Essential Construction Continues in Wigan

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Essential building works in Wigan Borough will continue in line with government guidance in order to support the local economy.

Works to move and enhance Orrell St James’ sports pitches as part of the preparations for Wigan Council’s M58 link road project were completed last week. Appointed contractor Cleveland Land Services adhered to strict social distancing rules and ensured all workers travelled to site separately in their own vehicles, had access to hand hygiene products and were allocated their own machinery.

With these additional measures in place, the re-location and creation of the club’s pitches is now complete.

Leader of Wigan Council, Coun David Molyneux said: “In order to ensure the local rugby club are able to use their new facilities in the autumn, it was important that the re-seeding and preparatory works were completed in the spring. The health and wellbeing of our employees and contractors is of paramount importance to us and we have had discussions with Cleveland Land Services and other contractors to ensure that any works that can be continued are done so in line with government guidance and social distancing measures.

“Cleveland Land Services has taken this approach very seriously and it is testament to their hard-work that they have been able to complete these works timely and safely.

Wigan Council has been working closely with contractors to ensure that any work undertaken across the borough is done so in line with government guidance, which has now confirmed a ‘notice to proceed’ on HS2. The notice process gives the go ahead for main construction works to begin in line with Public Health England advice during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coun Molyneux added: “Government advice currently states that outdoor construction work can continue so we will proceed with our essential works, including to some of our schools, which have remained open for some SEND children and those whose parents are key workers.

“This decision has been taken in partnership with our contractors and will be completed in line with social distancing practices. We are monitoring government guidance regularly throughout this ever-changing public health situation.”

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