Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Christmas Carols at The Grange Centre

Thanks to the 100+ members of the local community who attended the second of our Christmas Carol services in the Winstanley area.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Date for the Diary - Carols round the Tree!

We are hoping for the best ever turnout at the second of our two local Christmas Carol concerts following last night's service at St Matthew's Parish Hall.

Good food and mince pies will be available following Carols around the Christmas Tree at The Grange Centre, Highfield Grange Ave on Tuesday, 19th December at 6.30pm.

All Welcome!

Christmas Carols at St Matthew's Parish Hall, Highfield.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Makerfield Christmas Veterans' Lunch 2017

On Saturday (2nd Dec 17), Clive, Marie and Paul attended the  annual Christmas Veterans’ Lunch at St Matthews Parish Hall, Highfield hosted by Yvonne Fovargue MP. Over 120 veterans from across the Makerfield Constituency attended

Clive is a former Welsh Guard and veteran of the 1982 Falklands War. He once again was the MC for the day. The Rev Sian Gasson was on hand to open the event with prayers followed by the Exhortation led by Mr John Burns (Chair – Ashton in Makerfield Royal British Legion) and Mr Lawrence Powers (Burma Star Assoc).

Tucking into a traditional 3 course Christmas lunch provided by H&H Catering Ltd guests were also entertained with a musical performance by pupils of St Edmund Arrowsmith High School.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Opening of Winstanley Warriors FC Sports Hub

Cllr Clive Morgan joined dignatories at the official opening of Winstanley Warriors FC Sports Hub at Little Lane.

He was joined by former Wigan Athletic FC defender Emmerson Boyce and Yvonne Fovargue MP who jointly opened the hub on Friday 3 November. The project was made possible thanks to a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.

The grant has enabled Winstanley Warriors FC to install a new floodlit third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) and refurbish their existing changing pavilion. The new 3G AGP, which caters for 7v7 and small-sided play, is in addition to the club’s three existing full-size grass pitches, 9v9 grass pitch and a training area.

The pitches and changing pavilion, which comprises two refurbished team changing rooms and a large officials’ room, will be used by the club’s 28 teams ranging from the Under-7 level upwards. Local clubs and schools, including the Hope SEN School and Worsley Mesnes Community Primary School, will also be able to use the facilities.

Winstanley Warriors FC has close ties with Wigan Athletic FC, with players having been scouted by the Latics in the past. The Wigan Athletic Community Trust will take advantage of the facilities at the upgraded sports hub, to deliver a range of community outreach programmes. These will include ‘Every Player Counts’ sessions for disabled pupils from local schools, helping them to get involved and enjoy football, and Premier League Kicks.

The club worked in partnership with the Lancashire FA to secure a £418,714 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund with support from Wigan Council and local ward councillors in Worsley Mesnes and Winstanley.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Wigan Council - Report It

In the age of smart phones a useful app is available for reporting issues direct to the council.

ReportIt is available from the android, apple & google stores and gives users the opportunity to report a whole range of issues including potholes, fly tipping, Anti-Social Behaviour, refuse, dog fouling and many others. The app allows you to take a picture and submit along with a brief description of the issue you would like to report.

ReportIT allows all residents to upload a photo of the suspected damage or issue to the app, at which point the council will receive a notification, pinpointing the exact location – providing the residents’ GPS is switched on.

The range of categories for the borough has also been extended and residents can now report problems they see specifically in parks, countryside and play areas, such as fallen trees, faulty play equipment and problems with public toilets.

The council has also taken on board user feedback from earlier versions of the app and users can now see updates, making it easier for residents to track the progress of their reports.

The ReportIT app is free to download from Apple, Android and Windows app stores.

To use the app open a My Account here and then download My Report It to your device and follow the onscreen instructions to set up your account.

Police Surgery - The Grange Centre

A reminder that local Police will be holding a surgery at The Grange Centre, Highfield Grange Ave at 7.30pm tonight (9/10/17).

Friday, 29 September 2017

Planning Application submitted for M58 Link Road scheme

The application proposes an extension and creation of highway to form a 2.3km single carriageway link road between the eastern roundabout of junction 26 of the M6 (with the M58 and A577) and the A571 Billinge Road/Foundry Lane junction, known as the M58 Link Road.

From here the road will connect to Smithy Brook Road, known as Pemberton Link. The proposal also includes sports pitch relocation and flood light illumination at Orrell St James ARLFC. Demolition of up to seven residential properties, including: one dwelling located at 133 Brook Lane, and one social housing apartment block containing six social housing apartments.

The application (use Ref A/17/84615) and all associated documents can be viewed online here 

The closing date for representations is 16th October 2017.

Premises Licence Application

The following application has been submitted to Wigan Council.

Portland Wine and Gin Bar
Unit 12 The Winstanley Centre, Holmes House Avenue, Winstanley, Wigan WN3 6JA

Applicant: Lindsay Porter
Application Type: New Premises Licence Application

Licensable Activities or Relevant Qualifying Club Activities: Regulated Entertainment (on the premises) Monday - Sunday 12:00 - 23:30. Late Night Refreshment (on the premises) Friday - Saturday 23:00 - 00:00. Sale of Alcohol (on and off the premises) Sunday - Thursday 12:00 - 23:00. Friday - Saturday 12:00 -00:00.

Non Standard Timings:

Christimas Eve: 12:00 - 01:00 Sundays preceding a Bank Holiday: Monday 12:00 - 01:00

From the start of permitted hours on New Year's Eve to the end of permitted hours on New Year's Day.

An additional hour once a year at the end of British Summertime (when the clocks go back).

Hours of Operation: Thursday - Sunday 12:00 - 23:00. Friday - Saturday 12:00 - 00:00

Closing Date for the Receipt of Representations: 25/10/2017

Any person can make representations or comments to the Trading Standards and Licensing Section of Wigan Council in respect of the following applications. Comments may be positive or negative, but can only be considered ‘relevant’ if they relate to one or more of the following Licensing Objectives:

  • Prevention of Crime and Disorder
  • Public Safety
  • Prevention of Public Nuisance
  • Protection of Children from Harm

If you wish to submit representations in respect of any of the applications listed below they must be received by the Trading Standards & Licensing Section by the 'Closing Date' listed. Representations received after this date cannot by law be accepted.

Representations must be in writing and include the full name and address of the person or persons making the representation. Representations can be made via email to

Please be aware that the Licensing Act 2003 requires us (Wigan Council) to send copies of all representations to the applicant or the applicant’s representative.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Police Surgery Details

We are pleased to announce that Police Surgeries will re-commence at The Grange Centre on the following dates;

Monday, 8th May 7-8pm
Tuesday, 16th May 12noon-1pm
Monday, 5th June 7-8pm
Monday, 3rd July 7-8pm

Officers will be available to discuss any issues that you may have.

We are aware of the ongoing issues of ASB in the local community and are working with Wigan Council and GMP. Please do report all incidents using Tel. 101 and ask for a report number.

It is important that residents report all incidents as GMP will use this data to deploy the resources they have at their disposal.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Eyesore set for Bungalow development

The site of the former community centre at Anthorn Rd is set to be developed if plans submitted to Wigan Council receive the go ahead.

The development will feature 20 bungalows for over-55s or those with long term health needs. This will be a welcome addition to the area and bring back into use a site which has been vacant for a number of years.

The Winstanley site is one of three sites set to benefit from a £14 million investment. The other sites are located in Hindley and Orrell.

There is a shortage of this type of accommodation in the local area and given the setting new residents of the bungalows will benefit from a location close to amenities and public transport.

You can view the plans online using the reference - A/17/83767/MAJOR

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Investment on former coal site

New bins, grids and fencing have been installed around the water sources at the former Pemberton Colliery site.

Cllr Clive Morgan visited the site today to view the works following a request to improve the safety, security and environmental aspects of the site.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Foundry Lane - Proposed Prohibition of Waiting Order

Wigan Council are consulting on the introduction of a Prohibition of Waiting Order as per the report and map.

Comments and /or objections must be submitted by 21st April 2017 quoting Ref. RD/LS/RD/LS/JOH/CL48/295 to:

Assistant Director - Legal
Town Hall
Library St
Wigan WN1 1YN.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Roadwork's Bulletin

Thanks to Wigan Council for the weekly road works bulletin. Please note No.12 Poolstock Lane.

Prepared 24 March 2017 - Issue 897

The aim of this bulletin is to give the public advance notice of roadworks in the Wigan Council area.

The council recognises that roadworks can cause inconvenience and it is hoped that this information helps to minimise delays and other problems associated with the works. Every effort has been made to provide accurate and the most up-to-date information available but it is not intended to be a definitive list and cannot cater for works carried out at short notice. The council also reserves the right to make changes to the programme if emergencies arise.

General information

NOTE: Where reference is made in this bulletin to "peak periods" that period is defined as 7.30am to 9.30am and 4.00pm to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.

1. East Lancashire Road, Tyldesley

Wigan Council will be carrying out essential maintenance work at Morleys Bridge from Monday 11 July 2016 until May 2017. To do this safely a contraflow system and lane closures will be in place and the speed limit reduced to 30mph in the area.

2. Preston Road, Standish

United Utilities will commence work on 6 January 2017 to relay a new rising main to prevent foul water flooding. The work will start near the caravan park and continue to near property number 351. Temporary traffic signals will be in use whilst this essential work takes place which is expected to last until 3 April 2017.

3. Shevington Lane, Shevington

Wigan Council will be carrying out work to reline sewers from Church Lane to Fern Close from Monday 20 March 2017 to Thursday 30 March 2017. To do this safely, temporary traffic signals will be in operation which will be manned during peak periods.

4. Slag Lane, Lowton

British Telecom will be working near the junction of Byrom Lane to correct a defect in the carriageway from Thursday 23 March 2017 to Monday 27 March 2017. To do this safely they will be using temporary traffic signals that will be manned during peak times.

5. Atherton Road, Hindley

Electricity North West will be working near to the junction with Argyle Street from Friday 24 March 2017 to Tuesday 28 March 2017. They will need to use Stop/Go boards whilst the work takes place. The work will be carried out during the off peak period.

6. Atherton Road, Hindley Green

Wigan Council will be carrying out resurfacing work between Askwith Road and Long Lane on  Sunday 26 March 2017. To do this safely, the road will be closed Ashfield Avenue, Beechfield Avenue and Oak Avenue will also be closed whilst the work takes place.

During the week (20-24 March 2017), Stop/Go boards may be used periodically during the off peak period in order for some iron work to be carried out.

Diversion: Atherton Road - Leigh Road – Smiths Lane – Bickershaw Lane – Warrington Road – Platt Street – Liverpool Road – Atherton Road

7. Gerard Street, Ashton in Makerfield

United Utilities will be working outside the Red Lion public house on Sunday 26 March 2017 to install a new connection. To do this safely Stop/Go boards will be used whilst the work takes place.

8. Mesnes Road, Wigan

United Utilities will be working at the junction of Walkden Avenue Road on Sunday 26 March 2017 to repair a valve frame and cover in the carriageway. To do this safely, temporary traffic signals will be in use whilst the work takes place.

9. Pepper Lane, Standish

Wigan Council will be working at the junction of Old Pepper Lane to carry out highway drainage repairs from Monday 27 March 2017 to Wednesday 29 March 2017. This will require the use of temporary traffic signals which will be manned at peak times.

10. Wigan Road, Ashton in Makerfield

Wigan Council will be carrying out highway drainage repairs near to the junction of Eddleston Street during the off peak periods from Monday 27 March 2017 to Wednesday 29 March 2017. To do this safely, they will be using temporary traffic signals.

11. Plank Lane, Leigh

A private contractor will be working at the junction of Horrocks Street to carry out a sewer connection to a private development from Monday 27 March 2017 to Monday 3 April 2017. To do this safely, temporary traffic signals will be in use.

12. Poolstock Lane, Wigan

United Utilities will be working outside property number 382 on Sunday 26 March 2017 to rectify a remedial reinstatement in the carriageway. To do this safely, Stop/Go boards will be in use whilst the work takes place.

British Telecom will be working at the junction with Carr Lane from Monday 27 March 2017 to Wednesday 29 March 2017 to install ducting in the carriageway. To do this safely they will be using temporary traffic signals that will be manned at peak times.

13. Tyldesley Road, Atherton

United Utilities will be working near the junction of High Street to repair a manhole frame and cover from 1900 to 2200 on Wednesday 29 March 2017. To do this safely, they will need to use temporary traffic signals.

14. St Helens Road, Leigh

United Utilities will be working near to property number 297 to rectify remedial work on Friday 31 March 2017. To do this safely, temporary traffic signals will be in use whilst the work takes place.

15. Nel Pan Lane, Leigh

Vodaphone will be working near to the junction with Wigan Road from Friday 31 March 2017 to Sunday 2 April 2017 to install a new cabinet. To do the work safely they will be using temporary traffic signals which will be manned whilst the work takes place.

16. Bryn Road, Ashton in Makerfield

United Utilities will be working near to Nicol Mere Drive on Friday 31 March 2017 to correct a defect in the carriageway. The work will take place during the off peak period and will require the use of temporary traffic signals whilst the work takes place.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Veterans' Lunch

A Veterans' Lunch was held at St Judes Social Club, Worsley Mesnes on Saturday, 18th March.

Hosted by Cllr Clive Morgan and Cllr Lynne Holland, veterans from across the Winstanley and Worsley Mesnes tucked into a buffet lunch and tackled a military themed quiz.

Cllr Clive Morgan, a veteran of the 1982 Falkland’s War conflict said, “Many veterans risked their all while serving in the military, but sometimes they don't get the recognition they deserve for their sacrifices. This luncheon is to show our appreciation to our veterans and recognize their sacrifice and service.

The event was funded by Wigan Council via The Brighter Borough Fund. Lunch was provided by Carr Lane Foods.

A selection of photographs from the day follows below (courtesy of David Hurst).

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Great Britain Spring Clean

It may be cold but that didn't deter a sping clean litter pick this morning as part of the Great Britain Spring Clean.

Clive, Marie and Paul were out in force collecting over 8 sacks of rubbish along the footpath leading from Marus Bridge Primary School to Sainsbury's Supermarket.

We undertake litter picks on a regular basis so if you would like to get involved and can spare just 1 hour let us know and we will send you details of the next event.

Let's work together to keep Winstanley a clean place to live!

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Letter of Objection to allocation of land at Junction 25 to GMSF

Dear Sir,

Re. Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

We write to place on record our opposition to the inclusion of land at Junction 25, M6 allocated for future ‘Housing, Industrial and warehousing development’ as per 28.7.1 M6C1 Junction 25 (Wigan) of the Draft GMSF.

We jointly represent the ward of Winstanley within the Wigan Council Local Authority area.

As recently as 2013, an appointed HM Inspector determined that the site should remain designated as greenbelt until 2026 as part of the now adopted Wigan Local Plan and it is therefore premature for the GMCA to revisit this matter, albeit that it now proposes to include a much larger parcel of land on either side of the junction slip road.

Development on Green Belt land is supposed to be tightly controlled so that it can fulfil its main purpose: to serve as a buffer between towns, and between town and countryside. This gives the incentive to regenerate damaged and derelict land within the urban areas surrounded by Green Belt. At the same time, Green Belts bring social, environmental and economic benefits, while giving people a chance to enjoy the natural landscape on their doorsteps.

Green Belt should be cherished and serves a number of positive uses such as food production (farming activities take place within the site boundaries), flood prevention, climate change mitigation and much more.

We respectively contend that the draft GMSF has not demonstrated that exceptional circumstances exist for the land to lose its greenbelt designation. Indeed the proposal will lead, subject to planning approval, to urban sprawl and the effective merging of the Ashton/Bryn townships with Wigan.
Our objection whilst rooted in the protection of greenbelt land also lead us to extend our concern to the principles of sustainable development supported by infrastructure improvements. The junction currently provides only southbound access to the M6. There are no plans contained within the document nor as we understand are any works scheduled by Highways England to make this a two way junction so HGV traffic would have to use existing and congested local road networks to access the M6 at junction 26.

We fail to see how thousands of HGV movements per week accessing and egressing a logistics site could be defined as sustainable. We believe improved public transport is crucial to facilitating economic growth and controlling pollution and congestion in the future. The GMSF does not do enough on how the sub-region should encourage a shift away from dirtier road uses to cleaner and more efficient rail and bus transport.

We also fear for air quality in the surrounding areas. The M6 and local road network served by the A49 has seen an increase in vehicular movements. The Royal College of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health estimates that air pollution contributes to around 40,000 early deaths a year, with Public Health England noting that - after recent improvements - the percentage of premature deaths attributable to the key pollutant PM2.5 is rising again (constituting over 5% of all premature deaths). This pollutant is a feature of vehicular exhausts and we are deeply concerned that HGV movements will further compromise air quality.

We are also concerned at the cumulative impact of development in the wider area. We are aware of a significant application for warehousing at Florida North near to Junction 23, M6, the proposed allocation at Junction 26, M6 (The Bell) and the recent announcement that Peel Logistics is to submit an outline application for warehousing close to Haydock Racecourse in the new year. In addition outline permission exists for housing and employment uses on land off Wigan Rd, Bryn close to the Junction 25 allocation.

Two of the above sites fall within St Helens Council jurisdiction. We are concerned that the GMSF appears to have failed to identify the requirements of neighbouring authorities through a ‘duty to cooperate’. Land assembly exercises to make the most of the considerable brownfield land resource available in the North West is required to prevent unnecessary allocations of large chunks of countryside, including designated Greenbelt.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Paul Kenny
Cllr Clive Morgan
Cllr Marie Morgan