Friday, 31 July 2009

Wigan Council Trying to take back land

Some years ago a piece of land at the side of a house in scholes was a site for fly tipping and other rubbish. The residents who lived next to the site tried to get the site cleaned up but the Council refused saying that it was not their land so they did not need to do it. Even the local residents association tried to get it cleaned up but no success. After years of trying they had enough and cleaned the site up at their own cost. Now the Council say that they want the site back to how it was and also for them to remove the fence that they put up to stop more fly tipping and they did make their garden bigger. I got involved with this over 14 mths ago and got the Council to lease the land to the residents to resolve the issue they agreed that this was a good way forward and I thought all was okay until just before the signing of the lease the Council planning dept wrote to the residents saying that they needed planning permission and then said that this was most likely to be refused.

The Council have now said that they plan to take the land back and use the law to do this if needed. This is ridiculous as the cost of this will far out weigh the legal cost and maintenance cost. Given the confusion at the beginning where the Council was saying this was not their land I feel that the simple thing is to let the residents lease the land and the Council to retain ownership. But the Council want to retain their cake and eat it.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

How hard can it be?

Before yesterday's blog I had sent an email about erecting a simple fence at the back of a piece of land. I stated that I would use my bb fund to pay for it so that we did not go round in circles in who owns what and who will pay what.

But today I have had an email saying that ownership is complicated. They say that the land is owned by the Planning dept but managed by the leisure trust. HELLO! Someone strike me down but I always thought that both we owned by the Council!

Just goes to show how stupid and ridiculous the Council is.

2 Yr of anti social behaviour and why

Residents on Leyland Mill Lane and at the some parts of Wigan Lane near Woodfield School have been experiencing 2 yrs of anti social behaviour. Yobs have been going on to the land at the side of the Cherry gardens and accessing the woods behind whilst drinking swearing urinating and a whole manner of other vile things.

One resident has been lobbying the Council, the Police, the leisure trust, the conservative Councilllor and got no joy. All have blamed some one else and say we don't own the land and it is nothing to do with us.

I have seen the problem and it is quite easy to fix. Put up a fence at the back of the field and that will stop yobs accessing the woodland . This will stop them. I have emailed the Council and said I will use my brighter borough money to get this resolved. I a wait their response. But this is easy to fix. Time will tell how hard the Council make it.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Labour and Tory vote to continue to close Montrose School

At last night Council meeting I put it to the meeting that we propose to stop the consultation with immediate effect. Labour all voted to continue to close it, with Labour Cllr Jeanette Prescott, who is also a school governor, attacked me with verbal abuse and lies and smears. This is how much it hurts that I and others are exposing them for what they are. I said that any one who voted to close the school should hang their head in shame.

The fight will get stronger and we will work to get this overturned. A Mere Oaks type situation should never be allowed again in Wigan. You would have thought that the Labour and the Tory would know this but they sit there behind the doors of the Town Hall and hope that no one will find out. I will fight to keep this school and also expose the filth that these Councillors are.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Boards repainted.

I raised the issue that a developer on Wigan Lane had put some boards up whilst developing the land behind it. This is not unusal but what was that the boards were painted bright pink. I raised this with the Council and said I wanted them to take the case on and get the developer to re paint the boards.

I am pleased to say that I have had a successs in this matter and the developer has now re painted the boards blue. A lot better than the bright pink that they were.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Alley Way to be re surfaced

The alley way from Romney way to Westfield Grove in Whitley is been a mess for years. With local residents trying for years to get this sort no one admitted to owning the land. However after a number of residents contacted myself over this I made enquiries and found out that the Council does own it and they have now agreed to re surface the alley as soon as possible.

This will be a welcomed by all that use it to make it safer. This work will be carried out soon.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Crossing Gets Refused

A some of you know I have been fighting for a zebra crossing on Mesnes Road.. This is where the Brockett Pub house is. What is happening people phone taxi's and then the taxi's come up from Wigan and do a u turn and wait for the people. The problem is that they wait on the road blocking the road island where people cross. By doing this it makes crossing more dangerous.

I was told I could not have a pedestrian but could have a zebra crossing. I have now been told that this is not going to go ahead. I have asked for all the details why this has not been approved and will be fighting for it to be given the green light.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Law is a joke

The us Government is trying to extradite British citizen Gary McKinnon. He has been accused of hacking into NASA and the Pentagon's computers. He said he did this to see if there was any proof of alien life. Gary suffers from Asperger's Syndrome. The home office and minister Alan Johnson could stop this from happening. But they refuse too. What really gets me is the fact that while the British taxpayers are paying for the USA dirty work and get people like Gary the UK cannot deport Abu Qatada for example. Where is this great British justice that I hear the politicians talking about . The law is a joke and we must deport the people that need deporting, regardless of their human rights. We must do this because the many people that they have helped to kill also had their human rights too. An eye for an eye etc.

I urge people to go to the daily mail website as they are also fighting this extradition and sign the petition. Web site is

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Tax Payers money for Labour Clubs.

I raised this issue some time ago with Ex Labour Councillor George Davies used some of his brighter borough money for Standish Labour Club. This in my opinion is just wrong and should not be allowed. But here we are again. I believe that Labour have used more tax payers money has been used for another Labour Club in Wigan.

This practise is wrong and tax payers money, in my opinion, should not be used for private members club. If they are struggling that is a sign of the times but other are surviving and they should learn from them rather than using tax payers money for Labour Club.