The Leader Column
WE have seen many changes to the landscape of our borough over recent years with new shopping and leisure developments we can all be proud of. The good news is there is more to come.
Residents Urged to Join in with Local Democracy
AFTER the most hotly contested General Election in a generation interest in the democratic process is at an all time high.
Connexions - Our Pledge to Young People
Whatever your circumstances, however you’ve done in your exams, you’re guaranteed an offer of a place in learning or training.
The Spending Challenge
PUBLIC sector services are facing testing times, and up and down the country local people, including council staff, are contributing to the debate about where in the public sector money can be saved.
Paint Your Wigan
Don’t give it the brush off! Last year 366 million litres of paint were sold in the UK. Of this, some 55 million litres remain unused, stored in homes or garages or just thrown away. That’s enough paint to fill 22 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Wind blows some good for Landmark
EVERYONE knows it as the Haigh Windmill – although it is of course in fact an old brewery pump – but what is clear is that it’s in a bit of a state after last being used more than a century ago.
Young at Heart
They call it a ‘youth club for the young at heart’ and if these Ashton pensioners are anything to go by, they could give most young people a run for their money in keeping active.
Don't lose your Right to Vote
FILL in the form and use your vote... that’s the message from council leaders who are urging everyone in our borough to make sure they are part of the democratic process.
Meet the Mayor
Michael Winstanley is the Mayor of Wigan. Born in Ashton in 1971, he’s officially the youngest first citizen the borough has ever had.
Paws for Thought - Just Scoop the Poop
You know the saying… you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Well Mark Calvert from Dogtastic training school begs to differ.
No show without Punch
HE’S been an unlikely hero for generations of young children over hundreds of years. With a hook nose and bent back he’s jester and devil in equal measure.
'Girls' come up with Edith's Lucky Number
Bingo! Edith’s on the number! “She’s the best bingo caller in Wigan!” declare Jack, Joy and Win.
Builders in? Council Team gives Peace of Mind
THAT dream extension… It’s the extra space you’ve always wanted and if you can afford one, it’s as easy as giving the builders a call, right? Wrong.
Living Proof that Support is a Lifesaver
AT the height of his addiction, Nick’s heroin and crack cocaine habit was costing him hundreds of pounds each day. But even losing everything wasn’t enough to make him stop.