Sunday, 29 January 2017

Wigan Independent Group grows

It is with great pleasure that the Wigan Independents are pleased to announce that the party is growing and so is the Cllr group on Wigan Council. 

Cllr Steve Jones and Cllr Bob Brierley have now joined the group and party. The group will be known on Wigan Council as the Wigan Independents, whilst they all are memebrs of their ward branches in terms of Party.

Cllr Debbie and George Fairhurst are still Standish Independents
Cllr Steve Jones - Bryn Independents
Cllr Bob Brierley - Hindley Green Independents.

The new additional members will demonstrate the core values of all four Cllrs that they first represent the people in their Wards, and then Wigan Council Chamber

Cllr Steve Jones said, "We wanted to join an effective opposition in the Council Chamber. I also wanted to be truly independent of any national political party, and with prominent Independent Network favouring a coalition with the Tories, I knew the people of Bryn wouldn't want me to do this. I would like to wish Independent Network all the best but the first and important thing for me to do is represent the people of Bryn."

Cllr Bob Brierley added, "For me, I wanted to come together with a group of people that I trust, and also to join with people that fight for the people that we represent and get a better Deal for them!"  

Cllr George Fairhurst said, " With the new addition I am confident that collectively we will work better, smarter and more importantly keep the people of Wigan first."

In another ground breaking development, Wigan political scene has it's first Female Political Leader in Cllr Debbie Fairhurst. Never before has a female led a group of Cllrs on Wigan Council, and this demonstrates that the party and group represent everyone.

Cllr George Fairhurst added, "I believe that Debbie will be an excellent leader of our group on the council. In all her years as a Cllr, she is keen to listen to all and work through issues to get the best outcome for the people of Standish and Wigan.

New leader group leader Cllr Debbie Fairhurst said, "I was humbled that Cllr George Fairhurst proposed me as the new leader, and I got the full backing of all the other Cllrs in the group. As Leader, I want a good debate where the things that matter to the people of Wigan get debated. I promise to represent the values of the Party and Group."  

The necessary paper work for the new group has now been completed and submitted to Wigan Council. 

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Devo Manc is costing us already

So all the Labour, inc Wigan Leader peter Smith, in Greater Manchester and also the single Tory Leader all said that Devo Manc would be a great thing for us in Manchester and Wigan.

So Labour have taken control of Health and social Care from 1st April of last Yr. It used to be the case that if you need a GP out of hours that they was a facility where you could ring and if required then attend in Ince. However, residents have been complaining that this has gone. And whilst the service may be there people are not able to access it. There is no phone number published and you cannot ring directly. Now you have to ring 111 and then they will deal with you and a lot of times they direct you to A&E, which as we know is already overstretched.

So when questioned and scrutinised at a recent committee meeting Labour where on the back foot and said they will look into the matter. How long will that take? How long will residents have to cope with with little or no service. Labour are already making a mess of local services but also now taking control of major services and cutting and making them a mess.

In fact up until Cllr debbie Fairhurst, Standish Independents Cllr raised this it was all kept quiet.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

New Yr but same dodgy activities from Labour Cllrs

So we are no back in the swing of things and the Shevington Independents battled to stop more dodgy deals happening.

At this weeks Council meeting a document (See Below) was circulated. In this document you can see that Cllr Bill McKnight met with his boss to discuss giving them a contract worth tens of thousands of pounds. When will these dodgy Cllr learn? Any contract where public money is being discussed or used has to go through the correct process of tender. you simply cannot have meetings with your boss and talk about contracts.

Excellent work by the Shevington Independents that yet again demonstrate that they are fighting for value of money and not simply wanting to hand over cosy deals to their friends and employers. Also they have demonstrated that they are the only ones fighting for the people of Shevington

Below is a picture of Bill McKnight that has brought more shame on the Parish Council. If you click here you can see a copy of his interest whereby it is clearly marked that his employers are NPS.

Shame on you Bill think of yourself again and not the people of Shevington!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

New Christmas Lights come to Standish

Cllr Debbie and George Fairhurst bring more
festive spirit to Standish.
When the Standish Independent Cllr George Fairhurst first got elected in 2004 he got local businesses involving in getting some Xmas spirit into the Village by getting little Xmas trees on their businesses premises. They were well received but things need to always move forward.

At the beginning of this year Cllr Gareth Fairhurst consulted people on having new lights brought into the Village on the lamp posts. He had seen these in other areas but wondered why the Council had not introduced them into Standish. He promised that if re-elected I would bring these to Standish.

As we know he was not re-elected but the Standish Cllr Debbie Fairhurst and George Fairhurst thought the idea was great and when the Tory Cllr would not pay for them they decided they would. So they have both contributed to paying for these and getting them into the Village.

Cllr Debbie Fairhust said, " We knew that Gareth had worked hard on this idea and when he was not elected we were not going to let Standish miss out and that is why Cllr George Fairhurst and I agreed that we would bring them in. We thought it would be yet another legacy for Gareth and also a great new addition to Standish.

People have responded positively and I am so glad that we have got them."

Cllr George Fairhurst said, " This was a great idea by Gareth and I know the people of Standish will appreciate them and also help us get a bit more into the festive spirit. I am so pleased that we have yet again brought some more cheer to Standish. Both Debbie and myself have purchased 8 and in future years we will purchase more to fill out the centre of Standish."
Gareth Fairhurst seeing his ideas light up.

Monday, 7 November 2016

The Climb for Our Pride

My eldest son plays for the great Wigan St Pats Under 15 Rugby team and as well as a great team and bunch of people, they do some other great work. Yesterday, Sunday 6 November 2016, a number of players, parents and supporters climbed Mount Snowdon. That in itself is a great challenge but none of expected the torrid weather conditions that we went with the steep hard climb.


The reason that the players, parents and supporters did this was for a great cause - Our Pride. Our Pride was set up in 2011 and was set up to support families with children with Down Syndrome. They offer support, advice and most of all friendship. They help take families away on trips and make some great memories. Currently the group are also working on creating a family pack for families that may be pending diagnosis. This was one of the reasons that the group was started because the lady who did start this didn't know where to turn when she got this news. For me she is using her knowledge and others to support others and their group grows from strength to strength.


There was just over 30 people that braved the climb. The weather at the bottom wasn't to bad but we had seen on the weather forecast there may be a bit of snow on top and a bit of wind. At the bottom of the climb none of us expected that even the road at the start of the climb would be so hard and steep. After a short while we turned off the road and went on to the track that goes up to the summit. There were stories that it would get easier in a bit. But apart from a small section later on in the walk where the track went more slight, it was all pretty much a hard slog.

Wow, what a view an hour in.
When we had been walking for about an hour we looked behind and saw this great view. Wow. We were so looking forward to the views once we got to the top if this was now. A little while later the cold came in and the heavy rain. Then it started to play on people's mental ability, as well as their physical abilities. I knew that I was not in the best of shape, especially as I had a serious operation on my spine last year and then further  complications too at the end of last year. Some of the team where flying up and full credit in their ability to do that, just goes and demonstrates the fitness these lads have.

If I break the trek up into 3 sections the 2nd of these was very uneven under foot and steep too. This is where it really got to us, How much longer could this go on for? I am pretty sure this is what we thought on this section. Once you got to the end of this section you go under the 2nd railway bridge and turn right and then climb up to the level of the train track.

BANG! What on earth! Although it had been heavy rain and a bit slushy before now we were in a full blown blizzard. A couple of people had to turn round but full credit for them to getting this point - an achievement in itself. One of the other walkers coming down said to climb on to the railway track and walk that way. The train had stopped working 2 weeks ago and because of the snow it would have been hard to follow the track but following the railway track would be more even under foot and also we had something to follow.


Following the railway track in the blizzard was hard going and the only thing in our favour was the fierce wind was blowing on our backs. As we battled and braved the elements we asked climbers coming down how much further? The answer every time - 10 more minutes, you are nearly there. We must have climbed for a further 30 - 40 minutes but everyone would say 10 more minutes. It got to the point where we stopped asking, mind you the number of people coming down was going fewer too. At one point I hit the wall, so to speak, and had it not been for the fact my lad was up at the top and I wanted to make sure he was OK and the other lads with me helping me, I seriously thought about turning around. The conditions in this storm were you couldn't see much in front of you and then another couple walking near us shouted that the closed train station was near. We nearly had done it. Soon enough there it was a dark structure in the blizzard, the train station. Then we looked up and saw the last steps up to the stone on the summit. We raced up to the stone - took some pics and then wasted no time in getting back down.
The stone at the Summit.


So normally going down means easy. Not this time. The conditions under foot was much more harder and also the snow was deeper. We came back down the first of the 3 sections following the railway track. There were 2 issues.
These were the conditions at the top section 
At this point in the blizzard I was thinking
what had I agree to 
The steep slippy descent and the snow blizzard was hitting us in the face. Some of us have described the snow and hail hitting us was like pellet gun bullets hitting us and I can confirm this. Man when would this end?
Any one that has done this climb will confirm that even without this weather the descent pulls on your legs and ankles. Sure enough though once we got to the first train bridge where we climbed down to go back on the normal trail down the snow just stopped. How could this be? I was a gentleman called Paul and he said he was going to get some of his hot drink. Great news to me let's stop for a bit. I got some drink out of my pack and we both couldn't believe that once you go under this bridge it seemed to be a different country, in terms of the weather conditions.

The rest of the climb down was slow and steady and we did up and down in four and a half hours. Not bad I think for the climb and those conditions.

No doubt we all complained at some point about the climb and the conditions but it was a great achievement for everyone. It was another great team building exercise but most importantly it was all for a great cause. Early indications are that we raised about £2,000 for Our Pride.


Saturday, 29 October 2016

Dodgy Ray digs the hole deeper.

So I wrote after the last local election about how the Tory Cllr Ray Whittingham was dodgy and how his campaign was paid for a developer and then he went straight on to the planning committee. Well a number of residents have commented have said how fishy this smells.

So I reported the matter to Wigan Council. Here is the original story. So the Council said they carried out a so called investigation. I say so called because it was either a cover up to help him or because they are incompetence to carry out anything proper.

They said that Dodgy Ray told them that the developer didn't pay him but the local Conservative Party and then they paid his election expenses. Wrong! How can I say this because I have checked the Electoral Commission website and looked at if the developer gave money to the local Conservatives and guess what? He didn't! That or they have not declared it to them which would bring their accounts into question. Mind you with his dodgy son as his agent and is an accountant too that wouldn't surprise me. So rather than just coming clean when they were caught out they have lied to try and cover their dodgy matter up and got caught again!!!

It is simply now that an independent investigator needs to take over the investigation. I have now written to the Council to demand this. If they do not then I will report this to the local ombudsman to look at the matter.

One serious thing that has occurred as well as something dodgy is because I raised the matter and informed the Council, they - the Council, didn't want to put two planning matters for Standish before the committee as this could have serious consequences for them. I have now learnt that the developer has put the applications before the Tory's Planning Inspector to hear. The probability is he will pass them and then that really will keep the flood gates open for Standish as I hear that there are a number of developers waiting for the outcome of those hearing.

Here you can see why the Corruption of this Tory Cllr in Standish has now cost people of Standish as well as him gaining himself financially.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Standish Independents Cllrs Save Fireworks Night

Cllr George and Debbie Fairhurst with Committee and player Ian Stewardson at the Club 
With Bonfire night soon approaching many residents will no doubt be going to a bonfire. One of the most popular in Standish over recent years was down at the Crown and with this being closed that is not an option.

Earlier in the year Standish Cricket Club asked the Tory Cllr Whittingham to pay for a community display with Standish Brighter borough Money. He refused to do this but as soon as the Standish Independents Cllrs were asked then they stepped up to the plate and agreed to fund the fireworks with theirs.

This will take place on Friday 4th November 2016 at 7.45 but the gates open at 6.30 and there are other attractions going on their too.

Cllr Debbie Fairhurst said, this is Standish Residents money and we are happy to support this request. Fireworks can be dangerous if people are left to their own devices and I believe in organised events as a parent. With that in mind I believe this would be great for children and families to see at the Cricket club."

Cllr George Fairhurst said, " The Cricket Club is a well used facility and whilst they obviously couldn't have a bonfire I believe that Standish Residents will be able to see a great Community Fireworks in a friendly and safe environment. By supporting the club it helps keep the residents supporting it and also the club supporting local events too. This works hand in hand with each other.".