Sunday is last chance to visit Animal World before it closes
BOLTON’S Animal World will officially close its doors for good on Sunday.
Last week The Bolton News revealed that the centre in Moss Bank Park is being shut as part of major council spending cuts.
The announcement was made alongside a raft of other money-saving meas-ures as Bolton Council’s neighbourhood and regula-tory services department aims to cut spending by £1.3 million.
Other measures include the removal of all park ranger posts, a reduction in full-time grass cutting posts, fewer street sweepers and a reduction in area forum meetings.
It was revealed in April that the future of Animal World was under threat after earlier attempts to close the attraction were scrapped in 2011 following a campaign to save the amenity.
An action group was formed by local residents who increased levels of volunteering and added a visitors’ charge.
Despite these changes, the centre was still costing the council £80,000 a year to run and the decision was then taken to close it.
Bolton Council confirmed that the centre in Moss Bank Park will close its doors for good this weekend.
A spokesperson said: “The animals will stay at the park whilst we work with the RSPCA to find suitable places to re-house them.”
Cllr Nick Peel, executive cabinet member for the environment, said he “recognised residents’ concerns” about the closure of the centre.
But he added: “We have taken these difficult decisions, rather than making further cuts to street cleaning and grass cutting.”
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