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."