Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Changes to bin collections over Christmas and New Year

Residents are urged to be aware of changes to their bin collections during the Christmas and New Year period.

Wigan Council has had to change bin collection days due to Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day all falling on a weekdays.

There are no bin collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

You can download a calendar of your bin collections for your address here.

Christmas Veterans' Lunch

St Matthew’s Parish Hall in Highfield was the setting for the now annual event attended by veterans from across the Makerfield constituency on Saturday, 6th December.

Attendees tucked into a traditional Christmas Turkey dinner provided by H&H Catering.

Councillors representing Wards across the Makerfield area acted as table hosts and Pemberton Brass band provided the entertainment.

MC for the day was Cllr Clive Morgan, a former Welsh Guard and Falklands War veteran,

This year’s event was especially poignant given the 100th anniversary of the commencement of hostilities in WWI and the Makerfield MP made special mention of this in her address.

Winstanley MP and local resident Yvonne Fovargue hosted the lunch. She said, “On behalf of the whole community across the Makerfield constituency, I want to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution made by the men and women present today both at home and abroad.”

“The First World War was a conflict that changed Britain forever. It touched every family, affected every community and fundamentally altered our country’s place in the world.

“The centenary anniversary is a unique opportunity for us to commemorate those who served and sacrificed for us on the frontline and the home front, and to think about the profound impact the war had on our society.”

In a special gesture tickets for the forthcoming Wigan Athletic v Rotherham Utd match on Saturday, 20th December were made available to veterans. Wigan Athletic had made available tickets to veteran groups and these were distributed on the day.

Cllr Clive Morgan said, “This Christmas also marks the 100th anniversary of the unofficial ‘Christmas Truces’ on the Western Front as German and Allied forces played football across the battlefield and it is a wonderful gesture that later this month Wigan Council working with Wigan Athletic will commemorate this event at the DW stadium in the home game versus Rotherham Utd.”

Monday, 24 November 2014

Recycling Rates increase in Wigan Borough

Residents across Winstanley Ward are continuing to help improve recycling rates year-on-year, latest government statistics reveal.

Annual statistics published last week by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs highlight the recycling rates for all 352 local councils in England.

Between 2013 and 2014 in Wigan Borough 133,843 tonnes of waste was collected from households.

Of this amount 66,955 tonnes – just over 50% - was sent for recycling, composting or reusing.

This is well above the national average for councils of 43% and already beats the target set by the EU for the UK to recycle at least 50% of household waste by 2020.

Cllr Marie Morgan said, "This is good news for the environment and for council tax bills. By reducing costs we can use the savings to protect and improve services without any need for council tax increases. This means that Council Tax in Wigan will be frozen until 2017!"

Wigan Council’s waste services department is now gearing up for Christmas which can present challenges with increased amounts of waste produced.

Cllr Marie Morgan added, "Lots of information will be published through the web and social media to help people cope with the extra waste and ensure that people are recycling right.”

Friday, 21 November 2014

Highway Maintenance Works

We have been notified of the following works that will be taking place next week. Please see the council's notice of works below.

Highway Maintenance Works: Warrington Road, Wigan
(Outside 350 to Smithy Brook Road)

It is the Council’s intention to carry out carriageway resurfacing works at the above location and will include both outward bound and inward bound carriageways.

The carriageway resurfacing works will commence on Thursday 27 November 2014 and with the exception of any unforeseen circumstances the work should take 3 days to complete

The work is scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday 27 and Friday 28 November 2014 carriageway resurfacing will be carried out on the outward bound carriageway

  • Sunday 30 November 2014 carriageway resurfacing will be carried out on the inward bound carriageway and will include working across the junction of Smithy Brook Road.

The work will involve the removal of the existing road surface, followed by the adjustment of the ironwork (gully frames, manholes etc) to the correct levels, once complete the laying of the new surface layer will then take place.

Due to safety reasons it is considered impractical to attempt to carry out these works and still maintain a safe flow of vehicular traffic. It is for this reason that lane closures will be implemented during the contractor’s presence on site.

Vehicular access may be available for occupiers of premises within the lane closed section of the highway during the working period, but this cannot be guaranteed at any one time due to the lane closure and the existing width of the road and long delays may be experienced. Outside the working period access will be available. Emergency access will be available at all times.

Please can I ask the residents of Warrington Road to park off the highway during the works. This will mean that the work will be finished as quickly as possible.

I realise that these works will cause inconvenience in some way or other to yourselves, your visitors, neighbours and delivery vehicles etc, and I can only apologise and ask that with your co-operation these works can be carried out quickly with the minimum of delay.

Should you have any particular problems regarding the works please do not hesitate to contact me on 404364 or the technical supervisor on 767315.

Yours faithfully

S Hughes 
Highway Engineer 
Design Services Group

Friday, 14 November 2014

Christmas Veterans' Lunch

Makerfield MP, Yvonne Fovargue will be hosting the third annual Christmas Veterans' Lunch on Saturday, 6th December at St Matthew's Parish Hall, Billinge Rd, WN3 6BL commencing at 12noon - 2.30pm.

Veterans of HM Armed Forces who reside in the Makerfield constituency are invited to confirm their attendance by email or by calling 01942 824029.

The event is likely to be oversubscribed so places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Applications close on Friday, 28th November.

Once again Cllr Clive Morgan will act as MC and entertainment will be provided by Pemberton Brass Band.

By-election Result

Voters in the adjacent Douglas Ward cast their ballot yesterday (Thurs, 13th Nov) in a by-election.

Congratulations to Labour's Maggie Skilling on her victory.

The result can be viewed here.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Free Christmas Parking now on in Wigan

Shoppers can now use free parking sessions in council car parks in Wigan and Leigh town centres.

Retailers and market traders in both Wigan and Leigh have backed the initiative as a way to boost the number of people coming to the town centre to do their Christmas shopping.

Wigan Council has announced that there is now:

free car parking on all council-operated car parks in Wigan and Leigh town centres for visitors parking after 3pm to Saturday 10 January. This includes The Galleries and Water Street multi-storey car parks.
free Sunday parking on all the council operated car parks in Wigan and Leigh Town Centres, from Sunday 16 November through to Sunday 11 January 2015.
Thursday late night opening of The Galleries and Water Street multi-storey car parks from 13 November through to 18 December.
The Galleries and Water Street multi-storey car parks will also be open late until 8pm on Monday 22 December and Tuesday 23 December for late night shoppers.

The offer does not include the Civic Centre Car Park in Wigan or any on-street parking.

Cllr Marie Morgan said, "I hope people will use the free parking offer and make their local town centre a destination for Christmas Shopping and in doing so helping the local economy."

Friday, 31 October 2014

Work to clear land for new A49 Link Road to start

The first phase of a £21.5 million scheme aiming to relieve congestion on one of Wigan Borough’s main transport routes is set to start next month.

The A49 Link Road from Goose Green to Westwood Park will ease traffic on Poolstock and open up former industrial land which will be transformed bringing new jobs and homes as part of Wigan Council’s new deal for business.

The initial programme will see work being carried out to clear the site where the new route will take traffic from the A49 at Warrington Road to Westwood Park. The new year will also see the start of work at the Marus Bridge Roundabout and the junction of the A49 and Clapgate Lane as part of a £1million Dept for Transport 'Pinch Point' programme.

Planning permission has already been granted for the road following a public consultation. Wigan Council has also worked with Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Greater Manchester Ecology Unit to minimise the impact on the environment along the route.

The site clearance work will start in November to avoid the start of the bird nesting season in January and will run over a five to six week period in advance of work to construct the road which will start in 2015.

The works are part of a wider scheme which will create new homes, employment opportunities and enhanced access to Wigan Flashes.

And the project will see a landmark visitor centre created for the green space.

Once the road is complete new planting and landscaping complimenting the existing environment will be done as part of the project to create a green gateway to the town.

Whilst there is still work to do to finalise the project this is the first step on the way to transforming the road network around the Goose Green and Westwood Park area.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Grange Centre Welcomes Liverpool's Comedy Giant

Wigan Observer article page 23 21st Oct 2014
'A great day in the life of the community,' was how one person described Ken Dodd's visit to re-open The Grange Centre on Highfield Grange Ave last week.

Under the new management of Hope Special School Cllrs Paul Kenny and Clive Morgan joined centre users and Headteacher, Peter Dahlstrom in welcoming Doddy to Winstanley.

Despite a carefully organised agenda for the day, the Scouse Legend dispensed with the formalities and soon had everybody in roars of laughter.

On a serious note, it is good to see that in these difficult times that The Grange Centre is a great resource for community groups. We are blessed to have a resource in the Centre that not many other areas of the Borough can boast. We would encourage local residents to drop in and take a look at what is on offer!

A short video link of the day can be viewed via WiganToday.net.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Update - Anthorn Rd

Further to our recent posting please view the consultation letter and map from Wigan & Leigh Housing concerning land at Anthorn Rd.

Please do let us know you views by emailing your Labour Team.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Anthorn Rd Update

Further to our recent posting on this issue we can report that progress with this and a number of other sites across the Borough has been delayed as a result of the Contractor who was carrying out the site investigation going into administration. Wigan & Leigh Housing (WALH) is to arrange a new survey which is timetabled to be completed by the end of November.

If WALH wish to proceed with a housing development scheme then this would be subject to a formal planning application.

We are further informed that a programme of consultation in respect of all potential sites and a letter will be sent to adjoining residents of Anthorn Rd in the near future.

It is WALHs contractor's intention to carry out a number of feasibility surveys on various sites before the end of November. We shall keep residents informed of any potential activity on the site as and when we receive confirmation of dates.

Beat It Team hit Winstanley Ward

The Beat It Team were in the ward recently. The attached document shows the work completed during the week.

The council’s BEAT IT team deal with clean-up requests from Ward Councillors. In addition to the regular cleansing operations, the BEAT IT team visit every ward four times each year. Their work includes clearing overgrown footpaths, tidying derelict land and an involvement in general environmental improvement work.

The team will next be in our area in January.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A day of celebration for Winstanley Tennis Club

Saturday, 27th September represented a landmark in the history of Winstanley Tennis Club when Club President, Dr. Ken Walker, cut the ribbon and declared the new clubhouse ‘officially open’.

The opening ceremony was the culmination of a long haul and commitment on the part of Club Officials and Members to upgrade the clubhouse to the state-of- the-art facilities now in place.

The club can now boast an attractive Members’ lounge with comfortable seating, television and bar, kitchen, changing rooms and bathrooms with disabled facilities as well as an adjoining office for the club’s coaching staff and storerooms.

This £200k project was first conceived in 2006 and has been led to completion by former Chairman, Geoff Bradshaw, and current Chairman, John Elmer, drawing upon the services of local contractors and the voluntary labour and dedication of club members. It has been financed through Club subscriptions and fund-raising activities by club members, while small-grant awards administered by Wigan Council and financial support and encouragement from Tennis Lancashire and the Lawn Tennis Association have also played their part and are much appreciated.

The Club has 200 members and is always ready to welcome new players of all abilities, offering a range of membership options and catering for all age-groups – from tiny tots to veterans. On its six courts there are opportunities for social tennis, regular club tournaments, team competition in the Warrington and District and Bolton leagues as well as coaching classes. Membership enquiries may be made to Adult Membership Secretary, Howard Platt on 01942 510186, or to Junior Membership Secretary, Sue Preston on 01744 892860.

Yvonne Fovargue MP said, "I was delighted to attend the opening of the new clubhouse. The whole project has been run by a dedicated group of members who care about the future and success of their Club.  The new building is a fantastic asset for Tennis in the Borough and I know that the club want to involve and welcome more people to come along and play."

Cllr Marie Morgan said, “Sport is a great way to keep fit, meet new friends and I am proud that Wigan Council was able to support the new clubhouse via Brighter Borough Funding. The club has a proud tradition and since 1921 has provided opportunities for generations of tennis players. The clubhouse and wider facilities on site are state of the art and a credit to the club.”

The Club is also keen to make the new facilities available to the wider community and they are already being used by sections of the local U3A, dance groups and for private functions such as christenings; enquiries about venue-hire can be made through Geoff Bradshaw on 07710 956342.

Further information about the club may be found here.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Bring It Back Campaign Victory

The campaign to reinstate a right turn option from Warrington Rd into Clapgate Lane received a major boost this week with news that Highway Chiefs are to begin work in the early New Year at the same time as changes to the Marus Bridge Roundabout are implemented.

Your Labour Team are delighted with this outcome and Cllr Marie Morgan thanked the 1,000+ local people who signed the petition.

The detailed plans can be viewed here and it is hoped that both works will be completed by April 2015. Your Labour Team is encouraging people to drop in and attend the public information event on Tuesday, 30th Sept from 1pm - 7pm at The Grange Centre, Highfield Grange Ave.

Council Highway Officers will be on hand to explain the proposal and answer questions.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Local Post Office Boost

The Post Office are to invest in a modernisation programme of our local post office based at the shopping precinct on Holmes House Ave.

Our local Post Office is one of 8,000 across the country which have been or shortly will be transformed. Post Office Bosses have confirmed to your Labour Team that the new look office will open on Monday, 27th October following a short closure period from Thurs, 16th Oct whilst the necessary work is undertaken.

Alternative post offices in the area which will be open during the short closure period include Clap Gate Lane and Robin Park.

Opening hours will also be extended (Mon -Sat 9am -5.30pm. Closed Sunday).

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Latest Planning Applications

The latest planning applications submitted to Wigan Council in the past 4 weeks can be viewed here.

Friday, 4 July 2014

The best dressed team in the town!

Pic. Marie with the Hawks U10s.
Highfield Grange Hawks FC U10s are the best dressed team in the town thanks to an award of Brighter Borough Funding (BBF) from Cllr Marie Morgan.

The team of football fanatics gathered this week ahead of a pre-season training session to show off the new kit at their training base, Oldham’s Fold, Orrell.

Team Coach, Steve Wilkinson said, “We are grateful to Cllr Morgan and Wigan Council for the generous donation."

“The team will be very proud to wear the striking new kit with the council logo which will be seen by many parents and spectators on match days.”

Steve Wilkinson with Marie & Captain, Daniel Guest
I was delighted to help the Hawks with this donation which has been put to good use. The Hawks are working very hard to be the best that they can be and sport is such a great way for the boys to keep fit and healthy as well as form friendships both on and off the field.

Behind the scenes Mums & Dads work hard to keep the club running smoothly so as a local councillor, Brighter Borough Funding is such an effective way for me to show my support for our local sports and community groups.

The award of £365 BBF allowed the club to purchase a new kit for the forthcoming season. The kit was supplied by ADM Direct of Appleton Street T. 01942 498120.

The club formed in June and will play in the Warrington league. New players are always welcome – call Gary Pennington Club Chairman on 07501095281 for details.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

A new deal for Leisure unveiled

Paul is pictured with Andy Wiggans
A new deal unveiled today will see Wigan Council work much closer with its leisure partner Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT).

At a meeting of its cabinet, Cllr Paul Kenny committed the Council to strengthening its partnership with WLCT as part of a renewed drive to get more people in the borough healthy and active. The deal also means the council can keep the cost of visiting leisure facilities among the lowest in the region, as well as keeping Council Tax bills frozen at the same time.

As part of the deal, WLCT will focus more on managing the services that have the greatest impact on health, such as leisure centres, Sports Development and its Active Living programme. The council has also committed to a significant investment programme in sports and leisure facilities, such as Howe Bridge and Robin Park sports centre with further details to be announced soon.
Some services that are currently delivered by WLCT, such as libraries, heritage and the teams that maintain the borough's green spaces, as well as some support services, will move back to the council. This will allow the council to modernise these services in line with significant reviews that are already underway.

The future management of the borough's parks including Haigh Country Park will also be reviewed to see how best they can be managed for the benefit of users.

Paul confirmed that the health and well-being of Wigan Borough residents is the council's top priority. By allowing WLCT to focus completely on health and leisure activities, we believe together we can build on their excellent track record of increasing the levels of participation in sport and activities in the borough. We see this as a strengthening of our partnership which will help people to live longer, happier and healthier lives.

At the same time, the council still needs to save a further £40million by 2016/17 so this new relationship must provide value for money for Wigan Borough residents. This review is consistent with our policy to drive down the cost of services, by working more efficiently. It also helps us to achieve our commitment to keep Council Tax frozen. By bringing some services back in house, where there is a natural fit with our other services, we believe we can make significant savings while protecting and improving frontline services.

Andy Wiggans, Chairman of WLCT, said, “We are extremely proud of the achievements made over the past decade here in Wigan Borough and are delighted that our partnership with the council will continue and with the associated investment plans. Fundamental to this new working relationship is a renewed focus on supporting residents to make informed lifestyle choices and, as part of  The Deal, we will carry on working hard to help residents live healthier, happier lives through a sustainable leisure, health and wellbeing offer.”

Funding for public services has changed dramatically since WLCT was formed in 2003, the new deal offers the best financial package in operating the council’s services.

The aim is to complete the new deal by April 2015.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Wigan Armed Forces Day 2014

Your Labour Team were present in Wigan Town Centre to witness the parade of veterans on Saturday, 28th June as part of the annual Armed Forces Day. Cllr Clive Morgan participated in the parade (see 1min 21s into video to catch a glimpse of Clive).

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Highfield Summer Fayre

The weather stayed warm and dry as the Highfield Summer Fayre was officially opened by Cllr Marie Morgan on Saturday, 14th June.

Well done to volunteers and stall holders who made the day a great success and to the Vicar, Bob Pearson for opening the vicarage grounds to the community.

It was fantastic to see so many people in attendance and raise funds in the process.

Friday, 13 June 2014

National Volunteers Week

A celebration event thanked the hundreds of volunteers who work with leisure and culture provider WLCT to make a difference in their communities.

The event at Wigan Library, which marked the end of National Volunteer Week, recognised the efforts of more than 660 volunteers who give over 30,000 hours of their free time every year.

Cllr Paul Kenny attended the event to speak to attendees. Paul said, “Volunteering brings huge benefits to those who volunteer – from learning new skills to making new friends - as well as making a real difference in our local communities. I would ask people to think about how they can become more active in their community, give something back, and support the Wigan Deal.”

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering visit the WLCT website.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Investigation Works to commence at Anthorn Rd

Your Labour Team have been notified that Wigan & Leigh Housing (WALH) have appointed consultants to commence ground investigation works on the site of the former Anthorn Rd Community Centre which will include bore holes and trial pits.

Work is expected to start on site this week with the intrusive works likely to last no more than a week with ongoing occasional monitoring for some months.

The site is still under the ownership of Wigan Council and we understand that WALH have not yet decided whether or not to acquire the site. We will off course keep residents appraised of any future developments.

Cllr Paul Kenny has confirmed that the site is one of several across the Borough that are being looked at by WALH to assist in the delivery of affordable housing. Your Labour Team will ensure that any future proposals will be subject to appropriate consultation with local residents.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Friday, 23 May 2014

Clive Morgan Re-elected to be your voice in the Town Hall

The votes have been counted and the people have spoken.

Labour's Clive Morgan was re-elected to serve the communities of Goose Green, Highfield, Marus Bridge and Winstanley for a further 4 years.

The result in full can be viewed here.

Speaking after the declaration of the result, Clive thanked the people of the ward for once again placing their trust in him and he spoke of his pride in representing the area in which he has lived for the past 30 years.

Winstanley Labour Party would like to thank the voters of the ward for their continuing support.

You can view the full list of results from across the Wigan Borough here.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

£38 Million Boost for Wigan Schools

Clive Morgan at Marus Bridge Primary School
A £multimillion investment in Wigan Schools including a £1.3million boost for Marus Bridge Primary School has been welcomed by Labour's
Cllr Clive Morgan.

A recent surge in demand for school places due to the Borough's booming birth rate will see Marus Bridge Primary expanded to accommodate a new

I’m proud of our schools and pleased they are
proving popular with parents. We’re seeing an increasing demand for places and projections suggest this trend is likely to continue for some time.'

It’s essential we act now to ensure we have enough space for those children who want a place. This is our Labour Council investing in our area for the benefit of local children - giving them a great start to their schooling.

The council has worked hard to find this money. That we’ve managed to raise such a large sum for school investment is in itself a significant achievement given the current Tory cuts programme.

Clive's latest Election Leaflet

You can view Clive's latest leaflet here.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Bring It Back Update

Pic with Clive l-r. Hitesh Chandarana, Cllr Kevin Anderson
and Ray Donnelly
Cllr Clive Morgan has met with highway chief, Cllr Kevin Anderson to lobby the council to bring back a right turn option for car users at the junction of the A49 Warrington Rd and Clapgate Lane, Goose Green.

Local resident and community volunteer Ray Donnelly and local NISA Store Manager, Hitesh Chandarana joined Clive as they took the campaign to the Town Hall.

The busy A49 Warrington Rd is set for major changes this year following news that the Marus Bridge roundabout is to be removed and replaced with dedicated traffic signals as part of a £1million investment to keep this busy road corridor running smoothly.

Currently traffic wishing to access Clapgate Lane must negotiate the roundabout and make its way up Highfield Grange Ave –  a detour that could be fixed by reopening the right turn access.

Clive said, “The recently announced £1million scheme at the Marus Bridge roundabout provides the opportunity for the right turn into Clapgate Lane to be re-opened.”

“I am pleased that Cllr Anderson listened to our case and having visited the site at my invitation he understands the issue and the impact it is having on local people and local businesses.”

Friday, 9 May 2014

New estate needs bus service

A new bus link connecting the recently expanded new housing estates in Winstanley is needed say your Local Labour Team.

Over a decade of house building is now at completion as the Persimmon Homes ‘Bluebell Wood’ development awaits the arrival of new home owners.

Holmes House Ave and Tan House Drive are now connected at the Bluebell Wood site providing a link road of over a mile in length from the Poacher Pub to the mini-roundabout junction near St Aidans Social Centre.

Cllrs Clive Morgan and Paul Kenny have lobbied Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to provide a bus service that diverts along this new route providing a service for local residents who currently face a long walk to the nearest bus stop.

Cllr Clive Morgan said, “We think it will be popular with people to be able catch a bus within reasonable walking distance giving them access to Wigan and the wider local area.”

“At present people face a long walk to the nearest bus stop from many parts of the new estate and I am pleased that following our request TfGM are in talks with a bus operator.”

Cllr Paul Kenny has received confirmation from TfGM that they are in discussion with a bus operator to provide a commercial service and that potential locations for bus stops are being scouted.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Local Election 2014

You can view the full list of candidates contesting Winstanley Ward here.

Labour's Cllr Clive Morgan will be seeking re-election. The former Falklands War veteran and Goose Green resident is defending a majority of 1,186.

Cllr Clive Morgan said, "It has been an honour to represent the area in which I live. We have achieved a lot together including the victory to retain Winstanley's green belt boundaries and I am proud to have supported local sports and community groups."

"The CAP, UKIP and Conservatives have all snubbed local people by picking candidates who do not even live in the ward they are seeking to represent."

The local election will be held on Thursday, 22nd May. The European election will also take place on this date so voters will receive two ballot papers to complete.

For more information about the local elections visit the Wigan Council website here.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Wigan Thanked for being a great host

Pic with John Dutton
Wigan Council has received a special memento to thank the borough for the part it played in the successful Rugby League World Cup 2013.

Cllr Paul Kenny accepted on behalf of the borough a canvas print of a photograph of the quarter final match played at the DW Stadium between England and France. Jon Dutton, formerly the operations director for the tournament, gave the canvas to me in the Mayor’s Parlour at the town hall on Thursday, 10 April.

Twenty-two thousand fans attended the match – comfortably won by the home side. I was at the game and to see so many fans at an international match at our local stadium was a special moment. It’s wonderful that Jon has thanked us with this gift. We will find a special place in the town hall to hang it.

Jon Dutton said: “The game at the DW was a huge success – as was the match at Leigh Sports Village. More than 32,000 fans attended the two games held in Wigan Borough and this played a big part in making RLWC2013 such a successful tournament. This memento is our way of saying thank you to everyone who worked so hard on this project.”

Staff from RLWC2013 will also be presenting representatives from DW Stadium and Leigh Sports Village with a special memento.

Friday, 21 March 2014

A Local Success Story Under New Management

This week, Cllr Clive Morgan visited The Grange Centre to meet with the Chair of the Governing Body of Hope Special School, Mr John Mason.

The school is committed to community use and since it took over the management of the building in January, bookings remain vibrant and there has also been an increase in the number of volunteers giving of their time to ensure that local people and  user groups are catered for.

Why not make a visit and perhaps join the Library or enquire about the many activities that take place at The Grange Centre during the week.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Latest Planning Applications

Two planning applications have been submitted for the week ending 14th March. You can view both submissions and applications in other wards here.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Council Tax Frozen

A council tax freeze for residents of Wigan Borough has been approved alongside a deal that calls on the public to play a more active role in helping the council change and save money.

At the full meeting of Wigan Council last night Clive, Paul and Marie supported Labour's proposed budget, which will take effect from April 1. It means thousands of local residents will see their council tax bill frozen this year. Wigan Council has even agreed to absorb the proposed rise in the police precept so residents don’t see their bills increase.

The budget includes savings of £14m but money has also been earmarked for investment with £1m used to pay for apprenticeships for local young people and £500,000 used to improve the highway network and repair potholes. A further £250,000 over 4 years has been set aside to pay for events commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

And the budget plans also include a second round of the Community Investment Fund – the council’s flagship community project that gives money to groups working on ideas to tackle the borough’s big social problems. Last year the council gave £2m to 12 groups including a community farm, a music cooperative and a homeless charity. The budget allocates another £2m for the investment fund from the council’s financial reserves.

This supports the council’s aim to see the public take a more active role in their communities - a key part of The Deal, which was also approved with the budget last night. The Deal is an informal contract between the council and residents and includes a commitment for both sides to work together to transform public services, minimise the impact of spending cuts and help make Wigan Borough a better place.

Along with the council tax freeze, The Deal commits the council to a series of pledges. This includes helping communities to support each other. The council will do this through schemes such as the Community Investment Fund. Another pledge is to cut red tape and provide value for money. One of the ways the council will do this is by reducing its administrative buildings from 20 to four – saving £1m a year.

The other pledges include creating opportunities for young people and supporting the local economy to grow. Among the ways the council will achieve these is by extending its successful apprenticeship scheme and building on the popular Business Expo.

In return, the council hopes community groups will run some of the services it can no longer afford to provide. This process has already started. For example, the Pelican Group in Tyldesley now runs a former council swimming pool and volunteers have taken over a former council daycentre in Scholes, Wigan and volunteers play a role in delivering Library services from the Grange Complex.

But The Deal also involves a commitment from the public to recycle more, support local businesses, get online and stay active and healthy. For example, if residents could recycle more it would save the council money by reducing the amount of non-recyclable waste it sends to landfill. Just a five per cent reduction in non-recyclable waste would save the council £322,000 every year.

The council wants to use The Deal to help it cope with a huge reduction in its funding from central government. It has to cut £105.8m by the end of 2016/17, a total reduction of more than 30 percent of its budget – one of the largest cuts faced by any local authority in the country. Savings totalling £64.8m have already been made. The council must cut another £14m during 2014/15 to meet its targets.

More information about The Deal is available here.   

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Latest Planning Applications

Two planning applications in the ward have been submitted during the week ending 28th February. You can view the details of all planning applications submitted during this period here.

If you wish to view any planning application and its current status, this can be done via Wigan Council's online database.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Prohibition of Waiting - Billinge Road

A Prohibition of Waiting Order is proposed as per the attached notice.

Any objection to the Order must be made in writing specifying the grounds and must be made to the Assistant Director, Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan quoting reference RD/LR/JOH/N22/741-/N-003142 not later than 4th April  2014.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Labour Doorstep

Thanks to the residents of Shefford Close and nearby streets for taking the time to chat with Marie, Paul and myself this morning. Lots of national and local issues raised including parking problems, grass verges and speeding traffic which we will report to the council and police.

Labour Doorstep is just one way by which we keep in touch with residents. Since last summer we have spoken to over 1,000 local residents across Goose Green, Highfield, Marus Bridge and Winstanley.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Say Cheers to Fairtrade

Pic with Pat Boyle and pupils from St Aidan's Primary School
This Fairtrade Fortnight (24th February – 9th March 2014), St Aidans Church members held a ‘Say cheers to Fairtrade farmers’ in developing countries at their Traidcraft Big Brew event at the popular St Aidans Social Centre today.

The Big Brew is part of a national initiative by Traidcraft, the UK’s leading fair trade organisation, which encourages schools, churches, workplaces and any other groups to host a Fairtrade coffee morning or tea party during Fairtrade Fortnight.

By holding a Traidcraft Big Brew, selling Traidcraft goods church members and the wider public are helping families in the developing world to flourish by raising funds and raising awareness of Fairtrade Fortnight.

Event Organiser, Pat Boyle said, “The Big Brew is a great opportunity to increase awareness of Fairtrade and of the issues faced by producers in the developing world. By offering for sale Fairtrade products we are helping raise funds to make a difference to the lives of producers across the world.”

As a Labour & Cooperative Councillor, I am putting my support and tea drinking enthusiasm behind Pat and her team here at St Aidan’s ‘Big Brew’, taking part and fundraising can make all the difference to people in the developing world. They work hard and deserve a fair price for their products and it’s great that this annual event is so well supported by local people.

Established in 1979, Traidcraft fights poverty through trade, helping people in developing countries to transform their lives. It runs training programmes in some of the poorest countries in the world, and campaigns in the UK and internationally to bring about trade justice.

For more information on Traidcraft visit their website.           

Fairtrade facts

In the UK, sales of Fairtrade products in 2012 reached £1.5 billion –  an 18 per cent increase on the
        previous year
78 per cent of consumers recognise the FAIRTRADE Mark
One in every three bananas sold in the UK is Fairtrade
44 per cent of bagged sugar sold in the UK is Fairtrade certified
25 per cent of all roast and ground retail coffee in the UK is Fairtrade certified
Fairtrade products are now sold in more than 125 countries
The FAIRTRADE Mark is the most widely-recognised ethical label globally
The Fairtrade system currently works with 1.3 million people - farmers and workers - across more than
        70 developing countries
75 per cent of all Fairtrade producers are smallholder farmers
There are now 1,149 Fairtrade producer organisations worldwide

Friday, 21 February 2014

Latest Planning Applications

You can view two applications submitted within the Winstanley Ward for the week ending 14th February at this link.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Prohibition of Waiting Order - Tan House Drive

Wigan Council are seeking to introduce a scheme to prohibit waiting at certain points along Tan House Drive. You can view the plan here.

If you wish to make any comments or objections about the scheme, please write to the Assistant Director, Legal, Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1YN.  Any comments or objections should be received by no later than 5 March 2014 quoting the reference RD/LR/JA/N22/728-/N-003110.

Prohibition of Waiting Order - Clevedon Drive

Wigan Council are seeking to to introduce a Traffic Order as per the attached plan.

If you wish to make any comments or objections about the scheme, please write to the Assistant Director, Legal, Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1YN.  Any comments or objections should be received by no later than 4 March 2014 quoting the reference RD/LR/GF/N22/724-/N-003100.

Bring It Back Update

Over 500 signatures have now been collected and the petition is available to sign at the NISA shop on Clapgate Lane. We hope to secure 1,000 signatures so please encourage family, friends or co-workers to sign up.

The Wigan Evening Post reported the launch of the petition in its 27th Jan edition and it was the 5th most popular online news story that week.

The petition will continue to be available to sign until the end of February when Clive intends to present the petition to the Mayor of Wigan.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Bring It Back Petition launched in support of right turn access at Clapgate Lane

Cllr Clive Morgan today launched a campaign to bring back a right turn option for road users at the junction of the A49 Warrington Rd and Clapgate Lane, Goose Green.

Residents and business joined Clive and ward colleague Cllr Paul Kenny at the launch of a petition which can be signed at the nearby NISA shop on Clapgate Lane or online here.

On hand to meet and listen to local residents was Wigan Cabinet Highways Portfolio holder Cllr Kevin Anderson.

The busy A49 Warrington Rd is set for major changes this year following news that the Marus Bridge roundabout is to be removed and replaced with dedicated traffic signals as part of a £1million investment to keep this busy road corridor running smoothly.

Currently traffic wishing to access Clapgate Lane must negotiate the roundabout and make its way up Highfield Grange Ave –  a detour that could be fixed by reopening the right turn access.

Clive said, “The recently announced £1million scheme at the Marus Bridge roundabout provides the opportunity for the right turn into Clapgate Lane to be re-opened.”

“As a local resident I will campaign hard and make representation to the Council for the right turn to be re-instated. I know that there is a strong desire from many residents to see this happen but we need the voice of the local community to back the campaign by signing the ‘Bring It Back’ petition.

“Please support the campaign and sign the petition."

Local Business leaders are also backing the campaign. Hitesh Chandarana of the local NISA shop said, “There has certainly been no benefit to my business from the closure of the right turn.

“The decision to close the right turn has had a significant impact on Clapgate Lane shopping precinct businesses. I know that prospective businesses have pulled out of plans to invest in a refurbished precinct, in part because of the loss of passing trade.”

Monday, 13 January 2014

Christmas Veterans' Luncheon

The second Makerfield Christmas Veterans' Luncheon was held on Saturday, 7th December 2013 at St Matthew's Parish Hall, Highfield.

Hosted by Yvonne Fovargue MP, 150 veterans and their guests tucked into a traditional Christmas Dinner.

Cllr Clive Morgan,  a former Welsh Guard and veteran of the 1982 Falklands War, was the MC for the day. The Vicar of St Paul's, Rev Neil Cook was on hand to open the event with prayers followed by the Exhortation led by Mr Mel Lee (Royal British Legion) and Mr Lawrence Powers (Burma Star Assoc).

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Latest Planning Applications List for week ending 20th December 2013

You can view the applications submitted to Wigan Council here.

A review of 2013

A happy and prosperous New Year to you! It is not possible to share with you all the activities that we undertake on your behalf but we trust that the following will provide you with a snapshot of the issues affecting our area during 2013.

The year has been a very important one in the life of the local communities that shape the ward. Whether you live in Goose Green, Marus Bridge, Highfield or Winstanley the news that together we secured the retention of green belt on land adjacent to Junction 25, M6 was fantastic news for the area.

We would like to extend a thank you to all residents for their strong support of this campaign and in particular Makerfield MP, Yvonne Fovargue and the M6 South of Wigan campaign team. The green belt boundaries that surround the ward are now protected from development until 2026. The Ward has seen its fair share of development over the past decade and it is expected that the ‘Bluebell Wood’ development on Tan House Drive will be completed early next year.

The last big development, which has now commenced, is on land at Foundry Lane. We do not now anticipate any further large scale developments in the area. The increase in dwellings has also increased the amount of traffic on the two main arterial routes in the ward, Highfield Grange Ave and Billinge Rd. We very much welcome the confirmation that Wigan Council will be removing Marus Bridge roundabout and installing a traffic light signal system following a £1million bid to the Dept for Transport. We expect that work will commence in the summer of 2014. We are also campaigning to re-open the right turn from the A49 onto Clap Gate Lane.

The removal of the mini-roundabout at Clap Gate Lane and Highfield Grange Ave during the summer has improved sight lines and safety at this junction. We continue to support local groups through Brighter Borough Funding across the ward and would encourage applications. Please do contact us if you are requiring funds to support your local group’s latest project.

We will also see the management of the Grange Community Complex transfer from the current Trustees to the Governing Body of Hope School. We are pleased that the Governing Body have committed to maintaining the facility for use by existing user groups and we look forward to working with them in 2014.

It is with sadness that we report that former Councillor and Mayor of the Borough, Rona Winkworth passed away in August. Rona will be remembered for her tireless work on behalf of constituents and will be missed by all who knew her. A by-election was held on 24th October at which Marie Morgan was elected to serve the ward until May 2015. Building on last year’s Christmas light displays on Highfield Grange Ave and Billinge Rd, we have installed a living Christmas Tree opposite St Aidan’s Social Centre. We hope that this will be welcomed by residents to bring some Christmas Cheer!

We continue to support our two community hubs in St Matthews Parish Hall and St Aidan’s Social Centre and recently welcomed 150 veterans to a Christmas Veterans’ Dinner hosted by Yvonne Fovargue. 2014 will be a challenging year as the Borough faces further significant cuts during the current austerity programme.
We will continue to speak up for our area in the Town Hall. We welcome your views, questions or comments on any aspect of this report. Please do let us know if we can be of assistance. 

Cllr Paul Kenny
Cllr Clive Morgan
Cllr Marie Morgan

December 2013