Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

A third of the seats in Wigan were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 18 Total councillors 60 Change-5

PartyIndependent

Elected in 2018 4 Total councillors 8 Change+3

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 3 Total councillors 7 Change+2
Councillors change compared with 2014

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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.

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.

Knotweed
BBC

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.

£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
BBC
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.

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
BBC

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.

Next steps for Wigan Pier scheme

Three derelict 18th Century industrial buildings on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in Wigan are to be regenerated in the next stage of work on the Wigan Pier Quarter.

Wigan Pier
Wigan Council

The Warehouse, The Orwell public house, and the Education Centre are to be redeveloped.

It's part of a 10-year regeneration programme announced by Wigan Council in 2014.

So far, a 1,200-seat venue named The Edge has been built and the former Wigan Pier nightclub has been demolished.