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ISSUE 126 • APRIL 2019 ALSO COVERING ROCHDALE • HEYWOOD AND SURROUNDING AREAS FREE YOUR LOCAL Inde endent BOLTON BURY Follow us on Facebook: yourlocalindependent BUSINESS ––– PAGE 6 ––– Education ––– PAGE 8 ––– EASTER SPECIAL ––– PAGES 10 & 11 ––– Mother’s Day ––– PAGE 13 ––– HEALTH & BEAUTY ––– PAGE 15 ––– Spring Home & Garden ––– PAGES 19-21 ––– PETS ––– PAGES 24 & 25 ––– SPORT ––– PAGE 32 ––– J2 M66 Tel: 0161 253 6520 BL9 OBJ Over 350 stalls open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday “Traditional shopping in a modern environment” Seeded Lawn Turf Indian Stone Paving Railway Sleepers Decorative Gravels Hardwood Logs Building Sand Concrete Flags Wood Products Border Soil Decorative Bark KILN DRIED HARDWOOD LOGS ROCK SALT • WINTER GRIT OLD HOLTS FARM, ROADING BROOK RD, HARWOOD, BOLTON BL2 4JD 01204 883733 / 01204 888555 Turf, IndianStone &Landscape Supplies Follow us on @OldHoltsTurf OldHoltsTurf Fire stations under threat in £12.8m cash cut-backs MAJOR changes could be made to the fire service in a bid to save £12.8m over the next three years. Under plans, existing fire stations in Bolton North and Bolton Central would be closed, and a new one built in their place to serve the town. Manchester Central in Thomp- son Street and Philips Park station would also close, with a new one be- ing built to replace them, and simi- larly with Stockport and Whitehill. Further plans include reducing staffing levels to four firefighters on all engines. Under the current sys- tem, there are often five crew mem- bers on the first engine to arrive at an incident. Proposals also include the remov- al of eight second fire engines from stations currently with two engines, including at Manchester Central, Blackley, Heywood, Moss Side, Old- ham and Eccles. It follows a root and branch review of the brigade which was ordered by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham last year following the publication of the Kerslake Re- the fire service back on the right foot- ing”, according to the Greater Man- chester Mayor. Mr Burnham said: “We inherited a challenging financial savings pro- gramme plus issues with poor mo- rale. Things remain difficult. We are looking at significant cuts to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS). We are operating in an era where there is great pressure on council tax. “But we are adopting a frontline first approach whereby we are focus- ing on supporting our frontline fire- fighters. We are making savings but not at the expense of our firefighters and we have done our best to main- tain response times. “We have already introduced a new shifts system to give crews back a predictable work life, and improve- ments to annual leave choices. “The programme will reduce the number of firefighters but we want to recruit at the frontline to reduce the number of vacancies. We are making savings in a much more manageable way.” port — an independent report into the emergency response to the Man- chester Arena attack. During a press conference yester- day, the Greater Manchester Com- bined Authority (GMCA) pledged that its proposals will only have a 10-second impact on response time. They also moved to reassure staff that they will receive improved training and better equipment to en- able them to fulfil their roles. Firefighters could be expected to expand the remit of their roles to en- compass youth engagement, preven- tion, protection and administrative work — roles currently being under- taken by support staff. This programme of change out- lines a number of proposals “to put Bolton Central fire station Business matters in association with see page 6 SPRING IS ON THE WAY UPGRADE YOUR CONSERVATORY NOW SEE PAGE 19 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: