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I was shocked to read in the Bolton News last week that First Bus will be withdrawing the 575 service between Bolton and Horwich in April.

This is one of the most important bus routes in Bolton, running along a main arterial road linking the town centre, residential areas and the Middlebrook retail park. Many local residents depend on this service as part of their daily commute.

The decision is particularly surprising as the services continue to be extremely well used, particularly at peak times. I struggle to see how this could not be profitable for the bus operator.

Arriva run a similar service, which continues on to Wigan, but there would not be enough capacity on those buses at peak time to also handle the First commuters should the frequency remain the same.

I am very concerned about this development and I believe that local residents deserve clear information on why the decision has been taken and what will happen next. I have written to both First Bus and to Transport for Greater Manchester on this.

It is my hope that either First Bus will reconsider or an alternative operator will come forward to ensure the service continues. I will do what I can to help ensure this is the case.

I’m interested to hear from local residents who will be effected by this.
What would it mean to you if the 575 is withdrawn?

Please get in touch:
david.crausby.mp@parliament.uk
01204 391909
14 Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL1 3AT

 

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Touring the Bolton First Bus depot in 2015

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The puppy industry is booming, with more and more people looking to own a dog. Sadly this has raised a range of problems. The number of people breeding or importing puppies for profit is on the rise and the best interests of the puppies are often far from being the priority for breeders.

I have been urging the Government to investigate this industry and to tighten regulation to protect the welfare of puppies and also prevent owners from being ripped off by dodgy breeders.

Breeders often separate new-born puppies from their mothers far too early and don’t give them the necessary vaccinations. Families can take a puppy home without realising it is already very sick with worms, conjunctivitis or even the deadly parvovirus.

Illegally imported puppies can travel hundreds of miles alone in a small cage. Suffering through this ordeal can often leave them with behavioural problems throughout their life.

Last year I was one of 67 MPs to sign Early Day Motion 695 in support of Lucy’s Law, which would make it illegal to sell puppies unless the mother is present.

I’m pleased to see that after years of reluctance to take action, the Government now appear willing to listen to people’s concerns.

Yesterday they announced a consultation to gather opinions and evidence on the effect of introducing a ban on third party sales of pets in England.

If you would like to take part in this consultation you can find all the details here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/banning-third-party-sales-of-pets-in-england-call-for-evidence

You have until 2nd May 2018 to submit your responses.

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Later today Bolton’s planning committee will decide on proposals to demolish the Birtenshaw Methodist Church to make way for a new bar and grill restaurant and car park.

When I looked into what was being proposed I was concerned that there was no mention of the war memorial. The Church houses a memorial window as well as plaques listing the names of Bromley Cross residents who served in World War 1.

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Earlier this week I wrote to Bolton Council and to the individual members of the planning committee to raise my concerns that this act of remembrance could be lost forever. I asked for conditions to be applied that the memorial must first be relocated if the application for demolition is approved.

I was pleased to have the support of Deborah Whenlock and Steve Sutton, Labour’s council candidates for Bromley Cross, on this issue. With just a few days’ notice they helped to raise awareness so that we could ensure the committee would be talking about it.

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I am hopeful that our efforts will be successful. I have received a response from the Council that planning officers will make the following recommendation to the committee:

“In order to ensure that the War Memorial is fully considered before any work on the buildings are undertaken it is proposed that a condition is imposed to ensure that there is a plan to re-locate the war memorial in accordance with the war memorials trust guidance and that as part of making the decision on the war memorial that the community is consulted, including local ward members.”

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world ward and it is right that we honour the sacrifices made by local residents.

Public commemorations are our way to share this part of our history with future generations. Some local families will be able to find the names of their relatives at Birtenshaw.

It would be a tremendous shame if the window and plaques were destroyed and I sincerely hope that the planning committee will act to preserve them when they meet later this afternoon.

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