Have your say on how millions of pounds should be invested in Wigan communities
Residents are being asked for their views on schemes aimed at improving traffic flow, cycling and walking facilities, parks and community spaces.
Wigan Council has secured funding from housebuilders in Standish, Golborne and Lowton, which will be invested to mitigate the impact caused by the new developments.
Some of the money has already been committed to various projects, including the enlarging of St Wilfrid’s CE Primary Academy and a possible expansion of Golborne High to accommodate future school places.
With the rest of the money, officers at the council have drawn up a number of viable schemes, which they will seek public opinion on.
Some of the schemes in Standish include: the possible widening of School Lane; 20mph speed limits and new crossing points; extension of the Standish Mineral Line improvements; extra parking; and improvements to local play areas and open space.
Some of the schemes in Golborne and Lowton include: new left turn from A580 to Newton Road; widening of Stone Cross Lane and installation of additional right turn; part-fund the extension and improvement work to the existing facility at Lowton Judo Club; upgrade facilities at St Mary’s Church Hall; new public toilets and improved kitchen facilities at Golborne Library; and various cycling, walking, play area and open space improvements.
Coun Paul Prescott, the council's cabinet member for transport, environmental services and planning, said: “We’re in a fortunate position to have a significant pot of money thanks to section 106 collections.
“It’s important that people understand that we cannot possibly deliver all of the schemes set out, however, we recognise how important it is for the community that we spend the money in a way that will benefit residents the most.
“As a result, we have been working with community groups and ward councillors to discuss these schemes, which will be delivered long-term.
“Consultation with the public is key to delivering any successful scheme to ensure the outcome is tailored to local need. This is a great opportunity for local people to influence the projects and changes proposed in their area.”
The consultation starts today and will run for two weeks. Residents and businesses have been sent paper copies in the post, and the survey can also be completed online hereFor more information about the schemes, email [email protected] to express an interest in being invited to a virtual meeting. People are asked to include their name, whether they are a resident or business owner in Standish, Golborne or Lowton, and the scheme or schemes they want to discuss.
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