Calls for Wigan roundabout to undergo colourful rejuvenation

A councillor is hoping to spruce up a busy roundabout to make it a colourful “gateway” to the town centre.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 10:19 am
Updated Monday, 8th March 2021, 10:20 am

Wigan Central Coun George Davies is calling for the Cherry Gardens roundabout to be included in plans for summer flower planting, to create what he hopes will be “a glorious colour of summer plants.”

He hopes that fresh planters and hanging baskets will turn the Wigan Lane roundabout into a more uplifting looking area for residents and motorists.

The roundabout is not currently part of the council’s Wigan In Bloom contract or any Brighter Borough scheme, which has prompted Coun Davies and Wigan In Bloom coordinator Paul Gallagher to call on the town hall to take action.

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Councillor George Davies at the Cherry Gardens roundabout
Councillor George Davies at the Cherry Gardens roundabout

Coun Davies said: “I met with Paul Gallagher, our Wigan In Bloom coordinator, at the Cherry Gardens roundabout. He totally agrees that it needs a good clean up, and a good planting of summer plants. I have also asked for planters to be looked at, because they are wooden and it looks like the bad weather has got to them.

“The Cherry Gardens is a gateway to Wigan. It’s in definite need or repair and also a good colourful display.

“What we’re looking at is for the council to look at it, but I can also put some of my Brighter Borough funding into it.”

“Because of the last 12 months, we’re not going to get this done straight away. It’s going to be on a plan. We are definitely going to start Wigan In Bloom once again, and different areas are going to be cleaned up, and have their flower beds done.

The Cherry Gardens roundabout

“It would be a good environmental area for residents and visitors entering our town centre, from the Standish and Shevington areas.”

Coun Davies said that big plans were afoot to make Wigan more colourful once again after last year’s Wigan In Bloom events were cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “I’ve maintained and looked after a particular area at Marylebone Park. So we’re going to be planting wild flowers this year, so that it comes into bloom next year. It will be the first area in Wigan where we get this set up for wild flowers to be planted.”

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Councillor Davies at Marylebone Park