West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is delighted by the announcement that Wigan Athletic Football Club has dropped its plans to build their new academy in the rural village of Wrightington.
There was strong and vocal community opposition when the plans were initially announced to develop a site near Wrightington Hotel and Country Club.
Residents formed W-RAGE (Wrightington Residents Against Greenbelt Erosion). The group’s main concerns surrounding the plans were that the buildings, anticipated noise, congestion and loss of visual amenity in the heart of the rural village posed a threat to the local countryside and community.
In recent weeks MP Rosie has been pushing Wigan Athletic FC to confirm their intentions on the Wrightington site following the clubs relegation from the Premier League.
Residents of the village had previously been left in limbo over the plans due to Wigan Athletic FC’s silence on the matter in recent weeks.
An announcement on the club’s website on Tuesday 2nd July stated: “The club can confirm that the previously outlined development near Wrightington Hotel and Country Club will now not be proceeding.”
Speaking following the announcement, MP Rosie said:
“This was always the wrong development, in the wrong location for the wrong reasons. I very much welcome the news that Wigan Athletic have dropped their plans to develop on greenbelt in Wrightington.
“It will come as a great relief to local residents. They faced living with the consequences if this development went ahead.
“From the outset many Wrightington residents have been vocal and active in their opposition to the plans. Residents’ opposition has been expressed by putting their names to my Parliamentary petition, putting up placards in their gardens and large numbers marching in protest, as seen on TV.
“Finally all the uncertainty, rumours and fears for the future have been put to rest. I was delighted to work with local residents and help get their voices heard. This is a great victory for W-RAGE and the residents.”