James Grundy, MP for Leigh, has today launched his ‘Shop Safe, Shop Local’ campaign and is calling on local residents to sign his petition for Wigan Council to introduce a series of measures to help our local high streets recover from COVID-19.
The Government has granted Wigan Council £290,046.00 from their Reopening High Streets Safely Fund. Mr Grundy is asking that Wigan Council use a portion of this money to implement free 2 hour parking for shoppers on weekdays to encourage local people to pay a visit to local businesses; the reopening of public toilets in line with Government guidance to ensure that those who rely on these facilities are not restricted from using our town centres; and contactless hand sanitization stations to reassure people that our high streets are safe to visit.
The campaign is also backed by the opposition leader of Wigan Council, Cllr Michael Winstanley, and similar measures to support local high streets have also been introduced by the Conservative administration at Bolton Council.
Speaking on the petition, Mr Grundy said:
“Businesses on our local high streets have suffered greatly as a result of COVID-19, many of whom shut their doors and found ways to help out in the community during this difficult time. As things slowly return to normal, it’s now time for us to give back to our local businesses to help get them back on their feet.
“Sadly, there are still too many barriers for people in visiting our high streets, such as costly parking, closed public toilets and concerns surrounding the safety of paying a visit to our town centre.
“After speaking to local business owners in Leigh town centre, I believe that the measures I am urging the council to introduce will help kickstart our local economy and encourage people to ‘Shop Safe, Shop Local.’”
To sign Mr Grundy’s ‘Shop Safe, Shop Local’ petition and help support our local high streets please visit https://www.jamesgrundy.org.uk/sign-my-shop-safe-shop-local-petition.