Towns Fund

Last September, Bolton was named as one of a 101 places in the UK to share in the £3.6 billion Towns Fund, which aims to ‘support towns to build prosperous futures’. 42 places across the Northern Powerhouse are among the pioneers of new ‘Town Deals’, which aim to boost towns through improving transport, broadband connectivity and providing social and cultural infrastructure.

Bolton is one of only four towns in Greater Manchester set to potentially benefit from up to £25 million and develop a Town Deal.

The Towns Fund

The priorities for investment will be concentrated on Cheadle Square (the area between Bolton Town Hall and Moor Lane) one of our key intervention areas.

To access up to £25m in government investment and ensure that the vision is shaped and supported by everyone who lives, works and visits the borough a period of public consultation was carried out to find out your thoughts on what is should be used for, where you would like to see improvements and what you see as the priorities for investment.

The survey closed at Midnight on Friday 21st August 2020.

Thank you for your interest, if you would like to submit further feedback please contact us.


Progress to Date

The Council has now established a Towns Board which has so far met three times, in January 2020 and then again in May and July (virtually).
The minutes from meetings can be found below.

At the May meeting Belinda Beaver, President of the Chamber of Commerce for the Bolton Area was appointed as Chair of the Towns Board. The Terms of Reference for the Town Board have also been established.

The Council is aiming to submit an Investment Plan by August 2020 and a full Business Case by January 2021.

Find out more details about Bolton’s submission and read the full press release.

To find out more about the towns fund go to

Cheadle Square