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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COUNCILLORS in Farnworth have hit back at claims that the town is losing its identity — and does not get enough funding.

Do you agree? Are towns like Farnworth, Horwich and Westhoughton playing second fiddle to Bolton Town Centre? Here at Bolton Liberal Democrats we think there needs to be better and fairer distribution of funding across the town to ensure areas such as Horwich, Westhoughton and Farnworth can thrive.

A young woman who was rescued by a homeless man after missing her last train home has said she will "never look down at homeless people again".  Nicole Sedgebeer, who was in London for a night out on Thursday, said she nearly burst into tears when she had nowhere to go after missing her t…

This city ended its homelessness problem, and saved money, by providing housing for every single resident

The Bolton Liberal Democrats continue to fight for funding to deliver projects to help homeless people off the streets and out of shelters, into homes. We want to renovate cheap, uninhabitable buildings into functional accommodation. Working with housing associations, homelessness charities, health organisations and others to both rehouse some of the most vulnerable in our town whilst helping them gain skills to aid employability.

Two towns in Greater Manchester made the list of the worst 10 in the UK, with both town's empty premises totals rising year-on-year

So despite Bolton Labour's Cllr Nick Peel insisting otherwise, it seems data released by the Local Data Company shows Bolton to have one of the worst rates for shop vacancies in he UK with 1/4 shops units lying vacant. We need to invest in high-value industry to increase wage growth and show investors we have the spare cash to spend in their outlets. This is why we are fighting for £0.5 million to stimulate industry in Bolton.

MORE than 100 jobs are at risk at Bolton at Home as Government cuts force the social landlord to make £10 million in savings over the next four…

Awl news to find that Conservative cuts may impact so heavily on staff at Bolton at Home

I the undersigned, are calling on Bolton Council to investigate alternative highway/traffic solutions to keep the free flow of traffic on Blackburn Road to stop the endless queues that build up, especially at peak times. Additionally, we call on Bolton Council’s forward thinking, to create a plan...

Have you signed the My Astley Bridge petition calling on Bolton Council to put a real plan together to tackle congestion in the town? Almost up to 400 names at the moment. Please sign and share and make your voices heard



We asked for the Bolton One scheme to be postponed and for half a million to be spent to providing a housing and employment project for the homeless. Labour said "NO!"



YOU asked for more investment in the town to generate economic growth, LABOUR gave you more hot air.

Bolton Liberal Democrats have condemned the decision by councillors to ignore proposals for a £0.5 million investment in industry as a report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation puts Bolton 3rd amongst the worse performing northern towns.

"Saunas and steam-rooms are great for an economically growing town, but we need more than 'hot-air' if we are going to combat our economic decline."

days after we call for £0.5 million to stimulate new high-value industry in Bolton, it gets ranked 3rd for economic decline.

MISSING street signs in Westhoughton are to be replaced.

Well done to My Westhoughton Councillor David Wilkinson for Westhoughton! Are there any other street signs in the Bolton you'd like us to report missing? http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/14302834.Missing_street_signs_in_Westhoughton_to_be_replaced/



During the recent Council Budget meeting your Liberal Democrat party proposed a £6 million pound investment towards maintaining roads and footpaths throughout the town. It's the NUMBER ONE concern for Bolton residents with almost everyone we speak to on the doorstep saying they want to see more done to repair their unsafe streets. Labour, UKIP and the Tories all voted against our amendment. Share our post and show them they were wrong