Delight as future of Wigan play area looks secure

An opposition councillor has applauded the town hall as a long-running dispute appears to have been brought to an end.
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Hindley Green Independent representative Coun Paul Maiden clashed with the town hall last month over bringing the children’s facilities on Bexhill Drive back into council ownership.

Coun Maiden had been concerned that once the popular play area had been transferred from Bellway Homes it would then be a community group that would be responsible for it and finding funds.

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But he says the local authority has now agreed it will be incorporated into the environmental maintenance programme.

The play area on Bexhill Drive in Hindley GreenThe play area on Bexhill Drive in Hindley Green
The play area on Bexhill Drive in Hindley Green

Engagement will also begin with residents in this new year about what the facility will look like in future.

Coun Maiden said: “It is good news that this is heading in the right direction.

“The council is going to bring it back into their ownership and then inspect it and have a look at it, which I’m very happy about.

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“I’m very glad the council is engaging people around what they want, because at the end of the day it is their money.

Coun Paul MaidenCoun Paul Maiden
Coun Paul Maiden

“This was one of the first things I took on when I got elected, so it is good to see some real daylight on the issue.”

Coun Maiden said residents will be asked about keeping Bexhill Drive as a traditional play area, putting in more natural play equipment for children, having a green space with long grass and wildflowers or perhaps a combination of all the ideas.

The play area has previously been fenced off for some time, with residents also going public earlier this year about their desire to see it in use again.

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A Wigan Council spokesperson said: “After months of discussion we are pleased that the Bexhill play area is transferring to the council.

“We will undertake some remedial actions and maintenance and look forward to working with local residents and ward councillors to maximise the potential use of this open space in the future.”

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