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A RESIDENTS’ group has begun a new campaign to tidy up an area of Wigan by giving council officials a whistle-stop tour.

Members of the Lowton East Neighbourhood Development Forum (LENDF) hope to encourage a variety of schemes to transform the visual appearance of the locality, including potential landscaping features, cutting grass verges and increasing the number of planters and hanging baskets around the area.

LENDF secretary Irene Thomson met with Lynn Kay, one of Wigan Council’s Locality Development Officers (LDOs), for a walk-about between Lowton Labour Club and Lane Head to discuss ideas for the area ahead of a meeting of residents next week.

Five areas were potentially earmarked for a range of improvements, including land adjacent the East Lancs Road around the junction with Newton Road and sites on Church Lane and Kings Avenue, but Irene stresses the forum will only decide where to devote their attention once residents have had their say on what needs doing.

The plan, which LENDF could fund through pots including Brighter Borough and the Love Where You Live campaign, is already drawing support from Wigan Council and environmental regeneration charity Groundwork.

Irene, 50, said: “After the Torch relay some lovely yellow flowers appeared, and we found out the council had put them there, so we wondered whether we could have more things like that to brighten up the area.

“It’s not just about us picking things to change though, we want to hear from residents what is important to them. There’s always issues which affect a lot of communities, such as litter and dog fouling, and then there’s things like overgrown hedges encroaching on the footpaths.

“We want to identify a few areas to work on, then hopefully we can make some improvements with volunteers and support.

“There’s bound to be people who would like to do something but think on their own they won’t be able to manage, but in a group they can certainly get things done.”

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