When will our train services be reinstated?

Dozens of the suspended train services between Preston and Blackpool will not be coming back until September.

Hosepipe bans are due to come into force

Water bosses defend action on leaks as hosepipe ban looms

Water bosses have defended their efforts to tackle leaks ahead of a hosepipe ban.

New BBC TV show shines the spotlight on the Lake District, one of the jewels of the north west

A new TV series aims to introduce one of the north west's most popular beauty spots to a new generation.

Ironman competitors riding through Standish at a past event

Controversy as Ironman is cut short by promoters

Protests have greeted plans to cut short part of an Ironman challenge which starts in Wigan borough.
Blackpool Zoo flamingos

LIVE: Watch Blackpool Zoo's newest flamingo hatch

It's all flamingo-go-go in the bird nursery


A colourful red panda has made an adorable debut at Chester Zoo

The one-year-old male, Koda, arrived from a zoo in Cornwall after being chosen as the perfect companion for the zoo’s resident female, Nima.

One of the previous protests against the south Hindley urban village

War of words now set to resume over controversial urban village

Outline plans for a new "urban village" in south Hindley - promising 2,000 new homes - have resurfaced.
The play area on Grasmere Street in Leigh

Play area vandals blasted by council

Council bosses have condemned vandals who forced the temporary closure of a borough play area.

Prisoners at Hindley jail have taking part in an innovative house-building scheme to provide inmates with new skills

Gifted prisoners play key role in house-building award

The borough’s prisoners have played their part in an innovative new house-building scheme which scooped an award for its groundbreaking production methods.

Swinley Road - pictured earlier this year - is among the roads being resurfaced

£3.6m plan to fix the borough’s roads

Businesses have welcomed plans to spend £3.6m on road repairs around the borough.
Work has started

50 new houses on way

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

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.
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.

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.


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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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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