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Westhoughton councillor David Wilkinson has launched a campaign to fill the town’s empty shops.

David has conducted a survey of which buildings remain empty.

If elected to Bolton Council on Thursday 5 May, David wants to put greater pressure on landlords to fill the empty units, especially those that have been vacant for a long period of time.

He also wants to:

  • Make it easier for new start-up businesses to open up by matching the £20,000 grants available in Bolton town centre for Westhoughton’s town centre
  • Make the application process for start-up grants easier
  • Keep the Gaeity snooker hall site for development of larger retail units rather than the houses that Labour support
  • Create a thriving town centre which supports Market Street’s existing businesses

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David’s town centre strategy come as plans for a new micro-pub were announced for the former Threshers off-licence.

Meanwhile, a new shop called Allie’s Edibles will open on May 7 opposite the town hall.

The police post, off Pavilion Square, will become vacant in June when police officers move into a town hall office.

David said: “We must do all we can to support new businesses because it is great to see local people trying their best to make our town centre great.

“I also think Bolton Council should be doing more to work with landlords to fill the empty shops and this is something I want to pursue if elected in May.”

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