New signs point to safety

Councillor Nathan Murray, left, and Councillor Ann Rampling, right, next to a newly installed barrier, part of a road safety campaign near Jubilee Park, Ashton-in-Makerfield, pictured with local resident Danny Fletcher and son Harvey
Councillor Nathan Murray, left, and Councillor Ann Rampling, right, next to a newly installed barrier, part of a road safety campaign near Jubilee Park, Ashton-in-Makerfield, pictured with local resident Danny Fletcher and son Harvey

RESIDENTS and councillors are celebrating after a park became safe for summer with new security measures to protect children.

New security railings around the old-fashioned gates at Jubilee Park in Ashton have been installed and bright yellow signs warning motorists to slow down have been placed along Wigan Road.

Bryn ward councillors Nathan Murray and Ann Rampling became concerned about security at the park after attending a Churches Together event there and seeing how young Wiganers could just run out of the facility and straight onto the road.

The councillors worked with the highways team at Wigan Council and are delighted the new measures have been introduced in time for the summer holidays, a particularly busy time for the borough’s green spaces.

Coun Murray said: “At the Churches Together event the need for new safety installations was alarmingly obvious to everyone present.

“The gates were basically left open and if kids ran through they would never see exactly how busy the road was. It’s the main thoroughfare between Ashton and Wigan so a lot of people use it.

“Other places nearby had the security railings already but Jubilee Park seemed to be an anomaly, but the highways team was really good with us and they agreed to install it. Together with the recent installation of CCTV this should make the park a lot safer for young people.”

Coun Murray and Coun Rampling hope the new railings around the numerous entrances to Jubilee Park will make the area much safer for drivers, children and dog walkers alike. The lampposts and telegraph poles along Wigan Road have also been adorned with yellow signs bearing Kill Your Speed and Slow Down messages.

Coun Murray said: “The signs are big and visible so we’re hoping they will deter people from speeding. We’re just pleased they are there in time for the summer holidays as the park is currently busier than ever.”

The improvements are the latest upgrades to security at the park, with Wigan Council recently agreeing to install CCTV. In addition to boosting safety it is hoped the monitoring television equipment will help combat the anti-social behaviour which has blighted Jubilee Park in recent years.