The Area for development

The proposed development would  run from St. Peter’s church, Bryn Road down to Landgate Lane. The green fields would be covered with housing, a new massive supermarket with 450 space carpark and industrial units. A new road would be constructed with a traffic light junction to be added near to the Golden Ball Pub (now demolished).

The land has always been green!

The press published an article in November of last year about the proposal to build on this land; in it they said that it is was “former pit site.” Having done extensive research on the area we cannot find a single reference to the area in question ever having been used for mining. Take alook at these old maps of the area going back to 1849 and a map published by the British Geological Survey in 2013.

Map of the area 2013

by the British Geological Survey.

What pit site are Wigan Council talking about, because there isnt one here.

The red line added by us shows the area under threat by these proposals.

The grey square hatched areas represent where the Pennine Coal Measures outcrop at the surface, they follow the cutting for the railway and the fishing lodges and some as an extension of the old brick works, now Edmund Collins Park. This is not coal just the type of rocks in which coal might be found.

The purple area north of Landgate is an area of land “despoiled” by the Park Lane colliery and the purple area south of the railway is “despoiled land “ left by the Three Sisters spoil heaps. Both of these pieces of “despoiled” land are outside of the threatened area. The majority of the pale bluearea is labelled as “Glacial Till” which is made of clay and sandy clay left behind by the retreating glaciers 12,000 years ago.

The point being that the land in-between has never been mined and has always been farmland since before large scale coal mining came to the area.

Wigan Council say that part of it is defined as brownfield, if you include a small area which were previously allotments or back gardens it is but that is pushing a point. Bryn Rec which is to the south of the area cannot be included as brownfield as it is simply a grass playing area.

So apart from agriculture and a Roman road it would seem that this land has had nothing substantial built on it since the last ice age 12,000 years ago.

Map of area in 1960.

Just a few houses towards the bottom of the map, the rest of the area is farmland.

Map of area in 1928

Some garden or allotments to go with those houses, the rest is farmland.

Map of area in 1849

This map simply shows fields and hedges.