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Opening Times; Monday-Friday 8.30am - 5pm Saturday 10am - 4pm Download the Emmaus Bolton App WE SELL RECYCLED FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS ALL AT VERY COMPETITIVE PRICES DERBY BARRACKS, FLETCHER STREET, BOLTON BL3 6NF • GARDEN CENTRE NOW OPEN...AND OUR CAFE! TO DONATE YOUR GOODS AND ARRANGE A FREE COLLECTION CALL 01204 398056 Come along for all your bedding plants and more. Hanging Baskets Available Visit our cafe for homemade soups, snacks & delicious cakes April/May 2019 23 NEWS SEASONS INDEPENDENT FUNERAL SERVICE SEASONS INDEPENDENT FUNERAL SERVICES Telephone 01204 61620 1-3 Morris Green Lane, Bolton BL3 3JD A service with trust and compassion at a time of great sorrow Funerals for all denominations 24 hour service at all times We offer pre-paid plans, an extensive choice of flowers, monumental masonry and horse-drawn carriage We also offer ‘Ashes in to Glass’ and a huge range of urns to help remember your loved one. Over 10 years of personal service A PROJECT to transform four major brownfield sites in Roch- dale is underway with the de- velopers laying the foundations for 264 new homes. The £35m Countryside and Sigma Capital Group plc scheme will breathe new life into the sites at Roch Street, Entwisle Road, Durham Street and Nor- wich Street. The sites were all previously earmarked for regeneration un- der the government’s Housing Market Renewal (HMR) proj- ect, but the projects stalled after HMR was discontinued in 2011 and funding to redevelop the sites was withdrawn. Some of the Ro- chdale sites set to be redeveloped by Countryside have been derelict for well over a decade. The prop- erties will be a mix of two, three and four bedroom houses, with 48 apartments also set to be deliv- ered. They will all be available for private sector rental. Cllr Linda Robinson, assistant to the cabinet member for Plan- ning, Development and Housing at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “The fact that Countryside and Sigma Capital Group plc are work- ing to regenerate these long term empty sites demonstrates the huge potential they see in Rochdale and its appeal as a place to live. “When it comes to development, we’ve always operated a brown- field preference policy and building homes such as these, close to ma- jor transport links and the town centres, creates sustainable and vibrant communities in areas in need of regeneration. “We’re also working hard to bring forward land for around 2,000 homes in and around Ro- chdale town centre as part of this strategy. This includes targeting stalled sites with planning permis- sion and actively using our CPO powers to bring empty land and properties back into use to satis- fy the growing demand for homes in Rochdale.” The homes are all set to hit the market towards the end of next year. Collectively, all four sites are expected to generate around £1.3m in New Homes Bonus and a further £300,000 per year in coun- cil tax receipts. A FAST food boss must pay a £3,000 bill after repeatedly ignoring re- quests to clean up. Vignesha Patel, manager of Little It- aly in Astley Bridge, appeared at Bolton Magistrates’ Court charged with an of- fence under the Environmental Protec- tion Act 1990. The court heard howMr Patel, 33, had allowed rubbish to pile up at the rear of his business, leaving bins overflowing with used food boxes balanced on top. This was the latest in a number of en- forcement visits to Little Italy. He pleaded not guilty to the charge, but failed to attend court for the sched- uled trial. Hearing the case in his absence, mag- istrates fined Mr Patel £2,000 and or- dered him to pay £923 of costs together with a £170 victim surcharge. Eyesore site to be transformed HELP to protect people from falling victim to scams is being offered at Bury Library on Monday 29 April. This Friends Against Scams event is free – to book a place, go to https://www.eventbrite . tickets-59697508856. The session runs from 10am to 11.30am. Please enter the library from the disabled entrance opposite the Job Centre 10 minutes before the start time. TAKE part in a ‘Book Bingo’ spectacular until 1 July – and you could win a cash prize. Bury is one of 22 North West authorities taking part in the Time to Read initiative, which encourages people to try reading something different. To take part in the Book Bingo and have a chance of winning a £200 prize, you have to read five books from five different categories. Once you have a straight line – diagonal, vertical, horizontal – of five books on your ‘bingo card’, hand it in at a library and be entered into the prize draw. For more details and a bingo card, pop into your local library. AINSWORTH post office was targeted in a robbery. Two offenders entered the premises and made threats before leaving with a quantity of cash and cigarettes. There were no reports of injuries. Enquiries are ongoing. THE NEWS IN BRIEF Fast food boss fined