RESIDENTS in Standish have reacted angrily to Wigan Council plans to build around 1,000 new homes in the area under the Core Strategy.
The document, which sets out how the town hall will meet the borough’s future housing needs, recommends building around 500 houses at Almond Brook anda further 500 at Rectory Lane.
Infrastructure assessments prepared by the council suggest a number of major transport network upgrades, including a link road from Almond Brook Road to Preston Road with remodelled junctions and installing traffic lights at the Boars’ Head roundabout, will be needed. However, people living in Standish who oppose the house building have criticised the planned works, saying it will simply make the traffic problems in the area worse.
A Pepper Lane resident, who asked not to be named, said: “This is a laughable solution to the huge problem of the amount of traffic in Standish.
“The report states most vehicles want to head to Wigan and if they use this new road they will only have to double back into Standish.
“Traffic from the M6 going to Chorley will be attracted to this new road and so congestion in the area could actually increase.
“The solution is a Standish bypass. With the money from house builders this could be a once in a generation chance to solve the village’s traffic problem.”
Standish Independent councillor George Fairhurst, who is also a founder member of campaign group Save Standish, said he would meet senior planning officers at the town hall to discuss his concerns.
Coun Fairhurst said: “We do not want any houses in Standish and I know the residents have had enough.
“We will have to wait and see what the effect of these houses down Almond Brook Road will be, but we are not happy at all with the locations the council is proposing.”
Save Standish will hold a public meeting for residents to discuss their concerns at the Standish Unity Club on Monday December 2, starting at 7.30pm.