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  • New policy for getting a Council house

    By Karenh2009 at 08:55 on 11/01/11
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    Providing homes for families and people leaving the armed forces and taking a tough stance on people who cause anti-social behaviour – these are the top priorities of a new housing policy from Wigan Council.  This month, Wigan Council is introducing a new Housing Allocations Policy which sets out who gets a council property.  The policy was developed with tenants, Wigan Council and Wigan and Leigh Housing, and gives...
  • Snow Business – Council Keeps Wigan Working

    By Karenh2009 at 09:37 on 22/12/10
    operatives at work in Wigan snow
    Council staff are showing 'true grit' by giving their all to keep one of Britain's biggest boroughs moving. Since Friday evening's snowfall workers have been out and about across the 77 square miles of Wigan Borough, gritting, clearing and keeping the roads and footpaths as clear and safe as possible. The council's gritting policy is to treat all major road and public transport routes. Grit bins have also been placed at strategic...
  • Emergency Alert in Leigh!

    By Karenh2009 at 11:42 on 13/12/10
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    Crisis in Leigh – a tanker has crashed and there has been a serious chemical leak.  Residents in the area have been evacuated and the council has set up a rest centre for evacuees in the hall of Bedford High School. Don't worry – it's only a simulation called 'Exercise Wristband'.  The whole scenario has been staged by council civil contingencies officers and partners, including the PCT, Red Cross and Wigan...
  • Wigan Council will still be offering free-swimming to certain groups in 2011.

    By Karenh2009 at 09:26 on 10/12/10
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    The council's ruling cabinet has agreed to a new offer for free swimming for the year ahead that will target those groups who will benefit most. In 2009 Wigan Council and its partners Wigan, Leisure and Culture Trust and Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Primary Care Trust, led the way nationally by becoming one of the first boroughs in the country to offer free-swimming for all. Prior to the borough had piloted free swimming for the 16s...
  • New affordable homes wrecked

    By Karenh2009 at 21:03 on 15/09/10
    Flood damage inside one of the vandalised bungalows.
    The first new council homes in the borough for 25 years have been damaged by vandals. The development of six two bed room bungalows on Etherstone Street in Leigh, due for completion this month, were seriously damaged yesterday (15th). The council's cabinet champion for housing, Cllr Kevin Anderson, says: "At a time when money is tight and the pressure is really on councils not to neglect vulnerable groups, acts of vandalism...

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