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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

Reduction in number of rough sleepers
Thursday 7th February, 2019
The number of rough sleepers in Wigan Borough has halved in the last year, official figures show. Wigan Council have welcomed the figures released by government and said they reflect the huge amount of work that has been done locally to tackle rough sleeping. There are currently 15 people recorded as rough sleepers in the borough compared to 30 in 2017 and 27 in 20...More

Could you change a life?
Thursday 7th February, 2019
More people are needed across Wigan Borough to support vulnerable children and adults. Residents with room in their home and their heart to support someone are being encouraged to come along to an open evening to find out about the paid and unpaid opportunities available. Wigan Council is inviting residents to Wigan Town Hall on Wednesday 13th February from 4pm –...More

Wigan Pride will be back this summer!
Thursday 7th February, 2019
Following a bright and colourful event last year, the Wigan Pride Committee has announced that they will yet again be painting Wigan Town Centre rainbow with another inclusive event planned for this summer. This year marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots and this year’s theme reflects this, celebrating important milestones that the LGBTQ+ community has made since...More

Electric black cab a first for borough

Electric black cab a first for borough
Thursday 20th December, 2018
Sleek, modern and eye-catching, Steven McClymont’s new black cab is already wowing his customers. Yet not only is it impressing them with its smooth ride, spacious feel and free wifi the black cab is also doing its bit for the environment. For this is no ordinary black cab – it is the first electric Hackney carriage to hit the streets of the borough and it is turni...More

Ember in the running for national award
Thursday 20th December, 2018
The star of Wigan Council’s recycling campaign has been recognised as one of the country’s young litter heroes by a national organisation. Ember has been encouraging people across the borough to do their bit and recycle more, recycle right. And her efforts have not gone unnoticed with her being shortlisted in the Keep Britain Tidy Awards 2018 in the Young Litter He...More

Take on the head and heart challenge
Thursday 20th December, 2018
Want to clear away those cobwebs and burn off those Christmas calories? Then why not get out and tackle one of the new one mile health walks in Wigan and Leigh over the festive period. The head and heart trails lead you on a walk from the heart structures in Lilford Park in Leigh and Mesnes Park in Wigan and follow a journey with coin posts leading the route. Each...More

Charity in gear with new trustee
Thursday 20th December, 2018
A charity which offers people a vital lifeline to remain part of the community and get out and about is being backed by the leader of Wigan Council. Councillor David Molyneux has become a trustee for a Deal funded project, Driven. It is a charity that offers isolated people the chance to keep their independence and relies on the support of volunteer drivers who give...More

Residents reveal their vision in Big Listening Project
Thursday 20th December, 2018
Since September the council has been listening to residents and partners in the community about what they love about Wigan Borough as well as the challenges they think need to be tackled in the next 10 years. The Big Listening Project has been travelling the length and breadth of the borough, from corner shops and schools to medical centres and Big Listening Events,...More

Don’t forget to recycle this Christmas
Thursday 20th December, 2018
Looking to beat the rush to recycle more, recycle right over the Christmas period? Then make the most of extended opening times at the recycling centres by coming early or late to avoid the busiest times between 10am and 3pm. All sites will be open from 8am to 5:45pm from Thursday 27th December to Friday 4th January. All three recycling centres will be closed on C...More

Half a million to hit Haigh this year
Thursday 20th December, 2018
Haigh Woodland Park has become a regional hotspot for tourism since major investment was completed in 2016. Almost half a million people have visited the 250 acre woodland park this year alone. Following £3.6 million investment from Wigan Council, Haigh Woodland Park has become a real hub of activity offering something for everyone to enjoy all year round. In 2...More

Hindley Pool to open in January
Thursday 20th December, 2018
A date has been set for Hindley Pool to open its doors to residents. It’s been announced today the swimming pool will provisionally open on Monday 21st January 2019 for casual swimming, followed by full opening on the 28th January. And it is good news for people who had swimming lessons booked in before the pool closed with the council revealing they will honour al...More

Success for street lighting scheme
Thursday 20th December, 2018
Wigan Council’s award winning street lighting service has tasted yet more success. Following on from last year’s success in being awarded Best Performer, the councils street lighting service has just been awarded the Most Improved Performer at the APSE Awards 2018 which recognises excellence in public services. Much of this success is based on the councils project t...More

Warm up this winter with AWARM Plus
Friday 14th December, 2018
As the first frosts of the winter have already fallen, now is the perfect time to think about keeping warm. Many people across the borough could benefit from support such as a free new central heating systems through Wigan Council’s AWARM Plus programme. The offer is part of the Greater Manchester Warm Homes Fund, which will install fully funded ‘first-time’ centra...More

More support for foster carers through innovative new programme
Friday 14th December, 2018
A new way of fostering is being rolled out in Wigan Borough. The pioneering ‘Mockingbird’ programme involves foster carers being part of a group with other carers meaning they get an extended network of family support. Up to ten families of foster carers will live close to a ‘hub’ foster carer, who is often an experienced carer, who can provide respite care, peer s...More

Wigan woman funds apprentice and invests in local library
Friday 14th December, 2018
Today, on the anniversary of her mother’s passing, a woman with a passion for libraries met the apprentice she personally funded using a chunk of her inheritance. Rosalie Garner, 68, from Wigan has always had a love for libraries and was impressed with Wigan Council’s ability to keep all the borough’s libraries open, despite excruciating financial difficulty. And,...More

Young people are aspiring to Success 4 Life
Friday 14th December, 2018
A group of young people have got their sights set on university after completing a confidence building course. Run by Greater Manchester Higher at Wigan & Leigh College, in partnership with Wigan Council, Success 4 Life aims to encourage young people who are living in care to continue with their studies into further and higher education when they leave school. Jenn...More

Help for the homeless
Friday 14th December, 2018
There is lots of help available for homeless people in Wigan Borough this Christmas. There is currently overnight accommodation available to rough sleepers in Wigan and Leigh and people are being encouraged to report any rough sleepers so they can be offered this support. When accessing emergency accommodation in the borough rough sleepers don’t just get a bed for ...More

Fly tippers caught out
Friday 14th December, 2018
Fly tippers are being warned they face big fines following the conviction of two men for dumping waste. Wigan Council successfully prosecuted two men for dumping household waste on land off Heyford Road in Marsh Green. Wigan Magistrates Court heard how Nathan Seddon, of Victor Close, and Lewis Hare, of Kitt Green Road, had dumped bags of household waste on 18th Nov...More

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