Horwich Advertiser Issue 548

Page 2 The Advertiser March 6th 2019 Email: news@horwichadvertiser.co.uk Advertiser No part of this publication may be used or reproduced without the express permission of the publisher. Every effort is made to ensure that the articles and advertisements that are carried are authentic, however the publisher of the Tha Advertiser accepts no responsibility for claims made. Investors in Publishing Ltd 2019. The Advertiser is published monthly by Investors in Publishing. Publishing House, 3 Bridgebank Industrial Estate, Taylor Street, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7PD. Tel. 01204 478812 Fax. 01204 667345. 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Horwich town councillor Marie Brady will lead the group but there will be no party whip. A party spokesman said: “This is a major moment in Horwich and Blackrod, for the first time in our histories there is a hyper-local independent party represent- ing the interests of our towns which people can get behind, join and use that position to ensure fair funding for our part of the borough.” The group is following in the footsteps of Farnworth and Kears- ley First which formed at the end of 2017 and gained three seats at Bolton Council in just six months. The spokesman added: “There are groups like ours springing up all over the country, because at a local level, councils have been dominated by councillors who place party politics ahead of local interests. That has to change and Independents are the only people who can do and are willing to do that.” HBFI will soon release details of public meetings, contact details and information about how people can get involved. You can email us at: contact@hbfi.org.uk and influence. “Independent Horwich and Blackrod town councillors are committed to working together to strengthen our town councils. “At a borough level any HBFI councillor will work with town councils to share information Asbestos problem hits £2.5m Town Hall refurbishment plans PLANS for a £2.5m refurbishment of a town hall – which have been two years in the making – have been hit by further problems. Town councillors have raised concerns about asbestos found at West- houghton Town Hall. They said it wasn’t yet clear if staff would have to be moved during ren- ovations, and who would be picking up the reloca- tion bill. Bolton Council pledged £2.5m to works on both the inside and outside of the building two years ago. Town councillors say the most recent pro- posals are now around £1.3m to make the building secure and works will take up to 12 months to complete. Cllr David Chadwick assured members that the town council would not be footing the bill and that staff would be moved during works. Cllr David Wilkin- son expressed worries about the renovations of the “iconic” hall, saying that last year council- lors asked Bolton Coun- cil about the plans but received no response. He said: “It’s been trundling around for over two years. There’s problems with damp and rot. The roof is not 100 per cent. That’s what happens when the build- ing is not maintained. “It would be nice to make sure it’s fully uti- lised and get the prob- lems sorted, get people in it and use it. I imagine everybody would have to move. It won’t be a very pleasant place to be. It’s going to go on for a long time.” Cllr Wilkinson wants the process confirmed in writing, saying: “If the control of the council were to change in May and work hasn’t started, anything could happen.”