Billinge - near Wigan or near St Helens

Started by: i-spy (14716) 

Anybody know where one begins and the other ends

Started: 18th Mar 2016 at 15:58

Posted by: PeterP (7705)

Where's Tonker

Replied: 18th Mar 2016 at 17:47

Posted by: tonker (21577) 

Here I am!

None of Billinge is in Wigan. However, most of it is in St.Helens with part being in Wigan Borough. This means, no more, no less, that Billinge is governed by two local authorities. It's a bit hard for Wiganers to understand.

Replied: 18th Mar 2016 at 19:56

Posted by: tuddy (1066)

I'll tell you what I can't understand.----------

Replied: 18th Mar 2016 at 22:34

Posted by: i-spy (14716) 

So where do the two local authorities meet to divide Billinge

Replied: 19th Mar 2016 at 10:30

Posted by: Anne (3789) 

One boundary post is along the A571 travelling from Windy Arbour towards St. Helens just before the junction with Upholland road.

Replied: 19th Mar 2016 at 10:51

Posted by: ayrefield (4465)

When I worked at Wigan council I remember going as far over the hill to Kings Moss and as near to Billinge centre to Coultshead Avenue, but only part of the road was within the boundary, they re-arranged that meandering boundary in the early 1990s with Wigan MBC ending at Longshaw and also part way up Crank Road.

It was the same at the other side of the borough with part of Worsley within Wigan MBC, that boundary was re-arranged also.

Replied: 19th Mar 2016 at 14:07

Posted by: tonker (21577) 

Even though the 'Welcome to Wigan Borough (twinned with Angers!)' sign is about 200 metres along Upholland Road, before the row of semis on the left (on the right if you're coming from Orrell), that row of semis are in St.Helens. So they mustn't have moved the signs yet.

If you ask me, it's logical to use the M6 as a boundary between Wigan Borough and St.Helens, and the M58 as a boundary between St.Helens and West Lancashire.

Although, on second thoughts, no! I think these 'boroughs' are too big. The outlying areas all suffer to the more centrally situated areas, especially in Wigan Borough.

Replied: 19th Mar 2016 at 15:31

Posted by: ayrefield (4465)

Aye, places were a lot better with their own local Rural, Urban and Parish councils, things tended to get done a whole lot quicker.

Replied: 19th Mar 2016 at 20:51

Posted by: MarieM (5563)

Does it matter.

Replied: 21st Mar 2016 at 18:52

Posted by: tonker (21577) 

It does if you have to walk it and want to know where's closest!

Replied: 22nd Mar 2016 at 00:08

Posted by: i-spy (14716) 

It does if you want your bins emptying

Replied: 22nd Mar 2016 at 21:26


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