New MP joins Leigh Neighbours on a tour of the patch

New MP joins Leigh Neighbours on a tour of the patch

It was a case of ‘The Good, The Bad, and The Downright Ugly’ when members of the Leigh Neighbours board invited Leigh’s new MP, Jo Platt, on a tour of the project area.

John Gredecki, Sue Shaw, Susan Gredecki, Jo Platt MP, Jan Eckersley and Christine Farnworth pictured outside Sacred Heart RC church.

John Gredecki, Sue Shaw, Susan Gredecki, Jo Platt MP, Jan Eckersley and Christine Farnworth pictured outside Sacred Heart RC church.

And whilst there was time for some lighter moments – including a quick stop off at the Community Garden on Gordon Street – most of the morning was spent looking at some of our area’s less salubrious features, like the fly-tipping on the old rugby ground. We also discussed some of the issues that need tackling, such as the prevalence of anti-social behaviour on Railway Road and the problems relating to the quality of housing and the condition of some ’buy to rent’ properties in the area.

Jo and members of the team discuss the site of the old rugby ground at Hilton Park, a target of anti-social behaviour and dangerous fly-tipping

Jo and members of the team discuss the site of the old rugby ground at Hilton Park, a target of anti-social behaviour and dangerous fly-tipping

“We were keen to explain to Jo what Leigh Neighbours is all about,” says chair of the project, Susan Gredecki, “and to show her some examples of the work we do in the community, such as the environmental projects which make such a difference. But we weren’t going to gloss over the problems, either, especially around Railway Road. We want to work with Jo to improve the area and, with her support and political influence, we hope to build momentum and, together, make some real changes for the better.”

Leigh Neighbours deputy chair, Jan Eckersley, shows Jo one of her fabulous environmentally-friendly creations… a Minions-inspired planter made from recycled tyres.

Leigh Neighbours deputy chair, Jan Eckersley, shows Jo one of her fabulous environmentally-friendly creations… a Minions-inspired planter made from recycled tyres.