Revealed: Cliff Morris gives £2.2m to Peel, which wants to build 3,000 houses in Westhoughton

Cliff Morris and Logistics North
Cliff Morris and Logistics North

Bolton Council has handed a £2.2million pot of money to a firm owned by the rich mega corporation Peel, which wants to build 3,000 houses in Westhoughton.

The money was given to Harworth Estates, which is wholly owned by the housebuilding giant, to help “incentivise” firms to come to their new business park Logistics North, in Over Hulton.

The grant from Bolton Council comes after the controversy surrounding council leader Cliff Morris’s secret decision to give £300,000 to rich law firm Asons.

The £2.2million given to Hartworth Estates is almost the same amount as Peel got out of paying in to Bolton Council for community improvements when it won permission to build new houses at Roscoes Farm, off Bolton Road.

The giveaway was approved by Councillor Morris at a secret meeting. Minutes from the meeting suggest that the council will make the £2.2 million fund available to Harworth and its tenants, to assist with the ‘continued development/occupation of the Logistics North site.’

Westhoughton Liberal Democrat councillor David Wilkinson said: “Suddenly Cliff Morris and his Labour councillors have found millions to splash out on a rich mega corporation owned by a billionaire who lives on the Isle of Man. Sadly it is what we have come to expect after he gave away money to a law firm owned by a man who brags about driving his sixth Lamborghini.

“Yet at the same time public services across Westhoughton are facing huge cuts, from introducing slim bins to closing children’s centres and from axing lollipop ladies to scrapping start-up grants for small businesses, this council has well and truly failed us.”


  1. I think the Greater Manchester Police fraud dept need to scrutinise this bastards dealings, for and with the labour council.
    I’ll bet 100 million dollars labour won’t get in again.???? I also wouldn’t be surprised if back handers and brown envelopes are a plenty in the labour run council….

  2. Don’t bank on Labour not being elected again. Most of the people think “Labour represents “The Working Man”. What working man ? The one’s who are too apathetic to vote. Very soon, this country will have a majority of Councillors and MP’s whose allegiance is to another far eastern country with different ethics than the UK. Once they are in power then UK laws will be scrapped and Sharia law will reign supreme.
    Next time you are required to vote, think about it and VOTE.

  3. It is high time ” secret meetings” were banned. We need greater transparency in public office. Cliff Morris leaves himself wide open to speculation about his dealings with various businesses by holding these secret meetings. It really is time we had representatives that truly represent the views of Westhoughton residents and take into account the needs of the local population.

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