TODAY The Bolton News is launching a new environmental campaign ­to make this great town cleaner and greener.

We love our town and we’re proud to call Bolton our home ­— but like you we get frustrated when fly-tippers dump rubbish in our backstreets and at our beauty spots.

The Bolton News: Fly tipping in BoltonFly tipping in Bolton

A lot of good work is already done ­to tackle litter and fly-tipping ­— from the courts cracking down on offenders to volunteers and workers keeping the town centre clean and tidy.

But still the problem of fly-tipping persists ­— and it became more prevalent during last year’s coronavirus lockdowns.

The Bolton News:

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So we are calling for three key actions:

  • Tougher penalties for the worst fly-tipping offenders
  • Plans for green spaces and ‘pocket parks’ to progress
  • Finally we want YOU to join up our Big Bolton Litter Pick by joining a local group or starting your own rubbish-busting team

READ MORE: How you can start your own litter picking group in Bolton

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For our part, we will:

  • Champion those groups already doing great work to keep our neighbourhoods clean
  • Name and shame fly-tipping offenders fined by the courts
  • Support town hall chiefs and local businesses as everyone does their best to recover in 2021

And if you need help starting your own group, we’ll help you do that too.

This year is crucial for Bolton and there are many exciting plans to transform the town ­— and so a clean and tidy environment is vital for shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs to thrive.

The Church Wharf development could see the return of wildlife to Bolton’s famous River Croal.

The Bolton News: The Church Wharf plansThe Church Wharf plans

And a £6.25m project is already in the works, which would create a greener town centre, seeing footpaths and connections between key institutions improved and new public spaces created.

The scheme is part of a £25m plan to for major improvements to the town’s big attractions ­­— including Bolton Market, the library and aquarium ­— as well as the creation of pocket parks and the opening of a new innovation hub for growing and start-up businesses.

The Bolton News: Plans for improvements to Le Mans CrescentPlans for improvements to Le Mans Crescent

We want to see Prime Minister Boris Johnson stick to his word and ‘level up’ ­— by supporting our town’s ambitious plans.

And we want Metro Mayor Andy Burnham to make sure Bolton gets its fair share of local funds too.

Our campaign has been backed by a whole host of local leaders and entrepreneurs.

You can read more about their support here...

READ MORE: The Bolton leaders and entrepreneurs backing our campaign