Horwich Advertiser Issue 560

Email: news@horwichadvertiser.co.uk Page 2 The Advertiser February 4th 2020 Follow us on Facebook: Horwich Advertiser Advertiser Editor: MIKE HULME Mike@independentnewspapers.co.uk PublishingManager: JAYNEMEADOWCROFT Tel:01204478812 Email: jayne@independentnewspapers.co.uk AdvertisingSales: JAYNEMEADOWCROFT Tel:01204478810or07703045189 Email: jayne@independentnewspapers.co.uk Classifieds: TERESA BOND Tel:01204478812Email :teresa@independentnewspapers.co.uk. Website: www.horwichadvertiser.co.uk Twitter: @HAdvertiser Facebook: www.facebook.com/horwichadvertiser 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 theThe Advertiser accepts no responsibility for claims made. Investors in Publishing Ltd 2020. The Advertiser is published monthly by Investors in Publishing. 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All applications and enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. To apply, please send your CV to jayne@independentnewspapers.co.uk MULTIMEDIA FIELD & TELESALES EXECUTIVES INVESTORS IN PUBLISHING - BOLTON MARK HURST Plastering And Ceramic Wall & Floor Tiling Telephone: “The Dolls House”, Chorley on 01257-270101 or Mobile: 07767-416797 FREE ESTIMATES & ADVICE Major industrial development gets green light A NEW major indus- trial development which could create up to 1,500 jobs has been given the green light by Bolton Council. The team behind Logistics North wants to build a 100,000 square-metre site west of Wingates Indus- trial Estate. Harworth Group’s head of planning, Stuart Ashton, said the com- pany wants to continue to invest in Bolton and build on the success its Over Hulton site. He said: “We think the proposed development would have a substan- tial positive effect on the local economy in terms of construction, permanent jobs and investment. It will allow Bolton busi- nesses to expand and it will provide significant improvements to high- ways infrastructure.” This comes months after the developer, accused of “gobbling up the green belt”, was asked to come back to the planning committee with a better offer. The developer agreed to move the plot eight metres further away from Chorley Road, plant more trees for “screening” and reduce the maximum height of buildings to 11.5 metres. But Westhoughton councillors maintained that the development does not justify building on the protected coun- tryside spot. Cllr David Wilkinson told the plan- ning committee that if they say yes to this devel- opment, then the green belt “means nothing”. He said: “I’ve lived in Westhoughton all my life and I can remem- ber farm, after farm, after farm, after farm, after farm. We’ve con- tributed a lot of land to the demand. Now we’re being asked to sacrifice the rest.” Details revealed of million-pound plans to boost town centres TOWN leaders have revealed what could be in store for resi- dents as multi-mil- lion pound regenera- tion plans are put to the public. Towns across Bolton are chasing millions of pounds to turn their regeneration ideas into reality. Westhoughton, Horwich, Farnworth and Little Lever will all receive a share of a £16m council-funded budget, each town is bidding for as much money as possi- ble for ambitious projects. In recent months, res- idents have contributed their suggestions and consultants BDP have drawn up initial plans. In Horwich, Cllr Marie Brady said that there is still a long way to go before plans are finalised: “This is just the first opportunity to show the public and get their views. “This is about long term regeneration and this sum of money is the chance to do something really good. “There are plans for pedestrianisation, we need better footpaths that people can actually walk on, at the moment they are quite narrow and it can be frightening when big lorries pass. “These are by nomeans going to happen, but it’s among suggestions.” Town mayor David Wilkinson is heading up the Westhoughton group. Council officers have stated that the level of funding given to any town centre will be determined by the strength of each bid, but Cllr Wilkinson says the £16m to be divided evenly across the wards: “If £4m is not delivered, then I will count it as a betrayal. That’s why I want people to come along and look at the plans and tell us if there are things that are miss- ing completely. “There are parts that are ok, other parts that are not ok. There are sev- eral things that are miss- ing from the proposals. I’m hoping that the con- sultants have listened to our concerns and some of the things that were not included have been. But I’m worried people will not come to the consulta- tions and it will just be signed, sealed, delivered.” The Westhoughton sessions will be at West- houghton Library on February 12, from 3pm to 7pm, and February 15, from 10am to 2pm. More information about the plans can be found at investinbolton. com. THIEVES STEAL CHARITY BOX WHICH HELPED HOSPITAL IN BEN’S MEMORY THE mum of a 16-year- old boy who died after suffering from a long- term disease was left in tears after callous thieves stole a charity box which was placed in a shop in his memory. Ben Sims, from Leigh, died in intensive care in hospital in Pendlebury in September 2008, just months after finishing his GCSEs at Lowton High School. The teenager was due to be transferred to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital the following year. Following Ben’s death around £3,000 was raised, which was donated to the critical and intensive care unit at the children’s hospital. And in the last 10 years there have been four charity boxes sta- tioned in shops in Leigh, including the One Stop store in Pennington, which feature a picture of Ben. But last week a man and a woman entered the Chestnut Drive South shop and stole the charity box. Ben’s mum Beverley, 54, said: “I was cry- ing in the shop when I found out. They have overstepped the mark with this. “The people who done it could be taking money from somewhere that helps their children one day.” Beverley says Ben was a “loving and beautiful son” who “coped with everything that was thrown at him”. She believes around £2,000 has been raised through the char- ity boxes. The woman suspect has been described as white, aged from 20 to 25, around 5ft 6ins tall, of a medium build and was wearing a white coat. The man was 25 to 30, around 6ft tall, of an average build, with dark short hair and was wear- ing a green coat with a black jacket underneath and black jogging pants. If you have any information contact police on 101 quot- ing reference number CRI/06LL/0001807/20. Land west of Wingates where Haworth Group wants to build a new industrial estate Cllr Anna-Mar ie Watters warned that the majority of workers would drive to the site, because public transport is “absolutely horren- dous”, adding to pollution and traffic. She said: “West- houghton and the sur- rounding area has seen more than its fair share of housing and industrial buildings that cannot deal with the already stretched infrastructure and excessive amount of development that’s going on.” Questioning Har- worth’s claims about jobs, former Mayor of Westhoughton Arthur Price claimed that there are currently 100 vacancies at the existing industrial estate where there is still unused land to build on. He said: “West- houghton, I think, has donated quite a lot of green belt and green spaces. I would like my grandchildren and their children to see green space in Westhoughton – not just housing. Now the decision will be referred to the govern- ment for approval. Iain Thomson, head of com- munications and investor relations, said Harworth Group is “very pleased” with the outcome. He said: “Clearly now, it’s up to the Secretary of State to determine what happens next with the application and we’ll wait to hear back from them.” Ben Sims Distribution Check