My Wigan Borough Updates 2nd November 2021

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Welcome to your weekly email newsletter from Wigan Council 

The borough’s latest vaccination information has been released

 It shows that 535,361 vaccines have now been given out to residents.

Thank you to everyone who has been vaccinated.

Are you aged over 16 and do you need your first Covid-19 vaccination? Or aged 40+ and want to book your booster (if it’s been 5 months since your 2nd vaccination)?
Click here to find out about local walk-in vaccination centres or how to book an appointment if you prefer
 Community libraries are back open

A host of community libraries have reopened across the borough, having closed earlier in the year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

They include Aspull, Atherton, Golborne, Hindley, Ince, Marsh Green, Platt Bridge, Shevington and Standish.

Ashton Library will reopen on Monday, November 29.

Community library opening hours will be Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 2pm and Thursday to Friday between 1pm and 5pm.
Meanwhile the central libraries in Wigan and Leigh, which reopened in April on reduced hours, will begin operating on Saturdays from November 20.

Their opening hours will be Monday to Saturday, between 10am and 2pm. However, Saturday will be for library services only and will not include the Life Centre.
For more information, click here
Enjoy free festive parking
 
If you’re getting a head start on your Christmas shopping, parking is now free on most Wigan Council owned car parks in Wigan and Leigh at weekends and from 3pm on weekdays.
Click here for car park details
Consultation for Leigh conservation areas
 
Residents are being asked to share their views on two areas of special character in Leigh.
It’s part of the council’s pledge to refresh its plans for historically significant locations as part of its Historic Environment Strategy.
Leigh’s town centre and Railway Road conservation areas are the subject of the first in a series of consultations.
As part of the process, an online meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 1 between 6pm and 7pm.
The link for the meeting will be available from the council’s consultation page.
 
To take part in the consultation and for details about the online meeting, click here
Covid-19 memorial survey
 
There’s still time to complete our survey on plans to have permanent Covid-19 memorials across the borough.

It doesn’t take long to answer the questions on this very important topic.
The feedback we receive will help inform future plans with further details expected to be announced early in 2022.
To complete the survey, click here
This week’s Covid-19 tracker for Wigan Borough has been published
It shows:
The rate of new cases in Wigan Borough is lower than it was the previous week.
Wigan Borough has the sixth highest rate of new cases in Greater Manchester.
Wigan Borough currently has the 5th highest total rate in Greater Manchester.
The over 60’s weekly incidence rate for Wigan Borough is the highest of the 10 Greater Manchester areas.
As at 23 November there were 40 Covid-positive patients in Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh hospitals, an increase from this time last week.

Please continue to do the small things that can make a big difference and help keep yourself and others safe from Covid and illnesses such as flu and bad colds:

Wash your hands well with soap, especially if you’ve been out and about or before eating.

Keep your distance from others and wear a face covering if you can in busy public settings and on public transport.

Open windows every so often to let in fresh air, and sanitise frequently touched points in your home.
Click here to read the full tracker
Remember to apply for your child’s primary school place
 
If your child turns 4 between 1 September 2021 and 31 August 2022, they will start reception class at the beginning of the new school year in September 2022.

You will need to apply for their place at primary school before 15 January 2022.
Click here to find out more and apply
Have your say on services for families

We want to hear your views on services for children and families.

We want to hear about families’ experiences of bringing up young children in Wigan, especially following the pandemic as we know that this will have had an impact.

We want to hear about the support that is available at the moment, how easy it is to access, and what could be improved.
Click here to have your say
Carers, know your rights!
Thursday 25 November was Carers Rights Day.

Our borough has over 36,000 unpaid carers, and many more with caring responsibilities might not realise that they are carers and can access support on offer to them.

If you are a carer, we can help to support you by helping you to access information and advice.
Click here to watch a video highlighting the story of Graham, who cares for his wife, Hazel
Click here to find out more about support for carers
Prepare for Clean Air in Wigan Borough

The Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone is coming to Wigan Borough from next spring, helping to tackle the problem of air pollution, which contributes towards at least 1,200 deaths per year in the city-region.

The Clean Air Zone, which will launch on 30 May 2022, will not include private cars, motorbikes and mopeds. However, vehicles that don’t meet emission standards – including light goods vehicles (LGVs) or vans, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), buses, coaches, hackney cabs, private hire vehicles (PHVs) and minibuses – will be charged.

Greater Manchester’s councils are under direction from government to introduce the category C Clean Air Zone to secure compliance with nitrogen dioxide (NO2) legal limits on local roads in the shortest possible time, and by 2024 at the latest.

Greater Manchester has secured one of the largest support packages outside of London with £120m to help regional businesses, people and organisations upgrade to cleaner, compliant vehicles and avoid a daily charge.

Financial Support Scheme applications will open on 30 November for Greater Manchester-registered HGVs, to give them the maximum amount of time to apply, since they are included in the zone from its launch. £8m will be made available initially to help affected HGV owners upgrade or retrofit ahead of the zone going live.

The first round of funding will aim to support Greater Manchester’s smaller businesses, sole traders and the voluntary sector and clean up the oldest, dirtiest vehicles.

Funding for GM-licensed PHV and hackney carriages, coaches, minibuses and LGVs will launch at the end of January 2022, ahead of their inclusion in the zone from 1 June 2023.
 
Click here to find out if the zone will affect you and sign up for updates
Experience the passion of Rugby League at the Museum of Wigan Life

Celebrate rugby league’s rich history in our borough by visiting the new ‘gerrumonside!’ exhibition at the Museum of Wigan Life.

The ‘gerrumonside!’ exhibition is an immersive celebration of local rugby league, showcasing how the sport has helped shape our borough and local people.

Celebrate the game’s past, present and future in the borough and internationally from November 27.
Click here to find out more
Take Advantage of Be Well Wigan’s £1 offer! 

Tuesday 30 November is the last day you can join our Leisure Centres for just £1!

Enjoy all the benefits of being a Be Well Leisure Centre Member including access to any of our seven leisure centres across the borough!
 
Click here to sign up or call into one of our Leisure Centres
Money available to help young people improve their group or area

If you’re a young person with a great idea that could help improve your youth group or area, the Youth Inspiration Fund could help you turn your idea into a reality.

The fund is managed by young people from Wigan and Leigh Youth Cabinet and you can apply for up to £500.
Click here to find out more and apply
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