Green light for care home plan

A controversial bid to resurrect a former Leigh care home has found favour with councillors.

Beech Grove House

Planning approval for controversial care home scheme

A controversial bid to resurrect a former Leigh care home has found favour with councillors.

Travellers on the car park at Howe Bridge Crematorium, who prompted outrage from residents

MP: Travellers review ‘is urgently required’

A borough MP has called on the government to urgently assess the requirements placed on landowners and the police when dealing with traveller sites.


Take a look at the amazing images competing for Wildlife Photographer of Year

A photojournalist's image of a black rhino with its horns hacked off has seen him named Wildlife Photographer of Year.
Bins being emptied

Councils working to reduce waste costs

More than three quarters of English councils, including Wigan, now pick up household rubbish which cannot be recycled or composted just once a fortnight, a survey reveals.

The tropical storm was named a hurricane overnight

Britain set to be lashed by Ophelia's tail on anniversary of great storm

Hurricane Ophelia is crossing the Atlantic Ocean and could bring wet weather and gusts of up to 70mph when it hits Britain's shores.

Michael Fish giving his infamous weather forecast in 1987

Michael Fish would not have got 1987 storm spot-on, even with supercomputer

Modern forecasting technology would have seen the Great Storm of 1987 coming but is unlikely to have got Michael Fish completely off the hook, a study has shown.

Across the UK, 35 million plastic bottles and 20 million aluminium cans are sold every day

Councils could save £35m from cashback schemes for bottles and cans

Cash-strapped councils could save up to £35 million a year from the introduction of a "deposit refund system" for drinks bottles and cans in England, a report suggests.

The swan was lucky and is now recovering

Swan caught on fishing hook sparks rescue operation

A swan impaled on a fishing hook has been rescued from a borough beauty spot during an RSPCA operation.
Delegates at the Carbon Landscape launch

Project to create green wonderlands in ex-industrial areas

A multi-million pound project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund has been launched to restore areas of Wigan borough and other parts of the North West transformed by heavy industries like coal-mining, peat extraction and iron and steel production.

Greenfold Way

Greenfield land in Leigh earmarked for warehouse

Plans to build warehouse facilities on four hectares of greenfield land have been submitted to Wigan Council.

Protestors at The Bell

Hopes of green belt reprieve as plan is revisited

Campaigners against a blueprint to build on parts of the borough’s precious green belt will be delighted at the wind of change which could be about to blow these plans off course.

Rain will also be heavy at times especially over north-west England

Forecasters warn of travel disruption amid high winds and heavy rain

Winds of more than 60mph are forecast to reach parts of England and Wales overnight.

Actor and political campaigner Tony Booth, who starred in Till Death Us Do Part

Actor and political campaigner Tony Booth dies aged 85

Actor Tony Booth, who played "Scouse git" Mike in 1960s sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, has died, his family has announced.

Sadness as demolition of hall begins

Residents and politicians have expressed sadness after bulldozers moved in to begin demolishing a popular civic hall.

Police visiting travellers at the Lamberhead Industrial Estate

Travellers’ eviction descends into ‘farce’

Residents are facing a fresh travellers headache - after an encampment moved less than 100 yards down the road.
Royston Brett

Complaint over delays to armed forces hub

Wigan Council has defended its commitment to supporting the borough’s veterans following criticism by an ex-serviceman.

Workers at the site in South Hindley

Residents reassured over works

The authorities have once again reassured the public about surveying work in the borough as a councillor continues to raise concerns.

Kirkless recycling centre

‘We should be re-using rubbish’

Residents will be urged to re-use as well as recycle while saving items from the scrapheap if plans for a new shop at a waste centre go through.

The land earmarked for development

Plans emerge for 830 homes

Plans to build 830 homes on agricultural land could increase the population of a borough town by 10 per cent.

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