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.

Tremors felt across Lancashire after 4.7 magnitude earthquake hits Wales

Tremors felt across Lancashire after 4.7 magnitude earthquake hits Wales

People across Lancashire have reported feeling an earthquake that hit Wales on Saturday afternoon.
Hindley train station parking

Wigan councillor says it’s a ‘scandal’ as proposals for station are dropped

Campaigners say that a controversial decision to abandon a long-awaited park and ride scheme for a Wigan railway station is a "scandal".

The former furniture store

Flats scheme for Wigan furniture store

A run-down Wigan building is set to be transformed into shared-space housing under new proposals.

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.

M6 junction 27

Wigan motorway junction is "dangerous"

A concerned motorist has called for action at a motorway junction in the borough due to the long tailbacks trying to get up the slip road.

Hedgehog numbers have tumbled

Hedgehog numbers tumble

At least half the population of our native hedgehogs has been lost from the countryside in the last two decades, warn wildlife charities in a shock report today.

The bags will no longer be free

Free dog waste bags scrapped to save cash

Town hall bosses have decided to stop providing free dog waste bags for pet owners across the borough.
Ms Grahams latest picture of the pot-holed car park

‘Worst car park’ in Wigan in broken pledge row

Car park chiefs have been blasted for failing to honour a pledge to make a Wigan one more vehicle-friendly.

The Dray King, picture by Daniel

Hopes of work at Wigan eyesore

Hopes are rising that work is finally about to begin on renovating a former pub which has become an eyesore and magnet for anti-social behaviour.
99.2 per cent of Wigan connections can be updated to better speeds

Forging ahead in Wigan broadband rollout

Superfast broadband can now be accessed by almost every home and business in the borough, it has been revealed.

Rufford Old Hall in Lancashire, one of the National Trust's properties

National Trust to raise membership fees to fund £2M-a-week conservation costs

The National Trust is putting up membership fees to fund the rising costs of looking after historic houses, coastline and countryside in its care, it said.

A composite image of a blood red "supermoon", created from a lunar eclipse with the moon near to its closest point to the Earth

'Blue moon' will put on a show for skygazers on Wednesday

Skygazers can look forward to an "unusual" celestial event on Wednesday night when a Blue Moon rises in the sky for the first time since July 2015.


Project launches to save Wigan canal lock

A project is now under way to replace failing lock gates at an important junction of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Wigan.
Council director Paul Barton

Rise in travellers camps in Wigan up by a third

The number of travellers’ caravans camping on borough land has risen by more than a third in the past two years.

The canal being treated last month

Canal pollution in Wigan is probed

Environmental bosses are continuing to investigate the pollution of a stretch of Wigan waterway after managing to solve the issue.

The Thirlmere Reservoir in the Lake District.

Lake District zip wire plan condemned by peers

Peers have hit out at controversial plans to build a zip wire tourist attraction across the Thirlmere Reservoir in the Lake District.

The campaign has more than 1,600 refill stations across the UK

Free national drinking water network planned to fight plastic bottle waste

People will be able to refill water bottles for free at tens of thousands of shops, cafes, businesses and water fountains across England under plans by the water industry.

Planning consent will only be given to sites which have local support

New attempt to find a site for nuclear waste disposal

A fresh search for an area to site a £12 billion underground nuclear waste facility is being launched by the Government, with the offer of a "community fund" while tests go ahead.

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