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Fury over M6 slip road closure

A decision to close a slip road on the M6 could lead to more traffic coming through the already-congested roads of local villages.

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Celebrating the asset transfer for The One House in Aspull

Volunteers' joy as Wigan community hub gets long-term deal

The team of volunteers who turned an old council building into a community hub has been given a long-term deal to run the venue.

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Amazon.co.uk gift cards to be won in Wigan, thanks to E.ON

Will you be one of three lucky winners of the £100 Amazon.co.uk gift cards?

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Swans at the Flashes

Experts say not to be alarmed by Wigan's falling number of birds

The borough’s birds have enjoyed mixed fortunes during the breeding season but conservationists are urging residents not to be alarmed by numbers rising or falling.
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Standish resident Peter Sedgwick with the petition signed by many local residents

Residents oppose Wigan restaurant plans

Residents' opinions are divided over a takeaway's plan to expand into a restaurant on a small residential street.
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Drug paraphernalia in the churchyard

Alarm at drug canisters in Wigan churchyard

A community campaigner has called for a crackdown on anti-social behaviour after he was horrified to find drug paraphernalia in a churchyard.

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One of the previous protests against the south Hindley urban village

War of words now set to resume over controversial urban village

Outline plans for a new "urban village" in south Hindley - promising 2,000 new homes - have resurfaced.
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Ashton View Care Home

Wigan care home told improvements needed

A Wigan care home slammed for breaching several health and social care regulations during a routine inspection last year, has been told it has made progress but improvements are still needed.

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Brace yourselves

Forecasters warn of 'very windy spell' for the north

A weather warning has been issued with winds of up to 70mph expected to hit the north.
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The campaign angered Home Secretary Sajid Javid

Lush 'spycops' campaign returns to shops across the UK

A controversial campaign criticising undercover policing methods has returned to high street cosmetics chain Lush.
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The play area on Grasmere Street in Leigh

Play area vandals blasted by council

Council bosses have condemned vandals who forced the temporary closure of a borough play area.

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Stuart Banks and Rob Griffiths from Seven Stars Garage

Wigan business upset as canal staff spray pest plant

Staff looking after the region’s waterways have taken dramatic action to rid a stretch of Wigan canal bank of an invasive plant.
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Prisoners at Hindley jail have taking part in an innovative house-building scheme to provide inmates with new skills

Gifted prisoners play key role in house-building award

The borough’s prisoners have played their part in an innovative new house-building scheme which scooped an award for its groundbreaking production methods.

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Are the works more hassle than they are worth?

Wiganers not convinced about benefits of M6 smart motorway

Delays on the Wigan stretch of the M6 are a regular feature of life but readers aren’t convinced the smart lane will help.
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Swinley Road - pictured earlier this year - is among the roads being resurfaced

£3.6m plan to fix the borough’s roads

Businesses have welcomed plans to spend £3.6m on road repairs around the borough.
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The new Incredible Edible scheme in New Springs

Wigan community going green with national food-growing scheme

A national scheme born in the borough which turns waste land into glorious green crops is expanding in a Wigan community.

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The tree on Workers' Memorial Day and after the vandalism

CCTV call as memorial tree is vandalised at Wigan park

A tree planted at a Wigan park as a memorial to people who died through their employment has been vandalised.

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Beacon Park Golf Club entrance sign which is almost buried under landfill rubble

Anger grows over golf course neglect

A large firm has been rapped for creating mountains of landfill waste on a golf course it was supposed to be transforming into a high-quality leisure facility.
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The land at the side of the Cherry Gardens pub

Plan to develop Cherry Gardens land into shops

Owners of a popular Wigan pub plan to buy up a chunk of green space next door to the premises and develop it into a retail site.

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the bell greenbelt development campaigners

Braying for Wigan donkey plan to be rejected

A new protest walk is to take place around a Wigan community’s last piece of green belt amid continuing fears it could be built on.
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