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Thursday 7th September, 2017
Ashton Leisure Centre’s £2.8M transformation hit a landmark moment this week with an official “topping out” ceremony. Traditionally held when the last beam is put in place, it marks the completion of the structural phase of work by Warden Construction. Wigan Council's lead member for leisure, Cllr Jim Moodie said: "Work is progressing very well and we are grateful ...More

Nice-Pak sign Wigan Borough’s armed forces covenant
Thursday 31st August, 2017
The company behind a world class manufacturing base in Wigan, has pledged its support to the armed forces community. Today, Nice-Pak International met with Wigan Council’s armed forces keyworkers and deputy leader, Councillor David Molyneux, to sign the local armed forces covenant, promising to provide equal employment opportunities for veterans enabling them to s...More

Million-pound investment pot up for grabs once again
Thursday 31st August, 2017
A further £1.5m is up for grabs for local people in Wigan Borough as the council bucks the trend and continues to invest in its communities. The latest investment will bring Wigan Council’s total investment in community groups and organisations to £9m since 2013. From helping to get people into work, to improving their health and reducing social isolation, the Deal...More

New bin calendars available ahead of collection changes
Thursday 31st August, 2017
Bin calendars for the next two years are now being delivered to residents of Wigan Borough. The new calendars will start from Monday 25th September when new collections are introduced and every household should receive a calendar before then. From this date households will get a green bin collection every two weeks and a blue, black and brown collection every three...More

Find out how you can take that first step toward adoption
Thursday 31st August, 2017
Find out more about the new adoption service for Wigan Borough at a pop-up shop coming soon. Together for adoption is the new organisation which supports anyone interested in taking those first steps towards adoption as well as supporting families once they have completed the process. It brings together the adoption services for five local authorities – Cheshire We...More

Gully vandalism triggers warning
Wednesday 30th August, 2017
Wigan Council is encouraging residents to keep an eye out for missing or broken gullies after reports of vandalism. A gully is the technical term for a drain at the edge of a carriageway kerb that drains water from the road and is typically covered by a metal grid. If the grid is removed or tampered with it can cause an accident to pedestrians, cyclists or motor ve...More

Marsh Green Library and Life Centre set for refurbishment
Wednesday 30th August, 2017
Library and Life Centre services in Marsh Green are set to combine to create a more flexible customer service offer for residents as part of an upcoming refurbishment. The changes come as part of wider developments within libraries across Wigan Borough, transforming and enhancing customer service delivery, shaped by feedback from local residents. In order to comple...More

Young people pitch their ideas for making the borough a safer place
Tuesday 29th August, 2017
Young people from Leigh and Wigan have been pitching their ideas on how to make the borough a safer place to councillors and staff from Wigan Council and Wigan Safeguarding Children Board. The ‘Dragons’ Den’ style event invited young people to present their suggestions to a panel of professionals and an audience of young people from across the borough. The panel an...More

Together for adoption set for launch
Tuesday 29th August, 2017
Together for adoption, one of the first new regional adoption agency’s to be launched in the UK will launch later this week. To mark the start of the new organisation a launch event is taking place at its base in Warrington on Friday 1st September which will bring the staff of the new service together with backers of Together for adoption. It brings together the ad...More

GCSE success for Wigan Borough pupils
Thursday 24th August, 2017
For 3,400 pupils in Wigan Borough the wait is over with their long anticipated GCSE results out today with many positive outcomes for pupils and their schools. The GCSE structure is undergoing significant changes with these set to continue in the coming years which has led to the Department for Education (DfE) to urge caution when comparing this year’s results to pr...More

Council and Unison agree resolution to avoid industrial action
Thursday 24th August, 2017
The planned industrial action by waste crews in Wigan Borough has been called off after an agreement has been reached over staff working patterns. Both parties said today they were pleased that a resolution has been reached and residents’ bin collections will not be affected. Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for environment at Wigan Council, said: “We know...More

Heart health helps with fight against dementia
Thursday 24th August, 2017
Wigan Council and its partners are urging people to think that ‘what’s good for you heart is good for your head’. The Heart of Wigan and Leigh, the borough’s flagship programme for improving the public’s health, has been encouraging people to take simple steps to look after their hearts since they launched in 2014 and is backed by health organisations including Wiga...More

Family fun-day starts conversation about mental health
Wednesday 16th August, 2017
A local family have organised a family fun-day and rugby derby to raise money for mental health charities in memory of 25-year-old Nathan Christy, who died last year. Wigan Council’s Deal for Communities Investment Fund has contributed £2,000 to the event on Saturday 19th August, which will go towards hiring a bouncy castle, face painters, candyfloss and popcorn car...More

Weekend to be proud of for Wigan Borough, says council leader
Wednesday 16th August, 2017
Community events at the weekend showed off the best of Wigan borough according to its council leader. Wigan Pride 2017 and the first Leigh Community 10k highlighted the very best of the borough, said Lord Peter Smith, leader of Wigan Council. The events also showed the importance of volunteers to enable successful community events to be organised and take place, sa...More

Young people invite you into their Wellbeing World
Wednesday 16th August, 2017
A new arts exhibition all about mental health and created by local young people will open soon in Leigh and Wigan. The young people, who all attend Wigan Council’s youth group, Total Rethink, a group for young people with an interest in mental health, have been working with artists from arts companies Odd Arts and Re:Dock to create the exhibition, which will invite...More

Lawyers put ‘mind over matter’ in fundraising trek
Thursday 10th August, 2017
A team of local solicitors have raised nearly £800 for the mental health charity, Mind, after scaling England’s highest mountain. Volunteers from the wills and probate department at Stephensons - who have two offices in the Wigan borough – climbed 3,209 feet to reach the summit of Scaffell Pike in the Lake District in support of the charity. It is one of a number o...More

Residents urged to respond to the Household Enquiry Form
Tuesday 8th August, 2017
The annual household registration letters are currently being sent to more than 140,000 homes in Wigan Borough. Residents are being reminded to respond or complete the forms as early as possible so that they don’t receive a reminder in September. Phone or online responses need to be completed by Monday 22nd August. This is the quickest way to respond taking only a ...More

Council staff Heinz help meanz more for Africa
Tuesday 8th August, 2017
Packs of essential food will be making their way to Africa thanks to a team from Wigan Council. The team included Invest in Wigan staff, personal assistants and director for economy and environment Karl Battersby. They played their part in helping Kraft Heinz staff pack up hunger relief meals at their Kitt Green site. It was part of the company’s ‘Rise Against Hung...More

Together for adoption is coming
Tuesday 8th August, 2017
A new way of helping people who want to adopt is coming. Together for adoption is the new service which will offer children and families in the region the support and guidance they need throughout the adoption journey. It brings together the adoption services for five local authorities – Cheshire West and Cheshire, Halton and WWiSH which incorporates St Helens, War...More

Greener and leaner council
Tuesday 1st August, 2017
Wigan Council’s carbon footprint has reduced by over 900 tonnes of CO2 - the equivalent of driving 190 vehicles for a year, making it greener and leaner. At a time when energy prices are increasing, this news will be welcomed by residents whose council aims to provide more effective and efficient services. Wigan Borough residents have enjoyed the lowest Council T...More

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