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2 March 2019 NEWS Follow us on facebook: yourlocalindependent EDITOR: Mike Hulme E: PUBLICATION MANAGER: Jayne Meadowcroft E: ADVERT SALES: Barry Gallon E: T: 01204 478812 M: 07753 447397 CLASSIFIED SALES: E: T: 01204 478812 No part of this publication may be used or reproduced without the express permission of the publisher. Every effort is made to ensure that the articles and advertisements that are carried are authentic, however the publisher of the Your Local Independent accepts no responsibility for claims made. Investors in Publishing Ltd 2019. Your Local Independent is published monthly by Investors in Publishing. Publishing House, 3 Bridgebank Industrial Estate, Taylor Street, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7PD. Tel. 01204 478812 Fax. 01204 667345. www.independentnewspapers. 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THE famous Bury Market has won top honours after being voted Britain’s Favourite Market by visitors in an online poll. It’s the latest accolade for the market which has been nationally acclaimed on numerous occasions for its innovation, quality and large number of coach visitors. HUNDREDS of Bolton residents have already viewed plans to create a new £150m neighbourhood at Church Wharf. The two drop-in sessions, organized by Muse Developments, were part of a wider public consultation on the area’s future. The proposal includes a vibrant mix of around 320 homes, a new hotel, commercial offices and leisure and retail opportunities, such as a café, convenience store, bar or restaurant. THE NEWS IN BRIEF Homeless get offer of a bed from local charity MP invites you to public meetings ROUGH sleepers are being of- fered a night in the dry and warm in a major Bolton initia- tive to help the homeless as freezing winter temperatures bite hard. Al-Khair Foundation’s Bolton branch is co-ordinating a cam- paign as part of the Bolton Home- less Alliance to offer shelter and food until March 31 at BCOM, on Vicarage Lane. Its doors open at 11pm and provide access to a washroom, a mattress, a sleeping bag and tea, coffee and biscuits. Volunteers from Al-Khair, which is based on Derby Street, have made their local warehouse facilities available, provided care packs and a number of sleeping bags for the shelter. Bolton Homeless Alliance vol- unteers also serve breakfast in the mornings as part of a co-or- dinated response to the region’s homelessness issues. The number of rough sleepers in Bolton has been increasing and concern has been growing about their plight as temperatures plummet to freezing point during the night. “Our aim is to keep people out of harm’s way this winter and in from the cold,” said Aslam At- cha, Al-Khair Foundation Bolton branch manager. “Offering a good night’s sleep, a place to wash and refresh- ments can help a person in need tremendously.” The Bolton Homeless Alli- ance is a partnership involving Bolton Council, Urban Outreach & BCOM (Bolton Council of Mosques), Homeless Aid UK and Al-Khair Foundation. “Al-Khair Foundation has been very keen to bring additionality and support to the partnership,” said Jon Powell, Housing Options and Advice Services Group Man- ager at Bolton Council. The de- velopment of the service is at an early stage and we are delighted to have Al-Khair on board. “The shelter has initially been opened on half a dozen nights over the past month or so and we antic- ipate being able to open more fre- quently as volunteer numbers and experience are developed.” Bolton Council’s Housing Op- tions Team deal with around 2000 to 2500 households seek- ing assistance a year which are either homeless or threatened with homelessness. “In terms of rough sleeping, at any one time we anticipate that Bolton will have between 20 to 30 rough sleepers on any given night,” added Jon. Al-Khair is also part of “Keep Britain Warm” project which delivers hygiene kits and hot meals to rough sleepers across the nation. A GIANT inflatable obstacle coursewill return to Prestwich. Thrill-seekers will be able to duck, jump and climb their way over inflatables up to 50m long and eight metres high. The 5k Gung-Ho! obstacle race will return to Heaton Park in less than two months. Participants of all ages and abilities will physical strength to the test as they take on huge slides, crawl through tunnels and scale massive walls. Since the first Gung-Ho! event took place in 2015, more than 200,000 runners have completed the course, including blind run- ners, wheelchair users, children and pensioners. The only criteria to run the course is to be a minimum height of 122cm, or 4ft. Many runners can also sign up in support of the event’s charity partner BBC Children in Need, or raise sponsorship for a cause of their choice. Last year, Tilley Lockey took part in a Gung Ho challenge to raise money for Meningitis Now. The 13-year-old contracted meningitis as a baby and was fit- ted with bionic arms after having both her hands amputated. Tilley said: “I’m grateful that I survived meningitis, and I’m happy to do a fun challenge like this and help make a difference to others. “The rain and mud made it even more of a challenge, but I was so proud of myself at the end.” Gung-Ho! Manchester takes place at Heaton Park on April 6. Tickets are currently on offer for £32 up until midnight onMon- day, March 4, from begung-ho. . The price includes a bib with race number, plus a Gung- Ho! T-shirt and headband. BOLTON West and Atherton MP Chris Green is hosting two public meetings this month, during which his constituents can raise their local, national and international concerns. The ‘Meet your MP’ event fea- tures in a series of public meet- ings that Mr Green regularly hosts at different venues across his constituency. Last year, the local MP pledged to hold more public meetings in 2019 so that he can remain accessible and accountable to his constituents. Mr Green said: “As your lo- cal MP, it is important that I remain informed about the is- sues that my constituents face, so that I can represent their voice both in the local area and in Westminster. “This is why I will be hosting more public meetings this year, including my regular ‘Meet your MP’ events, so that I can under- stand the changes that local peo- ple want to see. “My next Meet your MP public meetings will be taking place in February in both Blackrod and in Atherton and I look forward to meeting some of my constitu- ents there.” Meet your MP – Blackrod: Tuesday 19th February, 7pm to 8pm, St Andrews Place, Hall Lane, Blackrod. Meet your MP – Atherton: Thursday 21st February, 7pm to 8pm, Atherton Arms, Tyldesley Road, Atherton. The events are free to attend and require no appointment. More information can be found on Mr Green’s Facebook page @ ChrisGreen4BoltonWest. BURY New Road is the most con- gested road in the North West, a new report has found. The road, which passes through Prestwich and Whitefield, also ranked as the 10th worst in the country in 2018, with motorists fac- ing a delay of 34 hours added on to their travel time every year. The data, published by leading international transport analytics firm INRIX, further revealed that commuters journeying on the road experienced an average daily delay of nine minutes. Michael Powell, Liberal Democrat candidate in St Mary’s Ward which straddles the road, said: “It’s ap- palling that Prestwich has the most congested road in the North West and the 10th worst anywhere in the country. The study estimates that each year a Bury New Road driver will lose 34 hours of their life to the additional congestion – that’s nearly a week at work.” Bury road is most congested Giant inflatable obstacle course set to return to Heaton Park