Waste firm hopes for double planning success

A waste recycling firm hopes to secure double success when two proposals for its sites go before the planning committee.

Julie Hurst

Police rule no evidence to back claims of OAP’s hospital neglect

The family of a woman who died at a borough hospital have vowed to fight on after a police review found no evidence of criminal activity.
Veterans Jack Gordon and Thomas Boardman

Veterans enjoy incredible first meeting

Two borough veterans who served their country in World War Two shared their amazing stories as they met for the first time.

Wigan and Leigh Hospice

Hospice takes NHS strain

The borough’s hospice has spoken of how the charity can relieve the burden on the NHS as polls show public backing for supporting hospitals.

Adam Eastwood

Catching the criminals our way

Residents are turning to technology to stay safe in their own homes with a social media page aiming to help police Catch the Criminals.

Coun Jim Talbot

Fury as yobs trash festive decorations

Heartless yobs who destroyed children’s letters to Santa in an appalling attack on a community’s Christmas decorations have been blasted.

Ben Batt with partner Rebecca Atkinson

Top actor Ben’s delight at Leigh film patron role

An actor from the borough has spoken of his delight at becoming a patron of Leigh’s award-winning grass-roots cinema organisations.

The Bridgewater HQ on Smithy Brook Road

Health reviews for two-year-olds

Borough parents are being reminded to take up the offer of a health, growth and development review for their two-year-olds.
Wigan Council director of children's services James Winterbottom with care leavers

Council tax break for young care leavers

Young care leavers have been made exempt from paying council tax under a new move introduced by the borough’s ruling cabinet.
Fire service

Alarms at smoke-logged flat saved lives, say fire crews

Firefighters say working smoke alarms prevented a tragedy after a blaze caused a flat to fill with thick black smoke.
Fire service

Faulty fan in bathroom causes flat fire

An electrical fault in a bathroom caused a blaze which left a flat badly smoke-logged.
Janet Rawlings from Bridgewater with The Brick service user Danni Hillier

Health trust giving flu jabs to homeless

Health staff are hoping a drive to provide homeless people with flu jabs will save lives on the borough's streets this winter.
Gareth Fairhurst

Council probe launched in community funding row

Wigan Council is looking into an opposition activist’s claims that the town hall was too quick to award taxpayers’ money to schemes backed by elected representatives.

Toby and Luke Adamson

Rugby brothers open healthy eating cafe

Three rugby league playing brothers have swapped the tryline for the table to open a cafe dedicated to healthy eating.

Yvonne Fovargue

Lives being put at risk by brigade cuts, MP claims

A borough MP says that lives are being put at risk by the latest slew of Government cuts to the fire service.

Wigan Town Hall

Council has £829k in surplus parking cash

Wigan Council was left with an £829,000 kitty from surplus parking revenue in a 12-month period, new figures have revealed.

Spinners Mill

Heritage mill gets huge grant

A project to completely transform a landmark industrial building has taken another massive step forward with a major funding announcement.
Deputy council leader David Molyneux

Plan for 80 new homes approved

Senior politicians at the council are celebrating a decision to give the green light to building more than 80 new homes in the borough.

Managing director Paul Baxter, left, with staff at Corptel which is a living wage employer

Telecoms firm calls in real living wage

A Leigh telecoms business has spoken of its pride at being a living wage employer and ensuring staff get a fair day’s pay for their work.

Leigh Film Society members collecting their gongs

Triple awards joy for borough film society

Leigh officially has the best community cinema organisation in the country following a spectacular night of success for a group of volunteers.

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