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Reporting Back: Planning Committee

by michaelpowell on 11 March, 2020

On the 18th February was the monthly meeting of Bury Planning Control Committee. This is the meeting made up of the 11 Councillors who represent the various wards of the borough of Bury. The committee determines planning applications for certain major developments and others where objections have been received. Councillor Cristina Tegolo reports: Prior to the Committee meeting, […]

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Reporting Back: Answers to Questions

by michaelpowell on 4 March, 2020

Just to report back on some of the responses to some of the formal Council Questions that have been submitted by your team of Liberal Democrat councillors: Councillor Steve Wright asked about the current trend of free to use cash machines being withdrawn: Can the Leader inform members about any work the authority has done […]

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Council Budgets Next Week

by michaelpowell on 19 February, 2020

Next Wednesday, Bury Council will set its budget for the 2020-21 financial year, and also outline plans for the coming three years. For residents we find out what the Council’s plans are, and importantly how much Council Tax we will be expected to pay from 1 April 2020. The final details won’t be known until […]

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Reporting Back: Planning Committee

by michaelpowell on 5 February, 2020

On 21January was the monthly meeting of Bury Planning Control Committee. This is the meeting made up of the 11 Councillors who represent the various wards of the borough of Bury. The committee determines planning applications for certain major developments and others where objections have been received. Councillor Cristina Tegoloreports:  Prior to the Committee meeting a training […]

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Reporting Back: Full Council

by michaelpowell on 28 January, 2020

Last week was the regular ‘Full Council’ meeting for Bury Council – the main meeting of all 51 councillors. Almost all the meeting this time was taken up by policy motions proposed by the different political parties. The Liberal Democrat Group proposed a policy motion on Loneliness and Isolation, an important issue that we wanted […]

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Council Budgets set next month

by michaelpowell on 22 January, 2020

Next month (February 2020) both Bury Council and also all the joint authorities that cover Greater Manchester will be setting their budgets for 2020-21. In Bury, the Council (like all local authorities) will continue to need to save very significant amounts of money. Nobody knows what the Government’s plans are beyond 2020-21, but the current […]

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Reporting Back: Cabinet

by michaelpowell on 15 January, 2020

This week was the regular meeting of the Council’s Cabinet. This is made up of the ruling (Labour) group cabinet members. A representative of the two largest opposition parties is invited to attend but not vote. Councillor Steve Wright reports: Radcliffe Strategic Regeneration FrameworkThe Cabinet received an update on the Radcliffe Strategic Regeneration Framework. This […]

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Reporting Back: Strategic Commissioning Board

by michaelpowell on 7 January, 2020

Last night was the regular meeting of Bury’s Strategic Commissioning Board, this is the relatively new body which brings together the Coucnil and NHS Bury to make joint decisions about health and care services. Opposition Group Leaders can attend but not vote. Councillor Tim Pickstone reports: Public Health Priorities in Bury: The Director of Public Health gave […]

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The fire safety of high rise buildings was the main topic of discussion at last month’s regular meeting of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority ‘Corporate Issues and Reform Scrutiny. This meeting brings together 15 councillors from across Greater Manchester. Councillor Tim Pickstone, one of the Bury reps on the committee reports back: High Rise Task […]

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Reporting Back – Overview and Scrutiny Committee

by michaelpowell on 5 December, 2019

Last month was the regular meeting of Bury Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Councillor Michael Powell reports back: Performance in schoolsHeadteachers from a high-performing college, secondary school, nursery school and primary school academy trust gave presentations on how they’ve managed to establish and maintain high levels of attainment and process amongst their pupils. Amongst the […]

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