Free Christmas parking for shoppers in Bolton town centre

The Bolton News: Deane Road car park Deane Road car park

THOUSANDS of free town centre parking spaces will be available every day from next week in the run-up to Christmas.

From October 28 until January 10, parking at three multi-storey car parks — Deane Road, the Octagon and Topp Way — will be free after 3pm. Those car parks will also be free on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

The move follows the announcement that businesses will be offered a £20,000 incentive to set up shop in Bolton, as part of a £1.5 million council investment.

Council leader, Cllr Cliff Morris, said the latest move will support the “bumper festive package” on offer in the town centre.

Shop owners also said that declining footfall figures have made paying for expensive town centre facilities increasingly difficult.

For the last five months, parking at these three car parks has been free all day on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Cllr Morris said: “We want to do everything we can to encourage more people into town and to support our town centre businesses, particularly in the run-up to Christmas and New Year.

“The feedback we’ve had from retailers is that the free parking scheme has had a positive impact on their sales.

“We’ve taken the views of our key retailers on board and timed the free after 3pm extension to include the half term holidays.

“We’ve got a bumper festive package this year and the free parking extension helps support this.”

Local businesses have welcomed the plan, saying that difficulty in parking in the town centre is one of the most common complaints they get from shoppers.

Jackie Muller, owner of Cappucino’s cafe in the Marketplace Shopping Centre, said: “We always welcome any help in boosting footfall in the town centre.

“We’re competing with retail parks, who offer free parking and need every bit of help we can.”

Andy Cottrell, manager of Rhode Island coffee shop in Knowsley Street, added: “It’s welcome news, anything that brings customers in over the Christmas period is great.

“Parking is always a huge issue for people, particularly when you hear of people getting fined for dropping elderly passengers off and stopping for a few seconds.

“I think this is a good idea, as it will coincide with the kids finishing school before we shut.”

Rod Neasham, Market Place Shopping Centre manager, said: “The extension of the free parking offer from the council is to be welcomed and I hope shoppers take advantage and that it encourages them to shop in Bolton town centre.”

But Chris Grundy, manager of his family’s fruit and veg stall in Bolton Market said: “We might get a knock-on from the Octagon going free but people buying fruit and veg tend not to park too far away.

“It would have been nice if there could be some offers at the market’s car park, which gets very busy at our peak times.”

The programme of Christmas events in the town centre includes a special lights switch-on party, which will be attended by BBC 1’s The One Show on Monday, November 11.

From November 30, a 200-square-metre ice rink will return, plus real reindeer and a free Santa’s grotto.

A giant Ferris wheel will be in Victoria Square from December 12, while a speciality market in Newport Street from December 12 to 15 and street entertainment have also been planned to help attract shoppers.

Under plans to attract businesses back into the town centre, traders will be able to apply for two levels of grant — the first level, which will be fast-tracked to get the scheme moving, would offer grants of up to £20,000.

Grants of more than £20,000 will be offered for businesses which require more funding in the town centre.

The scheme is specifically targeted at certain types of businesses, including greengrocers, restaurants and music shops — while other stores, including takeaways, pound shops and bookmakers will not be offered the cash.

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10:07am Mon 21 Oct 13

oftbewildered2 says...

what time do the shops close in Bolton? Usually been there and back (if I go at all) by 2pm, so I don't know. Just trying to assess the value of this 'gift'
what time do the shops close in Bolton? Usually been there and back (if I go at all) by 2pm, so I don't know. Just trying to assess the value of this 'gift' oftbewildered2

10:37am Mon 21 Oct 13

BWFCmonk87 says...

No doubt the minority of tax payers will foot the bill someway or another
No doubt the minority of tax payers will foot the bill someway or another BWFCmonk87

11:01am Mon 21 Oct 13

I, Ludicrous says...

I park up by Sainsbury's where it's free for two hours anyway - which is plenty.
I park up by Sainsbury's where it's free for two hours anyway - which is plenty. I, Ludicrous

11:10am Mon 21 Oct 13

BWFCmonk87 says...

I do all my shopping online, stress free experience and all in the comfort of my own bed
I do all my shopping online, stress free experience and all in the comfort of my own bed BWFCmonk87

11:11am Mon 21 Oct 13

stereo_world says...

I, Ludicrous wrote:
I park up by Sainsbury's where it's free for two hours anyway - which is plenty.
I used to work there and absolutely despise selfish morons like yourself, especially during the holidays.

People like you create a headache for honest customers who actually want to do their shopping at Sainsbury's/Trinity Retail Park, but can't find a spot because of arrogant prats like you. Are they going to bother lugging a trolleys worth of food shopping across the town centre? No.

It's free parking in Bolton, go find a spot there, there'll be plenty with everyone going to other places in the north west.
[quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: I park up by Sainsbury's where it's free for two hours anyway - which is plenty.[/p][/quote]I used to work there and absolutely despise selfish morons like yourself, especially during the holidays. People like you create a headache for honest customers who actually want to do their shopping at Sainsbury's/Trinity Retail Park, but can't find a spot because of arrogant prats like you. Are they going to bother lugging a trolleys worth of food shopping across the town centre? No. It's free parking in Bolton, go find a spot there, there'll be plenty with everyone going to other places in the north west. stereo_world

11:23am Mon 21 Oct 13

Jim271 says...

Even better park outside TK MAXX/Sport Direct, again great for visiting Bolton Market, 2 hours free parking

I always direct people who pull up at the NCP open car park near the Job Centre, I even once stuck a sign on the machine giving people directions to where they can park for free,

Bolton Council are in bed with NCP ripping off the people of Bolton, including traders and customers. Lets not make it easy for them.
Even better park outside TK MAXX/Sport Direct, again great for visiting Bolton Market, 2 hours free parking I always direct people who pull up at the NCP open car park near the Job Centre, I even once stuck a sign on the machine giving people directions to where they can park for free, Bolton Council are in bed with NCP ripping off the people of Bolton, including traders and customers. Lets not make it easy for them. Jim271

11:42am Mon 21 Oct 13

mililly says...

Dont know why anyone would want to shop in bolton anyway. There are hardly any shops. Boots debenhams and marks..nowt much else
Dont know why anyone would want to shop in bolton anyway. There are hardly any shops. Boots debenhams and marks..nowt much else mililly

11:48am Mon 21 Oct 13

Wolfie190 says...

The council keep promoting these car parks with free parking at certain times but people dont use them anyway as a bit far to carry your shopping too and who goes shopping in Bolton at 3pm anyway. Wow what a freebie!
The council keep promoting these car parks with free parking at certain times but people dont use them anyway as a bit far to carry your shopping too and who goes shopping in Bolton at 3pm anyway. Wow what a freebie! Wolfie190

12:16pm Mon 21 Oct 13

The Righteous One says...

So we have the parking and have the ability for a grant to give but do the Council (especially ignorant Moorris) realise how long it actually takes to start a business????? Anyone looking to set up in Bolton will open after the New Year now because of all the red-tape involved.

Therefore what good is this free parking going to do for the few shops we do have - most people now go to Bury, Wigan or Trafford Centre now becaus eof the choice and range of shops and market stalls.

Too little, too late!


Anyway the council have been tolod not to rest upon retail as to bring in more office based related jobs as the town centre cannot support retail anyomre - so what do the council do - still resting upon retail. Will they ever learn???
So we have the parking and have the ability for a grant to give but do the Council (especially ignorant Moorris) realise how long it actually takes to start a business????? Anyone looking to set up in Bolton will open after the New Year now because of all the red-tape involved. Therefore what good is this free parking going to do for the few shops we do have - most people now go to Bury, Wigan or Trafford Centre now becaus eof the choice and range of shops and market stalls. Too little, too late! Anyway the council have been tolod not to rest upon retail as to bring in more office based related jobs as the town centre cannot support retail anyomre - so what do the council do - still resting upon retail. Will they ever learn??? The Righteous One

12:33pm Mon 21 Oct 13

filthy6 says...

This place is full of moaners - I cam into town on Saturday to visit the food market, I wouldn't have probably done so without the free parking on Topp Way. I spent a few quid on the market & a bit more wandering the Bolton shops.
Job done as far as the traders would be concerned
This place is full of moaners - I cam into town on Saturday to visit the food market, I wouldn't have probably done so without the free parking on Topp Way. I spent a few quid on the market & a bit more wandering the Bolton shops. Job done as far as the traders would be concerned filthy6

12:45pm Mon 21 Oct 13

I, Ludicrous says...

stereo_world wrote:
I, Ludicrous wrote:
I park up by Sainsbury's where it's free for two hours anyway - which is plenty.
I used to work there and absolutely despise selfish morons like yourself, especially during the holidays.

People like you create a headache for honest customers who actually want to do their shopping at Sainsbury's/Trinity Retail Park, but can't find a spot because of arrogant prats like you. Are they going to bother lugging a trolleys worth of food shopping across the town centre? No.

It's free parking in Bolton, go find a spot there, there'll be plenty with everyone going to other places in the north west.
Well, there's never a shortage of parking spaces there, what with "everyone going to other places in the north west" so you've just defeated your own argument.. Still, being a thickie is no doubt how you ended up working on an out-of-town retail park. So put away your personal insults and take a long hard look at yourself, you pathetic specimen. I'll park where I like just so long as it's legal so to do, thanks.
[quote][p][bold]stereo_world[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: I park up by Sainsbury's where it's free for two hours anyway - which is plenty.[/p][/quote]I used to work there and absolutely despise selfish morons like yourself, especially during the holidays. People like you create a headache for honest customers who actually want to do their shopping at Sainsbury's/Trinity Retail Park, but can't find a spot because of arrogant prats like you. Are they going to bother lugging a trolleys worth of food shopping across the town centre? No. It's free parking in Bolton, go find a spot there, there'll be plenty with everyone going to other places in the north west.[/p][/quote]Well, there's never a shortage of parking spaces there, what with "everyone going to other places in the north west" so you've just defeated your own argument.. Still, being a thickie is no doubt how you ended up working on an out-of-town retail park. So put away your personal insults and take a long hard look at yourself, you pathetic specimen. I'll park where I like just so long as it's legal so to do, thanks. I, Ludicrous

12:51pm Mon 21 Oct 13

The Righteous One says...

I, Ludicrous wrote:
stereo_world wrote:
I, Ludicrous wrote: I park up by Sainsbury's where it's free for two hours anyway - which is plenty.
I used to work there and absolutely despise selfish morons like yourself, especially during the holidays. People like you create a headache for honest customers who actually want to do their shopping at Sainsbury's/Trinity Retail Park, but can't find a spot because of arrogant prats like you. Are they going to bother lugging a trolleys worth of food shopping across the town centre? No. It's free parking in Bolton, go find a spot there, there'll be plenty with everyone going to other places in the north west.
Well, there's never a shortage of parking spaces there, what with "everyone going to other places in the north west" so you've just defeated your own argument.. Still, being a thickie is no doubt how you ended up working on an out-of-town retail park. So put away your personal insults and take a long hard look at yourself, you pathetic specimen. I'll park where I like just so long as it's legal so to do, thanks.
and then moan when you get ticketed because you ahve been only a couple of minutes or so over the 2 hours!!!


Who is pathetic???

Parking at Trinity Retail park is meant to be for those shops only (read the by-law for the Retail Park) and yes its only meant to be for 2 hours and here is the best clause, yet, if you do shop elsewhere then you are liable to be fined as you are not using the shops those parking spaces have been provided for!
[quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stereo_world[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: I park up by Sainsbury's where it's free for two hours anyway - which is plenty.[/p][/quote]I used to work there and absolutely despise selfish morons like yourself, especially during the holidays. People like you create a headache for honest customers who actually want to do their shopping at Sainsbury's/Trinity Retail Park, but can't find a spot because of arrogant prats like you. Are they going to bother lugging a trolleys worth of food shopping across the town centre? No. It's free parking in Bolton, go find a spot there, there'll be plenty with everyone going to other places in the north west.[/p][/quote]Well, there's never a shortage of parking spaces there, what with "everyone going to other places in the north west" so you've just defeated your own argument.. Still, being a thickie is no doubt how you ended up working on an out-of-town retail park. So put away your personal insults and take a long hard look at yourself, you pathetic specimen. I'll park where I like just so long as it's legal so to do, thanks.[/p][/quote]and then moan when you get ticketed because you ahve been only a couple of minutes or so over the 2 hours!!! Who is pathetic??? Parking at Trinity Retail park is meant to be for those shops only (read the by-law for the Retail Park) and yes its only meant to be for 2 hours and here is the best clause, yet, if you do shop elsewhere then you are liable to be fined as you are not using the shops those parking spaces have been provided for! The Righteous One

1:04pm Mon 21 Oct 13

Endoxa says...

Yet another attempt at shutting the stable door after...etc., etc. Noticed the other day that 'World of Wicker' have even moved out of the thriving town centre - surely the last straw (pardon pun).
Yet another attempt at shutting the stable door after...etc., etc. Noticed the other day that 'World of Wicker' have even moved out of the thriving town centre - surely the last straw (pardon pun). Endoxa

1:05pm Mon 21 Oct 13

Bolton Lad 85 says...

Wow, some people are tight. I pay £1 for 2hours in the NCP connected to Stanley Casino. People willing to walk 10/15 mins to the centre, from places like Trinity Street!! need to release the purse strings. Also Bolton lacks the shops because it lacks the footfall get in town, get on the market. Spend a bit of cash and the whole place will look different.
Wow, some people are tight. I pay £1 for 2hours in the NCP connected to Stanley Casino. People willing to walk 10/15 mins to the centre, from places like Trinity Street!! need to release the purse strings. Also Bolton lacks the shops because it lacks the footfall get in town, get on the market. Spend a bit of cash and the whole place will look different. Bolton Lad 85

1:23pm Mon 21 Oct 13

I, Ludicrous says...

The Righteous One wrote:
I, Ludicrous wrote:
stereo_world wrote:
I, Ludicrous wrote: I park up by Sainsbury's where it's free for two hours anyway - which is plenty.
I used to work there and absolutely despise selfish morons like yourself, especially during the holidays. People like you create a headache for honest customers who actually want to do their shopping at Sainsbury's/Trinity Retail Park, but can't find a spot because of arrogant prats like you. Are they going to bother lugging a trolleys worth of food shopping across the town centre? No. It's free parking in Bolton, go find a spot there, there'll be plenty with everyone going to other places in the north west.
Well, there's never a shortage of parking spaces there, what with "everyone going to other places in the north west" so you've just defeated your own argument.. Still, being a thickie is no doubt how you ended up working on an out-of-town retail park. So put away your personal insults and take a long hard look at yourself, you pathetic specimen. I'll park where I like just so long as it's legal so to do, thanks.
and then moan when you get ticketed because you ahve been only a couple of minutes or so over the 2 hours!!!


Who is pathetic???

Parking at Trinity Retail park is meant to be for those shops only (read the by-law for the Retail Park) and yes its only meant to be for 2 hours and here is the best clause, yet, if you do shop elsewhere then you are liable to be fined as you are not using the shops those parking spaces have been provided for!
I'm sorry - Could you provide evidence of me ever having moaned for being ticketed for parking two minutes over the allocated two hours? No, you can't, because it's never happened. Who's 'pathetic' now then, eh? Can you also provide me with any evidence to suggest that I don't shop at any of the shops on that development as well as taking a walk in to town? No, you can't. I've read some of your self-aggrandising, holier-than-thou stuff on here before, and once again you're making a complete and utter 8ellend of yourself. Why not at least attempt to think things through prior to hastily posting. You'll be less of an embarrassment to yourself if you do.
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stereo_world[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: I park up by Sainsbury's where it's free for two hours anyway - which is plenty.[/p][/quote]I used to work there and absolutely despise selfish morons like yourself, especially during the holidays. People like you create a headache for honest customers who actually want to do their shopping at Sainsbury's/Trinity Retail Park, but can't find a spot because of arrogant prats like you. Are they going to bother lugging a trolleys worth of food shopping across the town centre? No. It's free parking in Bolton, go find a spot there, there'll be plenty with everyone going to other places in the north west.[/p][/quote]Well, there's never a shortage of parking spaces there, what with "everyone going to other places in the north west" so you've just defeated your own argument.. Still, being a thickie is no doubt how you ended up working on an out-of-town retail park. So put away your personal insults and take a long hard look at yourself, you pathetic specimen. I'll park where I like just so long as it's legal so to do, thanks.[/p][/quote]and then moan when you get ticketed because you ahve been only a couple of minutes or so over the 2 hours!!! Who is pathetic??? Parking at Trinity Retail park is meant to be for those shops only (read the by-law for the Retail Park) and yes its only meant to be for 2 hours and here is the best clause, yet, if you do shop elsewhere then you are liable to be fined as you are not using the shops those parking spaces have been provided for![/p][/quote]I'm sorry - Could you provide evidence of me ever having moaned for being ticketed for parking two minutes over the allocated two hours? No, you can't, because it's never happened. Who's 'pathetic' now then, eh? Can you also provide me with any evidence to suggest that I don't shop at any of the shops on that development as well as taking a walk in to town? No, you can't. I've read some of your self-aggrandising, holier-than-thou stuff on here before, and once again you're making a complete and utter 8ellend of yourself. Why not at least attempt to think things through prior to hastily posting. You'll be less of an embarrassment to yourself if you do. I, Ludicrous

1:26pm Mon 21 Oct 13

Comment777 says...

Bolton Lad 85 wrote:
Wow, some people are tight. I pay £1 for 2hours in the NCP connected to Stanley Casino. People willing to walk 10/15 mins to the centre, from places like Trinity Street!! need to release the purse strings. Also Bolton lacks the shops because it lacks the footfall get in town, get on the market. Spend a bit of cash and the whole place will look different.
Do not go to Bolton this Christmas, do not make use of the free parking and do not visit the so called festive attractions...then Bolton will look different...the only way to make it better is to make it worse and force out the avarice and corruption at the top...

Regarding NCP I would rather walk 5 miles than give them a single penny...
[quote][p][bold]Bolton Lad 85[/bold] wrote: Wow, some people are tight. I pay £1 for 2hours in the NCP connected to Stanley Casino. People willing to walk 10/15 mins to the centre, from places like Trinity Street!! need to release the purse strings. Also Bolton lacks the shops because it lacks the footfall get in town, get on the market. Spend a bit of cash and the whole place will look different.[/p][/quote]Do not go to Bolton this Christmas, do not make use of the free parking and do not visit the so called festive attractions...then Bolton will look different...the only way to make it better is to make it worse and force out the avarice and corruption at the top... Regarding NCP I would rather walk 5 miles than give them a single penny... Comment777

1:35pm Mon 21 Oct 13

The Righteous One says...

Did I say that you had, but I make the assumption that you would - I mean just look at your last rant!

If I could post links on this website I would provide you with the evidnce of the by-law. But then that is just making you lazy is making someone else search for something which you should be looking for to disprove! That is the wonder of the net - one can find the most useless peices of information just at the fingertips - you should try it.

Your last rant just proves who is the embarrasement - trying to prove your own wrong doingd by trying to transfer the guilt onto someone else!
Did I say that you had, but I make the assumption that you would - I mean just look at your last rant! If I could post links on this website I would provide you with the evidnce of the by-law. But then that is just making you lazy is making someone else search for something which you should be looking for to disprove! That is the wonder of the net - one can find the most useless peices of information just at the fingertips - you should try it. Your last rant just proves who is the embarrasement - trying to prove your own wrong doingd by trying to transfer the guilt onto someone else! The Righteous One

1:36pm Mon 21 Oct 13

geezer01 says...

Jim271 wrote:
Even better park outside TK MAXX/Sport Direct, again great for visiting Bolton Market, 2 hours free parking

I always direct people who pull up at the NCP open car park near the Job Centre, I even once stuck a sign on the machine giving people directions to where they can park for free,

Bolton Council are in bed with NCP ripping off the people of Bolton, including traders and customers. Lets not make it easy for them.
Jombob you seriously need to get a life & a job!!
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Even better park outside TK MAXX/Sport Direct, again great for visiting Bolton Market, 2 hours free parking I always direct people who pull up at the NCP open car park near the Job Centre, I even once stuck a sign on the machine giving people directions to where they can park for free, Bolton Council are in bed with NCP ripping off the people of Bolton, including traders and customers. Lets not make it easy for them.[/p][/quote]Jombob you seriously need to get a life & a job!! geezer01

1:41pm Mon 21 Oct 13

Jim271 says...

Geezer01 real name is Colin Wright and works for NCP, based on the Topp Way car park spying on people using the cameras.

used to go by the name Malcolm Tucker, spends his day defending the Parking attendents.

irony an NCP employee telling me to get a life,LMAO,

Liverpool are getting rid of Bus Lanes, lets vote for the party that will get rid of them on Bolton and that SMART Car that spies on people using cash machines and films children,
Geezer01 real name is Colin Wright and works for NCP, based on the Topp Way car park spying on people using the cameras. used to go by the name Malcolm Tucker, spends his day defending the Parking attendents. irony an NCP employee telling me to get a life,LMAO, Liverpool are getting rid of Bus Lanes, lets vote for the party that will get rid of them on Bolton and that SMART Car that spies on people using cash machines and films children, Jim271

3:13pm Mon 21 Oct 13

nozza17 says...

The Righteous One wrote:
Did I say that you had, but I make the assumption that you would - I mean just look at your last rant! If I could post links on this website I would provide you with the evidnce of the by-law. But then that is just making you lazy is making someone else search for something which you should be looking for to disprove! That is the wonder of the net - one can find the most useless peices of information just at the fingertips - you should try it. Your last rant just proves who is the embarrasement - trying to prove your own wrong doingd by trying to transfer the guilt onto someone else!
Get a grip jobsworth
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: Did I say that you had, but I make the assumption that you would - I mean just look at your last rant! If I could post links on this website I would provide you with the evidnce of the by-law. But then that is just making you lazy is making someone else search for something which you should be looking for to disprove! That is the wonder of the net - one can find the most useless peices of information just at the fingertips - you should try it. Your last rant just proves who is the embarrasement - trying to prove your own wrong doingd by trying to transfer the guilt onto someone else![/p][/quote]Get a grip jobsworth nozza17

3:18pm Mon 21 Oct 13

nozza17 says...

Like some people have already stated too little too late, as soon as they closed the market place they doomed an already failing town centre.

Bolton town centre has become 2nd best to neighbouring towns and Middlebrook is a far more attractive option to visit.

Free after 3 is not a bad idea, it has been in place in Rochdale for years and it does make getting into town to pick a few bits up easier but I don't think it's going to get shoppers flooding back.
Like some people have already stated too little too late, as soon as they closed the market place they doomed an already failing town centre. Bolton town centre has become 2nd best to neighbouring towns and Middlebrook is a far more attractive option to visit. Free after 3 is not a bad idea, it has been in place in Rochdale for years and it does make getting into town to pick a few bits up easier but I don't think it's going to get shoppers flooding back. nozza17

3:24pm Mon 21 Oct 13

Rememberscarborough says...

I'd like to praise this idea but feel like Bolton council has nicked £20 off me then wants praise for giving me 5p. I want to support the town but the current leaders are guilty of so much mis-management you have to begin to wonder whether it's wilful.
I'd like to praise this idea but feel like Bolton council has nicked £20 off me then wants praise for giving me 5p. I want to support the town but the current leaders are guilty of so much mis-management you have to begin to wonder whether it's wilful. Rememberscarborough

4:47pm Mon 21 Oct 13

duffbikes says...

So Mr Morris is listening to the retailers, what a pity he has not been listening to the public these past few years, he may have learned a thing or two.
So Mr Morris is listening to the retailers, what a pity he has not been listening to the public these past few years, he may have learned a thing or two. duffbikes

5:30pm Mon 21 Oct 13

Bob Shaftoe says...

What a load of whingers & moaners there are on here, do you all live in Horwich?

Some of you should get back on the BN forum with the rest of the oddballs.
What a load of whingers & moaners there are on here, do you all live in Horwich? Some of you should get back on the BN forum with the rest of the oddballs. Bob Shaftoe

6:47pm Mon 21 Oct 13

Malcolm Tucker says...

Jim271 wrote:
Geezer01 real name is Colin Wright and works for NCP, based on the Topp Way car park spying on people using the cameras.

used to go by the name Malcolm Tucker, spends his day defending the Parking attendents.

irony an NCP employee telling me to get a life,LMAO,

Liverpool are getting rid of Bus Lanes, lets vote for the party that will get rid of them on Bolton and that SMART Car that spies on people using cash machines and films children,
Wrong again James! I know you specialise in being wrong on most things and generally getting up peoples noses, but paranoia is a new addition to your increasingly bizarre behaviour.

Like I told you before, I haven't gone anywhere. I like to take some time out every now and then to have a good laugh at some of the childish and ill informed comments on here (mostly from you), but I cant be arsed responding most of the time.

The really funny thing is that Jim and his cronies (they know who they are) think they are actually achieving something. Sorry to break it to you, boys and girls, but your daily diet of bitterness, slurs, Bolton knocking, defamation and lets not forget your racism, reaches a paltry audience of between 100 and 200 people, and that's on a good day.

I'll have a good old laugh at you next year when this so-called deeply unpopular council is re-elected, and you sit behind your computer in utter confusion as to why this is the case. I mean - the BN Forum is reflective of Bolton opinion - surely? ROFL!

Still, I'd hate to pis on your parade - so you carry on doing what you are doing, there's a good chap. :-D
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Geezer01 real name is Colin Wright and works for NCP, based on the Topp Way car park spying on people using the cameras. used to go by the name Malcolm Tucker, spends his day defending the Parking attendents. irony an NCP employee telling me to get a life,LMAO, Liverpool are getting rid of Bus Lanes, lets vote for the party that will get rid of them on Bolton and that SMART Car that spies on people using cash machines and films children,[/p][/quote]Wrong again James! I know you specialise in being wrong on most things and generally getting up peoples noses, but paranoia is a new addition to your increasingly bizarre behaviour. Like I told you before, I haven't gone anywhere. I like to take some time out every now and then to have a good laugh at some of the childish and ill informed comments on here (mostly from you), but I cant be arsed responding most of the time. The really funny thing is that Jim and his cronies (they know who they are) think they are actually achieving something. Sorry to break it to you, boys and girls, but your daily diet of bitterness, slurs, Bolton knocking, defamation and lets not forget your racism, reaches a paltry audience of between 100 and 200 people, and that's on a good day. I'll have a good old laugh at you next year when this so-called deeply unpopular council is re-elected, and you sit behind your computer in utter confusion as to why this is the case. I mean - the BN Forum is reflective of Bolton opinion - surely? ROFL! Still, I'd hate to pis on your parade - so you carry on doing what you are doing, there's a good chap. :-D Malcolm Tucker

7:01pm Mon 21 Oct 13

peregrintook says...

Sneaky trick i do..

say it costs £2 to park on NCP. Instead park up on the Mecca bingo/casino car park. Its free to park if you go in either. Put the £2 on your lucky roulette number and get a free broo too. If it comes in £72! Happy days. If not, go on the Bolton news website and have a rant at a fellow Boltonian behind a keyboard! Feel the release ; p
Sneaky trick i do.. say it costs £2 to park on NCP. Instead park up on the Mecca bingo/casino car park. Its free to park if you go in either. Put the £2 on your lucky roulette number and get a free broo too. If it comes in £72! Happy days. If not, go on the Bolton news website and have a rant at a fellow Boltonian behind a keyboard! Feel the release ; p peregrintook

7:02pm Mon 21 Oct 13

Gore Seer says...

The Parking Is Not Free The Council Paid £200,80,000,Sorry We The People Paid This.I Got These Sums From The Bolton News.Bolton Have Closed Car Parks These Should Be Open And Totally Free.
The Parking Is Not Free The Council Paid £200,80,000,Sorry We The People Paid This.I Got These Sums From The Bolton News.Bolton Have Closed Car Parks These Should Be Open And Totally Free. Gore Seer

7:18pm Mon 21 Oct 13

serendipity2 says...

I'll take my spending power to Manchester or Bury free parking or spend £20 on parking for a shopping experience worth visiting than pound shops and charity shop crap.....

Sorry Bolton is the new Oldham due to miss management, Sean Cliff Nick you have ruined this town for political gain but its failed.....
I'll take my spending power to Manchester or Bury free parking or spend £20 on parking for a shopping experience worth visiting than pound shops and charity shop crap..... Sorry Bolton is the new Oldham due to miss management, Sean Cliff Nick you have ruined this town for political gain but its failed..... serendipity2

7:21pm Mon 21 Oct 13

serendipity2 says...

serendipity2 wrote:
I'll take my spending power to Manchester or Bury free parking or spend £20 on parking for a shopping experience worth visiting than pound shops and charity shop crap.....

Sorry Bolton is the new Oldham due to miss management, Sean Cliff Nick you have ruined this town for political gain but its failed.....
Bumper festive package.... lol
[quote][p][bold]serendipity2[/bold] wrote: I'll take my spending power to Manchester or Bury free parking or spend £20 on parking for a shopping experience worth visiting than pound shops and charity shop crap..... Sorry Bolton is the new Oldham due to miss management, Sean Cliff Nick you have ruined this town for political gain but its failed.....[/p][/quote]Bumper festive package.... lol serendipity2

7:32pm Mon 21 Oct 13

moggiesmews says...

They killed Bolton Centre when they did away with the Marker Hall, never been the same and never will be, no matter what they do. and Bob Shaftoe don't like your nasty comment, what is wrong with people who live in Horwich, just grown up and stop being so nasty.
They killed Bolton Centre when they did away with the Marker Hall, never been the same and never will be, no matter what they do. and Bob Shaftoe don't like your nasty comment, what is wrong with people who live in Horwich, just grown up and stop being so nasty. moggiesmews

7:36pm Mon 21 Oct 13

moggiesmews says...

No matter what they do, Bolton Town Centre will never ever been the same since they closed the Market Hall, and Bob Shaftoe what is wrong with people from Horwich what a nasty comment, you sound a nice man I DON't think GROW UP and keep you nasty coomments.
No matter what they do, Bolton Town Centre will never ever been the same since they closed the Market Hall, and Bob Shaftoe what is wrong with people from Horwich what a nasty comment, you sound a nice man I DON't think GROW UP and keep you nasty coomments. moggiesmews

8:02pm Mon 21 Oct 13

Reebok Rhythm says...

Ha ha! You're a funny bunch. It makes my day reading the posts on here, some funny characters :-)
Ha ha! You're a funny bunch. It makes my day reading the posts on here, some funny characters :-) Reebok Rhythm

8:29pm Mon 21 Oct 13

Bob Shaftoe says...

moggiesmews wrote:
No matter what they do, Bolton Town Centre will never ever been the same since they closed the Market Hall, and Bob Shaftoe what is wrong with people from Horwich what a nasty comment, you sound a nice man I DON't think GROW UP and keep you nasty coomments.
What's wrong with people from Horwich? Where were you when the Beehive roundabout closed? it was approaching armagegdon on here!
You must be from 'whingewich' with a sense of humour that you have.
Don't be late for school luv.
[quote][p][bold]moggiesmews[/bold] wrote: No matter what they do, Bolton Town Centre will never ever been the same since they closed the Market Hall, and Bob Shaftoe what is wrong with people from Horwich what a nasty comment, you sound a nice man I DON't think GROW UP and keep you nasty coomments.[/p][/quote]What's wrong with people from Horwich? Where were you when the Beehive roundabout closed? it was approaching armagegdon on here! You must be from 'whingewich' with a sense of humour that you have. Don't be late for school luv. Bob Shaftoe

8:49pm Mon 21 Oct 13

Bob Shaftoe says...

that should be ARMAGEDDON. Blast, no edit.
...........a dramatic and catastrophic conflict, typically seen as likely to destroy the world or the human race when the roundabout closed.
that should be ARMAGEDDON. Blast, no edit. ...........a dramatic and catastrophic conflict, typically seen as likely to destroy the world or the human race when the roundabout closed. Bob Shaftoe

9:26pm Mon 21 Oct 13

MasterOfPuppets says...

WOOP WOOP X-records, yo. But uh, I dunno after 3pm is pretty dumb because that's pretty late to do shopping
WOOP WOOP X-records, yo. But uh, I dunno after 3pm is pretty dumb because that's pretty late to do shopping MasterOfPuppets

10:42pm Mon 21 Oct 13

Beyond News Forum says...

Are they doing a sale on PayDay Loans?

Nothing to see here... *PLEASE LOOK UP FOR SOME GREAT ENTERTAINMENT*

Funny thing is, there is no real incentive to shop in the town center. it is straight out of some weird retro 70's b-movie.

It could be so much better.
Are they doing a sale on PayDay Loans? Nothing to see here... *PLEASE LOOK UP FOR SOME GREAT ENTERTAINMENT* Funny thing is, there is no real incentive to shop in the town center. it is straight out of some weird retro 70's b-movie. It could be so much better. Beyond News Forum

1:51am Tue 22 Oct 13

wsw69 says...

As my home town, I'm totally embarrassed by the place.

The eejits in the Clown Hall are completely out of touch. Who, in any state of half decent sanity, would dream about shopping in Bolton?

A. It's a complete dump
B. Over 50% of the place is derelict, disused and a complete eyesore
C. It's a complete dump
D. The town centre has an infestation of parking vultures
E. It's a complete dump
F. There's more life in tramps underpants
G. It's a complete dump
H. The place is in the hands of total halfwits being lead by a clueless and dateless imbecile - Stiff Morris
I. It's a complete dump
As my home town, I'm totally embarrassed by the place. The eejits in the Clown Hall are completely out of touch. Who, in any state of half decent sanity, would dream about shopping in Bolton? A. It's a complete dump B. Over 50% of the place is derelict, disused and a complete eyesore C. It's a complete dump D. The town centre has an infestation of parking vultures E. It's a complete dump F. There's more life in tramps underpants G. It's a complete dump H. The place is in the hands of total halfwits being lead by a clueless and dateless imbecile - Stiff Morris I. It's a complete dump wsw69

1:56am Tue 22 Oct 13

wsw69 says...

duffbikes wrote:
So Mr Morris is listening to the retailers, what a pity he has not been listening to the public these past few years, he may have learned a thing or two.
Stiff Morris will never learn anything. He's thicker than a whale pudding, an arrogant idiot and has never been fit for purpose.
[quote][p][bold]duffbikes[/bold] wrote: So Mr Morris is listening to the retailers, what a pity he has not been listening to the public these past few years, he may have learned a thing or two.[/p][/quote]Stiff Morris will never learn anything. He's thicker than a whale pudding, an arrogant idiot and has never been fit for purpose. wsw69

8:12am Tue 22 Oct 13

Roy-Cropper says...

F.A.T Morris
F.A.T Morris Roy-Cropper

9:14am Tue 22 Oct 13

Jim271 says...

Malcolm tucker

Theres 10 mins of your life you will never get back
Malcolm tucker Theres 10 mins of your life you will never get back Jim271

9:54am Tue 22 Oct 13

moggiesmews says...

BOB SHAFTOE WHAT A HORRIBLE PERSON YO ARE, YOU ARE JUST A NASTY INDIVIDUAL AND NOT WORTH THE TIME OF DAY, JUST GLAD I DON'T LIVE NEAR YOU YOU SOUND A RIGHT TROUBLE MAKER
BOB SHAFTOE WHAT A HORRIBLE PERSON YO ARE, YOU ARE JUST A NASTY INDIVIDUAL AND NOT WORTH THE TIME OF DAY, JUST GLAD I DON'T LIVE NEAR YOU YOU SOUND A RIGHT TROUBLE MAKER moggiesmews

10:00am Tue 22 Oct 13

moggiesmews says...

Just another thing BOB SHAFTOE so you are saying it's the residents of Horwich that were responsible for the Beehive roundabout I suggest you grow up and get a life you sad person
Just another thing BOB SHAFTOE so you are saying it's the residents of Horwich that were responsible for the Beehive roundabout I suggest you grow up and get a life you sad person moggiesmews

12:43pm Tue 22 Oct 13

Bolton Lad 85 says...

Can we take our Rose Tinted glasses off for the Market Hall. It was a collection of stalls selling tat. If you want stalls that sell yarns of wool etc go to the market that junk in still available. The market place has some big names such as Zara, H&M. It looks fantastic, granted a few empty spaces but overall it has been a success. Not the confusing mess the old market place was. We need not to just attract the people of Bolton but those from Wigan, Blackburn etc. We are much better placed to do this with top high street names. Lets not hark back to the past.
Can we take our Rose Tinted glasses off for the Market Hall. It was a collection of stalls selling tat. If you want stalls that sell yarns of wool etc go to the market that junk in still available. The market place has some big names such as Zara, H&M. It looks fantastic, granted a few empty spaces but overall it has been a success. Not the confusing mess the old market place was. We need not to just attract the people of Bolton but those from Wigan, Blackburn etc. We are much better placed to do this with top high street names. Lets not hark back to the past. Bolton Lad 85

2:30pm Tue 22 Oct 13

Donkey Stone says...

Bolton Lad 85 wrote:
Can we take our Rose Tinted glasses off for the Market Hall. It was a collection of stalls selling tat. If you want stalls that sell yarns of wool etc go to the market that junk in still available. The market place has some big names such as Zara, H&M. It looks fantastic, granted a few empty spaces but overall it has been a success. Not the confusing mess the old market place was. We need not to just attract the people of Bolton but those from Wigan, Blackburn etc. We are much better placed to do this with top high street names. Lets not hark back to the past.
All those other towns already have those same high street names. The Market hall was different and always seemed to be busy. You gloss over the fact that the place is empty with the phrase "a few empty spaces". Look again mate and you just might have to remove your own "rose tinted glasses".
[quote][p][bold]Bolton Lad 85[/bold] wrote: Can we take our Rose Tinted glasses off for the Market Hall. It was a collection of stalls selling tat. If you want stalls that sell yarns of wool etc go to the market that junk in still available. The market place has some big names such as Zara, H&M. It looks fantastic, granted a few empty spaces but overall it has been a success. Not the confusing mess the old market place was. We need not to just attract the people of Bolton but those from Wigan, Blackburn etc. We are much better placed to do this with top high street names. Lets not hark back to the past.[/p][/quote]All those other towns already have those same high street names. The Market hall was different and always seemed to be busy. You gloss over the fact that the place is empty with the phrase "a few empty spaces". Look again mate and you just might have to remove your own "rose tinted glasses". Donkey Stone

9:35pm Tue 22 Oct 13

Bolton Lad 85 says...

You have confused busy with spending power. Primark stores bussier than Harrods does has a lower spend per head and its individual store profits are lower. The market place was full of often elderly low income shoppers. There are only 65 Zara stores in the UK. When you think Manchester has 2 and London 5 not that available. Also one of the best performing high street chains . Added to this will give Bolton time as the owner has been listed as the 3rd richest man in the world. The old market place was busy with people buying low value items. The occupancy must be 90% if people want more start shopping there. The Bolton Zara is better for men's than both Manchester stores. Arguably for women as well and the main Manx one is closed at the moment. Name a town thriving with the sort of shops the old market place had. Many of those branded shops in there previously have now gone under.
You have confused busy with spending power. Primark stores bussier than Harrods does has a lower spend per head and its individual store profits are lower. The market place was full of often elderly low income shoppers. There are only 65 Zara stores in the UK. When you think Manchester has 2 and London 5 not that available. Also one of the best performing high street chains . Added to this will give Bolton time as the owner has been listed as the 3rd richest man in the world. The old market place was busy with people buying low value items. The occupancy must be 90% if people want more start shopping there. The Bolton Zara is better for men's than both Manchester stores. Arguably for women as well and the main Manx one is closed at the moment. Name a town thriving with the sort of shops the old market place had. Many of those branded shops in there previously have now gone under. Bolton Lad 85

11:11pm Tue 22 Oct 13

BWFC71 says...

Bolton Lad 85 wrote:
Can we take our Rose Tinted glasses off for the Market Hall. It was a collection of stalls selling tat. If you want stalls that sell yarns of wool etc go to the market that junk in still available. The market place has some big names such as Zara, H&M. It looks fantastic, granted a few empty spaces but overall it has been a success. Not the confusing mess the old market place was. We need not to just attract the people of Bolton but those from Wigan, Blackburn etc. We are much better placed to do this with top high street names. Lets not hark back to the past.
A few empty units? over 70% of the units are empty!

Less footfall means less spending in the shops which means less of a profit (if any at all) which means once rent is up for renewal th majority will move out due to lack of decent profits because of lack of footfall. Lush has already admitted that reason as to leaving - same with Gregory & Porrits and Whittakers (whatever its called now) saying the same, and even Debenhams have announced growing concerns of profitability of staying in town!

It definitely is not about the names of the shops and their profit margins - less shops does means less footfall which means less profits. Where are the nich sshopss, where are the "tat" shops etc etc etc. Look at Bury, Manchester and even The Trafford Centre they have both named and "tat" and are successful in getting people and making profit! If one remove one of those main equators then it becomes unbalanced like what happened in Bolton and its never been addressed and hence we have a situation which Bolton is currently in and getting worse.

Also how many are now shopping online - that has taken a large chunk of the footfall which doesn't help, then of course there is the PR of the so-called chain stores some successful and some not (e.g. Woolworths).

In the end its not about the names or sales its bout footfall and having a balanced mixture of names and "tat".

Then of course the old Market Hall is a failure - just look at it - blocks for shops instead of natural retail units - the building has NOT been used to its optimum and just gone for units to create more profit - which ultimately failed as the owners of The Market Place went into administration! Aesthetics, also, play a apart in how people shop.
[quote][p][bold]Bolton Lad 85[/bold] wrote: Can we take our Rose Tinted glasses off for the Market Hall. It was a collection of stalls selling tat. If you want stalls that sell yarns of wool etc go to the market that junk in still available. The market place has some big names such as Zara, H&M. It looks fantastic, granted a few empty spaces but overall it has been a success. Not the confusing mess the old market place was. We need not to just attract the people of Bolton but those from Wigan, Blackburn etc. We are much better placed to do this with top high street names. Lets not hark back to the past.[/p][/quote]A few empty units? over 70% of the units are empty! Less footfall means less spending in the shops which means less of a profit (if any at all) which means once rent is up for renewal th majority will move out due to lack of decent profits because of lack of footfall. Lush has already admitted that reason as to leaving - same with Gregory & Porrits and Whittakers (whatever its called now) saying the same, and even Debenhams have announced growing concerns of profitability of staying in town! It definitely is not about the names of the shops and their profit margins - less shops does means less footfall which means less profits. Where are the nich sshopss, where are the "tat" shops etc etc etc. Look at Bury, Manchester and even The Trafford Centre they have both named and "tat" and are successful in getting people and making profit! If one remove one of those main equators then it becomes unbalanced like what happened in Bolton and its never been addressed and hence we have a situation which Bolton is currently in and getting worse. Also how many are now shopping online - that has taken a large chunk of the footfall which doesn't help, then of course there is the PR of the so-called chain stores some successful and some not (e.g. Woolworths). In the end its not about the names or sales its bout footfall and having a balanced mixture of names and "tat". Then of course the old Market Hall is a failure - just look at it - blocks for shops instead of natural retail units - the building has NOT been used to its optimum and just gone for units to create more profit - which ultimately failed as the owners of The Market Place went into administration! Aesthetics, also, play a apart in how people shop. BWFC71

8:13am Thu 24 Oct 13

Bob Shaftoe says...

moggiesmews wrote:
BOB SHAFTOE WHAT A HORRIBLE PERSON YO ARE, YOU ARE JUST A NASTY INDIVIDUAL AND NOT WORTH THE TIME OF DAY, JUST GLAD I DON'T LIVE NEAR YOU YOU SOUND A RIGHT TROUBLE MAKER
You may very well live near me, I may even be your next door neighbour.
Horwich is a wonderful place.
[quote][p][bold]moggiesmews[/bold] wrote: BOB SHAFTOE WHAT A HORRIBLE PERSON YO ARE, YOU ARE JUST A NASTY INDIVIDUAL AND NOT WORTH THE TIME OF DAY, JUST GLAD I DON'T LIVE NEAR YOU YOU SOUND A RIGHT TROUBLE MAKER[/p][/quote]You may very well live near me, I may even be your next door neighbour. Horwich is a wonderful place. Bob Shaftoe

3:28pm Fri 25 Oct 13

JohnTheBaptist says...

Arsehole
Arsehole JohnTheBaptist

6:49pm Sun 27 Oct 13

JustBecause says...

"Rod Neasham, Market Place Shopping Centre manager, said: “The extension of the free parking offer from the council is to be welcomed and I hope shoppers take advantage and that it encourages them to shop in Bolton town centre.”"

Why isn't it free AT&T he market place then? Idiot.

Trafford centre for me, bolton is a **** hole.
"Rod Neasham, Market Place Shopping Centre manager, said: “The extension of the free parking offer from the council is to be welcomed and I hope shoppers take advantage and that it encourages them to shop in Bolton town centre.”" Why isn't it free AT&T he market place then? Idiot. Trafford centre for me, bolton is a **** hole. JustBecause

9:15pm Sun 27 Oct 13

adatherton says...

After 3pm, and 2 of the 3 carparks are miles away. Idiots. It should be all day every day in the actual centre - like Middlebrook and the Trafford Centre!
After 3pm, and 2 of the 3 carparks are miles away. Idiots. It should be all day every day in the actual centre - like Middlebrook and the Trafford Centre! adatherton

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