We will remember
This week is a time for celebration, as we mark a year since our armed forces headquarters opened its doors, and a time for reflection as we prepare to gather to honour the fallen during this year’s Remembrance Day.
Parades are taking place across the borough this Sunday and residents are invited to join us to remember those who selflessly gave their lives.
The ceremonies are becoming especially poignant each year as fewer of those who served in the Second World War remain with us.
Through the armed forces covenant, the council is committed to supporting veterans and the armed forces in our communities. Our support for Remembrance Sunday is a key part of that.
In the next edition of Borough Life, scheduled to be delivered over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing some details with you about plans to mark VE Day next year. If you can’t wait to receive your copy, you can read it online now.
In this edition there’s a special Christmas themed events guide to keep you and the family busy over the coming festive period. Christmas promises to be even bigger and better this year, with additional events taking place across the borough to make it a truly magical event. The festivities start next week with Wigan’s Christmas lights switch on and Santa Parade. Make sure you schedule the events into your calendar now.
To help get into the seasonal spirit and make a head-start on Christmas shopping, all council car parks will be free after 3pm on weekdays from Thursday 14th November. And all council car parks are still free at weekends.
Earlier this week Marks and Spencers relocated its store from Standishgate in Wigan town centre to the retail park.
It was a sad day for Wigan that served only to reinforce why we must take action to secure a prosperous future for our town. The retail sector is evolving in response to changing shopping habits as people head online or to retail parks for ease and we need to evolve with it.
Last year we took decisive action to take back control of the future of Wigan’s high street by purchasing the Galleries Shopping Centre. Our vision for the town centre is to create a place where people want to live, work, visit and do business, but we’re only going to do this if we adapt to meet the needs of the modern consumer.
During the Big Listening Project residents told us they wanted to see a more vibrant town centre with an increased leisure and culture offer and better residential opportunities. We’ve listened to this feedback and have produced an outline plan that incorporates these elements. Find out more about the plan and have your say on the future of Wigan town centre.
Finally I’d like to congratulate our care leavers whose achievements were recognised at our annual awards ceremony last week and our green-fingered volunteers who have won yet more awards at the regional In Bloom awards. My good friend and colleague, Lord Peter Smith also won an award this week; the LGIU’s Lifetime Achievement award. I can’t think of anyone more deserving. Peter has done so much for our borough in the years that he has served as a councillor and leader.
And if you haven’t already been, please go along to The Galleries Shopping Centre to see the newly refreshed Fire Within exhibition – you will not be disappointed.
Councillor David Molyneux,
Leader of Wigan Council
Posted on Friday 8th November 2019