Monday, 29 February 2016

Beat It Team

The Beat It Team were in our area recently to target 'grot spots' that are notified to us by residents or areas that we have reported on our regular walkabouts in the ward.

You can view the report back here.

Residents called on to help make roads safer

Residents in Goose Green, Highfield, Marus Bridge and Winstanley are being asked for their help to make the roads safer as a Community Speed Watch scheme is launched.

The borough-wide scheme by Wigan Council aims to address speeding concerns and promote safer driving.

The initiative, which has the support of Greater Manchester Police, will allow volunteers to borrow equipment for an agreed time period to monitor the speed of motorists and they will be able to collect data about how fast cars are travelling on the roads.

Data collected by Community Speed Watch volunteers will be reviewed by the council who will then decide whether interventions such as temporary speed warning signs are required in the area.

For 30 mph areas with persistent speed problems the data will be passed on to Greater Manchester Police to make them aware of residents’ concerns.

The scheme is not designed to act as an enforcement exercise to prosecute specific motorists but to reduce speeds and to improve road safety.

Volunteers who sign up will receive a full toolkit and formal training from the council to ensure they are safe at all times.

The scheme follows the rollout of the 20mph scheme, which aims to improve safety on the borough’s roads and encourage residents, particularly children and young people, to walk, and cycle without fear of speeding traffic.

If a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle travelling at 20mph slight injuries are possible, but if this speed is increased to 30mph the injuries will be more severe and at 40mph the pedestrian may be killed.

Most roads in the borough can be monitored as part of the scheme but the council will confirm the suitability of each chosen road when someone has signed up.

You can sign up to help make the borough’s roads safer by emailing traffic@wigan.gov.uk or calling 01942 489309.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Goose Green Post Office

Post Office have written to your local Labour Team to advise us that across the Post Office network there is an established programme of investment and transformation in local branches.

Goose Green Post Office is now earmarked for modernisation.

This is good news for our local post office and follows similar projects across the Borough. During the works when the Clapgate Lane location is closed post office services will still be available at Winstanley Post Office on Holmes House Ave.

Subject to the outcome of discussions with the current operator the modernised Clapgate Lane post office will be open Mon-Sat 0600-2200 & Sun 0700-2200. Goose Green Post Office will close for a period of up to 7 days during May or June to allow for work to be completed.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Apprenticeships flourishing in Wigan Borough

More than 15,000 people have started apprenticeships in Wigan Borough over the past seven years – the second highest take up in Greater Manchester.

As part of this, Wigan Council has helped more than 200 businesses access apprentices and supported over 200 apprentices within its organisation since 2012.

Cllr Paul Kenny said, “These figures should be celebrated as apprenticeships are making a real difference to the lives of so many young people, bringing opportunities for them to access work and gain qualifications at the same time.

“This is really good news not only for the local economy but also that of the wider Greater Manchester region, and we will be building on this work as part of our plans to boost employment and training as part of the Deal for the Future.”

The council has invested £3m into apprenticeship programmes since 2012. They include the council’s internal programme and the Business Apprenticeship Programme, which offers grants to local businesses to help them take on new apprentices.

A further £1m was pledged for the Confident Futures scheme, which provides young people not in employment, education or training (NEETS) with work experience and classroom learning over a six week period, followed by work placement opportunities and further learning through traineeships or apprenticeships.

For more information about apprenticeships visit here.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Apply Now for WWI Event Funding

Community groups in Wigan Borough are being urged to apply for funding to support events commemorating World War One.

Wigan Council’s World War One Community Grant Scheme is available to anyone planning an event in 2016 which links to events during The Great War, including the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland.

Between 2014 and 2018, the council has pledged £250,000 to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Groups can bid for funding towards their project and the council is encouraging the community to get involved in raising awareness about this pivotal time in our history.

The money from the Wigan Council run scheme will be shared between groups and organisations.

Anyone interested should submit their applications no later than Friday 4th March. A panel will be considering bids shortly after the deadline date.

Cllr Paul Kenny, lead member for the Armed Forces said, “It’s so important that we remember this extremely prominent time in our history and by providing this funding, we are coming together as a community to deliver memorable events that residents of all ages can learn from."

Over previous years there has been a good response from communities who have worked together to embrace such commemorations and we hope to receive even more interest this year in order to raise awareness and leave a lasting impression."

Organisations wishing to submit an application should be able to show how their scheme will either help raise awareness about World War One history, benefit armed forces families, get the community involved or leave a lasting legacy for future generations thereby meeting the aims of the armed forces community covenant.

The application forms should be completed by Friday 4th March.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Disability sport gets £100,000 boost

Disability sport in Wigan Borough is set to benefit from a boost of nearly £100,000.

The Spirit of 2012 funding will be used to develop three hubs offering a range of activities, and to train staff and volunteers to support sessions.

The money has been allocated following a successful consortium bid led by the English Federation of Disability Sport. Wigan Borough is one of only 10 local authority areas in the country to receive the funding.

Cllr Paul Kenny, Cabinet member for leisure, said: “This is excellent news that will make a real difference to the lives of people with disabilities, as well as introducing new activities to the wider community."

“We want to provide inclusive activities to encourage all residents to become more active and healthy as part of The Deal, and these hubs will welcome everyone, offering an opportunity for people to make new friends, try new sports and improve their wellbeing.”

The hubs will be developed at Howe Bridge Leisure Centre, Hindley Leisure Centre and Wigan Youth Zone.

Leisure partner Inspiring healthy lifestyles will offer a variety of activities including dance, boxing and yoga, plus bespoke sessions on climbing walls, the skate park and soft play area at Howe Bridge.

Working with GreaterSport, County Sports Partnership for Greater Manchester, a pilot scheme being carried out at Hindley Leisure Centre has already proven a success. This pilot has been delivered since October 2015 and has already engaged 10 new families in inclusive family activities.

Yvonne Harrison, CEO of GreaterSport said: “Following a round of consultation with disabled people to understand their needs better, we have worked closely with local partners, including Wigan, to ensure our contribution to the EFDS UK Get Out and Get Active bid was strong.  This level of local insight really helped the Greater Manchester contribution to stand out and I am delighted to hear the application was a success.

“The pilot in Wigan is already proving successful and GreaterSport are looking forward to working with Wigan to use The Spirit of 2012 funding, to help change the lives of people through sport and physical activity.”

Monday, 8 February 2016

Planning application submitted for new Wigan Bus Station

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has submitted a planning application to build a new, state-of-the-art bus station in Wigan Town Centre.

The plans for the new bus station include a single, covered concourse building, improved waiting areas, cycle parking and improved access to and from the town centre. The new facility would be built on the same site as the existing bus station and will provide a more attractive and welcoming gateway to the town.

The submission of the planning application follows the public consultation exercise that ran from 23 November until 19 December 2015, during which time the outline designs for the new facility were shared with councillors, members of the public and local businesses.

Throughout the four week consultation nearly 200 responses were received online, by post or at one of the seven public events held within the town centre.

More details are available in the public consultation report for Wigan Bus Station published on TfGM’s website.      

Delivered by TfGM, funding for the Wigan Bus Station development is being supported by central government through the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal Programme.

Subject to planning permission being granted, the intention would be for work to start on site in 2017 with the new station being open for use by the end of 2018.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Traffic Order Proposal along Tan House Drive

Local residents have expressed concerns about the high level of on-street parking outside Winstanley Community Primary School during school drop off and pick up times to the possible detriment to highway safety.

The Council are therefore launching a consultation on a proposal to introduce a Traffic Order to restrict parking on Tan House Drive in the vicinity of the school.

You can read the associated documents at the links below;

1. Notice of Proposals
2. The Existing Plan
3. The Proposed Plan 
4. Letter to Residents

If you wish to object to all or part of the order then the the closing date is 1st March 2016. We would also suggest that if you support the order then you also communicate this to the council.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

New Shelter at Holmes House Ave bus stop.

A new bus stop has recently been installed at Holmes House Ave near to the mini roundabout at Tan House Drive.

The new shelter follows representation by your Labour Team and will soon be followed by permanent stops along the near 1 mile stretch of road from the Poacher Pub to St Aidan's Social Club.

TfGM will be working with Wigan Council on this now that the locations have been finalised following public consultation.

Cllr Paul Kenny said, "It is good for bus users that the 631/632 service now takes in the new estates and that permanent bus stops are to soon be introduced along Tan House Drive and Holmes House Ave."