Kevin Walsh
A word from the chair of the Bolton Liberal Democrats
The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity. We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.

This translates directly into the work we are doing within Bolton, campaigning for a more open, honest and accountable local council. Most recently we have been the only political party with councillors in the Town Hall campaigning against proposed fracking in Horwich, Westhoughton and surrounding areas. We are the only party pushing proposals to cut the number of councillors from three per ward to two per ward - saving more than £300,000 a year and making the council more accountable than ever. We are fighting for more public consultation on controversial plans - such as the recent decision to pour £3million into the short-sighted Newport Street revamp - and are pushing to allow more public scrutiny within all meetings.

If, like Bolton Liberal Democrats, you believe that you need to have a council that LISTENS to what you have to say; UNDERSTANDS the need for long-term investment to solve the problems within the town rather than short-term 'people pleasing'; and CHAMPIONS ALL communities within the town, bringing us closer together rather then encouraging divisions; then join us.

It's time we all worked together to #TakeBackOurTown
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Cllr Hayes asks how live streaming progress is coming along following Lib Dem motion on transparency.

Cllr Peel answers by saying it is - but then talks about streets that aren't near Mt St josephs. #lookAtAMap

Cllr Martin now asks why area around Mt St Josephs wasn't included in 20mph rollout.

Response is that its up to the town councils to approach and ask for one. Says Horwich have now and process is starting. Westhoughton havent

Now Cllr Martin asks why Labour Council haven't supported town councils to develop a neighbourhood plan.

Cllr Hornby asks about proposed little lever library asking why no consultation took place & why some senior officers know nothing about it

And now a question by Cllr Fairclough asking about yet another issue raised by @WarrenLfox about a library in Astley Bridge

....interestingly it comes after @warrenlfox hands in petition to combat congestion on Blackburn road.

Now a question on alleviating congestion on BB rd from Cllr Fairclough about completing rd between Waters meeting & Britannia way...

Cllr Morris - as expected - refuses to disclose the figure this evening.

Now question on how much Paul Najsarek (ex Cheif Exec) was paid off (if any) when he departed after just 5mnths. Any guesses on the answer?

Cllr Morris tells everyone "I'm proud of the town centre". Anyone with him on that?

Question about town centre regeneration asking why 2012 plans still haven't happened. Cllr Morris blames private land owners.

Cllr Critchley asks the council to look into youths congregating in the cllr carparking area of the Octagon car park

(as an aside, we fully expect @BoltonLabour's live tweeting to be pretty quiet until all these questions are done)

Question asking @BoltonLabour leader if he'll resign. Funnily enough he refuses.

Council Meeting kicks off with thanks given from all sides to Cllr Swarbrick for her hard work as mayor over the past 12 months.

John Cleese Vs Extremism I urge you to watch this... John Cleese could make the same video today and it would still be 100% relevant.