Lockdown Update

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Children’s guide to coronavirus
Children’s guide to coronavirus

Pictures for Food Parcels

Last week the Leigh SDF team dropped off some Easter eggs to a local school and in return the children drew pictures of rainbows which were then inserted into food parcels. These pictures boosted morale for those receiving the food parcels, especially those who may not see anyone all day, every day at the moment.

To help brighten more people’s days we’re asking if you can encourage more of our children to write messages and draw pictures which is also a good activity for schools

Post Office Closures

We’ve been notified the Post Offices at Spinning Gate, Leigh, and Church Lane, Lowton, will be closing temporarily.  For further information please visit the Post Office’s Consultation Hub via the link below:

Consultation Hub – Church Lane WA3 2RZ – https://www.postofficeviews.co.uk/national-consultation-team/church-lane-wa3-2rz-327434/

Consultation Hub – Spinning Gate WN7 4PG – https://www.postofficeviews.co.uk/national-consultation-team/spinning-gate-wn7-4pg-382406/

The homepage for the Post Office Network Consultation Hub is here – www.postofficeviews.co.uk

Litter Picking Advice

We have had offers from residents for litter picking, along with offers of help to empty the bins, however at this time it’s safer for these jobs to be carried out by trained operatives for safety reasons as waste may be contaminated and we need to maintain social distancing.

Normally we would encourage residents to get out and do their bit to help keep their community tidy, but we’re asking residents to follow the lockdown restrictions and stay home.

As always, we would like to thank all of our dedicated volunteers for their ongoing efforts

New Funeral Guidance

Further guidance for those managing or organising funerals during the coronavirus pandemic was issued yesterday.  The guidance aims to ensure that bereaved people are treated with sensitivity, dignity and respect, while protecting individuals, communities and those in the funeral industry from the risk of infection.

The advice includes:

•              Those who have symptoms of coronavirus Covid-19 must not attend and must stay at home

•              Limiting the numbers in attendance to as low as possible to ensure safe social distancing. Numbers can be determined by the size and circumstance of the venue

•              Observing social distancing guidance across all aspects of attending a funeral

•              People who are extremely clinically vulnerable (shielded) can attend with measures put in place to reduce their risk

•              People self-isolating because someone in their household is ill may attend if they do not have symptoms themselves

Grass Cutting Service Returns

Grass cutting will resume from tomorrow to help keep our greenspaces maintained and roads safe. The work will be undertaken on a scaled down basis to ensure social distancing restrictions can be applied. Areas scheduled for cutting include the Towns Cenotaphs, in preparation for VE Day next month, cemeteries, country parks and highway grass verges where visibility is an issue.

Job Retention Scheme

The government’s coronavirus job retention scheme is now live, with businesses able to claim up to £2,500 a month towards staff wages.  Employers can furlough anyone they employ, provided that on or before 19th March they were on payroll and HMRC has been notified on payment. The council will be sharing details of the scheme with our businesses as we continue to support them as best we can.

Business Grant Funding

The government has published a table showing the amount paid out by local authorities through the small business grants scheme and Wigan is the top performing Council in Greater Manchester, having paid out 71.8% of grants so far. Currently we rank 41 out of 315 councils. Officers are working with our businesses to get the money out to them to help them get through these difficult times.

£1.25 Billion Government Support Package for Businesses

Yesterday the government announced a new package to protect firms driving innovation in the UK.  The package includes a new £500 million loan scheme for high-growth firms, called the Future Fund, and £750 million of targeted support for small and medium sized businesses focusing on research and development.  The £500 million Future Fund, delivered in partnership with the British Business Bank and launching in May, will provide UK-based companies with between £125,000 and £5 million from the government, with private investors at least matching the government commitment.

A577/ M6 Junction 26 Orrell Footbridge Work

Work has now started to replace the footbridge Orrell Footbridge which was taken down by Highways England in 2017 following a bridge strike from a passing heavy goods vehicle.  The advance work has started and will be ongoing until 8th May 2020. Work is ongoing from 9pm and 5am, Monday to Friday.

For safety purposes, the A577 link road from the M58 will be closed until this date with diversion routes in place and a reduced speed limit of 30mph will be in place on the A577 link road from the M58 throughout the work.

Main construction work to install the footbridge will follow once this advance work is complete and will be ongoing until 29th September 2020. This will take place during daytime hours, however on occasion there will be some element of overnight work as well.  We have been notified that further overnight closures will be required to install the footbridge and I will endeavour to keep you updated as work progresses

Ironman UK Update

The Ironman UK event, which was due to take place at Pennington Flash on 12th July, has been rescheduled until 4th July 2021.  Anyone who has been affected by this is asked to send an email to [email protected] with any queries.

Education Resources

Additional educational resources for schools were released yesterday to help parents and carers with remote education.

The Oak National Academy is a new enterprise created by 40 teachers from leading schools across England and backed by government grant funding. It will provide 180 video lessons each week for every year group from reception to year 10. The BBC also launched its own education package across TV and online.

•              Oak national academy: https://www.thenational.academy

•              BBC’s education package: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Thanks to Paul Collins Councillor: for Shevington With Lower Ground Ward

For this update