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1. Better Access for Wigan Taxis

ARE YOU LIKE ME?

My name is Shaun Fallows and I’m a disabled volunteer in Wigan. Many times I have been struggling to get adapted taxis at certain times of day and night which has affected my social life as I have had to stop going out.

I would like to start a campaign to see a greater number of accessible vehicles in Wigan Borough. No donations needed but please support my online petition. Without everyone together it won’t change.

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2. Self-injury support

No Secrets currently provide peer-support to those affected by self-injury. We are a voluntary group and non of our volunteers are paid for their time.

We provide training to local professionals around self-injury however it seems that accident and emergency and other medical staff think that this is not relevant to them.

ANYBODY can be affected by self-injury, and if you are working in healthcare of any kind you should be appropriately trained to deal with self-injury.

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3. Reconnect Leigh To The National Railway Network

It is a well known fact that Leigh became one of the largest towns in Europe without a Railway Station when the old lines where removed decades ago. A community organisation called Transport for Leigh (www.transportforleigh.org.uk) who are made up of a mix of volunteers from Leigh intend to change this and need your support to make it happen.

Over the past decade Wigan Council has considered various options to enhance the chronic state of transport infrastructure in Leigh. The current poor level of accessibility and connectivity has been holding back the economic regeneration of the town greatly and limiting opportunities for people in Leigh. Wigan Council have currently settled on supporting a £76 million scheme called the Leigh – Salford – Manchester Guided Busway as their next big thing and it looks like this could be going ahead.

TFL believe that what the town actually wants is to see a Rail Link brought back to Leigh and to actually get cars off the road. TFL are therefore in the process of gauging the level of support for a full investigation into and development of a Rail initiative to take place that will enable submissions to occur to secure future rounds of transport funding within Greater Manchester for pedestrian rail in Leigh. On the back of this TFL in late 2010 asked Stobbart Rail, who install railway infrastructure, to price up a railway station in Leigh out of interest – it came in at only £52million which was far less than the £130million quoted by Wigan Council and GMPTE historically.

At TFL’s first major public meeting in February 2011 over 200 people packed into a small room to hear more about TFL and what we have been doing. With little marketing this huge turnout was impressive and demonstrated the huge determination from the town to speak out on this issue. Unsurprisingly all were in favour of developing a Railway project aimed at getting Leigh back on the national rail network and easing the huge level of car congestion on local roads, the main commuter routes into Manchester and beyond whilst also unlocking future regeneration in Leigh and helping local businesses grow. For clarity this is not an initiative aimed at moving any industrial heavy goods into or out of Leigh. It is aimed at a rail solution solely for commuters and leisure travellers to connect them directly to the Manchester - Liverpool rail line and beyond.

The intention of running a petition is to demonstrate to Wigan Council, GMPTE, Local Councillors and Leigh MP Andy Burnham exactly what the town wants for its future on the topic of transport investment and importantly to do it with one voice. Many people feel that historically the Council have not undertaken this type of real public engagement and have gone along unchecked. If the whole town speaks out jointly the Council will need to work with TFL and the community to make this happen.

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4. Reduction in Ticket Prices at Wigan Athletic

When Wigan Athletic were promoted to the Premiership in 2004/2005 season, their was an average gate of 11,155 during that season.

Ticket prices for the first season in the Barclays Premiership were relatively cheap and this resulted in more people coming to watch Wigan Athletic, especially younger people.

This resulted in an average attendance of 20,904 in 2005/2006. However, for the 2006/2007 season ticket prices have rose emphatically, especially the concession prices, who are the future fans and Wigan are driving them away.

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5. Free Access to Swimming Pools for Children in Bolton

This Petition is to ask that Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council allow all children who are resident in the Bolton Borough to have FREE access to all Swimming Pools that are controlled by Bolton MBC.

We the signed below want the Council to allow this provision to take place so that children throughout this borough are given unlimited access in a similar way that that Wigan MBC have just introduced.

This will allow children across the borough to keep fit and active and give them a good start in life.

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