Thursday, 27 August 2009

Just Amazing - You couldn't make it up !

As many will know from previous blogs on the fence issue as it is now being called I have concerns over a number of Council Officers. In have now made a formal complaint to the chief executive on Wigan Council Now she has asked a person tat is part of the complaint to do the investigation. Errrrr now I wonder what the out come will be?

In the press article I say how hard can it be to erected a fence and there has been so much political bias and obstruction from the Council it is un real. We are not talking about a mayor issue like closing speacial school or anything like that but a fence. Now people can see why I get so mad over things. Wigan Council needs to remember that they have to be unbiased and treat ALL elected members with the same degree of help and not get drawn If they get drawn into then they should expect to get a hard hitting response.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Charles Stret Parking

At the top end of Charles Street there are two parking bars. If both of these are used at the same time then there is no way a car can get through never mind a fire engine. Residents have complained to me about this and last night I went and did a site visit with them and notice the issue. I will be writing to the Council today to get this resolved and have one of the bays removed and get double yellow lines down. This needs to be sorted and this should be an easy problem to resolve.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Legal battle against the Dam

After last Tuesday Planning Committee meeting it has come to light that some of the information were not included in the plans. This meant residents and others would not be aware of the full facts and also would not have been given an opportunity to make their views known. After this has come to light a senior member of the planning dept has confirmed this and the fact that the Council could get into trouble I am now looking into a Judicial review on the application and asking the High Court to look at this and rule against it so the applicant has to put all the relevant information in the public domain. Watch this space.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Council crash head on with Cllr Gareth fairhurst

In last Friday's evening post I raised an issue about stopping anti social behaviour by putting afence up to stop youths entering into a dangerous area of some woods behind the Cherry Gardens house. The Council's response was that I did not raise this and said I have never said I would pay for the fence with my brighter borough. The official response was that I have never put this on to the members inquiry system so therefore tried to insinuate that I have not contacted the council. You would use this system if you did not know who it was to contact over an issue but seeing as I went straight to the chief executive of Wigan Leigh Culture Trust there was no need to do this as this would not be normal practise. So here is the deal ever email I ever send in will now be copied and [pasted onto the inquiry system and we will see how long it takes for them to respond and also before the system crashes. I encourage all other to do this and I guess an official complaint will follow shortly to the the Chief Executive of Wigan Council over this blatant disregard for facts to represents the truth.

Friday, 21 August 2009

Post Office License to be reviewed

Many people have complained about the post office on Wigan Lane. Many believe that this outlet has been responsible for selling alcohol to under age youths. These have then got drunk and caused mayhem whilst drunk. After the outlet has been caught by trading standards selling to under age children the license is going before the licensing committee to hear whether to withdraw the license to stop this shop from selling alcohol again.

I would urge as many people as possible who live in the area to support this review and ask for the license to be revoked. I, as a local councillor have objected to this shop having a license and I hope that the committee remove the license and this will be one step closer to removing this mindless thugs from our streets. Also I hope it sends out a message to other shops that this behaviour will not be tolerated.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Dam Allowed to go ahead.

The planning committee has decided to let the planning application for the new dam to go ahead at the bottom of Coppull Lane.

At the planning meeting it was suggested that the planning dept had not notified residents of a part of the application. If this is the case I will launch a high court judicial review as the planning dept of Wigan Council can simple not rule rough shot over the law and notify people.

At the planning committee hearing the environment agency even said that if this dam was not built then people would die in Wigan when Wigan flooded. What a disgrace, how on earth could they say this when there is no evident that Wigan would flood never mind how they could prove that people would die. A resident after the meeting described the environment agency has being like terrorists. What a disgrace this government agency is acting in this way.


How hard can it be to erect a fence?

The answer to this is pretty hard if you are Wigan Council. At the land at the side of the cherry gardens there is a self made path into the woods where youths go into the woods to drink, mess about and cause a nuissance. This has been a problem for local residents for a number of years at least two. Residents have had enough now and want action.

I have visited the site with a local resident who has shown me the problem and a simple solution would be to erect a fence at the back of the fence and this would be easy a simple. I have offered to pay for the fence out of my brighter borough fund and have the backing of the police. However Wigan Leisure trust, a part of the Council, manage the site on behalf of the planning dept and they can not decide what to do. simple erect a fence! How hard can it be?

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

The Dam must be stopped.

The environment agency is still putting the planning application for the dam at the bottom of Coppull lane and Bottling Wood. I am against this as it will have an irreversible effect on the wildlife and also the area.

Also the bleachwork area of Haigh/ Standish also suffers from flooding and this dam will make that issue worse. The Environment Agency must make the whole situation for everyone better and think the problem through, rather than spending money just for the sake of it.

I have objected to the planning application and will continue to fight all the way on this matter.