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You can have your say at Wigan Council forum
Monday 7th April, 2014

You can have your say at Wigan Council forum

A forum giving residents and businesses a chance to have their say on Wigan Council’s transport and housing plans is being re-launched.

The Wigan Local Access Forum has been redesigned so residents can help influence decisions about future access to the countryside and open spaces across the borough.

The forum will focus on improving the rights of way network as well as looking at how new developments may present opportunities for better access to Wigan Borough's excellent green spaces and countryside areas. Local residents and people with an interest in the borough's countryside are now being encouraged to apply to join it. Meetings are held four times a year and support will be given from Wigan Council and Natural England.

This is a real opportunity to bring new thinking to shaping the future of the borough and will give local people more say in the future of their communities – a key part of The Deal, which the council recently launched. It is an informal contract between the council and borough residents and aims to see both sides work together to help make Wigan Borough a better place to live.

Ideal candidates will be interested in the environment, keen to promote the borough and willing to encourage greater participation in outdoor activities and healthier lifestyles.

Councillor David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council and whose portfolio covers economy, said: “Wigan Council understands how important it is that we work closely with the community. The new forum will play an important role in the decisions we make, and I believe it will be a great opportunity for residents to give their thoughts about the major projects and developments we are currently working on.”

If you would like to apply to become a member of the forum, visit www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Parking-Roads-Travel/Public-rights-of-way/Wigan-local-access-forum.aspx, or call 01942 489239.

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