Moss Bank Park tennis courts to be upgraded as Bolton Council spends £2 million on sports

The courts at Moss Bank Park as they look now

Cllr Nick Peel, David Butcher and Stuart Kay look forward to the start of work on the borough’s courts

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

GRAB your racquets — the tennis courts at Moss Bank Park are getting an ace facelift.

Bolton Council is serving up the improvements as part of a £2 million investment programme for sports and recreational facilities across the borough.

Work to resurface the dilapidated courts off Moss Bank Way, and the installation of new nets, fencing and floodlights, started on Tuesday.

The council has teamed up with Bolton Arena and Sports England to encourage more grassroots tennis organisations to come into play.

Tennis manager at the Arena Stuart Kay said he was delighted to see tennis courts across the borough receiving investment from the council.

He said: “For us it’s about increasing participation in the sport across all ages. We want more people to take up the sport.

“We’re also trying to get the courts used as part of a community project — that happens a lot in the south but not really up north.”

More than £300,000 is being spent refurbishing and resurfacing tennis courts at Bradford Street Park, Kearsley, Harper Green and Westhoughton Central Park.

Cllr Nick Peel, cabinet member for environmental services at Bolton Council, said he hoped more tennis provision would mean that Bolton would one day produce its own Andy Murray.

He added: “There has to be investment in sport for children from an early age — we saw the medals at the Olympics and all that started from a young age.

“We’re pumping capital into parks across the borough, including Hulton Lane — where £474,000 will be spent on a new sports development including four pitches — and improvements to Queens Park.”

David Butcher from the Friends of Moss Bank Park also welcomed the investment.

He said: “We’re all happy to see more people in the park — it’s the most popular park in Bolton by a mile.

“People come from all over Greater Manchester, it’s surprising how far they come to see the park.”

n The Friends of Moss Bank Park meet every Tuesday in the rock garden from 10am until noon to volunteer and carry out maintenance jobs. Gardeners of any ability are welcome to join them.

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6:55am Thu 10 Apr 14

breightmet kid says...

I dont see any mention of upgrading facilities in Breightmet or Darcy Lever. Leverhulme Park is the biggest in Bolton and we have just lost Breightmet Park to housing.

Lets have some fair play in the distribution of monies for sport.
I dont see any mention of upgrading facilities in Breightmet or Darcy Lever. Leverhulme Park is the biggest in Bolton and we have just lost Breightmet Park to housing. Lets have some fair play in the distribution of monies for sport. breightmet kid
  • Score: -5

9:02am Thu 10 Apr 14

waterbottle says...

About time these tennis courts had a facelift
About time these tennis courts had a facelift waterbottle
  • Score: 9

9:09am Thu 10 Apr 14

Giannakopoulos says...

breightmet kid wrote:
I dont see any mention of upgrading facilities in Breightmet or Darcy Lever. Leverhulme Park is the biggest in Bolton and we have just lost Breightmet Park to housing.

Lets have some fair play in the distribution of monies for sport.
Breightmet's an absolute hell hole! It doesn't want regenerating, just destroying along with the vile, grotesque inhabitants who reside there.
[quote][p][bold]breightmet kid[/bold] wrote: I dont see any mention of upgrading facilities in Breightmet or Darcy Lever. Leverhulme Park is the biggest in Bolton and we have just lost Breightmet Park to housing. Lets have some fair play in the distribution of monies for sport.[/p][/quote]Breightmet's an absolute hell hole! It doesn't want regenerating, just destroying along with the vile, grotesque inhabitants who reside there. Giannakopoulos
  • Score: 12

9:13am Thu 10 Apr 14

lv8151 says...

breightmet kid wrote:
I dont see any mention of upgrading facilities in Breightmet or Darcy Lever. Leverhulme Park is the biggest in Bolton and we have just lost Breightmet Park to housing.

Lets have some fair play in the distribution of monies for sport.
what are you on about ..... leverhulme park has better facilities than most ..... not every area has a running track, countless soccer 5 pitches , and 11 football pitches on or all within 5 mins of leverhulme park .... they do mountain bike training ... they have a gym .... cant be bothered listing everything but you have more than your fair share at that end of town
[quote][p][bold]breightmet kid[/bold] wrote: I dont see any mention of upgrading facilities in Breightmet or Darcy Lever. Leverhulme Park is the biggest in Bolton and we have just lost Breightmet Park to housing. Lets have some fair play in the distribution of monies for sport.[/p][/quote]what are you on about ..... leverhulme park has better facilities than most ..... not every area has a running track, countless soccer 5 pitches , and 11 football pitches on or all within 5 mins of leverhulme park .... they do mountain bike training ... they have a gym .... cant be bothered listing everything but you have more than your fair share at that end of town lv8151
  • Score: 13

10:29am Thu 10 Apr 14

thomas222 says...

Is there a election coming up by any chance.......
Is there a election coming up by any chance....... thomas222
  • Score: 6

11:01am Thu 10 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

thomas222 wrote:
Is there a election coming up by any chance.......
Maybe, but only 1 seat is up for election in Smithills Ward this time and that is currently held by Anthony Radlett (Liberal Democats) with a majority of 1042 over the Labour Co-Operative candidate Richard Silvester.

In fact the results were:

Liberal Democrats - Anthony Radlett - 2741
Labour Co-Operative - Richard Silvester - 1699
Conservative - Christine Flannagan - 1632
BNP - Anthony Backhouse - 461
Green - Rachel Mann - 153

The official Labour Party had no candidate in this ward in 2010

And currently Liberal Democrats hold all 3 seats in the Smithills Ward!
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Is there a election coming up by any chance.......[/p][/quote]Maybe, but only 1 seat is up for election in Smithills Ward this time and that is currently held by Anthony Radlett (Liberal Democats) with a majority of 1042 over the Labour Co-Operative candidate Richard Silvester. In fact the results were: Liberal Democrats - Anthony Radlett - 2741 Labour Co-Operative - Richard Silvester - 1699 Conservative - Christine Flannagan - 1632 BNP - Anthony Backhouse - 461 Green - Rachel Mann - 153 The official Labour Party had no candidate in this ward in 2010 And currently Liberal Democrats hold all 3 seats in the Smithills Ward! The Righteous One
  • Score: -1

11:16am Thu 10 Apr 14

thomas222 says...

The Righteous One wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
Is there a election coming up by any chance.......
Maybe, but only 1 seat is up for election in Smithills Ward this time and that is currently held by Anthony Radlett (Liberal Democats) with a majority of 1042 over the Labour Co-Operative candidate Richard Silvester.

In fact the results were:

Liberal Democrats - Anthony Radlett - 2741
Labour Co-Operative - Richard Silvester - 1699
Conservative - Christine Flannagan - 1632
BNP - Anthony Backhouse - 461
Green - Rachel Mann - 153

The official Labour Party had no candidate in this ward in 2010

And currently Liberal Democrats hold all 3 seats in the Smithills Ward!
On the 22nd of May the Libdems will have none & UKIP are standing in 20 wards out of 20. Last time they had none. Not bad for a party you say are nothing. : )
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Is there a election coming up by any chance.......[/p][/quote]Maybe, but only 1 seat is up for election in Smithills Ward this time and that is currently held by Anthony Radlett (Liberal Democats) with a majority of 1042 over the Labour Co-Operative candidate Richard Silvester. In fact the results were: Liberal Democrats - Anthony Radlett - 2741 Labour Co-Operative - Richard Silvester - 1699 Conservative - Christine Flannagan - 1632 BNP - Anthony Backhouse - 461 Green - Rachel Mann - 153 The official Labour Party had no candidate in this ward in 2010 And currently Liberal Democrats hold all 3 seats in the Smithills Ward![/p][/quote]On the 22nd of May the Libdems will have none & UKIP are standing in 20 wards out of 20. Last time they had none. Not bad for a party you say are nothing. : ) thomas222
  • Score: -1

11:34am Thu 10 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

thomas222 wrote:
The Righteous One wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
Is there a election coming up by any chance.......
Maybe, but only 1 seat is up for election in Smithills Ward this time and that is currently held by Anthony Radlett (Liberal Democats) with a majority of 1042 over the Labour Co-Operative candidate Richard Silvester.

In fact the results were:

Liberal Democrats - Anthony Radlett - 2741
Labour Co-Operative - Richard Silvester - 1699
Conservative - Christine Flannagan - 1632
BNP - Anthony Backhouse - 461
Green - Rachel Mann - 153

The official Labour Party had no candidate in this ward in 2010

And currently Liberal Democrats hold all 3 seats in the Smithills Ward!
On the 22nd of May the Libdems will have none & UKIP are standing in 20 wards out of 20. Last time they had none. Not bad for a party you say are nothing. : )
Actually you are WRONG as usual.

Only 1 seat is up for election this year, in the Smithills Ward, and as such the Liberal democrats will still have 2 seats which will be contested in 2015 and 2016 respectively!


If you are so confident that UKIP will win that 1 seat, how much are you prepared to bet on it - and winning will go to the charity of the winners choice?

Also if you are so confident that UKIP will win all 20 seats that are available (considering there are 60 seats on the Bolton Council), again how much are you going to bet, again any winnings will go to the charity of the winners choice!
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Is there a election coming up by any chance.......[/p][/quote]Maybe, but only 1 seat is up for election in Smithills Ward this time and that is currently held by Anthony Radlett (Liberal Democats) with a majority of 1042 over the Labour Co-Operative candidate Richard Silvester. In fact the results were: Liberal Democrats - Anthony Radlett - 2741 Labour Co-Operative - Richard Silvester - 1699 Conservative - Christine Flannagan - 1632 BNP - Anthony Backhouse - 461 Green - Rachel Mann - 153 The official Labour Party had no candidate in this ward in 2010 And currently Liberal Democrats hold all 3 seats in the Smithills Ward![/p][/quote]On the 22nd of May the Libdems will have none & UKIP are standing in 20 wards out of 20. Last time they had none. Not bad for a party you say are nothing. : )[/p][/quote]Actually you are WRONG as usual. Only 1 seat is up for election this year, in the Smithills Ward, and as such the Liberal democrats will still have 2 seats which will be contested in 2015 and 2016 respectively! If you are so confident that UKIP will win that 1 seat, how much are you prepared to bet on it - and winning will go to the charity of the winners choice? Also if you are so confident that UKIP will win all 20 seats that are available (considering there are 60 seats on the Bolton Council), again how much are you going to bet, again any winnings will go to the charity of the winners choice! The Righteous One
  • Score: -3

11:41am Thu 10 Apr 14

thomas222 says...

The Righteous One wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
The Righteous One wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
Is there a election coming up by any chance.......
Maybe, but only 1 seat is up for election in Smithills Ward this time and that is currently held by Anthony Radlett (Liberal Democats) with a majority of 1042 over the Labour Co-Operative candidate Richard Silvester.

In fact the results were:

Liberal Democrats - Anthony Radlett - 2741
Labour Co-Operative - Richard Silvester - 1699
Conservative - Christine Flannagan - 1632
BNP - Anthony Backhouse - 461
Green - Rachel Mann - 153

The official Labour Party had no candidate in this ward in 2010

And currently Liberal Democrats hold all 3 seats in the Smithills Ward!
On the 22nd of May the Libdems will have none & UKIP are standing in 20 wards out of 20. Last time they had none. Not bad for a party you say are nothing. : )
Actually you are WRONG as usual.

Only 1 seat is up for election this year, in the Smithills Ward, and as such the Liberal democrats will still have 2 seats which will be contested in 2015 and 2016 respectively!


If you are so confident that UKIP will win that 1 seat, how much are you prepared to bet on it - and winning will go to the charity of the winners choice?

Also if you are so confident that UKIP will win all 20 seats that are available (considering there are 60 seats on the Bolton Council), again how much are you going to bet, again any winnings will go to the charity of the winners choice!
I did not say ukip would win 20 seats i said they are standing in 20 seats stop twisting words to fit your agenda. The outcome will soon be known.
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Is there a election coming up by any chance.......[/p][/quote]Maybe, but only 1 seat is up for election in Smithills Ward this time and that is currently held by Anthony Radlett (Liberal Democats) with a majority of 1042 over the Labour Co-Operative candidate Richard Silvester. In fact the results were: Liberal Democrats - Anthony Radlett - 2741 Labour Co-Operative - Richard Silvester - 1699 Conservative - Christine Flannagan - 1632 BNP - Anthony Backhouse - 461 Green - Rachel Mann - 153 The official Labour Party had no candidate in this ward in 2010 And currently Liberal Democrats hold all 3 seats in the Smithills Ward![/p][/quote]On the 22nd of May the Libdems will have none & UKIP are standing in 20 wards out of 20. Last time they had none. Not bad for a party you say are nothing. : )[/p][/quote]Actually you are WRONG as usual. Only 1 seat is up for election this year, in the Smithills Ward, and as such the Liberal democrats will still have 2 seats which will be contested in 2015 and 2016 respectively! If you are so confident that UKIP will win that 1 seat, how much are you prepared to bet on it - and winning will go to the charity of the winners choice? Also if you are so confident that UKIP will win all 20 seats that are available (considering there are 60 seats on the Bolton Council), again how much are you going to bet, again any winnings will go to the charity of the winners choice![/p][/quote]I did not say ukip would win 20 seats i said they are standing in 20 seats stop twisting words to fit your agenda. The outcome will soon be known. thomas222
  • Score: 2

1:05pm Thu 10 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

thomas222 wrote:
The Righteous One wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
The Righteous One wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
Is there a election coming up by any chance.......
Maybe, but only 1 seat is up for election in Smithills Ward this time and that is currently held by Anthony Radlett (Liberal Democats) with a majority of 1042 over the Labour Co-Operative candidate Richard Silvester.

In fact the results were:

Liberal Democrats - Anthony Radlett - 2741
Labour Co-Operative - Richard Silvester - 1699
Conservative - Christine Flannagan - 1632
BNP - Anthony Backhouse - 461
Green - Rachel Mann - 153

The official Labour Party had no candidate in this ward in 2010

And currently Liberal Democrats hold all 3 seats in the Smithills Ward!
On the 22nd of May the Libdems will have none & UKIP are standing in 20 wards out of 20. Last time they had none. Not bad for a party you say are nothing. : )
Actually you are WRONG as usual.

Only 1 seat is up for election this year, in the Smithills Ward, and as such the Liberal democrats will still have 2 seats which will be contested in 2015 and 2016 respectively!


If you are so confident that UKIP will win that 1 seat, how much are you prepared to bet on it - and winning will go to the charity of the winners choice?

Also if you are so confident that UKIP will win all 20 seats that are available (considering there are 60 seats on the Bolton Council), again how much are you going to bet, again any winnings will go to the charity of the winners choice!
I did not say ukip would win 20 seats i said they are standing in 20 seats stop twisting words to fit your agenda. The outcome will soon be known.
Let's see it is £500 per seat therefore the party is spending £10,000 in Bolton alone and to be fair the majority of the money will not be returned and UKIP won't have the seats!!! So where is the money coming from? Who are UKIP's finance partners?

Also I have thrown down a gauntlet to see how much you trust your own beliefs, but I see you have not taken it up - why is that?
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Is there a election coming up by any chance.......[/p][/quote]Maybe, but only 1 seat is up for election in Smithills Ward this time and that is currently held by Anthony Radlett (Liberal Democats) with a majority of 1042 over the Labour Co-Operative candidate Richard Silvester. In fact the results were: Liberal Democrats - Anthony Radlett - 2741 Labour Co-Operative - Richard Silvester - 1699 Conservative - Christine Flannagan - 1632 BNP - Anthony Backhouse - 461 Green - Rachel Mann - 153 The official Labour Party had no candidate in this ward in 2010 And currently Liberal Democrats hold all 3 seats in the Smithills Ward![/p][/quote]On the 22nd of May the Libdems will have none & UKIP are standing in 20 wards out of 20. Last time they had none. Not bad for a party you say are nothing. : )[/p][/quote]Actually you are WRONG as usual. Only 1 seat is up for election this year, in the Smithills Ward, and as such the Liberal democrats will still have 2 seats which will be contested in 2015 and 2016 respectively! If you are so confident that UKIP will win that 1 seat, how much are you prepared to bet on it - and winning will go to the charity of the winners choice? Also if you are so confident that UKIP will win all 20 seats that are available (considering there are 60 seats on the Bolton Council), again how much are you going to bet, again any winnings will go to the charity of the winners choice![/p][/quote]I did not say ukip would win 20 seats i said they are standing in 20 seats stop twisting words to fit your agenda. The outcome will soon be known.[/p][/quote]Let's see it is £500 per seat therefore the party is spending £10,000 in Bolton alone and to be fair the majority of the money will not be returned and UKIP won't have the seats!!! So where is the money coming from? Who are UKIP's finance partners? Also I have thrown down a gauntlet to see how much you trust your own beliefs, but I see you have not taken it up - why is that? The Righteous One
  • Score: -3

3:04pm Thu 10 Apr 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

I thought Bolton Council were skint????!!!!
I thought Bolton Council were skint????!!!! FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 0

4:37pm Thu 10 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

FreedomOfSpeech1945 wrote:
I thought Bolton Council were skint????!!!!
This has com from a Central Government grant to be specifically used on the Park and Recreational grounds only!
[quote][p][bold]FreedomOfSpeech1945[/bold] wrote: I thought Bolton Council were skint????!!!![/p][/quote]This has com from a Central Government grant to be specifically used on the Park and Recreational grounds only! The Righteous One
  • Score: 2

1:18pm Fri 11 Apr 14

WendyLouise says...

Pity they could not have found this money before they shut the very much loved and enjoyed animal area!!!! What about creating all weather football areas or areas of astroturf so we can play ball with our young ones without getting bogged down in the mud
Pity they could not have found this money before they shut the very much loved and enjoyed animal area!!!! What about creating all weather football areas or areas of astroturf so we can play ball with our young ones without getting bogged down in the mud WendyLouise
  • Score: 0

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