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