Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Monday, 25 January 2016

Join Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations

People across the borough are being asked to join together to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides across the world.

Two events are taking place to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 27 January; at Leigh Town Hall from 12.30pm-1.30pm and at the Museum of Wigan Life from 2.30pm-3.30pm.

Mayor of Wigan Borough, Cllr Susan Loudon, said: “It is important that communities come together to remember the Holocaust and other atrocities and to educate future generations about the causes and consequences of genocide.

“By continuing to raise awareness, we can help to promote a better, more positive future, and I would ask residents to play their part and where possible come along to one of the commemoration events.”

The theme of this year’s event is Don’t Stand By. A number of dignitaries will take part including Aukje Clegg OBE, whose family hid Jewish children and British pilots from the Nazis in Holland during World War Two; Mayor of Wigan Borough Cllr Susan Loudon and Cabinet Member for Resources Cllr Paul Kenny. Pupils from St Catherine’s Primary School will also be speaking.

Keith Trencher, President of Wigan Rotary Club, which helped to organise the event, said: “It is vital we all come together to remember not only the atrocities committed during the Second World War, but also the many other genocides, which have taken place and which are still taking place across the world even today.”

If you would like to find out more about the events, please contact 01942 828128. Holocaust Memorial Day is a national commemoration, with events taking place across the country.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Christmas Veterans' Lunch

Yvonne Fovargue MP hosted her Christmas Veterans' Lunch at St Peter's Pavilion, Hindley on Sat, 12th December.

180 guests tucked into a 3 course traditional Christmas Dinner.

Over 30 veterans from our area attended and a selection of pictures from the lunch can be viewed here.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Planning Application

You can view the latest planning applications submitted to Wigan Council here.

One application of note is A/15/81712 Touchwood Restaurants. Vacant Land adjacent to Smithy Brook Road. The construction of a Public House/Restaurant, with ancillary parking, landscaping and access.

New medical welfare service supports the armed forces

The service will provide medical welfare support to serving military men and women and veterans who are accessing medical care across the borough in hospital or in community based health centres.

The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) is an independent charity which has delivered specialist welfare support to serving, veterans and families since the Second World War.

Thanks to funding received from the Government’s Libor funding in 2014, DMWS extended its services to the North West and has been working with Wigan Council and Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust to develop a unique partnership to provide a fully integrated service in Wigan.

By working in partnership with NHS Trusts, health services, council services and the voluntary sector, the project will ensure that as many members of the armed forces community as possible get the support they need.

The project will identify serving or ex-forces and their families and trigger a referral to DMWS Welfare Officers who will identify help and support that they may require.

This includes providing advocacy, practical and emotional support, referrals to other organisations for specialised support and, for serving regulars and reservists, provide a key link to their military unit.

Cllr Paul Kenny said, "As part of its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, Wigan Council is working with a range of partners to ensure that when people come into contact with the council they are asked if they or a member of their family have ever served in the armed forces."

"By asking the question the individual can be informed of and directed to a range of support and services they may be entitled to."

There’s an estimated 22,000 armed forces personnel and their families living in Wigan Borough. Anyone can refer to DMWS including GPs, hospital staff, services, organisations, families or self-referral.

For referrals please contact DMWS Wigan Welfare Officer on 07841 920659 during office hours or for out of hours support, the 24/7 North West Duty Welfare Officer on 07715 43 66 71.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Marus Bridge Traffic Light System

Courtesy of the Wigan Evening Post 13th Jan 2016
The physical works are now completed and the new traffic light system has been operating since just before Christmas.

Over the next week the lights will be linked to a smart system that will react to traffic flows. Today's Wigan Evening Post has carried this story.

Cllr Paul Kenny said, "Works of this nature will always inconvenience people and despite some difficulties during the construction phase, the works proceeded and were completed on schedule."

"I know that at present journey times can be longer particularly at rush hour but we should begin to see the benefits of the new system once it has bedded in and also a safer road environment."