Parks, play and greenspace boost as part of investment plans

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Improvement works to spruce up Wigan Borough’s parks and greenspaces are part of an environment themed £2m-plus investment package from Wigan Council.

A further rollout of the popular Our Town cleaner, greener project will also take place through 2022/23, council bosses have also confirmed.

Refurbished paths across the borough’s network of parks and new play equipment are included, along with additional public realm improvement works and signage.

The announcement comes as the council reaffirmed its commitment to helping the green economy with a target of becoming carbon neutral before 2038.

Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux, said: “We are blessed with wonderful greenspaces across our borough and we know how important they are to our communities. Through the Covid lockdowns, we saw how residents reconnected with their local parks and this investment shows our commitment to providing an environment to be proud of as part of our Deal 2030 plans.”

Our Town’s cleaner, greener project last year saw 12 district centres receive a package of environmental improvement works including deep cleans, replacement and additional bins, new signage and new or improved street lighting.

The latest phase will see it rollout to a further 12 areas through 2022, bringing the total investment in the project to £1m.

The Our Town areas for this year are Bryn, Winstanley, Atherleigh, Astley/Mosley, Wigan West, Wigan Central, Leigh East, Leigh West, Shevington, Hindley Green, Worsley Mesnes and Tyldesley.

After declaring a climate emergency in July 2019, work to create a cleaner, greener borough for all is well underway in Wigan borough. In the past 12 months, under Wigan Council’s Naturalising the Borough project, 16 hectares of species rich grassland has been created and approximately 60,000 trees have been planted.

Earlier this month the council announced that Norley Hall Adventure Playground has been earmarked for a £450k improvement scheme. Pennington Flash will also benefit from funding, with £300k dedicated to providing new play facilities for visitors.

This latest announcement will see significant further investment in play facilities and the welcome, signage and information points across our parks this year together with a commitment to long-term investment and maintenance.

Further details of the parks investment – with the path improvement works estimated to cost around £1m – plus, details of a series of Our Parks events, will be released later in the year.