Our Town’s back!

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A community initiative to spruce up the borough’s district centres will start in Ince next month.

The ‘cleaner, greener’ package of environmental improvements, that formed part of Wigan Council’s Our Town programme, were postponed last year following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Leader of the council, Coun David Molyneux, said: “The last 12 months have been incredibly hard on our residents and businesses and we want to make sure our towns are spruced up ready to reopen when the roadmap allows it.”

Recognising the impact of the pandemic on local high streets, Wigan Council has committed an additional £400k to the Our Town pot, bringing the total investment to £1million. The extra funding will support additional activity, with a focus on community safety, high streets and greenspaces.

Inspired by feedback from residents, the Our Town programme aims to build on the strength and pride of communities to make towns safer and high streets, parks and greenspaces more appealing to visit.

The package includes replacement bins and additional bins, repainting and replacing street signs and benches, new or improved street lighting and repainting road markings.

Each area will get a deep clean, including jet-washing, weeding and pruning to tidy up the streets.

New trees will also be planted in each district and new flower planters installed.

The packages will be rolled out to each area throughout 2021.

For more information about Our Town visit: www.wigan.gov.uk/ourtown

Wigan Council teams will be on site at each district centre for approximately three weeks. Schedule of works:

  • Ince – May
  • Golborne – May
  • Atherton – May / June
  • Pemberton – June
  • Ashton – June / July
  • Lowton – July
  • Hindley – July / August
  • Aspull – August
  • Orrell – August / September
  • Platt Bridge – September
  • Tyldesley – September / October
  • Standish – September / October