Protest the Demolition of Wigan Market / Galleries

Started by: jo anne (33719) 

This Friday - 16th July -
meeting 11am near the old Morrison’s & market hall entrances

Wigan Today, 12th Jul:
“Independent councillor Paul Maiden, who is organising the protest, said there is ‘anger’ and ‘frustration’ among people who have ‘big concerns’ about BCEGI.

‘But even if it was a better company building it, it’s still a bad development.’”

Facebook - Event

Started: 12th Jul 2021 at 13:10

Posted by: AngelWood (593)

I do hope he is advocating mask wearing and social distancing during this "event".

Replied: 12th Jul 2021 at 15:19

Posted by: jo anne (33719) 

Good point, Angelwood.

Most restrictions on meeting people outdoors have been lifted, but gatherings must not exceed 30 people unless covered by a legal exemption

And as Wigan is an area where the Delta variant is spreading fastest:

You should try to:
Keep 2 metres apart from people that you do not live with (unless support bubble)
Minimise travel in and out of affected areas

Replied: 12th Jul 2021 at 15:39

Posted by: jo anne (33719) 

Views on the proposed redevelopment can be submitted to Wigan Council till 20th July.

Comments So Far: 45
• Objections: 43
• Supporting: 2

Link: (Till 20th July)

Replied: 12th Jul 2021 at 16:02

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

Are written objections still being accepted or is it yet another done deal. The crazy thing is that plenty towns would love a development like the Galleries and the market hall

Replied: 12th Jul 2021 at 16:06

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (4137) 

Hello jo-anne just joined today and registered my opposition to what this horrible council are doing ,sorry i am not physical to attend but behind you sat safe GB .

Replied: 12th Jul 2021 at 16:08

Posted by: jo anne (33719) 

I-Spy, objections submitted online will be accepted till 20th July, but I don’t know how you go about sending in your comments otherwise.

Golden Bear, I’m not connected to the protest, but do admire those involved for trying, and but for the restrictions would join them if I could.

Replied: 12th Jul 2021 at 16:24

Posted by: admin (997)

Complete waste of time. How many people protested about the demolition of the Market Hall??? Didn't make one iota of difference. The council have made up their mind. By allowing these protests is just paying LIP SERVICE to the Wigan people.
Brown envelopes are already in the Back Pockets

Replied: 12th Jul 2021 at 22:18

Posted by: jo anne (33719) 

Do I detect a hint of cynicism, Admin?

Four days left to submit views to Wigan Council.

Comments So Far: 50
• Objections: 48
• Supporting: 2


Replied: 16th Jul 2021 at 07:29

Posted by: fred mason (2832) 

Keep up the good work, jo anne....Bless...xx

Replied: 16th Jul 2021 at 21:41

Posted by: jo anne (33719) 

Thanks, Fred. I do understand Admin’s cynicism given the council’s track record. I just wish this time they’ll listen.

Most comments so far are worth a read through, there’s lots of common sense.

Comments Received: 52
• Objections: 50
• Supporting: 2

Last few days to submit: Link

Replied: 18th Jul 2021 at 09:32

Posted by: jo anne (33719) 

Friday’s protest did go ahead:

‘Wigan traders gather to protest The Galleries renovation plans’

Wigan Today

Replied: 18th Jul 2021 at 09:36

Posted by: jo anne (33719) 

Some of the objections from Wigan Building Preservation Trust (Wed 14 Jul):

“In the immediate vicinity are a number of original Victorian and Georgian buildings which have lain empty for a number of years … These buildings represent some of our 'heritage at risk' and should be renovated and re-purposed as the first priority.

The Planning Departments Prospectus suggests that the New Market Street properties, some of which are Council owned, are candidates for demolition.

The Council's Planning and Heritage objectives appear to be disconnected.“

Replied: 18th Jul 2021 at 09:39


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