Thursday, 19 December 2013

Christmas Cheer in Winstanley

A living Christmas Tree has been unveiled in Winstanley this month thanks to a Brighter Borough Fund grant from your ward councillors.

Located opposite St Aidan’s Social Centre on Highfield Grange Ave the tree will be a permanent features of the local landscape in future years with lighting and a perimeter fence to boot.

Cllrs Paul Kenny and Clive Morgan were joined by Council officer Chris Pennington and local residents at its unveiling.

The latest festive addition to Winstanley follows the installation of Christmas decorations on street lamps on Billinge Rd and Highfield Grange Ave last year.

Cllr Clive Morgan said, “The Christmas Tree and Street light decorations provide festive cheer a plenty and really look stunning as the day turns to night."

“We wanted to create a permanent Christmas Tree setting which is right in the heart of the community and will be seen by many pedestrians and road users over the festive period.”

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Latest Planning Applications List week ending 13th December

The latest planning applications submitted to Wigan Council can be viewed online.

A total of three applications have been submitted. You can view plan details from this link.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Thank you newsletter

You can view Cllr Marie Morgan's 'Thank you' leaflet here. This has been distributed to all households in the area over the past few weeks.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Winstanley Shopping Centre set for facelift

A focal point in community life is set for a major refurbishment if plans submitted to Wigan Council (Planning Reference A/13/78676 refers) are approved.

Winstanley Shopping Centre is owned by The Hollins Murray Group Ltd and they propose to refurbish the existing retail units and external areas and create additional floorspace for retail use. In addition car parking spaces will be clearly defined around the site and the current elevations of the buildings will be maintained.

Many residents will recall the opposition of the then Mayor and Ward councillor, Rona Winkworth in 2008 to a scheme proposed by the previous owners that would have seen 30 flats constructed above the existing shops. Due to the economic downturn the scheme was never realised.

We welcome the proposal as it will breathe new life into the Centre. It will be good for the local economy and will improve the local environs as well as creating new opportunities for small businesses. It is great to see that the site owners wish to invest in our area despite the current economic difficulties that face business as we emerge from the recession.

Member Allowances 2012/13

All elected members of Wigan Council receive a Basic Allowance each year. This relates to the work they all do as local councillors, representing their constituents, travelling round the borough, attending council and local community meetings.

Those members with additional duties and responsibilities also receive a Special Responsibility Allowance for the extra work in relation to that further responsibility. Both types of allowances are subject to national insurance and income tax.

As your local representatives we believe that it is important that this information is shared with constituents and you can view the recently published data for the year ending April 2013 here.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Your views welcomed on Telecommunications Radio Base Station Upgrade

Your Labour Team would welcome comments from residents concerning the proposal to upgrade the existing telecommunications mast located at the junction of Highfield Grange Ave and Warrington Rd (Postcode WN3 6SE).

No planning application has been submitted but the agents acting on behalf of Vodafone and Telefonica have written to your Labour Team seeking views on the proposal ahead of a future application.

The upgrade will provide for future 4G coverage and enhanced 2G/3G capacity for both Vodafone and Telefonica customers.

The existing mast would be removed and replaced with a 15m mast (0.2m higher than at present) and the installation of a new cabinet and equipment screen.

If you have any specific comments that you would like us to submit then please let us know in the comments section.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Beat It Team

The 'Beat It' team were in our area last week and removed a large amount of rubbish as well as responding to requests for cutting back of hedges in and around the ward.

If you have a grot spot that needs tackling then please report it to us and we will ask the team to 'Beat It' next time they are in our area.

You can view the work that was undertaken here.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Respect for Shopworkers Week

Local MP, Yvonne Fovargue visited the Cooperative Store on Holmes House Ave this morning in support of Respect for Shopworkers Week organised by retail staff union, USDAW and supported by retailers like the Coop.

This week Usdaw leader John Hannett revealed survey results showing that 1 in 6 shopworkers had not reported a violent attack to their manager or the police.

John said, “It is very worrying that 1 in 6 shopworkers who have been physically assaulted did not report the incident to their employer or the police. We are shocked that so many are suffering in silence and I would urge shopworkers to report all incidents, to give us and the employers the chance to sort the problem."

"We are seeking a change in the law to provide for stiffer sentences for those who assault workers serving the public. There is a real need to address the scourge of violence against workers. This proposal would make it clear to potential assailants that attacking shopworkers is totally unacceptable and reassure retail staff that reporting incidents will result in proper punishment for the offender."

Monday, 11 November 2013

Freeze that Bill!

Clive, Paul, Marie with Yvonne Fovargue MP and
local Labour Party members at the street stall on Saturday
Over 150 local residents signed Labour's 'Freeze that Bill' petition on Saturday morning as local Labour Party members held a street stall at the local shops on Holmes House Avenue.

Clive, Paul and Marie were joined by local MP, Yvonne Fovargue and party supporters in calling on the Tory led Government to introduce an immediate freeze on energy prices backed up by a tough new energy regulator.

Thank you to residents who signed the petition and who took the time to learn more about Labour's campaign.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

£1million road scheme gets green light

Cllr Lynne Holland & Clive check out
 the design plans for consultation
An ambitious plan to relieve congestion and aid traffic flows on one of the busiest road corridors in the Borough have been welcomed by ward councillors.

The Marus Bridge Roundabout will be removed and a traffic light management system put in its place with dedicated lanes to assist traffic flows. Work is scheduled to commence in the summer of next year to allow for scheme design and consultation.

Both Poolstock Lane and Highfield Grange Ave suffer from congestion at peak periods with tailbacks often stretching for hundreds of metres and along the A49 traffic is backed up to the M6 junction and ward councillors believe that the option identified by council highway chiefs will assist in keeping traffic moving as well as improving access to and from arterial routes into Hawkley Hall and Winstanley.

Cllr Clive Morgan said, “We have seen a number of new houses built in Winstanley in recent years and this has brought more cars onto the local road network creating tailbacks along Highfield Grange Ave and rat runs through the local estate. The current roundabout restricts traffic flow and is no longer fit for purpose.”

Worsley Mesnes Cllr Lynne Holland said, “Poolstock Lane is at breaking point and along with plans for the bypass as part of the Westwood development this proposal will bring relief to long suffering residents.”

“I hope that road users and local residents will take the time to look at the proposal and give their views to help us design a scheme that best uses the resources secured to deliver the scheme.”

The current roundabout has a number of features that would be retained as part of the re-design and located close to the existing roundabout. Clive has welcomed the retention of these features as part of a wider landscaping package of works.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Christmas Veterans' Luncheon

Clive is pic with Yvonne Fovargue MP,  Mayor - Cllr Myra Whiteside
& veteran representatives at the inaugural 2012 luncheon
Highfield will once again welcome veterans' from across the Makerfield constituency to St Matthew's Parish Hall for the second Christmas Luncheon to be hosted by Winstanley resident and local MP, Yvonne Fovargue.

Cllr Clive Morgan will be the MC for the event which will be held on Saturday, 7th December from 12noon - 2.30pm.

Tickets for the event are now available to veterans' who reside in the Makerfield Constituency and can be obtained on a first come, first serve basis by calling Yvonne's constituency office on 01942 824029 or by email. The closing date for applications is Friday, 22nd November.

Clive said, "The inaugural event in 2012 was a great success and was well received by veterans who attended. But we want to make this year's event an even bigger success. I'm really pleased that Yvonne has once again chosen to host the event in Highfield."


Friday, 25 October 2013

Marie Morgan wins Winstanley By-election

Marie celebrates her victory with Yvonne Fovargue MP
& supporters at Wigan Town Hall.
Labour Party candidate, Marie Morgan is celebrating tonight following a convincing result in the by-election held as a result of the sad death of Cllr Rona Winkworth.

Marie polled 746 votes to retain the seat for Labour in a field of seven candidates on a 19.6 per cent turnout.

In her acceptance speech, Marie paid tribute to her campaign team and the people of Winstanley ward for placing their trust in her. She also dedicated her victory to former Mayor Cllr Rona Winkworth.

Result

Labour     746
UKIP       421
CAP         326
Con          180
Green         55
Ind             27
Lib Dem     19

The result marks a series of Labour election victories in the ward in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Community Champion backs Marie Morgan

Ken Derbyshire is backing Marie Morgan in the forthcoming by-election on Thursday, 24th October.

Ken is well known for his work at St Matthew's Parish Hall, Highfield and said, "As a volunteer herself, Marie is a supporter of local groups in Winstanley Ward. She will be a strong community champion for our area and will be an excellent ward councillor."

Monday, 14 October 2013

Marie's By-election Leaflets

You can view Marie's introductory Newsletter which has been distributed across the area at the link here.

The second leaflet distributed over the last weekend can be viewed here.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Marie Morgan says, "Freeze that Bill"

Times are tough! Monthly bills are going up and people are working harder to make ends meet. That amounts to a cost of living crisis for people in Winstanley – and across the country.

As the nights draw in and winter approaches people have been telling me they are worried about how cold it will get and the choices they will have to make to pay their energy bills. Frankly I don’t think that is right. People shouldn’t have to make the choice between putting food on the table and turning on the heating.

But since David Cameron has been in Downing Street prices have risen faster than wages in 38 out of 39 months and energy bills have gone up by almost £300. When the price of energy increases energy companies pass this on but when it drops consumers don’t see their bills fall.

The problem is David Cameron can’t deal with the cost of living crisis because he stands up for a privileged few, not for ordinary families and people working hard to make ends meet. David Cameron has cut tax for people on over £150,000 a year while raising it for everyone else. We can only tackle the cost of living crisis by building an economy that works for working people.

So I’m delighted that Ed Miliband has announced that Labour will freeze gas and electricity prices until the start of 2017 if Labour wins the next election. This will save a typical household £120 a year – helping hardworking families who are facing a cost of living crisis.

But people round here need help now. So I’m calling on David Cameron to freeze our bills now. And I’m asking local people to sign my petition today so that the voices of Winstanley are heard loud and clear in Downing Street. You can sign my petition here.   

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Mother, Wife, Nanna and Community Champion unveiled as Labour’s by-election candidate

Marie Morgan
Labour’s candidate in the Winstanley Ward By-election on Thursday, 24th October has today been confirmed as Marie Morgan. The by-election follows the sad death of Cllr Rona Winkworth who served the ward with distinction.

Marie is 51 and is married to Cllr Clive Morgan. She has 3 adult children and is a Goose Green resident of over 40 years standing.

Marie works in Customer Service for RBS and previously worked at The Tote and is well known for her volunteering work in the community over many years with local mums & tots groups, Scouting, veterans’ organisations, Summer and Christmas Fetes including the popular 'Carols round the Christmas Tree' at St Matthews' Parish Hall, Highfield.

Marie is also a strong supporter of local sporting groups, and is the
current secretary of Goose Green Cricket Club.

Marie said, “I am delighted to have received the backing of local Labour Party members, but the hard work starts now!”

“Families and pensioners across Winstanley are facing a cost of living crisis. They are working harder for less, year after year. David Cameron stands up for a privileged few, not for ordinary working people.”

“The by-election is an opportunity to send a message to this out of touch Tory-Lib Dem Government.”

Secretary of Makerfield Labour Party and Winstanley Ward Councillor, Paul Kenny said, “With a background of service to our local area, it's no wonder that Marie was the overwhelming choice of local Labour Party members to be our candidate.”

“We have every confidence that Marie will be a formidable candidate and as a resident of over 40 years standing, she is well known and understands the people and communities of the Winstanley Ward.”

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Core Strategy Victory

Campaigners in Oct 2012 meet to push the Inspector
to keep land at Junc 25 as designated green belt
Wigan Council have now adopted the Core Strategy following a meeting of the full council on Wednesday, 11th September.

This marked a special day for campaigners against the development of green belt for housing and/or warehouse and distribution buildings on land at Junction 25 of the M6.

The strategy will be the master document against which planning applications will be judged and will protect green belt surrounding Winstanley until 2026 at the earliest.

The campaign led by Yvonne Fovargue MP, M6 South of Wigan Action Group and supported by your Labour Team were vindicated when the independent planning inspector confirmed that he was not persuaded that green belt land should be re-designated for housing or industrial use.

The victory could not have been achieved without the support of the local community who lobbied in their thousands to fight these proposals.

Residents in nearby Hawkley Hall are also celebrating as land identified as a potential site for housing was also retained as green belt by the Inspector.

A six week period will now follow to allow any legal challenge to the Core Strategy.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Cllr Rona Winkworth

The funeral of Cllr Rona Winkworth will be held on Tuesday 17 September 2013 at 1.30pm at Wigan Crematorium. Following the service, refreshments will be served at St. Aidan’s Parish Social Club, Holmes House Avenue, Winstanley.

We understand that it is family flowers only, but donations can be made to Wigan Infirmary’s Rainbow and Shevington Wards. The family have also requested that guests wear vibrant colours as this is what Rona would have wanted.

Wigan 10K

Paul with Grandson, Caleb.
I was tired but euphoric as I completed the inaugural Wigan 10K on Sunday, 8th September raising funds for the Mayor's Charity 2013.

It was a fantastic day for the town and I wanted to place on record my thanks to the race organisers Joining Jack, Wigan Council and the many businesses who provided sponsorship.

Wigan Town Centre was transformed by a sea of humanity and the support along the route from residents was fantastic and spurred on runners along the whole route.

I finished in 58.08mins and beat my personal goal of coming home ahead of the hour mark. I hope that this successful first 10K will become an annual fixture in the life of the town.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Wigan 10K Challenge for Cllr Paul Kenny

This Sunday, 8th September, Paul Kenny will join over 2600 people in participating in the inaugural Wigan 10K.

Paul will be joined by a group of Councillors' swapping running for political office in favour of running the streets of the town in support of the Mayor's Charity for 2013 - Heartbeat 2.

Paul has run a 10K in the past and has been training for the event for the past few months. He will be joined by fellow Town Hall politicians, Joel Haddley, Jim Moodie and Ged Bretherton. Borough MP's Andy Burnham and Lisa Nandy are also set to take part raising funds for Joining Jack.

Paul is remaining tight-lipped on his finishing time but hopes that local people will support all participants as they set of at 10am from Market St in Wigan Town Centre.

Cllr Rona Winkworth

It is with sadness that we report that Cllr Rona Winkworth died on Saturday, 31st August.

Winstanley Labour Party sends its condolences to the family of Cllr Winkworth. Details of the funeral arrangements will be posted in due course.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Busy Junction to benefit from safer design

Ray Donnelly & Ian Lovatt join Clive & Paul
at the roundabout
Our calls for the removal of a dangerous roundabout at the junction of Clapgate Lane and Highfield Grange Ave has secured support from Council Highway Chiefs as contractors commence work this week to re-engineer the busy section of road.

The works will remove the mini-roundabout improving sight lines and will also see a stretch of Highfield Grange Ave re-surfaced (Jupiter Grove to Garside Grove) along with an upgraded pedestrian refuge close to Jupiter Grove.

Highway Chiefs acknowledge that the current road configuration restricted driver views emerging from Clapgate Lane and that the road had also deteriorated as a result of wear and tear.

Cllr Clive Morgan was joined by Cllr Paul Kenny, local resident and safety campaigner Ray Donnelly and Ian Lovatt, Area Traffic Engineer of Wigan Council to oversee the start of the works.

Cllr Clive Morgan said, “This junction was no longer fit for purpose and created a safety issue for vehicles emerging from Clapgate Lane. By installing a T-junction with improved sightlines the road will be made safer for road users.”

“I am also pleased that a safer pedestrian refuge will be incorporated into the works and that resurfacing work will also take place at the top of Highfield Grange Ave at the junction with Holmes House Avenue.”

Highfield Grange Ave has been subject to gas pipeline work earlier this year which caused disruption and Cllr Kenny is asking residents to remain patient as the outcome will be a safer road and an improved road surface.

Cllr Paul Kenny said, “We know that the recent gas pipeline works have been a disruption for residents, but we cannot overlook the fact that the works will deliver a safer road for pedestrians and road users and has been timetabled over the summer period when local schools are closed and congestion is reduced.”

Friday, 19 July 2013

Football team score new kit!

Clive, Martin and the players show off the new kit!
Winstanley St Aidans FC players are the proud owners of a new team kit thanks to a Brighter Borough Fund (BBF) contribution by Cllr Clive Morgan.

The new away strip was unveiled recently and Clive joined club stalwart and Chairman Bob Ledson, team captain Martin Thomas and players who acted as the kit's models for the day!

The £1,000 BBF donation was also used to purchase other football accessories for the club.

A keen sportsman Cllr Morgan is looking to support local sport and when he was approached by Bob Ledson, he was only too happy to assist. Clive said, “Sport is a great way to meet new people, keep fit and healthy and provides an outlet for the talents of our young people."

“Winstanley St Aidans FC are a credit to our area and they consistently achieve success on the pitch so the purchase of this striking new away kit will make them the best dressed team as well!”

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Play Boost for Beech Walk

New play equipment is proving a hit with children at the play area located at Beech Walk.

Funding for a new slide was secured by Cllr Rona Winkworth who is now working to upgrade the remaining facilities on site.

There were fears that the new equipment would be pulled following the Government's decision to cut specific funds allocated to Wigan to improve play areas.

The boost to the play area follows the installation of a new play area at St Aidan's Social Centre a few years ago, which is a popular play area with kids and parents alike.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Smart Meters are coming to Winstanley

"Smart meters are coming to Winstanley and could save you £65 a year," says Cllr Paul Kenny.

Most of you will ask straight away what a smart meter actually is. They’re a new energy meter that is due to replace your existing gas and electricity meter. Some of you may have already had one installed. It’s estimated that they can help you save around £65 a year on your energy bill.

So what do they do, you ask? Smart meters primarily do two things. Firstly they let your energy supplier, know exactly how much energy you are consuming. This means that you won’t receive estimated bills like you probably do at the moment, and you’ll only be charged for exactly how much energy actually used. Secondly, you’ll be able to see in pounds and pence, how much energy you are using at any one time – putting households in control of what energy they use.

As more and more of them get delivered to homes around the country there will be lots of ways that people can benefit even further. New tariffs will come forward offering discounted prices at low demand times, so if you wash your clothes over night rather than at the same time as watching Coronation Street, then you’ll pay less for the energy you use. When you switch supplier it will take no time at all, rather than the current time of around a month. They will also make the energy industry more transparent, something we can all support!

So when will you be getting one? The Government has mandated they be installed in every home by 2020. British Gas has already installed a million around the country or 75% of the total installed. Each energy supplier will have its different roll out plan and you’ll need to speak to them about how they’ll be getting you one.

St Matthews Parish Hall Upgrade

Paul, Clive and Rona with Vicar, Bob Pearson & Jeff McCann
A £3,000 contribution from Brighter Borough Funding by Cllrs Clive Morgan, Rona Winkworth and Paul Kenny has assisted in securing a refurbishment of St Matthews Parish Hall at a total scheme cost of £7,500.

The refurbishment is intended to enhance the Parish Hall’s position as a venue to attract events and the Winstanley Ward Councillor’s joined Church representatives today to celebrate the completion of the works.

Mr Jeff McCann, Church Warden said, “St Matthew Parish Hall is a vital part of the Highfield Community and is used on a daily basis by the local community, whether to have a social drink or to watch the cricket in the summer months, or to hire the hall for their special birthday, wedding or christening. The hall is also hired out on a regular basis by local charitable organisations to hold fund raising events. We have always insisted on maintaining the facility and in these difficult economic times, like every other organisation, its been 'challenging' to carry out refurbishment works and we are extremely grateful for the financial support we have received from our local councillors.”

Cllr Clive Morgan said, “The Parish Hall is a much loved and valued part of community life and as ward councillors we were very happy to provide support from Brighter Borough Funds to assist this refurbishment project which we are sure will support the Diocese in maintaining the attractiveness of the Parish Hall as a venue for those special occasions.”

Friday, 12 July 2013

New Kitchen makeover for Community Hub

l-r. Ray Donnelly, Bob Ledson and Clive Morgan
A favourite haunt of locals and a community focal point for events, St Aidan’s Social Centre in Winstanley is celebrating a kitchen makeover thanks to a donation from the Brighter Borough Fund.

Cllr Clive Morgan joined Ray Donnelly of the Diocese and Bob Ledson from Winstanley St Aidan's Football Club to unveil the £3,700 makeover which has seen the old tired kitchen make way for new modern units and hob.

The project costs were met via a £1,700 Brighter Borough Fund contribution with the remaining cost met by the diocese.

The makeover will assist the centre in securing future events and its users such as Winstanley St Aidan’s FC can now benefit from the upgraded facility. Clive said, “This has been a real team effort and I was delighted to be able to assist the centre when I was approached by Ray and Bob.”

“St Aidan’s is at the heart of the community and brings people together through the very many events and groups that it supports. The kitchen makeover can only help in making the centre an attractive option for hosting future activities.”