Pledges: Our Local Economy
- Labour will urgently remodel Bolton and Farnworth town centre regeneration schemes, to make them fit for a post Covid world
Bolton town centre is a major employment hub, and Labour began the ambitious plans to revitalise this centre, creating new homes and jobs as well as strengthening the retail and office sector.
We are disappointed that the plans have not progressed under a Tory Council, and we are disappointed that little note seems to be taken of the expected changes to working and retail patterns post Covid.
We will therefore remodel both Bolton and Farnworth schemes to ensure they continue to be financial viable.
Plans for Bolton and Farnworth should include high quality green areas, public spaces and enhanced environments.
Transport links to and from our town centres are vital to their success, and we will ensure town centre parking remains available and economical.
- We want the Council to have more powers to tackle empty shops
Labour wants to see councils being given the powers to take over shop units that have been left empty for long periods by their owners. These units can then be used for a variety of purposes including retail, housing, cultural units, space for voluntary groups, and start up businesses.
- Labour is committed to our pledge for local funding and support to all of our townships.
The last Labour Council committed capital sums to assist local town centres, on priorities based upon local needs. We commit to continuing with and adding to these projects.
District shopping areas cannot be left out, and we will ensure that they are supported as well.
- Keeping the Bolton Pound in Bolton.
Labour will review all existing council procurement policies, so that more contracts go to local businesses.
We will encourage our high spending partnership organisations to do the same. And we will seek to create a Join Procurement Hub to help bring this about.
We want build on the success of our Shop Local campaign by actively encouraging local people to support their local businesses.
- Labour will create a Bolton Apprenticeships and Skills Hub, planning for the jobs market of the future
The jobs market in Bolton is vital to our future success, but we need to ensure that Bolton residents are equipped with the right skills and qualifications for the jobs for the future.
We want to create a new digital hub, accessed by all from home, the workplace or other centres, for young people and for adults who wish to retrain.
We will work with schools, colleges, the University and employers to plan for the skills needed for the future.
The Councils business support and assistance schemes will be strengthened
We will offer new investment loans via our Green Enterprise Scheme for new micro businesses, that will also be available to our education partners and voluntary groups .
We will work to establish free Broadband in all areas of the town.