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Our Town improvements: Now it’s Lowton’s turn

Work has begun in Lowton to give the town a mini makeover with weeding, pruning and repairs being carried out by the council.

Lowton is the latest part of Wigan borough to get the ‘Our Town’ treatment, which will see improvements including the installation of new bins and flower planters in central areas. Roads will be given a deep clean and any maintenance carried out, whilst more trees will be planted, too.

In all, Wigan Council has invested £1m to spruce up town centres across the borough. Golborne has already benefitted from the Our Town programme, with officers carrying out improvements in the town in May.

The five-month programme of works designed to spruce up 12 of the borough’s district centres will see the addition of new bins, street signs, benches, and new or improved street lighting. There is also a focus on community safety, high streets and greenspaces.

Councillor David Molyneux, leader of the council, said: “I am extremely proud to see the Our Town Cleaner, Greener Works continuing.

“This is about improving the areas where we live and work and it is also about helping local high streets get back on their feet after the challenging times brough on by the pandemic, which is why we agreed to commit an extra £400,000 to the project.

“That funding will be earmarked for public realm, street-scene and environmental projects, such as better street signs, more litter or recycling bins and more attractive shop fronts.

“I am really looking forward to seeing the results in the coming months.”

Inspired by feedback from residents, the Our Town programme aims to build on the strength and pride of communities to make towns safer and high streets, parks and greenspaces more appealing to visit.

Each area will get a deep clean, including jet-washing, weeding and pruning to tidy up the streets.

New trees will also be planted in each district as part of the council’s Climate Change strategy which will see one million trees planted by 2030 to support the ambition to become carbon neutral by 2038. New flower planters will also be installed, helping to make district centres more welcoming.

If you’d like to help, email thedealforcommunities@wigan.gov.uk For more information about Our Town visit: www.wigan.gov.uk/ourtown

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