£5,000 offer for businesses to move into Market Street, Westhoughton - but not takeaways or charity shops

The Bolton News: Market Street in Westhoughton Market Street in Westhoughton

FIRMS will be given £5,000 to set up shop in Westhoughton’s Market Street — but charities and takeaways need not apply.

Bolton Council has contacted local estate agents to advertise its offer to businesses who move into one of the seven empty shops in the street.

The council only wants certain types of business to occupy the premises and said takeaways and charity shops, which are abundant on the street, will not be considered.

It is understood that at least two businesses have expressed an interest, including one considering relocating from Wigan.

Cllr Christopher Peacock, for Westhoughton North and Chew Moor, said the scheme would improve Westhoughton’s “vibrant shopping street”.

But Cllr David Wilkinson, a Liberal Democrat town councillor, said the £5,000 grants were an “insult”.

Cllr Peacock said: “We are looking at schemes to improve Westhoughton town centre and this is one.

“We are lucky that we have only a few empty shops. It is a shame that a couple of them are in prime locations.

“This scheme has been done in Bolton town centre and now we are rolling it out to Westhoughton.”

Among the premises the council wants to see occupied is the former Toymaster store on the corner of Lord Street, which has been empty since before Christmas.

The offer is open to businesses starting up and existing ones wishing to expand or relocate from another town.

Last October, Bolton Council approved plans for a scheme, offering grants of up to £20,000 to businesses to fill vacant retail units.

Cllr Wilkinson said: “This is an insult to businesses in Westhoughton and it came just days before a local election. Is that how desperate Labour are?”

Cllr Kevan Jones, for Westhoughton South, said: “I’m pleased we are looking at the scheme. We already have a great selection of shops, but any efforts to fill the few empty ones we have is to be welcomed.”

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11:13am Tue 27 May 14

Gore Seer says...

Bolton Council Are Giving Nothing, Joe Public Paying Again.
Bolton Council Are Giving Nothing, Joe Public Paying Again. Gore Seer
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1:34pm Tue 27 May 14

donnaj says...

We could do with a nice ladies clothes shop like New Look so we don't have to trek to Bolton
We could do with a nice ladies clothes shop like New Look so we don't have to trek to Bolton donnaj
  • Score: 5

8:12pm Tue 27 May 14

Waltmeister says...

Why does Parish councillor Wilkinson describe any investment in Westhoughton as an insult. All the recent quotes from Cllr. Wilkinson in the BN have either been derogatory to fellow councillors or negative to the future of Westhoughton. It is time that the people of Westhoughton, like the rest of the country, realise that Lib Dems are past their sell by date.
Why does Parish councillor Wilkinson describe any investment in Westhoughton as an insult. All the recent quotes from Cllr. Wilkinson in the BN have either been derogatory to fellow councillors or negative to the future of Westhoughton. It is time that the people of Westhoughton, like the rest of the country, realise that Lib Dems are past their sell by date. Waltmeister
  • Score: 4

8:42pm Tue 27 May 14

previn says...

Once again Bolton Council are offering bribes to businesses to move in to town centers. Our Town centers are being deserted due to both bad planning and gridlock traffic how can one go shopping if you have to wait for a bus that takes for ever to arrive and for cars an eternity to get through to the next set of traffic lights...Make it easy for both cars and pedestrians to manoeuvre then you might see a little improvement in our Towns Westhougton and Bolton.
Once again Bolton Council are offering bribes to businesses to move in to town centers. Our Town centers are being deserted due to both bad planning and gridlock traffic how can one go shopping if you have to wait for a bus that takes for ever to arrive and for cars an eternity to get through to the next set of traffic lights...Make it easy for both cars and pedestrians to manoeuvre then you might see a little improvement in our Towns Westhougton and Bolton. previn
  • Score: 2

3:10pm Wed 28 May 14

007mcfod says...

i left market street in 2001 and the exact reason that forced me out is still prevalent, i wont post it here as it would give someone a chance to prepare a defence, but i'd gladly sit down with any of the councillors involved in promoting this to explain why market street will never be any better serviced than by the people that occupy it now unless they make a change.
i left market street in 2001 and the exact reason that forced me out is still prevalent, i wont post it here as it would give someone a chance to prepare a defence, but i'd gladly sit down with any of the councillors involved in promoting this to explain why market street will never be any better serviced than by the people that occupy it now unless they make a change. 007mcfod
  • Score: 0

9:28am Sat 31 May 14

Valiant One says...

007mcfod wrote:
i left market street in 2001 and the exact reason that forced me out is still prevalent, i wont post it here as it would give someone a chance to prepare a defence, but i'd gladly sit down with any of the councillors involved in promoting this to explain why market street will never be any better serviced than by the people that occupy it now unless they make a change.
I am sure that your Westhoughton Councillors would be interested in this as I know my Councillor is always talking to people on Market Street. Why not give him a call ? Surprisingly enough Councillors are approachable in Westhoughton and only want to improve the status quo
[quote][p][bold]007mcfod[/bold] wrote: i left market street in 2001 and the exact reason that forced me out is still prevalent, i wont post it here as it would give someone a chance to prepare a defence, but i'd gladly sit down with any of the councillors involved in promoting this to explain why market street will never be any better serviced than by the people that occupy it now unless they make a change.[/p][/quote]I am sure that your Westhoughton Councillors would be interested in this as I know my Councillor is always talking to people on Market Street. Why not give him a call ? Surprisingly enough Councillors are approachable in Westhoughton and only want to improve the status quo Valiant One
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