Residents asked to sign to take Leigh area out of Wigan borough

Lord Peter Smith

Lord Peter Smith

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A PETITION has been launched to take Leigh, Atherton, Tyldesley, Astley, Lowton, Golborne and Hindley Green out of the Wigan borough.

The petition states that these ‘places are losing their identity and heritage to Wigan’ and has already been signed by 73 people.

It reads: “The people should support the petition to restore pride in their towns especially Leigh with its long noble heritage, it is a shadow of its former self since it came under Wigan’s rule in 1974.

“If the support for my petition is vast Wigan Met will have to listen and take heed. Then we can sell our towns on a fairer basis that is the difference this will make.”

Lord Peter Smith, leader of Wigan Council, said: “The borough was set up over 40 years ago by Act of Parliament. The only way it can be changed is by a new Act of Parliament so organising a petition to send to the council is a complete waste of time.

“The cuts in local services putting more pressure on councils the government is encouraging much more cooperation and joint work.

“Anyone, who like me is a proud Leyther, should put their energies into supporting local people."

Some of those that have signed have commented on why they believe the area should be independent of Wigan Council.

Graham Lloyd, from Leigh, said: “What was once a thriving prosperous Lancashire town has been reduced to a shadow of its former self. The heartbeat has to be put back into the town so the recovery can begin.”

While Stewart McGarrie also from Leigh said: “Too long has the upkeep of Leigh been affected detrimentally by the government of Wigan Council. Give us our towns back and watch what can be done, when you care about your heritage.”

To view the petition, visit www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-residents-of-leigh-lancashire-and-surrounding-towns-sign-a-petition-to-take-leigh-atherton-tyldesley-astley-lowton-golborne-and-hindley-green-out-of-wigan-metro.

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2:57pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Mickgill says...

Here we go its Wigan's fault that Leigh is not the town it once was is it ? NO it isn't i will tell you who ripped the heart out of Leigh shall i the Tory Government led by Thatcher who killed British Industry, our Town was a thriving industrial town cotton mills, coal mines, David Browns, Bicc , this list goes on, and what have they replaced it all with ? retail that's what on the edge of town superstores where once our heavy industry stood, how anyone can blame Wigan Council for that is beyond me , have the people of Leigh not benefited from the sports stadium and all it's facilities that Wigan council gave us or would you much rather have had the dumps that were Leigh Harriers and Hilton park both were outdated relics , if you think Wigan get everything then take a visit to ince and ask the people there or worsley menses and ask them, their answer will be the same as yours for sure, get out of your Leigh bubbles because those great days of a thriving town have gone for good and it wasn't Wigan Council who removed them it was the cruel profiteering Tory's who only line the pockets of the rich, leaving us all the poorer for their rule.
Here we go its Wigan's fault that Leigh is not the town it once was is it ? NO it isn't i will tell you who ripped the heart out of Leigh shall i the Tory Government led by Thatcher who killed British Industry, our Town was a thriving industrial town cotton mills, coal mines, David Browns, Bicc , this list goes on, and what have they replaced it all with ? retail that's what on the edge of town superstores where once our heavy industry stood, how anyone can blame Wigan Council for that is beyond me , have the people of Leigh not benefited from the sports stadium and all it's facilities that Wigan council gave us or would you much rather have had the dumps that were Leigh Harriers and Hilton park both were outdated relics , if you think Wigan get everything then take a visit to ince and ask the people there or worsley menses and ask them, their answer will be the same as yours for sure, get out of your Leigh bubbles because those great days of a thriving town have gone for good and it wasn't Wigan Council who removed them it was the cruel profiteering Tory's who only line the pockets of the rich, leaving us all the poorer for their rule. Mickgill
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9:49pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Sgerrard1974 says...

I set up a similar petition a number of years ago, the feeling is there for something like this to happen. Unfortunatley Wigan do not want it too hppen has they will lose a lot of revenue and know what a force this new borough will be.
If your in the Atherleigh ward Vote Gerrard and W'in. We are taking issues like this to the government has wigan through out an official vote and ignored the electorate.
I set up a similar petition a number of years ago, the feeling is there for something like this to happen. Unfortunatley Wigan do not want it too hppen has they will lose a lot of revenue and know what a force this new borough will be. If your in the Atherleigh ward Vote Gerrard and W'in. We are taking issues like this to the government has wigan through out an official vote and ignored the electorate. Sgerrard1974
  • Score: 4

10:01am Wed 30 Apr 14

Mickgill says...

If your in the Atherleigh ward vote Stephen Hall Left Unity , as is been stated a petition is a waste of time the only way forward is to elect party's that will fight for change and Left Unity will do that .
If your in the Atherleigh ward vote Stephen Hall Left Unity , as is been stated a petition is a waste of time the only way forward is to elect party's that will fight for change and Left Unity will do that . Mickgill
  • Score: -1

4:44pm Fri 2 May 14

Hulton Park says...

Don't send the petition to Wigan Council - Lord Smith, our noble Socialist friend (or is that our friendly socialist noble?) is right on that.

Send it instead to Eric Pickles at the Department for Communities and Local Government. Suggest at the same time that the democratic deficit of havingo ne area presided over by another with which it has only remote phyical links and no historic ones is harming community cohesion.

Mention at the same time the huge democratic deficit at the heart of the arrangements for Greater Manchester: the Combined Authority about which the electorate was not consulted, which they did not vote for when it was set up and which they continueto have no say in.

Lord Smith, wearing his other hat, presides over that particular Politburo, too.
Don't send the petition to Wigan Council - Lord Smith, our noble Socialist friend (or is that our friendly socialist noble?) is right on that. Send it instead to Eric Pickles at the Department for Communities and Local Government. Suggest at the same time that the democratic deficit of havingo ne area presided over by another with which it has only remote phyical links and no historic ones is harming community cohesion. Mention at the same time the huge democratic deficit at the heart of the arrangements for Greater Manchester: the Combined Authority about which the electorate was not consulted, which they did not vote for when it was set up and which they continueto have no say in. Lord Smith, wearing his other hat, presides over that particular Politburo, too. Hulton Park
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