LiveFull meeting of Bolton Council

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Summary

  • On the agenda tonight:
  • Calls to name a Royal Navy warship HMS Dido, to preserve the town’s historic association with the ships.
  • A bid to reduce the number of nuisance calls made to Bolton residents.
  • Discussions about a 20mph speed limit in residential roads across Bolton.

7:57pm

And the motion is carried unanimously! That concludes full council. Thanks to everyone for following and apologies for the technical glitches, make sure you see tomorrow and Friday's Bolton News for a full rundown of tonight's event

7:56pm

Cllr Sylvester taking a bit of ribbing from the room about the length of his speech... 

7:54pm

The powers are there, but the funding is not, he adds, "The ICO should be properly funded and maybe that should go in the letter to the appropriate government minister."

7:53pm

The office is facing a further 5% cut in funding next year after successive years of cutbacks, he is adding.

7:51pm

He's blaming government cuts fon the Information Commission is part of the reason why the issue is getting worse

7:49pm

Cllr Richard Sylvester speaking now. He says the government already have powers, including the power to fine, companies that bother people unnecessarily - but he agrees it's clear it is not working

7:48pm

Cllr Donaghy described it as a 'most interesting motion', which raises a few giggles

7:47pm

Arguing that without a letter from authorities like Bolton, no action will be taken again 'unsolicited, unwanted' phone calls.

7:46pm

He gets annoyed by the fact now there isn't even a voice on the other end of the line - it's an automated machine.

7:43pm

In fact, people who register with TPS get DOUBLE the amount of phone calls, he says.

7:43pm

He gets mithered by call centres despite signing up for the Telephone Preference Service

7:42pm

Motion is carried. Next motion is to do with unsolicited telephone calls - it's a pet peeve of Cllr Wild's

7:41pm

To summarise - the committee that names the ships will consider the name HMS DIDO at its next meeting

7:39pm

Cllr Hilary Fairclough has written to the defence department to find out exactly how you go about naming a ship. Everyone is listening intently heard in the chamber

7:38pm

He says to try and keep the link is very important - he's saying raising £1m might be a stretch, but naming a ship would keep that link

7:36pm

Cllr John Walsh says the motion has his full support. He said it is true that Boltonians have a proud association with the armed forces, and wants to see a ship associated with the town again

7:31pm

In Westhoughton the former John Musgrve & Sons manufactured Lancashire boilers into the royal navy gun factory in 1914. The anti-aircraft cruiser HMS Dido was provided after Bolton raised £1m in 1941, the first ship associated with the town

7:28pm

Now onto a history lesson! Cllr Kevan Jones wants the council to support the town's links with the Royal Navy

7:26pm

Sorry for the delay, ipad has had a meltdown. To recap Cllr Chadwick has daid highways are constantly looking for government funding where available, but people need to know that the speed limit is a limit - not a recommended speed for travel

7:16pm

He adds the highways division is constantly looking for funding from central government towards highways safety, but it's up to people to realise the speed limit is an upper limit - not a recommendation for what people should drive at

7:14pm

Cllr Davis Chadwick responding. Says he doesn't think anybody in the chamber would disagree with Cllr Critchley's aspiration

7:12pm

Cllr Critchley is asking the council to petition the government for more funding towards road safety - especially for 20mph in residential roads,

7:10pm

Questions next. Cllr Peacock is on his feet praising the food festival, says as his waist line shows how he went down there each of the four days.

7:09pm

Big well done to the staff and to the town, met with cheers.

7:09pm

Cllr Morris declaring the festival a success. "It does put our town in the spotlight", he adds. "it gets our town known."

7:08pm

Questions next. Cllr Peacock is on his feet praising the food festival, says as his waist line shows how he went down there each of the four days.

7:06pm

Councillors are approving minutes from various committees

7:05pm

Quick work to commentator robbieh: Cllr Dean has only been suspended from the Conservative group, not the council, so he could have attended if he chose to.

7:04pm

Observing a minute's silence for her now,

7:03pm

Cllr Donaghy paying tribute to Harper Green councillor Asha Ismail, who died suddenly from cancer last month. Cllr Donaghy said she was a woman who put people first. "This council chamber is sadder for her passing" 

7:03pm

Cllr Donaghy paying tribute to Harper Green councillor Asha Ismail, who died suddenly from cancer last month. Cllr Donaghy said she was a woman who put people first. "This council chamber is sadder for her passing" 

7:01pm

And we're off. Councillors standing for Cllr Martin Donaghy and prayers

6:58pm

No sign of Cllr Mudasir Dean, who was suspended from the Conservative group pending an investigation over his council tax payments

6:57pm

Chamber is filling up nicely as members begin to take their seats

6:56pm

Cllr Martin is also going to ask how much the council newspaper Bolton Scene costs, and how much advertising revenue it brings in

6:55pm

We're also expecting a question from the Tories about 20mph zones in residential roads in Bolton borough, and Lib Dem councillor Andrew Martin wants more details on the frequency of road surfacing, compared with nine years ago.

6:53pm

Having a look at the questions now... Cllr Peacock will be asking leader of the council Cllr Morris whether the food and drink festival was a success. Spoiler - he's going to say yes!

6:50pm

Hoping the 3G will hold up, it's looking good so far. I heard earlier today that as part of the Town Hall/Albert Halls revamp there will be wifi in the building - roll on 2016!

6:49pm

Evening all, Elaine here ready and waiting to take you through all the action of tonight's full council meeting, as it happens

6:00pm

Good evening everyone. The meeting is due to start 7pm.

Comments (10)

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6:59pm Wed 27 Aug 14

robbieh says...

If he was suspended should he be there...?
If he was suspended should he be there...? robbieh
  • Score: 1

7:02pm Wed 27 Aug 14

robbieh says...

What is Bolton's association with the ships? Been here 34 years, yet to find a dock.
What is Bolton's association with the ships? Been here 34 years, yet to find a dock. robbieh
  • Score: -3

7:37pm Wed 27 Aug 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

The corruption of the Labour Council should be number 1 on the agenda!!!!!!
The corruption of the Labour Council should be number 1 on the agenda!!!!!! FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 17

9:22pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Reality50 says...

What a spineless bunch the Tory opposition are. Why aren't they demanding the Labour Party name their non payer of council tax? The Tories have a whole host of ammunition on a variety of issue to seriously damage the arrogant Labour Party in this town but they choose to stay silent. Pathetic.
What a spineless bunch the Tory opposition are. Why aren't they demanding the Labour Party name their non payer of council tax? The Tories have a whole host of ammunition on a variety of issue to seriously damage the arrogant Labour Party in this town but they choose to stay silent. Pathetic. Reality50
  • Score: 8

9:41pm Wed 27 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

Remember this ...the council work for you ...you pay there wages...
Remember this ...the council work for you ...you pay there wages... artistpaint
  • Score: 4

9:43pm Wed 27 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

Local councils need a total overhaul.and be subject to a peoples inquiry...to many decisions being made without our consent..
Local councils need a total overhaul.and be subject to a peoples inquiry...to many decisions being made without our consent.. artistpaint
  • Score: 4

10:00pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Hollieanne says...

Perhaps Cllr Wild would like to deal with the Royal Bolton Hospital and their constant harassment via phone to anyone who has an appointment with them. Despite having asked twice, verbally, to be removed from this 'service' and having written to them and received a letter back from PALS assuring me that this would not happen again I was bombarded with said automated calls all over the Bank Holiday weekend. This happens for every appointment so, for instance, if a little old lady has a podiatry appointment, a diabetic clinic appointment and an eye clinic appointment then they are pestered with calls from each of these departments. Perhaps the RBH could 'save' some money by scrapping this system and go back to the usual method of people ringing to cancel, reschedule appointments etc. if they are not going to go. Each of these calls to me was to my mobile phone and caused problems and upset as I did not know why the RBH would be ringing me in the late evening!! There is no guarantee that using this system makes more people attend these appointments.
Perhaps Cllr Wild would like to deal with the Royal Bolton Hospital and their constant harassment via phone to anyone who has an appointment with them. Despite having asked twice, verbally, to be removed from this 'service' and having written to them and received a letter back from PALS assuring me that this would not happen again I was bombarded with said automated calls all over the Bank Holiday weekend. This happens for every appointment so, for instance, if a little old lady has a podiatry appointment, a diabetic clinic appointment and an eye clinic appointment then they are pestered with calls from each of these departments. Perhaps the RBH could 'save' some money by scrapping this system and go back to the usual method of people ringing to cancel, reschedule appointments etc. if they are not going to go. Each of these calls to me was to my mobile phone and caused problems and upset as I did not know why the RBH would be ringing me in the late evening!! There is no guarantee that using this system makes more people attend these appointments. Hollieanne
  • Score: -3

11:16pm Wed 27 Aug 14

JustBecause says...

What a total waste of time, clearly these idiots have nothing better to debate or fix.

Utter madness.
What a total waste of time, clearly these idiots have nothing better to debate or fix. Utter madness. JustBecause
  • Score: 7

6:18am Thu 28 Aug 14

thedom.com says...

Waste of space ,like bn
Waste of space ,like bn thedom.com
  • Score: 1

9:13am Thu 28 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

All our towns vandals in one place hey.
All our towns vandals in one place hey. Wolfie190
  • Score: 3
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