All posts by David Murphy

Bury’s Town of Culture – we’re up and running!

Bury’s Town of Culture – we’re up and running!

Bury is drawing up a packed programme of events to celebrate its year as Greater Manchester’s first ever Town of Culture. A packed audience at The Met was given a taste of what will be coming up over the next 12 months, enjoying performances from poet Steven Taylor, Bury Choral Society, Bury Footlights, actor Steve…

Tipping on the fly – residents caught out by council

Tipping on the fly – residents caught out by council

Two Rochdale residents have been fined after council investigations linked them to fly-tipping offences. The pair were ordered to pay costs for offences contrary to the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Friday 17 January. Katie Lewis, 29, of Crown Street, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to dumping bags of waste on…

Adult care praised as innovative technology assists residents

Adult care praised as innovative technology assists residents

Rochdale Borough Council’s creative use of technology and state-of-the-art gadgets to support and care for elderly and vulnerable residents has been praised. The family of 85-year-old Rochdale resident Gillian Smith hailed the council’s pioneering approach that is ensuring she lives independently in her own home. Gillian, who is living with dementia, has been provided with…

Council workforce boosted by new apprentice intake

Council workforce boosted by new apprentice intake

This week seven new apprentices have taken up roles across the council and schools in a wide variety of departments. Amelia White is doing a business support apprenticeship. She will be undertaking a level three business administrator standard in our children’s services business support department. Olivia Tharby is doing an integrated commissioning administration apprentice. She…

​No idling – our children’s air is too important

​No idling – our children’s air is too important

Council leaders have urged the Government to take measures to tackle the health threat caused by engine idling, especially outside schools. Councillor Alan Quinn, Bury Council’s cabinet member for the environment, has signed a letter to transport minister Grant Shapps calling for action. Currently councils have the powers to impose a £20 fine on drivers…

Double scoop for Rochdale in storytelling competition

Double scoop for Rochdale in storytelling competition

Two primary schools have lit up a national competition about storytelling in the dark with unique tales about witches, jelly, owls and hedgehogs. Sandbrook Community Primary and Castleton Primary have been crowned national champions in the contest organised by Tales Toolkit – an organisation that produces interactive, child-led resources that teachers can use to encourage…

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