Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Gig review Great Reckoning, The Savage Jaw and La Bête Blooms at The Eagle Inn, Salford



On Thursday the 9th of October 2014 I attended a gig at The Eagle Inn in Salford. First time I have attended a gig here, and I was very impressed. To say the set up in the Eagle Inn is a little different, is an understatement.

At first glance from the outside the pub just looks like the usual old pub but once you step through to where the gigs are held, it is very different. 







A hidden gem of a traditional back street boozer and commonly known to the locals as the Lamp Oil. There are three small rooms off a central corridor, with a central bar serving Holt's Bitter. It is a Grade II listed building dating from 1902. There is a fine terracotta plaque of an eagle with the name above the door, and for years this was the only pub sign. Noted as having been the last beer only house in the area. The attached cottage next door has been converted into a live music venue that opened in October 2013. The pub is situated on Collier Street in Salford. Although it is in Salford, it is a mere 5 minutes walk from Deansgate, Manchester so well worth a visit if you are in town.



The pub is owned by Rupert Hill, Johnny Booth and Esther Maylor. Rupert and Johnny have rescued a number of  pubs locally in around Manchester and this piece in the Manchester Evening News, tell you a little more.

They are not strangers to gigs themselves, as they are all in a band called Biederbeck. You can find them on Twitter, Facebook, Soundcloud, and Youtube The band members are Rupert Hill, Jonny Booth, James Smith, Andrew Seddon, Esther Maylor, Simmy Singh, and Michael Mckeown. Rupert is the lead singer with the band. 






The acoustics in the cottage are fantastic, although it is a strange sight to behold too. The upper floors,( for the most part,) have been removed and a stage installed in the downstairs section, but it works extremely well. A very cosy venue. 
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   The Savage Jaw



First up was The Savage Jaw an experimental electronic artist from Preston in the  North-West of England. Who provided some unusual yet interesting music. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter YouTube, Soundcloud and Bandcamp. He describes his genre of music as Ambient Noise Pop, which sort of sums it up to a tee! 










    La Bête Blooms



Next up were  La Bête Blooms, founded on 10 July 2010. They describe their genre as Post-Punk, their base is between Hull and London. Diverse lot at this gig, but all the better for that I believe. 

This is a five piece band and they are Daniel Mawer - Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, John Copley providing Vocals/Lead Guitar, Jack Gallagher -Bass, Vocals/Lead Guitar, Louisa Robinson on Keyboard, and last but not least James Coggin on Drums. Their home town is Hull and their record label is The Adult Teeth Recording Company. Their latest video Everyday's The Same is was released on the 10th November 2014.





A very catchy number , so come on and take a listen. You can find the band on Facebook, Twitter  Soundcloud and Youtube.

The band are appearing next at The Polar Bear, Kingston-upon-Hull on Tuesday the 16th of December 2014, and in the new year at The New Adelphi Club, Hull on Friday 9th January 2015











Great Reckoning







And the main attraction and headliners at this gig were Great Reckoning, a Manchester band from Tyldesley. Their line up is Josh Glen - Lead vocals,, Matty Lyon - Rhythm Guitar, Andrew Pendlebury - Lead guitar, Laiton Price - Bass Guitar and finally Jordan Lawley on the drums.

An alternative Rock/ Indie band. another five piece band who recently won a Battle of the Bands at the Band on the Wall in Manchester, in support of the Prince's Trust. Local band from Astley,Tyldesley area, they have been together since Feb 2013 and write/play their own songs. 

They have also recently been  in the studio and recorded two tracks - Finally, and Bleed for your Life. They are trying to go down the writing/playing their own stuff but may throw in the odd cover track here and there. Recently been played on Real XS - 'Future Classics'




video




You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, and Youtube







The next gig from the band is between Christmas and New Year and will be at the Retro Bar Manchester. The gig starts at 7.30 pm 








Please follow, and go and watch all these guys in action. Live music is the best sort of music there is.


Love n stuff

Scarlett

xXx

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Turrentine Jones Music Review Manchester Band




Turrentine Jones







I was asked a while ago to do a review for the band Turrentine Jones but *stuff* got in the way. Personal and otherwise. So I am sat here listening, (again), to their fantastic music. I did listen to it and LOVED it so much, and, I know you will too.







Their album OUR DAYS was launched 11th August 2014 and the latest single from the album is out to download NOW. A brilliant track called Moonlight is on Yer Side. Take a gander at the official video below. Leading up to the release the band appeared on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury to rave reviews, as the third most shared act on the day, eclipsing the Rolling Stones.







The band are a three piece blues-rock band from Manchester and are getting acclaim for their amazing music all over the show right now, from XFM to the BBC.


Glamorous, sleazy, sexy, Turrentine Jones was brought together by a mutual love of Stax Records.  The band's sound is reminiscent of and rooted in modern indie rock and blues rock and draws heavily from acts on the Memphis, Tennessee label Stax Records. 

Infectious Manchester-based indie blues-rock outfit Turrentine Jones formed in the late 2000s around the talents of Julian Neville - on vocals and guitar, Thomas Scotson on electric organ, and last but not least  Rich Watts on drums.

The trio, which has drawn comparisons to everyone from the Strokes and the Rolling Stones to Booker T & the MGs and the Doors, released its debut EP, “Le Debut,” on their own label Monkey Junk Records in February 2012, and followed a series of download-only singles, Show Me Mercy (2012), Della May (2013) and Electric Angel (2013) in anticipation of a full-length studio album in 2014. Leading up to the release the band appeared on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury to rave reviews as the third most shared act on the day, eclipsing the Rolling Stones. That debut, Our Days, appeared worldwide this August in conjunction with the band signing a deal with Rough Trade. Moonlight is on Yer Side, the band’s first single from the album, was produced by Andrew Jackson (Pink Flloyd) and recorded at Toast Studios in Salford, UK.

The scorching new single blends blues, southern rock, and pop into sinister but beguiling melodies and offers a taste of the band’s debut album, Our Days.

"Maybe the holy trinity is here on northern earth. Do check ’ em out" - Andrew Oldham, Manager of The Rolling Stones (1963-1967)

“The new single listens like a fine jacket” Artrocker

“Neville’s lyrics are witty and inspired by great literature- shades of Jack Kerouac and William S. Borroughs- with elements of the ‘Beat Generation’, co-mingling with witty bon mots and min-dramas” Faded Glamour

“Fabulous record. It’s on my stereo right now!” – Horace Panter, The Specials 

"Very Booker T & The MGs. I quite like them!" Shaun Keaveny, BBC 6 Music

"…a kind of bastard child of the Rolling Stones and the Strokes" Barry Gruff, hypem.com

It is impossible NOT to make comparison to others, I am listening to Moonlight on Yer Side right now. 

They won prestigious awards in 2012 with 'Best Blues Act' and 'Best Male Act' at Exposure Music Awards, London. 


My favourite tracks from the album have to be the latest release Moonlight on Yer Side, Watch Yourself   and the first on the album Gift of a Rose. 



They are on tour currently, so check out the venues and tickets are available via their website below



FRI 21 NOVEMBER
O'Rileys Hull, UK

SAT 22 NOVEMBER
The Dog & Parrot Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

FRI 28 NOVEMBER
The Abacus Scunthorpe, UK

SAT 29 NOVEMBER
Carpe Diem Leeds, UK

THU 11 DECEMBER
The Barfly London, UK

FRI 30 JANUARY
The Deaf Institute Manchester, UK

FRI 20 FEBRUARY

Cult Café Ipswich, UK


You can find  Turrentine Jones here on







Back very soon with my latest gig review, and a report about Leigh as it relates to the misguided busway

Scarlett

xXx

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Book Launch for CHAOS IS COME AGAIN by John Dolan and Fiona Quinn












One of my old writing buddies, John Dolan, releases a new book this week – entitled “Chaos Is Come Again” – and this one has an interesting history to it. In the first place, it’s a novel that John has co-authored with thriller writer Fiona Quinn. But what makes “Chaos” all the more unusual is that JOHN AND FIONA HAVE NEVER MET!!!








The whole project was conceived over the Internet last year while John was working in Dubai and Fiona was at home in Virginia, and over this summer they have put together all the pieces. Using a combination of Twitter, Facebook, Skype and emails (along with John’s favourite the spreadsheet!), the novel has emerged from the darkness of the Worldwide Web. Amazing stuff!
It’s a weird and wacky ride! Here’s the elevator pitch:-



Sean hears voices in his head.
Travis snorts cocaine.
Teagan thinks she’s the next Lady Gaga.
Avery has the boss from Hell, and a mother with dementia.
And Goose wants to catch a serial killer.



Chaos Is Come Again” is a psychological suspense, a mystery, and a love story – loaded with irreverent humour, and viewed through the lens of obsession.



WARNING: Contains references to Judas Iscariot, a dwarf, and a performing monkey. Only for broadminded people with a twisted sense of fun.







"Chaos" officially Launches on the 11th of November 2014


Grab it today on all Amazon sites worldwide! Available as a Kindle book and in paperback.






I have read ALL of John's books and can't wait to read this one, that he has co-authored with Fiona. As I gave ALL of his others 5* I don't doubt that this will be equal to that




Scarlett

xXx


Thursday, 6 November 2014

Remembrance Day Potentially Blighted by a Misguided Busway



Every year for many years now, Scouts, Guides, Beavers, ex-servicemen and the general populace around Tyldesley, Astley and the surrounding area, have gathered in the market square of Tyldesley. It is always a little chaotic but organised chaos. Everyone eventually becomes organised, including the brass bands which add greatly to the pomp and ceremony of our remembering those that gave their lives for us.


No matter what the weather, they would all march to the Cenotaph situated in Tyldesley Cemetery, down Hough Lane. Wreaths placed, sing hymns and songs, prayers, then walk back to Tyldesley Square. The ceremony is always poignant and I, as  everyone else, will wear our poppies with pride. Frequently they have done this journey in the rain but this year is going to be more difficult unless a miracle has happened. The route across the area where the railway bridge used to situate on Hough Lane when I visited on Tuesday afternoon the 4th of November 2014, looked dreadful.







Above are photographs of Hough Lane on late Tuesday afternoon the 4th of November, and bottom right is mud on the roadway. I slipped here, even though I was walking very carefully. Now The local council has promised that this will be improved and widened for the Remembrance Parade on Sunday the 9th of November 2014. 

I would like to know how they have got away with the state of this pathway in the first place. Adults, children and older people must use this path daily now! Where are the risk assessments, what of Health & Safety? Balfour Beatty are considerate builders according to the credentials on their website. I would hardly call THIS considerate, or even remotely acceptable.

The parade is going to commence at the market square, but the state of the square has left everyone very disappointed and upset. In previous years flowers were in the flower beds, and although the square was a little jaded, it served it's purpose well. Generally in good repair, tidy and safe to traverse too.






The problems with the market square lies in the fact that Wigan Council, and local councillors pushed through a project which is known locally as, the misguidedbusway. We refer to the busway as this because there was, (and still is), overwhelming opposition to this busway ever being attempted. Part of this *plan* is for a bus to travel up Stanley Street, in front of the local Library and travel across the pedestrianised Market Square then turn in toward the oncoming traffic against the one way traffic. This will be by the use of traffic lights and the buses will have priority. 

There have been major problems since the local council in their wisdom introduced traffic calming on Elliott Street in Tyldesley. Although, this left the road users anything other than calm, livid is the word I would use. Traffic CURRENTLY  forms a queue along the main road towards Mosley Common and to the roundabout at the junction of Sale Lane, towards Little Hulton. This then trails  down to about half way towards Little Hulton itself. Now we are led to believe that this new additon of a bus travelling against the flow of traffic, therefore stopping traffic each time. Will NOT make the congestion any worse. Hmm well I haven't met anyone that lives locally that believes that for one minute. There is also the fact that there are usually school children, a great deal of them, travelling to and fro to the local schools, such as Fred Longworth High School and St George's Primary School. Currently they can walk along Elliott Street fairly safely. Now they are going to have to contend with a bus turning the wrong way down a one way street, after travelling directly in front of the local library.

Together with the fact that the estimated cost of the work to send the bus up Stanley Street stands at £75,000 and if they used another street , or even follow the one way system. The cost of changing a street so that traffic could travel a different way up it, was estimated at £750.

Parking will be lost in addition to this, and there is talk of restricting the time cars are able to park on the car park off Stanley Street. THIS will all impact on the businesses that are already losing trade whilst this shambles of a scheme continues to go ahead without at least listening to locals. THIS is foolishness of the highess order.



The busway has resulted in the decimation of the flora and fauna that has thrived there since the railway was taken out of commission. Locals have reported seeing foxes, bats, rabbits, birds, newts, squirrels and even deer. But no more. The area was stripped back to what you see below.








You can also see it in these aerial photos that Peter Boulton is so proud of.


http://www.leighjournal.co.uk/guided_busway/11484567.Aerial_photos_showing_busway_progress_released/


THESE are photos that we, from Tyldesley are proud of. This is the disused railway line prior to the whole ecosystem that existed there, being removed.










The picture above is taken from a site where the photographer has documented in pictures the demise of the flora and fauna that was to be found along the old disused railway, and the quotation below accompanies this photograph

48, From a position to the north of the site where the old railway footbridge stood at the back of Lilford park. From this point northwards towards Tyldesley the trees are being cleared to around 30 yards or so either side of the old railway line with many more trees being removed than in the section towards Leigh. Why this is being done seems unclear at the moment unless they have plans for developing a park and ride facility with access from the end of Green lane?? 12/03/2013.

http://neils-photographs.smugmug.com/LeighLancs/Misguided-Busway-2012/Leigh-Misguided-Busway/20971557_Csht6t#!i=1666542150&k=WLdQgL8


I have to admit I got really upset looking at the devastation that has happened. Over and above anything I would have thought necessary, to be honest. 


But, apparently we should be grateful to the local councillors that supported this project, and grateful to Lord Peter Smith also. As this, was his *genius* idea. One that they want to carry out in other parts of the country, should Labour get back in power. This was reported only the other day in the news  whereby Ed Miliband has promised to allow local councils to deliver similar schemes across the UK. Andy Burnham is a big advocate for this scheme, and feels it will benefit us all.

Can you see why locals don't think ANY of this is beneficial. There isn't a successful guided busway in the country. Other areas are removing bus lanes as RESEARCH shows they CAUSE congestion, NOT prevent it!

Over 90% of the local population didn't want this busway in any shape or form although, alternatives such as a rail link off Mort lane, amongst other schemes MAY have been preferable. 

A survey of sorts was undertaken, and it is claimed 5000 leaflets were distributed within so many metres of the site on Astley Street! I, and others would like to see the proof that this quantity were delivered. The results of the survey showed overwhelming opposition to this scheme but this was disregarded out of hand.

This scheme has blighted the lives of people from Leigh to Ellenbrook then why were they not included in this *leaflet drop*. Weren't they entitled to an opinion?

Today in the news an article that upset a lot of people was about a resident in Leigh, and her plight due to work close to her home. The title of the article is Busway work puts home on a precipice


Ongoing is an online petition for a judicial review of the planning application for this ill thought out scheme. 


As many have no internet access there is also a paper version with additional signatures, of well over a thousand people too.

The local population are being treated like errant children, that don't know what is good for them. Yet, these same local population includes engineers and professionals that are quite capable of judging what is good, or not, for their own community. 

This scheme is being railroaded through whether we like it or not, but local people have been voicing concerns about how well suited these councillors, MP's etc are to fulfilling their obligations to the people that VOTED them in to power. Those people are just as capable of voting them OUT of power in the next elections. This whole debacle has left a sour taste in many local people's mouths. Maybe this area being a Labour stronghold's days are now numbered.

This is a comment made this morning on Enough is Enough Facebbopage



Richard ShortEnough is Enough. Stop the Traffic Chaos in our areaVery concerned to hear that the work on Tyldesley Square will commence on the 10/11/14. This will mean they be clearing the poppies and wreaths as soon as we leave and they will not be there for us to pay our respects on Armistice Day where many of us stop on the 11am for silence while we remember them. What will the contractors be doing with the poppies?



There is a meeting on the 8th of November Saturday at 12 noon at Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley, that will be attended by Andy Burnham, Wigan Council, TfGM and others.

also

LeighTown Hall will play host to the next full council meeting.
The meeting will take place at Leigh Town Hall, on Market Street, at 7pm on Wednesday the 12th of November 2014
This is open to the public AND an ideal opportunity for individuals to watch their heroes in action.
(That WAS sarcasm by the way!)

 PLEASE TRY AND ATTEND

Scarlett
xXx


Monday, 20 October 2014

Kindle Countdown and Giveaway for updated Bound for Passion




From the 19th through to the 26th of October there is a Kindle Countdown promotion ongoing on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, and Canada whereby


Bound for Passion





will be available for the price of 99 pence or 99 cents

Click to download now

It's a bargain


This is a newly updated and revised version of my debut novel


To coincide with this event, there will be a giveaway on Goodreads

3 signed copies of the paperback version of the book is up for grabs




Book Description


When Vivienne sits inconsolable in the hospital chapel, the last encounter she expects is a fervent entanglement with an otherworldly being, as passions increase she learns for the first time in her life the true meaning of out of this world. In the second, Sarah meets a new lover after telling him all her intimate fantasies in an internet chat room. And, the final story concerns the journey a young woman takes, as a Dominant offers to show her the ropes, in exchange for her submission via BDSM. Individually these stories are hot, but together they are sizzling




Reviews


There are a number of five star reviews on Amazon here




The cover of the book is from a painting by an artist friend of mine that is based in Cork, Ireland. His name is Alan Hurley. I have had only fabulously positive comments about the cover and hope to use Alan again in future. The picture is also available to buy as a print from his gallery. Alan has some absolutely beautiful paintings please visit his page and choose some for yourself.

I have two signed prints gracing my living room walls, an original watercolour taken from my avi photograph on Twitter and this hangs in pride of place on my bedroom wall.

Alan also has a Blog here so please visit him here and see how his work progresses from an outline drawing to a full blown picture


The graphics were supplied by another good friend of mine, who is also an author Jon Fletcher who I did an interview for last year about my next book and a current WIP. Jon writes Science fiction and I believe I own ALL of his books. Check out Jon's blog and his author page to see more.


This edition is an updated, and re-edited version of my debut novel 



This is a short excerpt from The Stranger which is the first story in the book, read by myself, on audioboo



I also have great pleasure in having The Orchard Book Club promoting my book relaunch as well as


I have a Facebook page that has numerous updates

You can find me on Twitter






Love
Scarlett
xXx



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Bound for Passion by Scarlett Flame

Bound for Passion

by Scarlett Flame

Giveaway ends November 19, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win



Wednesday, 15 October 2014

UPDATED "How a #MISGUIDED busway can cause #TRAFFIC CHAOS in Manchester"


I have the fortune, (and misfortune ), to live in a place called Wigan.

Not that I live close to Wigan, I live closer to Salford and Manchester, but, in their wisdom, ( think it was a political party in order to increase their lot!) moved us. Prior to that I lived in Manchester, in the glorious county of Lancashire.

To that end I consider myself a Lancashire Lass, and very proud of that title I am.

I still put my address as being in Lancashire, although technically, it is now Greater Manchester. Alas, there is nothing great about the powers that be that have allowed the fiasco of the Guided BuswayOR , as us locals call it, the misguidedbusway.

We didn't want it, we shouted out that we didn't want it in any shape or form, but, we got it foisted on us by people that knew better!

For our own good. 

As this busway will take 5 mins off the journey in to Manchester.

These Godlike people were local councillors, who had been voted in by the local community on the basis that they were our mouthpieces. Who were we trying to kid? They tend to do the complete opposite of what we want. They then relish the fact that we can do *bugger all* about it.

Well, this is where they got it wrong because now we have a blight and bane to use to connect with one another. It is called Social Media, and include the likes of Facebook and Twitter

A page appeared on Facebook on the 3rd of October and now boasts an amazing ( and ever growing) total of 3,383 likes. That includes a very positive *like* from myself. We are now spilling over to Twitter where a debate was held on Monday the 13th of October with a Q & A session involving Wigan Coucil and basically, Transport for Greater Manchester. The Q & A was considered by virtually everyone on the Facebook page "Enough is Enough. Stop the Traffic Chaos in our area"as farcical and unsatisfactory. That is unless you wanted to find out which was faster, a shark, or a bus! Hmmm, well my vote is for the shark personally.

This picture shows the route in to Tyldesley at 4.30 pm on Wednesday the 15th of October







The busway is set to run from Leigh, and was originally set to run in to Manchester, except it now only runs to Ellenbrook. From there you would have to travel down the East Lancashire Road / A580. There will be 7 twinned stops on route and two Park & Rides

Now on the information available from the TfGM page about the guided busway it states
​"We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously and bus priority is part of our commitment. and during the construction and delivery of the bus priority package we will be sensitive to the local environment"

However the Leigh Reporter reported that local residents were angry way back in March 2013 over the destruction and removal of trees etc. from the site.

The area now is a veritable wasteland, as every single plant and tree has been swept away and all you can see it soil, and more soil. Which, now the dry weather is over. (We DO live in Manchester after all, it was to be expected ) Is turning in to a mud bath. Astley Street, and I imagine at the other junctions it is awash with mud. It's disgraceful.



 "TfGM has kept its commitment to keep local residents and businesses fully informed about the construction of the busway." and  “We wrote to residents in November last year and again this month about the site clearance works and have visited dozens of people in their homes." This is as reported in the article you can access if you click on the link below.

Well they visited dozens of people! Hang on, wow, I am overwhelmed that they even did that. 


Full story here


This is only the tip of the iceberg as, it is the completely mismanaged farce of traffic management that has goaded the local people, businesses, and workers that have to travel through, and around the area.

The Leigh Journal reported about local people's fears regarding the ongoing traffic chaos and overall negligence in managing the work on local roads


There are basically two roads in to Tyldesley from Astley. One is Hough Lane, and the other is Astley Street.

Hough Lane was originally due to close for 5 months, but, this was extended and is now expected to reopen about Christmas time. Meanwhile on Astley Street there are traffic lights, and the traffic is crawling up the hill every morning, and evening, Sometimes at other times too. People have had enough, especially so because
THEY DIDN'T WANT IT IN THE FIRST PLACE!




There was a tweet sent during discussion on Twitter about the fact that 





We aren't alone in this as a survey carried out by Walkden South Councillor Iain Lindley has shown an overwhelming majority want to see the Leigh Guided Busway scrapped. With the responses having come from a wide range of communities, including Walkden, Swinton, Worsley, Boothstown, Little Hulton Astley, Tyldesley, Atherton and Leigh.

 Councillor Iain Lindley, Conservative Councillor for Walkden South, said:

“I’m appalled by the ongoing disruption caused to local people going about their daily business. Salford and Wigan Councils need to do much more to alleviate the huge problems that the construction work is causing. Most local residents don’t want this busway and it is a shame that the Labour Councils have pressed on with this project against the wishes of the community. It is causing huge disruption during the construction phase and will continue to cause tailbacks when it is finished, all at a huge financial cost and without significant improvements to public transport on completion.”


Furthermore the article in Manchester Gazette reports:


"96% of those responding indicated that they had been personally affected by the delays and disruption caused by the ongoing construction work
74% think that the busway will continue to cause disruption once the construction work is finished, while just 2% think that the busway will take traffic off the roads once it is finished.
Only 7% think that the busway will be a good thing and 80% think it will be a bad thing.
Given the choice, 76% would have preferred a rail link to Leigh and a new railway station at Little Hulton.
71% thought that Salford City Council’s changes to Chapel Street and the Crescent made things worse. Just 6% thought they were a good thing."



Do we see a theme here of this busway being unrequited and ludicrous from the start

The nightmare of traffic light springing up left, right and centre is unbelievable. Locals have called fro a public meeting but, the very councillors that are meant to represent us were reported as being frightened because we locals are so angry! Of course we are angry, and entitled to be, but that is not the point. We are a bunch of individuals who want to understand why we are forced to suffer this unwanted busway. There are a lot of professional people and business people in the group. We are a mixed bag and we want proper answers to our questions.

Business owners are talking about the real prospect of their businesses failing due to this and the misery isn't set to end for a long time. The scheme is behind schedule by almost double the initially planned time already. With this as example of their work to date, how long can this continue.

This is amid fears over the future of Balfour Beatty, reported in newspapers across the country.
As reported in The Telegraph


http://www.boothstownbugle.co.uk/ gives news about this 

Despite our problems, the local people have shown a sense of humour in our hour of need
as demonstrated by the game below






 and thoughtfully a crossword to while away those hours sat stuff in traffic chaos











I hope you enjoy the crossword and the game because we, who have to deal whith this #misguidedbusway and #trafficchaos on a daily basis are not amused



http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/2000-back-call-end-east-7974504




Last night after a meeting locally it was decided to protest about the ridiculous plan to tear up Tyldesley Square, and send the bus for the busway up Stanley Street and then turn toward one way traffic on Elliott Street
Therfore this morning work commenced at 9 am to start this process, as far as we are aware 10 days ahead of schedule so that we cannot protest.
Wigan Council have a complete disregard for local people's opinions or concerns on this.
They could have changed the signs on another road Johnson Street at a cost of £750 but have chosen this dangerous route to the tune of approx. £75,000. It beggars belief what they were thinking! ( figures are approximate and were supplied by members at the meeting yesterday evening)








Finally there is now a petition on change.org in an effort to have a judicial review undertaken


 https://www.change.org/p/wigan-metropolitan-borough-council-this-petition-is-to-call-for-a-judicial-review-to-challenge-the-decision-to-allow-planning-permission-given-to-leigh-guided-busway-by-wigan-metropolitan-borough-council-despite-overwhelming-local-public-opposition-2



UPDATE

28 Oct 2014 — http://www.boothstownbugle.co.uk/tfgm.html 

Above is a link to a meeting for the public to attend FINALLY

This basically means they are ignoring our concerns and going to go ahead and do what they please while pretending to listen. DISGUSTING and UNACCEPTABLE. 

Then throw us breadcrumbs about CONTROL over the traffic lights on Astley Street

Basically these people intend to do whatever they like with just a smidgin of a nod to us! That they intend to proceed to tear up Tyldesley Market Square is contemptible! These people do not deserve their places in office

This is taken from the petition on Change.org

The powers that be have decided to completely ignore out of hand that the consensus of opinion regarding the foolish and costly move to rip up the market square in Tyldesley regardless and give locals a *choice*! between three options on traffic on Astley Street.


 A meeting on Tyldesley Market Square is scheduled for this Saturday the 1st of November, commencing at 10.00 am.
 A handwritten copy of the petition will be available for members of the public to sign, as some have no access to the internet and want to make their voices heard

The good news is that over 450 signatures were taken on the square in Tyldesley today, the 1st of November. With copies of the petition for the elderly and those with no internet access asked for, and give to local shops and pubs.

All local shopkeepers and public houses reporting a huge downturn in takings due to this ill-considered, and mismanaged scheme already. No one thinking that the traffic chaos already being endured will improve once the work has been completed. In fact quite the reverse, as most believe the chaos will increase then.


Letter from Norman Bradbury who supports the campaign Enough is Enough, alongside of the Wigan Independent Group



Guided Busway Madness Continues
All pain without any gain
Over the past few weeks the local press has been inundated with complaints from residents and businesses about ground, and engineering work for the Busway which has disrupted their journeys in the Leigh, Atherton, Tyldesley, Astley and Mosley Common areas. In Atherton the engineering work has proved to be a disaster with the local shops loosing up to 50% of their normal trade due to lack of Car Parking Space, and for what?
A disaster waiting to happen with only 7km guided busway out of a total of 21km of the busway service route. On the guided section, stops are not even where people want to board the bus. Passengers from Mosley Common have to board the bus at the Ellenbrook Guideway. It’s been suggested that there could be a feeder service from Mosley Common to the Ellenbrook Guideway. Who on earth would want to uses two buses to get to Manchester, when they have the option of using a direct service to Manchester from Mosley Common?
The A580 Park and Ride was proposed as part of the ill fated TIF bid. The rationale behind this proposal was to allow people to park their cars there in order to avoid the Congestion Charge. Since the Congestion Charge was never introduced, it won’t attract drivers to leave their cars and then have to pay to go to Manchester on the guided bus. What a farce this will be, even more money wasted.
The service will be operated by one operator using Double Deck Hybrid Buses despite the objections of residents along the route to the use of Double Deck Vehicles. Once again nobody is listening, so why do they bother consulting people?
The operator has specified that they require exclusivity for the Busway Service only in respect of any services which uses the A580 corridor and continue beyond Pendleton and into the City Centre.
The section from the Ellenbrook Guideway to the Central Manchester Hospitals will be on Bus Lanes which are open to any operator with buses that meet the standards specified in the Quality Partnership Scheme. This means that the only benefit of the Guided Busway is the 7km guided section to the Ellenbrook Guideway.
This is a completely overpriced scheme, which should never have got off the drawing board, and has been forced through by misguided Labour Politicians who are unwilling to listen to common sense, and refused to consult the public in 2009 despite Andy Burnham MP stating that he would welcome their views. What a disgraceful waste of our hard earned cash, which could have been spent on far more deserving projects such as improving the Car Park at Atherton Central Station, installing lifts at Stations such as Hindley, Walkden, Moorside, and Swinton. Building a much needed new station on the Atherton Line at Mort Lane, which would not only serve Little Hulton, but the Tyldesley and Mosley Common areas as well. Improving the platform levels at Salford Central, and many other much needed schemes.


Win Councillor Norman Bradbury, MILT. Member of the TfGM Committee.20 Hillside Avenue, Atherton, Manchester, M46 9LX 01942 895671



Please take a few minutes to go an view the photographs of the destruction of miles of beautiful countryside, I am sure didn't have to absolutely strip the area root and blade!

There were deer, bats, newts, rabbits and a whole mass of wildlife in this area they stripped bare. I picture paints a thousand words please go and view pictures of this here

http://neils-photographs.smugmug.com/LeighLancs/Misguided-Busway-2012/Leigh-Misguided-Busway/20971557_Csht6t#!i=1666542150&k=WLdQgL8







Work on Tyldesley Square was suppossed to be delayed until after the Remembrance Day Parade this coming Sunday but this letter was received by residents Saturday the 1st of November. Proving once again the smoke and mirros involved in this debacle!






Scarlett

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