Town hall chiefs draw up 'action plan' after inspectors say child protection needs improvement

The Bolton News: Soaring number of child in protection

12:09pm Monday 22nd September 2014

AN action plan has been drawn up to improve the care given to Bolton’s most vulnerable youngsters — after a critical report found they may “slip through the net” and be put at risk.

Dale Haslam's train blog: Conductor ruined my return trip

The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author

11:27am Monday 22nd September 2014

A WEEK ago, I returned from a two-week break and had an odd experience at Manchester Airport.

Standing ovation at planning meeting after 100 homes plan is rejected

The Bolton News:

9:47am Monday 22nd September 2014

MEMBERS of a planning committee received a standing ovation for rejecting an application to build up to 100 houses in Atherton.

Euro MP visits Fred Dibnah centre

The Bolton News:

3:42pm Monday 22nd September 2014

EURO MP Julie Ward paid a visit to the Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre.

UKIP deny fall out between Little Lever councillor and senior branch member

The Bolton News:

10:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

UKIP in Bolton have denied a split in the group after another falling-out between one of its councillors and senior branch members.

Scottish flag flies over library as country decides future

The Bolton News:

11:47am Saturday 13th September 2014

A SCOTTISH flag has been raised over Bolton Central Library as a sign of solidarity to the United Kingdom as Scotland decides on its future.

Dad's offer to clean up yob-hit car park thwarted by council red tape

The Bolton News:

6:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

A DAD who offered to transform a car park — which has become a magnet for youths playing loud music and taking drugs — says he has had his efforts thwarted by Bolton Council.

Council newspaper is '£250,000 ego trip'

The Bolton News:

8:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

THE Bolton Scene — Bolton Council’s free newspaper — has been slammed as a “costly ego trip” as figures show the publication cost more than £250,000 over four years.

D-Day for huge 'new town' plans at Horwich Loco Works

The Bolton News:

7:54am Thursday 11th September 2014

D-DAY has arrived for a proposed "new town" of 1,700 homes — amid fierce opposition from Horwich residents and its MP.

Call to ban sale of kittens and puppies

The Bolton News:

7:33am Wednesday 10th September 2014

PET shops and garden centres should be banned from selling kittens and puppies, according to a Bolton MP.

Bolton among top 10 in country for asylum seekers

The Bolton News: Switching care of asylum seekers from the public sector to a private company has not worked well, says a report

6:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

BOLTON is among the top 10 towns and cities in the country with the most asylum seekers, according to new Home Office figures.

Sex line councillor hits back - claiming he is victim of 'smear campaign'

The Bolton News:

12:27pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

A COUNCILLOR found guilty of ringing premium rate sex lines and sending offensive texts from his local authority mobile has accused Wigan Council’s chief executive of a "smear campaign".

Campaign to label airbrushed photos of glamorous women

The Bolton News:

8:05am Tuesday 9th September 2014

AIRBRUSHED photographs of glamorous women should be labelled to let readers know the pictures have been “touched up”, a new campaign in Bolton will say.

Parking campaigners' delight as number of tickets fall

The Bolton News:

8:01am Tuesday 9th September 2014

A PARKING campaigner has spoken of his delight about the drop in the number of fines issued to drivers in Bolton.

Councillor racked up £2,400 bill ringing sex lines from taxpayer-funded phone

The Bolton News:

3:58pm Monday 8th September 2014

A POLITICIAN who used his council-issued mobile phone to rack up a £2,400 bill calling premium rate sex chat lines and sending sexually explicit texts has escaped the sack.

Bolton's MPs blast plan to give them pay rise

The Bolton News:

2:22pm Monday 8th September 2014

BOLTON’S three MPs have blasted plans to raise their pay by nine per cent next year.

Bolton MPs vote for new laws to help 'bedroom tax victims'

The Bolton News: MP for Bolton West Julie Hilling was a member of the panel facing questions from the audience

9:48am Monday 8th September 2014

BOLTON MPs helped force through new legislation to help victims of the so-called “bedroom tax”.

More money needed to improve disabled access at Bolton train stations, warn transport bosses

The Bolton News:

9:37am Monday 8th September 2014

MORE funding is needed to improve disabled access to train stations in and around Bolton, transport leaders have said.

50 apprenticeships in 50 weeks campaign gets off to flying start

The Bolton News:

9:11am Monday 8th September 2014

THE Mayor of Bolton says his campaign to get 50 young people into apprenticeships during his 50 weeks in office is off to a flying start.

Dale Haslam's train blog: Poorest lose out in fare changes

The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author

9:38am Monday 8th September 2014

SO today is the day that the poorest train-users in Bolton begin to suffer.

Darcy Lever residents' anger over large trees that 'block their light'

The Bolton News:

7:00am Sunday 7th September 2014

RESIDENTS in a Darcy Lever street claim they are “living in darkness and fear” — as trees tower over their homes blocking out the light.

1,400 parking tickets in just one Bolton town centre street

The Bolton News:

9:22am Saturday 6th September 2014

DRIVERS were hit with more than 1,400 parking tickets in just one street in Bolton town centre last year, new figures show.

5 parties to contest Harper Green by-election after death of councillor

The Bolton News:

9:37am Saturday 6th September 2014

FIVE political parties will contest a by-election that has been called after the death of Labour councillor Asha Ali Ismail.

'We must take a stand against female genital mutilation'

The Bolton News:

11:31am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

LEADING figures across Greater Manchester are making a stand against female genital mutilation (FGM).

Council helps turn around Bolton's worst families

The Bolton News: HOTSPOT Sgt Jon Seeds, left, and PCSO Stuart Gaskell talk to young people as part of a crackdown on anti-social behaviour around Farnworth town centre

11:35am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MORE than half of Bolton’s worst families have been helped to turn their lives around with help from a council scheme.

Police investigate councillor at centre of late tax payment row

The Bolton News: Cllr Mudasir Dean

9:42am Monday 1st September 2014

A POLICE investigation into the Tory councillor at the centre of the late payment of council tax row has found he has no case to answer.

10,000 sign Bolton MP's petition calling for Premier League to support more grass roots football

The Bolton News: Calls for the Premier League to donate money to grass roots football grow

2:41pm Monday 1st September 2014

MORE than 10,000 people have backed a campaign by Bolton MP David Crausby calling on the Premier League to do more to support grassroots football.

Boycott Russian goods, say Bolton's Ukrainian community

The Bolton News:

11:04am Monday 1st September 2014

BOLTON'S Ukrainian community is urging people to boycott Russian goods amid ongoing tensions between the two nations.

Bolton unites with other authorities to tackle alcohol abuse

The Bolton News:

2:38pm Monday 1st September 2014

BOLTON Council is to play its part in a unified attack on the consequences of alcohol abuse.

Dale Haslam's train blog: Six weeks of work was a job well done

The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author

11:10am Monday 1st September 2014

IT is not often you see train passengers happy and smiling on a Monday morning rush-hour train, but that very well might be the case today.

£6.5 million revamp of Albert Halls is waste of money, say Tories

The Bolton News:

6:00am Sunday 31st August 2014

PROSPECTIVE Tory MPs have criticised Bolton Council’s plans to spend up to £6.5 million renovating the Albert Halls.

'Years of torment' as fate of controversial over-sized Lostock house is still undecided

The Bolton News:

10:32am Saturday 30th August 2014

A CONTROVERSIAL five-bedroomed house in Lostock has caused residents “years of torment”, a councillor has claimed, with its future still not decided.

Final stage of new Bolton cycle route gets green light

The Bolton News:

10:28am Saturday 30th August 2014

THE final stage of a new cycle path through Darcy Lever and Breightmet has been given the go ahead.

Golf club housing plan rejected

The Bolton News: Ludlow Golf Club Richard Meredith and Russell Price will be competing at a regional final in Coventry.

10:25am Saturday 30th August 2014

RESIDENTS are celebrating after plans to build eight houses on the old Bolton Open Golf Club were thrown out by Bolton Council’s planning committee.

MP demands probe after fire engine ordered from Cumbria to incident near Bolton

The Bolton News: Weekend date in Grange-over-Sands for MP Tim

9:03am Saturday 30th August 2014

AN MP is demanding the government step in to urgently review fire control systems after a probe was concluded into why the 999 call centre ordered firemen from Cumbria to attend an emergency near Bolton.

Bromley Cross supermarket plan rejected

The Bolton News:

6:00am Friday 29th August 2014

A COUPLE have declared victory over developers who wanted to turn the former Green Bengal restaurant into a supermarket.

Anger over parking fines for disabled people at Bolton One

The Bolton News:

9:25am Friday 29th August 2014

DISABLED patients at Bolton One are being given parking fines if they leave their car outside the centre for more than 90 minutes.

Renewed push to fund 20mph speed limit

The Bolton News: There isn’t a need for this 20mph limit

9:11am Friday 29th August 2014

LEADING councillors have agreed to push the government for more funding so a 20mph speed limit could be introduced in most residential roads across Bolton.

47 years to resurface a Bolton road, new figures show

The Bolton News:

9:06am Friday 29th August 2014

POTHOLE-ridden roads are being left in disrepair for longer, council bosses have admitted.

Bolton could renew links with HMS Dido

The Bolton News:

9:16am Friday 29th August 2014

A WARSHIP could be named HMS Dido as a tribute to Bolton’s links with the Royal Navy.

Bolton Council planning meeting

The Bolton News: Bolton town hall

1:24pm Thursday 28th August 2014

ON the agenda at today's planning meeting: a major cycle route plan for Bolton, demolition of a golf club's club house and a row between neighbours about vegetables.

600 Bolton kids per day get free lunch from town's first food bank for youngsters

The Bolton News:

10:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

HUNDREDS of hard-up families have been claiming free packed lunches every day from the town’s first food bank for youngsters.

Labour predicted to hold on to crucial Bolton West seat at next election

The Bolton News: MP Julie Hilling

8:40am Thursday 28th August 2014

EARLY polls in the crucial Bolton West constituency — ahead of next year’s general election — predict Labour will hold the seat.

Youngsters carry water 6km around Bolton to highlight Gaza crisis

The Bolton News:

9:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

Young people walked 6km across Bolton carrying water to highlight the crisis in Gaza.

Full meeting of Bolton Council

The Bolton News:

6:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A HISTORIC warship, nuisance phone calls and 20mph speed limits are all on the agenda at tonight's full council meeting.

New warship should be named HMS Dido to restore Bolton's proud association with navy, says councillor

The Bolton News:

9:27pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

BOLTON should restore its proud association with the Royal Navy with the naming of a new warship, Bolton Council has been told.

'Drivers should have eye tests every 10 years', says Bolton motoring expert

The Bolton News: Children's Christmas sight clinic in Taunton

8:52am Wednesday 27th August 2014

DRIVERS should have eye tests every 10 years to prevent accidents on Bolton’s roads, according to an advanced driver.

MP meets babies she helped bring home from India

The Bolton News:

8:41am Wednesday 27th August 2014

IT was a poignant moment when MP Julie Hilling finally met newborn twins Jai and Leela Salvi.

Business boomed during Bolton Food and Drink Festival

The Bolton News:

9:57am Wednesday 27th August 2014

BUSINESS boomed in Bolton during this year’s food and drink festival, with key retailers saying they saw a boost in shoppers thanks to the event.

Tougher laws needed to crack down on nuisance cold callers

The Bolton News:

7:00am Monday 25th August 2014

TOUGHER laws are needed to crack down on “nuisance” cold-callers phoning Bolton residents, a councillor has said.

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