Monday, 30 November 2015

Marus Bridge Roadworks Update

We know that the past week has been difficult with unacceptable delays but we would like to thank motorists for adapting to a temporary new road layout as major improvement work at Marus Bridge progresses on schedule.

Wigan Council is currently managing the improvements to the former roundabout at Marus Bridge which in the coming weeks will be operational as a traffic light controlled junction.

The change from a roundabout to a traffic light scheme is part of a major investment in Wigan's road network to reduce congestion and improve the local economy.

Work on the new A49 link road -  a dual carriageway between Goose Green and Westwood Park – is due to start early next year.

The Marus Bridge improvements are a key component of the new link road and will be followed by environmental improvements along Poolstock. Residents and commuters will benefit from much faster journey times into and out of Wigan town centre once the full scheme is complete.

Last week the council responded to public concerns about delays near the Marus Bridge work by introducing a new road layout which has since kept the traffic flowing. The improvement scheme is on schedule and barring any adverse weather it should be completed in the week commencing December 14th.

The council is now preparing motorists for overnight closures in the week starting Monday 7th December from 8pm to 5am to allow the road surface to be laid.

North bound works will take place on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th when Warrington Road (A49) north bound will be closed from the junction with Worthington Way to Clapgate Lane.

Highfield Grange Avenue will be closed from the junction with Darran Avenue to Warrington Road. Warrington Road south bound and Poolstock Lane will remain open.

South bound works will take place on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th when Warrington Road (A49) south bound will be closed from the junction of Clapgate Lane to Fulbeck Avenue.

Poolstock Lane will be closed from the junction with Marus Avenue to Warrington Road. Warrington Road north bound and Highfield Grange Avenue will remain open.

Updates will be made through the media and social media to ensure the public are aware of the closures.

Once the traffic light junction is operational the automatic computer system which runs the traffic lights will take time to adjust meaning motorists may initially experience longer waits than normal. However, this will soon rectify itself as the system adjusts to allow optimum traffic flows.


Christmas Carol Services in Winstanley

The festive season is nearly upon us so it is with great pleasure that we announce the following Carol services will be held.

On Tues, 8th December at The Grange Centre from 6.30pm onwards followed by a service at St Matthew's Parish Hall at 6.30pm on Monday, 14th December.

All residents are welcome to attend one or both services.




M58 Link Rd consultation event

A consultation event will take place at St Matthew's Parish Hall on Wednesday, 2nd December between 5pm and 7pm. This is open to the public and is an opportunity to share your thoughts on the proposed road scheme.

The proposals can be viewed online here.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

M58 Link Road Update

You can now view details of the proposed new road here.

Residents are invited to a drop in session to discuss the proposed new link road to the M58 and M6 junctions at Orrell. There will be further opportunity to make your views known when a planning application is submitted.

An opportunity to view the plans and talk to Wigan Council Highway Officers is to be held on Tuesday, 3rd Nov between 1pm and 7pm at Lamberhead Green Working Men's Club, White St WN5 8JW.


Wigan Allocations and Development Management Local Plan: Initial Draft Plan

A major consultation is underway which will determine the allocation of land for future development across the Borough up to 2026. The closing date for comments is Tuesday, 15th December 2015.

It contains detailed policies and plans for the period to 2026 in line with the strategic policies in the Local Plan Core Strategy and more up-to-date evidence.

You can view the online portal here.


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

M58 Link Road Public Consultation Event & Marus Bridge Update

A public exhibition on the M58 link road has now been rescheduled to Tuesday 3rd November 2015 between 1pm - 7pm at Lamberhead Green Working Men’s Club, White Street, Pemberton.

We are now well in to the programme of works at the former Marus Bridge Roundabout. We understand that the scheme is running to timetable.

The contractor George Cox has now installed all of the new kerbs within the former roundabout island and 80% of the ducting for the traffic signals and street lighting is complete. They have also completed the stone base for the new road within the island and the widening in Highfield Grange Avenue ready for the tarmac surface.

Looking Ahead

Over the coming weeks the lane widening works to the north and south carriageways of the A49 will commence.

In addition, the lane widening in Highfield Grange Avenue and the existing roundabout area will be tarmacked. Stop / go boards (off peak) will be utilised to control traffic in Highfield Grange Ave for approx. 2 hours, whilst the tarmac laying machine moves along.

Lane closures will continue to be during off peak periods only. The closures will be removed during the rush hours to minimise disruption to traffic and keep it flowing as freely as possible whilst the works are carried out.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Marus Bridge Road Works Update

The scheme is another important phase of a multi- million pound link from the M6 through to Westwood and the Town Centre. The final phase will be the A49 link road to Westwood from the recently constructed roundabout situated at Little Lane.

The existing roundabout at Warrington Road / Highfield Grange Avenue /Poolstock Lane is to be removed and changed into a 4 way traffic signalled junction. Works which started on 27 July 2015 consist of new kerbs, footways, surfacing, landscaping, drainage and upgrading street lighting.

Ground investigation works on the A49 Link Road Scheme around the Tippings Arms area are now complete.

Cllr Paul Kenny said, "The contractor has begun construction of the new carriageway and islands and laying service ducts in preparation for the future installation of lighting columns and traffic signals.

"Over the coming weeks they will continue to work on this area and with lane widening works to both the North and South carriageway areas. In addition, they will start to excavate for the lane widening in Highfield Grange Avenue on Monday 7 September 2015 and on Monday 14 September 2015 the school crossing patrols will be moved along Warrington Rd towards Clapgate Lane,
outside the works area."

"Lane closures will continue to be implemented during off peak periods only in order to minimise disruption to traffic and keep it flowing as freely as possible whilst the works are carried out."

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

St Paul's Bowling Club

l-r. Cllr Billy Rotherham, Cllr Phil Kelly, Mr Ken Wright,
Club Chairman, Yvonne Fovargue MP & Cllr Paul Kenny
Cllr Paul Kenny was delighted to be present at the official opening of the new bowling green and pavilion located on the Wainhomes 'Vicarage Park' development off Warrington Rd, Goose Green.

The new 'state of the art' facilities were opened by Yvonne Fovargue MP and she was joined by Worsley Mesnes ward councillors, Billy Rotherham, Phil Kelly and Winstanley ward's Paul Kenny.

The £100k+ investment is the result of a planning agreement between Wainhomes and Wigan Council to replace the bowling green at the former Bulls Head Pub. The new housing development resulted in the loss of the bowling green and agreement was reached on a new facility ensuring the future for the club and bowling in the Goose Green area.

Club Members join Yvonne Fovargue MP
Local councillors have also assisted the club via grant funding and in glorious sunshine club members were present to witness the official opening.

Yvonne Fovargue MP said, “Bowling continues to play a valuable role in local communities and at a time when many bowling greens have been lost to development it is heartening to see St Paul’s Bowling Club take to their new green and pavilion.”

“It is a growing sport and can be played by all ages and thanks to this ‘state of the art’ facility the future of bowling in Goose Green is secure.”

“The health benefits of bowling, ensuring that people stay both physically, mentally and socially active, are clear and must run into millions of pounds worth of treatment that the NHS doesn’t have to provide every year.”


Monday, 22 June 2015

Highfield Grange AFC

Highfield Grange AFC have places available for Year 5 boys and girls U10s team.

For further details call Steve on 07804597786 or email here.

All managers and coaches are FA qualified and CRB checked.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Thank you

Cllr Marie Morgan was re-elected to represent Winstanley ward at the election held on Thursday, 7th May.

The result can be viewed at the following weblink.

All the results from the local elections held in the Wigan Borough can be viewed here.

Yvonne Fovargue was re-elected to Parliament as MP for Makerfield. The results of the parliamentary elections covering the Wigan Borough can be viewed here.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Junction works completed following campaign by councillors and residents

The first phase of work to the busy A49 Warrington Rd corridor at Marus Bridge has been completed in the past week following a campaign launched in 2013.

Road traffic was unable to turn right from the A49 into Clapgate Lane but following a petition signed by over 1,000 local people and lobbying by ward councillors, funding was secured to enable the right turn access ahead of major works which will see the Marus Bridge roundabout removed and replaced by a traffic light management system.

Cllr Marie Morgan has welcomed the completion ahead of the major programmed works to the roundabout which will compliment the new 2.5km A49 Link Road project at the new roundabout junction with Warrington Road at Goose Green.

Traffic movements into and out of Winstanley are currently not served well by the roundabout and lead to traffic delays and frustration for road users.

Reinstating the right turn into Clapgate Lane is very much welcomed by local people and will give road users a viable alternative. It is also the case that with the major works for the roundabout commencing soon that this work was completed first. It is inevitable that disruption will occur during the construction phase but the simple truth is that the A49 road corridor needs this investment so that people can get about and Wigan remains a place that can attract investment and retain and create new jobs.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Winstanley Labour Rose

You can view our latest leaflet distributed to all households in Goose Green, Marus Bridge, Highfield and Winstanley here.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

A litter pick as spring clean sweeps through Winstanley

An army of councillors and volunteers is set to sweep through Wigan Borough this weekend as part of a big community spring clean-up.

More than 50 ward councillors across Wigan Borough including your local Labour Team have organised litter picks for this weekend as part of the national Community Clear Up Day, which is supported by Keep Britain Tidy.

Winstanley Ward's Spring Clean will be held on Saturday, 21st March meeting at the car park at St Aidans Social Centre at 10am.

Spring Clean organiser for Winstanley, Cllr Marie Morgan said, "I urge residents if they want to get involved in tidying up their neighbourhood to come along and join us on Saturday. I hope people enjoy improving their area and playing their part in The Deal.”

As part of The Deal, Wigan Council is supporting every councillor in the borough with the tools to take part, providing skip access in each of the 25 wards - as well as litter pickers, gloves, high viz jackets and bin bags.

The litter picking equipment will be left with councillors so that litter picks can be organised in the future. So far more than 50 councillors have volunteered to organise litter picks this weekend – with some being organised for next month.

This means every ward in the borough will be having a Spring Clean either this weekend or later in the spring.

Councillors are set to keep residents up-to-date with their picks via social media using the hashtag #springclean.

Wigan’s proactive approach to cleaning up its neighbourhoods has been praised by Keep Britain Tidy, the national body based in Wigan and dedicated to eliminating litter and improving local neighbourhoods.

Phil Barton, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive, said: “Litter has a huge impact on the quality of our streets and public spaces and we all have a responsibility to keep our communities tidy."

“Initiatives such as Clear Up Day encourages individuals and communities to come together to take pride in places that they live, work and play. As Keep Britain Tidy is based in Wigan, It is fantastic to see that the town and wider borough will be getting involved in the national spring clean.”

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

20MPH milestone reached as area gets lower speed limits

The final signs are going up across Winstanley as Wigan Borough becomes a residential 20mph town.

The residential 20 mph zones project from Wigan Council will be finishing three months ahead of schedule after the project started in March 2013 to turn Wigan Borough’s residential properties into lower speed roads.

And people in Winstanley are finally reaping the positive benefit on their neighbourhood with safer roads and reduced car emissions.

Cllr Marie Morgan said: “We have had residents asking us when the lower 20mph limits would be brought in on their roads. It is wonderful to be able to let them know that they too can enjoy living on roads where motorists know speeding is wrong.

“And with the lower speed limits it will mean Winstanley is a safer place for motorists and pedestrians.”

The 20mph zones help reduce the risk of serious harm caused by road traffic collisions, particularly to children and young people. A pedestrian hit at 20mph will face only minor injuries, but if the speed is increased to 30mph the injuries will be more severe and at 40mph the pedestrian may be killed.

Throughout the entire project an estimated 1,800 poles have been erected with a total of 9,000 signs being placed across Wigan Borough. While up to 5,000m of paint has also gone in to mark up the speed limits on the road.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Highway Maintenance Works

Please note that road works will take place on Sunday. Please see notice below.

Road works will take place on Pemberton Road at its junction with Winstanley Road and Wigan Road at its junction with Ashton Road, a section of Ashton Road adjacent to Wigan Road will also be included.

It is the Council’s intention to carry out carriageway resurfacing works at the above location.
The carriageway resurfacing works will commence on Sunday 11 January 2015 and with the
exception of any unforeseen circumstances the work should take 1 day to complete.

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 a road closure of both junctions incorporating a diversion route has to be implemented during the contractor’s presence on site.
The resurfacing work on Ashton Road adjacent to Wigan Road will be carried out under two way traffic signal control

Vehicular access may be available for occupiers of premises within the closed section of highway during the working period, but this cannot be guaranteed at any one time and long delays may be experienced. It may also not be possible to gain access to your property from the same direction each time and an alternative route may need to be found. Outside the working period access will be available. Emergency access will be available at all times.

Please can I ask the residents 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 01942-404364 or the contractor’s technical supervisor on site Mr Abbott.

Yours faithfully

S Hughes

S Hughes 
Highway Engineer 
Design Services Group