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.

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.

Standish Rec

Rivalries formed over park plan

A number of community groups are jostling for position as the future of a Wigan recreation area remains uncertain.

Jumping in the mud at Haigh, Aspull and Blackrod Agricultural Show held in Windmill Fields, Haigh, last year

Last year’s rain forces axing of the Haigh Show

Bad weather has caused Wigan’s annual agricultural spectacular to be axed - a whole four months before it was due to take place.

Photograher Paul Simpson
Isherwood Skip Hire on Cemetery Road Ince
Picture Paul Simpson 14th November 2012

Waste site to be cleared

A Wigan firm accused of regularly breaching environmental regulations has been given four months to clear all waste from its site.

Rubbish tipped into canal

What lurks beneath is just disgusting!

A blow-up doll, golf buggies, pogo stick, flat screen TV and opened safes have all been recovered from local canals and rivers.

Fire in the grass and reedbed at Amberswood nature reserve

Alarm after fires at wildlife haven

Nature enthusiasts have spoken of their alarm after two fires in 24 hours at a popular beauty spot and wildlife haven in the borough.

Couns John Hilton and George Davies highlighting a particularly bad fly-tipping site in Whelley

New measures to combat fly-tipping

Convicted fly-tippers could be handed litter-pickers and ordered to clean-up the borough as part of new sentencing guidelines.

The derelict former St John The Baptist Junior and Infant School, Wigan Road, New Springs

What does the future hold for long abandoned junior school?

The rehabilitation of a notorious Wigan eyesore could well depend on council decisions next door.

The dead mouse at Millers Indian Takeaway in Platt Bridge

Dead mouse and droppings found in Wigan takeaway

An unhygienic, rodent-infested Wigan eatery where inspectors found a dead mouse and droppings was ordered to shut by a court.

Hindley Prison

Petition demands economic case for prison is published

A leading prisons academic has set up a petition calling on the Government to publish the economic case for the transformation of Hindley’s jail.


Pond restored to former glory

A Wigan farm’s restored pond is now officially open.

Hindley Prison

Prison in revamp plan could be shut, expert says

A leading prisons expert has suggested the borough’s jail set for a massive refurbishment and likely expansion could be shut completely.

The dead swan and its mate on the nest at Pennington Wharf

Swan found dead sparks nature alarm

A Wigan nature enthusiast is calling for the borough to become a more wildlife-friendly place after spotting a dead swan on its nest.

Demolition of Oddfellows Arms in Bryn

Work under way to build UK’s greenest vets’ surgery

Work has begun to transform a disused pub into one of the borough’s most energy-efficient buildings.

Yvonne Fovargue MP

Ambitious plan for borough’s stations

An MP from the borough has given her backing to transport bosses’ bold new proposal to bring Wigan’s railway stations back under local control.

Theresa May is preparing to trigger Article 50 and kick start Britain's exit from the EU

ARTICLE 50: Key questions about first step towards Brexit

The formal process to leave the European Union starts when Theresa May triggers Article 50.

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Theresa May is preparing to trigger Article 50 and kick start Britain's exit from the EU

ARTICLE 50: Once the UK leaves the EU, is there any way back in?

As Theresa May gets ready to trigger Article 50 and formally notify the European Union of Britain's intention to leave, some will be wondering whether there is even a small chance that, one day, the UK will rejoin.

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Protestors against the development have criticised MP Conor McGinn

Protest groups join fight

Campaign groups battling plans for Billinge’s greenbelt land have rounded on a decision to give the controversial Florida Farm development the go-ahead.

Wigan and Leigh Green Party's Will Patterson

Pledge to spare greenbelt

A mayoral candidate has vowed to rip up a controversial home and jobs plan that includes building on Wigan greenbelt.

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