Wigan will be HOT this week

Wigan will bask in sunshine and warm temperatures this week as the country looks set to see the hottest day of the year so far.

Wigans native bird, the willow tit, has been spotted across Lancashire

Twitchers’ delight as willow tits are spotted

Conservation efforts to preserve ‘Wigan’s native bird’ have led to the tiny creatures being spotted at nature reserves across Lancashire.

There is likely to be a short, intense burst of spring flowering

Don't miss the brief burst of spring, gardeners urged

People should get out and garden in the coming days and weeks to make the most of a spring which "could be over in the blink of an eye", experts said.


Britain poised for hottest day of the year so far

Britain will bask in sunshine and warm temperatures this week as the country looks set to see the hottest day of the year so far.
Asian hornet

Invasive hornet that kills honeybees found in Lancashire

An invasive Asian hornet, which preys to honeybees, has been identified in Lancashire, officials said.
The sign on the car park of The Stag Inn in Orrell

Dismay at Wigan pub's new car parking scheme

Pub bosses are being urged to reconsider a controversial new car parking system.

The official opening of the new Shevington allotments

Everything in the garden is rosy at new allotments

A green-fingered dream has become reality with the opening of 50 new allotments plots in a Wigan village.

Warmth, at last

UK set for sunshine and temperatures rivalling the Med next week

Winter may finally be over as Mediterranean temperatures are set to hit many parts of Britain next week.

Jon Sparkes of Crisis described the situation as truly terrible

Homeless families trapped in temporary accommodation

More and more homeless people are becoming trapped in temporary accommodation such as B&Bs as councils fail to provide enough affordable, stable homes, a new report said.

Flooding in Poolstock

No change to Wigan's flood risk plan despite major incidents

Wigan’s flood risk assessment plan has not been updated since 2011 despite dozens of houses being damaged over the past six years.

The Bridgewater Canal

Eight-year wait for footpath adoption too long

An eight-year wait - and possibly longer - is being faced by countryside campaigners wanting to get a new borough footpath adopted.

Disposable cups are being used in their millions by NHS trusts in the UK

Millions of disposable cups used by Wigan hospitals

Hospital bosses say they are “working hard” to reduce the amount of disposable cups being used in the borough’s health facilities, after new figures revealed over seven million were used in the last five years.

Wigan Flashes

Wigan Flashes project key to aiding rare bird

An environmental project has been completed in Wigan to assist the recovery of one of the UK’s most secretive and threatened birds.

The now-closed Shevington Community Primary School

Plan for Wigan elderly and vulnerable to live independently

A specialised housing plan to keep elderly and vulnerable residents independent in their own homes for longer and active in the community is being developed.

Slag Lane

Horse riders to protest at dangerous motorists

A protest ride has been arranged by horse riders to highlight the dangers posed to those tackling a popular route in the borough.

New plans for The Beeches

Restaurant and bar plans for The Beeches

A popular restaurant and bar business is set to take over a former Wigan hotel which closed suddenly last year.

An artists impression of the proposed new units

Extra shops at Robin Park ‘won’t hit town’

A proposed new extension to Wigan’s Robin Retail Park should not compromise trading in the town centre, according to agents behind the deal.
A massive pothole on Woodland Avenue in Hindley Green

"£1m needed" to fix Wigan's pothole crisis

A concerned resident says the borough’s pothole problem is so severe the council needs to double its level of investment.

The Bulls Head on Warrington Road was demolished to make way for part of the route.

Could Wigan's route 225 finally be a reality?

There have been plans for decades and it has been in and out of favour with residents and politicians both local and national.

Consumers could face paying a deposit on drinks bottles and cans

Government plans 'deposit return scheme' to cut plastic bottle waste

Consumers could face paying a deposit on drinks bottles and cans which is repaid when they hand them in for recycling, under Government plans to tackle plastic waste.

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