Wigan Borough Environment & Heritage Network

Meeting minutes

10.30 am August 5th 2019 at the Museum of Wigan Life
Bob Bruce (Astley Green Colliery), Avis Freeman (Leigh Soroptimists), Joe Taylor (Billinge History Society) John O’Neill (Greenheart), Mary Pennington (Wigan Archaeological Society), Ken Barston (Stubshaw Cross Residents group), David Shallcross (Leigh Ornithological Society) Derek Wilde (Wigan Family History Society) Jenny Giggs (Wildlife Trust), Bernie Danymple (Carbon Landscapes), Peter Fleetwood and Neil Linford (Wigan BPT), Mandy Wellens-Bray (Rebel Flower Farm).
Alex Miller, Dave Lyon, Marie Bintley, Leslie O’Halloran, Georgina Bentley (MBC).
Neil Forshaw (George Formby Society), Glenys McClellan (Leigh Family History Society), Robert MacDonald (MBC), Peter Goodwin (Tradition Films), Richard Sivil (Atherton Heritage), Eileen Walsh and Eileen Bithell (BETA), .Tom Price (Civic Trust)
Minutes of the last meeting. True and accurate.

Matters Arising. None.
The four offices attending the meeting spoke at length regarding future plans and aspirations on matters such as the Cultural Manifesto and the Historic Environment Strategy. A general discussion ensued as members asked questions and voiced opinions, e.g. David Shallcross asked about the street scene on Leigh's main thoroughfares e.g. dilapidated shops and businesses and the colour owners could use to decorate them. David also ask about the plans for Pennington Flash and what happened to the consultation meetings that were set up to gather the public’s thoughts on its uses, there has only been one without any follow-up or results of that first meeting.

Questions were answered in full by the officers and they were invited to forward content they wished including in the minutes.
Members Reports:
Members requested to email in reports they wish including in the minutes.
Mary gave out copies of the latest Archaeology Society newsletters.
Next Meeting 16th September Discovery Room 10.30.