My Wigan Borough Updates 15th May 2021

Lockdown restrictions to ease again from May 17th

Welcome to your weekly update from Wigan Council.

The Prime Minister has announced that lockdown restrictions will be further eased from Monday May 17.

Under the new rules, everyone will be allowed to meet with up to 30 people outdoors, and with up to 6 people, or two households will be allowed to meet indoors.

Indoor entertainment venues, such as restaurants and cinemas will reopen, with social distancing in place and hugging people will be allowed again! We would encourage everyone to continue to be cautious to make sure everyone’s efforts over the past year are not undone.
Social distancing should be observed whenever possible, masks should continue to be worn in public indoor settings unless you are exempt, and cleanliness is still very important.

Please continue to regularly wash your hands and to sanitise places in your home that might be touched frequently by visitors such as door handles and light switches.
Click here for up to date information on the Government’s latest guidelines
This week’s Covid-19 tracker has been published
It shows:
The rate of new cases in Wigan Borough is higher than the previous week.
Wigan is classed as Amber for new cases.
For both latest 7 day new case rates and over 60s, Wigan is below the Greater Manchester and North West average.

Thank you to everyone for following the rules and we encourage everyone to continue being vigilant in order to reduce the risk of our rates increasing further.

If you develop any Covid symptoms, please stay at home and book a free test on the Government’s website.
To find out more about Covid testing click here
To view the full tracker for Wigan Borough click here
Local vaccination information
Our weekly vaccination figures have been published and show that almost 270,000 Wigan Borough residents have now had at least one vaccination.

Thank you to everyone who has taken up your appointment and to all the volunteers at our vaccination centres.

We continue to encourage everyone to take up your vaccination appointment as soon as you are invited to.
To book an appointment when invited click here
Mental Health Awareness Week
We’ve all experienced a lot of uncertainty recently. It’s natural to worry about what comes next or feel anxious about more change.

This #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, we’re asking you to tell us what you’ve found tricky over recent months, what you’ve enjoyed, and how you’ve managed to stay well.

We’ll collate all of the feedback and will use it to create a new wellbeing campaign tailored to you.

The survey is anonymous unless you decide to enter our competition.

If you provide your email address*, you’ll be in with a chance of winning one of the below prizes:
12 month Health and Fitness Membership at any of borough’s leisure centres
Adventure Golf Haigh Woodland Park pass for a family of four
Kayaking at Scotmans Flash pass for a family of four (AGE 8 +)

If you’d like to help shape the campaign even further, please email [email protected] directly with your name, age, location and why you’d like to be involved.

*Email addresses will be kept confidential and will be deleted after prizes have been accepted.  
Click here to fill in the survey by Sunday 16 May
New payment machines on council owned car parks
New pay and display machines will be fitted on council owned car parks and streets where parking charges apply, from next week.

The new machines will accept card payment or Apple Pay. There is also an option to download the app Pay By Phone and use this to pay.
Council owned car parks on Mona Street, Spinning Gate, The Galleries and Water Street will continue to also accept cash.

Free parking at weekends on all council owned car parks in Wigan and Leigh will continue.
Click here for information on council owned car parks
Conference for tenants in Wigan Council accommodation
We are holding our first ever Wigan Council Housing Virtual Tenant Engagement Week from Monday May 17.

If you’re a tenant in accommodation owned by Wigan Council, we hope you will be able to join us at the Tenants’ Conference on May 20.
 Book your place via the link below and we will send you the link to join the meeting nearer the date.

If you require any help in connecting to “Teams” and would like assistance, please email [email protected] as soon as possible.
Click here to book your place
Consultation launches on Galleries Redevelopment Proposals
You are now invited to have your say on plans to transform the Galleries Shopping Centre in Wigan town centre.

Proposals are being brought forward to deliver an array of new leisure and hospitality facilities, as well as new, high quality homes.
The public consultation will run until Tuesday 1st June 2021.
Due to current social distancing guidelines, the consultation is being run virtually to residents to view the plans and provide feedback safely.
Details of a public webinar session, where the project team will deliver a presentation on the plans and answer questions, will be available to view.

Feedback can be submitted through the online form on the website, or alternatively via email to [email protected] 
or by calling our dedicated community information line on 0333 358 0502 (Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.30pm).
To view the plans click here

Election results

Thank you to everyone who voted in the elections last week and to all who volunteered at the polling stations and at the count.

Full results are in and available to see online.
Click here for full results from the 2021 local elections in Wigan Borough
Click here for GM Mayoral election results
Foster Care Fortnight
This week marks the start of Foster Care Fortnight.

Local foster carers will be sharing their stories about what life is like as a foster carer and the challenges and unexpected joys that caring for children and young people can bring.

Follow our social media channels and use #FosterForWigan to follow their stories over the next two weeks.

If you’ve always thought you might like to foster and would love to know more about it, you can visit our website for information and to find out about virtual open events where you can talk to staff and foster carers.
Click here to find out more about fostering in Wigan Borough
Have you spotted our Mental Health Awareness Week messages in local woods and parks?

 Finally, we probably all need a reminder right now that it’s ok to take some time to ourselves if we’re feeling overwhelmed.

If you’re out walking, look out for these uplifting messages that have been placed in seven locations across the borough.

Find them at:

Low Hall Nature Reserve
Borsdane Wood
Viridor Wood
Byrom Hall Wood
Pennington Hall Park
Mesnes Park
Haigh Woodland Park
Click here to find mental health support services