Our yearly Bolton Vision Conference took place on Monday and we took the opportunity to highlight the crucial role young people play in our plans for the future of the borough.
Our Youth MPs Jonathan Wright and Jaya Patel took to the stage at the 20th annual conference to address hundreds of leaders from the business, health, voluntary and community sectors, reflecting on the success of Bolton’s first Youth Vision Conference, which took place in October.
Jonathan and Jaya also made a point of stressing how fundamental young people are to the Council’s strategy for ‘Bolton 2030’, presenting a video that demonstrated their hopes for the future of the town.
Cllr Linda Thomas, Acting Leader for Bolton Council, said: “The youth council are a great example to their community and the energy and ideas they brought to the day was just fantastic.
“On the day we launched an app which will help organisations connect together better and there were almost 90 offers of help and requests. This is something we will keep going to ensure our town works together better.”
At the event, Chair of Bolton Vision, Dave Singleton, reflected on 2017 and discussed key points of progress being made across the borough. He spoke about major developments, including the new £48 million transport interchange, the multi-million-pound Market Place Shopping Centre revamp, Logistics North and the £1 billion masterplan to transform the town centre.
He also touched on other successes, such as the launch of the physical activity strategy at Sport on the Square, the Get Companies Active business triathlon, the work of the Green Umbrella and the crowd funding Pitch and Pitta event to support the voluntary sector.
Mr Singleton said: “The conference was a huge success and buzzing with ideas from everyone that was there. We showcased some great work that has taken place already and we talked about how we can all become more connected to benefit our residents. We are now going to continue on the work we started today so organisations communicate better.
“We also want to thank Greenhalgh’s for helping us celebrate our 20th milestone by providing a cake for the event.”
Our new Chief Executive, Tony Oakman also want to express his delight at working in Bolton. He said: “Bolton was a place I wanted to come to and I already feel like part of the Bolton family. It is the people in this town that make it such a special place and we need to be positive about the borough’s strengths.
“Team Bolton is the key to success and I want us all to work together to bring prosperity for all of our town.”
Over 300 key stakeholders and business decision makers will be in attendance. Over £30bn in development projects will be discussed. Exclusive new projects will be launched. And over 30 VIP speakers from across the region from the public and private sectors will share their expertise on stage through a series of panel discussions, Q&As and presentations.
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