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.