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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"I'm a resident just like you but I decided to stand for the Wingates by-election because I'm fed up with the current situation and want to make a difference." Vote Bernadette Eckersley-Fallon this Thursday to put Westhoughton first.

Sigh. We have enough fibs in Bolton from Bolton Labour. No need for UKIP to start using it to spread their fibs too!

Weʼre raising money to To help Eagley Junior School replace Laptops and iPads that were recently stolen. . Support this JustGiving Crowdfunding Page.

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In February 2016 The Bolton Liberal Democrats motion to ensure all public Council Meetings are live-streamed was passed at full council. Next Wednesday, a full 12 months later, we will finally see it put into practice. #OpenHonestAccountable #PeoplePower

Our motion to live stream all public meetings passed in Feb 2016. Finally we have lift off!

Here are the answers to Cllr Hayes' recent questions at scrutiny and some comments regarding their replies. Needless to say we aren't happy with the answer and are continuing to pursue.

Jan-Dec 2015, 2,084 fly tipping incidents. Jan-Dec 2016, 2,114 incidents.with the 2016 figures excluding reports to neighbourhood services

For months @BoltonLabour have called us liars for claiming fly-tipping is on the increase. Today however, Cllr Peel admitted we were right.

FLY TIPPING is a major source of concern to Bolton residents.

Bolton Liberal Democrats have maintained for months that we believe fly-tipping to be on the increase. Bolton Labour have called us liars and used decreasing tonnage figures to say that it isn't. Today however Cllr Peel finally admitted that reported incidents of fly-tipping are on the increase: "in the nine months to December, 2015, a total of 2,084 fly tipping incidents were reported to the council, while in the following 12 months to December, 2016, a total of 2,114 incidents were reported" and that's before they factor in fly-tipping reports to Neighbourhood Services. Yet again Bolton Labour have proven that they're using misdirection and alternative facts in order to mislead the public.

These are the people who have signed the draft Greater Manchester Spacial Framework. These are the people who think its okay to destroy swathes of Bolton and the wider area's greenbelt. Any single one of these people could say no and put an end to it today. All of them refuse to - including Bolton Labour's Cliff Morris. Lets ensure people across Greater Manchester know who is truly responsible if these plans go ahead

OPPOSITION councillors have demanded to see evidence of how a £300,000 grant given by the council to Asons Solicitors was spent.

The council says they have the evidence that Asons spent the £1.5m required to be eligible for the £300,000 grant and that they must pay it back if they employ less than 120 staff

BOLTON Council will face calls to withdraw from the controversial development blueprint for the region and go it alone.

Cllr Roger Hayes said "We call on all parties who say they want to protect the Green Belt to put aside their political differences and support our motion.”

This evening the Liberal Democrats will be continuing to scrutinise the Asons grant scandal. The questions we are asking are below and we will up date you all with the answers received. Cllr Hayes is keen to recoup the money lost to Asons and we will do all we can to try and make it happen

ASONS Solicitors could face sanctions from a regulatory body if it finds evidence of misconduct.

Lib Dem leader Cllr Roger Hayes will be asking further questions at tonight's scrutiny meeting.