|Welcome to your weekly email update from Wigan Council|
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to last week’s survey about our Covid-19 and vaccinations data – your feedback is greatly appreciated.
We will leave the survey up for another week, so please if you have not already done so, click on the link below.
Link to the survey
Please share your views about Leigh Town Centre
A pair of consultations are underway regarding Leigh Town Centre and we’d love to hear your feedback.
One is in relation to the bid for the government’s Levelling Up Fund.
A drop-in session is taking place on Monday, March 21 at Leigh Library between 11am and 2pm.
And an online survey is also available until Thursday, March 24.Click here to fill it inThe second consultation relates to planning guidance around the town centre’s conservation area.
The council is proposing to introduce what is called an Article 4 Direction to restrict certain permitted development rights, and would welcome comments on the proposal.
For more information and to take part, click here
This week’s Covid-19 tracker for the borough shows:
• The rate of new cases in Wigan is 244 per 100,000 – an increase from last week.
• ONS survey data suggests the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 remained high across all regions of England. Trends have increased in the North West, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England and London.
• In the latest 12 weeks 12.2% of new cases in Wigan were possible reinfections.
• As at 14th March, there were 28 COVID-positive patients in Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh hospitals, an increase from this time last week.
Please continue to wash hands or sanitise regularly, wear a mask in crowded public places, sanitise frequently touched places in the home, and open windows occasionally to let in some fresh air.
These small actions will help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.
Click here to read the latest Government guidance
To view the full tracker
Borough’s Jubilee plans announced – and they aren’t to be missed!
Ready for a weekend to remember as we celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee? Our borough is going to be host to a right royal extravaganza of events and activities… and we can’t wait!
We will be supporting residents to hold their own street party or community lunch using one of our party packs, as well as providing royal tips on how to decorate your local area.
As well as this, we’ll be hosting plenty of events:
You can see Haigh Woodland Park lit up with ceremonial beacon lighting, supported by Girlguiding Lancashire South County
The Mayor’s Jubilee Gala, featuring family friendly fun, will be hosted at Leigh’s Pennington Hall Park
A Jubilee Party in the Park at Mesnes Park will have vintage themed food and entertainment
Roadshow of football ahead of the UEFA Women’s EURO which is being held in the borough in July
Find out more and get involved
Borough vaccinations update
Click here to read more about vaccinations and to book or manage a vaccination appointment online
Click here to find locations of local walk in clinics. You can also call 01942 807780 to make an appointment at a local clinic
Meet the buyer event
Are you a local business looking for future opportunities?
Book your place at our Meet the Buyers event in May.
Get the help and support you need to succeed as the Business Engagement Team will be on hand to share their expertise and chat through any questions you may have about the council’s current commissioning intentions.
These informal drop in sessions are a great way to network and create new contacts, as well as having any questions you may have answered by industry experts.
Book your place here
Come along and plant a tree – Pilgrim’s Way
Feeling green-fingered? We are hosting two community tree planting sessions with City of Trees which residents are invited to come along to.
All tools and equipment will be provided including spades, but please wear clothes you are happy to get a little muddy and sturdy footwear like wellies.
The first session will be held on 29th March between 10am and 3pm – pop down or stay all day! Join us at Delfhaven Court, Wigan, WN6 0EZ
Parking available on Pilgrims Way and Delfhaven Court but please be mindful this is a residential area and take care not to restrict residents access.
The second session will be at Fulbrook Way, Tyldesley, on 30th March from 10am to 2pm. Join us at Fulbrook Way, Tyldesley, M29 8WE.
Pilgrim’s Way – More information and map can be found here
Fulbrook Way – More information and map can be found here
Innovative projects to help carers
+ free food and entertainment!
We have received some fantastic pitches from local organisations which we hope will help unpaid carers but now it’s your turn to have your say on which creative idea is funded.
Whether you’re a carer or just want to have your say, come along to our free event at Sunshine House Community Hub on 23 March from 6pm – 7.45pm
Meet other people in your local area, including carers, and enjoy an evening of yummy local food, hear from a local artist and vote on which idea you like best
We want to ensure anybody with caring responsibilities is able to attend and enjoy the event whilst knowing that their loved one is safe and well. There will be an opportunity for carers to bring the person they care for along to the event and know the right support is in place for them.
Find out more about the Let’s Innovate concept wigan.gov.uk/letsinnovate
Book your free place here
Happy Social Work Week!
This Social Work Week we’re celebrating our wonderful social workers and social work teams
We are so proud of their tremendous work supporting children, adults and families across the borough
Could you join #TeamWigan?
View the opportunities on offer
Latest update on the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone
The Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone has been paused while a new plan for clean air in the region is developed with government.
It means no vehicles will be charged for driving in the Clean Air Zone from 30 May 2022. Charges had been due to be introduced for HGVs, buses, coaches and non-GM licensed taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs), which did not meet cleaner emissions standards for Nitrogen Dioxide.
The withdrawn Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan would have led to charges for vans and GM-registered taxis and PHVs from June 2023. Private cars, motorcycles and mopeds were exempt.
The review comes after Greater Manchester said the original Plan – developed under a government legal direction to meet air quality limits by 2024 – was “unworkable” due to vehicle supply chain issues and the pandemic.
GM will now work with government on a new Clean Air Plan to be published in July. Greater Manchester remains committed to cleaning up the air we all breathe while protecting businesses and job.
The new plan will be based on a new government legal direction to deliver compliance with legal limits for Nitrogen Dioxide in the shortest possible time and by 2026. Government lifted the previous direction requiring compliance by 2024.
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Homes for Ukraine and other support The government has set up the Homes for Ukraine scheme that allows individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation to those fleeing the war.
We know the people of Wigan Borough are generous and caring and want to help those affected by the war.
You can find details of the scheme and how to help on our website.
This website also provides details of the many fundraising activities and appeals going on around the borough.
Anyone intending to make a donation are advised to check which items are most needed and if they are still accepting donations.
Visit the Ukraine support page
Help guide our low carbon plans
Wigan Borough is going low carbon, and we’d like to your help to decide how – your contribution will help to guide future plans on how we heat our homes.
Fill in the short survey to share your views
Fill in the survey here
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