Footpath wish is granted at Wigan leisure centre

Safety fears have been allayed after the creation of a new footpath at a leisure centre.

Friday, 20th November 2020, 3:20 pm
Updated Friday, 20th November 2020, 3:27 pm
A new footpath has been created on Rectory Lane

Parents had asked for the main footpath to be connected to the path on the new car park at Standish Centre on Rectory Lane.

This was in light of parents and children having to walk in the road when walking to and from the car park whilst on the school run.

Now a short section of land has been adopted and the new footpath installed and completed so everything is connected.

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A new height restriction barrier has also been installed to replace the damaged one.

Standish councillor, Ray Whittingham, who contacted Wigan Council and IHL, the company who manage the leisure centre, asking for the work to be done to create the new footpath, said parents and children no longer need to walk in the road.

Coun Whittingham, who had been contacted by a young mum asking if something could be done, said: “In September she asked if I could do something about getting the main footpath connected to the footpath on the new car park at the leisure centre on Rectory Lane.

“I contacted the council and IHL.

“IHL approached the council who have now adopted the short section of land and the new footpath was installed and completed this week.

“Parents and children no longer need to walk in the road when walking to and from the car park whilst on the school run.”

Coun Whittingham thanked the leisure centre management and council for completing the work before schools reopened after half-term.

He added: “Thanks must go the leisure centre management and Wigan Council for completion before the school reopened after half term. Also a new height restriction barrier has been installed to replace the damaged one.”