West Pennine Moors becomes largest protected wildlife site in a decade

Calf Hey reservoir, Haslingden Grane

One of the country’s most precious landscapes has been given special legal protection for its nationally important wildlife and habitats. The West Pennine Moors is the largest new site of special scientific interest (SSSI) notified by Natural England since 2004, covering a total of 76 square kilometres between Chorley, Blackburn, Bolton and Haslingden in Lancashire… Continue reading West Pennine Moors becomes largest protected wildlife site in a decade

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Costa cut down trees without permission to pave way for new Westhoughton coffee shop

Before and after of the trees at site of new Costa

Costa could be in hot water with Bolton Council after cutting down trees that the council wanted to protect as the coffee chain pushes ahead with plans for a new shop in Westhoughton. The national chain wants to open a new coffee shop in the former Westhoughton police post on Marsden Street. But a tree officer… Continue reading Costa cut down trees without permission to pave way for new Westhoughton coffee shop

Lee Hall planning inquiry delayed until 2017

David Wilkinson opposes the 300 houses for Lee Hall because our busy roads could not cope with the extra traffic they would bring.

The planning inquiry in the application by Persimmon Homes for 300 houses on the Lee Hall fields has been delayed until 2017. The inquiry into the plans for the site north of Platt Lane going up to the Chequerbent was supposed to have got underway today in four days time. Instead it came to a… Continue reading Lee Hall planning inquiry delayed until 2017

When will my bin by replaced by a slim bin?

David Wilkinson opposes the slim bins

Bolton Council is forcing every Westhoughton household to ditch their 240-litre bin for the deeply unpopular slim bin. Hundreds of Westhoughton residents, who say they are already doing all they can to recycle, have complained that the new waste bins are too small at 140-litres. The scheme, which is costing a massive £2million, is being… Continue reading When will my bin by replaced by a slim bin?

Leaked confidential papers reveal Labour’s secret plan to build houses off Church Street

David Wilkinson at Trackside Approach

Labour’s plans to build hundreds of new houses off Church Street have been revealed in confidential documents leaked to The Bolton News. The open space next to The Gates primary school and running behind Church Street is included in Bolton Council’s plans for 5,000 new houses across Westhoughton’s open spaces. When challenged by councillor David Wilkinson… Continue reading Leaked confidential papers reveal Labour’s secret plan to build houses off Church Street

Westhoughton is at a crossroads. This is why your vote for David Wilkinson is so important

David Wilkinson

Westhoughton is at a crossroads – and you can decide which way it goes when you vote on Thursday. Our Labour councillors have a lot to answer for: spending £18m in Bolton while neglecting Westhoughton’s roads wasting £2m on unwanted slim bins approving new houses while allowing developers to escape paying £2m in community funding… Continue reading Westhoughton is at a crossroads. This is why your vote for David Wilkinson is so important

Is Bolton Council really going to stop 300 houses at Lee Hall?

David Wilkinson opposes the 300 houses for Lee Hall because our busy roads could not cope with the extra traffic they would bring.

Doubts that Bolton Council will maintain its opposition to 300 houses at Lee Hall have emerged after it dropped its objection to homes on green fields in Blackrod to save money. A planning inspector will consider an appeal by developers Persimmon Homes in July and will decided whether or not the homes can go ahead.… Continue reading Is Bolton Council really going to stop 300 houses at Lee Hall?

David Wilkinson backs £6,000 grant to protect Eatock Lodge, Hall Lee and Cunningham Clough

Eatock Lodge

A £6,000 grant to improve some of Westhoughton’s most popular nature reserves has been awarded. Eatock Lodge, Hall Lee Bank Park, Hall Lee Brook and Cunningham Clough will all benefit from the Westhoughton Town Council money in the coming weeks. Town councillor David Wilkinson said: “Westhoughton’s open spaces are extremely important for all of our families… Continue reading David Wilkinson backs £6,000 grant to protect Eatock Lodge, Hall Lee and Cunningham Clough

Rivington Terraced Gardens saved by £3.4m grant

The fantastic Rivington Terraced Gardens are set to be safeguarded for the fascination of future generations after being awarded £3.4 million of National Lottery money. The historic Terraced Gardens at Rivington – built on the edge of the West Pennine Moors by millionaire soap magnate Lord Leverhulme early in the 20th century – will now… Continue reading Rivington Terraced Gardens saved by £3.4m grant

New planters to improve Central Park bowling green

Central Park's bowling green

A £500 grant has been awarded to the Westhoughton Central Park Veterans Bowling Club to build new planters around the bowling green. Westhoughton town councillors last night awarded the grant to allow the club to improve the area around the bowling green. Councillor David Wilkinson said: “This is a very worthwhile cause. The group keep our park vibrant… Continue reading New planters to improve Central Park bowling green

Blocked drain near flooded Thornwell to be cleared

A blocked gulley in the footpath behind Thornwell

A blocked gulley drain near Thornwell is to be cleaned in an area that has suffered from a serious flooding problem.   Bolton Council has agreed to Westhoughton councillor David Wilkinson’s requests for a blocked gulley drain to be cleared on the footpath behind Thornwell. Bad flooding affected several residents in recent weeks. Engineers are trying to repair a culvert… Continue reading Blocked drain near flooded Thornwell to be cleared