A local MP has hit out at “disrespectful” fly tippers after the grounds of a historic Grade I listed museum in Bolton has sadly become a hotspot for dumping rubbish.
Mark Logan – Conservative MP for Bolton North East – took to social media to highlight the mess left outside Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum and footage posted by Mr Logan showed a pile of rubbish – including cardboard, bin bags and even a suitcase – strewn outside the 16th century manor house.
He described the mess left behind as “simply disgusting”.
Hall i’ th’ Wood is famous for being the site where Samuel Crompton invented the spinning mule, which went on to become one of the most significant spinning machines used by the textile industry.
Condemning the “disrespectful” acts of fly-tipping, Mr Logan said: “It is an utter disgrace that rubbish has been dumped right outside one of Bolton’s most iconic heritage buildings. I have received various correspondence reporting fly tipping and rubbish being dumped across Bolton North East.
“Clearly more needs to be done to stop this.
“Please continue to report fly tipping as we need to protect our heritage, and culprits could face a £400 fixed penalty notice or unlimited fine.”
Bolton Council has since removed the rubbish and says it is taking action against those responsible.
Cllr Hilary Fairclough – Executive Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services at Bolton Council – said: “We were made aware of recent flytipping at Hall I’ Th’ Wood on Friday and our team was quick to clear the rubbish away. It’s sad to see this kind of damage to our local environment anywhere in our borough, but it’s even more distressing to hear flytippers have been dumping waste at such a treasured local landmark.
“Unfortunately, there have been a number of instances of flytipping at Hall I’ Th’ Wood in recent months.
“As well as quickly removing this waste we will take all the necessary steps to find out who is responsible and prosecute where necessary.
“In this instance, we have been passed information from local residents as well recovering evidence from the waste itself [and] action is now being taken.
“There’s a big issue at the moment with people advertising on social media to take away waste for cash.
“Please be careful using these services to dispose of any domestic rubbish – check first if people have a waste carrier’s license and crucially ask to see it before you part with any money.
“If possible please use the council’s household waste recycling centres instead to get rid of your waste.”
Incredible misty drone footage shows how Manchester earned its ‘Manctopia’ nickname
Drone footage captured from way above Manchester shows just how quickly the city has grown – and proves that our hometown is well on its way to earning its ‘Manctopia’ nickname.
Cast your mind back just a few years and you’ll remember that Beetham Tower stuck out like a sore thumb, towering many storeys above the next tallest building.
In fact, until just four years ago, the next-tallest building here was City Tower, which was a good 17 storeys shorter than Beetham Tower.
Then along came Renaker with visions for an entirely new skyscraper neighbourhood – Deansgate Square.
This group of skyscrapers now completely dominate the Manchester skyline, with the tallest building a massive 65 storeys tall.
South Tower is not only the tallest building in Greater Manchester, it’s also the 10th tallest in the entire UK, and the biggest outside of London.
It’s all led to Manchester being coined ‘Manctopia’, the name of a BBC documentary that followed property developers Capital & Centric as they redevelop buildings around the region.
One local photographer has managed to capture the unbelievable scale of our new, ultra-modern city skyline, with drone footage soaring among the skyscrapers.
Known on Instagram as @lef_tsotour, they shared a video taken on a misty Manchester morning.
It captures both Deansgate Square, with sun glinting off the many windows of the towers, and the now-dwarfed Beetham Tower.
You can also see the railway lines snaking through the city centre, cars nipping around the ring road, and the comparatively small apartment blocks around Castlefield.
Commenting on the video, one person said: “This is mint.”
Another wrote: “Fricken love this!!!!”
Featured image: @lef_tsotour
Question Time audience stunned as first-time buyer says mortgage quote DOUBLED
Thursday night’s Question Time audience could be heard audibly gasping after a fellow crowd member revealed that her mortgage quote had doubled followed the recent mini-budget.
Taping in Manchester on 29 September, the current events and politics programme was discussing property when would-be first-time buyer Rabia revealed that her mortgage offer had jumped from an initial amount of 4.5% interest to a shocking 10.5% in just a matter of days.
As you can see in the incredible clip, both the audience and the panel are taken aback at the revelation.
The Greater Manchester resident said she is desperate to know what the government’s plan for mortgages is as following the latest revision, she says she simply cannot afford to put the money down on her first home.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer weighed in on the social media reaction, quote tweeting the clip from his party’s own account and stating that “the Tories must get back to Parliament and reverse their kamikaze budget” as the current economic mess is being “paid for by working people”.
To make matters worse, Rabia was given no clarification from her lenders, only that they were pulling her offers. Conservative MP and Minister for Local Government, Faith and Communities, Paul Scully had little information to offer her either, simply stating it is a short-term effect and that the market will stabilise.
Scully was subject to an entirely different reaction from the audience as well after his blind attempts to defend Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng were met with laughter. Conversely, Richard Bacon was met with applause after he labelled the mini-budget “absurd”.
As if the anti-Tory sentiment wasn’t already at a high, the chancellor’s mini-budget – which saw the corporations, bankers and the generally wealthy benefit ahead of the working class – has seen fresh calls for a general election to be held as soon as possible.
Beyond declaring a so-called £2,500 limit on energy bills (which many have warned isn’t a guaranteed cap), there was seemingly very little in the way of policy that
For those still unclear as to what was announced in the divisive mini-budget, here is a quick summary:
Speaking in a speech at the Labour conference in Liverpool on Tuesday, Starmer said that the government “haven’t just failed to fix the roof, they’ve ripped out the foundations, smashed the windows and now they’ve blown the doors off for good measure.