A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF WIGTON TOWN COUNCIL, MRS ELAINE LYNCH
Wigton Town Council would like to wish all the people of Wigton the best Christmas they can have in the present circumstances and all our very best wishes for a much better 2021.
This has been an extremely difficult year for everyone and our thoughts are with all those who have suffered due to the pandemic and who have lost loved ones. Let us hope that the coming months will see us return to some sort of normality as the vaccines are rolled out.
It has been heart-warming to see the kindness and caring from the people of Wigton in these very difficult times. We would like to thank all the keyworkers who have worked tirelessly over the last 10 months and especially our local Covid volunteers who stepped up to the mark when we needed them, delivering food and medications, running errands and making phone calls to chat to those who were lonely and self-isolating. The teachers who have been there to educate and engage all our children and young people and the carers who have looked after the vulnerable and elderly. Also the local businesses who have made their premises Covid safe so that we could continue to use them and to everyone who has queued patiently and kept their social distance to keep us all safe. Everyone has done their bit to help us all stay safe and get through this.
The Council was very disappointed that we could not have our usual Christmas Lights switch on this year but the lights are on and look lovely, bringing some much needed festive cheer to us all. We will be back next year hopefully, bigger and better than ever!
Our key projects this year have been delayed for obvious reasons but are now back on track to be completed next year. The new changing rooms at Barton Laws are long overdue and will be an excellent facility for the many sports groups that use this area. Demolition has begun and building work will start in the New Year. We are very grateful to the Football Foundation, Sports England and Allerdale Borough Council for their significant contributions which we are adding to our own council funding for this project.
The new CCTV system will also be in operation soon funded by the Town Council and a contribution from the Police and Crime Commissioner. It is also good to see police officers based in the town again operating out of the Market Hall which helps us all feel more safe and secure.
It was really good to see so many people in their allotments over the lockdown period and the summer, working hard and enjoying the outdoors. The allotments looked fantastic and we would like to say thank you for the brilliant displays. We have also taken over the allotments at East End, gifted to us by West Cumberland Farmers, and are pleased to welcome everyone there on board.
You may have noticed lots of new trees appearing on the new allotment site and at Speet Gill. This is part of an initiative on Climate Change and encouraging involvement with the great outdoors that the Council is very much involved in. The Woodland Trust have provided the trees and the local schools are also getting involved. There is lots more planting to be done!
All of our council meetings have been virtual since March but will hopefully be back to normal soon when we get the OK from above. We have all had to become experts on Zoom with ‘You’re on mute!’ becoming a very familiar phrase!
A word of thanks to all our Council staff who have worked incredibly hard over the last year to deliver all the services that we provide – keeping the parks and Barton Laws looking good, the colourful planting in the summer, keeping all our projects on track, the public toilets open and answering all your queries. We are very grateful.
WE WISH YOU ALL A PEACEFUL AND JOYOUS CHRISTMAS WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND A MUCH HAPPIER 2021.