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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

Thursday 9th March, 2017
Standishgate in Wigan Town Centre will come alive with a real taste of the Continent. From Thursday 16th March until Sunday 19th March traders from around Europe and some from a little further afield will descend on Wigan. Over 30 traders will be bringing a real flavour of Europe and beyond with wonderful foods and a great range of crafts and gifts from around the G...More

Yvonne Fovargue MP hits out at Cuts to Local Government Funding
Wednesday 22nd February, 2017
Yvonne Fovargue MP has today criticised the Government’s decision to further cut local government funding. Analysis of the Local Government Finance Settlement by the Local Government Association reveal that local Councils will receive £2.2 billion less in Revenue Support Grant to run vital local services in 2017/8 than last year. In Wigan, a cut of £12.08 million i...More

Pesto at the Dicconson Arms marks its second birthday with a week of celebrations
Tuesday 21st February, 2017
Italian restaurant, Pesto at the Dicconson Arms, is inviting customers to join them in a week of celebrations to mark its second birthday. Pesto at the Dicconson Arms opened its doors on March 2nd 2015 following a £300,000 investment by the privately-owned restaurant group Pesto. The investment saw an extensive refurbishment of the historic pub, bringing the I...More

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 2017
Thursday 16th February, 2017
Yvonne Fovargue MP is supporting local charity Wigan & Leigh Citizens Advice Bureau and National Energy Action’s (NEA) Fuel Poverty Awareness Day by pledging to do more to ‘tackle cold homes’. Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is a national campaign to highlight the problem of fuel poverty, which currently sees over four million households unable to afford the energy they...More

Hundreds join the Spring Clean in Wigan Borough
Thursday 16th February, 2017
Dust off your broom and pull on your gardening gloves– a spring clean is set to sweep through Wigan Borough. As part of The Deal, at least 30 community clean-ups have already been organised with hundreds of volunteers planning activities to tidy up their neighbourhoods. Wigan Council has backed the national Great British Spring Clean campaign, supported by Keep Bri...More

Destination Digital
Wednesday 15th February, 2017
A 35-tonne truck filled with robots and gadgets will roll into Wigan this week with one goal: to inspire the future generation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) experts. Pupils from four lucky schools will be boarding the truck in Wigan town centre on Friday 17th February where they’ll be greeted with the latest tools in digital innovation incl...More

Video maps making a difference for people with autism
Wednesday 8th February, 2017
An innovative online interactive map of three leisure facilities in Wigan Borough will encourage more people with autism to get active. The new videos will help to tap into the growing market for autistic friendly services like quiet shopping which many stores have brought in to reduce the sensory overload people with autism can experience in public places. Anyone ...More

Find out about adoption at drop-in session
Wednesday 8th February, 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

Work starts on new homes
Tuesday 7th February, 2017
Work to build new homes on a former recycling site in Wigan Borough has started. The 51 new homes are being built on Frog Lane, close to Wigan town centre, after planning permission was granted to Gleeson Homes & Regeneration Ltd last year. The Prince’s Park development is expected to be complete by 2018 and will include a mixture of house styles and sizes availa...More

Save to Win
Tuesday 7th February, 2017
Speaking today, Yvonne Fovargue MP highlighted the need to make saving more exciting if it is to appeal to those on low incomes: “We all know instinctively that we should save for a rainy day but for most of us the thought of saving is deadly dull. Where is the thrill, many will say, in putting money away for a financial shock that might never happen? What we need ...More

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