YVONNE FOVARGUE MP - Reasons to be cheerful and proud

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IT’S not all bad news ... our borough is a shining example that community is alive and well!

The recent torrential rain, would have led to serious flooding in many areas if it were not for new flood defences like the dam at Bottling Wood or the significant investment in the renewal of the sewer network and the installation of water holding tanks in Ashton.

There is still work to do: one home flooded is still one too many. But the joint working of local communities with the Council and other public bodies demonstrate that we can get things done!

Take the work of The Friends of Hindley Station or the redevelopment of Town Green, Ashton as a community garden.

Each contributing to a Brighter Borough alongside national success at the RHS Britain in Bloom awards.

The blight that has afflicted the local community surrounding the Borsdane Precinct in Hindley, is set to be lifted with the exciting news that demolition work will start later this month with a new development rising from the ashes next year.

Our borough is very much open to business as the Wigan Business Expo demonstrated.

Hundreds of small and medium-sized firms headed to the DW Stadium last week signalling that we are open to new business opportunities that will drive the new jobs, wealth and prosperity that we all wish to see.

The generosity of local people was also on show with the Million Meal appeal at Sainsbury’s Goose Green store.

It is a sad fact that food banks are now needed to help families in breadline Britain, yet shoppers were on hand to donate food to help feed local families.

A special word of thanks to Sainsbury’s who matched the donations from local people.

Finally, our young people at Winstanley College are celebrating the opening of the new state-of-the-art performing arts centre – a development that I was delighted to open.

The capacity for ordinary people in local communities across our borough, supported by our first class public servants to get things done has very much been on show over the past few weeks.

But this is not a one off, it continues week in, week out and we are a better borough for it!