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Bolton Council planning meeting

The Bolton News:

1:37pm Thursday 18th December 2014

STUDENT accommodation, a pet crematorium, a new Sainsbury's in Bromley Cross and changes to a historic pub are all on the agenda at today's planning meeting.

Plan to make extra 61,000 appointments at Bolton's 50 GP surgeries

The Bolton News: More GP appointments should soon be available for patients in Bolton

6:02am Thursday 18th December 2014

AN extra 61,000 appointments look set to be created at GP surgeries across Bolton under innovative new plans.

VIDEO: Man caught on CCTV 'kicking dog in face'

The Bolton News:

2:30pm Wednesday 10th December 2014

A BOLTON man has been caught on CCTV apparently kicking a dog in the face.

Why are people turning to food banks to feed their families?

The Bolton News: Cllr Kate Lewis

12:17pm Wednesday 10th December 2014

ANTI-POVERTY campaigners in Bolton have welcomed an inquiry into the rise in people turning to food banks to feed their families.

Major reform of region's hospitals is 'too confusing'

The Bolton News: Dr Wirin Bhatiani

9:10am Wednesday 10th December 2014

A TOP doctor has admitted the NHS could have done a better job in explaining the ‘confusing’ Healthier Together proposals.

'Unacceptable' rise in rail fares for Bolton commuters in new year

The Bolton News: ROLLING STOCK: A Northern Rail Pacer at Darlington railway station. Picture: ANDY LAMB

10:31am Friday 5th December 2014

RAIL fares are set to increase for commuters across Bolton in the new year.

Far-left agenda has 'hijacked' anti-bedroom tax cause, claim Labour

The Bolton News: Anti-bedroom tax campaigners wearing masks of council leader Cllr Cliff Morris disrupt tull council

10:11am Friday 5th December 2014

ANTI-BEDROOM tax campaigners who staged a noisy protest during full council have been ‘hijacked’ by a far-left agenda, Labour members have claimed.

VIDEO: Demonstrators wearing Cliff Morris masks bring Bolton Council meeting to a halt

The Bolton News:

11:50am Thursday 4th December 2014

ANTI-BEDROOM tax campaigners were escorted out of the town hall by police after they launched a noisy demonstration during full council.

Bid to reintroduce dog licensing laws in wake of tragic Jade Lomas-Anderson's death

The Bolton News: Julie Hilling speaking to Charlotte for launch of our Every School Leaver a Lifesaver campaign. We will need several pics of Julie on her own and with Charlotte in the office, possibly with props if she brings any (ie defibrillators, dummies, other lifesa

8:24am Thursday 4th December 2014

A BOLTON MP has launched a bid to make the registration of dogs compulsory for all owners following the tragic death of 14-year-old Jade Lomas Anderson.

8000-signature petition against 'sell off' of NHS services

The Bolton News: The Chair of CCG Dr Wirin Bhatiani (left) receives questions and the petition from Karen Reissman

8:23am Thursday 4th December 2014

CAMPAIGNERS presented a petition with more than 800 signatures to health chiefs against the perceived “sell-off” of mental health services.

Full meeting of Bolton Council

The Bolton News: General view of Bolton Town Hall. Photo by Matt Simmonds, Newsquest Bolton, Wednesday May 2, 2012. (12370404)

6:24pm Wednesday 3rd December 2014

On the agenda at tonight's full council meeting: devolution of power to Greater Manchester, lowering the voting age to 16 and abolition of the Human Rights Act. There will also be a protest over £43 million of cuts.

Voting age should be dropped to 16, says councillor

The Bolton News: Cllr Christopher Peacock

8:59am Wednesday 3rd December 2014

CALLS for the voting age to be dropped to 16 will be debated in the town hall chamber tonight.

UPDATED: Bolton nurse will spend Christmas in west Africa fighting Ebola

The Bolton News: Sister Cathy Fallow, who is travelling to Sierra Leone this Christmas

12:04pm Tuesday 2nd December 2014

A SELFLESS nurse says she is ready to miss Christmas at home in Bolton as she prepares to travel to West Africa and join the fight against the killer disease Ebola.

Row as health bosses disagree over whether Royal Bolton Hospital needs extra £2 million

The Bolton News: Royal Bolton Hospital.  (12184873)

1:43pm Monday 1st December 2014

A FUNDING row between health care bosses could hamper the revival of the Royal Bolton Hospital.

Hospital to miss A&E waiting times targets

11:58am Friday 28th November 2014

SICK patients are being left waiting longer to be seen and treated at the Royal Bolton A&E following a spike in admissions.

Broken down cherry picker causes traffic chaos on A666

The Bolton News:

9:00am Friday 28th November 2014

A BROKEN down crane meant motorists were caught up in a huge traffic jam on St Peter’s Way this morning.

Bolton WILL get 200 extra train seats, says prime minister

The Bolton News: packed train at 7.55am

Elaine O'Flynn
Political correspondent: Bolton News
Tel: 01204 537256

6:03am Friday 28th November 2014

EXTRA carriages are on their way, prime minister David Cameron has promised fed-up Bolton commuters.

Bolton Council 'u-turn' on putting Lancashire on road signs

The Bolton News:

3:03pm Thursday 27th November 2014

BOLTON'S Lancashire heritage could re-appear on the town's street signs — after town hall bosses performed a u-turn on the issue.

Elaine O'Flynn's Strictly Learn to Dance blog

The Bolton News: Bolton Hospice caretaker Richard Brierley and Bolton News politics reporter Elaine O'Flynn. Picture by Andy Croasdale

11:23am Thursday 27th November 2014

BOLTON News politics reporter Elaine O’Flynn is swapping the council chamber for the dance floor over the next few months to take part in this year’s Strictly Learn to Dance. Here, she explains why.

Glitter balls at the ready - Bolton Hospice Strictly Learn to Dance to be the best yet

The Bolton News: Bolton Hospice caretaker Richard Brierley and Bolton News politics reporter Elaine O'Flynn. Picture by Andy Croasdale

9:32am Thursday 27th November 2014

ORGANISERS say this year’s Bolton Hospice Strictly Learn To Dance will be the biggest and best yet.

Tuberculosis 'on the rise' in Bolton

The Bolton News: Coffee time

11:58am Tuesday 25th November 2014

THE number of people contracting tuberculosis looks set to rise, health bosses have warned.

NHS staff walk out for four hours following pay row

The Bolton News: UNISON members at the Royal Bolton Hospital walk out over pay

4:39pm Monday 24th November 2014

NHS staff staged a strike as part of their fight for better pay.

After Dark nightclub must use plastic glasses and employ more bouncers after mass brawl and stabbing

The Bolton News: After Dark in Nelson Square

6:03am Friday 21st November 2014

A NIGHTCLUB has been ordered to employ more bouncers and only serve drinks in plastic containers after a man was stabbed with a broken bottle on a night out.

Bolton Christmas lights switch-on

The Bolton News: Snowmen at the Christmas lights switch on in Victoria square, Bolton. Photo by Paul Sterritt, Newsquest,(Bolton) Ltd., Thursday December 3, 2009. (12977092)

5:33pm Thursday 20th November 2014

Live updates as children's TV star Katie Ashworth switches on the Christmas lights in Bolton town centre.

Bolton Council planning meeting

The Bolton News:

1:40pm Thursday 20th November 2014

THAT controversial Lostock house is back before planning today - for the 13th time - along with plans for a new Egypt exhibition at Bolton Museum, conversion of a Farnworth nursery into a martial arts centre and plans for 22 houses in Halliwell.

Christmas lights switch-on tonight - everything you need to know

The Bolton News: Snowmen at the Christmas lights switch on in Victoria square, Bolton. Photo by Paul Sterritt, Newsquest,(Bolton) Ltd., Thursday December 3, 2009. (12977092)

11:29am Thursday 20th November 2014

BOLTON'S Christmas lights will be switched on tonight - here's all the information you need if you're planning to go along.

Prime minister accused of breaking extra seats promise to Bolton commuters

The Bolton News: Prime Minister David Cameron at the O2 Contact Centre in Preston Brook MBA301014

4:32pm Wednesday 19th November 2014

A BOLTON MP has accused the Prime Minister of breaking his promise to put 200 more seats on Bolton’s overcrowded trains.

Christmas cancelled as 200 jobs lost at Bolton kitchen firm

The Bolton News: Employees of Mark Two/Ultra Finishing on Raikes Lane Industrial Estate, Bolton.Staff have been made redundant.
Images by Steve Holt, Bolton News, Tuesday November 18 2014. (13060952)

7:34am Wednesday 19th November 2014

ABOUT 200 people have lost their jobs at a Bolton kitchen and bathroom firm – and have been told they will not get paid before Christmas.

Giant snowmen to parade through Bolton town centre ahead of Christmas lights switch-on

The Bolton News: Snowmen at the Christmas lights switch on in Victoria square, Bolton. Photo by Paul Sterritt, Newsquest,(Bolton) Ltd., Thursday December 3, 2009. (12977092)

7:33am Tuesday 18th November 2014

GIANT snowmen will help kick-start the festive season in Bolton as they join in the Big Christmas Switch-On.

Traffic chaos warning as £550,000 roadworks start in Daubhill

The Bolton News: Derby Street, Bolton.

11:47am Monday 17th November 2014

TRAFFIC chaos is on the way for motorists in the centre of Bolton.

Unemployed Farnworth man starts his own political party to help jobless

The Bolton News: Phil Tickle of Farnworth who is looking to set up his own political party, called 'The Peoples Party'. Photo by Nigel Taggart, Newsquest (Bolton) Ltd, Saturday November 15, 2014. (12908271)

10:19am Monday 17th November 2014

MEET Phil Tickle — leader of the newly-formed People's Party.

Children's centres, library service and sheltered housing to be hit by more cuts

The Bolton News: Bolton Central Library and Museum

6:04am Friday 14th November 2014

LIBRARIES in Bolton could be run by a not-for-profit trust — while children’s centres and housing for the elderly also face massive cuts as Bolton Council looks to save £43 million.

'Bolton must work together to stop terrorism', says former foreign secretary William Hague

The Bolton News: Foreign secretary William Hague at the first session at the Foreign Ministers G8 meeting at Lancaster House in London.

3:43pm Thursday 13th November 2014

FAMILIES and religious leaders in Bolton must work together to stop people joining terrorist organisations abroad, former foreign secretary William Hague has urged.

Council plans to cut £43 million to be put to the public

The Bolton News: General view of Bolton Town Hall. Photo by Matt Simmonds, Newsquest Bolton, Wednesday May 2, 2012. (12370404)

6:04am Tuesday 11th November 2014

PROPOSALS to cut a “mind boggling” £43 million from Bolton Council's budget — resulting in hundreds of jobs being lost — will now be put to the public.

Opposition councillors respond to plans to slash £43 million from Bolton Council budget

The Bolton News: Cllr Roger Hayes, left, and Cllr David Greenhalgh

8:51am Monday 10th November 2014

OPPOSITION councillors have described proposals to cut £43 million from Bolton Council’s budget before 2017 as “horrendous” and “extremely challenging”.

Bolton MPs join call for equal pay for women

The Bolton News: David Crausby MP (12261137)

8:49am Monday 10th November 2014

CALLS for equal pay after new figures reveal women earn £2.11 less per hour than men have been backed by Bolton MPs.

"For your tomorrow we gave our today": Bolton remembers its war heroes

The Bolton News:

4:18pm Sunday 9th November 2014

BOLTON fell silent on Sunday to remember those who had paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Is new street art in Bolton backstreet a Banksy masterpiece?

The Bolton News:

3:58pm Saturday 8th November 2014

A MYSTERIOUS stencil has appeared on a back street in Bolton – leading to claims it could be the work of famous graffiti artist Banksy.

Disgruntled Wigan Athletic fans "set off smoke grenades" in Macron Stadium

The Bolton News:

2:27pm Saturday 8th November 2014

FIREFIGHTERS attended the Macron Stadium during Wanderers match on Friday night after rival fans set off smoke grenades under the away stands.

Man arrested after fight in Nelson Square pub

The Bolton News: The Dragonfly in Nelson Square, Bolton

11:26am Saturday 8th November 2014

A MAN has been arrested after a fight broke out in a town centre pub.

We will remember them: Rivington Pike lit up with large poppy as part of WWI commemorations

The Bolton News:

10:50am Saturday 8th November 2014

RIVINGTON Pike is being illuminated to pay tribute to those who lost their lives serving their country.

Hundreds of jobs to go as Bolton Council announce more cuts

The Bolton News:

6:01am Saturday 8th November 2014

BOLTON Council could axe up to 500 jobs as it looks to slash £43 million from its budget.

In full: Prime Minister David Cameron writes to The Bolton News

The Bolton News: Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the room during the Conservative Party annual conference 2014 at the ICC in Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 30, 2014. See PA story TORY Main. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens

10:16am Wednesday 5th November 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron penned a letter for Bolton News readers - urging residents to trust in the government's long term economic plan. Read the letter in full here.

Prime Minister David Cameron tells Bolton News readers: "Our economic plan is working"

The Bolton News: David Cameron, Conservative Leader makes a visit to Bolton Town Centre, meeting possible conservative voters in the run up to the local elections. Photo by Nigel Taggart, Newsquest (Bolton) Ltd., Tuesday April 29, 2008.  (12309394)

6:05am Wednesday 5th November 2014

THE Prime Minister has called on Boltonians to trust in the government’s long term economic plan — and vote Conservative in May, 2015.

UKIP accuses Labour of "blatant lie" in latest leaflet row

The Bolton News: File photo dated 01/05/13 of Ukip leader Nigel Farage who has admitted he made "a mistake" by setting up a trust fund in an off-shore tax haven. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday June 21, 2013. Mr Farage, who has previously spoken out

6:05am Wednesday 5th November 2014

ANOTHER row between UKIP and Labour has erupted over leaflets used in election campaigns.

Bolton smokers among worst in country for abandoning 'Stop Smoking' plans

The Bolton News: File photo dated 19/06/07 of a man smoking a cigarette. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 1, 2010. Health Secretary Andy Burnham today pledged to halve the number of smokers in England by 2020. Mr Burnham announced measures which aim to

6:04am Tuesday 4th November 2014

BOLTON smokers are among the worst quitters in the country, new figures have revealed.

Politicians, business and transport leaders welcome more devolution for Greater Manchester

The Bolton News: Submit picture of George Osbourne in Manchester (12261132)

9:00am Tuesday 4th November 2014

NEWS that Greater Manchester will receive more devolved powers from central government has been welcomed by Bolton politicians, business leaders and transport chiefs.

Residents will vote for Greater Manchester Mayor as part of new 'Northern Powerhouse'

The Bolton News: Cliff Morris (stood left) with George Osbourne at Manchester Town Hall (12261097)

5:44pm Monday 3rd November 2014

BOLTON residents will vote for a directly elected mayor of Greater Manchester — under groundbreaking devolution plans announced by Chancellor George Osborne.

Two car smash on M61 means delays for motorists

The Bolton News: The Highways Agency will be undertaking work on the A49 Ross from Monday for a period of seven weeks.

7:46pm Sunday 2nd November 2014

A collision involving two cars on the motorway has resulted in delays for motorists. 

Nightclub's opening hours reduced after man, 22, stabbed with bottle

The Bolton News: (12191585)

6:03am Saturday 1st November 2014

A NIGHTCLUB has been rapped after a man was stabbed with a broken bottle and a fight described by a police officer as “one of the most violent incidents” in his career.


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