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2 December 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: Teresa Bond 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. WINTER FESTIVAL Astley Street, | Bolton | BL1 8EY 7th & 8th December Hot Food – Inflatables Market Stalls – Crafts Santa’s Grotto & More! R & K EVENTS FESTIVE spirit was in full swing at Bury Tourist Information Centre (TIC) as the Mayor of Bury offi- cially launched the sale of ‘Cards for Good Causes’ charity Christ- mas cards. After last year’s bumper sales, the Tourist Information Centre will have twice as many cards as usual, with shoppers able to choose cards from 25 national and local charities. This is the tenth year that the TIC has been selling these cards, and has raised more than £22,000 for good causes in this time. The Bury pop-up shop is part of a network of more than 300 temporary shops run by Cards for Good Causes, the UK’s largest charity Christmas card organisation. It represents more than 250 charities including Cancer Research UK, Barnardo’s, NSPCC, Alzheimer’s Society and RNLI as well as a number of local charities Also on sale at the TIC is the Of- ficial 2020 Bury calendar which this year includes some stunning views from all over the borough taken by local residents. Each month features a scenic image of the area including Holcombe Hill, Ramsbottom, Bury and Radcliffe. The calendars are very popular and make a lovely Christ- mas present. The Tourist Information Centre is located in the Fusilier Museum on Moss Street where you will find a well-stocked gift shop for Xmas shop- ping ideas. Christmas cards for good causes Town could be transformed in ambitious £45m scheme NEW images of a multi-mil- lion pound scheme aiming to transform Bolton town cen- tre have been revealed. The ambitious plans for Trinity Gateway, on the former site of Wayne Walker Quality Meats, at the corner of Trinity Street andBradshawgate, have been presented to the public. The £45 million proposals include a 20-storey city cen- tre-style apartment block, billed as Bolton’s tallest ever building, 30,000 sq ft of of- fice space, and a 494 space multi-storey car park. The latest set of artist im- pressions show how the res- idential tower of 144 apart- ments will come to dominate the town’s skyline. At 230ft high, it will eclipse the current tallest building, the town hall clock tower, which stands at 198ft. The project is one of five ‘intervention areas’ in Bolton Council’s £1.5 billion mas- terplan to transform the town centre. The Trinity Gateway devel- opment, which is led by Beech- lane Investments Ltd, also includes a large area of public open space and it is hoped it will kickstart the wider regen- eration of the town centre. Alec Colbeck, development director at Beechlane Invest- ments, said: “Trinity Gateway is a truly transformative proj- ect and one which will elevate the profile of the town and set a new benchmark for quality in Bolton. “It is a tremendously exciting time for the town with a num- ber of significant development proposals about to enter the delivery phase.  “The site demands a devel- opment of the highest quality and we are very proud of the plans we’re proposing. “We look forward to receiving feedback from the local commu- nity and other stakeholders on Knitted poppies grace gardens SCORES of crocheted and knitted poppies have been displayed in the Norden memorial gardens. Carefully created by the Norden Wom- en’s Institute, 99 of the distinctive red blooms have been installed, all facing the Norden Cenotaph. Each handcrafted poppy bears the name of local soldiers who fought in World War One and World War Two. Children in Need-funded project gets surprise visit by Radio 2 DJ YOUNGSTERS enjoying Bolton ac- tivity charity WAVE’s indoor climbing session had a surprise visit from top BBC Radio 2 presenter OJ Borg and his team. The session was part of a BBC Children in Need funded project run by the chari- ty to get disadvan- taged children and young people tak- ing part in adven- turous activities. And the young- sters were thrilled when the BBC Ra- dio team rolled up their sleeves and joined in with the fun and games. OJ interviewed a young person 20 feet up the wall – and then completed a 50 foot climb! In the second year of a three year project funded by Children in Need, WAVE has worked with 1,300 children and young people. They have taken part in rock climb- ing, gorge walking, kayaking, moun- tain biking and team building ses- sions. Some have gone on to become mentors and vol- unteers supporting other disadvan- taged young people to get involved. WAVE founder GrahamWood said: “It was fantastic to see the confidence and skills the chil- dren aged six and over displayed. OJ, Dan and Jor- dan from the team were great – really getting involved in the session, which was exciting for the children parents and volunteers. “Without the support of BBC Children in Need we would quite simply not be able to provide the wide range of activi- ties which enrich local young peo- ple’s lives.” the proposals and bringing them closer to realisation. “We are determined that lo- cal people and businesses ben- efit as much as possible from this development. We’ll work hard to deliver community en- gagement opportunities and seek guarantees from the sup- ply chain that this thinking is given the necessary emphasis by all involved.”  Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr David Greenhalgh, said: “The council’s £1.5 billion masterplan aims to revitalise our town centre, making it a more desirable place to live and work. “Trinity Gateway is a key part of this vision, deliver- ing quality new apartments and Grade A office space and breathing new life into the area.» The plans are expected to be submitted to Bolton Council this month and, should they be approved, work could start next year. Negotiations with a manage- ment company for the residen- tial tower, an operator of the car park, a main contractor for all three elements and occupi- ers for the office space are also said to be at an advanced stage. The scheme is one strand of the council’s bold vision to breathe new life into Bolton town centre. Its town centre masterplan, announced in 2017, involves five strategic sites – Trini- ty Quarter, Cheadle Square, Crompton Place, Church Wharf and the Croal Valley. The plans include the £250m redevelopment of Crompton Place Shopping Centre into a new state-of-the art retail des- tination, and the building of hundreds of new homes, a hotel and a park on Church Wharf, a run-down area to the north east of the town centre. An artist’s impression of the main plaza at the Trinity Gateway development (Image: Beechlane Investments) An artist’s impression of the proposed Trinity Gateway project (Image: Beechlane Investments) BBC Radio 2 presenter OJ Borg, (back centre) and his team visited an indoor climbing session of the Bolton charity WAVE THE Mayor’s Christmas Fair this year takes place on Sat- urday 7 December. Around 50 local charities will be raising money for a variety of causes. All stalls are from local charities and community groups. There will be loads of bargains on lots of stalls, Fa- ther Christmas Grotto (fee ap- plies), giant tombola, and other raffles and tombolas. It takes place in the Festival Hall and Lancaster Suite at 10am-2pm with entry via Al- bert Halls doors. Mayor’s Christmas Fair