Published: Thursday, 27th Jan 2022

Bolton Council is set to transform the way it works with local communities and wants residents to have their say on the plans.

A new network of Community Alliances would bring councillors and council services closer to the neighbourhoods they serve.

Under the system, a Community Alliance in every ward would see volunteers work collaboratively with their local elected members, key institutions and businesses.

Groups would meet regularly and use their local knowledge to draw up a list of priorities and work with the wider community to develop a vision for their area.

The initiative is designed to give residents more say over what happens in their area, using local assets and skills to make the changes they want to see.

The Community Alliance model has been drawn up with the help of the Local Government Association and a cross-party group of elected members.

A public consultation on the proposals has now been launched and will run until February 16.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Cllr Mudasir Dean, said:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how much knowledge, skill and community spirit we have right across the borough.

“The council wants to empower our communities to find local solutions to local issues.

“But it’s important that everyone has their say on these proposals, and we want residents, community groups and businesses to share their views.

“I urge members of the Bolton family to get involved and have their say.”

“The success of this model will ensure improvements in the lives of each and every Bolton resident of all ages and backgrounds.”

The consultation can be completed on the Bolton Council website.