ISSUE 137 • JANUARY 2020 ALSO COVERING ROCHDALE • HEYWOOD AND SURROUNDING AREAS Follow us on Facebook: yourlocalindependent BOLTON BURY FREE YOUR LOCAL Inde endent INSIDE THIS ISSUE: BUSINESS ––– PAGE 4 ––– EDUCATION ––– PAGE 8 ––– NEW MAYOR IS CHOSEN ––– PAGE 11 ––– WHAT’S ON ––– PAGE 16 ––– SPORT ––– PAGE 27 ––– Turf Porcelain & Stone Paving Decorative Gravels Sleepers Sand Walling Stone Soil Bark KILN DRIED HARDWOOD LOGS OLD HOLTS FARM, ROADING BROOK RD, HARWOOD, BOLTON BL2 4JD 01204 883733 / 01204 888555 www.indianstonesupplies.co.uk Turf, IndianStone &Landscape Supplies Follow us on @OldHoltsTurf OldHoltsTurf FIREWOOD AVAILABLE IN CRATES, BULK BAGS OR SMALL NETS ROCK SALT / WINTER GRIT DELIVERY AVAILABLE • Used cameras, lenses and photographic equipment • Vintage film cameras to digital cameras • Nikon, Pentax, Leica, Olympus, Minolta, Canon, Rolleiflex etc. • Collection available & Cash waiting Call Steve on 07980 625425 or 0161 948 2784 CAMERAS WANTED TRIBUTES have been paid to the former Mayor of Bolton and Al- derman, Guy Harkin, who has died, aged 72. Colleagues from Bolton Council described Ald Harkin as one of the town’s most talented politicians and a charismatic character who will be sadly missed. Ald Harkin was a prominent fig- ure in Bolton politics for almost four decades and represented the Daub- hill and Crompton wards for the La- bour Party during this time. Fellow Crompton ward councillor, Cllr Harif Darvesh, said: “I am sad- dened and shocked by the sudden loss of Guy and wish to express my condolences to his wife Colette and his family. “Guy was a councillor in Crompton for 10 years and he was our political heavy weight because of his experi- ence and knowledge. “From my time in politics I would describe Guy as the most talented, charismatic and articulate politician that Bolton Labour has produced. “He gained the utmost respect from all politicians across the council chamber and he continued to remain a friend to many of his colleagues.” Ald Harkin died at the Roy- al Bolton Hospital following a Shock at ex-Mayor’s sudden death Alderman Guy Harkin short illness. Ald Harkin was born in Farn- worth and worked as a lecturer in management. He was first elected as a Labour councillor for the Daubhill ward in 1980 where he served for 24 years, including 21 years as the deputy council leader. 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PEOPLE across the Bolton will soon be able to have their say on proposals to improve their local town centre. Bolton Council is creating mas- terplans for Horwich, Little Lever and Westhoughton. Consultation on the proposals for each area will now start on January 27, ending on February 23. Drop-in events will take place in each area and local residents are being urged to come along to have their say. They are following the lead from Farnworth, whose masterplan was approved last year. A pot of £16m has been allocated to support all four district town centres. Steering groups, chaired by lo- cal councillors, have already met in each area to discuss ideas to shape the proposals. Urban regeneration specialists BDP have now drawn up initial pro- posals following discussions at group meetings, as well as at stakeholder meetings with local residents, coun- cillors, businesses and partners. Proposals include suggestions around redeveloping the high street, improving pedestrian access, and cre- ating new town centre homes. Full details will be revealed when the consultation starts on January 27 and details will be available online at www.investinbolton.com . An online questionnaire will be available and paper questionnaires will also be distributed at locations in ach area. Residents are being encouraged to come along to the following drop- in events- Horwich Library, Wednesday 29th January, 3pm to 7pm and Saturday 1st February 10am to 2pm Little Lever Library Wednesday Have your say on town centre masterplans 5th February, 3pm to 7pm and Sat- urday 8th February 10pm to 2pm Westhoughton Library – Wednes- day 12th February, 3pm to 7pm and Saturday 15th February 10am to 2pm Bolton Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Martyn Cox, said: “We real- ly want to hear your views about how you think your town could be improved. A final masterplan document and strategy for each town centre will then be produced by Summer 2020 for formal approval by the council.