Its name means ‘meadow’ (lea) and the area was famous until the end of the 19th century for its dairy produce, including the ‘Leigh Toaster’, a well known local cheese.
Leigh is the second largest Town Centre and Eastern Gateway to the Borough, was once an important jewel in the industrial crown of the North West's and has a distinguished industrial heritage of mining, mills, engineering and transport.
Leigh is a very old Parish, located just off the East Lancashire Road (A580). The Town is not as old as the Parish. The Town was created in the 19th Century when the Townships of Westleigh, Pennington and Bedford joined together and the Town of Leigh was formed. The Town received its charter in 1899.
This page provides up to date crime and demographic statistics for the Leigh West Ward area. All statistics have been taken from the 2001 Census. Full census breakdown can be found by visiting the national statistics website (external link).
The demographic make up of an area can influence how much crime is experienced within that area. The more densely populated an area is the more likely it is to experience higher levels of Crime and disorder. The Leigh West Ward includes the areas of: Firs Lane, Tamer Lane End, West Leigh and Leigh Town Centre (part). The ward has an overall population of 14,550 spread across 6,096 Households, giving an average of 2.4 people per household.
- The level of deprivation is measured by various factors such as levels of unemployment, health and education. Research suggests that the level of deprivation in an area is strongly linked to the level of crime. Super Output Areas (SOAs) are nationally defined boundaries which were constructed to compare statistics on a small scale. They have an average of 1500 residents in each SOA, there are 200 SOAs in the Wigan Borough. There are 10 lower level super output areas (SOA) within the Leigh West ward, 3 score in the bottom 10% of SOAs for deprivation nationally. Further indicators of deprivation there are 904 households in the Leigh West ward without Central Heating, and 2197 Households without access to a car.
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