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New mayor celebrated in Wigan Borough
Wednesday 24th May, 2017
The new Mayor for Wigan Borough for 2017/18 has been officially sworn into office and will serve the town over the next 12 months. Councillor Bill Clarke, representative for Ashton ward, was formally elected at today’s full council meeting in Wigan Town Hall. Councillor Clarke has lived in Ashton since 2007 and was elected to Wigan Council in 2012 as an Ashton coun...More

Bidding formally opens on iconic Wigan Pier buildings
Thursday 18th May, 2017
Three iconic buildings at the world famous Wigan Pier are set for an exciting future with the opening of the window for development bids to be made. Wigan Council has unveiled a six-week tender period for bids to be made to develop the three buildings at Wigan Pier – the council’s flagship regeneration project. There has been significant interest from developers in...More

Tobacco houses taken down
Thursday 18th May, 2017
More than £15,000 in cash and 100 packs of counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco has been seized in Wigan Borough. Wigan Council’s trading standards team worked alongside HMRC and Greater Manchester Police to raid two houses in Beech Hill, Wigan, on Thursday 11th May, following intelligence from members of the public. The team had received a number of complaints that ...More

Wigan Life Centre set for exciting leisure upgrade
Tuesday 16th May, 2017
Exciting improvements are set to be introduced to the gym and studio at Wigan Life Centre thanks to a £350,000 investment into the facility. The work, which is set to begin in early June, will see gym goers benefit from the latest Technogym equipment and technology, as well as virtual classes in the existing group studio, and a brand new studio will be created for a...More

Tea time toast to dementia friendly town
Tuesday 16th May, 2017
A celebration to mark Wigan Borough being named Dementia Friendly Community Town of the Year is a showpiece event for this year’s Dementia Awareness week. The afternoon tea is a chance to mark the borough’s achievement in the National Alzheimer’s Society Awards 2016 and to raise awareness of the condition which affects 850,000 people in the UK. The prestigious awar...More

Love your local Wigan Borough market!
Tuesday 16th May, 2017
Shoppers can enjoy specialist craft markets, street theatre, face painting and magic as part of a special fortnight which shines a spotlight on local markets. Wigan, Leigh and Ashton Markets are all taking part in ‘Love Your Local Market Fortnight’ with entertainment and discounts on offer for shoppers. Traders are urging shoppers who have not been to their local m...More

Wigan school is on the road to Wembley after winning national writing competition
Tuesday 9th May, 2017
A Wigan school has won tickets to see Manchester City take on Birmingham City at the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final after winning a national writing competition from the Football Association and the National Literacy Trust. The FA Writing Challenges competition asked students to write speeches, poems and newspaper articles to help motivate the teams taking part in the SS...More

Transform a child’s life – become a foster carer
Tuesday 9th May, 2017
The future looks bright for Ellis Kehoe as he looks forward to graduating from university and the arrival of his first child. And the 21-year-old is backing Foster Care Fortnight’s theme that foster care can transform lives as he is living proof that a child’s life can be turned around with the support of a foster family. For the budding sports therapist first foun...More

Company fined for unauthorised chopping down of trees
Tuesday 2nd May, 2017
A company has been hit with a heavy court fine for the unauthorised chopping down of large trees in Wigan Borough. LEM Mining and Restoration, based in Heap Bridge Road, Bury, were working on a property in Park Road, Golborne when they felled and lopped four trees without the permission of Wigan Council. The trees were within the Park Road conservation area which m...More

Polling day arrangements for GM Mayor Elections
Tuesday 2nd May, 2017
Almost two million electors will have the chance to elect the first ever Mayor of Greater Manchester as voters across the region go to the polls on Thursday 4th May. More than 1,400 polling stations in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport Tameside, Trafford and Wigan will be open from 7am until 10pm for people to cast their vote. Eight c...More

Your venue, your choice - new ‘freedom’ package launches in Wigan Borough
Thursday 30th March, 2017
A unique wedding package is launching in Wigan Borough giving couples from across the North West the freedom to get married at any venue they choose. On a boat, in a marquee in your garden, or at a special place close to your heart, the new Freedom Ceremony package gives couples a legal marriage and a unique ceremony at a location of their choice. Wigan Council is ...More

Council opens million-pound pot for fifth time
Thursday 23rd March, 2017
Another £1.5m is up for grabs in Wigan Borough for community groups and volunteers who want to make a difference where they live. It will be the fifth time Wigan Council opens its successful Deal for Communities Investment Fund and will bring the council’s total investment to a huge £9m. On Monday 3rd April the fund will open to allow bids for small, innovative inv...More

Families praise The Deal on World Social Work Day
Thursday 23rd March, 2017
From the expectation of a loved one spending their life sat in a day centre to the reality of them volunteering and playing a vital role in the community, the way social care has changed was praised as part of World Social Work Day 2017. People whose lives were transformed through social care came together with social care workers to celebrate the positive impact s...More

Ashton Leisure Centre refurb gathers pace
Wednesday 22nd March, 2017
Ashton Leisure Centre refurb gathers pace The first phase of a multi-million pound improvement to Ashton Leisure Centre is already complete, with the introduction of a multi-use games area this month. Netball, tennis, football, hockey and basketball markings will all be included, with pupils from neighbouring Cansfield High School able to benefit from the new facil...More

£14m investment in new affordable homes in Wigan Borough
Tuesday 21st March, 2017
More than 100 new high quality affordable homes are set to be built in Wigan Borough thanks to a £14m investment. Wigan Council is set to approve plans to invest more than £14m in creating new affordable homes for people in the borough who are struggling to find a suitable home of their own. The proposals will see three schemes funded with 60 new homes in Park Ro...More

Yvonne Fovargue MP has joined stroke survivors in calling for a new national stroke strategy for England
Tuesday 21st March, 2017
In Makerfield there are 1,619 stroke survivors living with the devastating impact of stroke. Local MP, Yvonne Fovargue, is supporting the Stroke Association’s campaign to ensure stroke survivors receive the support they need. The charity’s latest campaign, A New Era for Stroke, urges the Government to commit to a new national stroke strategy. The National Stroke St...More

Council tax scam alert
Tuesday 21st March, 2017
Thousands of people across the country have fallen victim to a Council Tax scam. An email claiming to be from Unity Partnership falsely claiming that people are entitled to a refund has been circulated across the country and even abroad. The email includes the link to a form which requests people to input their bank details. Residents are being urged to be vigi...More

Warning to fly tippers
Thursday 16th March, 2017
A man has been fined for fly tipping in Wigan Borough after a successful prosecution. David Rosbottom, Bryn Road South, Ashton, pleaded guilty to fly tipping at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court on Tuesday 7th March after he admitted to fly tipping bags of household waste at Drummers Lane, Ashton. Rosbottom said he was moving house and had already made a few visits...More

More than just libraries
Thursday 16th March, 2017
Residents could get advice about their Council Tax while checking out a book if plans to transform library services are approved at this month’s cabinet meeting. The plans, which have been formed on the back of the recent libraries consultation, include merging local customer service officers with library staff, using buildings more effectively and recruiting more ...More

Find out about adoption at drop-in session
Tuesday 14th March, 2017
Become one of the many forever families who are making a difference to young people across Wigan Borough. There were 27 new adopters approved in Wigan Borough in 2015/16 who were ready to open their lives to children and young people who are looking for a family. Anyone interested in finding more out about adoption can find out more at a drop-in session taking plac...More

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