LSV is just ‘an albatross’

Leigh Town Hall
Leigh Town Hall

The council is ignoring its own aims to reduce or eliminate unmanageable expenditure by propping up a limited company, Leigh Sports Village. This has become an albatross on the necks of both the council and its taxpayers, only having the ability to remain solvent by largesse in the form of loans from the taxpayer.

As a limited company it is audited by independent auditors and their report dated March 31, 2010, makes the following statement: “Without qualifying our opinion, we draw attention to the disclosure made in note 1 regarding the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.

“The company made a loss of £35,590 during the year to March 31, 2010, and had net current liabilities of £169,462. The company is reliant upon continuing financial support of Wigan MBC who have loans of £200,000 outstanding, but have indicated they will not seek repayment of them within the next 12 month period. Wigan MBC has also confirmed that they will provide additional working capital for the next 12 months in line with current projections and forecasts.

“These conditions along with other matters set forth in Note 1, indicate the existence of a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.”

Since 2008 loans have been given to keep the company afloat, I understand with no interest paid on these loans. Part of this facility is a sports centre which includes a swimming pool which is a significant under performer.

The council has stated that savings had to be made and front line services protected.

I wonder how that statement fits in with the council largesse given to Leigh Sports Village? It suggests to me that savings are not as critical as claimed.

Jim Ellis

Independent Coun

Hindley ward

Sincere thank you to nurses

My grandfather passed away after a short battle with cancer. His wishes were to die at home in his own bed and with his family around him. This was made possible by the amazing support we received from the District Nursing team in Tyldesley.

We would like to sincerely thank all the nurses involved in caring for my grandfather. They guided our family perfectly through the extremely difficult process, providing us with the courage and understanding to facilitate and fulfil his wishes. Their compassion, skills and dedication ensured a peaceful and dignified ending to his life.

Despite job redeployment/uncertainty, staffing cuts, a large workload and an understandably low team morale, the nurses did not allow this to affect their high standard of quality patient care. They are a credit to the nursing profession.

The NHS is often portrayed negatively as a failing institution. However, in our recent experience we have a fantastic community service within our locality and it is only right they receive the praise they truly deserve.

Mrs Fiona Woodhead and Family,

address supplied

Beyond the boundaries

I am thinking about the story “Keep your hands off our boundaries”, by Richard Bean.

I am a senior citizen in my late 70s and it makes me sad to read about the stupidity of changing boundaries once again.

My wife and I have lived in Hindley Green all our lives. We respect all parishes, we love to go shopping in Leigh and surrounding towns, not as much now.

But I would strongly suggest that the Boundary Commission think very carefully about the proposed changes.

We buy the Fast Forward magazine and feel proud to live in our parish of Hindley Green, we have shared some good times and some very hard times with Leigh, Hindley, Wigan and Atherton.

We must stop these unelected people, stealing, and changing things without the people having a say.

Name and address supplied.

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An ode against change

A short poem – my feelings against the boundary changes suggested for Leigh.

A town without a Town Hall

Parish church or library,

An old industrial town

Divided into three,

The vital centre we’ll remove

With no regard for history

And then, oh dear, too much gone,

Now we’ll have to add some in

The cuts too drastic, let me see,

From here and there we’ll make up Leigh

Mrs H Wellings,

Orchard Close,

Leigh.