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Wigan Council Deputy Leader Cllr David Molyneux, Makerfield MP Yvonne Forvargue and Wigan Rugby legend Kris Radlinski at the boundary sign.
“Until now, you could drive from Salford to St Helens along the East Lancs and not know you were in Wigan Borough,” says council leader Lord Peter Smith.
“And at present, it’s more vital than ever that we put ourselves on the map and promote the borough to business, visitors and residents.”
That’s why two impressive 5m boundary signs are being placed on the busiest non-motorway route in the area, the A580. One sign will be on the East Lancs at Golborne, the other at Boothstown – to inform drivers that they are entering Wigan Borough. The signs are similar to those already welcoming drivers to Salford and St Helens and have been designed by Wigan Council in-house and made locally.
Deputy leader Cllr David Molyneux will be at the unveiling of the sign at the western edge of the borough. He says: “People want to know what the council is doing to support their local area and attract investment. We’re ideally placed between two major cities, have excellent transport links and are already working with local business to support the local economy and promote our patch. I want us to be proud of our area and ensure we punch our weight in the wider region.”
The signs also display the partnership with Wigan’s twin town Angers in northern France. They have panels which can be changed to promote events and attractions in the borough. For the launch, they will highlight the borough’s bid to host games in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
Lord Smith says that’s an appropriate first message for the signs and both unveilings will include a leading local sports representative. People can show their support online at www.facebook.com/backthebid2013.
“As well as generating international talent, sport in the borough has genuine grass roots support and links into the wider community,” says Cllr Smith. “The council is a stakeholder in the DW Stadium and Leigh Sports Village and, together with our partners, we’re relishing the chance to see international rugby in our stadia.”