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Here’s how Bolton Council is protecting cherished heritage buildings

Bolton Council's £11.59 million investment gives hope for heritage preservation and resident safety, as it embarks on a mission to protect the town's beloved landmarks for the future.

In a commitment to preserving its rich heritage and ensuring the safety of its residents, Bolton Council is launching a £11.59 million backlog maintenance program that promises to secure the future of the town’s most cherished landmarks.

Last night at the Place Scrutiny Committee meeting, the curtain was raised on their investment plan.

This initiative aims to protect Bolton Central Library and Museum, along with the Town Hall, while also fortifying the security and safety of public buildings throughout the borough.

Guardians of Heritage

HRH King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, visit Bolton Town Hall to mark the buildings’ 150th anniversary.

Bolton Council, like countless other local authorities, has prudently earmarked funds for essential maintenance and repairs of public structures.

This undertaking will be financially bolstered by the existing maintenance budget.

The allocated funds will be utilised to conduct comprehensive surveys on the security and condition of over 100 public buildings, eliminating any reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) hazards.

Furthermore, the investment will breathe new life into the historical Bolton Town Hall by undertaking indispensable repairs to its roof, windows, and the iconic clock tower.

The Central Library and Museum will also receive the same TLC.

The significance of these structures in Bolton’s public and civic life is huge.

The Town Hall, a Grade II* listed treasure, was inaugurated in 1873 and stands as the epicentre of the borough’s  events.

It serves as a hub where residents congregate to celebrate Bolton’s rich cultural, sporting, and civic achievements.

This year, the Town Hall’s monumental importance was brought to the forefront when King Charles III paid a visit to commemorate its 150-year history.

Alongside the Central Library and Museum, these architectural gems are the linchpins of Bolton’s identity and have the power to allure visitors, investors, and even film production companies to the town.

A Vision for the Future

Sue Johnson, Bolton Council’s Chief Executive, articulated the vision saying, “Bolton Town Hall belongs to the people of Bolton, and as a council, we have a responsibility to protect it and ensure its continued use for the community for another 150 years.

“We also need to guarantee the safety of our residents.”

She acknowledged the substantial investment, especially during financially challenging times, but emphasised that this is a long-term commitment to Bolton’s future.

It’s a preventive measure to avoid incurring more substantial maintenance costs down the line.

The heartening news is that this will be within the existing maintenance budget, leaving essential frontline services untouched.

The Council pledges to keep the residents in the loop with regular updates throughout the project, ensuring transparency and allowing the community to witness the restoration and preservation of the Bolton Town Hall and other cherished assets.

Bolton Council’s £11.59 million investment showcases its dedication to preserving the town’s history and ensuring its residents have a safe and inspiring environment for years to come.

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