

As your local elected representatives, we want to give local people the chance to air their views about these controversial techniques (fracking and wind turbines) so that we can properly represent your views at the Council meeting.

Fracking – or hydraulic fracturing – for shale gas has been hailed by some as having the potential to create lots of new jobs and reducing energy costs by unlocking millions of tons of shale gas lying underneath parts of the UK, including Lancashire.

However concerns have been raised about the possible effect it could have on the environment and water supply. Each fracking well would also create extra traffic.

We have been contacted by lots of people who are concerned about possible fracking in and around Ramsbottom who are worried about the effect it could have on our local environment and water supply.

Although there are no immediate plans for fracking in our area – we are interested in hearing your views about it so we can properly represent everyone in Ramsbottom, Holcombe, Shuttleworth and Hawkshaw on this important issue.

We know that some will have the view that it is totally wrong. Others may think it is right that fracking is explored as a future energy source – provided it is in the right place and with public support.

Drilling companies say huge untapped reserves of gas could be extracted by fracking, particularly across northern England.

The Government tell us that increased energy supply should result in lower prices and security and control over our own supply of energy. Combined with the use of nuclear, wind and solar power it could provide us with our energy needs for years to come. They also say that they are creating a regulatory regime that provides protection for the environment. They say that the most affected areas should receive some of the financial benefit including getting £100,000 for each test well and 1% of revenues.

The recent round of shale gas exploration licences has been issued and includes our area (licences SD71 and SD81 – Hutton Energy PLC and Coronation (Oil and Gas) Ltd), although Hutton Energy say that there are no plans locally until a habitats assessment consultation is undertaken and that they do not expect any wells to be considered until at least 2018/19 at which point they will work closely with local communities during the planning application stages.

Scout Moor Wind Farm

Scout Moor Wind Farm

Wind Power has also been controversial locally recently, and many Ramsbottom residents have opposed the expansion of the Scout Moor Wind Farm.

The proposal to be put forward at the Council meeting is that:

  1. Bury Council will not allow any exploratory drilling, fracking or coal-bed extraction on land it owns or controls.
  2. Whilst the Council is unable to introduce planning policies seeking a presumption against fracking, the Council will ensure that there is rigorous criteria for assessing planning applications for the exploration or extraction of shale gas.
  3. Bury Council will consult with local communities on any planning applications related to fracking received for their area.
  4. Bury Council aims to take steps to work to harness renewable energy resources available locally such as wind and river weirs and aims to work towards becoming fossil-free by 2025

Give us your views here:

Ramsbottom’s Green Belt under threat?

Ian Schofield (centre) with Cllrs Ian Bevan & Rob Hodkinson at Church Fields

Ian Schofield (centre) with Cllrs Ian Bevan & Rob Hodkinson at Church Fields

Ramsbottom Councillors, Rob Hodkinson and Ian Bevan have been alerting residents of several sites in Ramsbottom potentially being earmarked for development, including the Church Fields site, following the publication of a list of local sites being considered by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

The 10 local Councils within Greater Manchester, including Bury, are working together to produce a joint plan to manage the supply of land for jobs and new homes across Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.

They recently asked landowners, including Peel Holdings, which sites locally they think may be suitable for development.

Those sites include much loved sites in Ramsbottom at:

  • Church Fields (adjacent to St Andrews Church),
  • Fletcher Bank Quarry,
  • Land off Bury New Road,
  • Land between Dundee Lane and Heapworth Avenue
  • Land to the rear of Heatherside Road,
  • Land to the rear of Spring Street in Shuttleworth,
  • Ripon Hall Avenue, and
  • Redisher.

Councillor Ian Bevan commented:

Whilst we do not want to cause alarm to residents about any imminent plans for development on these sites, we want to ensure that residents are aware that these sites could be developed in the not too distant future. Our concern is that if some of these sites are approved as suitable for development at a Greater Manchester-wide level, it could later be difficult for any planning committee in Bury to refuse planning permission for that land to be developed.”

Ian Schofield, Conservative Candidate for Ramsbottom in the May 5th local elections said:

“What alarms me is that the Labour Chairman of Bury Council’s Planning Committee has said that she would happily build on every green field site in the Borough.  I am wholly opposed to developing Green Belt land.  The Labour Party simply cannot be trusted with our Green Belt!”

Councillor Rob Hodkinson commented:

Whilst these sites do not currently have planning permission, and I understand that Bury Council is not forming any view at this stage on whether those sites will be suitable for development, any sites assessed as “appropriate for development” will be published for consultation in October 2016.  We would ask that residents provide their comments to us at the earliest opportunity.

The sites are:

Church Fields and Tanners

Church Fields and Dundee Lane / Heapworth Avenue

Ripon Hall Avenue

Ripon Hall Avenue

Fletcher Bank and Bury New Road

Fletcher Bank and Bury New Road

Shuttleworth

Shuttleworth

Behind Heatherside Road

Behind Heatherside Road

Redisher

Redisher

Give us your views here:

 

Promoted by Alan Cullens of 1 Manchester Road, Bury, BL9 0DR on behalf of Ian Schofield of 6 Cheshire Court, Peel Brow, Ramsbottom, BL0 0BL

Local Elections – Thursday 5 May 2016

Ian Schofield (centre) with Cllr Rob Hodkinson and Cllr Ian Bevan

Ian Schofield (centre) with Cllr Rob Hodkinson and Cllr Ian Bevan

We are absolutely delighted to support Ian Schofield as the Conservative Candidate for Ramsbottom in the local elections on 5th May 2016.

On Thursday 5th May, you will have a vote to decide who is going to be one of your three local Councillors – joining Ian Bevan and Rob Hodkinson representing Ramsbottom Ward on Bury Council – after Luise Fitzwalter announced that she is standing down from her seat on the Council.

Ian lives on Cheshire Court, off Peel Brow, in Ramsbottom.  He is married to Ann, and semi-retired after a long career in the Automobile Association (AA).

He is active in the community and many in our town will know him as a Committee Member at Ramsbottom Cricket Club.

Ian is particularly pleased to have the support of many members of our town’s sporting clubs and associations, including Harry Williams, Chairman of Ramsbottom United Football Club.

Ian Schofield and Harry Williams, Chairman of Rammy United FC

Ian Schofield and Harry Williams, Chairman of Rammy United FC

Commenting on the recent floods that affected the town centre, community and sporting facilities such as the Football Ground, Cricket Club, Bowling Club and Nuttall Park, Ian said:

The flood water of the River Irwell deposited tonnes of mud and silt all over the centre of town. At Ramsbottom Cricket Club, damage to the cricket square has devastated the club. Substantial damage occurred to the club’s ground maintenance machinery and the road at the far side of the ground was almost washed away, leaving a £70,000 repair bill.  As a Committee Member at the Cricket Club, I have worked hard to ensure that the Club is restored to its former glory. It was heartbreaking to see the damage sustained, but very encouraging to see the community coming together to clear the mess.”

Ian Schofield, residents and Club Members cleaning up the Cricket Ground

Ian Schofield, residents and Club Members cleaning up the Cricket Ground

On tackling Ramsbottom’s crumbling roads, Ian has worked with local Councillors to ensure that potholes are reported and repaired.  Ramsbottom has been plagued with deep, dangerous potholes and crumbling roads for some time now.  As your local representatives, we have been demanding that our town has its fair share of highway resources and put forward a proposal for an additional £2million to be invested into the Borough’s roads over the next 12 months – a proposal rejected by the Labour Party on Bury Council.

Ian is also opposed to development in our Green Belt, including at Fletcher Bank, Church Fields and other sites around our town which are under threat from developers.

Ian Schofield (centre) with Cllrs Ian Bevan & Rob Hodkinson at Church Fields

Ian Schofield (centre) with Cllrs Ian Bevan & Rob Hodkinson at Church Fields

Ian said: “It has been wonderful to have had such a warm reception from residents who have said they agree with our local campaigns; for our fair share of resources for Ramsbottom’s crumbling roads; protecting our Green Belt from development; promoting a long term solution for the Mondi Paper Mill site on Bridge Street, supporting our local businesses, and tackling anti-social behaviour.”  

“I do hope that you will support me on Thursday 5th May to help maintain our town as one of the top places to live in the country. I pledge to always put Ramsbottom first.”