Updated Information from Wigan Council

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Additional welfare support
We’ve extended the hours of our self-isolation welfare support helpline so you can now contact us seven days a week.
The helpline is now open:
Monday – Friday 8am to 6pm
Saturday – Sunday 8am to 12.30pm

Open for business
To support our local economy we’re putting together a database of local businesses who are still delivering food to residents during this time.
We want to host the database on our website and promote it to residents who are self-isolating to give them an alternative to visiting the supermarket.
Do you know a business that could help to deliver food and essential items to residents?
Please email [email protected] with details of the businesses and what they are able to offer.

Easter bin collections
Bin collections continue to operate as normal thanks to the flexibility and commitment of our waste collection staff.
However next week we will see changes to bin collections due to Easter so we can accommodate for the bank holidays.
-If your usual collection day is Tuesday your bin will be collected on Monday 6 April.
-If your usual collection day is Wednesday your bin will be collected on Tuesday 7 April.
-If your usual collection day is Thursday your bin will be collected on Wednesday 8 April.
-If your usual collection day is Friday your bin will be collected on Thursday 9 April.

You can check your calendar online at www.wigan.gov.uk/recycling

Resources for children and young people
We’ve put together online resources for children who are being homeschooled and teenagers who might be struggling with being at home. This includes links to virtual activities at Wigan Youth Zone, Wigan STEAM and The Turnpike.

Extra funds to keep bus services running
Ministers have pledged a funding boost totalling £397m to help bus operators keep routes running.

Part of funds will come from the COVID-19 Bus Services Support Grant that will require operators to maintain bus journeys matching reduced demand levels but also allowing for social-distancing guidelines for passengers on board.

The package is expected to help those who cannot work from home, including essential workers such as NHS staff.

Parking enforcement
Parking charges on all council-owned car parks are now suspended and we’ll also be relaxing our approach to on-street parking to ensure our key workers are able to do their job without worrying about parking issues.

Carry on Colouring
We’ve been sharing the thank you notes which have been left on bins for our collection crews. They really cheer up the staff – thank you. Next week we’ll be launching a carry on colouring competition and rewarding households who leave pictures, keep an eye out for more details.

Borough in Bloom
Sadly, it’s been announced that this year’s In Bloom competitions have been cancelled.

Following Public Health guidance, organisers have taken this decision with the health and wellbeing of the volunteers, communities and judges in mind.

North West Britain in Bloom entrants who have already sent in applications forms and payment will be kept on file for entry next year when it returns.

We know how disappointed groups will be, and how much hard work goes into the competition each year. We also know you might still be gardening at home while in self-isolation so we’re currently looking at alternatives and the possibility of a local virtual competition.

If you have any questions then people can contact North West in Bloom at https://www.northwestinbloom.com/contact

Euros 2021
Sadly we’ve been notified that the Women’s European Championship, set to be held in 2021 in which Leigh Sports Village was a tournament venue, will be moved to summer 2022.

Although we are disappointed with the news, it’s an understandable move given the current circumstances.

For further information on any of the above items please ring 01942 489018.