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Wednesday, 29 July 2020
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.
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
THERE’S SAFETY IN NEIGHBOURS
Our new Neighbourhood Watch campaign to prevent burglaries
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
Life’s safer when you know your neighbours. With more people looking out for unusual behaviour on your street, burglaries can be prevented.
It features our iconic black and yellow brand colours, but with a modern, animated twist to grab attention and stand out on social media.
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.
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.
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
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.
Message Sent By
Clare Harrison (Cheshire Police / Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Engagement Officer, Corporate Communications)
July2020 Enewsletter - Firelink
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
Leaders from across Cheshire gathered virtually last week to establish a strong partnership to combat the continuing threat from Covid-19.
A new outbreak response co-ordination group will ensure an effective response across all four council areas, working with the police, NHS and business leaders.
The group is made up of the leaders of Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Halton Council, Warrington Borough Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner and the chair of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise partnership.
The group’s work is supported by Cheshire East Council’s public health team and other key frontline staff.
The group will ensure the whole county takes a unified approach to managing outbreaks by:
· Providing collective political leadership in response to outbreaks within Cheshire;
· Ensuring Cheshire police can respond to outbreaks consistently, in partnership with local authorities;
· Sharing information on local outbreaks and lockdowns, and reviewing the spread of Covid-19 across Cheshire;
· Learning from partners’ experiences and sharing how to best respond to outbreaks;
· Protecting the local economy during an outbreak, in partnership with the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership; and
· Supporting cooperation with Merseyside, North Wales, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands.
Each council has published an outbreak management plan for their area which sets out how they will prevent and manage local outbreaks of Covid-19, as they occur in their communities. Cheshire East Council’s can be viewed here https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19.aspx
Close collaboration across the county between local councils, businesses and Cheshire police will also prevent and manage local lockdowns, protecting lives and livelihoods.
Councillor Louise Gittins, chair of the Cheshire Covid-19 Outbreak Response Co-ordination Group, said: “This virus does not recognise local authority boundaries. We have a great experience of collaboration between councils and other partners, which is now more important than ever before.
We are meeting regularly to share information and learning. We will help each other tackle outbreaks as they occur, supporting all the organisations and communities, working together to defeat this terrible virus. Our collective aspiration is to make Cheshire Covid free.”
Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “We understand that the UK has passed the peak of Covid-19 transmission, case numbers have been decreasing and some restrictions have relaxed. However, we have seen some local authorities, such as Leicester, battle against rising numbers and experience a local lockdown.
“There are nationwide worries of a second peak, especially during the winter months, so it’s vital that we are prepared. Working closely with our neighbouring local authorities and key partners will provide a strong, co-ordinated approach on any local outbreaks that may occur.
“Having clear lines of communication, sharing best practice and mutual support will enable the Cheshire Covid-19 Outbreak Response Co-ordination Group to work together and protect not only our own local communities, but all those Cheshire wide.”
One of the key challenges of the group has been to receive the necessary data and information from national agencies, enabling local public health teams to quickly combat outbreaks as they occur.
The leaders called on national government to ensure better and more timely information to local public health teams, more local control over testing, clarity over local powers, and more funding for local organisations to support their response.
The leaders also requested everyone play their part in keeping themselves and their communities safe. Protect yourself and your family and friends by getting a Coronavirus test if you have symptoms of a persistent cough, fever or loss of taste and smell by calling 119 or visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus. Protect your community by then self-isolating for 14 days if you have symptoms or if alerted to do so by a contact tracer.
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
Cheshire East Council reintroduces vehicle registration system at Crewe’s household waste recycling centre due to congestion locally
Residents using Cheshire East Council’s household waste recycling centre site in Crewe are warned to expect delays.
Roadworks near the site, on Middlewich Road and Pyms Lane, are causing higher than normal amounts of traffic in the area. This is having a knock-on effect for residents queuing to use the household waste recycling centre.
To help ease the traffic and the demand on the site, a vehicle number plate system will be reintroduced from Friday 10 July just for the Crewe site.
Drivers’ access to the site will be based on the last number on their vehicle registration plate on alternate days.
Number plates where the last number is even, i.e. 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 will be given access to the site on alternate days starting from Friday 10 July.
Number plates on which the last number is odd, i.e. 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be given access on alternate days from Saturday 11 July.
The rota for the first week of the restrictions is shown as follows;
Registration plate ending in
Saturday 11 July
Sunday 12 July
Monday 13 July
Tuesday 14 July
Wednesday 15 July
Thursday 16 July
Friday 17 July
The additional restrictions and measures that have been put into place at all household waste recycling centres, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, still apply also to the Crewe site. For further information, visit the council’s website at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/waste_and_recycling/using-household-waste-recycling-centres/using-household-waste-recycling-centres.aspx
The roadworks around the Crewe site are due to be completed in October. Therefore, congestion in the area is highly likely to continue for a number of weeks. Residents are advised to only use the Crewe site on the relevant day for their vehicle registration plate if it’s essential or to visit the nearby Alsager site instead.
Cheshire East Council has taken the decision, to deliver an enhanced offer of adaptations that people can make in their own homes – supporting people to live independently.
The decision, which was made at the cabinet meeting on 7 July, focused on continuing to use a framework approach to its installation of level access showers, and wet rooms for residents who need them most.
Councillor Laura Jeuda, cabinet member for adults social care and health, said: “The installation of a wet room or ground floor shower could mean the difference between a person being able to stay in their own home with support, and avoiding the need for moving into a care home.
“A framework gives us consistency, economies of scale with an agreed pricing structure, and an efficient service without the need to tender for each individual wet room.
“It also supports people to remain in their homes, reducing demand of social care support services.”
Councillor Nick Mannion, cabinet member for environment and regenerations, said: “This decision is focused on supporting people’s personal resilience, by enabling them to remain living in their homes.
“The framework completes a suite of contracts to enable the council to provide a comprehensive domestic repairs and adaptations service to vulnerable residents.”
Level access showers are funded using the mandatory means-tested Disabled Facilities Grant provided by the council, which has an annual budget of £2.4million for Disabled Facilities Grants, of which nearly £2.06million is received from central Government.
Residents who would like more information about adaptations for their home can find out more information by visiting the live well pages on the council’s website.
Cheshire East Council is advising drivers to visit their online system to help plan journeys, as there has been an increase in requests for roadworks from utility companies following the relaxing of lockdown measures.
While stricter Covid-19 restrictions were in place, many third party and utility schemes were postponed. This has resulted in an increase in requests for highways works over the summer and autumn months – all of which can be seen on the ‘OneNetwork’ online system.
The council’s carriageway improvement programme – to improve the condition of the roads through surface treatments – is carefully planned and also needs to be done in the summer when the temperatures are higher and the weather is normally drier. Where possible, joint working will be promoted to reduce the amount of road space occupied.
Councillor Laura Crane, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for highways and waste, said: “During the lockdown period, the highways team did all it could to keep the roads safe and accessible.
“As the constraints have eased, we now need to get on with maintaining and improving roads while utility companies will need to get on with their delayed works. We will ensure the road space is managed carefully and coordinated to minimise delays as much as possible.
“However, it is inevitable there will be some disruption and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience. We would ask drivers to be patient and plan ahead."
To view road works in Cheshire East visit www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/roadworks and select latest roadworks.
Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner David Keane is asking victims of crime in Cheshire to have their say on the support they have received from the police and other support services.
The Commissioner is conducting an assessment of victims’ services across the county to ensure victims of crime have access to most appropriate support to help them recover from their ordeal.
The Victim Needs Assessment will review existing services available to victims, highlight good practice and also identify gaps and areas where improvement could be made.
If you’ve been a victim of a crime which took place in Cheshire, you can give your views by completing the short survey below. It should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.
PCC David Keane is responsible for commissioning local services for victims of crime and receives an annual grant from the Ministry of Justice to ensure victims’ services in the area are properly funded. Over the last year, the Commissioner committed £1.2 million to fund victims’ services.
This included support for Cheshire CARES, the flagship service which offers support to every single victim of crime in Cheshire, and also more bespoke services which support victims of specific crimes.
The findings from the Victim Needs Assessment will inform the commissioning of victims’ services in Cheshire from April 2021 and beyond.
PCC David Keane said: “I want to ensure that victims of crime in Cheshire have access to some of the best victims’ services in the country. Views and feedback from victims are very important in helping to shape the services that are provided to them in the future.
“I also recognise that there are victims who do not report crime to the police but they may still need support to cope and recover. It is therefore vital that support is available in the community and is offered to all victims of crime, regardless of whether the crime has been reported.
“I want to assess what services victims have used to help them recover following a criminal offence and whether they felt adequate support was provided when they needed it most. I also want to learn what services victims think should be available in the future.
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Daniel Millington (Cheshire Police / Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Media Officer, Corporate Communications)
Cheshire East Council is delighted to announce that Crewe-based local prestige brand Bentley Motors UK, will be the main partner for Cheshire East Virtual Pride 2020.
The partnership with Bentley signifies a major step up for the profile of Pride events in Cheshire – an achievement the council is very proud of, especially given the challenges posed by putting on an online event after having to postpone and then cancel the live outdoor event for 2020.
The online event, which will take place on Saturday 25 July from 2-7pm, will feature an eclectic mix of interviews, music, competitions, performances and information supporting the LGBT+ community. Presenters will introduce acts and interviews as the council makes the best effort possible to recreate Pride in the Park to an online audience.
Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for public health and corporate services, said: “Very quickly Pride has become one of our most celebrated days in the council’s calendar. I am delighted that even though we won’t be able to host an outdoor live event this year, that an organisation of the calibre of Bentley has decided to become a partner. It’s a fantastic endorsement of what we are doing.”
Dr Astrid Fontaine, Bentley Motors member of the board for people, digitalisation and IT said: “As Bentley steps up its emphasis on the importance of diversity and inclusion, we’re delighted to be sponsoring Cheshire East’s virtual pride celebrations on Saturday 25 July – and our rainbow Bentley captures the essence of that perfectly.”
Councillor Marilyn Houston, Cheshire East Council member equality champion, said: “Preparations for this year’s online event are coming along really well. We know it’s not the same as being there with friends, but the organising team have done a terrific job of pulling together elements of what you might have seen on the day and adding a few twists as well. Please tune in to our broadcast!”
Please keep in touch with announcements on our Virtual Pride 2020 event at www.prideinthepark.com and at our Pride in the Park Facebook page, which is @PrideInThePark2020
Pride in the Park will return to Queens Park, Crewe as a live outdoor event on Saturday 19 June, 2021.
Cheshire East Council is reminding residents of the urgent need to get tested if they develop any symptoms of coronavirus.
The reminder follows the recent publishing of the council’s 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: https://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.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
You may have coronavirus and should self-isolate and book a test if you have:
· A new, persistent cough;
· A high temperature – if you feel hot to touch on your chest or back; and
· A loss or change in normal taste or smell.
What do you do if you develop symptoms?
As part of the NHS Test and Trace system anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus should:
· Self -isolate immediately;
· Book a coronavirus test by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-an-antigen-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ – the test can be done either with kit at home or by booking a visit to a mobile testing unit;
· Continue to self-isolate until the test results are confirmed; and
· If you test positive for coronavirus you need to share details and information of who you have recently been in contact with.
If your test comes back negative you do not need to continue to self-isolate and should continue to take extra precautions, such as adhering to social distancing measures and wearing a face covering on public transport.
What do you do if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace?
You’ll be alerted by the NHS test and trace service if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. This alert will come to you either by text, phonecall or email and you will be given instructions to contact the NHS test and trace service and begin to self-isolate.
You must then self-isolate for up to 14 days, even if you aren’t symptomatic, because it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear.
If you then start to develop coronavirus symptoms you should book a test. If your test is positive, you must continue to stay at home for 7 days. If your test is negative, you must still complete your 14 day self-isolation period because the virus may not be detectable yet.
Dr Matt Tyrer, director of public health at Cheshire East Council, said: “If you start to feel unwell and develop symptoms of coronavirus the most important thing to do is to start self-isolating and book a test straight away.
“If your test comes back positive to say you have got the coronavirus someone from the NHS test and trace service will get in touch with you and ask you to share information about where you’ve been and who you’ve had close contact with.
“If you are contacted by the NHS test and trace service, because you’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, it is equally important you self-isolate and get tested if you start to develop symptoms.
“We are working hard to prevent an outbreak in Cheshire East and everyone has an important role to play in protecting our borough. I urge residents to protect themselves and others by adhering to social distancing measures, to continue to wash their hands for 20 seconds on a regular basis with soap and water and to wear a face covering on public transport. These basic but effective measures are out best method of defence against the virus.”
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.”
More information about the NHS test and trace service can be found via the council’s website at: https://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.
Cheshire East Council is seeking parents’ views on how their children travel to school – so that plans can be made for pupils’ safe return to school in September.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for every local authority across the country to ensure that the education of children and young people is as safe as possible, including travel to and from school.
Recent government guidance has asked councils to work with schools, parents, carers and transport providers to put in place measures to minimise the risks from coronavirus when children and young people are travelling to and from school. These measures include increased hygiene, cleaning and social distancing on school transport from September, when pupils are required to return to school.
The government has asked that councils:
● Work with schools to survey parents on their typical routes to school and potential alternatives;
● Consider a range of options for shifting demand for public transport onto other modes; and
● Consider traffic management in order to ensure that children are able to attend school from the start of the autumn term
Two online surveys by the council are aimed at two groups:
● A dedicated survey for parents that rely on the authority to provide home-to-school travel assistance. This group will be contacted directly by the council’s transport company, Transport Services Solutions (TSS).
● A survey for those that travel to school on either public transport or by other means. This group will be contacted directly by the schools.
Councillor Kathryn Flavell, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families said: “Whilst we want to minimise the impact on children and their families of any new measures, we also need to consider all options to make children’s travel to school as safe as possible.
“Through these surveys, we are seeking your help, as parents and carers, to enable us to identify alternative travel options that we could support you with, where possible.
“We know that many parents are apprehensive about their children going back to school and we want to make school transport as safe as we can.
“Time is of the essence. I urge all parents and carers that are in receipt of travel assistance, especially those who travel by bus, minibus or taxi, to complete our survey before the deadline of 20 July. The survey should take five minutes to complete and will help us enormously to put plans into place ahead of children returning to school in September.”
Councillor Laura Crane, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for highways and waste said: “Our surveys are a chance for parents and carers to carefully consider whether there are opportunities to walk or cycle to schools. Active travel will be increasingly important as the pressures on public transport are managed, if we are to avoid far greater levels of traffic congestion at and around schools.”
The deadline for responses is Monday 20 July 2020.
Council encouraged by shielding progress
Cheshire East Council is encouraged by the easing of shielding guidelines for its clinically extremely vulnerable residents, who are most at risk from coronavirus.
There are around 2.2 million clinically extremely vulnerable people in England with underlying severe health conditions, who must be protected from coronavirus and have been advised to follow shielding guidance. These are people of all ages with specific medical conditions identified by the NHS, who are at greater risk of severe illness from coronavirus.
The government have now reviewed the latest evidence and as of 6 July those shielding have been able to spend time outdoors in a group of up to six people including those outside of their household, while maintaining social distancing.
Those who are shielding and live alone or are single parents with children, are now able to create a ‘support bubble’ with one other household of any size, following the same rules that are already in place for the wider population.
Support for those shielding will be extended to the end of July and this includes the delivery of food and medicines. Clinically extremely vulnerable people will continue to have access to priority supermarket delivery slots as long as they have registered online at www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable before 17 July for a priority delivery slot.
The NHS will continue to maintain the Shielded Patient List, allowing the government to continue to maintain targeted advice and support to this cohort and to change advice and support if the number of incidences rise.
From Saturday 1 August, the shielding advice will relax further, allowing those shielding to do even more, such as visit shops and places of worship, provided they take particular care to maintain social distancing rigorously and minimise contact with others outside their household.
Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for health, said: “To date our shielding hub has supported more than 3,000 vulnerable residents and we have delivered almost 300 food parcels.
“Relaxing the shielding advice and ultimately pausing shielding from the beginning of August is a positive step forward and will provide welcome news for many.
“But I would still strongly urge everyone to support our clinically extremely vulnerable residents by continuing to follow social distancing measures wherever possible, maintain a thorough regime of handwashing and disinfect surfaces along with wearing face masks where appropriate, or if advised to do so.”
Updated advice will continue to be reflected in the guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people.
If residents are vulnerable or at risk and need help with shopping, medication or other essential supplies, please call the government helpline on 0808 196 3646 from 8am-8pm or go to: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/peoplehhelpingpeople
Wednesday, 8 July 2020
Following recent Government guidance, Cheshire East Council is working to ensure the safe reopening of its play areas and outdoor gyms.
The guidance being followed is complex and involves risk assessments of all play areas so that visitors are protected as much as possible. The council has more than 150 play area facilities and each one brings slightly different challenges in ensuring they can reopen safely, it’s not a straight forward or quick thing to do.
Cheshire East Council is working with Ansa, its wholly-owned environment services company, and its parks team to do all they can to ensure users of the play areas and outdoor gym equipment will be as safe as possible against the risk of the coronavirus by adhering to all the necessary prevention and protection measures.
Due to the scale of the task and the time needed to carry out thorough risk assessments, the council will reopen facilities on a phased basis. The aim is to reopen the larger facilities first, but this will be dependent on whether the appropriate measures can be put in place.
Play areas and outdoor gym equipment at the following places will re-open from Monday 6 July:
· Adlington Road, Bollington Recreation Ground, Bollington
· Alderley Park, Ryleys Lane, Alderley
· Barony Park, Barony Road, Nantwich
· Boddingtons play area, The Carrs, Chancel Road, Wilmslow
· Congleton Park, Park Road, Congleton
· Fountains Field, Middlewich
· Meriton Road Park, Meriton Road, Handforth
· Milton Park, Crewe Road, Alsager
· Queens Park, Victoria Avenue, Crewe
· Sandbach Park, The Commons, Sandbach
· South Park, Macclesfield
· The Moor, Moorside, Knutsford
· Victoria Park, York Street, Macclesfield
· West Park, Prestbury Road, Macclesfield
· Westminster Street, Crewe
Other facilities will re-open as soon as possible.
Councillor Laura Crane, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for green space, said: “I know that many children across the borough have greatly missed using our play areas, especially in the nice weather that we’ve had recently. These thoughts are echoed by the many residents who have been keen to further their fitness routine in our outdoor gym areas.
“I’d like to thank everyone for adhering to government advice and for respecting the closures that we had to put in place.
“The news that we are able to start re-opening our facilities was very welcomed but I urge residents to be patient as we work hard to risk assess all the areas and to take the appropriate action that is required to make areas as safe as possible for all. It is not simply a case of reopening gates and taking down closed signs”
“Our parks teams are working through the many new measures needed, in light of the current Coronavirus pandemic. Users of the facilities will be reminded of the need to keep a distance from other users and parents should take responsibility for their children and ensure they play apart from others, are respectful of queues for play equipment and play considerately, by not hogging equipment that others are waiting for.
“Food will not be allowed in or around the play areas and all users, including children, will need to remember to wash their hands or use hand sanitiser after using the equipment. It is important that users follow our guidance and use the areas responsibly, so everyone can enjoy them.
“The phased approached that we are taking means that the first date that some of our facilities will be ready is Monday 6 July. This date is slightly later than the provisional date given by the government.
“We understand that this may be frustrating to some residents, but I would urge everyone to have patience and only use our facilities when we have assessed them, and they are as safe as possible to do so.”
Information about the phased re-opening of the facilities on the council’s website https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/leisure,_culture_and_tourism/parks_and_gardens/parks_and_gardens.aspx on the Council’s website.
Information and reminders about the re-opening will feature on Cheshire East Council’s social media pages. Please follow @CheshireEastCouncil on Facebook and @CheshireEast on Twitter to keep up-to-date
Restrictions on bars, restaurants, cafes and pubs will be lifted tomorrow on 4 July, as these businesses prepare to reopen their doors to the public. The Government are bringing forward new legislation to make the process for pavement licences easier.
The council are reacting to this changing legislation and preparing to introduce new licensing and planning measures for those businesses, seeking to utilise outdoor pedestrian areas, for alfresco drinking and eating.
We are urging businesses across Cheshire East who are interested to make relevant preparations and readying information needed, providing assurance on social distancing as a result of Covid-19. This will have considerable impact on the number of customers and consequently on business viability.
Instead of having to apply for three different forms of consent, application for a single pavement license under a new streamlined, low cost process will be introduced in the coming weeks.
Businesses should start to consider if and how they are going to utilise eating and dining areas, developing proposals ready to submit to the council. This will include contacting the council for highways information and submitting clear furniture images and insurance documentation.
Councillor Laura Crane, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for highways and waste, said: “We are urging hospitality businesses to check if the area they want to utilise is part of the adopted highway, getting a scaled plan which shows the proposed space to apply for a license.
“Indication of type of furniture businesses want to use will also be needed, as well as public liability insurance cover to use part of the highway. We advise checking with your provider if your policy will need amending, making sure you have evidence of public liability insurance for the area you want to use.”
Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “For these types of businesses, access to outdoor alfresco space will encourage a slow but steady start to the local economy.
“Many can only look to utilise adjacent public areas, whether on footpaths, pedestrianised streets, parking bays or other amenity areas. If this is the case, then businesses should make relevant preparations with the council to ensure a smooth transition to accommodate customers.”
Scam - the More You Know the Safer You Are
I hope that you are well and are enjoying the sunshine that we are having today!
Unfortunately, we have had a few scams in our local area.
Would you know a SCAM if you saw one? The truth is, is that scammers make it very difficult for us to tell what is legit and what isn't.
Thankfully 'The Little Book Of Big Scams' can give us an insight on some of the types of SCAMS going on around in the area and how we can protect ourselves from this happening.
If you haven't got the time to read any of this from the link that we provide today, please take away one thing from this email - If it doesn't feel right then it probably isn't, and whether someone is calling you or emailing you - you can always just STOP and report it. You do not have to stay in contact with them because you feel pressured.
Your safety and the safety of your personal details is our priority.
You can call 101 to report this or 999 in an emergency.
You should ALWAYS contact your bank if in any doubt that money has left your account through a SCAM.
Thank you for your time.
We're here for you because we care.
6 July 2020
Cheshire East Council has been offered up to £339,533 from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support the safe reopening of its high streets. As shops, restaurants, cafes and bars begin to reopen the council is working to prepare the borough’s high streets for more visitors returning.
Temporary highways measures, including road closures and Covid19 social distancing signage has been in place across 16 high streets since Monday 15 June. Many have been adapted following more recent changes to national guidelines on social distancing. These measures will also now sit alongside friendly ‘Welcome Back – We’ve missed you’ campaign material consisting of rainbow banners, signage and bunting which will be displayed in 11 high streets over the coming week. The council’s preparations have had the much-appreciated support of Town and Parish Councils who are working collaboratively with the council to make their high streets more welcoming.
Cllr Laura Crane Cabinet Member for Highways and Waste said: “The council has installed a number of temporary highway measures around our high streets to enable people to adhere to social distancing requirements and return to our town centres safely.
“We would like to again reiterate our thanks to the town and parish councils who have informed the temporary measures that have been put in place to make our high streets safe.
“Following the weekend – which saw the government’s social distancing restrictions ease – we must remember that some members of our community are not as confident as others.
“Some people may be coming to the shops for the first time in over 100 days. These temporary measures in place are there to help build both their confidence and that of our businesses.”
Cllr Nick Mannion, Cabinet Member for Environment and Regeneration said: “We are continuing to listen to feedback about the temporary highway measures and are looking to find ways to support our high streets and businesses into recovery.
“The ‘Welcome back – We’ve missed you’ campaign is designed with our business and visitors at the heart of it and aims to make a more welcoming atmosphere in our towns.
“The pandemic has deeply affected our communities and local economy and we would encourage everyone who feels confident to do so, to shop locally and support your local high street at this difficult time.”
The latest temporary highway measures for each high street can be seen on the council’s website at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_information/coronavirus/high-street-social-distancing-measures.aspx
Notes to editors
European Regional Development Fund
Up to £339,533 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 is to be made available to the Council for projects aimed at reopening high streets safely. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund.
Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.
Cheshire East Council has published a document that outlines the plans it has made should there be a local outbreak of Covid-19.
This plan, part of the government’s national Covid-19 test, trace, contain and enable recovery strategy, will ensure that an effective and coordinated approach is in place for the prevention, rapid detection and management of any coronavirus outbreaks within Cheshire East.
This plan will protect all residents, including the most vulnerable and sets out how the council will work together with local care homes, schools, healthcare settings, local businesses and others most at risk.
It is understood that the UK has passed the peak of transmission and case numbers have been decreasing overall. However, this is not a time to be complacent.
As national restrictions are relaxed it is even more important that Cheshire East residents support controls to help protect their families, friends and neighbours from the risk of a local outbreak – and everyone has a role to play. This is reflected in the situation in Leicester, which is subject to a local lockdown due to a local increase in cases.
Cheshire East Council’s Covid-19 outbreak prevention, management and support plan explains how the council will:
● Work to prevent Covid-19 transmission in community settings;
● Identify and notify a local outbreak;
● Manage a local outbreak;
● Declare the end of a local outbreak; and
● Support vulnerable residents who have tested positive and are self-isolating
Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “The UK is experiencing a pandemic that has shaken the country and sadly, at time of writing, resulted in more than 43,000 people losing their lives from Covid-19.
“However, case numbers are decreasing and national restrictions have been relaxed as we saw the reopening of pubs and restaurants this weekend and our play areas and libraries reopened locally today. The virus is still out there, however, and we need to remain vigilant and take precautions.
“Each and every resident has a part to play in helping prevent a local outbreak by supporting our plans and following the test and trace protocol, to protect themselves, their family and friends. It’s through supporting each other and your local council that we will continue to win this fight against the coronavirus, to make sure we don’t have to put this outbreak plan into place.”
Dr Matt Tyrer, Cheshire East’s director of public health, said: “Covid-19 transmission and outbreaks can be prevented through good hygiene practice such as regular hand washing, where this isn’t possible using hand sanitiser and adhering to social distancing measures. This prevention advice remains the most effective and important course of action to take in preventing a local outbreak in Cheshire East.”
An outbreak is defined as two or more cases, who may have tested positive for Covid-19 within the same 14-day period, in people who either work together or have visited a place together. Contact tracing and subsequent testing will activate an outbreak notification process and our outbreak management plan will be put into action.”
A summary of Cheshire East Council’s plan is available on their website https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19.aspx
Protect yourself and your family and friends by getting a coronavirus test if you have symptoms of a persistent cough, fever or loss of taste and smell by calling 119 or visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus. Protect your community by then self-isolating for 14 days if you have symptoms or if alerted to do so by a contact tracer.
Cheshire East Council’s cabinet (7 July) have authorised the council to make a compulsory purchase order and side road order to enable the delivery of the project.
Initial construction work was scheduled to start in 2021, with an estimated 20-month period, subject to planning, land agreements and funding approvals.
However, due to the severe wet weather experienced this past winter and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ground investigation works have been delayed and won’t now be complete to later this year.
The impact of this delay has pushed the start of construction into winter 2021/22, with an estimated 22-month construction period. The bypass is anticipated to open in 2023.
The scheme designers (Jacobs) have managed to mitigate some of the delay by reducing the amount of imported material to construct the bypass. In effect this has shortened the construction period and overall programme, saving approximately £3.5 million in construction costs.
Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “This scheme will be a tremendous asset to Middlewich and the surrounding areas. The planned 2.6km, two-way single carriageway road will connect to Cledford Lane and the A533 to the south-east.
“The plans will also support the delivery of housing and employment in the town and include a combined cycleway and footway, as a demonstration of our commitment to active travel.”
Residents who have concerns about this scheme can visit: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/highways_and_roads/roadworks/major-projects/middlewich-eastern-bypass/middlewich-eastern-bypass.aspx for more information.
Dementia and Alzheimers - Herbert Protocol - Find Out More on How We Can Support You
We know that caring for people with Dementia or Alzheimer's can be challenging.
There's a risk they can at some point start to 'walk about'. This may only be into the garden or street for a short time, but some people can get lost and go missing. So planning ahead to keep them safe is really important.
We'd like to tell you about the Herbert Protocol - a free service that we provide.
The Herbert Protocol is a form that carers, family or friends of a vulnerable person can fill in.
It contains a list of information to help the police if the person goes missing, including:
•places previously located
•a recent photograph
You'll find the form at the bottom of this page.
Keeping a completed form saves the worry of trying to recall the information during the stressful time of someone going missing. It also saves time for the police, allowing the search to start sooner.
The initiative is named after George Herbert, a war veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia. He died whilst 'missing', trying to find his childhood home.
The form can be accessed using the link provided :-
We're happy to assist anyone who needs a form printing out and can send this in the post if this makes this easier for you or those affected who do not have access to a computer or a printer.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email email@example.com and I will happily assist you where I can or find the answers for anything else.
We understand that discussing this topic is not always the easiest, but have seen the benefits of having a profile in place for family members/neighbours to ensure that we know what we need to know, should they need us to help to find them.
More information can be accessed using the link below.
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