ANGRY residents campaigning against a new multi-million pound link road have secured the backing of Wigan’s MP in their call for a public meeting.
Members of Standish-based group Stop Almond Brook Link Road (SABLR) met with parliamentary representative Lisa Nandy to ask for her support in their attempts to get a Wigan Council infrastructure project scrapped.
The group is campaigning against town hall proposals for a new road through countryside from Almond Brook Road to Pepper Lane, which council chiefs say is needed to deal with the extra traffic likely to be created by the building of planned housing developments in the area.
The group told Ms Nandy it believes the local authority has not properly consulted residents living nearby about the planned route and also expressed their concerns for children’s health and the destruction of green space and wildlife habitats.
SABLR secretary Sarah Djali said: “We are receiving support from all areas of the community who are coming together to fight this road.
“Everyone living here knows that this link road will not ease congestion in the centre of Standish.
“In fact, it could make things worse.
“We have asked Lisa Nandy to back our campaign and press Wigan Council to come to the community and outline these plans in a public meeting. Surely, that is the least they can do with a scheme that is as controversial as this.”
Following her meeting with residents Ms Nandy backed SABLR’s demand that Wigan Council holds a public meeting in Standish to allow residents to have their say on the planned £5m link road.
Ms Nandy said: “I have asked Wigan Council to agree to their request and attend a public meeting to discuss the proposed link road.
“I was deeply concerned to hear that no public consultation has taken place, despite requests from local residents.
“A project of this size will inevitably have an impact on the local area and the community deserves to be heard.”