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Grants to support new Westhoughton town centre businesses have been scrapped in order to pay for a £3 million redevelopment of Newport Street in Bolton town centre.

Labour-run Bolton Council splurged funds on the town centre street, improving shop fronts and installing fancy new footpaths.

Meanwhile, grants for small start-up firms in Westhoughton have been axed to pay for the changes. The grants could have been an invaluable lifeline to get new businesses up and running.

Westhoughton Liberal Democrats have been approached on several occasions by people wanting to open businesses on Market Street but have struggled to get started because of a lack of support from Bolton Council.

If you want campaigners who will fight for better support for our town centre economy, please elect Bernadette Eckersley-Fallon to Wingates ward and Rebekah Fairhurst to the Daisy Hill ward in this Thursday’s by-elections. Polls are open from 7am until 10pm.