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What a terrific relief for trade

CHRISTMAS shoppers can look forward to less-stressful visits to our town centre.

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Work on the Saddle Relief Road continues near the Saddle Junction

Community leaders’ message to arsonists

ARSONISTS are still targeting a Wigan neighbourhood, despite pleas from community leaders for them to stop.

Work on the Saddle Relief Road continues near the Saddle Junction

Police plea for unwanted dogs

DOG owners across the borough are being urged to donate unwanted dogs to the police.

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Bradley Wiggins (right) pictured here with Mark Cavendish during the Tour de France

Wiggins back home after crash – UPDATE

STRICKEN cycling ace Bradley Wiggins is recovering at home after a terrifying road smash.

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New dawn for pit site

A NEW Wigan business park will create hundreds of jobs.

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Cannabis driver is banned

A MAN was found to be under the influence of drugs following a bad car crash.

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Home is where the heartache is

HOUSING development recommendations preserving the borough’s Green Belt land have been approved by Wigan Council, reporter James Illingworth looks at how the decision could affect our environment.

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Poole’s make pie taste test final

WIGAN’S classic favourite dish has made the final in the quest for the ultimate northern pie, voted for by members of the public.

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Cyclist hit in face with brick

A WIGAN cyclist has spoken for the first time of a horrific road rage attack in which he was hit in the face with a brick by passing motorist.

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Borsdane shopping precinct, Hindley, is finally being demolished

‘Little Beirut’ dismantled

THE sound of a wrecking ball striking concrete will be music to the ears of long-suffering residents living near to Wigan’s most infamous eyesore.

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Borsdane shopping precinct, Hindley, is finally being demolished

Claw hammer robberies

DETECTIVES are hunting a man they believe is behind three armed robberies in Wigan.

Borsdane shopping precinct, Hindley, is finally being demolished

Battle to stop benefits cuts keeps going

A WIGAN campaign to save “vital” disabled social security benefits has gone nationwide.

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Fuel bills set to drop

ENERGY bills in Wigan could be slashed by up to £200 a year in a pioneering ‘bulk buy’ scheme.

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Wigan getting safer

WIGAN is a safer place according to the latest anti-social behaviour figures.

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The Comet store on Robin Park

Rival store offers help to workers at stricken Comet

STAFF at Wigan’s Comet store could be given a helping hand by rivals Curry’s while administrators try to find a buyer for the crippled electricals chain.

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The Comet store on Robin Park

Yob used laser pen on firefighter

A UNION has slammed the “idiotic behaviour” of a yob who used a laser pen to intimidate a Wigan firefighter.

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Holidaymaker to sue after illness

A LOCAL trucker has spoken about his Turkish holiday nightmare after being taken seriously ill just days into his summer holiday.

Everton's Leon Osman (left) and Fulahm's Chris Baird battle for the ball

Osman called up by England

WIGAN-born Leon Osman has been named in the 23-man England squad for next week’s game with Sweden in Stockholm next Wednesday.

Bradley Wiggins, pictured here during the Tour of Britain

Wiggins hospitalised after road smash

TOUR de France champ Bradley Wiggins has been seriously injured in a road smash in Wigan.

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Robber with hammer threatens shop staff

A MAN threatened shop workers with a hammer during a robbery in Leigh.

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Wheelie bin is set alight

ARSONISTS set fire to a wheelie bin, close to a house in Wigan.

Bryn Christmas tree lights

Anger as Christmas bill for lights soars

A ROW is blazing over the “sky high” cost of Bryn’s Christmas lights.

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Example performs on the main stage at the V Festival in Weston Park

Rapper sets bad Example

WIGAN was left stunned after a rap star blasted the town on Twitter.

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  • Leigh Speaks and the Leader Listens(09/11/2012)It’s your chance to put your question to the man in charge. Following a series of successful ‘Leader Listens’ meetings at Wigan town hall, the leader of the council will be in his home town of Leigh for the latest face to face session on 19th November.
  • Cold Calling. Don’t buy it!(09/11/2012)That’s the message from both Wigan Council’s Trading Standards team and the Trading Standards Institute during National Consumer Week (starts Monday 12th), about the perils you could face on your own doorstep.
  • Prestigious Engineering Heritage Award for Wigan’s Trencherfield Mill Engine (06/11/2012)Wigan’s mighty Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine joined the likes of London’s Tower Bridge and the E-Type Jaguar this week when it was awarded a prestigious Engineering Heritage Award.
  • Remembrance Sunday 2012(31/10/2012)Civic events to honour soldiers, sailors, airmen and women and all affected by war and conflict will be taking place at venues across Wigan Borough on Remembrance Sunday. The Mayor, Cllr Myra Whiteside, will lead the principal civic ceremony at the War Memorial in the centre of Wigan, parading from the town hall at 10.30am. There are public events in all communities to be attended by veterans and dignitaries at various times on Sunday 11th November.
  • Community justice arrives in Wigan(31/10/2012)A new approach to tackling low level crime and anti-social behaviour giving victims a greater say in how justice is meted out is being launched in a community in Wigan. As of the 1st November, Marsh Green will have the borough’s first Neighbourhood Resolution Panel, one of fifteen areas in England to pilot the scheme.
  • Launch of Future Steps marks the start of a journey(31/10/2012)Future Steps is a new service from Wigan Council which gives young people with a range of disabilities the skills and confidence to enjoy the same freedom, empowering them to rise to life’s challenges and to meet their fullest potential.
  • Advice for Firestarters – from the Firestoppers (31/10/2012)It’s a scene that evokes many fond childhood memories. A Guy Fawkes effigy holds court from his lofty throne on a blazing fire. Bright streaks illuminate the night sky and cast a glow on enthralled, ruddied faces. If that warm and welcoming scene is what Bonfire Night brings to mind, wouldn’t it be a shame to let the night end on a damp squib just by failing to follow a few simple rules?
  • The forever family wishes of children in care (30/10/2012)The poignant wishes of children in care have been collected for a new campaign aimed at encouraging people to adopt. Children from Warrington, Wigan and St. Helens – who are cared for by their local authorities – were asked what kind of family they hoped would adopt them.
  • Campaign helps Bonfire Night go with a bang(30/10/2012)In a bid to reduce firework-related incidents, Wigan Council Trading Standards officers are urging retailers across the borough to be vigilant against underage sales. In addition, Operation Treacle will also target irresponsible retailers who sell alcohol and tobacco products to children.
  • No Excuses – Council’s New Housing Policy Gets Tough on ASB and Rent Arrears(30/10/2012)”We’re getting tough with tenants who are selfish and irresponsible and make life a misery for others through their anti-social behaviour.” – That’s the message from housing chiefs as they review their social housing allocations policy.
Wigan council supports GCSE legal challenge bidHundreds of pupils across Wigan Borough affected by this year’s GCSE grading controversy may yet see their June exam papers re-marked. Wigan Council is supporting a national campaign which calls for GCSE English exam papers taken in June this year to be re-examined in line with the papers taken by their fellow pupils in JanuaryView article…

 

  • Another word in your ear, Lord Smith?(14/09/2012)Following the success of the recent Leader Listens session, local people are now being offered more opportunities to put their questions face to face to the man in charge. Leader of Wigan Council, Lord Peter Smith, plans to hold a follow-up session next month, during this year’s Local Democracy Week.
  • AB World Foods – a tasty addition to Expo Twenty12(14/09/2012)Wigan Council is welcoming news that local food giants, AB World Foods, are coming on board as the main sponsor for Wigan Business Expo Twenty12, one of the North West’s biggest business events of the year.
  • Mayor Praises Local Athletes(13/09/2012)Wigan’s First Citizen has paid tribute to those local sportsmen and women who have taken part in the Olympics and Paralympics this summer. Speaking at a meeting of the Full Council at Wigan town hall last night (Wednesday), the Mayor Cllr Myra Whiteside, praised the dedication and skill of competitors and gamesmakers from our borough.
  • Council’s Constitution Keeps Democracy Up to Date(13/09/2012)Wigan Council has updated its constitution – the legal framework in which local democracy is carried out. Last night (Wednesday 12 September), elected members voted to adopt changes to the document following the recommendations of a cross-party working group
  • Meet the Buyers at Wigan Business Expo Twenty12 (10/09/2012)Businesses, third sector organisations and social enterprises are being encouraged to put their name in the frame for a series of Meet the Buyers sessions at this year’s Wigan Business Expo Twenty12. Businesses from across the borough and beyond will be attending the prestigious event on Friday 12 October at the DW Stadium. Organisers are keen to hear from local suppliers, contractors and service providers from across Wigan Borough.
  • No plans for housing at Ashfield Park(10/09/2012)Wigan Council has issued a statement to reassure residents about housing in the Standish area. The council is committed to retaining Ashfield Park important space as a leisure facility for local residents to enjoy.
  • Council approves investment in new youth service(05/09/2012)Thousands of young people from across Wigan Borough are set to benefit from a new service in the heart of Wigan after the council’s Cabinet agreed to grant a 125 year lease of the former Drumcroon building to Wigan Boys and Girls Club Ltd.
  • Tougher penalties for licensees who flout the law(04/09/2012)Licensees who sell alcohol to children are facing tougher penalties following recent changes to the law. Wigan Council Trading Standards and Licensing officers are advising owners, managers and staff of all types of licensed premises to familiarise themselves with the new legislation.

 

    • Bin there, done that(04/09/2012)This week sees the biggest change in how residents’ waste is managed in Wigan Borough since the arrival of the first recycling services in 2005. Wigan Council empties residents’ bins 15 million times each year – that’s 288,500 each week or 225 every minute. Bins will continue to be collected weekly but the new method of collection will protect the environment and save money.
    • Eco Kids Show the Way(03/09/2012)As the borough gears up for the next stage in its recycling revolution, local schools have been commended for leading the way towards a truly green borough. 92 per cent of all Wigan Schools are now registered on the national Eco Schools programme – this places the borough second in the country. Nearly a third of our schools have achieved the prestigious Green Flag Award, which means Wigan Borough is first nationally for the numbers of schools with a Green Flag.
    • Swan song for a very British summer!(30/08/2012)Wigan and Leigh folk are being urged to dig out the flags one last time this year and prepare themselves for an epic blast of “Land of Hope and Glory” as the borough hosts, not one, but, two Proms in the Park Celebrations, in Pennington Hall Park and Mesnes Park.
    • New, improved bin services roll out(24/08/2012)Better value for council tax payers, new legislation and greater efficiency – that’s the thinking behind the upcoming changes to residents’ waste services. By September 3rd, virtually all households will have their food caddy service which will complement the new cycle of bin collections that includes black bins being collected every other week.
    • GCSE results – the best ever(23/08/2012)This year’s GCSE results are out… and they reveal that more young people than ever before are achieving their potential. Provisional figures released today show that the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades, including English and Maths, in Wigan Borough has reached 64% this year, marking an increase on last year of almost 7%.
    • It’s Wigan Resilience Week, 25 – 31 August(20/08/2012)The programme of events for Wigan Resilience Week has been announced, starting at The Wigan Fire Station on Saturday 25 August with a variety of demonstrations from 11 am and 4 pm.
    • Wigan Business Expo: Brimming with Confidence(20/08/2012)Organisers of Wigan Borough’s biggest ever business event are delighted at the response for their October conference. The Wigan Business Expo Twenty12 is welcoming firms and individuals from across the borough to hear keynote speakers, take part in one to one advice sessions and network with over 100 guest organisations who will be at the DW Stadium on 12 October.
    • Norley Hall residents welcome affordable housing news(17/08/2012)Families could soon be living in new, spacious homes as early as spring 2014, thanks to a partnership between Wigan Council, Great Places Housing Group and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which are providing grant funding for a new development in Norley Hall.
    • A Level Results – Borough students go for gold!(17/08/2012)Sixth form colleges across Wigan Borough are celebrating after going for gold in their A Levels.
    • Counterfeit tobacco seizures(16/08/2012)Wigan Council Trading Standards officers are thanking the public for information which led to the seizure of a significant amount of illegal tobacco. Following the tip-offs, officers carried out four raids on retail premises in Hindley, Wigan and Ashton.
  • Council conducts gambling policy review(14/08/2012)Wigan Council is calling on local residents, licensed businesses, interest groups and public agencies to have their say on the borough’s future gambling policy. The Gambling Act 2005 requires all councils to prepare and publish a Gambling Licensing Policy Statement every three years.
  • Waste Warrior leads on Marsh Green recycling roadshow(13/08/2012)Superhero grime fighter, Waste Warrior, and his trusty sidekick Scoop recently joined officers from Wigan Council’s Neighbourhood and Cleansing Teams and local ward members on a visit to Marsh Green to get word out about the new waste collection service which goes live on Monday 3rd September.
  • A word in your ear, Lord Smith?(13/08/2012)If you’ve got something to share with the Leader of Wigan Council, now is the time to do it. Next week, the leader of the council, Lord Peter Smith, is holding a public meeting ‘Leader Listens’ aimed at giving local people a chance to meet the man in charge.
  • Wigan Business Expo Twenty12 is Joining Jack(10/08/2012)The steering group behind Wigan Borough’s biggest ever business event today announced that Wigan Business Expo Twenty12 will be supporting local charity, Joining Jack.
  • Groundbreaking domestic abuse conference heralded a success(09/08/2012)A groundbreaking conference which brought together a range of professionals who work in the field of domestic abuse has been heralded a success. The event, held last month at Leigh Sports Village, was hosted by Wigan Council, Barnardo’s, Stephensons Solicitors LLP and The Freedom Project.
  • Hindley Pool: the Future(03/08/2012)Wigan Council’s ruling cabinet this week accepted the recommendation of the scrutiny committee to close Hindley Pool unless an external group comes forward to take on the running of the site.
  • Best Bar None – it’s judgement time for town centre premises!(03/08/2012)Licensees across Wigan are waiting to find out if their premises are considered ‘Best Bar None’ when it comes to responsible management practices. Altogether, twenty-one licensed premises have applied for membership of the national accreditation scheme.
  • Council seeks independent support to uphold standards(03/08/2012)Wigan Council is appealing for people with a keen interest in local governance and a commitment to ethics in public life to help maintain high standards amongst the authority’s local ward members.
  • Another fine mess! Litter louts prosecuted(02/08/2012)Litter louts – beware! Because Wigan Council’s Neighbourhood Team have got you in their sights. This latest warning follows recent successful prosecutions brought by Wigan Council against litter bugs who show no respect for their communities.
  • Federation of Small Business backs EXPO Twenty12(02/08/2012)The Wigan branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) are the latest big name to sponsor the biggest business event to ever be held in Wigan Borough: Wigan Business Expo Twenty12.
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