Bolton Council has pledged to invest £11.59m into protection of iconic buildings 

Bolton Council has revealed plans to spend nearly £12million to repair more than 100 buildings including the Town Hall.

Work on Bolton Central Library and Museum would also be carried out if the £11.59m project goes ahead.

The repairs will include the roof, windows and the clock tower of the Town Hall.

Bolton Council’s chief executive, Sue Johnson, said: “We fully understand that £11.59m is a significant amount of money at a time when everyone’s budgets are under pressure.

“However, this is a long-term investment in Bolton’s future and will avoid a larger maintenance bill in the future if we do not act now.”

The Grade II listed Town Hall plays a key role in Bolton being the focal point of sporting events and celebrations within the borough. The building officially opened in 1973 and celebrated its 150 years with a visit from King Charles III. 

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

The Central Library and Museum has been the backdrop of many TV and film productions including Peaky Blinders and Coronation Street. For the local authority, they believe that it is an integral part in bringing in visitors and investors into the town. 

In addition to the repairs, the investment will also be used to survey the security and condition of more than100 public buildings and making sure the buildings are free from reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC). 

All local authorities put money aside for essential repairs to buildings meaning that the budget for other essential services have not been used in order to supplement the costs.

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