Demo planned over housing surge

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RESIDENTS are to stage a protest against proposals to build more housing in a Wigan township.

Members of Save Standish will hold the demonstration at Wigan Council’s open consultation meeting on building 2,500 homes, which will take place at Standish Community Centre on Monday between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

Plans include allowing the construction of homes in Bradley Hall Industrial Estate and Almond Brook.

The scheme is part of the local authority’s Core Strategy, borne through government recommendations to create more housing in the borough.

The protest was decided following a public meeting organised by Coun Gareth Fairhurst.

He said: “Residents want to have their say and they plan a protest.

“As the council is running a drop-in, we thought it would show the most feeling if we held a demonstration to let it know what the residents think about it all. I believe there will be hundreds coming.

“This will be a constructive protest, as residents will write letters of objection and deliver them en masse. I have e-mailed the chief executive of the council Donna Hall and Steve Normington, Wigan Council’s director of economy, as I want them there.”

A representative of Save Standish said: “There is already too much traffic passing through Standish and as far as we know there are no plans to build more roads.

“It would devalue properties in Standish as it will no longer be known for its green belt.

“Amenities are already lacking and schools are overpopulated and to increase our population by 50 per cent would create extra pressure.”

Mike Worden, head of planning at the council, said the Government’s ruling affects the whole country and it will be looking at all areas across the borough.

People are invited to discuss the plans at Standish Community Centre, Moody Street, on Monday, August 20, from 2pm until 8pm.