Safety counts (18/12/2006)
Experts from the council’s road safety team have spent a busy twelve months taking their streetwise message directly into schools. Teaching staff gave the thumbs up as over 17,700 children, over a third up on last year, received presentations and practical exercises
School’s Out – Look Out! (18/12/2006)
Thousands of schoolchildren are getting ready to finish school this week. The shout of ‘school’s out!’ will ring out around the borough from Wednesday December 20 onwards but with it comes a vital message to drivers to take care.
Winner Gives All – Joan’s Home Grown Success (18/12/2006)
When Ince councillor Joan Hurst entered a raffle at a major Northwest flower competition she did bloomin’ well! Cllr Hurst was part of the borough’s delegation who attended the Northwest in Bloom awards in Blackpool in September. And while she was there she decided to try her luck on the raffle, walking away with a top prize of a £300 planter.
Wigan Pier’s ‘The Way We Were’ to Remain Open for Extra Year (18/12/2006)
One of the North West’s best loved visitor attractions is to remain open for a year longer than expected. Wigan Pier’s The Way We Were, famous world-wide for its Victorian schoolroom and innovative interpretations of life in Victorian England, will now remain open until December 2007.
Library Users – They Say ‘Yes’ (18/12/2006)
There can be no doubt that Wigan Borough’s library service is proving popular with the public following the results of an extensive public survey released today. The PLUS survey (Public Library User Survey) follows a national framework and is used by all library authorities to test the views of a their users about a range of library related subjects.
Life is a Cabaret: Playwriting Boost for Local Scribes (18/12/2006)
Leigh playwriting group Scriptshop, in partnership with Wigan Pier Theatre Company have been awarded an ‘Awards for All’ grant of £5, 000 to develop new playwriting opportunities across Wigan Borough.
Come in number 23? (15/12/2006)
Plans to establish the borough’s 23rd conservation area are being put to residents in one of Wigan’s most sought-after suburbs.
Kirkless Returns (14/12/2006)
The borough’s biggest household waste recycling centre is back! Kirkless, on Makerfield Way, Higher Ince, will re-open on Monday (December 18) following a major refurbishment.
Sure Start - You’ve Got A Friend (14/12/2006)
Christmas has come early for mum Katherine Rimmer all because she let a friend in on a good thing. Katherine, who hails from Ashton in Makerfield, is one of many mums across the borough who is a member of Sure Start.
Rent rise needed to “maintain services” (14/12/2006)
Councillors who are set to decide next year’s council house rent levels in January will find their freedom to manoeuvre limited by complex national rules on public sector rents.