There is some land behind Wigan Rd and off Longridge Avenue which is meant to be play area. Some years ago the Council removed all the play equipment so they could put some huts and cabins on the land whilst they did the Council housing up in the area. They promised to put the equipment back. However they didn't! Then they have let the land go and now looking to sell it to a developer for houses.
However the residents, which include Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane, formed a group years ago to turn the land into allotments and all the plots had been taken up. But Wigan Council will not allow them to do this saying they need to do the right thing by the taxpayers and sell it for the highest price, which means houses. At first they did not say why they could not do the allotments, they kept running them around.
Cllr Gareth Fairhurst said, " This is a disgrace. It was only a few months ago the Council was saying we don't want houses in Standish and he they are cashing in with their greed. They say they need to get the highest price for taxpayers well what about doing the right thing for the taxpayers? This would mean allowing allotments for Standish and not yet more houses. This demonstrates that Wigan Council don't care about Standish with the exception of squeezing as much money out of it as possible."
Last year the Council did look at build some council houses on the site but decided against this in favour of selling it to a developer.
What a disgrace!