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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

Nice-Pak sign Wigan Borough’s armed forces covenant
Thursday 31st August, 2017
The company behind a world class manufacturing base in Wigan, has pledged its support to the armed forces community. Today, Nice-Pak International met with Wigan Council’s armed forces keyworkers and deputy leader, Councillor David Molyneux, to sign the local armed forces covenant, promising to provide equal employment opportunities for veterans enabling them to s...More

Million-pound investment pot up for grabs once again
Thursday 31st August, 2017
A further £1.5m is up for grabs for local people in Wigan Borough as the council bucks the trend and continues to invest in its communities. The latest investment will bring Wigan Council’s total investment in community groups and organisations to £9m since 2013. From helping to get people into work, to improving their health and reducing social isolation, the Deal...More

New bin calendars available ahead of collection changes
Thursday 31st August, 2017
Bin calendars for the next two years are now being delivered to residents of Wigan Borough. The new calendars will start from Monday 25th September when new collections are introduced and every household should receive a calendar before then. From this date households will get a green bin collection every two weeks and a blue, black and brown collection every three...More

Find out how you can take that first step toward adoption
Thursday 31st August, 2017
Find out more about the new adoption service for Wigan Borough at a pop-up shop coming soon. Together for adoption is the new organisation which supports anyone interested in taking those first steps towards adoption as well as supporting families once they have completed the process. It brings together the adoption services for five local authorities – Cheshire We...More

Gully vandalism triggers warning
Wednesday 30th August, 2017
Wigan Council is encouraging residents to keep an eye out for missing or broken gullies after reports of vandalism. A gully is the technical term for a drain at the edge of a carriageway kerb that drains water from the road and is typically covered by a metal grid. If the grid is removed or tampered with it can cause an accident to pedestrians, cyclists or motor ve...More

Marsh Green Library and Life Centre set for refurbishment
Wednesday 30th August, 2017
Library and Life Centre services in Marsh Green are set to combine to create a more flexible customer service offer for residents as part of an upcoming refurbishment. The changes come as part of wider developments within libraries across Wigan Borough, transforming and enhancing customer service delivery, shaped by feedback from local residents. In order to comple...More

Young people pitch their ideas for making the borough a safer place
Tuesday 29th August, 2017
Young people from Leigh and Wigan have been pitching their ideas on how to make the borough a safer place to councillors and staff from Wigan Council and Wigan Safeguarding Children Board. The ‘Dragons’ Den’ style event invited young people to present their suggestions to a panel of professionals and an audience of young people from across the borough. The panel an...More

Together for adoption set for launch
Tuesday 29th August, 2017
Together for adoption, one of the first new regional adoption agency’s to be launched in the UK will launch later this week. To mark the start of the new organisation a launch event is taking place at its base in Warrington on Friday 1st September which will bring the staff of the new service together with backers of Together for adoption. It brings together the ad...More

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