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.”