One of the big issues in Ashton at the moment is a proposed development on the South Lancs Industrial Estate. Patrick Properties, the developers, want to build new units and a road that will connect the units to existing highways. Their first proposal was to join the road on to Bolton Road by the Riding Lane estate - this plan has been scrapped. They now want to build the road going in the other direction, joining the A49 past Bryn lights. A well organised campaign has been mounted by a group of residents calling themselves M.A.D. - they have their own website - who have regularly been in the town centre on a Saturday putting their case against the development. The local Labour party has also done a survey of local residents and found that 99 per cent of those canvassed were against the scheme.
Last Thursday the Cabinet of Wigan MBC was to decide whether to dispose of Council owned land adjoining the South Lancs Industrial Estate which Patrick Properties want to build part of the development on. The Cabinet have decided to defer consideration of this matter to a future meeting to enable Officers to consider objections received to this proposal.
As a local Councillor I asked for this deferment because, in short, I do not believe that this development will be of any great benefit to the people I represent.
If you would like any more information or want to put forward your point of view please contact me