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Canal History : A walk!

I've spent the past hour or so searching Google, the Bolton News, ITN, BBC and more, desperately searching for ANY information on the big Chloride Lorival Plastics factory blaze, in the early/mid 90s.
I find it curious that there's little/no information online, especially since it even got a teensy bit of TV news coverage.

The only reference I can find, in the Bolton News archives, is a small reference to the blaze during a report that the factory was banning smoking!!


Anyway, whilst hunting, I stumbled across this, and thought you might enjoy it.

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Leaving the Education System : Little Lever School plans to go it alone?

According to The Bolton News, Little Lever and Ladybridge Secondary/High Schools are both planning to leave the state education system, and join together to become a Academy of sorts.
Not entirely sure how that would work, and I'm not certain about the prospect of having that happen to my old school, but... I guess it's worth looking in to? Maybe?!

"We believe that, together, we can make a real difference."
hmm.. Let's hope so, eh?

You can read more about this in the Bolton News article.

How Would You Spend £59,500 : Local council given £59,500 to spend on

According to the Bolton News, Bolton's got a whopping £300,000 to spend throughout the borough.

Little Lever "council" has been given a nice sizeable chunk of it, and will no doubt be doing something fun and exciting about it.
Hopefully they don't waste it all, redoing the floor of the village center for umpteenth time in recent years.

In addition thousands of pounds have been set aside for new businesses to take over empty units in Little Lever and Horwich.

.. Sounds interesting!

(via The Bolton News)

No 24 Hour Petrol : License Denied..

Seems the local "Filling Station" (Midway along Church Street) have asked to open 24/7, but have been denied by the local Council.
I'm not 100% sure on the specifics, but according to the Bolton News article, they've been told by local police officers that staying open might help curb anti-social behaviour in the surrounding area.

I'm uncertain of how true that might be, but it's an interesting angle!

Either way, their request was rejected, but they'll no doubt be arguing their case over the coming months.
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