Trees chopped down at Wigan building site

A construction company has sparked anger among residents by chopping down trees at a site where dozens of homes are being built

Bridge Street in Hindley

Legal notice for owner of dangerous Wigan building

The owner of a building in such a dangerous state that a busy main road has had to be shut to prevent it collapsing has been served a legal notice by the council.

Ian Curtis drawn by Brian Gorman

Graphic novel funding success for Wigan artist and writer

A Wigan-born writer and artist will finally see his graphic novel about an iconic band published after a crowd-funding campaign was successful.

The site at Lily Lane in Bamfurlong

Inspector rejects planning appeal over Wigan travellers' site

Politicians have been leading the celebrations after an appeal to gain planning permission for a travellers’ site in the borough was rejected.

Withnall House

Planning permission sought for Wigan armed forces hub

A planning application has been submitted for the borough’s long-planned armed forces hub.


Reports of rape at Wigan beauty spot

Police have launched an urgent investigation to find out if a woman was raped at a Wigan beauty spot.
The dangerous building on Bridge Street in Hindley

Dangerous building about to collapse shuts Wigan road

A busy road had to be closed for the demolition of a dangerous building in danger of immediate collapse.
The launch event for the 2018 Wigan Beer Festival

Countdown on to high-flying Wigan beer bash

Wigan’s biggest beer festival is back and organisers hope the event will be flying high this year.

The scheme would help homeless veterans on the streets

New lifeline for ex-service personnel left homeless

A well-known veterans campaigner has come up with an ambitious plan to get homeless ex-personnel off the streets and back on their feet.

Coun Bob Brierley

Councillor's anger after town hall meeting shut down over recording row

An outspoken opposition councillor is back in the headlines over his use of recording equipment after a meeting was abandoned.

Linda Banks in Sky TV show My Wonderful Life

Wigan grandma's farewell message on TV

A Wigan grandma’s final messages to her family will be broadcast on TV as part of a ground-breaking and moving programme.
Orchestras play an array of masterpieces inspired by literature

Classical Chat: Music inspired by great reads

Programme music - pieces directly telling a story or intimately influenced by a narrative – are a comparatively recent development.

Dead of Night

Metal band's new album a personal journey

A songwriter and musician from the borough is preparing to take metal fans on an introspective journey into the mind with his band’s new album.

Andy Burnham

Greater Manchester Mayor to hold Q&A session at Wigan venue

Wiganers will get their first chance to grill the Mayor of Greater Manchester on the region’s hottest topics at a public question time event.

Wigan Infirmary

Wigan health bosses promise to listen and talk to workers

Hospital bosses have promised to listen to staff concerns about a controversial employment move and possibly tweak the proposals.

Matt Doonan helping out in the hospice

'Volunteering gives me a purpose'

A volunteer has spoken movingly of how helping out at one of the borough’s biggest charities has turned his life around.

Gareth Fairhurst and Steve Jones outside court

By-election goes on but Wigan politician gets judicial review

The turmoil over an independent politician’s exit from the chamber shows no sign of ending after a dramatic day in court.
Gareth Fairhurst and Steve Jones outside court

Wigan politician's legal campaign rolls on

A Wigan politician's legal campaign against the council over his exit from the chamber goes on.
The former dog grooming parlour which could become a new delicatessen and wine bar

Plans for a new wine bar in Wigan town centre

A Wigan businessman behind a plan to create a new food and wine venue close to the town centre is expecting to receive a decision soon.

Alan Gregory and his team are creating a spectacular musical about George Orwell

Theatre giant's praise for Orwell musical

A giant of musical theatre has given his backing to an ambitious new show taking shape in Wigan on the life and work of George Orwell.

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