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Extra Funding for Free Early Years Education

by timpickstone on 3 September, 2013

  The Government has announced additional funding to provide free early years education to two-year olds across England including 1,100 2 years olds across Bury. 130,000 two-year olds from the poorest homes will be eligible for 15 hours of free childcare a week with a nursery or childminder. The Government is investing more than £500 […]

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Ask local people their budget priorities – say Lib Dems

by timpickstone on 17 December, 2010

Liberal Democrats in Bury are calling on the Council to step up consultation on the future of local services after the government cut Bury’s budget by around £12m for the coming year. The budget, set as part of the nationwide local government settlement, will see Bury Council lose around a quarter of its budget over […]

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Pupil Premium Means £1.8 million extra cash for Bury Kids

by timpickstone on 15 December, 2010

Bury Schools are set to receive up to £430 per pupil a year for each poorer pupil they teach under details announced by the Coalition Government. It means that Bury stands to gain over £1.8m extra cash in the coming year to help towards improving teaching and learning in schools and boosting achievement. The extra […]

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Bury Lib Dems welcome Heaton Park Sell Off delay

by timpickstone on 14 December, 2010

Construction of a controversial soccer centre in Heaton Park has been delayed after Liberal Democrat Councillors “called in“ proposals to sell off land in the park. A planning application was heard earlier this year by Manchester City Council who own Heaton Park. All Labour Councillors voted in favour of the plans to concrete over a […]

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Statement on Council Chief Executive and Budget Savings

by timpickstone on 16 September, 2010

Following the announcement of the early retirement of Bury Council’s Chief Executive, and the need to make up to £24 million of savings over the next four years Liberal Democrat Group Leader Tim Pickstone said: “We will be extremely sorry to lose Mark Sanders from Bury Council. Mark has been a key part of some […]

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Statement on Local Area Grant Funding

by timpickstone on 16 September, 2010

Following the decision by Bury Council, supported by all three parties to support moves to restore the Local Area Partnership Grants, Liberal Democrat Group Resource Spokesperson Councillor Richard Baum said: “When we heard that the Local Area Partnership (LAP) Grants were to end following the grant cut by the last Labour Government we were devastated.” […]

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Grants Cuts put Prestwich Festival at Risk

by timpickstone on 24 August, 2010

Prestwich Festival and many other important community projects may be at risk after an annoucement that Bury Council is to cut all Area Board Grants in the current financial year. The Conservative-led Council has announced that there will be no Area Partnership grants for Prestwich – or any other the other parts of Bury this […]

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Victory on Traffic Improvements (Prestwich)

by timpickstone on 30 July, 2010

Councillors and residents victory with Prestwich traffic improvements Local Lib Dem Councillors have joined residents in welcoming a pair of improvements to traffic hotspots in Prestwich. After lengthy campaigns, new restrictions on parking have been proposed for Queen’s Drive and School Grove, making roads safer for residents and fellow drivers. The plans for Queen’s Drive […]

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Prestwich LAP Votes NO on Parking Charges

by timpickstone on 19 July, 2010

Prestwich Local Area Partnership voted overwhelmingly against Bury Council’s plans to impose parking charges on Fairfax Road at its meeting on 15th July. The vote was taken after the controversial plans were outlined at the meeting. Angry residents in the audience grilled Council parking chiefs for half an hour after it was confirmed that the […]

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Lib Dems call for Consultation on Cuts

by timpickstone on 7 July, 2010

Local Liberal Democrats have accused Bury Conservatives of threatening the future of the town after big cuts were announced to Town Hall budgets last week. The Council confirmed a range of cuts to be made immediately, including a reduction in funding for children’s services, playgrounds and roads. The decisions were made with immediate effect and […]

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