Welcome to your weekly email update from Wigan Council 25/2/2022

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Update on Covid-19 regulations
 
The Government has announced that if you test positive for Covid-19 you are now no longer legally required to self-isolate.

You are still advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

We continue to recommend that everyone in the borough takes some small steps to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus:Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, especially if you’ve been out and about. Use hand sanitiser when washing hands isn’t possible.
 Wear a mask in crowded indoor public spaces, such as on public transport, if you can.
 Open your windows at home for a short time every so often to change the air, especially if you’ve had visitors.

 Clean frequently touched places in your home (such as door handles and light switches) regularly.
Click here to read more on the Government’s latest guidance
Poolstock Lane – closure this weekend 

Poolstock Lane will be closed between St Pauls Avenue and Worsley Mesnes Drive from Saturday 26 Feb at 7am to Sunday 27 Feb at 5pm for urgent roadworks.
 
The road will remain closed Saturday evening, overnight due to raised iron works.
 
A diversion route will be in place which will be via the A49 link road or through Worsley Mesnes via Warrington Road, Tyrer Avenue and Worsley Mesnes Drive.

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and residents will be able to have vehicle access to and from their properties.
 
There is a preloved baby items sale scheduled at Clifton Street Community Centre on Sunday at 11am-1pm. This is still planned to take place and those travelling by car to the event are advised to approach from Worsley Mesnes Drive.
 
This week’s Covid-19 tracker for the borough shows:

The rate of new cases in Wigan Borough is 262 per 100,000.
 
In the latest 12 weeks 12.0% of new cases in Wigan Borough were possible reinfections.
 
Office for National Statistics survey data suggests the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 remained high across all regions of England. Trends have decreased in all regions except the South West.
 
Wigan Borough has the sixth highest rate of new cases in Greater Manchester (GM) for the latest complete week (10 – 16 February). Wigan currently has the 3rd highest total rate in GM.
 
The over-60s weekly incidence rate for Wigan is the 5th highest of the 10 Greater Manchester areas.
 
Wigan Borough is lower than both the Greater Manchester and the North West average for rate of new cases in the latest 7 days.
 
As at 21 February, there were 39 COVID-positive patients in Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh hospitals, a decrease from this time last week.
Click here to read the latest Government guidance
Local vaccination information 

More than 652,871 Covid-19 vaccinations have now been given out in the borough. This is a fantastic effort, thank you.

If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, you’re still very welcome to come forward.

See the links below to find out about local and regional venues offering vaccinations.

If you can no longer attend your vaccination appointment, please make sure you cancel it. This means the slot can be used by someone else.
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
Galleries car park closure
 
The Galleries car park will be closing permanently to members of the public from Friday 25th February due to safety concerns over the increased anti-social behaviour on site.

The shopping centre and Wigan market will remain open as usual.

The nearest car parks are Water Street multi-storey, Mona Street car park and Harrogate Street car park. Parking on these council car parks is currently free at weekends.

Please continue to support our local traders and retailers in the town centre.
Click here to find alternative town centre car parks
 International Women’s Day
 
March 8 is International Women’s Day and as part of the celebrations we’re streaming three online panel discussions with a selection of inspiring local women.

Monday 7 March 6pm-  Business Breakout

Wednesday 9 March 6pm- Womens’ Right to a Safe Night

Friday 11 March 6pm – Breaking the Bias: Women for the Future

You can submit questions in advance to [email protected] or live on the evening itself.

More information to follow soon!
Winstanley Post Office services

We have had notification from the Winstanley Post Office, based in McColl’s Retail Group, 79 Holmes House Avenue, Winstanley, that its services will not be reopening.

They closed temporarily in 2020.
 
Find the letter from the Post Office and more information here
Let’s innovate
 
Have you got an idea that could help unpaid carers? If so you could get funding to make your idea a reality.

Are you a community group, organisation, individual trader, or local business bursting with bright ideas that could help unpaid carers to connect with peers, manage their respite time or maintain their health and wellbeing?
 
Our brand new series of events, Let’s Innovate, can help you to help others – and there is up to £5K available from the Council to help you bring your ideas to life!
 
Whether you own a hair and makeup business and could develop a programme to treat unpaid carers, are a florist who could offer respite by teaching a new hobby or have the skills to build a community network – if you could help unpaid carers to feel valued and supported, we’d love to hear from you.
 
Based on the Soup community concept popular in the USA, we’re encouraging organisations to submit their ideas. A handful will be shortlisted and invited to make a five-minute presentation to an audience next month, and will be followed by a vote to select which projects will be backed.
Click here to find out more
Safety Marshals in Wigan, Leigh and Atherton
 
Safety marshals will be out in Wigan, Leigh and Atherton town centres this weekend.

They are there for support if something doesn’t feel quite right. Speak to them for advice or information if you see them, they are happy to help.

If you’re in immediate danger always call 999.
New UK Youth Parliament Members announced

The borough’s new members of the UK Youth Parliament were announced on Tuesday 22 Feb at a special ceremony at Wigan Town Hall.

20 young people put themselves forward as candidates and an amazing 13,722 votes were cast by young people across the borough.

Our new members are Izzy Garbutt, 16, from Swinley, Jacob Owen, 16, from Standish, and Ben Robinson, 16, from Leigh.

Izzy, Jacob, and Ben will now represent the views of the borough’s young people at the UK Youth Parliament.

Deputy members are Layan Hassan and Alex Crompton, and Jack Nothard will take up the supportive role of Campaigns Co-ordinator.

All of the candidates will continue to be part of Wigan and Leigh Youth Cabinet and have an important role in the future, working with us on local policies and decisions that affect young people.

To find out more about the UK Youth Parliament or Wigan and Leigh Youth Cabinet, email our targeted youth support services at [email protected]
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