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Green shoots of improvement beginning to show through
Friday 28th August, 2015
The recent progress to improve standards at Landgate School in Bryn hasn’t gone unnoticed by Ofsted who commented that “the green shoots of improvement are beginning to show through” after their latest visit. Landgate has made significant strides towards improving standards following Ofsted’s report last November which identified five of the six inspection areas as ...More

Flag hoisting to say 'thank you seafarers' on Merchant Navy Day
Friday 28th August, 2015
The Red Ensign flag will be flying over Wigan Borough on Thursday 3rd September to mark Merchant Navy Day. Wigan Council will fly the Red Ensign at Wigan Town Hall to say thank you to seafarers and to raise awareness of the UK’s ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers. Wigan Council is supporting a nationwide call from the Seafarers UK charity and the Merchan...More

Public inquiry set to start next week
Friday 28th August, 2015
The public inquiry into the village green application for Ashfield Park in Standish will start next week. The hearing, which will be open to all members of the public, will take place from Tuesday 1st September to Friday 4th September at Wigan Town Hall. Wigan Council has maintained its opposition to the village green application throughout and will make representa...More

One in five households signed up to MyAccount
Friday 28th August, 2015
One in five of Wigan Borough’s households are now enjoying all the benefits which come from signing up to MyAccount. MyAccount is Wigan Council’s online account which lets people access a wide variety of Wigan Council services 24 hours a day. The account was set up in 2014 as part of The Deal’s aim to get people to go online to make paying for bills and setting up ...More

Survey reveals underage tattoo figures
Friday 28th August, 2015
A survey of young people across Wigan Borough revealed that children potentially as young as 10 have had tattoos illegally. Wigan Council’s Think Before You Ink campaign aims to raise awareness over the laws surrounding tattoos and as part of the campaign carried out a survey of young people aged up to 19 on the subject. The results showed 28 per cent of those aske...More

Appeal for information after three men use imitation firearm during burglary
Friday 28th August, 2015
Police are investigating after three men broke into a flat in Wigan armed with an imitation firearm. Shortly before 11:55am on Wednesday 26 August 2015, police were called to an address at Brook House Flats on Warrington Lane, Wigan to reports that a burglary was in progress. Officers attended and disturbed three men who were making their way out of the apartment b...More

Council expresses disappointment at Standish housing inquiry decision
Friday 28th August, 2015
A senior councillor has expressed disappointment after a planning inspector ruled major housing developments in Standish - which Wigan Council previously refused – should now go ahead. Wigan Council’s planning committee turned down the applications for almost 400 homes on two sites in Standish last year. But planning inspector David Prentis today (Wednesday) overru...More

Last chance to have your say on armed forces hub
Friday 28th August, 2015
This week is the last chance for residents to have their say on plans for a new armed forces hub in Wigan Borough. The consultation on plans for the £500,000 hub, which will offer a range of services for serving and former armed forces members and their families, will close on Tuesday 1st September. Wigan Council wants residents to help inform the kind of services ...More

Chance to delve into rich history on heritage day

Chance to delve into rich history on heritage day
Friday 28th August, 2015
Residents will be stepping back in time when historic buildings in Wigan Borough open their doors for this year’s heritage day. On Saturday 12th September, from 10.30am to 3pm, there will be events and fun for the whole family and chance to experience the borough’s history at the ‘Leigh for All’ heritage day. There will be a local and family history fair, a vintage...More

Roads network boost for Wigan Borough
Friday 28th August, 2015
The roads network of Wigan Borough has received a boost after the council was given its first chunk of two major grants to invest in its highways. Earlier this year Wigan Council secured two major grants totalling £3.4m as part of the Department for Transport’s Challenge Fund. The authority was successful in two out of only 31 bids nationally. The first grant cont...More

Library event maps out Aspull’s changing landscape
Friday 28th August, 2015
Step back in time and discover Aspull’s hidden past at a free event at Aspull Library this month. Join Red Rose Forest’s very own ‘time team’ for a look back through old maps and photographs and a chance to see how the local landscape has changed over the centuries. The event will use online resources such as Google Maps and Google Earth to learn more about Aspull’...More

Ideas needed for £10m fund to support armed forces
Friday 14th August, 2015
Ideas for new projects that will make a difference to the lives of serving and ex-service personnel in Wigan Borough are needed. The government’s new £10m Covenant Fund is set to open for bids in August and proposals are being encouraged from the local community. The fund is split into three areas: -community integration projects -delivery of support to the armed ...More

Serial beggar banned from town centre
Friday 14th August, 2015
The clamp down on begging in Wigan town centre continues as reports of nuisance behaviour falls. As a result of Wigan Council and Greater Manchester police working together to grant the section 222 injunction order, businesses have noticed a huge difference. This is the second year these powers have been granted in the town centre and in the North West helping resid...More

Mayor congratulates tenant of the year
Friday 14th August, 2015
A Wigan Borough resident who was crowned tenant of the year shared her story with the Mayor over afternoon tea this week. Marjorie Marsden, a Wigan and Leigh Homes tenant from Shakerley, won tenant of the year in July at the national TPAS awards 2015. She has been a tenant of the Shakerley estate in Tyldesley for over 25 years and has made a huge difference in her ...More

Residents urged to get involved to help make savings as The Deal visits another community
Friday 14th August, 2015
Residents in Wigan Borough are being urged to have their say about hot topics in their area as part of a plan to strengthen communities. As part of Wigan Council rolling out The Deal in each area of the borough, residents are being invited to a ‘have your say’ afternoon in Aspull to discuss how the community can work with the council to improve the area. Leader of...More

Firefighters honoured for Wharfside response
Friday 14th August, 2015
The bravery and determination of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s firefighters during a fire at an apartment building in Wigan Borough has been praised. A thank you event for the fire service along with others who helped residents of Wharfside apartments took place at Wigan Town Hall on Monday, 10th August. No one was injured in the fire which hit in th...More

A man was left with a broken jaw after an assault in Wigan
Wednesday 5th August, 2015
A man was left with a broken jaw after an assault in Wigan. At about 6am on Sunday 2 August 2015 the man and his friend had left Indiependence night club on King Street West and were walking towards Wigan Wallgate train station when they became involved in an altercation with a group of men. One of the two men was assaulted and when his friend went over to help him,...More

Competition for young riders is back
Wednesday 5th August, 2015
Budding cyclists can put their skills to the test in this year’s annual borough balance bike championships. The free event is back for its third year at Robin Park Arena and children aged 18 months to five years can take part. Organised by Wigan Council’s road safety team, a purpose built track will be set up in the arena with a start ramp, humps, bumps and twists ...More

#BelieveInWigan back Latics and Warriors
Wednesday 5th August, 2015
Support is sweeping across Wigan Borough for Wigan Athletic Football Club and Wigan Warriors as they both start a new journey in their respective sports. The start of the new season heralds a new era at Wigan Athletic who will be kicking off their Sky Bet League One season when they face Coventry on Saturday 8th August at the Ricoh Arena at the start of this all-imp...More

National broadcaster Steph McGovern heading to Wigan Business Expo15
Wednesday 5th August, 2015
National broadcaster and familiar face to millions Steph McGovern has been unveiled as a keynote speaker at this year’s Wigan Business Expo15. Steph, who is watched by millions of UK viewers on breakfast television, has reported on business and finance from around the world over the past ten years. She will speak at the Business Expo on Friday 9th October. The Wig...More

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