Warning over bogus driving instructors

Learner drivers have been warned about unlicensed instructors

Police are warning new learner drivers to make sure their instructor is properly qualified, after roadside checks found some who were giving lessons did not have a license. Thirty roadside operations have been carried out by the Driving Standards Agency since 2011 to target illegal instructors in England, Scotland and Wales. On average a suspected… Continue reading Warning over bogus driving instructors

Pub demolition halted by council bosses

Demolition team move onto The Windmill site

The demolition of the former Windmill pub in Wingates has been halted today. Bolton Council bosses discovered that the developers had not  sought the permission of the planning authority despite having agreed the plan with a building control team. Councillor David Wilkinson brought the issue to the attention of council officers and the work was… Continue reading Pub demolition halted by council bosses

Axing Westhoughton’s Christmas lights would be ‘bonkers’

Axing Westhoughton’s Christmas lights just to save some money would be ‘stark-raving bonkers’, a councillor has warned. The town’s Christmas lights have kept their £6,000 funding for this year, despite cuts to Christmas lights elsewhere. Westhoughton councillor David Wilkinson said it was important that people still had something to look forward to, especially in hard… Continue reading Axing Westhoughton’s Christmas lights would be ‘bonkers’

Brave shop worker fights off armed raiders

CCTV of the robbery

A shop worker bravely fought off middle-of-the-night robbers – despite being attacked with a knife. At about 1.20am on Saturday 14 September 2013, two masked men went into the Mercury Service Station on Manchester Road, Westhoughton. They were immediately confronted by the member of staff, who took off one of his shoes and grabbed a… Continue reading Brave shop worker fights off armed raiders

‘Smelly brook’ thing of the past

Councillor David Wilkinson at the brook

Smelly and discoloured water will hopefully be a thing of the past for a brook in Westhoughton. Pennington Brook, which runs from Church Street to Dobb Brow and into Daisy Hill had suffered from the problem for a year. Councillor David Wilkinson raised the issue with the Environment Agency who have since investigated what the cause is.… Continue reading ‘Smelly brook’ thing of the past

New zebra crossing for Church Street

The new zebra crossing on Church Street near Westhoughton railway station has been installed. It is being used by large numbers of train passengers and pedestrains. The idea came from residents who use Church Street including parents who children go to The Gates School. Councillor David Wilkinson got the area forum to put £10,000 toward… Continue reading New zebra crossing for Church Street

Recycling rates at shocking 29% low

Campaigner Derek Gradwell with waste bins

Labour bosses in Bolton have admitted the Lib Dems were right all along on bins. They have been slammed for having one of the worst recycling rates in the North West, crawling in at just 29%. When the Lib Dems ran Bolton Council recycling was up to 35%. Since then it has just got worse… Continue reading Recycling rates at shocking 29% low

Anger at 3.5% council tax hike

Hard working taxpayers have been dealt a 3.5% council tax increase by Bolton Council. The massive, above inflation hike was strongly opposed by Lib Dems including Westhoughton councillor David Wilkinson. It’s funny how Bolton’s Labour-run council hikes up your council tax bills in the year that there are no elections. The coalition government offered councils… Continue reading Anger at 3.5% council tax hike