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Market Place revamp in early 2019
Tuesday 6th November, 2018
The future look of Wigan town centre has been revealed as part of a major regeneration project which will begin in the coming months. The project, delivered by Wigan Council, will see significant improvements to Market Place including; the replacement of existing benches, additional seating, recycling bins, installation of planters, trees and flowers, cycle parking ...More

Wigan Council in the running for council of the year award
Tuesday 6th November, 2018
Wigan Council has been shortlisted for the prestigious LGC Awards 2019 just months after The Deal was hailed as the future for health services by The Kings Fund. The council has been announced as a finalist for Council of the Year at the awards which recognise excellence in local government across the country. Wigan Council will go up against Cheshire West and Ches...More

Have your say at Big Listening Event
Tuesday 6th November, 2018
Wigan residents will get the chance to talk about what they see for the future of the borough at a Big Listening Event next week. Wigan Council will be hosting the session at Wigan Life Centre on Monday 12th November as part of The Big Listening Project where the public can speak about what is important to them. The Deal transformed the way the council works with c...More

Working together to tackle homelessness
Tuesday 6th November, 2018
A borough-wide outreach service for rough sleepers, covering evenings and weekends, is just one of the measures being implemented from December in Wigan Borough to tackle homelessness. The Brick has been officially appointed to deliver the borough’s homelessness and emergency accommodation services and will be working with Wigan Council to provide increased service...More

Speakers confirmed for North West Business Expo
Tuesday 30th October, 2018
Digital tech, collaborative working and future vision are just some of the topics being explored at one of the North West’s largest Business Expos next month. Wigan Council’s annual Business Expo is back for its ninth year and delegates will be given the opportunity to hear from and mix with a number of national and regional businesses to network, make new contact...More

Have your say on sprinklers
Tuesday 30th October, 2018
Residents living in the Wigan Borough’s high-rise flats are being invited to have their say on plans to install sprinkler systems in their homes. As part of a Greater Manchester wide project, Wigan Council has proposed that all council owned high-rise residential blocks in Wigan town centre should be fitted with sprinkler systems next year following the tragic Gren...More

Football brings people together
Tuesday 30th October, 2018
People from lots of different communities came together to play football in the Together Cup, a tournament organised by Wigan Council, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles. Councillor Chris Ready, portfolio holder for communities and neighbourhoods, says, ‘The tournament was all about building positive community relations through football...More

Nationally acclaimed chief executive of Wigan Council to retire
Tuesday 16th October, 2018
The chief executive of Wigan Council Donna Hall has announced she is to retire next year after a hugely successful eight years at the helm. Donna Hall CBE has won national acclaim throughout her time at Wigan with bold reforms and the forging of ‘The Deal’ – a new model of local government. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham this week described Donna as a “publi...More

Redevelopment of housing estate one step closer
Tuesday 16th October, 2018
Ambitious proposals to regenerate a Wigan housing estate are one step closer as the first phase of works are given the green light. Wigan Council held a consultation with Worsley Mesnes residents earlier this year to gauge their views on redevelopment plans, which will bring in new investment, housing and estate improvements. And, almost 95 per cent of resident...More

Young people meet two world champions
Tuesday 16th October, 2018
Young people who go to the Bike Mech project in Abram got to meet two world champions in a week. Under 21’s Enduro World Champion, Elliott Heap, 20, who comes from Abram, spent two days with the group, talking about his experiences, running workshops and passing on advice. Then multiple World Superbike racing champion and previous winner of TV show, I’m a Celebrity...More

Shaun Wane to be awarded Wigan Star
Tuesday 16th October, 2018
Wigan Warriors’ departing head coach Shaun Wane is to be bestowed with a civic honour thanks to his incredible 35 year service to the club. Shaun is to be honoured with a star on Believe Square in the town centre – an honour for people who have given outstanding service to Wigan in their chosen field. The crowning glory on Shaun’s Wigan career came on Saturday when...More

Wigan Borough shows commitment to carers
Thursday 11th October, 2018
Health and social care organisations from across Wigan Borough have proudly adopted a Charter to show their support for local carers. The Health and Wellbeing Board signed the Greater Manchester Carers Charter at its meeting last Wednesday and pledged to work together, across the borough to better support carers. The board is made up of representatives from Wigan...More

Brothers go on holiday of a lifetime
Thursday 11th October, 2018
Two brothers who live in supported accommodation in Wigan Borough have been on their first holiday in over ten years thanks to support staff. Kevin and Andrew Baxter, aged 48 and 44, who currently live in Ashton, were born with disabilities, which has left them unable care for themselves or communicate. Throughout their lives they have had limited independence mean...More

Businesses sign up for future with the Galleries as events and free parking drive visitors
Thursday 11th October, 2018
Town centre businesses in the Galleries shopping centre in Wigan have spoken of their excitement for the future after extending their leases. Fifteen businesses have extended or renewed their lease since Wigan Council bought the centre earlier this year. This comes as new events organised by the Galleries and the council have attracted thousands of visitors to the ...More

Believe Talent Fund supports more athletes
Thursday 11th October, 2018
More talented athletes are receiving financial support to help them achieve their dreams. Ten young sport stars will receive up to £500 from the Believe Talent Fund (part of Wigan Council’s Deal for Communities Investment Fund) to help them pay for travel, accommodation, competitions or training fees and equipment. Wigan Council and Inspiring healthy lifestyles par...More

Poppy project to commemorate war heroes
Thursday 4th October, 2018
Young people in Wigan Borough are putting their creative skills to use as part of a project to celebrate the World War One centenary. Wigan Youth Zone has joined other community groups, schools and organisations across the borough to make poppies from used plastic bottles which will be displayed at Wigan Parish Church in November. The project is being coordinated ...More

18-year-old donates birthday money to suicide prevention charity
Thursday 4th October, 2018
A local 18-year-old whose friend died through suicide in 2015 has donated all birthday money to a national mental health and suicide prevention charity. Alex West from Golborne turned 18 in August and after losing a friend to suicide almost three years ago, Alex was inspired to ask friends and family for donations to PAPYRUS - a suicide prevention charity helping ...More

The Hamlet gives young people the chance to gain skills for work
Thursday 4th October, 2018
Young adults, who were previously students at Hope School and College, celebrated the launch of their new training facility by hosting a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The young people got to try out their new hospitality skills and experience what life might be like working in a café at the event, which was held in their newly renovated training...More

£2million to be reinvested in Wigan Borough
Thursday 4th October, 2018
More than £2million will be invested back into local communities thanks to money received from developers delivering housing schemes across the borough. The money, known across local authorities as ‘Section 106’, is a financial sum negotiated between housing developers and the council in its role as local planning authority. It is calculated based on the scale of...More

Works to deliver new road begin
Tuesday 18th September, 2018
Works to relieve congestion and improve air quality along a busy Wigan road will begin this week as the planned A49 link road gets underway. Wigan Council is in contract with Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK, who will deliver the new road and they anticipate completion to be in spring 2020 following the first spade in the ground on Wednesday 19th September. The new...More

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