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."