Extra support for BHEAG – and the Community

BHEAG with a small army of helpers, sometimes including the local youth group, have helped maintain and improve the appearance of Blackrod Cemetery, co-operating with Bolton Council, over the last years. Now, after nearly two years of requests the community pay back scheme have added their support.
A campaign is also currently in its infancy to fully restore the cemetery chapel.
The previously neglected rose garden, near to Vicarage Road has also been replanted – sponsored by BHEAG , with the support of local residents ( and their spades) and Age Concern. Polyanthus are currently in bloom, with nearly three dozen new rose bushes, already planted.
In this jubilee year the red, white and blue display of petunias will also add a little colour in the village.

We are often asked how many members are there in BHEAG. There are probably no more than a few dozen people at the core – all with the wider community at heart. At times when public meetings however, it is not uncommon for several hundred people to attend.

When BHEAG have spoken to local schools about the environment – it has become abundantly clear that the thing that the children most love about Blackrod and Horwich is the amazing countryside and the openess which surrounds our community. It is this countryside and openess which often attracts people to this area.

It is also this countryside, with its low population densitity, which can provide very attractive to certain businesses.

Occassionally BHEAG are asked by residents to support them in opposing planning applications, often we decline the invitation. BHEAG do not object to many planning applications. In fact we rarely object, we usually ask for information , which we believe to be omitted or highly misleading to be clarified – such as 2 meter high walls, in an open plan estate, being “in-keeping”. Potentially highly contaminated land being ignored and the cumulative impact of hundreds of HGVs passing through a small town centre, passing within a few feet of local schools being potentially ignored. More recently identifying possible multiple fraudulent support letters.

Occasionaly we change our view. Such a situation is wind turbines eg Douglas Valley or Chadwicks. What appear to be well located sites actually have a massive impact on a few residents, who we believe deserve the support of the whole community (and indeed would not be entertained by the councils that have quantifed the impact of wind turbines on distance to residential properties).

The poem attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

“First they came for the communists,

and I did not speak out

—because I was not a communist;

Then they came for the trade unionists,

and I did not speak out

—because I was not a trade unionist;

Then they came for the Jews,

and I did not speak out

—because I was not a Jew;

Then they came for me

—and there was no one left to speak out for me

With millions of pounds at stake,for the applicants and with various threats of litigation against individuals and the group, we are proud at our 100% record -in dealing with substantiated proven facts. We are also proud that we have been able to improve the appearance of a few areas in our town, whilst protecting others and it is great news that there is now further support from The Community Pay Back scheme

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