Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Heritage Day to commemorate World War I

Celebrate the heritage of Wigan Borough this bank holiday with a trip to Trencherfield Mill. The popular Heritage Day returns this year thanks to £4,750 from Wigan Council’s World War One Community Grant Scheme.

Visitors to the event will be able to view proposals for the '4 Our Forces' facility, which looks set to be built next to the mill. The project, being developed by Wigan Council and Wigan Sea Cadets, will provide somewhere for local and regional cadets to meet, whilst also being a central point for Armed Forces families to access a range of services including advice about housing and employment, education and health and well-being.

Other attractions on the day include stalls, a fun fair, classic cars, Punch and Judy, and the world-famous Trencherfield Mill steam engine in action. There will be music from Chockinfeckle and the Pemberton Old Wigan DW Brass Band. Kittywake will be offering canal trips to visitors.

Pegasus, WiganSTEAM, SKILS CIC Buzz Pod, the British Legion and the Trencherfield Mill Residents’ Association will all be attending.

The event takes place on Monday 2nd May between 11am-4pm.

There is a charge of £2 per adult and £1 per child (family ticket £5) to gain entry to the mill building. This includes a visit to the steam engine. Veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces presenting ID can attend the event free.

Ten per cent of ticket sales will be donated to the Sea Cadets to mark The Battle of Jutland centenary. Jutland was the most pivotal naval engagement of World War One, with 6,000 British personnel lost.

More than 3,400 Wigan Borough residents lost their lives in World War One. The council has dedicated £250,000 to support World War One centenary commemorations.

Election leaflet

You can view Cllr Paul Kenny's election leaflet delivered to over 4,400 households in Goose Green, Highfield, Marus Bridge and Winstanley here.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Latest Planning Applications

You can view the latest planning applications submitted to Wigan Council here.

The major application for a pub/restaurant at Smithy Brook Road has received planning permission. The decision notice can be viewed here.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Billinge Road & St Matthew's Close

A proposal to introduce a Traffic Order in the vicinity of Billinge Rd/St Matthew's Close is currently being consulted on.

The Notice and Plan gives details of the proposed scheme.

Comments or objections about the scheme can be submitted in writing to the Assistant Director - Legal, Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1YN. Any comments or objections should be received by no later than 3 May 2016 quoting the reference RD/LS/SEC/CL48.152.

Tory Local Government cuts hit northern towns like Wigan the hardest.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Work to commence on new play area for Gayton Close

Cllr Paul Kenny at
the Gayton Close site
Work will soon commence on Gayton Close to provide a new play area for young children.

The £45,000 play area will incorporate a number of play features for young children and has been developed with the help and support of local residents.

It is hoped that work will be completed as quickly as possible so that the play area can be enjoyed over the summer months by local youngsters.

The funding stream is via S106 proceeds. When planning permission for new housing sites is granted, a legal agreement (through a S106 agreement) is signed to require a financial contribution to be made for the provision of new or improved open space or play space.

It is this funding that also saw the surface refurbished last year at St Aidans play area. Further works are planned to improve the open space at several sites near the Smithy Brook minewater treatment area to include tree management, tree planting and path provision. This work is currently at the design and consultation stage.