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Nationally acclaimed chief executive of Wigan Council to retire
Tuesday 16th October, 2018
The chief executive of Wigan Council Donna Hall has announced she is to retire next year after a hugely successful eight years at the helm. Donna Hall CBE has won national acclaim throughout her time at Wigan with bold reforms and the forging of ‘The Deal’ – a new model of local government. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham this week described Donna as a “publi...More

Redevelopment of housing estate one step closer
Tuesday 16th October, 2018
Ambitious proposals to regenerate a Wigan housing estate are one step closer as the first phase of works are given the green light. Wigan Council held a consultation with Worsley Mesnes residents earlier this year to gauge their views on redevelopment plans, which will bring in new investment, housing and estate improvements. And, almost 95 per cent of resident...More

Young people meet two world champions
Tuesday 16th October, 2018
Young people who go to the Bike Mech project in Abram got to meet two world champions in a week. Under 21’s Enduro World Champion, Elliott Heap, 20, who comes from Abram, spent two days with the group, talking about his experiences, running workshops and passing on advice. Then multiple World Superbike racing champion and previous winner of TV show, I’m a Celebrity...More

Shaun Wane to be awarded Wigan Star
Tuesday 16th October, 2018
Wigan Warriors’ departing head coach Shaun Wane is to be bestowed with a civic honour thanks to his incredible 35 year service to the club. Shaun is to be honoured with a star on Believe Square in the town centre – an honour for people who have given outstanding service to Wigan in their chosen field. The crowning glory on Shaun’s Wigan career came on Saturday when...More

Wigan Borough shows commitment to carers
Thursday 11th October, 2018
Health and social care organisations from across Wigan Borough have proudly adopted a Charter to show their support for local carers. The Health and Wellbeing Board signed the Greater Manchester Carers Charter at its meeting last Wednesday and pledged to work together, across the borough to better support carers. The board is made up of representatives from Wigan...More

Brothers go on holiday of a lifetime
Thursday 11th October, 2018
Two brothers who live in supported accommodation in Wigan Borough have been on their first holiday in over ten years thanks to support staff. Kevin and Andrew Baxter, aged 48 and 44, who currently live in Ashton, were born with disabilities, which has left them unable care for themselves or communicate. Throughout their lives they have had limited independence mean...More

Businesses sign up for future with the Galleries as events and free parking drive visitors
Thursday 11th October, 2018
Town centre businesses in the Galleries shopping centre in Wigan have spoken of their excitement for the future after extending their leases. Fifteen businesses have extended or renewed their lease since Wigan Council bought the centre earlier this year. This comes as new events organised by the Galleries and the council have attracted thousands of visitors to the ...More

Believe Talent Fund supports more athletes
Thursday 11th October, 2018
More talented athletes are receiving financial support to help them achieve their dreams. Ten young sport stars will receive up to £500 from the Believe Talent Fund (part of Wigan Council’s Deal for Communities Investment Fund) to help them pay for travel, accommodation, competitions or training fees and equipment. Wigan Council and Inspiring healthy lifestyles par...More

Poppy project to commemorate war heroes
Thursday 4th October, 2018
Young people in Wigan Borough are putting their creative skills to use as part of a project to celebrate the World War One centenary. Wigan Youth Zone has joined other community groups, schools and organisations across the borough to make poppies from used plastic bottles which will be displayed at Wigan Parish Church in November. The project is being coordinated ...More

18-year-old donates birthday money to suicide prevention charity
Thursday 4th October, 2018
A local 18-year-old whose friend died through suicide in 2015 has donated all birthday money to a national mental health and suicide prevention charity. Alex West from Golborne turned 18 in August and after losing a friend to suicide almost three years ago, Alex was inspired to ask friends and family for donations to PAPYRUS - a suicide prevention charity helping ...More

The Hamlet gives young people the chance to gain skills for work
Thursday 4th October, 2018
Young adults, who were previously students at Hope School and College, celebrated the launch of their new training facility by hosting a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The young people got to try out their new hospitality skills and experience what life might be like working in a café at the event, which was held in their newly renovated training...More

£2million to be reinvested in Wigan Borough
Thursday 4th October, 2018
More than £2million will be invested back into local communities thanks to money received from developers delivering housing schemes across the borough. The money, known across local authorities as ‘Section 106’, is a financial sum negotiated between housing developers and the council in its role as local planning authority. It is calculated based on the scale of...More

Works to deliver new road begin
Tuesday 18th September, 2018
Works to relieve congestion and improve air quality along a busy Wigan road will begin this week as the planned A49 link road gets underway. Wigan Council is in contract with Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK, who will deliver the new road and they anticipate completion to be in spring 2020 following the first spade in the ground on Wednesday 19th September. The new...More

Tuesday 18th September, 2018
DVLA Personalised Registrations is bringing its live autumn auction featuring 1,250 personalised registrations to the North West in what will be the Agency’s first visit to Wigan. The three-day event gets underway on Wednesday, September 19, and will be held at the prestigious Kilhey Court Hotel featuring, as always, a broad blend of personalised registrations to s...More

Community fund hits £10m fundraising figure
Wednesday 5th September, 2018
The Deal for Communities Investment Fund is open once again ready to make a difference to projects across Wigan Borough and will this time reach the £10m mark. So far more than 450 schemes have been supported to offer support to a wide range of groups tackling everything from sports, gardening and support to foster happy healthy communities. This time round six is ...More

New future for Hindley Pool
Wednesday 5th September, 2018
The future for Hindley Community Pool looks bright as a commitment is made to keep the pool open. As part of The Deal, to keep the facility open and enhance its services, it is being transferred to Wigan Council later this month. A community group has been running the pool since 2013 but the group has now disbanded and a new direction for the long term sustainabili...More

Plan to score new pitches in Wigan Borough moves forward
Wednesday 5th September, 2018
A bid to score three state-of-the-art football hubs in Wigan Borough has moved one step closer. At its meeting on Thursday, Wigan Council’s cabinet agreed to commit to funding the second stage of the Parklife project which aims to create three new football hub sites within the Borough, constituting a total of eight additional third-generation (3G) pitches. Parklife...More

Looking after your bins
Friday 31st August, 2018
Residents are being reminded to look after their bins as the council reveals it has spent £300,000 in the last 12 months replacing bins across the borough. The council is currently receiving more than 30 requests for replacement or lost bins each day which is unsustainable. Residents are being urged to number their bins and bring them in as soon as possible after ...More

PopUp Business School to start one hundred new businesses in Wigan Borough
Wednesday 22nd August, 2018
Revolutionary start-up training company, PopUp Business School, aims to kick-start over one hundred new businesses in Wigan Borough. The PopUp Business School has teamed up with Wigan Council to offer people the opportunity to start up their own business, regardless of whether they have experience or money to do it. The free, two-week course will start on 1st O...More

Brand new apprenticeship programme launched in Wigan Borough
Tuesday 21st August, 2018
A new scheme encouraging businesses in Wigan Borough to provide training and employment opportunities for young people has launched. Earlier this year, the leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux, pledged funding that would help local businesses to create apprenticeship vacancies for Wigan Borough residents aged between 16 and 24 years old. The 2018 A...More

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