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Swan saved from tree in dramatic rescue

Firefighters and the RSPCA joined forces to rescue a swan stuck in a tree.

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Areas in Mosley Common which residents are concerned will be lost due to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

Angry residents to rally over planning blueprint

Unhappy residents will unite to stage a protest against a controversial housing and business masterplan this weekend.

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Just some of the fly-tipping in the borough

A new pledge to clamp down on fly-tip menace

Wigan Council have issued a stern message to fly-tippers who are costing taxpayers a packet.

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The new combined Wigan Fire and Ambulance station is taking shape at Robin Park Road, Wigan

New fire and ambulance centre gradually begins to take shape

Building work is progressing well on Wigan’s new community fire and ambulance station.

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Incredible Edible founder Pamela Warhurst

Pam’s incredible food journey has some way to go

A green campaigner using food growing to bring communities together has reflected on a decade of big ideas growing from small seeds.

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Ed Thwaite, chairman of LENDF Lowton East Neighbourhood Development Forum

Residents caught in ‘development trap’

A residents’ group has written to Wigan Council blasting planners over a controversial regional document which would hem them in with new developments.

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Wigan Town Hall

Masterplan could finally get a town hall debate

A controversial major jobs and housing masterplan may be discussed by councillors next week despite being left off the full council agenda.

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Bags of dog waste and litter dumped next to the canal at New Springs

Fears as rubbish and dog waste is dumped near canal

A shocked walker wants people to think twice before leaving litter and dog waste along Wigan’s waterways.

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‘Handful’ of new fly-tipping fines issued

‘Handful’ of new fly-tipping fines issued

Town hall chiefs in Wigan have issued just a handful of fines for fly-tipping under new powers they were given to impose “on the spot” penalties, new figures reveal.

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Vincent Walsh, director of the Biospheric Foundation, with Martin Ainscough

College vertical farm to help feed homeless

A barely-used high-tech food-growing and production line is to be pressed into greater service: making soup for Wigan’s homeless and needy.

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A cockroach

Hospital trust’s £40k bill for pest control in 5 years

Thousands of pounds are being spent every year on pest control by Wigan’s hospitals.

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Philip Isgar, Manchester Chair of the Institution Of Civil Engineers and Waterway Manager Chantelle Seaborn

Borough canal lands special birthday prize

The waterway that has been part of Wigan’s lifeblood for generations has been given a 200th anniversary honour.

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Flooding last year in Wigan

A year on: Can Wigan’s future floods be stopped

It was a day many Wiganers will remember for all the wrong reasons.

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A herd of donkeys from Blackpool and St Annes rest for the winter season at Latham House Farm, Kitt Green, Wigan

Blackpool beach donkeys looking forward to a Christmas break ... in Wigan

Forget turkey and Brussel sprouts - these donkeys are looking forward to extra carrots this Christmas!

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Wigan Town Hall

More time to have a say on major housing plan

The consultation period on a major housing and jobs plan set to have a huge impact on Wigan has been extended through to 2017.

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The Rose Centre, formerly Lowton Civic Hall

Second popular venue threatened by housing development proposals

Controversial plans to bulldoze another popular community venue and replace it with houses have been submitted to the council.

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Wigan Council recycling depot, Makerfield Way, Ince

Fly-tipping and health concerns voiced over bin collection plans

A consultation on council budget proposals which include plans on moving to a three-weekly bin cycle in Wigan borough has started.

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Artist's impression of the new homes at Astley Point

Ambitious hub plan gets green light

An ambitious £9m development to create homes and an entertainment venue has taken another major step closer to becoming a reality.

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A pay and display machine outside the gym at Robin Park

Backlash over introduction of new pay and display machines

There has been an angry backlash after parking charges were introduced at Wigan’s popular Robin Park leisure centre and arena.

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Plans on display at a public consultation event for Haydock Point

Public sizes up colossal plans for logistics hub

Residents got the chance to look at controversial plans for a £161m logistics hub on the fringes of Wigan borough and give their opinions at a public consultation event.

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