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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 29th May, 2012)

Mesnes Field


Mesnes Field
The wheel, Mesnes Field and the Linacre.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR)
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Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 29th May 2012 at 03:19

I will repeat my comment on Thomas Walsh`s P-a-D on Monday 23rd April 2012 - "It is scandalous siting it (the Youth Zone) there."

Comment by: sight for sore eyes on 29th May 2012 at 06:52

If the council carry on, we'll have no land left around Wigan...it looks horrible, what ever it's supposed to be!

Comment by: Mick on 29th May 2012 at 08:42

I agree Ernie what a place to dump a old pit wheel right outside of a modern college building like that.

It should have been melted down a long time ago.

Comment by: John on 29th May 2012 at 08:47

I am nostalgic, but I don't want to live in the past. The wheel reminds us of our heritage, but do you want slag heaps,pits,cobbled streets, factories and smokey chimneys again? Do you want empty spaces(be honest, Mesnes Field was an eyesore)and nothing for the youth to do? There is a Park 100m away, which is being revitalised. Do you want a ghost town because everybody MOANS but does nothing to help? The real scandal would be doing nothing. The glass can be half full if you look carefully!!
By the way, Mick, good capture!!

Comment by: Alan Young on 29th May 2012 at 09:00

Looks alreet to me. Wigan's been stuck in the past for long enough. We HAVE to move forward.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 29th May 2012 at 09:37

Mick: I appreciate you pulling my leg !!

Comment by: Peter on 29th May 2012 at 09:47

Mesnes field was an eyesore?
What an idiotic remark john it was one of the nicest spots in town
As for the kids having nowhere to go, if you think this youth zone is going to make the kids any better youre living in another world
If they had wanted a town centre youth club they could have taken over the site of the old Regentruck factory just past the deanery
Theres more to this than meets the eye and it will become apparent over time
Wiat and see
Well thats my rant over

Comment by: D. on 29th May 2012 at 10:10

John, if Mesnes Field was an eyesore it was because it had been allowed to get into that condition. Just because there is an empty space it does not mean something has to be built on it. There are numerous empty buildings in Wigan Town Centre that would easily have done for a youth centre, the lower level of Marketgate for one thing, and still close enough to Mesnes Field for it to be sued for sporting events.

Comment by: John on 29th May 2012 at 11:03

I may as well just refer Peter and D. to P-a-D Thursday December 29th 2011, because all the same old comments are going to come up again!!

Comment by: maggie on 29th May 2012 at 11:11

Just a few miles from here there is a lovely town called Radstock. it was right in the heart of the Somerset coal field. As you enter the town, there is a large Pit Wheel on the spot where 2 railways used to cross. It is outside the olde Market Hall which is a lovely Victorian building & which is now a mining mureum - on the ground floor, with other memories of the past on the upper one. There are the old Coop buildings, in use today, opposite the new store. The miners' houses are along the main road - built of Bath stone & very much prized possessions today. be proud of your area's past.

Comment by: Cyril on 29th May 2012 at 11:22

Yes, yet another triumph for Whelcough Holdings PLC, wonder how much the councillors got in backhanders.

Peter is spot on, there is a whole lot more than is apparent at this stage as to why they are building this momentarily called youth zone on the Mesnes Field.

Comment by: peterp on 29th May 2012 at 13:31

1st the youth zone then the Drumcroon then the Rushton buildings how much more for the Whelan/Ainscoughs empire?

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 29th May 2012 at 13:39

maggie, whereabouts do you live?
I`ve driven thro`Radstock on the way to Bath.

Comment by: Peter on 29th May 2012 at 14:03

If anybody thinks whelcough are doing out of the goodness of their hearts
They are sadly mistaken
As i said before all will become apparent in due course
These lot are out to make money and make it they will

Comment by: Alf on 29th May 2012 at 14:14

What we want John, is Jobs. The tone of your voice, we'd all be out of work. now't up with the past, if it wasn't for yesterday there would be no tomorrow, remember that.

Comment by: John on 29th May 2012 at 16:17

Alf, isn't this building creating jobs, the people working on it and those that will be employed in it? How you can say "tone of voice" to a printed statement baffles me, and equating it being out of work is even stranger. I also said I'm nostalgic, which means I do appreciate the past, but it doesn't move us forward dwelling on it, nor does doing nothing at all, or just moaning when something new comes along. As for the conspiracy theorists on here, well......

Comment by: Alf on 29th May 2012 at 16:41

John I was speaking metaphorically. It's whats known as reading between the lines.

Comment by: Ste Wigan on 29th May 2012 at 17:09

Whelanville takes shape!

Comment by: wcml on 29th May 2012 at 17:21

did the players of wigan latics give a million quid towards the build,mr whelon not that bad is he

Comment by: John on 29th May 2012 at 18:28

Alf, I'll have 'reading between the lines', but it's not a metaphor!! Anyway, please explain the link to jobs and being out of work, I can't see that in my original post.

Comment by: jcf on 29th May 2012 at 20:22

I agree with Peter and Cyril's comments. During a conversation with a friend recently, He commented that Wigan Council is now being run by this bunch of plutocrats ( Whelcough Holdings PLC ), since one of them is the existing Chairman of the Wigan Forward Board.

Comment by: Mick on 29th May 2012 at 23:05

I think Peter and Cyrils comment are all wrong they just can not except that there people out there who like to help others less fortunate.

Comment by: D. on 30th May 2012 at 09:24

Setting the Mesnes development aside there used to be lots of youth clubs and similar things not so many years ago. Why did they all close down? Would today's youth want to go to a youth centre or would it just fall into disuse after a year or two?

Comment by: maggie on 30th May 2012 at 09:53

ernest, we live on the south side of Bath, just off the A367 - which goes through Radstock. Our daughter lives there.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 30th May 2012 at 21:59

Oh dear me....a very sad sight.Will it get better or worse I ask?

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 30th May 2012 at 22:09

Thanks maggie. I know Bath very well. Did you know that a chap,from Bath, whose surname was Cod invented the glass marble stopper on a soft drinks bottle? A rival firm made soft drinks and to distinguish the two, Cod`s was known as "Cod`s Wallop."

Comment by: Ferg on 31st May 2012 at 18:29

Love comments saying it looks a mess, its a building site folks. Still, NIMBYs aren't known for their foresight.

Comment by: jaz on 10th June 2012 at 18:35

well said alan, move forward with the times. at least ainscough and whealen are employing people

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