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Thursday, 31 December 2020

Cheshire East moved into Covid-19 alert tier 4 ‘Stay at Home’


Cheshire East is to move into Covid-19 alert tier 4 – ‘Stay at Home”

The change will apply from one minute past midnight, in the early hours of Thursday 31 December.

The key changes will mean: 

  • You must not leave or be outside of your home or garden except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’, such as for work, education, medical reasons and exercise;
  • People who are clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to shield;
  • Non-essential shops must close;
  • Hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons must close; and
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres, gyms and indoor swimming pools must close.

Visit the government website for full details of tier 4 restrictions at: gov.uk/guidance/tier-4

Responding to the government’s decision to move Cheshire East into tier 4, Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “I implore all residents and businesses in Cheshire East to adhere to the government’s tier 4 restrictions without exception. We will be working with partners to support people with these changes but will not hesitate to enforce the regulations where necessary.

“It is also vital that we all continue to observe the basics of hands, face, space.  Remember, the virus spreads through droplets breathed out by an infected person. If we do the right thing and keep our distance, we cannot spread the infection.

“At this stage we do not know how long we will be subject to tier 4 restrictions, but, as previously announced by government, we anticipate a review in two weeks’ time.” 

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, added: “This change will have a significant impact on local businesses, and we will be doing everything within our power and resources to support them.

“We are also reviewing the impact on council services and how we deliver them. Some services, such as leisure centres and libraries will close, however there may be circumstances where some of these facilities can open for specific activities, such as job clubs. We will review all services to ensure that we can deliver them safely.

Dr Matt Tyrer, Cheshire East Council’s director of public health, said: “We are now seeing infection rates in Cheshire East of more than 200 cases per 100,000 people over seven days. This is a significant increase from the numbers we were seeing just a few days ago when we moved to tier 3.

“We have heard today that a second kind of vaccine has been approved for use in UK.  This is great news, but our optimism must be tempered by a determination to stick to the basics – don’t forget ‘hands, face, space’ and you must make sure that if you have symptoms, you self-isolate and get a test.  Self-isolating means that you do not leave your home for any reason, other then to get a test or in the case of emergency.”

Visit the Cheshire East Council website for more information about support, advice and guidance for businesses and individuals, including those who need financial help, or who need additional support because they are shielding.

Festive funding boost for Crewe regeneration plans


30 December 2020

Crewe’s future has received a festive boost after the government announced its funding support for several new projects that will pave the way for further town centre regeneration.

Cheshire East Council has received an ‘in principle’ offer of £14.1m to be invested in the town over the next three years.  This follows a bid by the council to the government’s Future High Streets Fund last summer.

Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “This is great news for Crewe, as well as Cheshire East as a whole, and demonstrates that government and our local partners have confidence in our shared regeneration plans for the town centre.

“To be awarded funding via the Future High Streets Fund is a real achievement considering the strong competition from across the country.

He added: “This announcement comes hot on the tails of other projects that have taken a huge leap forward in recent months, including the redevelopment of Crewe Market Hall, which reopens in the spring, and the ongoing demolition of the vacant shops at the Royal Arcade.”

Nationally, 101 towns bid for funding, which totalled more than was available via the Future High Streets Fund.

It means that most towns – including Crewe – have been allocated a reduced amount to focus on key priorities.

Crewe’s allocation is the 22nd highest amount awarded to any town. 

The council will now evaluate which projects from its shortlist will be taken forward and more information will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Doug Kinsman, chair of Crewe Town Board, said: “Securing this funding is a timely boost for Crewe, but it only forms part of our plans for the biggest investment that Crewe has ever seen. 

"We’re currently working with partners to develop a Town Investment Plan, which we hope will pave the way for a further £25m of investment in regeneration projects across the town over the next five years.”   

Recent Burglaries

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Recent Burglaries


Good Afternoon,
I hope you had a lovely Christmas.
I wanted to make you aware that on the Crewe East area there have three burglaries to outbuildings over the past two nights.
We would like to reinforce advice that we have given in the past. Please be vigilant. Make sure that all of your property is locked, windows, doors and if possible make sure curtains or blinds are closed making it harder for opportunists to see what's in your property. Remember to lock outbuildings such as sheds garages and greenhouses if possible. Outdoor lighting is also a great deterrent along with CCTV.
To accompany this it is always good to stay in touch with neighbours, it is surprising how quickly word spreads when there has been suspicious activity in the area.
If you do see something please report it to us on 101 in a non emergency and 999 in an emergency.
I hope this information is useful and I wish you a Happy New Year.
Kind Regards, Stay Safe.
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Saturday, 26 December 2020

Cheshire East return to school planning


Yesterday, the government announced a staggered return to school in the New Year, for education settings with secondary aged pupils (including secondary schools, colleges and special schools with secondary-age pupils).

Individual schools will be confirming the revised start of term dates with families once they have determined whether they need the additional inset day the DfE has proposed to help them plan and train for testing in schools.

We are working closely with schools to agree a consistent and planned approached to testing in settings with secondary aged pupils to start from January.  We are considering a phased approach to ensure this is managed safely.  Once this is agreed schools will contact families to make them aware of plans for testing in schools and will seek appropriate consent.

Primary schools will return as normal and any testing is unlikely to start until February.

These measures do not apply to early years providers

Weather Warning - Road Safety

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Weather Warning - Road Safety


Good evening,
There has been Met Office warnings issued for Cheshire East which are Active Yellow Warning Of Wind - Yellow Warning Of Rain - Yellow Warning Of Ice - Yellow Warning For Snow.
We're asking you to drive with care and to plan for extra time before your journeys so that you do not rush.
More information can be found on the BBC Weather Website.
Thank you for your time.
We care about the safety of our community.
Kind regards,
PCSO Lizzie Jolley 22582

Attempted Breaks - Haslington and Stowford - Useful Tips Included For Better Home Security

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Attempted Breaks - Haslington and Stowford - Useful Tips Included For Better Home Security


Good evening,
I am emailing this evening to make you aware of the recent attempted breaks in the Haslington and Stowford areas.
There has been both shed and residential attempts locally and therefore we are asking our community to ensure that their homes and outhouses have decent locks and home security.
Below are some suggestions to consider :-
1. Check your front door for potential weakness.
2.Use timers and radios to make it seem like someone is home.
3.Lock windows and doors when not at your property.
4.Lock doors even when at your property.
5.Keep your keys out of sight.
6.Let there be light onto your property, for example security lights.
7.Use warning signs such as CCTV.
8.Invest in decent CCTV if you have the funds, but dummy cameras are also good. They can be purchased at places like B&M.
9.Think like a burglar and think about weakness on your property.
10.Do not prop bins against walls that lead to windows or flat roofs.
11.Stay in contact with your neighbours, a good neighbour is the best natural surveillance.
12.Start or join a neighbourhood watch team for your road, whether that's via Cheshire Alert, WhatsApp or other networks such as NEXTDOOR.
13.Trust your instinct, if something doesn't feel or seem right, email me on lizzie.jolley@cheshire.pnn.police.uk to pass on intelligence, or call 101 to report crime, but 999 always in an emergency.
Thank you for your time.
Stay safe.
Kind regards,
PCSO Lizzie Jolley 22582

Community Monthly Update - Haslington and Rural Villages In Crewe East

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Community Monthly Update - Haslington and Rural Villages In Crewe East


Good afternoon,
We wanted to give you a small update on our work done this month in the Haslington and Rural Villages in Crewe East Community.
In the month of December 2020, we have been able to visit our faith communities at a safe social distance and engage with their festive services.
We have also been out doing speed enforcement regularly this month, being present at key locations which have been requested by members of our community
Our latest speed enforcement session was on the 24th of December 2020, with 8 vehicles being caught speeding. Our highest speed for this session was 53MPH.
This month we have been socially distance visiting vulnerable members of our community who live alone, and talking to them through a window to ensure that they have the support that they need.
We have patrolled all of our villages this month which covers, Haslington, Winterley, Stowford, Crewe Green, Basford, Wheelock Heath, Radway Green, Englesea Brook, Barthomley, Stowford and Weston.
This month we are encouraging members of our community to check their home and outhouse security as this has been we have seen an increase in shed breaks and attempted burglary's.
On the community side of what's been happening in our area, we have seen some outstanding efforts from our Haslington Support Group supporting local families, members of our communities collecting for food banks and best of all have seen the faces of those of all ages joining in on the 'Wizard Of Oz Trail' around the Haslington Village.
Regardless of the difficult circumstances that COVID-19 has given us this year, our community has pulled together and has made our villages feel safer and happier.
We would also like to make you aware of a member of our community named Lorna, who is 26 years old. Lorna has recently given birth to twin babies and unfortunately has since been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. Many of our community have been amazing in offering support to Lorna and her family, so this message is to say a big thank you to you all! As a community, it's so reassuring to know that we always have others looking out for each other.
We have posted the link below so that you can read more about their story. Our links often don't work on Cheshire Alert, so please feel free to message lizzie.jolley@cheshire.pnn.police.uk if it does not work and I forward it over to you.
https://www.gofundme.com/f/raising-funds-for-lorna-her-family?utm_medium=email&utm_source=product&utm_campaign=p_email%2B4803-donation-alert-v5
We will continue to keep you updated on our daily patrols on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Thank you for your time.
Kind regards,
PCSO Lizzie Jolley 22582

Is Your Vehicle Weather Ready?

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Is Your Vehicle Weather Ready?


Good afternoon,
I hope that you are well at this festive time.
This message today is to remind you to ensure that your vehicle is 'weather ready' as it is now officially winter!
Please ensure that you have screen wash, fuel, something to be able clear your window screens with and that your vehicle is road worthy with current tax, insurance and MOT.
Many of us will be using our vehicles tomorrow for the first time in weeks or even months for some, so please take the time to ensure that your vehicle is safe and legal to drive.
The gritters have been around locally, therefore this can indicate that cold and icy weather is expected. Please plan ahead of your journey with extra time so that you do not speed.
Stay safe.
Kind regards,
PCSO Lizzie Jolley 22582

Cheshire East leaders urge people and businesses to ‘do the right thing’ this Christmas and New Year


Cheshire East Council leaders are calling on residents and businesses to comply with all Covid-19 restrictions over the festive season, particularly when out and about, shopping and enjoying our town centres and villages.

The move from tier 2 to tier 3 - ‘Very High Alert’ level on Boxing Day means that pubs, restaurants and cafes can only open for takeaway. Shops will remain open as before.

Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of the council, said: “The increase in infection rates we have seen recently is of significant concern. I hope that the move to tier 3 restrictions helps to get rates down, but I know that the new restrictions will have a significant impact, particularly on our hospitality businesses, and I am worried about how some businesses will cope.

“Clearly, we need all businesses to comply with the regulations and tier 3 restrictions. Our regulatory teams will be working with business owners, managers and staff to help them to comply. 

“Over the last few weeks, we have been working extensively with hospitality businesses. With the restrictions significantly reducing the operation of pubs and restaurants, we can now move more of our focus to shops.”

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of the council added: “Boxing Day and New Year are traditionally a very busy time for retailers, and it is particularly important that they understand and apply the regulations and restrictions; however, it is also vitally important that shoppers do everything they can to maintain social distancing and reduce the risk of unwittingly spreading infection. 

“Remember – one in three people with Covid have no symptoms. We encourage people to shop local and support local businesses, but at the same time urge them to stay safe – now is not the time to forget the virus for the sake of a bargain in the post-Christmas sales.”

Any local business seeking advice about how the regulations apply to them, or if anyone has concerns about whether a business is operating in a Covid-secure manner, can contact Cheshire East Council's commercial services via: commercialservices@cheshireeast.gov.uk

For a full list of tier 3 restrictions, including information on what businesses can and cannot do, please visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-3-very-high-alert

Scam Warning - Fake Dpd Emails and Texts

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Scam Warning - Fake Dpd Emails and Texts


Dear Subscriber,
Scam warning: Fake DPD emails and texts.
Action Fraud has seen a surge in reports relating to fake emails and texts purporting to be from DPD. The messages claim that DPD was “unable to deliver your parcel today” and provide instructions on how the recipient can arrange another delivery. The links in the emails and texts lead to fake websites that are designed to steal money, as well as personal and financial information.
Victims of this scam have reported losing over £242,000 since June. For more information, please visit https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/fake-dpd-messages-lead-to-over-200000-in-losses-since-june
How you can protect yourself:

  • If you’re unsure whether the email or text is genuine, then don’t use the link. Instead, visit the DPD website by entering the official web address directly into your browser’s address bar, or search for it and follow the search results.
  • Remember, your bank will never ask you to transfer money to another account, or contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN or full password.
  • If you have received an email which you’re unsure about, you can report it by forwarding it to report@phishing.gov.uk. You can report suspicious text messages by forwarding them to 7726.

For more information about how to protect yourself from fraud and cyber crime, please visit www.actionfraud.police.uk/cybercrime
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Thursday, 17 December 2020

Atm Safety Advise

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As Christmas time approaches, be extra vigilant when withdrawing cash from the ATM machine, it’s all to easy to get distracted especially when we are so busy this time of year, here is some useful information to share for your safety when using the ATM.
Common sense is your best guide to using an ATM safely. If you suspect something isn’t quite right, trust your instincts. Use an ATM or a bank branch where you feel more comfortable.
• If possible, use a machine that is located in a bank location. It may be easier for criminals to tamper with a machine that is in a non-bank location, such as a grocery store, deli or shopping mall.
• Choose an ATM that is well lighted and monitored by a surveillance camera or a security guard.
• If you are using an indoor ATM that requires your card to open the door, avoid letting anyone that you do not know come in with you. Once inside the vestibule, make sure the door is completely closed behind you.
• Before proceeding with your transaction, look around to guard against surveillance by anyone who may arouse your slightest suspicion.
• Minimize your time at the ATM. Have your card ready. If you are making a deposit using an envelope, seal the envelope before you head to the ATM.
• Use your free hand to cover the ATM keyboard while you type in your Personal Identification Number (PIN).
• Do not re-enter your PIN if the ATM swallows your card - contact the bank immediately.
• If you see anything suspicious, immediately cancel your transaction and leave. Confirm with your financial institution as soon as possible that the transaction was indeed canceled.
• Make sure to place your money, card and receipt securely in your wallet/purse or on your person before leaving the ATM.
• At a drive-up ATM, keep your engine running, lock all your doors, and close all windows except your own. When using an indoor ATM, be sure to lock your car and take your keys with you; do not ever leave your car running.
• Always request a receipt for your transaction. Compare your receipts to your monthly statements.
• Keep your PIN and your account information secret. Never give information about your ATM card or PIN to strangers or to anyone over the telephone.
• If your ATM card is lost or stolen report it to your bank immediately. Report the unauthorized use of an ATM machine or ATM card to your bank and to your local police precinct immediately.
Please share, stay safe and Happy Christmas
Pcso Penny Probin.
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December 2020 Enewsletter - Firelink

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December 2020 Enewsletter - Firelink



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


Year review of 2020


Like most people, 2020 has been particularly busy for us, with the addition of supporting communities throughout covid. Here's a snapshot of what 2020 was like for our staff.
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Think twice before you drink/drug drive


Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cheshire Police and the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner are urging the public to stop and think before travelling on the roads after having a drink this Christmas. 
Officers across the county will be out throughout December cracking down on those who think it is acceptable to travel on the roads whilst under the influence as part of a national operation.
They will also be targeting motorists in the mornings who could still be over the limit.
Firefighters will be raising awareness of the dangers of taking to the roads after drinking or taking drugs throughout the month in a bid to reduce the number of serious and fatal collisions.
Find out more - Think twice before you drink/drug drive

Christmas safety


Give Santa a helping hand this Christmas by following his Christmas safety tips. Many of the things we enjoy during this festive period, such as the fairy lights, candles, paper hats and decorations, can all be fire hazards when proper care is not taken.
Find out more - 12 days of Christmas - fire safety tips

Could you be a paid on-call firefighter?


We are recruiting for paid on-call firefighters at the following fire stations: Alsager, Audlem, Birchwood, Bollington, Frodsham, Holmes Chapel, Macclesfield, Malpas, Nantwich, Northwich, Poynton, Sandbach, Stockton Heath, Tarporley and Winsford Fire Stations.
Could you be an on-call firefighter?
We're looking for enthusiastic individuals with common sense, the ability to work as part of a team and able to deal with physically and emotionally demanding situations. Qualifications aren't necessary, applicants just need to be at least 18 years old and physically and medically fit with good hearing and eyesight.
Potential recruits also need to be able to reach their local fire station within five minutes of home or work and have a real interest in the fire and rescue service and helping in the community. The role attracts an average income in the region of £5000 a year.
Find out more - On-call firefighter recruitment

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Council encourages residents to get walking to stay well this winter


Cheshire East Council is encouraging residents to make the most of the milder winter weather this December by taking a walk.

As we continue to live under the restrictions that the coronavirus has required, it is really important for people to focus on what they can do, and that could mean getting up on your feet and going for a stroll.

Walking is a form of exercise that you can do alone or, providing that you socially distance from fellow walkers in doing so, in a group of up to six people. The benefits of walking can be felt very positively in your physical and mental health.

Dr Matt Tyrer, Cheshire East Council director of public health, said: “As a lot of us will not be leaving our homes to visit friends and family this year for the festive celebrations, it becomes even more important that we try to stay active over the two-week holiday that many people will be taking.

“For many, the Christmas break is a time of rest and relaxation and I very much encourage that. It has been a difficult year and we all need some time to rest and recuperate. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t leave our homes at all.

“A walk, whatever length it might be, can be really good for the mind and body and even a ten-minute stroll can give real benefits.”

Covid safety guidance continues to encourage us to walk wherever possible to avoid using public transport. For both Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas, the Rule of 6 must be complied with in outdoor public spaces – following guidance which includes social distancing and frequent hand hygiene. Full details can be found on the ‘Local restriction tiers: what you need to know’ government guidance.

While the weather appears mild, walking and being outdoors can encourage runny noses, therefore carrying tissues and hand gel is a good idea. Outdoor public spaces include parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests, public gardens and grounds of a heritage site.

Movement between areas operating in a different tier continues to be discouraged unless it is for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or due to caring responsibilities.

Public Health England’s ‘One You’ campaign says that a ten-minute brisk walk is recognised as good exercise, as it raises the heart rate and improves fitness. This could be a very important part of realising your 2021 health and wellbeing goals.

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Covid-19: Rapid testing pilots take place across Cheshire East this week


A pilot scheme of rapid testing for Covid-19 is taking place across Cheshire East this week.

The tests use a new methodology known as Lateral Flow Testing. These tests have been designed to deliver targeted and focused, rapid testing for people without typical symptoms of Covid-19.

The test just takes 30 minutes to produce a result, this is sent via email and SMS confirmation within 45-60 minutes.

Cheshire East Council volunteered to take part in the pilot programme and through this received 10,000 test kits to trial across the borough.

Although the 10,000 kits are insufficient stock to be able to open a large-scale site for the general public, the council have specially chosen vulnerable groups and willing volunteers to take part in the trial. 

Trials take place this week in the following six different pilot groups;

  • Cheshire Fire – 300 Cheshire Fire employees are being tested to determine the right logistics and test frequency to protect front line staff. This could help to reduce the number of staff who may have to self-isolate if a fellow staff member tests positive and is a potential way to offer regular screening to key workers to prevent asymptomatic (showing no symptoms) spread of the infection;
  • Congleton High School – A “Swab Squad” of trained testers are carrying out testing with a selected bubble, within a year 12 group. This pilot will be useful for the school through a reduction in the number of pupils having to self-isolate when a fellow pupil in their bubble tests positive;
  • Springfield High School – The council is looking to determine whether access to rapid results is able to shorten the time extremely vulnerable children are out of their routine, and thereby minimise the impact to their education;
  • East Cheshire Hospice - Supporting the hospice with the ability to test their administration staff, who are not covered by the national programme;
  • Supported Living sites - Regular screening of staff and service users will take place before Christmas and;
  • Cheshire East Council - An internal testing programme with the council’s Early Help & Prevention team will take place to look at how testing can be integrated as an additional safe measure for staff.

Dr Matt Tyrer, Director of Public Health for Cheshire East Council said: “These pilots are invaluable to our learning about Covid-19, the testing process and how we roll out bigger scale tests to best serve our residents in Cheshire East.

“The testing kits are good for helping to find people who aren’t showing Covid-19 symptoms provided that they are administered properly. That is why we are currently carrying out focussed training and pilot testing of the kits in different settings. This will enable us to deliver an effective screening programme to identify people who are asymptomatic.

“The test is quick to take and provides rapid results in just 30 minutes. This means that when a negative result is received that person can go about their normal day and not have to isolate whilst waiting for results.

“During busy testing periods it can take up to 72 hours to receive the results of traditional tests who have to be sent to labs.

“A positive lateral flow test does however require a second test in order to confirm the positive result. This must be a traditional one offered at testing sites. Although this is an inconvenience it doesn’t affect the 10-day isolation start date, which will commence after the lateral flow positive result itself.”

It is expected that the council will receive enough kits in the new year to be able to test 10 percent of the Cheshire East population every week.

The roll out of these rapid tests in Cheshire East does not replace the need for social distancing measures, good hand hygiene and the wearing of face masks. It’s still important for residents to remember hands, face and space.

Keep up to date by visiting: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/Covid19 or follow twitter.com/CheshireEast or facebook.com/CheshireEastCouncil 

Online Scam Awareness

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Online Scam Awareness


Good morning,
It is that time of year when scammers try their luck to take vulnerable peoples money for their own gain. We ask that residents remain aware when purchasing products and that they are safe online. To offer further information, please visit the following link.
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/new-book-of-scams-launched-by-the-metropolitan-police#:~:text=%E2%80%98The%20Little%20Book%20of%20Big%20Scams%E2%80%99%20is%20a,chances%20of%20you%20being%20parted%20from%20your%20money.
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Don’t fall for the 12 scams of Christmas


Cheshire East Council is warning residents not to get caught by a festive toy-buying scam as online sales continue to rise.

In partnership with the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), the council’s trading standards team is encouraging residents to be extremely vigilant when making purchases this year. To avoid becoming a victim of a Christmas toy scam in 2020, please:

· Buy toys from a reputable retailer – the manufacturer must have a name and address on their website;

· Read ratings and reviews to make sure the retailer has a good reputation;

· Always read warnings – age restrictions must be marked based on risks such as choking hazards;

· Make sure the toy is suitable for the person you are buying for – festive novelties can look like toys when they should be kept away from children;

· Remember that children with special needs can be more vulnerable to certain toys;

· Ensure that the toy has not been recalled  - you can do this at the government’s product recall site;

· Make sure that if a toy has button batteries that the batteries are behind a screwed-down flap;

· Avoid buying toys with small parts as they can be a choking hazard

· Remember that toys with loose ribbons can pose a strangulation risk to younger children;

· Compare the price of the product with other retailers and sellers – if it is a fraction of the cost, it is likely to be counterfeit;

· Make sure payment pages are secure by checking that addresses begin with ‘https’ (‘s’ is for secure) and that there’s a closed padlock in the address bar; and

· Ensure that the sites that you are using have words spelled correctly.

Councillor Mick Warren, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for communities, said: “Of course, we always send this message out to residents at this time of year, but this year more than at any other time, I really do urge people to be extra vigilant.

“Unfortunately, there will always be unscrupulous scammers posing as genuine retailers and they’ll know that more people will be shopping for gifts online than ever before.

“If you’re not sure, just stop and look elsewhere.”

Groups, businesses, and individuals are encouraged to support the consumer awareness messages, on how to shop safely when purchasing Christmas toys online, by retweeting and posting them on social media, using the hashtag #shopsafely

Council and partners distribute food and energy vouchers to support the most vulnerable children and families


Cheshire East Council, with the help of schools, colleges, early years settings and other family support services across the borough are distributing vouchers worth £880,000 on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions. They will go to the most vulnerable children and families to pay for essentials such as food and energy during the winter months.

The money is Cheshire East’s share of the government’s £170 million Covid Winter Grant Scheme, which is available from now until the end of March 2021. The fund aims to support those most in need across England with the cost of food, energy (heating, cooking, lighting), water bills and other essentials. 

More than 11,000 children and young people have already been identified by the council and will receive their vouchers over the next few weeks. These families will receive their vouchers via schools, colleges, early years settings and by a host of support services.

Professionals are also able to request support for families that need it. Any families in need are asked to speak to someone they are working with such as a GP, teacher or support worker, who can request the vouchers on their behalf.

Families may also be eligible for support through free school meals, which can be applied for online at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/fsm

For emergency assistance Cheshire East has a host of food banks that operate across the borough which can be found by visiting www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/livewell and searching for ‘food banks’.

Councillor Kathryn Flavell, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “We recognise that this is an extremely difficult time for our most vulnerable children and families and these vouchers will go some way to help put food on the table and pay for other essentials over the winter months.

“Using this fund, the Department for Work and Pensions has allowed us to directly offer swift support to more than 11,000 children living in vulnerable households across Cheshire East, who have suffered financial hardship due to Covid, ensuring that no child goes hungry and that they can be kept warm and safe.

“We, together with our schools, colleges, early years providers, and other partners, know which groups are in most need and the vouchers will be distributed directly to those families, who have been identified.

“My pledge is that we will work together with the local community and businesses to maximise the help that is available, ensuring that we respect families’ right to have choice and offer directly the most practical help that they will need over the coming months.

“If any family with children finds themselves in need, I urge you to apply for free school meals or speak to a trusted professional.’’

Christmas Toy Appeal

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Christmas Toy Appeal


TOY APPEAL - Are you able to help, The Wishing Well Project are distributing items to families in need of Christmas items, some children wont have any gifts to open this Christmas, they are still looking for the following items;
Selection Boxes
Santa Sacks
Toys
Wrapping Paper
Christmas Eve Boxes ( Shoe box size )
Bath Bombs
Pyjamas ( Boys & Girls, 7-16yrs )
Chocolate Reindeers
Please contact Mabyn
To arrange collection or delivery to The Georges on Facebook or email
mabyn.meredith@wishingwellproject.net
Many Thanks for your support
Pcso Probin

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Penny Probin (Police, Community Support Officer, Crewe LPU)

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Winter wellbeing – prepare your home for winter


Cheshire East Council is offering a range of advice and support to residents on how to keep warm, well and safe this winter.

Working with its partners, the council is reminding people that there are numerous checks that can be completed, which can minimise the effects of bad weather.

Dr Matt Tyrer, Cheshire East Council’s director of public health, said: “We know that winter can be a daunting time of the year for some people but there are simple things that residents can do themselves, to help them stay warm, well and safe.

“For those that do need a little extra help, emergency support is available for vulnerable people in the event of a heating failure or similar occurrence. Help can be requested through the council’s customer contact centre, via the online web page here or by calling 0300 123 5500.

“Throughout the pandemic, keeping an eye out for friends, family members and neighbours has been more difficult. During the colder months, an idea would be to drop a note through someone’s door to ask if they need any support and leave your contact details with them, so they don’t feel isolated – in addition to phone calls and online check-ins with friends and relatives. This winter, more than ever, it’s so important that we keep people feeling connected.”

The advice is:

  • Insulate pipes and drain off outside taps to prevent frozen pipes;
  • Know where your stop tap is and make sure you can turn it on and off with ease;
  • Consider asking a friend or neighbour to check on your house regularly if you are going away
  • Leave your heating on if the weather is forecast to be freezing;
  • Insulate your loft or walls to keep the heat in. Free and impartial advice about energy saving measures, grants and discounts is available from the Cheshire Green Doctor on 0330 174 0863. You can also visit our help with heating page
  • Fit draught proofing to seal any gaps around doors and windows;
  • Get your boiler serviced regularly by a qualified engineer. Remember, for gas boilers, check that your engineer is Gas Safe registered. Oil-fired heating needs servicing too;
  • If you don’t have central heating in your home, check to see if you are eligible for a grant on our help with heating page.
  • Be prepared for clearing ice and snow this winter – have a snow shovel, brush and grit or salt ready;
  • If a member of your household is of pensionable age, has a disability, a chronic illness, hearing and/or visual difficulties or you have a child under eight-years-old, you may be eligible for free or priority services (you can contact your energy supplier to check);
  • If electricity supplies go down in your area, do not assume that your supplier knows – call them and have your name, postcode, house number and telephone number handy and;
  • If you have a burst pipe, collect the water in a bucket and switch off your central heating. Turn off your stop tap and turn on your sink taps to drain your water system.

Do not touch wiring or switches, which you suspect may have been affected. If in doubt, turn off your electricity at the mains and call a plumber. For more information, contact United Utilities on 0845 746 2200 or visit the United Utilities website.

Advice on how to stay well this winter can also be found on our Facebook and Twitter

pages. Please help friends and neighbours unable to access the internet, by downloading and printing off information and giving it to them.

Cheshire East Council to consult on Budget 2021-2025


Cheshire East Council has launched its Budget Consultation Report for 2021 to 2025.

Set against a backdrop of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, increasing demand and rising costs, the consultation sets out service proposals and financial plans for the period from 1 April 2021 through to 31 March 2022.

The impact of COVID-19 has created unprecedented levels of uncertainty around the medium-term finances of local authorities in England. Cheshire East Council is no different in that respect and many assumptions underlying the consultation proposals may still be subject to change, requiring the council to be flexible and have an adaptable approach.

The budget consultation document outlines how the council is managing the financial challenges of COVID-19. Without the impact of the pandemic, the 2020/21 budget would have presented a strong base. However, the levels of demand for services, and rising costs linked to inflation, present significant medium-term funding deficits.

The council has reported a potential £13million funding deficit related to the impact of COVID-19 in 2020/21, in addition to an already identified shortfall of £12million in 2021/22.

This year, given the move towards more virtual interactions as a result of the on-going pandemic, the consultation is being produced as an online survey which will contain the background to the financial situation the council is currently facing along with the facility to review and comment on the proposals being put forward.

The council is inviting the opinions and views from residents, businesses, councillors, staff, town and parish councils, local community groups and other stakeholders. The feedback received will be used to inform the budget setting process.

Councillor Amanda Stott, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for Finance, ICT and Communications, said: “The financial impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on Cheshire East and Cheshire East Council has been huge. The council, like every other local authority, is having to deal with unprecedented financial pressures due to increasing demand particularly in adult and children’s social care and our statutory duties to protect our most vulnerable residents.

“The budget setting process is inevitably going to be a challenge this year and we will have to take some tough decisions about our services and future spending.

“Council tax only raises around one third of the money needed to fund the hundreds of local services we provide across Cheshire East. Whilst central government have given councils the ability to increase council tax by five per cent (three per cent of which will be specifically allocated to fund adult social care) this is higher than was initially assumed.

“The council wants to listen to all feedback on this consultation before coming to any final recommendation about how best to balance the additional funding we receive from government and income, with the rising demand for the services we deliver.

“Our draft budget prioritises critical frontline services and investment in our recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic. We will redesign some services and continue to transform the council to ensure maximum efficiency while protecting the most vulnerable, supporting our businesses and growing our local economy through this time of unprecedented financial challenge.

“But now more than ever before, I would strongly urge everyone to play their part. We need to hear your views on our draft budget proposals, so we get an understanding of

your priorities, needs and aspirations for our services and your local community”.

To have your say and take part in our budget consultation, please go to: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/budget2021

The budget consultation runs until 8 January 2021.

Following the consultation and after feedback has been considered, budget proposals will be refined and updated before the final budget is agreed by full council on 17 February 2021.

Purse Theft Prevention

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Purse Theft Prevention


We are getting reports of purse thefts and handbag thefts in the Crewe Town Centre.
Last December we had an increase of purse thefts, especially in the CARD SHOPS.
Keep your bag across your body under your coat to the front of you.
Fasten all zips on bags.
Attach purse bells.
Don't leave bags on the back of chairs in cafes.
Keep car/house keys in a fastened pocket separate from you handbag.
Carry small amounts of money.
Wear a money belt.
Don't leave belongings on top of pushchairs.
If mobility scooter user keep valuables in your bag across your body rather than loose in the front basket.
REMEMBER Pickpockets often work in teams they create a distraction by bumping or shoving, dropping something, or asking a question while others lift wallets/purses from pockets.
Many Thanks
Pcso Probin.

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Penny Probin (Police, Community Support Officer, Crewe LPU)

6 Simple Checks To Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter Recommended By the Rac

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6 Simple Checks To Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter Recommended By the Rac


6 simple checks to prepare your vehicle for winter
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With busy lives, it’s sometimes difficult to find time to make preparations, but checking your car is ready for winter is a really important job to do.
Breakdowns or accidents caused by unsafe tyres will be at minimum an inconvenience, and at worst could be deadly. Make sure you are one-step ahead of cold and snowy winter weather by doing a few simple checks on your vehicle today.
The RAC recommends using the acronym ‘FORCES’ to remember the simple winter checks:
1. F – Fuel
It may sound obvious but ensure you have enough fuel for your journey – it is a good idea to fill-up before setting off. Cars use more fuel in heavy traffic and start/stop conditions which can be regular occurrences, especially in wintry weather. And if the weather changes and it takes longer than you expect you could encounter problems.
2. O – Oil
Check your oil level using the dip stick and top-up if necessary – check your handbook if you are unfamiliar with 6 simple checks to prepare your vehicle for how to do this and to ensure you use the correct oil. Locate the oil cap with the oil can symbol on it and pour in the right amount. Make sure you replace the cap fully and be careful not to overfill as this can cause more problems. Locate the oil cap with the oil can symbol on it and pour in the right amount. Make sure you replace the cap fully and be careful not to overfill as this can cause more problems.
3. R– Rubber
Check your tyre tread depth and air pressure
Remember that well-maintained tyres are vital to give you traction and grip on icy, wet surfaces. Your car’s recommended tyre pressure can be found either in your car’s manual or inside the driver’s door.
The legal tyre tread depth for cars in the UK and Europe is 1.6mm. Check your tyre tread depth using either a tyre gauge, the marker bars on your tyre or a 20 pence coin. If you can’t see the outer band of the 20p your tyres are within the legal limit. RAC recommends you check your tyres every fortnight, and before long journeys. The RAC recommends changing your tyres before they get to the low limit and ideally a minimum tread depth of 3mm in icy or very wet conditions.
Check your wiper blades
In winter your windscreen can get a very dirty from rain, snow, ice and road salt. Maintaing good visibility is always imperative so check your wipers are doing the job by spraying some washer fluid and checking they clean the windscreen. Then get out of the car and run your fingers along the length of the the blades to check for splits. It’s recommended to change wiper blades every 12 months.
4. C – Coolant
Coolant (a mixture of water and antifreeze) is pumped around your engine to cool it. You should regularly check your engine coolant level and top-up if required. Remember only check this when the engine is cool otherwise you risk scalding yourself. It’s not normal for coolant levels to drop suddenly, so if it does, get it checked out at a garage. You should find the coolant is between the min/max marks on the side of the tank.
5. E – Electrics
Check your lights and indicators are all working properly and replace bulbs or fuses if required. Battery problems are the reason for more RAC call-outs in winter than anything else. Car batteries need replacing every few years (according to usage) so make sure you get yours checked at your car service. RAC has a guide about checking and maintaining your battery.
6. S – Screen wash
Make sure you top up your screenwash with a product that is effective down to at least -15 degrees Celsius. This additive helps to keep the windscreen free of ice and dirt, particularly the winter road grime caused by road salting and gritting which can cause visibility issues. There is also the risk of a frozen windscreen which is another reason to ensure you use a proper anti-freeze screen wash.
Drive Safely, Many Thanks
Pcso Probin.

Council says ‘cover your face, keep your space’, shop safely and support your local town this Christmas


Cheshire East Council is urging residents to shop in their local town in the lead up to Christmas, whilst of course wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing.

Supporting local trade is vital now more than ever and there are many benefits of shopping local, helping businesses to survive Covid-19 too. Small businesses know their customers and can offer a more personal service for Christmas – they would really appreciate your support during an unprecedented year.  

Understandably, the pandemic has left residents nervous about visiting their local town centre. Businesses across Cheshire East have their own measures in place, to ensure the safety of their customers and staff. This includes plastic partitions at tills, having hand sanitiser stations, and providing clear directions so that people can social distance.

Please consider wearing a mask when queuing outside shops in our town centres, keeping 2 metres or more apart, to protect yourself and others in the vicinity. Shoppers are still required to wear a mask indoors to reduce the spread of Covid-19, but it is important to be extra vigilant and responsible so everyone can enjoy the festivities of the season.

Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “Shopping in your local town at Christmas is a great opportunity to play your part in boosting Cheshire East’s economic recovery, supporting our high streets and local businesses who have been hit hard by the pandemic.

“Cycle or walk into your favourite town if you can, to find great deals on unique items, which you wouldn’t necessarily find elsewhere. Avoiding major North West cities is preferable to minimise increased infection rates locally, card payments to prevent handling cash and forward planning your shopping trip during non-peak hours is also recommended.

“Remember to cover you face and keep your space, given the circumstances these small actions will make a big difference. Be polite and courteous to each other as others may be more nervous than you are. And remember, please stay at home if you or a member of your household displays any symptoms.”

Councillor Sarah Pochin, Cheshire East Council’s business champion, said: “Every £1 you spend keeps local business and jobs afloat. Invest in your local businesses, to maintain the character of our towns and communities and help keep Cheshire East a great place to live, work and socialise.

“Not shopping in your local town this Christmas poses the threat that many businesses won’t survive the financial inflictions of the virus next year. We all have a responsibility to help where we can, and what better time than spending local at Christmas.”

The council’s stay safe and shop local campaign is part of the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), to support the safe reopening of its high streets.

Cheshire East Council’s Director of Public Health comments on Covid-19 vaccine roll out for Cheshire East


Last week government announced approval for a Covid-19 vaccine. The much-anticipated vaccine will start to be rolled out across the country today.

Dr Matt Tyrer, Director of Public Health for Cheshire East Council said: “The news regarding the vaccine is a significant turning point in our fight against the virus. I’m delighted that the vaccine can now be rolled out in a safe and effective manner across Cheshire East

“This will be the largest scale vaccination programme that this country has ever seen. It will be a marathon over the coming months and by no means a quick sprint.

“Cheshire’s health and care partners are working tirelessly to ensure a safe and effective delivery of the vaccine to the local population, initially to the most at-risk groups including over-80s, social care workers, care home workers and care home residents.

“It’s important that those working on the front line in care homes are vaccinated in order to protect the many vulnerable and at-risk residents who they work tirelessly to look after, and the residents themselves are vaccinated.

“Importantly, this does not mean that we can now stop social-distancing and wearing face coverings – our fight against Covid is not over – in many ways, this vaccine is the just beginning of our fightback.

“We all must continue to remember to keep good hand hygiene, wear a face covering where appropriate and to keep a distance of two metres from other people.”

Residents can support the roll out of the vaccine by following this simple guidance:

  • You will be contacted when it’s the right time for you to come forward. Please don’t contact the NHS or your GP to seek a vaccine before then;
  • When you are invited for a vaccine, please act on your invite and make sure you attend appointments when you arrange them; and
  • Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will continue to help save lives.

Keep up to date by visiting: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/Covid19 or follow twitter.com/CheshireEast or facebook.com/CheshireEastCouncil 

Further information about the vaccine, including the answers to many frequently asked questions can be found by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

Sunday, 6 December 2020

Winter Car Checks

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Winter Car Checks


Now that the colder weather is coming please ensure that you carry out checks on your vehicles.
Here are some simple checks that can be carried out –
Tyres – is the tread ok?
Tyre pressure
Windscreen wipers and windscreen fluid level
Oil level
Are all the bulbs working correctly?
Weather conditions can change suddenly and unexpectedly and road conditions can be unpredictable so please drive carefully and ensure you adapt your driving to the conditions.
On icy mornings, please defrost all windows completely before starting your journey.
Take care and have safe journeys.

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Andrea Smith (Police, Community Support Officer, Crewe LPU)