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Old April 12th, 2006, 05:48 AM   #21
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I used to go to Farnworth and Bolton a lot as a teenager so I've been pissed and had loads of fights in the pubs and in the (now defunct?) Palais dance-hall, shagged all kinds of birds and all. Do I win five pounds?

To use the local vernacular, Bowton's alreet.
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I've been to see the bloods a couple of times. Against Hucknall and against Hyde in the league. Also saw the match at Stalybridge who Ive been to see a few times. Its been too cold for a fair weather fan like me recently but Im looking forward to the end of season match at home to Stalybridge.
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Ack I dont think Bolton is all that bad as is being made out. I went up again on Saturday and its definitely nowhere near as down and out as the likes of Ashton and Oldham are. The town really isnt all that threatening. Cant really say what its like at 2am but Im sure its no worse than anywhere else! Also the post-war architecture is really not all that bad, compared to Newcastle (although the old architecture isnt quite that good), Stoke, Preston or many other Northern towns. Infact Id say its been pretty blessed to be as unscathed as it has. Even the modern stuff has an elegance to it.

A few things I think would really improve the town are:

Instigate a cafe culture around that main square. In the summer it would be a beautiful place to sit out and have a cuppa.

Add a cinema to the town centre. Having big multiplexes in the city centre has done wonders for Manchester, perhaps an arthouse cinema would be nice too in the cultural quarter.

Add a free bus thing like in Manchester, only one route needed. To whisk people around the town centre and to the two uni campuses and the station.

A nice swimming pool always adds something to a town centre I feel.

Get rid of the old Arndale Centre. Theres hardly any shops in it anyway, its tiny. Reinstigating a street pattern here with interesting small shops would have much more appeal. Especcially with the Market Hall Centre being expanded and another new centre planned (more to come later).

And encourage more to people to live in the town.
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Heres something I found from a Rochdale paper:

Thriving town provides the perfect base for commercial success

Bolton is the perfect location in which to do business. The town enjoys excellent transport links, an excellent supply of high specification offices and is home to the UK’s newest university The University of Bolton.

A thriving centre for technological innovation, modern manufacturing and quality service industries, Bolton is situated in the heart of the North West, surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in England, and yet only a stone’s throw from the nucleus of the Manchester City Region.

Bolton’s robust economy is powered by national and international names such as Reebok, Hitachi, Warburtons, MBDA, dabs.com, Keoghs, Royal Bank of Scotland and Georgia Pacific to name but a few.

Bolton is THE location to develop your business. With excel-lent transport links on your doorstep, a wealth of potential staff living close by, fabulous affordable housing and a wonderful mix of town and countryside in the immediate vicinity.

"Bolton represents a great opportunity for businesses which would like to grow. We have the benefits of proximity to Manchester, yet are also on the edges of rural Lancashire, which presents something for everyone and ensures that the local workforce enjoy living in the borough. The business community is diverse and very active and facilities such as The University of Bolton's Design Studio and the Technical Innovation Centre offer opportunities for product development which simply don't exist in other towns" says Paul Foster, Local Area Policy Manager, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Unemployment levels in Bolton have been falling for a number of years and there are currently just over 4,000 people claiming Jobseekers Allowance within the borough. Bolton has a well qualified workforce – 72,000 residents of working age are qualified to NVQ Level 3 and above (this is the third highest rate across Greater Manchester), while just 25,000 have no qualifications.

Bolton’s largest sector for employees is within the ‘distribution, hotels & restaurants’ category which sup-plies just over one quarter of all jobs in Bolton. Bolton has the second highest rate of employees within this sector in the sub-region (after Trafford).

Bolton's University status is a huge fillip for local businesses. With more credibility, it is hoped that a greater number of students will receive higher education qualifications from The University of Bolton, meaning that local businesses will have a greater pool of skilled and qualified applicants when they look to fill vacancies.

Greater Manchester Chamber is working closely with the University of Bolton to help bridge the gap between education and the world of work. A greater emphasis on encouraging enterprise is also being fostered locally.

Developing a thriving and increasingly diverse town centre is also a key priority for businesses in Bolton. The Chamber is a supporter of plans for regeneration in the town centre, which will see various ‘quarters’ develop to encourage people to view Bolton as a forward-looking town with plenty to offer both residents and visitors. The Chamber has facilitated a meeting of local businesses to discuss views of the town centre and these views have been relayed to the local authority.

Local transport and car parking issues remain key priority areas in the borough. The Chamber will be involved in consultation relating to car parking availability in the town centre over the coming months and is represented at the Car Parking Strategy Group meetings at the Town Hall.

Land availability is another issue which is of importance to local businesses, both in terms of attracting inward investment and providing options for successful local firms who are looking to move to new or larger premises within the borough. The Chamber is represented on the BoltonWIDE group which deals with development of the Bolton West area and incorporates the Economic Development Zone.



Focus on Bolton 2
Bolton town centre


Town benefits from major inward investment

Half a billion pounds of investment will transform Bolton town centre into one of the north west’s major shopping attractions. But it’s not just the retail sector that is being addressed – culture and the town’s transport links are also being improved.

£100M new shopping heart for Bolton

A new shopping heart for Bolton is to be created at the centre of a £100M development. Central Square will see new retail units and housing; improved cultural and community facilities and extra car parking.

This forgotten area of the town centre lies behind Knowsley Street and Deansgate and is currently a mixture of derelict former industrial land and open car parks by the banks of the River Croal.

The scheme will create an extra 350,000 sq ft of retail space anchored by a major new foodstore; add 150 residential units and provide parking for 850 vehicles.

Bolton Methodist Mission are major landowners in the area and the scheme will refurbish their listed Victoria Hall building and relocate the current community facilities at the Walker Memorial Hall.

And significant environmental improvements to the River Croal will extend Bolton’s ‘green corridor’ from Queen’s Park right into the town centre.

Outline planning permission was granted to developers Wilson Bowden last year and it is expected that the scheme will be finished by 2009.

Market Hall transformation will create 100,000sq ft of new retail units

The £30M transformation of Bolton’s Market Hall will bring new national retailers into the town centre while retaining traditional, local traders.

The scheme will create 100,000 sq ft of new retail units, all beneath the classical early Victorian iron, glass and stone framework of the Grade 11 listed building. A new contemporary building on the piazza outside will also create an additional 1429sq m of commercial space.

The Market Hall is within the primary core of Bolton’s shopping area and together with the 1980’s Market Place forms one of the major shopping centres in the town.

Developers Warners Estate Holdings were granted planning permission last year and the scheme is expected to be completed by 2008.

Magnificent new archway greets Bolton visitors

A magnificent new archway now greets visitors to Bolton town centre from the south. The arch spans the rebuilt Newport Street Bridge which links the rail and bus interchange with the town centre.

It’s all part of a £22M scheme to regenerate the south side of the centre and provide a welcoming gateway for visitors.

Work on modernising the interior of the railway station continues and the bus station is being entirely rebuilt to improve facilities.

The interchange will be linked via a floodlit boulevard taking visitors beneath the arch to Victoria Square and Bolton’s shopping and cultural heart.

Centre of attraction

Bolton Town Centre offers more than just shopping. The nationally renowned Octagon Theatre and Bolton Museum, Art Gallery and Aquarium are just some of the leisure attractions available. And outside the town centre the mediaeval houses of Smithills Hall and Hall i’th’Wood attract thousands of visitors.

Plans for a £40M ‘Cultural Quarter’ based around the classical architecture of Le Mans Crescent are designed to extend the cultural pursuits in the town.

It includes a new Creative Arts centre for which a bid for lottery funding has been submitted by Bolton Council. If successful, it will provide a dramatic new venue for live music; shows and exhibitions and will also offer work space for creative businesses and provide a meeting place with a café, bar and much more.

The creative industries are an important part of the borough’s economy and the Cultural Quarter will enhance their importance.
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Old April 12th, 2006, 01:11 PM   #27
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Add a cinema to the town centre. Having big multiplexes in the city centre has done wonders for Manchester, perhaps an arthouse cinema would be nice too in the cultural quarter.

A nice swimming pool always adds something to a town centre I feel.
They recently knocked down the old Lido cinema on Bradshawgate, which I thought was a crying shame. Saw my first film there (Superman 2). Couldn't compete with the 2 multiplexes that have sprung up around Bolton though.

Up until a few years ago there used to be 'The Water Place' just off the town centre, which was a fairly modern water park (late 80s) but just didn't get the business.
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Old April 12th, 2006, 01:42 PM   #28
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Real shame that. We need to be trying to encourage more life into our towns, not to out of town multiplexes and retail parks. Heres some news on the 2 major redevelopments I can find in the centre:


First Bolton's market place centre. At the moment it is an historic market hall which is the most impressive Victorian Market Ive been into outside of London. At the rear it merges into a modern and quite pleasent (though small) shopping centre. There is going to be a large redevelopment to add space for large department stores and refurbish the market. Hopefully they'll do nothing that will be to the detriment of the market hall itself.

Heres a few pics of the existing market hall (taken from the same 1996 site):







And of the shopping centre itself:







Heres the redevlopment news:

http://www.boltonmarketplace.com/development.aspx

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friday, 13th August 2004
New look for historic landmark
Paul Britton
PRIDE: The Market Hall dates back to 1855
PRIDE: The Market Hall dates back to 1855

BOLTON'S hisotic Market Hall is to receive a new look in an 18-month expansion programme.

A planning application to refurbish and enlarge the grade two listed building was being submitted today in a bid to attract "big name" stores to the town centre.

The Market Hall - once the largest covered market in the country - dates back to 1855 and forms part of Bolton's Market Place shopping complex.

But developers today said the planned restoration work would be sympathetic to the building's Victorian splendour and "respect its great history".

If Bolton council planners approve the proposals, the scheme would see the hall extended by 100,000 sq ft on three levels in a bid to attract more traders and stores.

A new building would also be built adjacent to the Bridge Street patio area.

Work is expected to take 18 months and is scheduled to begin in early 2006.

Involvement

Market Place manager Rod Neasham, said: "There has been close consultation with English Heritage. This is an exciting proposal that will help revitalise Bolton town centre and its shops.

"The proposed plans have already been presented to the tenants to give them an in-depth understanding of the redevelopment work and further meetings are being arranged with tenants to discuss their future involvement in the scheme." Seventy-two tenants run stalls at the hall.

Bolton council leader Coun Barbara Ronson said: "The Market Hall is a landmark building and one we are all proud of. We are looking forward to a sympathetic restoration."

The application was being submitted to Bolton council today by Market Place owners Agora Shopping Centres - a joint venture between London-based Warner Estate Holdings and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The exact cost of the scheme has not been revealed.

London-based architects Vanheyningen and Haward have been appointed to draw up plans, copies of which were being displayed today in nearby Knowsley Street.




Historic market looks to the future
FUTURE: Artist's impression of the new centre
FUTURE: Artist's impression of the new centre

PLANS to give Bolton's historic Market Hall a multi-million pound facelift were being considered by councillors today.

The scheme would transform the 150-year-old Grade Two listed building into an ultra-modern, three-level shopping mall with a glass-fronted extension.

Supporters hope that the 18-month restoration would attract "big name" stores and more shoppers.

The Market Hall was built in 1854 and was once famed as the largest covered market in the country. It forms part of Bolton town centre's Market Place precinct.

Developers and Market Place owners Agora Shopping Centres Ltd have vowed any restoration work would be "sympathetic" to the building's Victorian splendour and "respect its great history."

Blow

But the plans have left more than 70 traders and stallholders based inside the Hall furious and fearing for their futures, claiming stalls and livelihoods could be lost.

Lawrence Hool, 55, owner of Hool's herbalist stall in the Market Hall, said it would be a "devastating blow for Bolton" if the plans were approved.

Mr Hool, whose stall has been in his family since 1872, said today: "There will not be enough space left for all the stalls. We regret this plan has ever been submitted.

"It will take diversity out of Bolton and jobs and livelihoods will be lost.

"Other towns in the region seem to be encouraging market trading and people come to Bolton because of it.

"This would be a devastating blow for Bolton."

There are more than 35 stalls selling a range of goods in the Market Hall and campaigners fear the development would cut the number to 12. An estimated 16,000 people have signed a petition calling for a re-think.

What do you think of the plans? Have your say.


Personally Im not sure. If there going to lose any of the appeal of the Victorian building then thats a very bad thing indeed for Bolton.
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The other big scheme in Bolton at the moment is the Central Square development.

£100M new shopping heart for Bolton

A new shopping heart for Bolton is to be created at the centre of a £100M development. Central Square will see new retail units and housing; improved cultural and community facilities and extra car parking.

This forgotten area of the town centre lies behind Knowsley Street and Deansgate and is currently a mixture of derelict former industrial land and open car parks by the banks of the River Croal.

The scheme will create an extra 350,000 sq ft of retail space anchored by a major new foodstore; add 150 residential units and provide parking for 850 vehicles.

Bolton Methodist Mission are major landowners in the area and the scheme will refurbish their listed Victoria Hall building and relocate the current community facilities at the Walker Memorial Hall.

And significant environmental improvements to the River Croal will extend Bolton’s ‘green corridor’ from Queen’s Park right into the town centre.

Outline planning permission was granted to developers Wilson Bowden last year and it is expected that the scheme will be finished by 2009.


Apparently the scheme will redevelop the Victoria Hall into a concert venue and will create a new public square in front of it:

Heres some pictures of the current Victoria Hall:





And heres some links to pages about the redevelopment:

http://www.boltonmethodistmission.co.uk/23.html

http://www.wbdevelopments.co.uk/Page...er=57&Status=C
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I've been to see the bloods a couple of times. Against Hucknall and against Hyde in the league. Also saw the match at Stalybridge who Ive been to see a few times. Its been too cold for a fair weather fan like me recently but Im looking forward to the end of season match at home to Stalybridge.
Did I manage to get a snap of you in the "crowd" from my amateur days?

http://20052006eason.fotopic.net/c772313.html

Also, we've been refused planning permission for a small terrace at the end of the ground, do you think we need to start a thread?
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Im an idiot, it was Hinckley I was at not Hucknall. The match where there was a goal right from the kick-off and no one knew what happened.

Are you Carl F? What a small world. Hows your dad, I read he had a heart attack or something? Hope he's ok? Yep I am in one of your photos at the Hinckley match in the terrace behind the goal.

This one:

http://20052006eason.fotopic.net/p25840146.html

Why did the other terrace get refused planning permission? I wouldve thought those houses would want some protection from stray balls and errant ballboys making it into their gardens?
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Bolton is a great town, the indoor food market is excellent value for fresh fish and veg etc. That curved building next to or at the back of the town hall is stupendous, I've always really liked it, so grand looking, shame Manchester doesn't have something similar in town it's a real beauty.
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Old April 12th, 2006, 06:07 PM   #33
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Im an idiot, it was Hinckley I was at not Hucknall. The match where there was a goal right from the kick-off and no one knew what happened.

Are you Carl F? What a small world. Hows your dad, I read he had a heart attack or something? Hope he's ok? Yep I am in one of your photos at the Hinckley match in the terrace behind the goal.

This one:

http://20052006eason.fotopic.net/p25840146.html

Why did the other terrace get refused planning permission? I wouldve thought those houses would want some protection from stray balls and errant ballboys making it into their gardens?
If I scare you don't worry I just read the bloods forum too!
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That's me - guilty as charged...

My dad was allowed home from hospital today, two weeks to the day after his heart momentarily packed up. Fingers crossed!

I can't see anyone on that photo resembling your avatar?
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Cannon Sladers are the lowest of the low. Us Turtonites are of course princes among men.
There were always rumours that the Turton 'mob' was coming down to give us a good kicking at lunchtime. I waited patiently by the railway bridge most days to get my head kicked in, learning how to smoke Regal King Size and being very disappointed that you never showed. Happy days

Anyway, sounds like things are on the up in Notlob. The Central Square development sounds quite exciting, although I'm not sure where my Mum's going to park on a Saturday morning when she nips into town to get some pasties for lunch.
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My dad was allowed home from hospital today, two weeks to the day after his heart momentarily packed up. Fingers crossed!

I can't see anyone on that photo resembling your avatar?
I couldnt have my ugly mug plastered all over this board, the mods wouldnt allow it. No Im the tall guy with long hair and a leather jacket leaning over the crash barrier near the goal. Thats my fleeting moment of fame over!
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BOLTON PROJECTS

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I go Uni in Bolton. There isn't much.
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Nice town hall



http://www.eastboltonregeneration.co.uk/

http://www.boltonathome.org.uk/Plans...lan06%2007.doc

http://www.boltonhousingrenewal.org.uk/

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