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Delay triggers design debate

A unspecified delay to a £1m revamp of Wigan town centre has been welcomed by residents who were sceptical of the plans.

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Shopping trollies being dumped in the River Douglas near Tesco in Wigan

Waterways are littered with dumped trolleys

Concerns have been raised about shopping trolleys being dumped in a Wigan waterway.

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The building set for a 15-bedroom scheme

Concerns over more parking problems

A prominent Wigan street plagued by parking problems could see another housing development introduced if plans are given the green light.

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The Orwell at Wigan Pier

Chance to breathe new life into Pier

A trio of iconic buildings at the heart of the Wigan Pier complex are being given their best chance of a reboot in a long time.

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An open air bar like the one proposed in Wigan

Plan for open air rooftop bar in Wigan town centre

These images may reveal what the upper floor of a popular Wigan nightspot may look like if a bid for a major revamp is given the green light.

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Town centre plan delay

Town centre plan delay

Major new developments in the future direction of Wigan town centre have resulted in the planned regeneration of Market Place being put on hold.

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The Kings Arms pub, Ashton

Row over pub noise set to be resolved

Hopes are high that a late-night noise row involving a town centre pub in the borough is well on the way to being resolved.

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A giant wind turbine

Giant turbine visible from 13 miles away

Thousands of Wiganers could soon have a new marker on their skyline after plans for a 126m-tall wind turbine in Skelmersdale were unveiled.

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Flying ant

Summer may have sting in its tail, experts warn

Wigan homeowners have been warned to brace themselves for a summer of bugs.

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The proposed venue

Massive boost for pier venue

Plans to kick-start the redevelopment of Wigan Pier with a new leisure and events facility have taken a major step forward.

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Bluebells in Haigh Hall are a target for thieves  who want free blooms

Green-fingered thefts are wreaking havoc

Wigan nature lovers are being asked to turn detective after a new report has revealed that the countryside is being devastated by thieves who are stealing wild flowers to sell on the internet or just to brighten uo their own homes and gardens.

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Mixed reaction to bin collection plan tweaks

Mixed reaction to bin collection plan tweaks

Council bosses last week unveiled measures to help Wigan residents adapt to a new waste collection rota but the reforms continue to receive a mixed reaction.

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Thieving heron with Koi Carp

Cheeky heron steals koi carp from garden pond

Anyone who is missing fish from their garden pond should take a look at these pictures.

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Firefighters in Nicola Storeys back garden in St Elizabeths Road, Aspull, which flooded four times in four weeks

Council’s windfall to tackle flood nightmare

Wigan Council has landed a massive £857,000 to mend borough flood damage.

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Rivington Terraced Gardens

Treasures in a forgotten garden

A unique lost garden at a popular walking haunt for Wiganers is revealing treasures unseen for 80 years.

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RMT Union members picket outside Wigan Wallgate on Monday, March 13.

Anger as rail strike talks fail

A war of words has broken out between a rail union and a train operator after talks to avoid the latest strike in a safety dispute broke down.

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Bin collections:  Bin collecting in Platt Bridge

Council says: Help us make bin changes work

Feedback from residents about controversial waste service reforms has forced changes to the new system, council bosses have said.

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Spy technology to put a lid on fly-tipping

Wigan’s fly-tippers have been warned a new zero tolerance stance means officers kitted out with anti-terrorism style surveillance technology are out to catch them.

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Standish Rec

Firms urged to block Rec plan

A residents’ group opposed to plans to install a car park on a Wigan recreation area is calling on support from local businesses.

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Bikers hurl abuse as they ride past some walkers

Beauty spot under threat from bikers

A group of motorcyclists terrorising pedestrians on a public footpath through a supposedly tranquil nature reserve have been caught on camera.

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