Talking our town down does nothing and while other parties bang on about the challenges, Bolton Labour will continue to invest in the solutions. Our priorities are clear and rapidly coming to fruition – jobs for local people, better opportunities for young people for the future, a place we’re proud to call home and show to the world.
Bolton is open for business
New jobs continue to be attracted to our flagship employment zone, ‘Logistics North’, with more major employers setting up at the site; now with over 2,200 people employed there.
Bolton is open for business, bringing in business rates of £92 million a year; essential income for our local services. Labour will not play political games with peoples jobs and services. We are bringing new jobs to our borough, boosting our local economy and making Bolton a place we can all be proud of.
Regeneration we all want to see
Bolton Town Centre alone employs over 17,500 people. Like every other town, there have been set-backs due to the recession, but the cranes have been busy on the new interchange and work will soon start on a new hotel, multi-story car park and offices at the Trinity Street / Bradshawgate junction. This is alongside the significant investments we have seen over the last few years at the Market Place, the Vaults, the Light Cinema, Newport Street and the University campus.
Town centre footfall is on the rise, vacant units fall year-on-year and several more empty town centre sites have been earmarked for development by major companies.
Supporting and developing towns across the Borough
We are also committed to our townships, as local retail, community and employment centres. In Farnworth, councillors are making progress with partners who have pledged to regenerate the shopping area and bus station, whilst in Little Lever, we are investing in new health and library facilities.
In Horwich, we are constructing a state-of the-art leisure centre for the community, and we will carry our carry out essential maintenance on Westhoughton Town Hall, so that it will remain an important community building.