Monday, 21 September 2009

Ashton Festival

The Ashton Festival is taking place from the 19th September to the 3rd October. Once again there is a very full programme of events.

Tickets are available from Ashton Library,the Market Stall on Ashton Market on Saturday 26th September and Tuesday 22nd and 29th September and St Thomas' Hall on Tuesday 22nd and 29th September

Weavermill Park

As a result of writing to every house on Weavermill Park explaining what the new PACT scheme was aiming to achieve several resident contacted me regarding an area of open space on the Estate which is suffering from litter problems and dog fouling.

Unfortunately I have discovered that the area is still owned and has to be maintained by the Developer Persimmon.Eventually the Council will adopt the land which could possibly be some time next year.

I will be contacting Perimmon to ask them to maintain the land in question.

Other areas that residents have contacted me about are:

1 the passageway from C Court to Gerard St - completed on the 10/9/09 and
2 the entry at the side of the Chinese Garden - cleaned on the 10/9/09

Government Minister visits Ashton

Pictured above at the Heritage Garden - John Healey with Ken Barston, Secretary of the Stubshaw Cross Residents Association with residents

Pictured above - John Healey with representatives of Wigan Council and United Utilities and Ann Rampling from the Town Green Residents Association

Pictured above John Healey and myself by the plaque commemorating William Kineally VC.

By coincidence John Healey, Minister for Local Government, who I mentioned in the previous blog entry visited Ashton last week as a part of a tour of the North West. Before going on to Wigan Town Hall he came to view two very successful local projects, the Town Green garden and the newly opened Stubshaw Cross Heritage Garden.

He showed a keen interest in the two projects and was especially taken by the plaque for William Kineally VC - I was told later that he is very interested in military history.

At the Town Green site the Minister met representatives from the residents group,Wigan Council and United Utilities who briefed him on the work that was undertaken to prevent flooding in Ashton.

Ken Barston and a group of residents met him at the Heritage Garden and gave him an account of how the Garden came about.

Everybody who met him found him very likeable and residents told me that they were impressed by the genuine interest in their project. He in turn was very impressed by the projects he had seen and praised the hard work that had obviously gone onto them.

Monday, 14 September 2009

New Council homes to be built in Wigan

Housing Minister John Healey has given the green light for work to begin building over 2,000 new council homes that will help create over 5,000 jobs in the construction industry.

Wigan is one of the seven councils in the North West who will receive a part of the £127m government funding to build the homes.

Wigan will build 14 new homes at a cost of more than £1.8m, with £980,000 coming from the government and match funding from the council.

Eight homes will be built in Windsor Avenue, Astley, and a further six will be constructed in Etherstone Street, in Leigh.

This is the biggest council house building programme for almost two decades and it will be the first new council houses Wigan borough has been allowed to build since 1985.

Construction will begin on the first sites before the end of the year.
A second wave of projects is expected to be announced in the autumn.

This major cash injection is part of the Prime Minister's £1.5bn Housing Pledge announced in Building Britain's Future in June.

In total 51 councils submitted bids.

They had to represent value for money, help meet specific local housing needs and be able to begin construction before March 2010.

Burglaries - man arrested

Following a series of break ins to shops in the town centre police have arrested a male offender who has admitted responsibility for the burglaries.

It was with some pleasure and satisfaction that I read in the Wigan Evening Post that I was the second most generous councillor in all of the Wigan Borough when it comes to giving out public money to local groups - see report above dated 9th September.

One of the projects that I gave money to is pictured above - the Stubshaw Cross Heritage Garden and the plaque commemorating William Kineally VC

Scenes from the opening of the Stubshaw Cross Heritage Garden

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Latest report from the Beat it Team

Here are the areas that the Beat it Team cleaned up during their latest visit to Ashton

1.Path way near to Princess Rd/All Scotts Rd, Duke St and Peter St
Removed fly tipped waste, cut back overgrowth, strimmed and litter picked

2.Back of Greenhalgh’s shop and First Choice Jewellers, Gerrard
Fly tipping removed and litter picked

3.Strip of land between Warrington Rd and back of houses on Chetwode Ave.
Ivy and weeds strimmed and litter picked.

If you know of any other area in Ashton that needs tidying up please let me know.