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50 new houses on way

Nearly 50 affordable homes are coming to the area with the construction of a major new housing estate.

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Eric Lancaster was one of the dedicated volunteers who helped restore the toilets at Lilford Park

Volunteers resolute over Leigh park vandalism

Generous volunteers have fought back against vandals by sprucing up a popular green space’s toilets after they were wrecked.
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Volunteers have helped plant thousands of trees and shrubs

Bringing site back to life with thousands of trees and shrubs

A staggering 3,000 shrubs and trees were planted by volunteers over winter in a community effort to improve a former coal mine’s diversity.

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John Gredecki, from Leigh Neighbours, with Selwyn Street residents Jean Rigby and Carol and Arthur Bate in the renovated alleyway

Eyesore alley in Leigh is transformed

Leigh residents are delighted after a massive clean-up effort to transform a back alley previously blighted by anti-social behaviour.

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VIDEO: Saving the environment in Lancashire...one bin bag at a time

Reporter Nick Lakin took a tour of the Materials Recovery Facility at Farington, near Leyland, to find out what happens to our recyclable waste.

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Work on the site

Work begins at contested site in Leigh

Work is well under way at a Leigh site next to a nature reserve which has been the subject of lengthy battles over planning permission.
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Maxilead Metals' site at  Parr Bridge Works

Waste centre plan is put on hold

Work on a waste recycling centre has suddenly been put on hold following a dramatic intervention by the Government.

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The Bridgewater Canal

Eight-year wait for footpath adoption too long

An eight-year wait - and possibly longer - is being faced by countryside campaigners wanting to get a new borough footpath adopted.

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Slag Lane

Horse riders to protest at dangerous motorists

A protest ride has been arranged by horse riders to highlight the dangers posed to those tackling a popular route in the borough.

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Stephen Dorricott of Astley Hire, Westleigh Womble volunteer litter pickers Linzi and Bev Rigby, children Hannah Aspinall, 11 and Grace Rothwell 10, from Westleigh Methodist School's eco warriors team, and councillors Mark and Karen Aldred

Leigh firm lends a helping hand to keep the streets clean

A community spirited team of residents have doubled the amount of rubbish collected on their estate which was blighted by fly-tippers, thanks to a grant from Leigh firm Astley Hire.

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A yellow warning of ice has been issued

Gritters in action tonight after yellow warning of ice for the north west

The Met Office have released a yellow warning of ice for tonight in the north west.

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Firefighters stopped the diesel running into the drains

Warning to motorists after fuel spill outside supermarket

Firefighters are urging motorists to take care after diesel was spilled on a road next to a busy supermarket.

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Leigh Spinners Mill reopened after restoration work

Trust secures lease on half of historic Leigh mill

The team planning a spectacular renovation of a landmark Leigh industrial building is celebrating after securing a crucial lease.

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Mayor Andy Burnham with Lord Smith and Chris Boardman

Radical plan to transform Leigh town centre

Leythers are being urged by Greater Manchester’s mayor to embrace a radical new approach to transforming the town centre.
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How have our friends in the south coped with The Beast from the East?

So it's snowed - we'll cope.

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A frozen pipe

Advice for residents to sort out frozen pipes

Residents across the borough have been given advice on what to do if frozen pipes stop their water supply during the cold snap.
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The Greyhound Hotel

Well-known hotel for sale

A landmark borough hotel and popular wedding venue is up for sale.

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Hindley train station parking

Wigan councillor says it’s a ‘scandal’ as proposals for station are dropped

Campaigners say that a controversial decision to abandon a long-awaited park and ride scheme for a Wigan railway station is a "scandal".

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James Langer says fly-tipping means he cant open his windows

‘I could have to move because of fly-tippers’

A borough resident says the issue of fly-tipping outside his home has become so bad that it endangering his health.

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The bags will no longer be free

Free dog waste bags scrapped to save cash

Town hall bosses have decided to stop providing free dog waste bags for pet owners across the borough.
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