Some of Little Lever’s youngest residents have put their mark on a major housing development project after a visit of the site.

Children from Mytham Primary School helped to name six streets in a competition linked to the Creams Mill development.

The pupils and teachers were recently invited to the site, which is near the school, by the developers Watson Homes and got kitted up in hard hats and miniature hi-vis jackets.

The youngsters were beaming with excitement to follow the site managers on a short tour, take part in a quiz about the site and the local area, and watch diggers in use.

The street name suggestions were inspired by the heritage and surroundings.

The names were submitted in October and residents have been eagerly anticipating them.

These have been revealed as Woodpecker Road, Deer Lane, Owl Lane, Dragonfly Court, Middle Bents Lane and Bally Close.

They also picked the names for apartment blocks, which are Davenport House, Fletcher House, and Waterway House.

The Bolton News:

Rob Watson, director of Watson Homes, said: “Keeping the community up to date with our development and listening to their opinions every step of the way is a priority for us.

“Involving the children in our project is not only exciting for them, but it is great for us to see them so interested in learning about the local area and the future of Creams Mill.

“Community engagement is a key pillar to our regenerative project in Bolton to create a development that stands the test of time.”

The group also got the opportunity to learn more about the environmental efforts that Watson will be putting in place to preserve biodiversity on site, such as replanting over 4,000 trees.

The Bolton News:

The developers also visited the school last year to introduce the school council, "The Change Makers", to the plans for Creams Mill and the restoration of the Manchester, Bolton, and Bury Canal.

It forms part of a training and employment scheme for residents and community engagement.

The Bolton News: The mixed-tenure site will see 255 new-build properties for the residents of Little Lever and Bolton.

As well as providing new residential properties, the scheme will include the regeneration of a 700-metre stretch of the Manchester, Bolton, and Bury Canal.

This will bring part of the canal back into use for the first time in 88 years and create waterside walks for residents to enjoy.

They have vowed to invest in local apprentices and employ 70 per cent of its workforce from Greater Manchester.

Watson will be providing opportunities for upwards of 12 apprentices and creating 15 work placements with students from the local area.

Ensuring that these roles cover diverse areas of the business, the placements will consist of site management, health and safety and office-based roles.

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