A GREENER BOLTON
We pledged to introduce Bolton’s first ever Executive Climate Change and Environment Cabinet Member. We delivered this on DAY ONE.
Cllr Richard Silvester was appointed as the new Climate Change Cabinet Member, with executive oversight on every decision made by the Council, ensuring that it aligns with our commitment to net zero.
The Bolton Labour Group has been leading from the front in support of the Bee Network. The Bee Network launch saw 50 new zero-emission buses take to the roads across Bolton, with more to come.
Cllr Silvester has already been hard at work promoting green initiatives, liaising with community groups and developing policies. He also blocked a ridiculous motion from the Bolton Conservatives to block all wind technology on Council land. This would have held the Council back in tackling climate change and even saw the Bolton Tories out of step with their own Government.
A CLEANER BOLTON
At the last election, we promised to re-introduce free rodent control across Bolton, scrapped by the previous Conservative administration. We are working on this now and we will announce more good news in due course.
We are also investing in new cleaning vehicles and waste and recycling vehicles, after years of under-investment from the Tories.
Under the Tories, Bolton was left with an inefficient and unreliable fleet on big waggons – Labour has changed that situation.
AN OPEN BOLTON
We vowed at the election to make Bolton the most transparent Council in Bolton’s history. We have already delivered on this pledge, with all decision-making meetings now available online, either through the Council portal or on YouTube.
This means every single decision made by the Council is open to public view and scrutiny.
We are exploring options for a Public Question Time, as well as more ways in which the public can feedback into Council services.
A FAIRER BOLTON FOR ALL
We pledged in our manifesto to put fairness and equality at the centre of everything we do. Be that for working class people, people of different races and backgrounds or our young people.
Cllr Nick Peel, Leader of Bolton Council, has taken the lead on meeting community groups representing all faiths and backgrounds and providing his full support to the work going on across the town. Nick Peel also put forward a motion against discrimination and called on all Councillors to support. It was passed unanimously.
Bolton Labour are supporting the new Greater Manchester Baccalaureate at a regional level, which will give greater opportunities to the third of young people in the region who do not go into university.
On Day ONE, Nick Peel signed the Care Workers Living Wage pledge. This binds the Council to move towards paying all staff the living wage.
A HEALTHIER BOLTON
Bolton is working with its partners in Greater Manchester to improve the health situation across the borough. We will continue to campaign for social care reform and to hold the Government to account on their promise to reduce NHS waiting times.
We have supported the implementation of the ban on nitrous oxide and campaigned for greater regulation of disposable vapes, particularly those that advertise in a way designed to appeal to children.
A MORE PROSPEROUS BOLTON
Regeneration is at the centre of our plans for Bolton. Rejuvenating our town centres, from Bolton to Farnworth and Kearsley, from Horwich to Westhoughton, is key to improving the economy and making Bolton a better place to be.
Work has already begun on the new Farnworth Green project. This will bring new independent retailers, cafes, bars and new housing to Farnworth. There will also be new green spaces to make the town centre more welcoming.
We have invested in new lighting for Bolton Town Centre after years of Tory neglect, leaving the town in darkness at night.
We will continue to support the great events on offer like the Food and Drink Festival and work on new ways to bring people back into the town.
Bolton Labour is also fully behind the Bee Network transport system, which will improve the transport service in the region and bring down costs.
A SAFER BOLTON
Under Labour, we have invested in new lighting for Bolton Town Centre. We work with stakeholders like the Police to ensure that all changes to the town improve safety and work to prevent crime.
We are also bringing the Knife Angel campaign to Bolton. The Knife Angel is statue made out of hundreds of seized blades and will highlight the dangers of knife crime and the impact it has on the lives of both victims and perpetrators.
We also helped the Police acquire the biggest ever seizure of counterfeit tobacco in Greater Manchester.
We have put in place new measures with the Fire and Rescue Service to prevent wildfires in the future, like those seen a few years ago on the moors.