PULSE Wigan Tel 01204 478812 SEPTEMBER 2018 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Welcome to your new monthly independent community newspaper. With all the leading news stories, what’s on and a round-up of local sports, we’ve got our finger on the Pulse! SEE SPORT PAGE 2 WARRIORS Mick’s youth role £12m housing boost PLUS PAGE 17 WHAT’S ON Shaun’s Warriors talent pitch SEE PAGE 20 LATICS Teen star signs CENTURIONS Cunningham departs Developers say scheme could create 1,650 jobs PLANS have been sub- mitted to create a large- scale £73 million logis- tics hub on the outskirts of Wigan which develop- ers say could create up to 1,650 jobs. If it gets the go-ahead, the 1.44 million square foot scheme would be built in Winstanley just off the M6 motorway. Developers DB Symme- try says that its Symmetry Park, project would also add £3m a year in business rates for Wigan Council. Andrew Dickman, man- aging director of DB Sym- metry, said: “The council has identified that Wigan needs to do more to attract and retain businesses in the borough, and particu- larly those that need larger, modern premises. “When fully operational, Symmetry ParkWigan could deliver 1,650 high quality jobs in the logistics sector from entry-level operatives to supply chain managers, with automation in the sec- tor requiring increasingly skilled technicians.” Earlier this year the site was identified by the local authority as “suitable for logistics given its access to the M6”. The site, which DB Sym- metry says will cost £73m to develop is a former open cast coal mine and was a colliery until the early 1980s. The developer says that it is working closely with local employment and training providers to make sure that local people can access the job opportunities if the plan is given the green light. Mr Dickman says it has consulted with the lo- cal community during the preparation of the planning application and has looked “carefully” at potential traffic impacts. He said: “The site is in an excellent location for logistics with direct access to the M6, meaning vehi- cles can avoid residential areas.” And he added: “As a result of the consultation we’ve decided to move our boundary further away from people living in Win- stanley, leaving a substan- tial green landscaped buffer to the north of the site.” Phil Eckersley, Wigan president of the Greater Manchester chamber of commerce, said: “Logistics is an increasingly impor- tant sector for the North West and for Wigan. This development will deliver much needed high-quality jobs that won’t just benefit the local area – people from across Wigan will be able to access the training and employment opportunities provided. Investment in modern employment sites will help ensure Wigan remains competitive and benefits from the economic success of the region.” The site, which is within the Green Belt, was former- ly used as an open cast coal mine and was a colliery site until the early 1980s. Wigan Council is likely to make a decision on the application before the end of the year. Subject to planning ap- proval, DB Symmetry plans to develop the first two units speculatively, starting con- struction next year, with the entire scheme programmed for completion by 2026. £73 MWAREHOUSE PLAN UNVEILED Job creating: The new development promises to create hundreds of employment opportunities PAGE 10 Spotlight on Leigh