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Four star council website one of the best nationally
Tuesday 26th June, 2018
Wigan Council’s website is one of the best in the country for user experience a national independent survey has found. The survey of council websites is carried out annually by Socitm Better Connected. Out of 414 UK council websites, just 41 have been awarded 4 stars overall for “very good user experience”, including Wigan Council’s website. Wigan Council has ado...More

Wigan’s aspiring athletes in Talent Fund boost
Wednesday 30th May, 2018
A record number of 12 aspiring athletes from disciplines including wrestling, athletics and wheelchair rugby are being supported in the latest round of the Believe Talent Fund. The funding from Wigan Council supports talented youngsters from the borough with their development by helping to cover travel, accommodation, competition, training and equipment costs. Cllr...More

Marquees at the ready after park events funding boost
Wednesday 30th May, 2018
A cash boost of more than £10,000 has been awarded to Haigh Woodland Park to support investment in future activities and events. Thanks to partnership working with Wigan Council and Lancashire County Council, the park has been successful in applying for a slice of the EU’s LEADER Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) fund, which will be put towards buying ...More

Residents to share views on regeneration plan for Wigan housing estate
Tuesday 22nd May, 2018
Residents are to have their say on ambitious proposals to regenerate a Wigan housing estate. Worsley Mesnes is the focus of a redevelopment blueprint to bring in new investment, housing and estate improvements. A masterplan was developed by Wigan Council last year following on-going concerns from residents about the future viability of the estate. The masterplan c...More

Brighter Borough scores again
Tuesday 22nd May, 2018
A local girl’s rugby club has been awarded money from the council’s Brighter Borough pot so they can invest in brand new training equipment and kits. Councillor David Molyneux, new leader of Wigan Council and Councillors Janice Sharratt and Jim Moodie have pulled together to give Ince Rose Bridge rugby club girls’ team an impressive £1,000 to fund training tops, hoo...More

Recycling rates soar as spring begins
Tuesday 22nd May, 2018
As the temperature hots up in Wigan Borough so has its recycling rate. For the first time ever, Wigan Council collected more green waste than black waste one day last week, as residents are tidying up their gardens, recycling their food and putting less in the black bin. And in May the borough’s overall recycling rate has been hitting more than 50 per cent each day...More

Family encourages carers to foster siblings
Thursday 19th April, 2018
An inspirational couple who have fostered 37 children urges others to keep families together during the hardest time in their lives by caring for siblings and children with disabilities. Pat and Dave Walsh, from Ashton-in-Makerfield, who also have two biological daughters, have been foster carers with Wigan Council for more than twelve years and have been looking af...More

Shevington Youth Club reopens
Thursday 19th April, 2018
A popular youth club in Wigan Borough has reopened, offering activities and a safe space for local young people in the area. Shevington Youth Club closed over a year ago but has been given a new lease of life thanks to a partnership between the community, Wigan Council and Greater Manchester Police. It will initially be open every Thursday evening from 7-9pm and co...More

Primary school admissions success
Thursday 19th April, 2018
More than 97 per cent of pupils in Wigan Borough will be starting reception later this year at one of their preferred primary schools. Overall 97.8 per cent of pupils have had one of their preferences met, a slight increase from 97.7 per cent in 2017. 91.4 per cent of pupils have been allocated their first choice in school, the same figure as last year. 5.1 per...More

Sports Awards to shine a spotlight on local talent
Thursday 12th April, 2018
Nominations have opened for Wigan Borough’s 2018 Believe Sports Awards. The prestigious annual event is a chance to shine a spotlight on those volunteers, coaches and clubs passionate about local sport, as well as celebrating the achievements of local athletes - all wrapped up in a special ceremony organised by Inspiring healthy lifestyles on behalf of Wigan Council...More

Opportunity for local construction firms
Thursday 12th April, 2018
Key decision makers from a national property development company are giving Wigan Borough’s local trade businesses the opportunity to get involved in one of their upcoming schemes. Countryside, a residential housebuilder firm boasting schemes throughout the UK has been working in partnership with Wigan Council to host a ‘meet the buyer’ event at Wigan and Leigh Coll...More

Changing lives through technology
Thursday 12th April, 2018
A brother and sister who lost their sight 20 years ago have become the first people in Wigan Borough to pilot state-of-the-art technology which is helping them to read and write. Valentino and Christina Caramalou, who live in Ince, Wigan, are currently piloting OrCam glasses which help blind or partially sighted people to see through facial recognition and to read b...More

Community cooking lesson
Thursday 12th April, 2018
A local pizza company is inspiring the borough’s children to cook fresh food. Stonebakers, a mobile wood-fired pizza company, recently signed up to Wigan Council’s Deal for Business, which encourages businesses to get involved in the local community. And, they have hit the ground running by joining forces with Fur Clemt, a ‘pay as you feel’ café, to arrange a pizz...More

More support for self-employed residents in Wigan Borough
Thursday 12th April, 2018
A new programme designed to support local residents who are self-employed or are setting up their own business has been rolled out across Wigan Borough. Backed by Wigan Council, GC Business Growth Hub recently launched their ‘Start Smart’ programme in the borough, which offers professional guidance through workshops, events and one-to-one advice. GC Business Growth...More

Shops face prosecution after reports of underage e-cig sales
Monday 19th March, 2018
Three local shops could face prosecution after complaints of underage e-cigarette sales from members of the public. Wigan Council’s Trading Standards team conducted underage test purchases of e-cigarette liquids using a 15 year old volunteer, where three out of the five shops visited sold to the volunteer. The shops in Wigan Town Centre and Hindley sold the volun...More

New electronic system for waste permits at recycling centres
Wednesday 31st January, 2018
Residents who use a trailer or van to take items to one of the three recycling centres across Wigan Borough will soon be able to download and print their own permit within hours under a new online permit scheme. The scheme will launch in April when residents will be able to download a permit at any time of the day. Currently residents have to apply by phone or em...More

Mining statue gets big boost
Wednesday 31st January, 2018
A local history group passionate about commemorating the borough’s mining heritage with a statue have been given a hefty £10,000 cash boost. Wigan Council presented Wigan Heritage and Mining Monument (WHAMM) with the cheque, bringing them one step closer to their £150,000 target. The money will fund a statue featuring a miner, pit brow lass and a child, which will ...More

A stylish fitness offer for Ashton
Wednesday 31st January, 2018
Ashton Leisure Centre’s £3.2m transformation is nearing completion and it’s promising to bring a touch of style to the local leisure and wellbeing scene. The current building has been extended to accommodate a new first floor, 393 sqm metre gym, complete with 80 individual stations. Planned to open early May, the new look leisure centre will be packed with the lates...More

You’ve got a friend in me
Thursday 25th January, 2018
“It’s like having an extended member of the family” is the way a woman from Wigan has described being a champion for a local support service. Jeanette Lancaster signed up to be a volunteer for Wigan Council’s Shared Lives service because she had some time on her hands and wanted to give something back. She was delighted when she became the champion for Philip Rostr...More

Green light for Standish cycling project
Friday 19th January, 2018
A project to restore an old mineral line in Wigan Borough has been given the go ahead after an objection to the scheme has been withdrawn. ‘The Line’ is a former railway track and heritage feature for Standish, providing a key route into the village and to Standish High School, which isn’t currently used to its full potential. The planned works, by Wigan Council ...More

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