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Robin Park's £3.5m makeover nears completion as new gym opens
Saturday 11th May, 2019
Robin Park Leisure Centre’s state-of-the art gym has opened. Part of a £3.5M makeover of the site, the newly refurbished gym is the latest in the line of redevelopments designed to enhance the community facility and encourage everyone to get active regardless of age or ability. The bright and airy new gym now includes brand-new kit including several pieces of the l...More

Beams for second bridge to be laid as part of Wigan’s new link road
Wednesday 8th May, 2019
Beams for a second bridge integral to Wigan Borough’s brand-new motorway link road will be laid next month - another major milestone for the scheme. Wigan Council commissioned Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK in 2018 to deliver the A49 link road, which will connect Goose Green to Westwood Park and the town centre. Next month the beams for a second bridge, which will...More

Have you got what it takes to escape?
Tuesday 23rd April, 2019
A new business challenging people to find clues to help them escape from rooms is opening in Wigan town centre. Adrenaline Escape is a new venture by escape room enthusiasts, Stuart Barton and Daniel Brooks and is due to open in the former Specsavers site in The Galleries shopping centre next month following engagement with Wigan Council’s business team. Comple...More

Investing in our roads
Tuesday 26th March, 2019
Work to repair the borough’s roads is to start after it was announced £8.4m would be invested over the next two years. Wigan Council has tendered the first phase of its highways schemes for 2019/2020, valued at £1.3m. The successful contractors, Hopkins and Tarmac, are expected to start on site at the end of March. At the last full council meeting the leader of th...More

Council invests in new homes to keep people independent for longer
Friday 15th March, 2019
The green light has been given for further investment in housing which will improve the quality of life for residents in Wigan Borough. Wigan Council’s cabinet have approved a scheme to build 20 new homes in Bryn, on the former Walkden House site, which will cater for older people. The council has successfully secured £960,000 in grant funding from Homes England ...More

Wigan Council crowned best council in the country
Friday 15th March, 2019
Wigan Council has been crowned ‘Council of the Year’ in the prestigious LGC Awards 2019. Last night, the council was hailed the best in the country at the awards, which recognises excellence in local government. And, the win comes just months after The Deal was hailed as the future for health services by The Kings Fund. Wigan Council was up against Cheshire West...More

Market Place works set to complete this weekend
Friday 15th March, 2019
A major regeneration project to revamp Market Place in Wigan town centre will be almost complete this weekend, just in time for the annual Run Wigan Festival. The project, delivered by Wigan Council’s chosen contractor, nmcn, has focused on improving the Market Place area by replacing benches, installing recycling bins, planters, trees and flowers, creating cycle pa...More

Wigan Life Centre pool maintenance works
Friday 15th March, 2019
Essential pool maintenance work will take place at the Wigan Life Centre in the next few weeks. Water circulation channels around the main and small pool are leaking and are in need of urgent repair. The timings of the repairs will be phased so that one of the pools remain open while work takes place on the other. Andy Watmough, Head of Sports and Leisure for Insp...More

Council leader announces £10m investment fund for Wigan Borough’s towns
Friday 15th March, 2019
Towns across Wigan Borough are to be given a £10m cash boost to kick-start regeneration and support local businesses, the leader of Wigan Council has announced. Councillor David Molyneux, announced the £10m investment fund at the council’s budget meeting held last night (Wednesday 6th March). Cllr Molyneux spoke of the importance in supporting all town centres acro...More

Put Armed Forces Day 2019 in your diary now!
Wednesday 6th March, 2019
Armed Forces Day will return to the borough this June with a family event in Wigan town centre. Residents, visitors, businesses and families are being encouraged to save Saturday 29th June in their diaries early to ensure they do not miss out on a day of activity, community cohesion and most importantly, support for the armed forces community in Wigan Borough. Th...More

Works starts on Standish leisure centre
Tuesday 5th March, 2019
Work is now underway to build a new two-storey community leisure centre in Standish. The exciting new development, which will feature a 70-station gym, a 100 square metre studio, a 3G football pitch and a multi-use games area for tennis, netball and basketball, is set to open in early 2020. Based on the site of the former Standish Golf Course on Rectory Lane, the f...More

£24,000 in donations handed over to Mayor’s charities
Tuesday 5th March, 2019
Two charities supporting people living with Type One diabetes and Parkinson’s disease have been given cheques worth more than £24,000 combined. Councillor Bill Clarke, representative for Ashton ward, was the Mayor of Wigan Borough in 2017/18, and today he presented cheques for £12,019.61 to two charities, which was raised throughout his mayoral year. Part of the ma...More

My life matters say local school children
Tuesday 5th March, 2019
Pupils became Junior Traffic Wardens for the day to take a stand against dangerous parking at their school. Alongside Wigan Council’s Road Safety Team, local PCSOs and APCOA, children from St James Primary School in Worsley Mesnes handed out parking tickets, designed by a pupil, and handed them out to parents parking illegally outside of their school. The winning...More

Hopes for £2m to be invested in cultural activity
Tuesday 5th March, 2019
Organisations in Wigan Borough are uniting to bid for funding that will encourage more people to engage with arts and cultural opportunities. Wigan Council is one of five organisations from the borough who are working together to bid for up to £2m from the Arts Council’s Creative People and Places pot. The fund is to encourage more people to choose, create and take...More

Sign up to the borough’s big Spring Clean
Monday 4th March, 2019
Dust off your broom and pull on your gardening gloves– a spring clean is set to sweep through Wigan Borough. Residents and businesses are being encouraged to take part in Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean to rid neighbourhoods of unsightly litter. And this year’s campaign looks set to be bigger and better than ever with a whole month dedicated to clean...More

Wigan Borough businesses given cash boost in a bid to recruit more apprentices
Monday 4th March, 2019
Businesses based in Wigan Borough could receive a share of £375,000 as part of a drive to recruit more apprentices in the construction, manufacturing, engineering and digital industries. In 2018, Wigan Council’s leader, Councillor David Molyneux, pledged his support to providing more opportunities for young people by announcing the funds, which allows businesses and...More

Have your say on environmental improvements in Poolstock
Monday 4th March, 2019
Residents and commuters are being encouraged to have their say on future environmental improvements in Poolstock. Wigan Council contracted Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK to deliver the ambitious A49 link road, which will connect the A49 Warrington Road to Westwood Park. The 40mph dual carriageway will alleviate traffic and congestion along Poolstock and Poolstock...More

Young people create artwork for Standish Line
Monday 4th March, 2019
Children and young people from schools in Standish have created artwork for large panels that have been installed along the newly developed Standish Line. The Standish Mineral Line was originally a railway track used to transport minerals away from the mines. At the end of last year, after residents asked Wigan Council to improve the walkway, the line was fully upgr...More

Tuesday 19th February, 2019
Standishgate in Wigan Town Centre will come alive with a real taste of the world, from Thursday 14th March until Sunday 17th March traders from across Europe and some from a little further afield will descend upon Wigan showcasing Market Place Europe’s fantastic International Market. Over 20 traders will bring a real flavour of Europe and beyond to the town centre w...More

A great deal for residents as Wigan one of few authorities to freeze council tax
Friday 15th February, 2019
Wigan Council has announced plans to freeze council tax for the sixth year running. Although it is expected 97 per cent of councils in England plan to increase council tax, Wigan has pledged to freeze it as part of The Deal. The authority has also revealed that no further efficiencies to frontline services will need to be made for it to reach its total saving of £1...More

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