Developers flock to take over Pier site

Plans to breathe life in Wigan’s Pier Quarter are edging closer after the council received a number of “excellent” offers from developers during the bidding process.

Wigan Council is in a war of words with a leading motoring organisation as it insisted work upgrading parking meters to take the new 1 coins is on the right road.

Drivers take a pounding

Wigan Council is in a war of words with a leading motoring organisation as it insisted work upgrading parking meters to take the new £1 coins is on the right road.

Opponents of the technique claim it will harm the environment, but supporters say it is a beneficial source of energy

UK is 55 million years too late for fracking to work, says expert

The geology of the UK is unsuitable for fracking and the opportunity of the new energy source has been "overhyped", a geoscience expert has claimed.
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HMS Queen Elizabeth

The UK's newest aircraft carrier arrives in Portsmouth

The UK's new £3 billion aircraft carrier is a clear signal the country will remain a fully engaged global power, Theresa May said, as the ship arrived in Portsmouth.
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Flats on Blake Close, Worsley Mesnes

Eyesore flats to be razed for regeneration scheme

A block of Wigan flats is set to be flattened next month as part of a council regeneration scheme.

Brooklands Childcare

Big turn-around in nursery fortunes

Impressed education inspectors found “instrumental changes” have been made at a Wigan nursery, just months after it was rated as “inadequate”.

Discarded rubbish left in the sandpit at Crankwood Park

Park mess is left behind by travellers

This was the mess left behind by a travelling community after their eviction from a children’s park.

Bins left in an alleyway and fly-tipped items on Bolton Road, Ashton

Pledge to get tough on fly-tipping

The council is promising to clamp down on selfish residents not storing bins correctly and fly-tipping following a series of complaints.

Damaged track at Three Sisters

Track safety concerns after serious crash

A serious crash in which a man was airlifted to hospital has sparked a series of safety inspections at a Wigan sporting landmark.

Kylie Cain and partner Craig Richardson

‘Why won’t council find us a new home?’

A row has erupted between a Wigan mum and the council after thugs set fire to a wheelie bin outside her home.


Twister captured on video in Wigan

A man has captured the dramatic moment a twister began to form above Billinge.
Travellers at Crankwood Park in Abram

Travellers to be evicted from park

A travelling community is set to be evicted from a children’s park which they have been occupying for several days.

Council hits back at union in bin dispute

Council hits back at union in bin dispute

Wigan Council has expressed disappointment after bin workers voted for industrial action.

The iconic tree outside St Luke's Church

Century-old rotting tree to be felled

A centuries-old tree will be removed from the church grounds it sits in after it was revealed it is at risk of falling down.

Horses roam free around Bryn Gates playing fields, off Bolton Road, Bamfurlong - with signs warning 'no fly grazing'

Calls for action over horses running loose

Fed-up residents are demanding action to stop roaming horses causing chaos on roads and public land.

Coun Bob Brierley has called it into question

Reassurances on asbestos claims

Health and safety chiefs are investigating after an opposition councillor raised the alarm about survey work on an asbestos site.

Drugs paraphernalia

Shocking increase in discarded drug items

Wigan Council were called out to pick up used needles off the streets on average more than once every two days last year.

The floral garden at Wigan Wallgate which has made by rail worker John Parry

Station looks blooming marvellous

Wigan Wallgate has undergone a stunning makeover thanks to green-fingered rail workers.

Aerial picture of the Pagefield pub and bowling green site

Anger at plans to relocate popular bowling green

A huge row has erupted over crown green bowling provisions in Wigan - as a deal was reached to preserve the landmark Pagefield Hotel.

The number of new houses in the area has risen above 1,600

Fury as house count rockets

Town hall officials are in uproar after controversial plans to build more than 100 homes in a “crowded” Wigan village were rubber stamped at appeal.

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