Believe in Leigh

Believe in Leigh


Over the last few months residents of Leigh have been suggesting ways to spend £4million pounds to improve their town and the results are in.

The Leader of Wigan Council, Lord Peter Smith launched the Believe in Leigh fund in March giving residents the opportunity to submit their big ideas in return for a chance of seeing them turned into a reality.

This fund, together with the £1m already being spent to regenerate Bradshawgate, brings the total amount to £5m.

Overall 119 suggestions were submitted with ideas ranging from new play areas to better shopping facilities in the town centre.

The council has whittled these suggestions down into three key areas: activities for young people (including the creation of safe zones), town centre regeneration and improvements to Pennington Flash Country Park. 

Money is also being set aside to pay for the repair of Leigh Miners’ roof.

Lord Peter Smith, leader of Wigan Council, said: “I’d like to thank residents for having their say about what they’d like to see in Leigh. We’ve been sifting through the responses to come up with a plan that we feel best meets the needs of local residents and I’m confident these three schemes will address the issues raised. We’ll work with residents and community groups now to shape these proposals.”

Wigan Council has invested more than £6m in the east of the borough through capital programmes and The Deal for Communities Investment Fund – which equates to £70 per person compared with £38.89 in the rest of the borough.

The money, which will come from the 2017/18 budget, has been earmarked specifically for Leigh.

Posted on Monday 14th August 2017

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