Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

2021 Labour hold, from 2019

Counting complete. After 26 of 26 seats declared.

Change compared with 2019
  1. Labour

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 19
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 57
  2. Independent

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 3
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 10
  3. Conservative

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 4
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 8
  1. Residents asked to record their life under lockdown

    Wigan Council is asking residents to record their experiences of life during lockdown, which will be placed in the council's archives for historical reference.

    A person writing in a notebook

    A spokesman for the council urged residents to use diaries, photography or other creative mediums to provide a picture of what life was like during the pandemic.

    The authority particularly hopes to get an idea of how the pandemic has had a positive impact on people, such as through learning new skills or getting to know neighbours.

    Council leader David Molyneux said:

    Quote Message: We’re surrounded by information about the pandemic now, but how will we tell future generations what life was really like?
    Quote Message: This collection will help people to remember and learn about the realities of living through Covid-19.
  2. Council calls for stay-at-home VE Day street parties

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Wigan residents should have stay-at-home street parties for VE Day next week after the council’s anniversary celebrations were cancelled, the authority has said.

    VE Day celebrations in 1945

    Wigan Council had hoped its 75th anniversary plans on 8 May were going to be the biggest in the North West – with plans for a military village, parades and street parties across the three-day event.

    But with the celebrations cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the authority wants residents to "turn the borough red, white and blue" themselves.

    The council will provide a number of online resources and hopes residents will get creative with their commemorations by recreating ration recipes, making bunting, creating poppies out of plastic bottles and having picnics in front gardens.

    Council leader David Molyneux said:

    Quote Message: Over the last few months, our teams were working really closely with the armed forces community to deliver a spectacular flagship event in Mesnes Park [and] although circumstances out of our control have impacted these plans significantly, it’s still important to remember and acknowledge this vital milestone in our history.
    Quote Message: These may not be the celebrations we were expecting or hoping for, but we should still pull together as a nation to remember this poignant part of our history.
    Quote Message: I urge residents across the borough to do their bit and decorate their homes, windows, gardens and front doors in order to pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
  3. Council buy PPE for carers over concerns of 'chaotic' supply chain

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Wigan council is sourcing its own personal protective equipment for care homes amid concerns about a "chaotic" national supply chain.

    Person in PPE

    The town hall has sourced 50,000 PPE a week and has made at least two deliveries to each of the borough’s 52 care homes and other supported living facilities.

    Councillors said they had been left with "no choice" but to buy their own stock after drops provided by the government were not enough to meet demand.

    The authority’s lead for adult social care Keith Cunliffe said:

    Quote Message: We continue to be desperately concerned about the lack of supplies from government of PPE to our workers. So far, the national supply chain has been chaotic with previous drops being insufficient to meet demand.
    Quote Message: The health secretary’s statement and action plan of a stepped-up national supply chain is welcome but we need this to be implemented as soon as possible to protect all front-line workers.
    Quote Message: We have sourced 50,000 masks a week through a private company, but given the increasing demands on the workforce, this is not a sustainable solution.

    On Friday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said providing sufficient PPE for carers was a "huge challenge" for the government.

  4. Council 'on track' with business-supporting measures

    Wigan Council is on track to meet its targets for supporting businesses and keeping services running, a spokesman has said.

    Entrance to Wigan Town Hall

    Targets that have been met including distributing £20m in grants for businesses in the borough, and keeping bin collections running as normal, the council said.

    The authority also praised the staff who helped meet the targets while facing "unprecedented challenges".

    David Molyneux, leader of the council, said:

    Quote Message: From the start we have said that working together, we can restrict the spread of this virus. Although progress has been made, we cannot afford to be complacent.
    Quote Message: Please continue to follow guidelines on social distancing, isolating if anyone in your household has symptoms and only leaving your house if absolutely necessary. Stay home, be kind and save lives.
  5. Wigan Council to use CCTV to find businesses 'flouting coronavirus rules'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Wigan Council will use CCTV to track down any non-essential businesses that fail to comply with new coronavirus restrictions, a spokesman said.

    He said:

    Quote Message: As of 14:00 on 21 March 2020, any non-essential businesses found to be open can be shut by enforcing new law in England and Wales due to the threat to public health.
    Quote Message: We recognise the financial impact closing is having on our businesses [but] we would urge businesses to comply with the new restrictions to help keep our residents safe and avoid facing legal action, including losing their license indefinitely.
    Quote Message: The council will be utilising CCTV in conjunction with Greater Manchester Police to identify businesses that are breaching the legislation.
  6. Council office closed in Wigan

    The Platt Bridge Life Centre, which provides face-to-face information, help and advice about Wigan Council services is closed today due to snow, the council has said.

    However, Wigan and Ince Life Centres are open as usual.

  7. Wigan Council's £300k plan to root out plant invaders

    A council is set to spend £300,000 to root out invasive plants including Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed.


    Wigan Council will set aside more than £100,000 over three years to tackle destructive plants in up to 700 affected spaces if plans are approved.

    It said if they spread to private land it could be liable for "significant costs" and outsourcing eradication work to contractors "could cost millions".

    It follows a ruling awarding a homeowner blighted by knotweed £15,000.

    The plans, which would see four staff members hired, have been developed by the council's corporate land management team along with organization such as the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and the Canal and Rivers Trust.

  8. £300k plan to root out Japanese knotweed

    Wigan Council is set to spend £300,000 to root out invasive plants including Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed.

    Close-up of knotweed leaf
    Image caption: The plant was first imported to the UK in the 19th century

    the authority has said it will set aside cash for four staff members to tackle destructive plants in up to 700 affected spaces if plans are approved.

    It said if the plants spread to private land it could be liable for "significant costs" and outsourcing eradication work to contractors "could cost millions".

    It follows a ruling awarding a homeowner blighted by knotweed £15,000.

  9. Wigan Council leader steps down after 27 years

    The leader of Wigan Council is to step down after 27 years in the post.

    Lord Peter Smith

    Lord Peter Smith - the longest serving council leader in Greater Manchester - said it was "now time to pass the baton" to a new leader.

    He will continue as a councillor and chairman of the Greater Manchester group responsible for the region's devolved healthcare.

    Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham described him as "a great friend and mentor" and "outstanding leader".

    The new leader will be chosen by the Labour group on 14 May.