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Largest Bolton development has children choose street name

Watson Homes’ largest development to date will invest in local apprentices and employ 70% of its workforce from the local area.
Mytham Primary School Visit to Creams Mill (2)

Watson Homes is continuing its commitment to community engagement at its Creams Mill site in Bolton, launching a training and employment scheme for residents and enlisting the help of local primary school students to name the streets.

The mixed-tenure site will see 255 new-build properties for the residents of Little Lever and Bolton. As well as providing brand-new residential properties, the scheme will include the regeneration of a 700-metre stretch of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal. This will bring part of the canal back into use for the first time in 88 years and create waterside walks for residents to enjoy.

Watson will be providing opportunities for upwards of 12 apprentices, and creating 15 work placements with students from the local area. Ensuring that these roles cover diverse areas of the business, the placements will consist of site management, health and safety and office-based roles. To ensure the development is prioritising local economic growth and social advancement, Watson is aiming to establish a local labour force consisting of 70% of employees from the Greater Manchester area.

Watson is also engaging some of the youngest Little Lever residents, bringing Mytham Primary School students on board to provide street names for the development. Watson visited the school last year to introduce the school council, ‘The Change Makers,’ to the plans for Creams Mill and the restoration of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, and launched the street naming competition to pick six new street names.

After teaching the pupils about the history and biodiversity of the nearby development and canal the name suggestions were inspired by the heritage and surroundings. These street names were submitted in October and residents have been eagerly anticipating the chosen names. The new street names have now been revealed as: Woodpecker Road, Deer Lane, Owl Place and Dragonfly Court.

Rob Watson, director of Watson Homes, said: “Keeping the community up to date with our development and listening to their opinions every step of the way is a priority for us. Involving the children in our project is not only exciting for them, but it is great for us to see them so interested in learning about the local area and the future of Creams Mill. Community engagement is a key pillar to our regenerative project in Bolton to create a development that stands the test of time.”

The students, and teachers, were recently invited by Watson to check up on the progress of the site. Kitted up in hard hats and miniature hi-vis jackets, the children were beaming with excitement to follow the Creams Mill site managers on a short tour, partake in a quiz about the site and local area, and watch diggers in use. The group also got the opportunity to learn more about the environmental efforts that Watson will be putting in place to preserve biodiversity on site, such as replanting over 4,000 trees.

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