Youngsters join homes fight

Cerys Byrne, left, Rebecca Jones, Abigail Jones, Rebecca Lea, Emma Doran, Olivia Hesketh and Georgia Slinn, front
Cerys Byrne, left, Rebecca Jones, Abigail Jones, Rebecca Lea, Emma Doran, Olivia Hesketh and Georgia Slinn, front

THESE youngsters want to preserve their playing field so much they have organised a petition to stop houses being built on their recreational area.

Cerys Byrne, 12, and her seven friends Georgia Flynn, Rebecca Jones, Olivia Hesketh, all 11, and 10-year-olds Rebecca Lea, Abigail Jones and Emma Duran, have started a petition - with more than 350 signatures so far - to oppose Wigan Council’s proposals to create housing in Almond Brook as part of the Core Strategy.

Cerys, a Standish High School pupil, said; “We live in Chisholm Close near all the fields and we like to play on there and walk our dogs. We make dens and have fun on there.

“We don’t want the fields to get spoilt. If the fields go, we would have to hang around on the streets, looking like we want to cause trouble,”

Abigail, of Woodfield Primary School, said: “I don’t want people to build on the fields because this is where we play and can be safe. Children don’t play out anymore - they just go on computer games and we want to get people playing outside.

“We want to say thank you to the people who have signed our petition and supported us.”

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

The council’s proposals include the area north of Bradley Lane, land south of Rectory Lane and a plot behind Almond Brook.

Mike Worden, head of planning at Wigan Council, said: “We are grateful for people showing an interest. It is important that local communities consider these options carefully and make their views known.”

The consultation ends today.