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Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Cheshire East placed into Covid alert level ‘High’


Cheshire East has been placed into the government’s Covid alert level ‘high’ also known as ‘Tier Two’.

This means that people in the Cheshire East Borough Council area are subject to additional restrictions over and above those seen previously in the borough and those seen in many other parts of the country that have now been rated as ‘medium’ (Tier One).

The new restrictions come into place today, Wednesday 14 October, subject to House of Commons vote.

From today, people in Cheshire East must not socialise indoors with anybody from outside their household or support bubble. This applies, for example, to going inside at a friend’s or family member’s house or meeting people from outside your household in an indoor public space.  It also applies to meeting with people from outside your household inside a pub or restaurant. This is no longer allowed.

‘The rule of six’ still applies in outdoor spaces.  This means that people from different households can meet in a group of up to six people outside, including in private gardens, beer gardens and alfresco dining, or other spaces, like beaches or parks, (other than where specific exemptions apply).  However, ‘the rule of six’ does not replace the need for social distancing.  Keep your distance – two metres is best.

The council is now working to understand the full impact of the new regulations and will provide updates as the implications for Cheshire East residents, businesses and other organisations become clear.

Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “We are still seeing a rising rate of infection in Cheshire East, and we must all do what we can to slow the spread of the virus. 

“I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard and sacrificed so much to fight Covid-19.  Without your positive action we would be in a much worse situation.

“Today, the rate of positive cases for the previous seven days for Cheshire East was 158 per 100,000 population.  This is above the England average of 150.1/100,000 cases.

“We only learned of the ‘Tier Two’ measures shortly before the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday and did not have detailed information regarding the regulations until later. So, we need to take some time to fully understand how the new measures will impact Cheshire East’s residents, businesses and communities.”

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “The key change is that people can no longer socialise indoors with people from outside their household or support bubble. This will come as blow to many who have enjoyed meeting up with friends and family since lockdown, and particularly as we move towards winter.

“However, we know that the virus can’t spread if people do the right thing and don’t get close together. 

“While these new measures aren’t what any of us would wish for, I’d ask everyone to think about what they can do to slow the spread of the virus – wash your hands, wear a face covering, keep your distance, get tested if you have symptoms and make sure you know what restrictions apply wherever you are, and comply with them.”

For full details about the measures that apply in high alert level areas, including Cheshire East, visit the government’s website gov.uk/coronavirus.

Keep up to date with the latest Covid-19 developments in Cheshire East by visiting www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/Covid19 or follow twitter.com/CheshireEast or facebook.com/CheshireEastCouncil.

Councils advising residents to avoid unnecessary travel to neighbouring boroughs



Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Wirral Council, Halton Council and Warrington Council are advising residents to remain close to home and only visit neighbouring boroughs for work, education or health purposes.

Residents in the five borough areas face different levels of COVID-19 restrictions:

  • Wirral and Halton Council areas have the ‘very high’ level of restrictions
  • Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council and Warrington Council areas have fewer restrictions with ‘high’ level restrictions.

Residents in Wirral and Halton should not be travelling to other borough areas, unless the journey is necessary and for work, education or health reasons.

In Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester and Warrington, the restrictions state that people should be reducing the number of journeys they make where possible.

With pubs being closed in Wirral and Halton as part of the restrictions, while at the same time remaining open in the other areas, council leaders in all five boroughs are now calling on residents to help stop the spread of the virus by avoiding traveling out of their local areas.

Cheshire East Council leader, Councillor Sam Corcoran said: “We are still seeing a rising rate of infection in Cheshire East with the region currently in ‘High’ level restrictions. We need to act now and do all we can to slow the spread of the virus and avoid facing ‘Very High’ restrictions, as seen in our neighbouring boroughs.

“We know that the virus can’t spread if people do the right thing and don’t get close together, so I’d ask everyone to play their part – wash your hands, wear a face covering, keep your distance, get tested and immediately self-isolate if you have symptoms and make sure you know what restrictions apply wherever you are and comply with them.”

“I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard and sacrificed so much to fight Covid-19, however this fight against the virus is far from over. I urge everyone to keep going doing the right thing to protect themselves and each other.”

Cheshire West and Chester Council leader Councillor Louise Gittins said: “All regions of the North West have a part to play in ensuring this virus does not spread further. We need to limit human interaction between households and across borough areas.

“The infection rate is rising in Cheshire West, but not at the exponential rate in the Liverpool City region, so we need to support each other by remaining in our borough areas where possible.

“We would only advise people to travel to our neighbouring boroughs of Wirral and Halton for work, education and health purposes, because such venues must be COVID secure and there is less chance of transmission.

“Pubs are closed in Wirral and Halton and people may therefore be tempted to visit pubs in Cheshire West. We would advise against this to protect the health of the public in all boroughs, and residents should not be mixing with other households indoors.

“Once this pandemic is over, we will be able to return to our normal lives, travel further and continue to enjoy everything this whole region has to offer.”

Wirral Council leader, Cllr Janette Williamson, said: “The new restrictions on the Liverpool City Region state clearly that residents of those areas – which includes Wirral – should not travel outside of the area, except for essential journeys such as for work, education or health reasons.

“It also says people shouldn’t come into the Liverpool City Region from outside the area, with the same exemptions. We are at a critical point in controlling the spread of this dreadful virus, so it is vital that all of us stick to the rules and guidance at this time.”

Halton Council leader, Cllr Rob Polhill, said: “The Government imposed the ‘very high’ Covid alert level on Halton when they announced their new three-tier system - this was because of the rapid rise of cases, the wide spread of the virus within our community and the worrying increase in hospital admissions.

“We do not want to have to stay living under these ‘very high’ level restrictions for any longer than we have to. So we must now all look after each other and do the right thing – which means staying close to home, unless travelling to work, school, college or medical appointments, limit as much as we can our contact with other people everywhere else and abiding by the restrictions that have been put in place.

“I understand how difficult this is, none of us want our movements curtailed in this way, but it is the only way we will get back to enjoying all that our region has to offer. We all need to stay strong to keep each other safe.”

Leader of Warrington Borough Council, Cllr Russ Bowden, said: “Please continue to follow the guidance on non-essential travel. We all have to do our bit to bring the number of positive cases down across the region, and one of the best ways people can play their part is by ‘doing the right thing’. That means in this case that although it’s not against the law to travel to other areas, I would recommend that you travel for absolutely essential reasons only, like going to work – if you can’t work from home – for education or to provide care.”

Cheshire East Council celebrates Green Flag Award success for another year running


Parks and green spaces across the country will be raising their Green Flag Awards with pride in a year when millions of people have seen the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep.

Among them will be, Queens Park in Crewe, Congleton Park, Sandbach Park, Fountain Fields in Middlewich, Bollington Recreation Ground and Milton Park in Alsager. The Moor in Knutsford will be raising a Green Flag Award for all the seven parks.

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Queens Park in Crewe and Congleton Park also achieved the much-coveted Green Heritage Site Accreditation for management of its historic features. The accreditation is supported by Historic England.

Councillor Laura Crane, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for green space, said: “I’m delighted that our beautiful parks have been recognised in this prestigious way. This year has been a very challenging year for everyone, with our public open spaces being a lifeline for many.

“To be able to continue to care for such precious historic sites in such difficult circumstances is a real demonstration of the dedication of our staff and volunteers.”

Commenting on Cheshire East’s success, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.

“It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, Cheshire East, along with Ansa  Environmental Services and the Friends of the Park groups have achieved the highest international standards for Queens Park, Congleton Park, Sandbach Park, Fountain Fields, Bollington Rec, Milton Park and The Moor demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

The seven parks are part of the 2,000 sites across the country to collect the award for 2020.

Cheshire East Council invites schools to get creative and put their mark on the Crewe Covid-19 local testing site


Cheshire East Council are inviting schools to get creative and bring colour to the new Covid-19 local testing site in Crewe.

The site opened recently and is a blank canvas, in need of colour and creativity to make it less clinical looking and more inviting for younger children getting tested on site.

The site is located on Chester Street car park and offers bespoke walk-through appointments.

Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for public health said “We invite local schools to get involved and create pictures to fill the empty walls of the site. This could be rainbows, bright patterns/pictures or positive messages of support for anyone getting at the s ite getting tested.

“For younger children getting a Covid-19 test may be quite daunting experience so we are hoping that colourful and interesting artwork will be a welcome distraction and create a more welcoming feel to the site.   

There is no cutoff date for the submission of the pictures and due to nature of where they will be displayed the council will need to refresh displays frequently so schools are encouraged to get involved. 

For full details of the specification, requirements and how schools can submit artwork please visit https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/media_hub/media_releases/schools-invited-to-get-creative-and-put-their-mark-on-the-crewe-covid-19-local-testing-site.aspx

The site is the second largest testing facility to open in the North West, second to testing facilities in Manchester. There are 19 testing pods available and the site has the capacity to carry out 500 tests a day.

Open from 8am until 8pm, the site offers improved access for the whole community, especially those who do not have access to a car or should not be using public transport because they have symptoms.

Appointments must be booked in advance via the national booking facility   https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test, no walk-up appointments will be available. Users will be asked to self-swab when attending.

Development agreement signed for Crewe’s Royal Arcade site


21 October 2020

The council is pleased to announce yet another important step in realising the partners vision and ambition for Crewe.

A development agreement has been signed for Crewe’s Royal Arcade scheme.

The agreement – between the council and its development partner Peveril Securities Ltd – marks a significant move forward in Crewe’s transformation and will pave the way for planning applications for the scheme to be submitted.

The announcement follows news earlier this month regarding demolition works at the Royal Arcade site, which will begin later this month.

Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “The development agreement is the latest step in what is an exciting programme of regeneration for Crewe.

“We appreciate that the current pandemic has brought uncertain times for all of us, but this news not only shows our shared vision for the regeneration of Crewe town centre, it also shows our commitment to rebuilding the local economy.”

The Royal Arcade scheme will include a new bus station with an enclosed passenger waiting area, a 400-space multi-storey car park and leisure, restaurant and retail units –anchored by a new state-of-the-art cinema.

Cllr Mannion added: “The council and Peveril Securities Ltd have listened to local councillors and members of the recently established Crewe Town Board, to identify how the new bus station and multi-storey car park can be built as soon as possible. 

“A planning application is now expected to be submitted in spring next year, with a partially completed bus station expected to be in place by summer 2022, with the plan to deliver the full facility and new car park in spring 2023.

“This scheme builds on recent successes seen in the town. It is also linked with other projects in the pipeline, which the council is bringing forward with the support and involvement of many partners that are working hard to develop Crewe into a town that residents can be proud of.”

William Warrack, a director of Cordwell Property Ltd, development managers for Peveril Securities Ltd said: “ How good it is in the middle of this pandemic to be involved in a scheme that is now starting on site with the commencement of demolition in preparation for the construction of the new Bus Interchange and Multi Storey Car Park in the first £15 million phase of investment in Crewe town centre.

“We are looking forward to working with Cheshire East Council to bringing this long awaited project to fruition and to the second £30 million phase of a leisure and retail complex which is designed to bring back vitality to the town centre as well as the many visitors from the Cheshire East catchment area for whom this will form a state of the art venue”.

Demolition works at the Royal Arcade site will start to take place in mid-October. This will see the final services disconnected and asbestos removed ahead of machinery arriving on-site – leading the way for the site to be clear by May 2021.

The Royal Arcade scheme follows in the footsteps of other major projects realised in Crewe, which will help the town to achieve its full potential. These include the Lifestyle Centre and University Technical College.

It also sits alongside projects to deliver a wide range of environmental quality of life benefits for local communities, including investment in the public realm.

Last week, a range of partners involved in bringing about change for Crewe – consisting of the Crewe Cultural Forum, Crewe Town Board, HQ Theatres, Crewe Town Council and Cheshire East Council – welcomed a series of other milestones that will take the town a step closer to achieving its future vision.

This included the news that:

· £750,000 of accelerated funding has been awarded to Crewe Town Board from the Towns Fund to improve Lyceum Square in a project named ‘Ly2’;

· A new operator has been secured to manage Crewe markets for the next five years, including the refurbished Crewe Market Hall, ahead of its anticipated opening next year; and 

· Crewe Town Council has been successful in securing funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund to employ a heritage project officer for Crewe.

More information on these successes can be found on the council’s media and news hub online under the headline ‘Partners welcome good news for Crewe’.

The council has also welcomed news that Crewe Lyceum has received a total of £231,387 as part of the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF), administered by Arts Council England.

It is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the UK receiving financial aid, to combat the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Mannion said: “The Lyceum theatre is a vital part of the economic vitality and cultural life of Crewe and the wider area, being greatly missed during this pandemic.

“This funding will be essential to the theatre’s eventual reopening, enabling audiences to delight once more in what this wonderful theatre has to offer.”

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Covid-19 Local Testing Site in Crewe open to pre-booked appointments


A dedicated walk-through Covid-19 testing site in Crewe is now open to pre-booked appointments.

The semi-permanent site, known as a Local Testing Site (LTS) is located on Chester Street car park and offers bespoke walk-through appointments.

The site is the second largest testing facility to open in the North West, second to testing facilities in Manchester. There are 19 testing pods available and the site has the capacity to carry out 500 tests a day.

Open from 8am until 8pm, the site offers improved access for the whole community, especially those who do not have access to a car or should not be using public transport because they have symptoms.

Appointments must be booked in advance via the national booking facility   https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test, no walk-up appointments will be available. Users will be asked to self-swab when attending.

Dr Matt Tyrer, acting director of public health for Cheshire East Council, said: “The local testing site in Crewe is now fully operational and available for residents to pre-book an appointment online.

“We have worked with the national testing team to secure the best provision for Cheshire East, which is reflected in this new site being the second biggest testing facility in the North West. This is great news for our residents.

“Each appointment is allocated a 30-minute slot and residents swab themselves and their family members in the privacy of their own pod. Staff are on hand throughout the appointment to give clear advice and guidance on what to do and where to go, in an efficient and relaxed environment.”

Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for public health said “I am delighted that we have been able to secure this local testing site facility so our residents and workers will have even greater access to testing should have any Covid-19 symptoms.”

Residents with symptoms of Covid-19  are able to book a test at the Crewe testing site  via the national Covid-19 online booking facility at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

The LTS will be open for several months to ensure that accessible testing is continually available to people within their communities. The site is one of a number of such sites being set up across Cheshire and Merseyside.

Ambition to deliver £180 million of investment to support Crewe’s regeneration takes another step forward


Cheshire East Council has moved another step closer to realising its ambition to unlock the delivery of £180 million of investment into the regeneration of Crewe.

A programme of interventions is being taken for engagement at a meeting of its environment and regeneration overview and scrutiny committee on Monday 19 October that aims to boost the local area’s economy and to enable residents to lead successful, healthy and happy lives.

These interventions aim to support the town centre regeneration, with new commercial and employment opportunities, provide new homes that will help to tackle housing supply issues and inequalities in the town.


HS2

The arrival of HS2 to Crewe is an important component of delivering the council’s future ambitions for Crewe and the surrounding area. However, the arrival of the high-speed train services alone will not unlock the potential for the town or the region. Getting the right station solution for Crewe is critical to unlocking the economic, social and environmental potential of the town.

To unlock this potential, the council require the delivery of:

● The right rail infrastructure solution to be delivered at Crewe station to enable up to seven HS2 trains per hour, in each direction, to call at Crewe;

● A new rail junction known as the Crewe North Connection that would link the HS2 Phase 2b line (which is out for consultation) and the existing West Coast Main Line; and

● Critical enhancements to Crewe railway station to bring it closer in line with the standard of other HS2 stations being delivered elsewhere.

Councillor Craig Browne deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council, said “The arrival of an enhanced HS2 offer for Crewe will bring with it un-capped economic potential for Crewe and its town centre. Much work is being undertaken now to transform the town into something that is fit for the future. With nearly £180m worth of projects under development and in the pipeline, the investment in this town is significant and long-awaited for. 

“This news continues the ‘Crewe story’ and provides a further update as to what is happening for the town.

“As a council we will be considering HS2 in more detail in November, but this update shows that we are starting to engage our scrutiny committee on it, prior to the decisions being confirmed.

“The council has assessed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the HS2 project and notes that it is important to continually review and revise its plans based on the affordability, viability and deliverability of a scheme.

“This has led to a revised scheme proposition for the Crewe hub which will see the full vision delivered in phases rather than all upfront.”

The initial phase of the proposed scheme, which will focus on the area immediately surrounding the Crewe Hub station and will include:

● Enhancements to Nantwich Road Bridge including the delivery of new pedestrian and cycle bridge decks to improve links between the station and town centre and promotion of active travel;

● Delivery of a new interchange on Weston Road to provide enhanced facilities for taxis, pick-up and drop off and with the potential to incorporate buses;

● Delivery of a new multi-storey car park on Weston Road to replace the existing surface level car park and cater for HS2 passenger growth at Crewe; and

● Delivery of highway access improvements comprising of a series of junction improvements on the immediate road network serving the hub.

Future High Street Fund

In June this year the Cheshire East Council submitted the ‘Revitalising Crewe’ business case to Government seeking £20.568m capital funding to support projects which will stimulate the regeneration of Crewe town centre. 

The projects, which are yet to be formally decided upon at a future cabinet meeting, look at ways to:

● Make the town more accessible,

● Provides the thinking towards developing more in-town living

● Seeks further enhancements for the development of the history centre;

● Provides outline ambitions for supporting a technology and digital innovation campus; and

● Sets out the creation of a sustainable energy network.

Councillor Nick Mannion portfolio holder for environment and regeneration, said: “These projects have been outlined as part of a business case to government and will be subject to further discussions and planning permission if successful.

“If we are successful with the funding application process, these projects will form part of a big plan to improve Crewe overall, from its station, right into the heart of the town centre.” 

Cheshire East respond to HS2 Phase 2b consultation

Cheshire East Council has acknowledged the announcement from HS2 Ltd regarding the Phase 2b Western Leg Design Refinements Consultation, published 7 October.
The key proposal is the addition of the Crewe Northern Connection and changes to the design of Crewe North Rolling Stock Depot. The two changes to the design north of Crewe are:

● Include Crewe Northern Connection in the design for HS2 to enable the benefits of NPR and the Crewe Hub to be realised in future with more and quicker services to the North and the Midlands; and

● Modify the design of the Crewe North Rolling Stock Depot to provide the required stabling and maintenance facilities for HS2 rolling stock and support the efficient operation of the HS2 network.

Over the coming weeks, the council will review the information that has been published and develop its response to the consultation, which ends on 11 December 2020. The council will work with the local community to establish and prioritise key concerns. Any issues raised, will inform the consultation response to government and HS2 Ltd.

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “As with previous consultations, I would urge our residents and local businesses to view the latest 2b consultation, which outlines the design modifications to deliver faster services.

“HS2 is one of our key steps to deliver the overall vision and will support Crewe’s expansion, therefore we want to ensure this major infrastructure project limits environmental mitigation, exploring all possibilities to be cost effective and appropriate for Crewe’s wider plans.

“The next step is to engage with members and our local communities in this HS2 Ltd led consultation to establish key features and benefits of the new designs and where they could be improved, to feedback our comments and suggestions at a later date.”
The consultation documents are available on HS2 Ltd’s website at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hs2-phase-2b-design-refinement-consultation

HS2 Ltd have a 24-hour helpline and email address for those who would like to ask any questions about the consultation, or scheme in general ring 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

The full overview and scrutiny papers can be found on the council website at: http://moderngov.cheshireeast.gov.uk/ecminutes/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=870&MId=7995

Council praises Pebble Brook Primary School for active travel award


Cheshire East Council has praised children, teachers and parents at Pebble Brook Primary School in Crewe for achieving an award for their work in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.

The school received the Modeshift STARS bronze award virtually and was celebrated during national Walk to School week (5 October to 9 October).

The Modeshift STARS scheme was launched nationwide back in 2012 to reward schools over three levels of bronze, silver and gold for achieving a shift from cars to more sustainable modes of travel.  The scheme encourages schools right across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel and improve the health and well-being of children and young people.

Pebble Brook Primary achieved the bronze level award for their travel plan which included curriculum teaching around road safety, junior road safety officers, bikeability cycling training and the installation of a cycle shelter on site.

Travel to schools within Cheshire East is an essential aspect of daily life and Cheshire East Council is working with them to promote more physical activity, improve the environment and create safer communities. The council supports schools in the creation of their travel plans asking them to provide examples of transport issues their school faces as part of the journey to school.  The council’s highways team can then assess and implement solutions such as new zebra crossings, traffic calming measures and wider pavements.

Councillor Kathryn Flavell, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families said: “Many congratulations to everyone at Pebble Brook Primary School who have worked hard to achieve this award.  With pupils across Cheshire East now back at school, cycling and walking are a great way to encourage children and young people to get active for their mental wellbeing and physical health.

“We currently have a rolling programme of support to schools with the development of their school travel plans.  We have funded the Modeshift STARS online system to help them implement sustainable and active travel activities.

“We welcome ideas from schools, parents and pupils across Cheshire East to help us to keep the school gates clear and thank them for encouraging walking and cycling to school, reducing the number of vehicles on the roads.”

Sharon Shaw, pastoral support teacher at Pebble Brook Primary School said: “We are extremely proud of our pupils choosing the healthy way to get to school by walking, scooting and cycling no matter what the weather. We are really excited to have achieved this bronze award and already are looking towards silver.”

Councillor Suzie Akers Smith, Cheshire East Council cycling and walking champion said: “I’d like to thank Pebble Brook Primary School and schools across Cheshire East for all they do in encouraging active travel to and from the school gates.  I hope that their success with inspire other schools, parents and children to transform the school run and get active.”

“Fitting walking or cycling into our daily routine is the easiest way to increase our own physical and mental wellbeing. One mile is a 20-minute walk or a six-minute cycle ride, which done every day will make us fitter and will provide a better quality of life and create habits that will look after us, the whole of our lives.

“We’re working hard to implement a truly cycle-friendly network of routes to connect people and places across the borough, creating a safer environment in our towns that will hopefully encourage more people out of their cars and to be more active.”

Cheshire East receives lifeline grant from £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund


Tatton Park education service has been awarded £180,000 as part of the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF), administered by Arts Council England.

It is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the UK receiving financial aid, to combat the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. The funding will enable the facility to develop educational resources for virtual use in schools, for home educators and families.

The sustainable learning offer receives 24,000 school pupils and 1,000 informal learners per year, attaining the Sandford Award consistently since 1979. Many enrolments come from across Cheshire East and the North West region.

Other successful Cheshire East organisations:

  • Circus Starr in Congleton received the largest award of £317,551;
  • Crewe Lyceum Theatre has received a total of £231,387;
  • Clonter Farm Music Trust, based near Congleton, has received £100,00; and
  • Cheshire Rural Touring Arts which operates across Cheshire East and Cheshire West were also successful.

Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “I am pleased that Tatton Park has been successful, with funding to support and continue its award-winning education work, despite the constraints caused by the pandemic.

“The support for organisations in Cheshire East is both welcome and necessary to help through these difficult times for the cultural sector. The Lyceum theatre is a vital part of the economic vitality and cultural life of Crewe and the wider area, being greatly missed during this pandemic. This funding will be essential to the theatre’s eventual reopening, enabling audiences to delight once more in what this wonderful theatre has to offer.”

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Over 25 Million see photos by the editor on Google Maps


The editor is one of the very few in the world level 10 Google local guides and has been awarded top photographer on Google maps.

He reviews and take photos of local park, and companies in the area  and its all free so if you run any company why not get a free photo shoot

The NHS test and trace app – use it to protect Cheshire East


The NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app launches today (24 September).

The app is designed to make it easy for people to record their visits to businesses including pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas and other places where people are likely to congregate for more than 15 minutes - such as universities, hospitals, leisure facilities civic centres and libraries.

The app offers a QR code check-in capability, allows users to book a free test and has an isolation countdown timer to remind people to quarantine. Businesses and other venues have been asked to display posters carrying the QR code specific to their venue, making check-in as easy as possible. For some businesses and venues this is a legal requirement.

The app uses Bluetooth technology to track time and distance between smartphone devices so can notify a user if they have been in proximity of a positive case. The NHS Test and Trace service will then contact users with public health advice. 

The app will not hold any personal information about you or track your location. Check-in’s contact tracing and local area alerts are all done entirely anonymously.

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

If those in isolation develop symptoms, they can book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for 10 days or until their symptoms have passed. If they test negative, they must complete the 14-day isolation period.

Members of their household will not have to stay at home unless the person identified becomes symptomatic, at which point they must also self-isolate for 14 days to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.

Download the app now from your app store or google play store. You can find out more information at covid19.nhs.uk

Stolen Vehicle - Here Are Some Tips To Keep Your Vehicle Safe and Secure

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Stolen Vehicle - Here Are Some Tips To Keep Your Vehicle Safe and Secure


Good morning,
I hope that you are well.
Unfortunately we have had a vehicle stolen in the Winterley area, therefore we would like to offer some vehicle security advice.
Please use the links provided to keep your vehicle at less risk :-
https://www.cheshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-of-a-vehicle/
and
https://www.cheshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-from-a-vehicle/
We'd like to also remind you that home security and personal security are equally as valuable to keeping your vehicle secure.
Please see the 'leaving your home checklist' below for keeping your property safe :-
https://www.cheshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/leaving-your-home-checklist/
Intelligence and reporting crime, always plays a huge part to us keeping up to date with what's happening, so please remember that if you see anything out of the norm, or something that doesn't sit right to drop us a message on Haslington Police Facebook or call 101 or 999 always in an emergency to report anything.
We want you to know that we care.

Future Beat Meetings - Haslington and Rural Villages In Crewe East

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Future Beat Meetings - Haslington and Rural Villages In Crewe East


Good morning,
Please see below some future Beat Meeting dates for Haslington and The Rural Villages in Crewe East including, Weston, Winterley, Basford, Wheelock Heath, Oakhanger, Barthomley, Englesea Brook,Stowford, Crewe Green and Radway Green.
A Beat Meeting is simply a drop in session to discuss your concerns, pass on intelligence or to discuss ideas to make you feel safer in your community.
1st of October 2020 – St Matthew’s Church Hall Car Park & Online - 5pm-6pm
9th of October 2020 – St Matthew’s Church Hall Car Park & Online – 10am-11am
13th of October 2020 – St Matthew’s Church Hall Car Park & Online – 9pm-10pm
18th of October 2020 – St Matthew’s Church Hall Car Park & Online - 11am-12pm
St Matthew’s Church Hall, Park Road, Haslington (Opposite the COOP on Crewe Road)
Online = Haslington Police Facebook & Twitter private messenger
Thank you for your time.

September 2020 Enewsletter - Firelink

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September 2020 Enewsletter - Firelink



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


Man who had heart attack while driving reunited with resilience firefighters that saved his life


A man from Helsby who had a heart attack whilst driving along a motorway has been reunited with the resilience firefighters who helped save his life.
Mark Ashton has no memory of the incident that occurred in Runcorn between junctions 11 and 12  of the M56 westbound shortly after 3pm on Wednesday 8 July.
After the 56-year-old had lost consciousness and collided with the central reservation, Neil Harrison and Ian Lloyd were on hand to give him life-saving CPR just three days after they had undergone resuscitation training as part of their temporary return to Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service to assist their former colleagues during the coronavirus pandemic.
Find out more - Man who had heart attack while driving reunited with resilience firefighters that saved his life

Two house fires started by sun rays reflecting off mirrors


Firefighters are asking everyone to not put glass and reflective items on windowsills after sunlight reflecting off mirrors caused fires in two homes in six days.
The warning comes due to the sun being low in the sky at this time of year so it can catch people out.
Find out more - Two house fires started by sun rays reflecting off mirrors

On-call firefighter LIVE Q&A


Have you thought you need more? Want to make a difference and earn more money in a role that fits around your family and commitments? Thought about becoming an on-call firefighter? We’re hosting a live question and answer session on Facebook on Tuesday 13 October, 6pm-7pm where we can answer any questions you want to ask about becoming an on-call firefighter.
Find out more - On-call firefighter LIVE Q&A

Cheshire East Council advises housing tenants on a change in legislation


Cheshire East Council is advising tenants that a change in government legislation recently came into effect.

The ban on evictions, that were introduced in March during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, have come to an end.      

Government guidance strongly advises landlords not to commence or continue eviction proceedings without a very good reason.

There are some changes that will continue until 28 March 2021, these are;

● A landlord must give a minimum of six months’ notice, and when this expires would need to go to court as a tenant cannot be asked to leave a property without a court order, and;  

● If proceedings are ongoing the landlord would need to re-activate the case by contacting the court. They would have to provide information about the tenant regarding the effect of COVID-19 on the household and any vulnerabilities or need to shield.  

Tenants who are struggling to pay rent, or homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage should contact their landlord or mortgage provider in the first instance to discuss the circumstances and to try and find a solution.

This could include things such as a payment holiday or an agreement to pay back any arrears over a period of time.

Residents who have lost their job or have had their income reduced may be entitled to claim benefits. There are on-line calculators to help work out which benefits you may be entitled to, visit https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators

If you do not have access to the internet your local benefit office will be able to assist. If you are struggling with your budget generally organisations such as the Citizens Advice Bureau will be able to help.

Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Cabinet Member for Environment and Regeneration said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many people, sadly the situation has resulted in some residents becoming unemployed or struggling financially.

“Government legislation provided extra protection for tenants for the past six months; this has now changed so it’s important that those who maybe continuing to struggle seek advice and support as soon as possible. 

“I would urge residents to speak to their landlord or mortgage provider as early as possible so that a solution may be found, and to check if they are entitled to any benefits as a result of a change in circumstances.” 

If you do receive a notice from your landlord or are struggling with housing issues the sooner you contact the council the better.

If you have any questions you can telephone 0300 123 5017 (option 1) for advice or e mail cheshirehomechoice@cheshireeast.gov.uk .

If you are homeless or have concerns about someone who is homeless, telephone 0300 123 5017 (option 2).

Cheshire East Council launches Together for Fostering


Cheshire East Council is adopting a new approach and launching a new long-term campaign to attract and recruit more people to become foster carers.

With more than 530 cared for children and young people in Cheshire East there is a need to find loving homes for our children locally.

Launching on Thursday 1 October, ‘Together for Fostering’ aims to increase the number of applications to become a local authority foster carer in Cheshire East.

Councillor Kathryn Flavell, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “A loving, stable family home environment is something so many of us take for granted. But for many children, this is not the case, and every single day our amazing foster carers, who are ordinary people undertaking an extraordinary role, look after children needing security, happiness and a better quality of life.

“It’s not just babies and young children who need foster homes, many older children, sibling groups and teenagers looked after by the local authority would like to live in the sort of family environment a foster home can provide. 

“Some people think you need particular or special characteristics and abilities to become a foster carer, and certainly, our foster carers are extra special.  But we are looking for ordinary people, from all walks of life, who want to do something extraordinary, and working together with you and the children in your care, we will be there to support you every step of the way.

“So, if you have the time, patience and understanding to care for a child or young person, experience the best rewards imaginable by giving a child a home and consider a new career as a Cheshire East Council foster carer.”

If you would like to know more about becoming a foster carer in Cheshire East or would like an information pack, then please visit www.togetherforfostering.com or email us at fostering@cheshireeast.gov.uk or call 0300 123 3223.