According to The Bolton News Tesco have been given the keys to their new building.
29,500 sq ft of store, apparently. Should be enough space to actually have more than one variety of things, for a change. Always been somewhat disappointed by the fact that they stock about 80,000 varieties of tins of beans, yet further down the same aisle there’s one single variety of Pasta’n’Sauce..
.. Bigger store = more variety, and that’s a good thing for the village.
(Although, I still remember the days when we had Kwik-Save, Lo-Cost and Hanbury’s.. Such variety!!)
“Little Lever Tesco is expected to open around the start of November.”
Seems like every time they mention the opening date, it’s getting later and later.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen it leap from September to late October, and now November!
Maybe it’ll be open in time for Xmas?
Shamelessly stolen from Tesco North’s Twitter Feed comes this lovely photo of the front of our new Tesco. (Hopefully they don’t complain about the usage!)
Apparently it’s an “Eco Store”, so expect oodles of solar panels and other goodies, to help reduce costs once the store’s up and running. Pretty sure that’s not new news, but it’s been a good number of years since they actually announced all of this stuff, so it’s probably worth repeating it.
Just a couple of months to go, I think. Should be hearing plenty of news over the next few weeks.
Easily the most interesting thing going on in the village, even if it did happen days ago, and nothing much actually happened at all.
According to latest reports, (via The Bolton News) the man was Jarod Alan Thorton, who was wielding a homemade sawn off shotgun.
“No-one was threatened or injured during the incident.”
The next part of this epic-drama is set to unfold on August 29th, when he’s due at Bolton Crown Court.
Drama in the village, this morning, as an armed man was seen on Park Road.
News via The Bolton News
The man was seen in a garden, holding a weapon, and police were alerted. An armed group of police were dispatched, and the man swiftly arrested.
There doesn’t appear to be any more info than that, but if anything important emerges, I’ll be sure to post it.
During the building of the new Tesco store, and the rejigging of the surrounding road layout, there was bound to be a little chaos.
The Bolton News are reporting all about “OMG! The Traffic Lights!!” and how there’s lots of slow traffic being sludged through the main road.
Really, this was to be expected. It’s about time that the utterly pathetic Ainsworth Road junction got sorted out, and you can’t do anything that major without causing issues along the way. It’d help if “The Byway” existed, but that never happened, so we’ll ignore that.
In general, if your journey usually takes your through the village centre, you’re being asked to find an alternative route whilst all the road restructuring gets sorted.
Not a lot going on, to be honest, but apparently where there’s silence, there’s noticeable noise!
Conservative Club Issued with Noise Complaint (via Bolton News)
In a somewhat odd series of events, the Conservative Club have been sent a Noise Complaint warning, and asked to keep the noise down.
Perhaps all that noisy bowling on the green has been keeping the neighbours awake at night?
It’s not as if the club’s exactly surrounded by nearby neighbours, anyway! Maybe it was the new Subway that complained?!
We all know that Tesco are PURE EVIL!!
After a good month or so, I figured things would start falling into place, but with little or no activity on the site, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen any time soon.
I’m unsure what to do with this site, if I’m honest.
At first, I imagined building it up as some sort of Village-”Info” hub, so gave myself a few weeks to see if I could start to organise that, but. In all honesty, nothing’s really happened. Hmmm..
If you have any thoughts or suggestions, stick ‘em in the comments and I’ll poke and prod things into some sort of organisation.
(But I don’t think anyone’s reading this, anyway!)
Let’s try adding something a little more active to the home page, shall we?
I’ll try to stick to some sort of schedule for this, but no promises. I am a very forgetful fella, after all!
If you spot anything interesting, let me know via the forum, and I’ll do my best to keep these posts as frequent as possible.
Cleaning up the Streets
(via The Bolton News)
Groups of schoolchildren from around the area have been taking part in a large scale litter-cleaning campaign.
Pretty sure they used to have council workers to do things like that, but cuts are cuts, and so it’s now down to our schoolkids to do all the dirty work.
Resurfacing Half the Streets
(via The Bolton News)
Residents of Boscow Road (Far side of Mytham Road) have complained that, after all the recent work on the nearby bridge, with large trucks going up and down their road all day, United Utilities have only bothered to resurface half of their street.
They’re now complaining to the council to do something about the mess, but the council were hoping that United Utilities would have done a better job. After all, it’s not as if our local council have oodles of cash to spend on roads, or pavements, or block-paving.
UKIP have become our local council representatives…
*deletes second rant*
*deletes another rant*
Devil’s Advocate : Paul Richardson is very opinionated, and very outspoken. During “TescoGate” it was pretty much him that seemed to be spreading the Anti-Tesco message, which led to the huge uproar in the general area’s community, which eventually led to the complete and total obliteration of LittleLever.info forum’s community.
Assuming he can bring that same “never stops banging on about things until he gets his way” spirit to the council, then I guess we’re in relatively safe hands.
Apologies for the slow progress on the LL.info site. The fact is, I’ve simply been busying away at completely unrelated stuff, and haven’t given this site as much care and attention as I was aiming to.
Still, at least the site’s up and running, and it’s simply a matter of lumping things in, as and when I get any time to do so.
The new Tesco continues to be built, with them now upgrading to a much larger swivelling crane, as opposed to the previous two smaller ones. I’m not sure exactly how far close they are, but I heard rumours of a September-ish expectant date, so that’s not actually too far off. I can’t expect them to be done by then, as they have the entire road-layout stuff to contend with, too, and that’s a whole lot of work, especially on that terrible junction.
There’s a forthcoming car boot sale being organised on Little Lever School’s car boot, on May 25th, by the “Little Lever Community Events Group” on Facebook.
You can find out more about the event here.