Wigan Council under fire for refusing to allow Atherton's crest on new sign

Cllr Norman Bradbury

Cllr Norman Bradbury

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

A COUNCILLOR has attacked a local authority for being “determined to destroy any remaining vestige of pride” in his town.

Cllr Norman Bradbury, a councillor for Atherton, has lambasted Wigan Council for refusing to allow a new welcome sign in Atherton to display the town’s crest. Instead, Wigan Council said the sign could only use its blue and green logo.

This was an “inappropriate” decision, according to Cllr Bradbury, given many Atherton people do not consider themselves part of Wigan.

Cllr Bradbury said he thinks Wigan Council needs splitting, with a Leigh Borough Council created, to improve the efficiency of local government.

He added: “Why is the ruling Labour Group on Wigan Council so determined to destroy any remaining vestige of pride in our historic towns.

“In Atherton they refused to accept the overwhelming support shown by the public for a Town Council, they did everything they could to sabotage the Atherton Community School and Sixth Form College. It is time to tell the Labour controlled council that enough is enough and that our local identities will not be destroyed to help them get their city status for Wigan.”

The Atherton Business Partnership along with local Wigan Independent councillors requested a traditional heritage sign welcoming people to Atherton Town Centre, with gold writing on a black background and the Atherton crest at the top of the sign.

A proposal to create a town council in Atherton were turned down earlier this year.

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10:10am Sun 4 May 14

soup153 says...

It's called power Norman you of all people should know that. Deep in side the fact that they also know it annoys other people is great feeling for them.
It's called power Norman you of all people should know that. Deep in side the fact that they also know it annoys other people is great feeling for them. soup153
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1:58pm Sun 4 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

And we have an argument going on about a Mosque being built in Farnworth.

So symbolism and status is defined on merit and culture? Or is it just cash?

You could even make up the hypocrisy withing central and local government, never mind parliament.

Absolutely people are as thick as pig-sh!t to keep pandering to these individuals that pertain to have some kind of vestige in leadership of a town, region or country.
And we have an argument going on about a Mosque being built in Farnworth. So symbolism and status is defined on merit and culture? Or is it just cash? You could even make up the hypocrisy withing central and local government, never mind parliament. Absolutely people are as thick as pig-sh!t to keep pandering to these individuals that pertain to have some kind of vestige in leadership of a town, region or country. Beyond News Forum
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2:01pm Sun 4 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Sorry I will rephrase:

And we have an argument going on about a Mosque being built in Farnworth.

So symbolism and status is defined on merit and culture? Or is it just cash? So symbolism and culture of a particular social environment within a council ward is important to councils when it suits them?

You could NOT make up the hypocrisy within central and local government, never mind parliament.

Absolutely people are as thick as pig-sh!t to keep pandering to these individuals that pertain to have some kind of vestige in leadership of a town, region or country.
Sorry I will rephrase: And we have an argument going on about a Mosque being built in Farnworth. So symbolism and status is defined on merit and culture? Or is it just cash? So symbolism and culture of a particular social environment within a council ward is important to councils when it suits them? You could NOT make up the hypocrisy within central and local government, never mind parliament. Absolutely people are as thick as pig-sh!t to keep pandering to these individuals that pertain to have some kind of vestige in leadership of a town, region or country. Beyond News Forum
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5:36pm Sun 4 May 14

Home is where the heart is says...

Comments on the mosque argument have been suspended. I'll bet the fat controller has something to do with it. Free speech is no longer tolerated it seems!
Comments on the mosque argument have been suspended. I'll bet the fat controller has something to do with it. Free speech is no longer tolerated it seems! Home is where the heart is
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11:24am Mon 5 May 14

jemmyh says...

What's Norman Bradbury cribbing about now?
Does he know nowt?
Atherton, as a town, doesn't have a crest. 'Crests' and 'Arms' are only given to persons or groups of people and Atherton is a town, carrying that name.
The crest he wants to display belonged to the 'group of persons' known as Atherton urban district council, and they're long gone.

Like it or lump it, Atherton is under the authority of Wigan Metropolitan Borough.

By the way, Atherton isn't 'part of Wigan'. It's under Wigan council, which makes it part of Wigan Metropolitan Borough. Wigan is a different town altogether (and Wigan doesn't have it's own crest either).
What's Norman Bradbury cribbing about now? Does he know nowt? Atherton, as a town, doesn't have a crest. 'Crests' and 'Arms' are only given to persons or groups of people and Atherton is a town, carrying that name. The crest he wants to display belonged to the 'group of persons' known as Atherton urban district council, and they're long gone. Like it or lump it, Atherton is under the authority of Wigan Metropolitan Borough. By the way, Atherton isn't 'part of Wigan'. It's under Wigan council, which makes it part of Wigan Metropolitan Borough. Wigan is a different town altogether (and Wigan doesn't have it's own crest either). jemmyh
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