Millions reinvested into communities as part of major infrastructure programme

21
image of a handshake
  • £8m programme funded by housing developer contributions
  • Schemes will improve traffic flow, boost road safety and sustainable transport
  • Previously proposed works, including School Lane, Standish, not taken forward
  • Community, play and open space schemes to follow next month

Multi-million-pound infrastructure projects set to transform communities across Wigan Borough are expected to take a significant step forward.

Proposals for a major programme of works in Standish, Lowton and Golborne have been recommended and will appear before Wigan Council’s cabinet members for approval next week.

The projects, funded by developer contributions to offset the impact of housebuilding schemes in these areas, total around £8m.

They include major changes to improve traffic flow and boost road safety, plus cycling and walking schemes to supplement the borough’s growing sustainable transport networks.

Councillor Paul Prescott, cabinet portfolio holder for transport, environmental services and planning, said: “Throughout this process we have been focussed on delivering schemes that will benefit residents in these communities the most and represent value for money.

“We have listened to all the feedback received and are confident this scheme of works will be transformational and create a lasting impact.

“We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the consultation as through this investment of section 106 funding, we have the opportunity to deliver a series of projects that will make a real difference.”

The council conducted an extensive consultation exercise on viable schemes for the infrastructure levy funds in 2021, encouraging feedback from residents and businesses.

Large-scale projects that were proposed but have not been taken forward include the widening of School Lane in Standish and changes to Golborne roundabout.

Rising costs, public feedback to these schemes and other deliverability factors have all been considered.

To ensure the funds covered all aspects permitted through section 106 funding requirements, the programme of works have been split into ‘large-scale’ and ‘small-scale’ schemes.

Further reports on the ‘small-scale’ schemes – which includes community, play and leisure related projects – are expected in July.

In Lowton and Golborne, the programme of works detail improvements to the A580/Newton Road junction with a new left turn and the A580/Stone Cross Lane, widening Stone Cross Lane to three lanes.

In Standish, it includes Market Street pedestrian crossing improvements and cycling and walking links between Standish Mineral Line to Gidlow Lane and the wider network.

Wigan Council’s cabinet meets on Thursday, July 7.

Full details of the programme are available as part of the agenda here: https://bit.ly/3ytWC8c