Local Update

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Enquiries Re Highways Surface Treatment

I have had several enquiries about road surface treatments which are underway in parts of Shevington where some residents feel the surface is not up to the usual highways’ standard. The work which is being carried out is a micro asphalt surface treatment which as part of the Councils preventative maintenance programme and is not a re-surface. This type of surface treatment process; involves a thin overlay laid on top of the highway designed to prolong the life of the existing carriageway by sealing the existing surface and helps to prevent further weather damage on our roads.  Whilst the surface treatment may look displeasing at first, it relies on the action of traffic flow to bed in the material into the highway surface, which will improve over time as traffic goes over the highway. Highways inspectors will monitor the roads and carry out inspections and any defects or areas which are below standard must be rectified by the contractor at their expense.

Covid-19 alert level is lowered from 4 to 3

The Covid-19 alert level for the UK has been lowered from Level 4 (epidemic is in general circulation; transmission is high or rising exponentially) to Level 3 (epidemic is in general circulation). The chief medical officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland say the move reflects the steady decrease in cases but have urged caution in that it does not mean the pandemic is over. “The virus is still in general circulation, and localised outbreaks are likely to occur,” the CMOs said. “We have made progress against the virus thanks to the efforts of the public and we need the public to continue to follow the guidelines carefully to ensure this progress continues.”

Extension for Discretionary Business Grant Scheme

We have extended the deadline so more businesses can apply for a government funded grant scheme. More than £50m has been distributed to 5,000 firms across the borough since the start of the pandemic. The extension pushes the deadline for the latest tranche of funding back until the end of June, as the original window only gave businesses two weeks in which to apply. For more details click here. https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Business/Business-Support/COVID-19-Discretionary-Business-Grant.aspx

Celebrating Armed Forces Day in Lockdown

Wigan Borough’s annual Armed Forces Day celebrations will still go ahead this year, in line with government guidance to minimise the spread of the coronavirus. Due to current social restriction measures, Wigan Council has amended the usual format and will instead mark the day with a week of online activity and a low-key convoy. From Monday 22 June, the Union Jack flags on our town halls and the Armed Forces Day flag on Believe Square, will be raised for one week. Families and residents are encouraged to follow the council’s social media pages to take part in Armed Forces Day related activities including learning how to salute, writing letters to local veterans, and learning about different types of military vehicles. On Saturday 27 June, there will be a small convoy in both Wigan and Leigh. The route and times of the convoy will not be shared to avoid gatherings forming, however, sections will be live-streamed on the council’s social channels. “We are disappointed that our usual plans are unable to go ahead due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, but following the success of our virtual and socially distanced VE Day activities earlier this year, we’re confident that residents will still make the most of the day. “Public safety is our main priority and although we couldn’t let the day pass without acknowledging the sacrifice of our armed forces community, we will not share the exact route or timings of the convoy as we cannot risk residents standing in large groups. “We encourage residents in Wigan and Leigh to keep their eyes peeled throughout the day and to take photographs from their front doors and driveways if the convoy passes their homes. We also welcome motorists to show their support if they pass the convoy on the road.” Organised by Wigan Council, the annual event tends to attract more than 20,000 people to the borough and was due to take place in Leigh town centre on Saturday 27 June. Throughout the week leading up to the day, Wigan Borough’s Armed Forces HQ will also encourage families to hide decorated rocks around the borough and share their location on social media with the hashtag #RemembranceRocks The idea is so other families can then find the rocks and re-hide them. Laura Ingham, managing director of the HQ said: “We are inspired by the resilience and passion of the armed forces community in Wigan Borough throughout the pandemic by keeping celebrations alive in a virtual way. Although we can’t be together this year, we will meet again.”

Wigan Pride 2020

Wigan Pride is going digital this year. The online event, which celebrates diversity and reminds us of the importance of equality, is on Friday 26th June. The event starts at 6pm and will feature music, entertainment, speeches, and short films. To watch it go to Wigan Pride’s Facebook page here. https://www.facebook.com/OfficialWiganPride

Thanks to Councillor Paul Collins for the information

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