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Public Services over the festive period
Tuesday 17th December, 2013

There will be some changes to the availability of Wigan Council services over the Christmas and New Year period.

Many council services will remain unaffected for Wigan Borough residents over the holiday period, but the main council offices will be closed from 24th December until Thursday 2nd January. Wigan Borough residents will still be able to contact the council on 01942 404040 for emergencies and 01942 828777 for adult social care services.

The Children's Duty team will be available on 01942 828300 from 8.45am to 5pm on 24th, 27th, 30th and 31st December. Residents should call the Central Duty team on 01942 828777 for all out of hours enquiries.

If residents need any welfare support during the Christmas period, details of all the opening times of life centres and welfare support services are available by visiting www.wigan.gov.uk/Docs/PDF/Resident/Benefit-Grants/Local-welfare-support-Christmas-Opening-Hours.pdf. Atherton, Ince and Platt Bridge life centres will all close at 1pm on 24th December.

All libraries and leisure centres will be closed on 25th, 26th December and 1st January and heritage services will be closed from 24th December until Thursday 2nd January. Trencherfield Engine will also be closed on 2nd and 3rd January. Haigh Country Park will remain open over the Christmas period, although Stables Tea Rooms will be closed and the Haigh and Pennington golf courses unavailable on 25th, 26th December and 1st January. Further details can be found via leisure and culture provider, WLCT, at www.wlct.org/wigan.

Registrar Offices will be open on the 27th, 30th and 31st December but closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Cemeteries across the borough will be open (for visitors only) as normal from 9am to 4pm every day during the Christmas and New Year period. No burials will take place on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

There are changes to the days of refuse and recycling collections over the Christmas period. Residents should refer to their collection calendar for more information or find out dates online at www.wigan.gov.uk/recycling.

Residents can put (real) Christmas trees in the green bin or take it to one of the borough’s Household Waste Recycling Centres. All household recycling centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Normal opening times will be in place on all other days.

If there are any council service changes due to extreme winter weather, please check the website www.wigan.gov.uk, social media feeds or listen to recorded messages by calling 01942 404364.

For further details on Christmas closedown arrangements, please visit www.wigan.gov.uk/Council/Winter/Public-Services-over-the-Festive-Period.aspx.

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