Standish Voice is a group of local people who are working to ensure Standish is a great place in which to live and work.
Standish Voice has been designated as a Neighbourhood Forum, a statutory body which gives us the power to create a Neighbourhood Plan for the whole village.
We have used the views of Standish people to shape the Neighbourhood Plan – currently in its Final Draft Plan stage. The Neighbourhood Plan can influence how the village will look over the next generation. An EGM of Standish Voice members has agreed to support the Final Draft Plan and Wigan Council will carry out the next round of consultation.
The Fianl Draft Plan has now been put out for consultation by Wigan Council. You can read it and respond by clicking on the link here or by accessing the Neighbourhood Plan pages on this site.
We also want to be a positive voice for Standish and help to bring the community closer together by organising and publicising local activities, events and campaigns.
Together we can make Standish a place to be proud of!
See more information about the Neighbourhood Plan in its own section on this website.
For details of our submission to Wigan Council to be a Neighbourhood Forum and the Neighbourhood Area we cover, click here
Please join us and speak up for Standish. To register your interest please click here to sign up to be a member of Standish Voice, which is free of charge, to receive regular updates – or keep in touch via Facebook and Twitter.
Standish Voice committee meetings are usually held monthly, typically on the third or sometimes the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7.45pm. Members have a right to attend and members of the public are also invited to attend.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 20, at 7.45pm in the Pavilion building at Standish High School.
The Christmas Market will return in 2018 and will be held on Saturday, December 1.
Standish Voice’s third Market will have indoor stalls in St Wilfrid’s Parish Hall and the Methodist Church Hall, and outside stalls too, with Cross Street and Market Square closed off for the day.
There will be the bar and entertainment marquees on St Wilfrid’s Church Hall car park with festive musical entertainment from singers, bands and, of course, the choirs of Standish’s three primary schools.
There will be the community carol concert in St Wilfrid’s church before the lights are switched on on the Christmas Tree; Cross Street Arts will have an open day and Standish Library will be home to Santa and children’s activities during the day. There will be the fun festive Santa trail for families around the village too.
New for this year’s Market, we will have a living Nativity, with animals that children can pet and there will be a Christmas photo booth where you can take snaps of you and your family or friends dressed in seasonal costume.
There will also be a fun charity Festive Karaoke in the afternoon where you can belt out your favourite Christmas classics at the Unity Club, which is opening to the public for the first time during the day. The event runs from 11am to 8pm
We held the second Standish Christmas Market on Saturday, December 2, 2017. It was bigger, better and more festive than our 2016 event and we have had tremendous feedback on it.
Go to the Christmas Market page on this site to see more details and photos of the day.
PARKING AND THE LINE CYCLEWAY CAMPAIGNS
In January 2016, Standish Voice’s campaign for more public car parking in the centre of Standish brought about an agreement with Wigan Council to put into action a 12-point plan to solve the problem.
Residents, shoppers, and local business owners know how inadequate parking is in the village centre and our petition here gathered 1,300 signatures.
For full information on our campaign, click here
We have also been working with Wigan Council to improve the non-road transport network around Standish, including better footpaths and cyclepaths.
We worked with Wigan Council to upgrade The Line, which has been turned from a muddy track into a modern, shared use route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The work was completed on schedule in summer 2018.
For full information on the project, click here