While coronavirus hasn’t gone away, it’s good to be making great strides towards recovery, futureproofing our borough and strengthening our communities.”
“Our vital covid-19 vaccination programme continues, after local doctors and their teams gave over 200,000 vaccinations in the first 10 months. Please keep coming forward – taking the vaccine is key to us keeping on protecting each other.
“During the pandemic we sadly saw a significant rise in the number of rough sleepers. But through proactive, robust, and joined up work, everyone was offered a safe place to sleep with food, and also given help to build a better life away from the streets.
“Turning to regeneration, we recently won £40m from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund to reimagine Bury Market and invest in the regeneration of Radcliffe town centre. Each location is set to get a £20m boost (see page X and X for more). On top of this, we were also awarded over £60m to improve the borough’s transport infrastructure, including a brand new interchange for Bury Town Centre.
“We’ve also unveiled plans to develop several brownfield sites for much-needed affordable housing. Nearly 100 acres of brownfield land has been identified, which subject to planning permission and viability will accommodate thousands of new homes.
“In late September, we were delighted to officially open the new state-of-the-art 3G pitch at Goshen which is giving a significant boost to the development of local grassroots football. Catering for all age groups and demographics, the facility has been joint funded by the Premier League, The FA, the Football Foundation and Bury Council.
“During October, Bury town centre once again achieved the Purple Flag. This recognises good management and the attraction of Bury to customers in the evening in terms of vibrancy, safety and a good mix of entertainment.
“In the same month we launched our new £320k Let’s Do It Health Improvement Community Fund. This will see local groups deliver a wide range of projects to help people move more, live well, and build their resilience as we adapt to living with coronavirus.
“Coinciding with COP26 at the start of November and as part of our drive to become carbon neutral by 2038, we launched a new £100k fund to back local community-led climate action projects.
“And November also saw the launch of our Let’s Do It community forums. These will give everyone an opportunity to get involved in shaping daily life in their local neighbourhoods. The forums are a place to share insight, shape local priorities and to collaborate on collective community action.
“Added to this, we also signed a new armed forces covenant committing us to support armed forces personnel, veterans and their families. It covers key areas such as employment and skills, health and wellbeing, housing, and integration with the local community.
“And finally, as a key part in tackling deprivation in the borough, Bury Council’s £5m programme to support the lowest paid has been welcomed by the Real Living Wage Foundation. Bury Council is now formally accredited as a Real Living Wage employer, and we’ll be championing the payment to other local employers too.”