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2 May 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. Labour stay in control LABOUR remain in con- trol of Bury Council with a majority of seven but once again, Radcliffe proved to be a spiky thorn in the party›s side. Radcliffe East was lost to Independent James Mason after a re-count and Labour came within a whisker of also losing Rad- cliffe West to Independent Carol Birchmore. Both stood for the soon- to-be-formed Radcliffe First party and cam- paigned against feared loss of greenbelt land combined with local issues including parking, Radcliffe Market and the long-running saga of a new secondary school for the area. Mason took Radcliffe East by a slim 66 votes over Labour’s Evelyn Doyle, the party’s candi- date after Catherine Pres- ton stood down. In Radcliffe West, La- bour’s Beth Mortenson held the seat for Labour by just 80 votes over Birchmore and becomes the new councillor after Rachel Skillen also stood down. Last year, Labour comfortably held the same seat by over 700 votes. And the third Radcliffe seat, North, was lost by La- bour to the Conservatives – by another slim margin of 33 votes. Jamie Walker, a depu- ty cabinet member, is re- placed by Tory Sam Hurst in what is the second La- bour-Tory switch in the ward in two years, after a seat there went Conserva- tive last year. Elsewhere Labour gained Elton from the To- ries, with Charlotte Morris oustingMichaelHankeyby 16 votes in what is a tradi- tionally marginal seat, and took Ramsbottom into the red, with Clare Cummins the new Labour councillor after beating Gregg Fletch- er by 186 votes. Tory Rob- ert Hodkinson stood down in the ward. The only other switch on the night came in the Prestwich ward of St Mary’s, which the Lib- eral Democrats took from Labour. Perhaps not a surprise though as St Mary’s was held by Labour last year by just 57 votes from the Lib Dems after a re-count. Michael Powell becomes the new councillor after beating Labour’s Noel Bay- ley bymore than 900 votes. With one Labour coun- cillor resigning the whip to become an Independent, the state of the council go- ing into the 2019 elections was Labour 30, Conserva- tive 17, Lib Dem three and one independent. The new balance of pow- er at the council is: Labour 29 seats, Conservatives 16, Liberal Democrats four and Independent two. THE multi-million pound regeneration of Farnworth town cen- tre has taken a sig- nificant step forward as Bolton Council re- vealed it is to buy the Market Precinct. The authority has made the bold move after listening to residents – six months of community engagement took place in 2018 and a consul- tation was held earlier this year. Initial terms have now been agreed with the cur- rent owner St Modwen to acquire the precinct. The deal has not yet been finalised, but it is expected to be worth sev- eral million pounds and council officers are hop- ing to complete the acqui- sition as soon as possible. The move to buy the precinct has been driv- en by the council’s am- bitions to transform the town centre for fu- ture generations. And the council an- nounced last month that townships, principally Farnworth, will benefit from an additional £4m for their town centres. This will add to the £12m cash boost to transform four district town centres, announced in January. Ownership of 16 units on Brackley Street and the area between Brack- ley Street and King Street would transfer to the council. Bolton Council’s Dep- uty Leader and portfolio holder for regeneration Cllr Ebrahim Adia said the council had stepped in to buy the precinct to take control of a key part of the masterplan. He said: “This ambi- tious move is fundamen- tal to support the trans- formation of Farnworth. “We are acutely aware that for a number of years the people of Farn- worth have been frus- trated that a scheme hasn’t been delivered. “We will look to trans- form an area that is in real need of investment and it will act as a cata- lyst for the wider regen- eration of the town.” The council has also promised to make some changes to the draft town centre master- plan following the in- depth consultation. More than 130 people attended six drop-in ses- sions, and 252 responded to a questionnaire earlier this year. People supported im- proving the retail offer, redeveloping the Market Precinct, extending the leisure centre and plans for a new community and civic hub in the heart of the town centre. However, most resi- dents were against re- locating the library or redeveloping the Home Bargains site. As a result of that feedback, the council will change the draft propos- als and will remove any reference to moving li- brary in the masterplan. Cllr Adia said: “This was a really important consultation because it will shape what we do for a considerable number of years. “We have listened to what people want and we will be keeping the library where it is. We are also looking at alter- native locations for a new community hub, possibly in the precinct. “We had a really good response from residents and we will continue to engage and consult with people as plans emerge.” Farnworth is also one of Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burn- ham’s Town Centre Chal- lenge towns. A final masterplan for the town centre will be produced for formal approval by the council this summer. Redevelopment plan for precinct Hospice welcomes Amazon support THE staff and nurses at Bolton Hospice on Chorley New Road have received a donation of £1,000 from the local Amazon fulfilment centre. 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