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  1. James West says:

    I think this is a great idea and if it gathers more interest I’d be willing to contribute time and money. I particularly liked the greenhouse idea and just generally building a better sense of community. Someone on my Facebook said the market place has already been sold? I look forward to hearing more anyway and I hope at the very least this could bring together open minded people of Bolton who want a change.


  2. kevin bates says:

    hmmm…wasn’t really looking to comment straight away but wo’n't let me submit without it. Lot’s of good ideas, quite a few assumptions ( would they waive business rates on the market hall?, do we really own anything that is in council hands?…if we did then they wouldn’t have ignored the petition to leave the market hall alone).
    At the end of the day you are dealing with highly paid and therefore highly motivated individuals, their primary motivation being to remain highly paid, obviously the views of 75,000 people does not impact upon their world.
    It is the basis of a very good idea, however I would suggest that the council chiefs are not interested in good ideas, as is evident from their past actions,, business…big business, holds sway…their voice will always be louder than several thousand ordinary peoples voices’ to the “decision” makers.
    Get big business on board in some way, even in a token gesture…charitable kind of way.

  3. rachel west says:

    I love the ideas outlined in the article and would fully support them. Please add me to your mailing list and keep me informed.

  4. Jed Stone says:

    I’m in for £100. Great idea.

  5. Celia Gaze says:

    Hi just been looking through your site and it’s great. I was wondering how I could get involved as The Wellbeing Farm is an accredited green venue and we try and educate people about where food comes from and sustainability – can you please add me to your mailing list.

  6. Catherine Barlow says:

    Invitation to ‘Achieving a low carbon society: a people’s energy revolution or a government programme?’ September 15th, Lowry Arts Centre, Salford

    The University of Salford is hosting a 1 day Regional Workshop on Tuesday September 15th 2015 in the Hexagon Room at The Lowry Centre, Salford, as part of the MILESECURE-2050 EU low carbon and energy security research project. The workshop will be of interest to people involved in local energy initiatives and their governance, and associated policy-makers and academics in the North West. The aim of the workshop is to discuss and propose policies that would be required to ensure that community-scale action will have a lasting effect on the European commitment to achieve a secure and decarbonised economy by the middle of the century. The day should result in some innovative and imaginative proposals which will be taken back to the project partners and ultimately the European Commission.

    Confirmed speakers are Professor Peadar Kirby, chair of the Board of Cloughjordan ecovillage, Ireland; Prof. Roy Alexander from Ashton Hayes’ carbon neutral project ; Geoff Tomlinson from Marple Energy Saving Strategy (MESS); Dr Beth Perry, Director, Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures here at Salford; Caroline Downey, Sustrans and former Executive Director of MERCi (Manchester Environmental Resource Centre initiative); Charlie Baker of RED Cooperative (; Gavin Elliott, Chair of Manchester A Certain Future (MACF) Steering Group and Cllr. Sue Derbyshire, Chair of GM Low Carbon Hub

    If you’d like to join us, please contact Dr Catherine Barlow Places are limited, so we’d recommend an early response. Instructions for getting to the Lowry are here, and if you need to stay overnight at a local hotel, click here. Attendance is free, and the day starts at 9.15am, ends at 4.00pm and includes refreshments and lunch.

    We’re looking forward to your contribution on what promises to be an energetic and thought-provoking day!

    Professor Erik Bichard
    Regeneration and Sustainable Development
    School of the Built Environment
    Room 411 Maxwell Building
    University of Salford
    The Crescent
    Salford M5 4WT

  7. Jill Southern says:

    Thanks to climate change it is obvious we, the people, are going to have to completely rethink how we do things, and do more for ourselves – how we keep warm, provide energy, grow food locally to reduce lorry miles etc. The Transition Town movement is a great place to start. Count me in.

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