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

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.