BARS and pubs in Bolton town centre will NOT have to remove their outdoor seating during England's Euro games after council bosses performed a dramatic last minute U-turn today.

In a controversial move, Bolton Council told businesses that their pavement licences would be suspended for two hours before, during and two hours after the match earlier ths month.

This led to an outcry and was described as yet another blow to the hospitality industry

Now leader of Bolton Council, Cllr David Greenhalgh has stepped in to tear up the order and allow football fans and visitors to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful game.

Bolton Council Leader, Cllr David Greenhalgh, said: “Earlier this month, a letter was sent to businesses asking them to remove street furniture for two hours either side of England’s games during EURO 2020.

“While this letter was sent with the best of intentions, myself and colleagues were not consulted before the decision was taken.

“As soon as I was made aware of the letter, I asked the team to immediately review the matter and I am delighted to confirm today that the original decision has been reversed.

“We will be writing to businesses owners today to confirm the decision.

“As a council, we know how hard the pandemic has been for the hospitality sector here in Bolton, and the support team at Business Bolton continue to offer advice and guidance at this difficult time.

“This decision is a result of the council speaking directly with venue owners and is testament to the strong working partnership we have with local businesses.

“A major sporting tournament is a great opportunity to increase footfall and bring people back into the town centre and I am sure both fans and business owners will act responsibly and follow the latest guidance.

“It has been a long wait for the EUROS to start and I know residents will be ready to both enjoy the games and back Bolton businesses.”