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£1m funding pot launched to help young people realise their dreams
Friday 19th July, 2019
Wigan Council has unveiled £1m of funding for schools and community groups in the borough thanks to The Deal 2030. The money made available from September comes in addition to the £10m already invested by Wigan Council to help community groups tackle some of the most challenging issues in the borough. Round 7 of The Deal for Communities Investment Fund (DFCIF) pres...More

Borough's first neighbourhood plan is adopted
Friday 19th July, 2019
A Wigan borough community has adopted a neighbourhood plan for the first time following a public vote. Residents in Standish voted overwhelmingly in favour of the planning framework in a referendum held by Wigan Council. The legal document, the first of its type to reach this stage across Greater Manchester, hands more influence over to the community on development...More

The Fire Within sparks national recognition
Thursday 20th June, 2019
Wigan Borough’s ground-breaking cultural hub at The Galleries shopping centre, The Fire Within, has been shortlisted for a national award. Wigan Council, which is the only organisation in England shortlisted, entered the ‘Best Culture and Arts Scheme’ category in the Town and City Management Industry Awards 2019. The submission was to acknowledge the council’s par...More

Recycling waste at the touch of a button
Thursday 20th June, 2019
Recycling household waste in Wigan and Leigh will soon be easier than ever following the introduction of electronic permits. A system which has been in place for the last 13 years will be transformed with residents able to obtain permits in a matter of hours – a sharp contract to the five days it can currently take. Under the new model, people with vans and twin a...More

Schools urged to join campaign to raise money for homeless charity
Tuesday 4th June, 2019
Children and young people across Wigan Borough are backing a campaign to help end homelessness. On Friday 7th June all schools are being encouraged to take part in a non-uniform day in return for each pupil donating £1 to Real Change Wigan and Leigh. Launched last year in the borough, Real Change is a charity which supports people who are homeless to rebuild their...More

Wigan's multi-million-pound pothole repair mission hits the road
Tuesday 4th June, 2019
Highway teams across the borough have been working hard to ensure motorists don’t hit a bump in the road on their journeys. Before and after images illustrate the type of work that is underway in efforts to fix roads in the borough after it was revealed earlier this year that Wigan Council would spend £8.4m across two years repairing and preventing potholes. In Mar...More

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

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