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New electronic system for waste permits at recycling centres
Wednesday 31st January, 2018
Residents who use a trailer or van to take items to one of the three recycling centres across Wigan Borough will soon be able to download and print their own permit within hours under a new online permit scheme. The scheme will launch in April when residents will be able to download a permit at any time of the day. Currently residents have to apply by phone or em...More

Mining statue gets big boost
Wednesday 31st January, 2018
A local history group passionate about commemorating the borough’s mining heritage with a statue have been given a hefty £10,000 cash boost. Wigan Council presented Wigan Heritage and Mining Monument (WHAMM) with the cheque, bringing them one step closer to their £150,000 target. The money will fund a statue featuring a miner, pit brow lass and a child, which will ...More

A stylish fitness offer for Ashton
Wednesday 31st January, 2018
Ashton Leisure Centre’s £3.2m transformation is nearing completion and it’s promising to bring a touch of style to the local leisure and wellbeing scene. The current building has been extended to accommodate a new first floor, 393 sqm metre gym, complete with 80 individual stations. Planned to open early May, the new look leisure centre will be packed with the lates...More

You’ve got a friend in me
Thursday 25th January, 2018
“It’s like having an extended member of the family” is the way a woman from Wigan has described being a champion for a local support service. Jeanette Lancaster signed up to be a volunteer for Wigan Council’s Shared Lives service because she had some time on her hands and wanted to give something back. She was delighted when she became the champion for Philip Rostr...More

Green light for Standish cycling project
Friday 19th January, 2018
A project to restore an old mineral line in Wigan Borough has been given the go ahead after an objection to the scheme has been withdrawn. ‘The Line’ is a former railway track and heritage feature for Standish, providing a key route into the village and to Standish High School, which isn’t currently used to its full potential. The planned works, by Wigan Council ...More

Apprentices celebrate council leader’s living wage pledge
Friday 19th January, 2018
More than 50 apprentices are celebrating a significant boost in their earning power thanks to a living wage pledge by the leader of Wigan Council. Lord Peter Smith has increased the rate of pay for more than 50 apprentices at Wigan Council to the national living wage rate of £7.50 an hour. This has meant an increase in pay of more than £1,500 a year for some appr...More

Fighting the stigma through fashion
Friday 19th January, 2018
Matthew Peet found strength in fashion and design after his mental health began affecting his daily life. In 2015, Matthew, 28, from Wigan, was diagnosed with depression after being plagued with feelings of uselessness, negativity and suicidal thoughts leading to social isolation and not wanting to go on. After seeking help, Matthew now wants to help others on thei...More

Weight loss programme gives Sandy a new lease of life
Tuesday 2nd January, 2018
Sandy Mottram enrolled onto the Lose Weight Feel Great programme shortly after his 32nd birthday, and hasn’t looked back. For two years Sandy had been taking prescription pain killers every day due to the damage caused through putting pressure on his knees, this was down to his weight gain. At the time he weighed around 18 stone, which was the heaviest he had ever ...More

Parking is FREE after 3pm for Wigan and Leigh Christmas shoppers
Tuesday 14th November, 2017
Christmas shoppers are to benefit from free car parking sessions in council car parks in Wigan and Leigh town centres. Wigan Council has once again introduced the free periods to support local retailers and businesses as well as shoppers in the run up to Christmas. The offer includes: • free parking after 3pm from Monday 13th November until Monday 8th Ja...More

More free short-stay parking introduced in Wigan
Tuesday 14th November, 2017
Extra free short-stay parking has been introduced in Wigan to help people picking up parcels in the run up to Christmas. The short-stay spaces have been introduced at Mona Street car park close to the Royal Mail delivery office in Hallgate. On-street parking has been limited in the area to accommodate some temporary bus stops in the town centre, which are in plac...More

Wigan Council officially one of the most efficient councils in the country
Monday 13th November, 2017
Wigan Council has been shortlisted as one of the most efficient councils in the country in the leading awards for UK local government. The council is shortlisted as a finalist in the efficiency category in the 2018 LGC Awards thanks to its work through The Deal – a ground-breaking informal contract between the council and its residents which has transformed services...More

New hub to support victims of domestic abuse in Wigan Borough
Tuesday 31st October, 2017
A new approach to tackling domestic abuse in Wigan Borough has been launched. A skilled multi-agency hub will support victims while also getting to the root cause of the abuse to prevent it happening again. The team includes police officers, independent domestic abuse advisors, Citizens Advice workers and volunteers as well as victim support officers. Victims will...More

Recognition for young care leavers
Tuesday 31st October, 2017
The achievements of young care leavers have been recognised at Wigan Borough’s annual Care Leaver Awards. Eleven young people won awards and many more were nominated for achievements including contributions to their local communities, commitment to education courses, parenting skills, showing resilience and overcoming adversity. Chad Grundy, 20, from Ashton, won ...More

Government misses opportunity to make gambling safer
Tuesday 31st October, 2017
Yvonne Fovargue MP has criticised the Government’s failure to bring down the maximum allowed stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals from £100 to £2 Labour MPs, including the Makerfield MP, have been campaigning for many years to tighten control on FOBTs gaming machines which have been described as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ and have caused huge damage to famil...More

Foster children could have their work published
Tuesday 31st October, 2017
Children and young people in foster families across the North West and Yorkshire could have their writing published by entering You Can Foster’s ‘Inspiring Stories Competition’. Wigan Council supports the regional foster service’s competition, which encourages people in foster families to tell their stories to inspire a new generation of adults to sign up as foster...More

Pooling health and care budgets
Wednesday 11th October, 2017
Wigan Council and Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are set to pool a significant proportion of their budget under plans to integrate health and social care commissioning in the borough. The move, if approved by councillors at the its cabinet meeting and the CCG body meeting in October, would see the creation of a single commissioning function, compl...More

Town centre businesses given £500,000 boost thanks to The Deal
Wednesday 4th October, 2017
A £500,000 boost to support small businesses and start-ups in Wigan Borough's town centres is to be launched. The Business Booster fund will be unveiled by Wigan Council at the Wigan Business Expo this Friday (Oct 6th). The Expo is the biggest business event in Wigan Borough and attracts more than 1,000 delegates from across the North West. At the event Wigan Coun...More

Undercover exercise prompts warning to sunbed salons
Tuesday 3rd October, 2017
A warning is being issued to sunbed salons in Wigan Borough after an undercover exercise found children were illegally being allowed to use the facilities. Wigan Council’s Trading Standards recently carried out the exercise which showed five out of 12 shops allowed a child to use the sunbed without asking for proof of age. A 15 and 16 year old were used in the un...More

Wigan Footballers Walking the Walk on Sky Sports
Tuesday 3rd October, 2017
A group of Walking Footballers from Wigan are set to take centre stage on primetime Sky Sports viewing this week. The programme features Wigan Walkers, the borough’s first walking football team, at a highly successful over 50’s session provided by Inspiring healthy lifestyles on behalf of Wigan Council. Growing in popularity amongst Wigan and Leigh’s football comm...More

Top That!
Thursday 7th September, 2017
Ashton Leisure Centre’s £2.8M transformation hit a landmark moment this week with an official “topping out” ceremony. Traditionally held when the last beam is put in place, it marks the completion of the structural phase of work by Warden Construction. Wigan Council's lead member for leisure, Cllr Jim Moodie said: "Work is progressing very well and we are grateful ...More

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