Wigan Borough Environment & Heritage Network Meeting
10.30 a.m. October 15th 2018 at Museum of Wigan Life.

Present:
Bob Bruce (Lancashire Mining Museum),Richard Sivill (Atherton Heritage), Ken Barston (Stubshaw Cross Residents Group), Mary Pennington (Wigan Archaeology Society), Avis Freeman (Leigh Soroptimists), Neil Forshaw (George Formby Society), Derek Wilde (Wigan Family History Society), John O’Neill (Greenheart), David Shallcross (Leigh Ornithological Society), Joe Taylor (Billinge History Society),
Charlotte Schofield (Deal for Communities Team).

Apologies:
Glenys McClellan (Leigh Family History Society), Peter Goodwin (Tradition Films), Tom Price (Civic Trust), Peter Taylor (Civic Trust), Lynda Jackson (Wigan MBC), Alex Miller (Wigan MBC),

Minutes of the last meeting. True and accurate.

Matters Arising. None.

Presentation by Charlotte Schofield - Project Officer Deal for Communities Team

Charlotte outlined the present situation regarding the Deal of Communities and the various funding levels available via the Community investment fund. She gave out printed information and then engaged in a long and detailed discussion with the Network members about various topics and issues raised.She invited members to get in touch with her directly via email (C.Schofield@wigan.gov.uuk) on matters relating to them personally, or regarding their area.

Any residents who do not receive Borough Life magazine should email through their addresses to: BoroughLifeMagazine@wiganmbc.gov.uk

Members Reports:

In the time remaining members gave oral reports on work carried out by their organisations. Richard Sivill had previously sent in a written report (below).

HOWE BRIDGE
The Bridgers Community Group is arranging a poppy display in the village to commemorate the First World War.
Approval has now been given to build a further 830 houses in the village with the main access being at the side of St. Michael’s Church. These will have significant impact on the village and the environment.
ATHERTON
The Library will move to its new location in the old town hall in November and the present building along with the technical college will be sold by the Council, the asking price will be £50,000.
Plans for the development of Atherton Town Centre are to be deferred due to the lack of funding

Next Meeting will be Presentation Day 26th November.