Residents reveal their vision in Big Listening Project

some of the Team on the Big Sofa

Since September the council has been listening to residents and partners in the community about what they love about Wigan Borough as well as the challenges they think need to be tackled in the next 10 years.

The Big Listening Project has been travelling the length and breadth of the borough, from corner shops and schools to medical centres and Big Listening Events, offering people the chance to join in the conversation.

The Big Listening Project team visited 75 locations, spoke to more than 2,500 people and received almost 5,000 ideas or suggestions from people about what they want Wigan Borough to look and feel like by 2030.

From high streets and schools to business events and Big Listening Events there have been many opportunities for residents to join in the conversation – and people have really engaged with the project setting out their hopes for our borough in the future.

All of the comments will now be used to help design The Deal 2030, which will be the vision for the borough over the next 10 years and builds on the foundations of The Deal.
The Deal transformed the way the council works with communities across Wigan Borough, when it was launched in 2014, by creating an informal contract between the council and residents.
It led on to the Deal for the Future which continues this work of building strong, resilient communities up to 2020. Now the council is collaborating with communities and partners for the next step which is The Deal 2030.
Leader of Wigan Council Councillor David Molyneux said: “The Deal has revolutionised the way we work with our communities and partners and through building closer ties with our partners we have fared better than many other councils despite being one of the most affected local authorities in the country by government cuts.
“We have come so far but we could not have done all we have without the support of our residents and I want to thank everyone for playing their role. It has been great to speak to people through The Big listening Project to hear how passionate they are about our borough and how they see we can work together to make Wigan Borough thrive in the future.
“The Deal 2030 will be a truly collaborative vision that works for everyone. We know residents are passionate about their community and we have been listening to what you have been telling us -we will work with you and our partners to make a difference.”
The Deal 2030 will be launched in March 2019.