Harry returns to village flooded by 2015 storm to check recovery progress

Prince Harry has returned to a village which was devastated by floods in Storm Desmond to see how the recovery effort progressed.
Concerns have been raised about parking issues that could occur on St Helens Road.

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.
An artist's impression of the proposed link road

Early 2018 start for long-awaited A49 link road?

Construction on a key link road to the south of Wigan town centre, costing £21.5m, could start as early as next spring.
Wigan town centre

Wigan named as one of the happiest places to live

Wigan has been revealed as one of the most upbeat places in the whole of Greater Manchester according to a survey of wellbeing conducted by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

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 former council offices on Orrell Road

Flats transformation for ex-council offices under way

Work has begun to convert former Wigan civic buildings into flats.

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.

Yvonne Fovargue

Anger at plan for huge units at junction 25

Politicians have reacted with fury to proposals for enormous warehouses to be built on greenbelt land at an M6 junction in the borough.
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.
Mike Orrell and Charles Taylor at the Market Street parking facility

Parking facilities encourage a love of cycling

Cycling to Wigan town centre just got easier thanks to new parking facilities that residents may love.

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.

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.

Shirley Moverley with her blooming ivy, which has flowered for the first time in 50 years and is attracting butterflies to her garden

Pensioner's home invaded by 'beautiful' red butterflies

Shirley Moverley isn’t getting in a flap about these latest visitors to her garden.

The proposed M58 link road

Impact of proposed link road revealed

Controversial plans to build a link road between the M58 and the M6 have been fully revealed in detailed documents.

The area set for housing development if plans are approved

Neighbours fear village will be swamped by homes

Plans for more than 100 houses in the shadow of the M58 have divided a community.
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