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Thursday, 6 August 2020

Walking and cycling schemes to boost Cheshire East’s Covid-19 recovery


Cheshire East Council has revealed its first active travel projects as part of plans to support the borough through recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nine new schemes will come into effect this month as a first phase to improve routes to schools and workplaces, boost social distancing, encourage walking and cycling and improve access our town centres. Measures will also help to reserve capacity on public transport for those who really need it and should help to reduce congestion on some key routes to schools. Further schemes will be developed in further phases, following pledged government funding of up to £619,000.

The move follows recent submissions by town and parish councils and local members of more than 500 local ideas as to what measures may work in their towns and villages.

The first nine active travel schemes, totalling investment of £155,000, will be located at:

Coronation Street, Crewe, near Sir William Stanier School – 20mph zone and through traffic restricted to cyclists and pedestrians;

Crewe town centre – improved access for cycles;

Congleton town centre – improved access for cycles;

Macclesfield town centre – improved access for cycles;

Ivy Road, Macclesfield – through traffic restricted to buses, cyclists and pedestrians;

Hawthorn Lane, Wilmslow – through traffic restricted to cyclists and pedestrians;

Old Middlewich Road, Sandbach – 20mph zone and parking suspension;

Ladies Mile, Knutsford – through traffic restricted to cyclists and pedestrians; and

Lodge Road, Alsager – through traffic restricted to cyclists and pedestrians.

Councillor Laura Crane, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for highways and waste, said: “This is exciting news and the part of steps by this council to promote social distancing and encourage more people to get active and cycle and walk more.

“I would like again to thank everyone who has worked with us so quickly to get active travel ideas and proposals up and running so swiftly in our towns and villages.

“We know people’s travel behaviour has changed during the lockdown – and we are determined to lock in the benefits of more people walking and cycling to make our town centres safer, healthier and more welcoming to shoppers and visitors.

“We have seen an increase in more people walking and cycling in our borough and as more people turn to these active ways of travel, we need to work together to provide safe spaces for people to carry out these journeys.

“These initial projects are, by their very nature and the short timescales involved, an experiment. We will continue to work with the town and parish councils to develop, review and refine these measures and others, as appropriate, before anything becomes permanent.

“Our aim is to deliver schemes that are right for each town and developed in partnership with each local area and local members.”

Councillor Suzie Akers Smith, Cheshire East Council’s walking and cycling champion, said: “Ditching the car and taking up daily active travel is good for your health, good for the environment and good for promoting social distancing to combat Covid-19. Creating a safe environment will encourage people out of their cars and be more active.

“It also helps make our town centres safer and more attractive places to visit, spend time and spend money.

“There has never been a better time to walk or cycle – especially shorter journeys included as part of our daily activity – and this really helps to forge greener habits, to reduce congestion, improve air quality and help fight climate change.

“Being bold in these measures may attract additional funding from government and we welcome feedback both positive and negative on the measures being proposed.”

The council aims to develop a series of projects, informed by discussions with town and parish councils and ward members, that will be delivered in coming weeks, including:

● Pop-up cycle lanes, with protected spaces for cycling;

● Measures to reduce rat-running in streets;

● Improved walking and cycling routes to school;

● Safer junctions, with the potential for bus and cycle-only corridors;

● Implementing lower speed limits; and

● Wider pavements, which also enables social distancing.

Schemes being considered as part of the second phase of active travel improvements to be constructed in the Autumn, subject to the Council receiving DfT funding include:

· Manchester Road between Wilmslow and Handforth;

· Vernon Way, Mill Street and Nantwich Road in Crewe;

· Black Lane, Manchester Road and Sunderland Street in Macclesfield;

· High Street in Sandbach;

· West Street and Mill Street in Congleton;

· Various streets on the Knutsford Revolution Cycle Route;

· London Road between Alderley Edge and Wilmslow;

· St Ann’s Road in Middlewich

Detailed plans for active travel measures can be found on the following website: https://cheshireeastactivetravel.commonplace.is/

Council welcomes funding for Alderley Park development


Cheshire East Council has welcomed the announcement on 4 August 2020, of £15.5 million of the Getting Building Fund for investment in schemes in Cheshire and Warrington, one of which is a new Validation Centre of Excellence at Alderley Park. 

The Council has worked with Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (C+W LEP) to identify ‘shovel-ready’ infrastructure projects that will support sub-regional economic recovery and local businesses, as set out in the Government’s ‘New Deal’ programme for Britain. 

Building on the success of the Medicines Discovery Catapult led Lighthouse Lab, Medicines Discovery Catapult and Alderley Park will create a new Validation Centre of Excellence for innovative diagnostics, biomarkers and complex medicines and develop the UK’s onshore diagnostic capability and capacity and the associated supply chain.

The project incorporates the creation of specialist laboratories, including a Category 3 biosafety facility for testing of new diagnostics, biomarkers and therapeutics for highly infectious pathogens, including respiratory viruses such as Covid-19.

The council is playing a key partnership role to support this scheme with flexibility to provide the greatest economic benefits to the area. It is essential to promote and finance green infrastructure projects across the borough, particularly Investing in critical research facilities to help combat the pandemic to influence economic recovery.

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “The council is committed to supporting scientific research and innovation in Cheshire East, home to cutting-edge life science facilities that are internationally acclaimed for their highly skilled workforce.

“This investment recognises the significance of these leading projects and the fundamental role that Cheshire East can play in fighting life changing and life-threatening infections, including Covid-19.”

Dr Kath Mackay, managing director of Bruntwood SciTech - Alderley Park, said: “It’s brilliant that Alderley Park has been recognised by the government for its world-leading facilities and scientific capabilities. This additional investment will help us to continue building our life science cluster at the park and will enable us to play a key role in stimulating economic growth within the region and UK.”

Professor Peter Simpson, chief scientific officer at Medicines Discovery Catapult, said: "I am delighted with this funding, that will enable us to extend the state-of-the-art lab capabilities, which we already offer to companies and innovators in this region. The Validation Centre will enable translational research for new therapeutics and diagnostics that will improve the UK's response to major health challenges. This will become a fantastic new life science asset in Cheshire East.”

Council offers free cycling training to promote active travel choices


Cheshire East Council is offering free training to children, who are looking to increase their confidence cycling on roads.

The sessions – that will run for a fortnight at both the Cumberland Arena in Crewe and Macclesfield Leisure Centre on Priory Lane – start on Monday 17 August. Children will have the option of taking morning or afternoon sessions.

The courses are aimed at children aged 11-16, who can ride a bike but need support to feel more comfortable on the roads. The training sessions will begin in traffic-free environments to ensure participants have the basic skills to be safely riding on the roads such as signalling and looking over their shoulder.

Sessions will then progress to a light-traffic setting and introduce various elements such as road position, turning in and out of junctions and overtaking parked cars safely.

Councillor Mick Warren, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for leisure, said: “It is vital that we give young people opportunities to get out and be active in the school summer holidays. Naturally, this is even more relevant this year when we are still a little limited in what we can do and when we can do it. These lessons will be a real boost to a lot of young people and their families.”

Councillor Suzie Akers Smith, Cheshire East Council’s walking and cycling champion, said: “I am thrilled that we are able to offer these courses to children this summer. The  training presents a great opportunity for children to get the skills they need to become confident cyclists, and by providing the classes free of charge, we know that anyone will be able to get involved.”

The training will complement a series of cycle-friendly infrastructure schemes that the council is introducing to improve facilities for cyclists across the borough.

Morning sessions will run from 9.30am-12.30pm, while the afternoon sessions will run from 1-4pm on Monday to Friday. The only requirement for children taking part is that they bring their own bike and helmet.

Booking is essential for all sessions as places are limited. For more information and a full breakdown of session dates and times, please visit https://everybody.org.uk/what-we-offer/activities-for-kids/cycle-training-bikeability/

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Detectives Issue Warning Following Recent Spate In Telephone Scams Across Cheshire

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Detectives are issuing an urgent warning to the public after a recent spate in telephone scams which have left Cheshire victims without thousands of pounds.
Officers are continuing to see cases of courier fraud, this scam is mainly committed by organised crime groups (OCGs).
A member of the OCG, known as the ‘victim communicator', makes a phone call to vulnerable victims telling them that they are a police officer or work at a bank.
They persuade the victim to co-operate with an ‘operation’ designed to gather evidence or identify offenders responsible for fictional offences.
The victims are asked to withdraw money from their bank, purchase an expensive item and/or provide their bank details or card to assist with the operation.
Money, items or documents are then handed over to the ‘courier’, who attends the address of the victim or meets them nearby, on the promise that the money or item will be returned or compensation provided.
Cheshire Constabulary are now urging others to be aware of these scams and alert vulnerable neighbours or family.
Detective Sergeant Chris Jacques from Cheshire Constabulary’s Economic Crime Unit said: “These fraudsters are extremely convincing and can be very persistent especially when targeting vulnerable victims.
“Police officers, banks and other such services will never ask you to withdraw money or provide card details so please do not be taken in by these scams.
“It is important to remember that telephone numbers can be easily spoofed and you should never trust a number displayed on your telephone.
“They may also attempt to ask victims to call back on 999, 101 or 161 to verify that they are genuine but this is part of the scam and they keep the line open so that the victim continues speak with the scammers believing that they are genuine officials.
“Anyone who is receiving calls asking for money to be withdrawn and handed over to a courier should call 101 or report it to Action Fraud.”
Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “It is quite concerning that there have been more cases of fraud across Cheshire.
“Fraudsters will stop at nothing for their own criminal gain and I know that the force will continue to crackdown on the mindless scammers and do everything in their power to bring them to justice.
“I am urging residents to continue to inform family and friends about these callous scams to ensure that no-one else falls victim.”
Anyone who believes they have been contacted fraudulently or have been a victim of fraud should call Cheshire Police on 101 and Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Delivery of homes in Cheshire East reaches new high


More than 3,000 new homes were built in Cheshire East in the last financial year – which is likely to put the borough among the highest performing areas in the country for house-building investment again.

From April 2019 to the end of March this year, 3,065 additional new homes were built in Cheshire East. This is 1,265 above the annual requirement for 1,800 new homes, established through the Local Plan Strategy, which was adopted in 2017.

It represents a further significant boost in the supply of market and affordable homes in the borough and is the seventh successive year in which the level of housing delivery has increased.

Councillor Toni Fox, cabinet member for planning said: “The delivery of new homes to meet the needs of our residents is welcomed and they play a vital role in maintaining a minimum five-year housing land supply.

“We are now halfway through the 20-year period covered by the Local Plan Strategy (2010-30). Following the recession in 2008 there remains a small shortfall, however housing delivery has increased substantially since the adoption of the plan.

“In common with the situation and uncertainty being faced across the country, the number of homes built in the current financial year to March 2021 may fall as a result of Covid-19.  We will continue to carefully monitor our housing supply position, particularly in light of the government’s proposed radical reforms to the planning system.”

Council introduces ‘streamlined’ process for al fresco dining


Cheshire East Council is launching a new streamlined application process today, supporting businesses to introduce al fresco facilities.

This supports the council’s overall approach in supporting our high streets, town centres and the hospitality sector as part of our economic recovery plan arising from the pandemic.

The application process is straightforward and subject to a modest fee of £100.

The new policy will help prospective applicants, who should familiarise themselves with the specified details before applying. This sets out probable areas where licences will be permitted, the process to be followed and the relevant conditions.

All businesses with outdoor seating on the public highway require a licence, the council is encouraging any business already providing or seeking to provide al fresco facilities on public highways to apply for a pavement licence. Businesses also need to check that they have adequate public liability insurance to cover the area in question, as failure to have a licence may affect their insurance.

Councillor Laura Crane, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for highways and waste, said: “These streamlined provisions will temporarily allow many bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants to apply for licences, to accommodate outdoor dining on public highways. This fast-tracked route is ideal compared to the lengthier, more expensive standard regulatory processes.

“The new measures will support a safe al fresco dining experience on our pavements whilst maintaining adequate space for pedestrians. It is essential to follow current government guidance and signage in your local town, being conscious of public safety to help keep us all safe.”

Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “These temporary measures are supporting businesses to reopen their doors. Economically, this will help licenced premises to survive and rebuild income after the pandemic lockdown.

“Businesses and their customers do however need to be mindful, to respect other pedestrians using the pavements during this time. I would encourage all businesses looking to use outdoor seating areas to make sure they apply. The process is relatively straightforward and inexpensive.”

For more information on the application and how to apply visit: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/alfresco

Completed applications will be determined within 10 working days.

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Cheshire East Council advises residents about new face covering regulations


Cheshire East Council is advising residents on new government rules and local requirements around wearing face coverings to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

Coronavirus can spread predominantly by droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking. Wearing a face covering may reduce the spread of droplets, helping to protect others.

The council are asking residents to wear face coverings in council premises where services are provided to the public, for example libraries, as well as adhering to social distancing measures.   

From Friday 24 July, it is mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets, entry can be refused without them. This is in addition to wearing face coverings on public transport.

There are some exceptions on wearing face coverings for young children under the age of 11, people with breathing difficulties, such as asthma, and people with disabilities.

It’s important to remember that a face covering and face mask are two very different things. Face masks can include surgical masks, protective masks (protecting against such things as aerosols in DIY) and PPE masks for healthcare workers.

Some protective masks, with a valve or vent (N95), discharge unfiltered air from the wearer. These do not protect other people around them, so must not be used.

Members of the public are not required to wear face masks but they must wear face coverings. A face covering is something which safely covers your mouth and nose.

You can use a reusable or single-use face covering. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth coverings – but these must securely fit round the side of your face.

How to wear a face covering

A face covering should:

● Cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably;

● Fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face;

● Be secured to the head with ties or ear loops;

● Be made of a material that you find to be comfortable and breathable such as cotton;

● Include at least two layers of fabric; and

● Unless disposable, it should be washed with other items of laundry according to fabric washing instructions and dried without causing the face covering to be damaged.

For a full list of exemptions to wearing a face covering visit: www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

You can make your own face covering. Find out how by visiting: www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering

Dr Matt Tyrer, acting director of public health at Cheshire East Council, said: “It’s important to follow government guidance on wearing face coverings to protect one another and to stop the spread of Covid-19 across Cheshire East.

“Before putting a face covering on you need to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser. Avoid touching the part of the covering that covers your mouth and nose, do not move it and wear it on your neck or forehead and change it if it becomes damp.

“Your hands should be washed thoroughly before removing the face covering, only handle the straps, ties or clips, do not share it with someone else to use and wash your hands again once the covering is removed.

“Wearing a face covering will not protect the wearer but will provide some protection to others the wearer comes into contact with. It does not replace the need to social distance – this must still be adhered to as well as regular hand hygiene and covering coughs and sneezes.

“By working together to follow official advice we can help to support the NHS and protect the health and livelihoods of everyone in our communities.”

Single-use face coverings must be disposed of in a waste bin. Do not put them in your recycling bin, as this would put council waste staff at risk when the items need to be separated.

As face coverings are not classed as PPE there are no formal standards or certification requirements for them. However, Cheshire East Council’s trading standards team warns against purchasing unsuitable ones from door-to-door salespeople or online.

Residents are advised to be cautious and do not purchase non-genuine products that have not been tested, with false claims of protection for the users. Always purchase from a reputable store. For help purchasing online, visit the Which? website at: www.which.co.uk/reviews/face-masks/article/face-masks-where-to-buy-them-and-how-to-make-your-own

The council has recently published its local outbreak prevention, management and support plan. This details what steps are being taken to prevent community outbreaks of Covid-19 within Cheshire East, how it would be investigated, managed and contained if an outbreak occurred. 

The plan, detailing how the council is working with its health partners, can be viewed on the council’s website at:     www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19.aspx

Residents are being asked to play their part by self-isolating if they develop any coronavirus symptoms and booking a Covid-19 test through the NHS test and trace system.

More information about the NHS test and trace service can be found via the council’s website at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19.aspx

Residents can help friends and neighbours, who do not have internet access, by downloading and printing off information from the website and giving it to them.

The council website can be translated into 80-plus languages, so residents who are not confident speakers of English, or whose native language is not English, can still access vital information about test and trace.

Fear of Rise In Disability Hate Crime

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Dear Jan
We write to you today 24th July 2020 to advise you of the fear of a rise in Disability Hate Crime, especially as new legislation about face coverings comes into effect today across England.  There has been a big increase during Covid-19 of targeted attacks on disabled people.
They have been verbally abused, spat at and in some instances physically attacked.  For example, one disabled passenger on public transport, who cannot wear a face covering, was targeted by another passenger, who shouted: “This person hasn’t got a mask. This person is trying to infect us. They are trying to kill us.”
We have posted an article on our website and we ask you to share this to your distribution lists in the hope that by raising awareness and promoting compassion and respect, that we have together highlighted this issue in our communities.
The link is:  https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/news/fear-rise-disability-hate-crime

Introducing Our New Safety In Neighbours Burglary Campaign

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THERE’S SAFETY IN NEIGHBOURS
Our new Neighbourhood Watch campaign to prevent burglaries
Dear Jan,
As lockdown eases in the UK, we’re expecting a rise in burglaries. We’ve partnered with the Home Office to create a new social media campaign to help keep people safe and continue the great work your scheme is already doing.
Our new Safety in Neighbours campaign is particularly exciting as it has a modern and eye-catching design to grab younger people’s attention and attract even more new members. Read more about the campaign below.
We need your help
Please help us spread the word and share the campaign on your local Neighbourhood Watch’s social media pages and chat groups. You could also share the press release attached with your local news media and radio stations.
•    Visit our campaign page
•    Watch our campaign video
•    Download our campaign social media pack
•    Share using #SafetyinNeighbours in the caption
•    Tag Neighbourhood Watch in the post   
Facebook: @ourwatch    Twitter: @N_watch          Instagram: @neighbourhood.watch.insta
Help spread the word

More about our new campaign: Safety in Neighbours
The idea
Life’s safer when you know your neighbours. With more people looking out for unusual behaviour on your street, burglaries can be prevented.
The design
It features our iconic black and yellow brand colours, but with a modern, animated twist to grab attention and stand out on social media.
The audience
We’ll target the most high-risk areas of England and Wales – but we need you to help us reach people everywhere. Our campaign is designed to appeal to a younger audience of 20 - 50 year olds.
The outcome
We’ll provide a pack of assets for you to share with members. It includes info on the WIDE combination of security measures,  which reduces the risk of burglary by nearly 50 times more than no security prevention measures, a prevention checklist, local crime map, and how to become a member.
The campaign
We’ll promote it on Neighbourhood Watch’s main Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels for 3 weeks from 27th July. Please help us by sharing on your local channels and do let us know about any local press you are able to generate.

Looking For Volunteers To Represent the Public on A Public Contact Reference Group

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Looking For Volunteers To Represent the Public on A Public Contact Reference Group


Are you interested in helping Cheshire Constabulary to develop how the public can report matters? Is this something you would like to be involved with? If so, please reply to this email by 9am Monday 3rd August with your name, contact email and demographic details.
Please find below information of what this will entail, and who we are looking for.
Purpose: The purpose of the Public Contact Reference Group will be to support Cheshire Constabulary to develop the ways in which it enables the public to report matters to us.  This will include our helpdesks, emergency and non-emergency telephone routes, and online reporting via our website and social media.  We would envisage that this will commence as a support to designing our future operating model with a clear focus on ensuring the inclusivity of our offer and designing out any disproportionality.
Frequency: The frequency of meetings may change over time.  Initially we envisage the first meeting being held in September and then meetings at 6 week intervals in the first instance, whilst the development activity is taking place.
Timings: Meetings are likely to take place early evening and last about an hour and a half.
Location: Meetings to be held virtually to start, with the option to have face to face meetings at Cheshire Constabulary HQ in Winsford as COVID restrictions allow.
Work Streams: Workstreams will include, inclusion and proportionality, understanding the public journey, and understanding the public’s expectations and preferences for contacting the police now and in the future.
Who are we looking for: Ideally looking for around 12 members of the public but more interested in getting a cross section / diverse group of people together in terms of demographics such as gender, ethnicity, age, geographical area, sexuality, religion etc.

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Clare Harrison (Cheshire Police / Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Engagement Officer, Corporate Communications)

July2020 Enewsletter - Firelink

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Welcome to the July edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter.


Cheshire Fire Authority Approves IRMP 2020-2024


At its meeting on Wednesday 1 July, Cheshire Fire Authority approved the publication of its Integrated Risk Management Plan 2020-2024 (IRMP). The IRMP sets out the strategic plan for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) over the next four years.
Find out more - Cheshire Fire Authority Approves IRMP 2020-2024

Dad alerted to kitchen fire thanks to a smoke alarm


A Macclesfield dad is warning people of the dangers of using chip pans and the benefits of having a working smoke alarm after a small fire in his kitchen.
30-year-old Zack Stewart was upstairs at his home in Stoneleigh Close when he heard a smoke alarm sounding, just after 6pm on Thursday July 2.
His partner Emma Gough had started cooking tea and had put the chip pan on but became distracted outside.
Thankfully because of the smoke alarm there is only a bit of damage to the extractor fan and a cupboard door, plus there’s some smoke damage, but it could have been much worse.
Find out more - Dad alerted to kitchen fire thanks to a smoke alarm

The Fire Fighters Charity


Every year the The Fire Fighters Charity needs £10m to operate its services in support of the entire UK fire services community. This year, however, the coronavirus pandemic has brought its traditional fundraising to a halt, with the cancellation or postponement of countless events and challenges, losing the Charity £200,000 per month.
When the Charity made an appeal for help to its fire and rescue service family during the pandemic, staff from across the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service leapt instantly to its aid.
Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic nearly £20,000 has been raised in Cheshire alone, which is a staggering amount, grown through dedication and sheer determination to support this great cause.
Find out about a couple of fundraising events that have taken place:

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Cheshire East Council secures funding for football facilities


Cheshire East Council has secured funding to make improvements to a much-loved football field.

The work at the popular Rugby Drive playing fields, in Macclesfield, is part of a £300,000 improvement plan for open spaces. The funds are from local housing developer contributions, which enable the council to provide enhanced open space and leisure facilities, in line with the council’s Local Plan.

The work includes sustainable drainage improvements, which will allow the pitches to be used all year round. This will increase the number of matches that can be played by local football teams.

Councillor Laura Crane, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for green space, said: “Rugby Drive fields is well used by local grassroots football teams but poor drainage meant that there was very little play during the winter season last year.  Matches were frequently called off due to pitch flooding.

“Thanks to the hard work of the parks team and this generous investment, local football players will be able to put their skills into practice with regular matches, without the field becoming over used.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to Tytherington Juniors, who have worked closely with our parks team and really helped to ensure this project takes place for the benefit of themselves and other local teams.”

The work will start on Monday 20 July and will take approximately six weeks to complete. The pitches will be closed during the work but should be ready for use when the new football season starts in September. 

An official open day of the improved facilities will take place in September 2020. Further details will follow.

Japanese Garden secrets revealed


Two events at Tatton Park celebrate the 100-year legacy of their internationally-renowned Japanese Garden. Learn all about its story at our fascinating new Mansion exhibition, followed by a visit to the Garden to see it in person. Then, if - like the 3rd Baron Egerton all those years ago - you feel inspired to create your own Japanese garden at home, tune into our Head Gardener’s video tour at this year’s virtual RHS Flower Show Tatton Park at Home rhs.org.uk/tattonathome on 22 July.

New exhibition in the Mansion: Why is the Japanese Garden so special?

Thanks to a series of photographs taken at the time of its construction in 1910, along with original plans and drawings, this new exhibition shares some of the secrets of the Japanese Garden; how it was built and the meaning behind its design, materials and symbols.

Created over 100 years ago

Alan de Tatton Egerton, 3rd Baron Egerton of Tatton (1845-1920), visited the 1910 Japanese-British Exhibition in London, and was so inspired by what he saw, he decided to introduce his own Japanese garden at Tatton. What was created over 100 years ago remains, to this day, one of the finest examples of a Japanese garden in Europe. The legacy Alan left behind is a visual spectacle in all seasons, and Tatton’s gardeners help ensure it is still here for visitors to enjoy for another 100 years. 

Japanese Garden: The Legacy of Alan de Tatton Exhibition runs Weds-Sun, 1pm-5pm until 1 November and is included in your Mansion entry ticket. The Gardens are open every day from 10am-6pm until end October. Tickets and timeslots for both the Mansion and Gardens must be booked online in advance at www.tattonpark.org.uk

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park at Home: How to create your own Japanese garden

In the absence of the ‘real’ flower show this year, rhs.org.uk is hosting a virtual event called Tatton Park at Home on Wednesday 22 July. Tatton Park’s very own Head Gardener is among the list of experts featured in their online celebration of all-things gardening. Simon Tetlow’s film shares rare views inside the hidden world of the Japanese Garden, plus advice for viewers on how to create an authentic feeling in your Japanese garden at home. www.rhs.org.uk/tattonathome

Are You Shopping Online?

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Dear Subscriber,
Have you bought anything online recently?…
Almost 34% of all retail sales during May 2020 were carried out online, and new research suggests that only 16% of UK consumers intend to return to their old shopping habits post-lockdown.
Online shopping fraud during lockdown
Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, received over 16,000 reports relating to online shopping and auction fraud during the lockdown, with losses totalling over £16m. Members of the public have reported buying mobile phones (19%), vehicles (22%), electronics (10%) such as games consoles, AirPods and MacBooks , and footwear (4%) on sites such as eBay (18%), Facebook (18%), Gumtree (10%) and Depop (6%), only to have the items never arrive.
Top tips for shopping online securely:
Choosing where to shop:

If you’re making a purchase from a company or seller you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first. For example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was.
Email accounts:
Use a strong, separate password for your email account. Criminals can use
your email to access other online accounts, such as those you use for online shopping.
Scam messages:
Some of the emails or texts you receive about amazing offers may contain links to fake websites. Not all links are bad, but if you’re unsure don't use the link, go separately to the website. And remember, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Payment method:
If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one as other payment providers may not provide the same protection.
What to do if you’ve fallen victim to online shopping fraud
We all make mistakes and these days the scams can be incredibly convincing.
If you think you’ve visited, or made a purchase on, a bogus website, you should first, take a note of the website's address, then close down your internet browser. You should then report the details to Action Fraud and contact your bank to seek advice.
Whether you've been a victim of fraud will depend on how much information you’ve provided to the website, so keep an eye on your bank transactions, if you can. Contact your bank immediately about anything that you don’t recognise, even small amounts.
For more information about how to stay safe online, please visit www.actionfraud.police.uk/cybercrime

Warning Issued Following Hoax Calls from Scammers Claiming To Be Police Officers

Cheshire Constabulary

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Detectives have been made aware of a spate of hoax calls from scammers claiming to be police officers from Cheshire Constabulary acting on behalf of HMRC.
There have been several reports over the last two months whereby people have been receiving calls from someone purporting to be a police officer or from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
The first part of the call is automated and asks the victim to press 1 in order to be connected to HMRC.
A recorded message then then informs the victim that they have an unpaid tax bill and that there is a warrant out for their arrest unless they pay the balance immediately.
The fraudsters then ask the victims to make a bank transfer to pay off their supposed outstanding tax bill.
Scammers can also make calls appear as though they come from legitimate numbers and in one recent case the numbers traced back to a Cheshire based police station and HMRC.
Detective Sergeant Chris Jacques of the Economic Crime Unit said: “It is important to remember that police officers and HRMC will never call you and ask you to settle the balance of a tax bill over the phone.
“Telephone numbers can easily be spoofed and you should never trust the number you see on your telephone display.
“If you receive a suspicious call, do not give any information over the phone and end the call immediately.
“I would advise anyone who believes that they may have been a victim to this scam to please report it to us on 101 or via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report/.”
Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “I am deeply concerned to hear about this recent spate of fraudsters claiming to be police officers.
“Fraud has a significant emotional and financial impact on victims so, as the Police and Crime Commissioner, I am committed to supporting those affected and to ensuring that action is taken.
“I am urging all residents to remain vigilant and tell their family, friends and neighbours to be wary of these scams in order to protect against fraud in Cheshire.”
Anyone who believes they have been contacted fraudulently or have been a victim of fraud should call Cheshire Police on 101 and Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Theft from Gabes Nursing Home

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Cheshire Constabulary

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Good afternoon, we have experienced reports of a theft from the Gables nursing home on Parkers Road roundabout that is currently being renovated. The theft occurred over the weekend if anyone has anything to report to us, please report to 101. Regards, PCSO OLIVER 23132

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Matt Oliver (Cheshire Police, PCSO, Crewe)