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Friday, 26 February 2021

Pressure on Green Belt quadruples since 2013 despite soaring appreciation of green space, says CPRE


•    Local plans for housing on the Green Belt have quadrupled in the past eight years according to new research from CPRE, the countryside charity
•    Access to countryside and green spaces has never been more important as new poll reveals two thirds of adults think protecting and enhancing green spaces should be a higher priority after lockdown

Despite a surge in demand for time in green space, the Green Belt – the countryside next door for 30 million people - is facing extreme and sustained pressure, according to new research from CPRE, the countryside charity. The annual State of Greenbelt 2021 report reveals there are currently 0.25 million (257,944) homes proposed to be built on land removed from the Green Belt – over four times as many (475% increase) as in 2013. With only one in ten considered affordable, these new homes will do little to tackle the affordable housing crisis.
This pressure is only set to increase under damaging changes to the planning system currently being considered by the government – the analysis reveals the new formula to determine housing supply proposed by the government could lead to at least a 35% increase in housing on the Green Belt. The report highlights a number of local case studies where increased pressure on Green Belts is leading to the loss of valuable open land for local communities.
This huge loss of countryside near where people live is in direct contradiction to overwhelming demand for access to quality time in green space and nature. A new poll, conducted by Opinium on behalf of CPRE, shows a surge in appreciation for local green spaces since the first lockdown, much of which are located in our Green Belts, and found that:
•    Over two thirds (67%) of adults think protecting and enhancing green spaces should be a higher priority after lockdown;
•    Nearly half (46%) reported visiting green spaces more since the start of lockdown – a dramatic 11 percentage point increase since April 2020;
•    59% reported they are more aware of the importance of these local green spaces for our mental health and wellbeing since lockdown.
Commenting on the findings, Crispin Truman, chief executive of CPRE, the countryside charity, said:
‘Local countryside and green spaces have been a lifeline through lockdown. Our poll shows massive public support for protecting these places - their importance for our mental health and wellbeing is undeniable. So, to see the growing level of threat faced by the Green Belt, the countryside next door for millions of people living in our towns and cities, is extremely worrying.
‘The government can and must act to stop the loss of Green Belt and ensure greater access to nature and green space is at the heart of our planning system. This can be done by making best use of land that’s been built on previously before even considering development on the Green Belt. The public is crying out for more access to nature, green space and countryside – it’s time ministers realised this and put people and nature at the heart of their changes to the planning system.’
Despite evidence that there is already enough space on previously used land (known as brownfield) and other land already granted planning permission for the government to reach its housing targets for the duration of this parliament, the upcoming changes to planning look set to further increase pressure on the Green Belt. The report lays out the consequences of this approach as only 10% of the developments planned for Green Belt land between 2015 and 2020 are considered to be affordable. On this trajectory, we risk losing ever more Green Belt while having no impact on the housing crisis and providing homes local communities are able to afford.
To make sure we protect and enhance the Green Belt while allowing for the genuinely affordable new homes that are sorely needed, CPRE is urging the government to put people and nature at the heart of the forthcoming Planning Bill.

Attempted Vehicle Theft

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Attempted Vehicle Theft


Dear Residents
Can we make you aware of Attempted Vehicle Theft in the West Street area.
Here are some useful tips to protect your vehicle and belongings
Lock your vehicles
Do not leave any valuables on show
Do not leave cash in car
Close windows / Sun roof
Hide electrical items
Remove valuable tools
Park in well lit area
Remove personal documents
Remove stereo
Fit anti-theft device
Please report suspicious activity to 101
Many Thanks
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February 2021 Enewsletter - Firelink

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February 2021 Enewsletter - Firelink



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


Covid boost as Cheshire Fire staff team up with NHS colleagues at vaccination sites

The county’s newest vaccination sites have received a shot in the arm from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service with firefighters and support staff joining NHS colleagues to administer thousands of Covid-19 vaccinations.
Two large sites at Chester Racecourse and Alderley Park opened last week, massively boosting the fight in Cheshire to get our communities protected against the Covid-19 virus as soon as possible.
And in a bid to maximise capacity at the sites, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has provided more than 100 staff who have been trained by NHS colleagues to administer the vaccination, as well as assist with other administrative and support duties.
The fire service personnel are working vaccination shifts around their existing workloads where possible and, in some cases, are volunteering their own time outside of working hours.
Find out more - Covid boost as Cheshire Fire staff team up with NHS colleagues at vaccination sites

Chester Fire Station rebuild complete as firefighters and staff move back in

Firefighters and staff have moved into a state-of-the art fire station that will serve the city of Chester and its residents for years to come.
Work began on the new building around 15 months ago, to replace the former ageing station on St Anne Street. Despite the prospect of building a new fire station during the Covid-19 pandemic, contractor ISG rose the challenge and have now handed over the keys to the new station.
It boasts modern training facilities such as a new training tower, breathing apparatus building and road traffic collision training area, and is generally a better working environment for all staff based there.
It’s also more cost-effective to run and maintain, has improved accessibility, and houses improved community facilities, meaning that Chester’s new fire station will be serving the community in more ways than one.
Find out more - Chester Fire Station rebuild complete as firefighters and staff move back in

Sprinkler quickly extinguishes fire at Cheshire nursing home

Chief Fire Officers are praising nursing home owners in Mobberley for their diligence in fitting a sprinkler system which activated when a fire broke out, immediately extinguishing the flames at source.
The fire occurred just after 5.30pm on January 30 and involved a bedroom at Sunrise of Mobberley, Barclay Park, on Hall Lane. Two fire engines from Cheshire and one from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were sent to the scene after an automatic fire alarm sounded, alerting them to the incident.
On arrival crews found everyone in the building was accounted for and that the automatic fire alarm system had raised the alarm and a sprinkler system had also activated and extinguished the flames.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus checked the room and damped down the affected area as a precaution. They praised the care home owners for the fitting of the sprinkler system, which did its job by extinguishing the flames at source.
Find out more - Sprinkler quickly extinguishes fire at Cheshire nursing home

National campaign to recruit on-call firefighters is an opportunity for those who need more

Paid on-call firefighters are being sought as part of this year’s national on-call recruitment campaign.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) is supporting a campaign led by the National Fire Chiefs Council encouraging people step forward and explore the opportunities the fire and rescue service can offer people who have a passion for working in and helping their local community by becoming paid on-call firefighters.
The ‘Need More’ on-call fire campaign is in its third year and runs from 1 - 7 March. The campaign aims to highlight opportunities which are open to people from all walks of life. The campaign is supported by a national website - www.oncallfire.uk - which allows people to find out more about on-call roles and get in touch with CFRS at any time of the year.
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Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Scam Warning As Fire Service Phone Numbers Are Spoofed By Telemarketers

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Scam Warning As Fire Service Phone Numbers Are Spoofed By Telemarketers


You may have received a phone call from our main switchboard number, 01606 868700, or another one of our phone numbers with the 01606 868 prefix.
Please be aware that a telemarketing company is ‘spoofing’ these numbers without our consent, and the matter is being investigated.
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Become A Member of Neighbourhood Watch

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Become A Member of Neighbourhood Watch


Become a Member of Neighbourhood Watch
People join Neighbourhood Watch for many different reasons, whether it is to improve safety around their home or to become part of a group and meet new people. It is widely regarded that being part of Neighbourhood Watch can:
• Reduce / prevent local crime and disorder
• Reduce fear of crime
• Address issues relating to antisocial behaviour
• Create safer neighbourhoods
• Build community spirit and cohesion
• Reassure members of the public
• Enhance partnership working with other community groups
• Assist in the detection and apprehension of criminals through members providing information to the police
• Improve quality of life and the local environment
Whether you are thinking about joining, already a member or leading a scheme or an Association there is a range of crime prevention advice, and support materials to suit your needs.
If you are interested then open the link to find out more information www.cheshirenw.org
Many Thanks
Pcso Penny Probin – Crewe Central Police
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Sunday, 14 February 2021

Social Media- Facebook Marketplace

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Social Media- Facebook Marketplace

Good morning,
We have received several calls regarding bogus traders on Facebook marketplace.
May we advise users to firstly consider their journey to be necessary to complete transactions, therefore not breaking any COVID guidelines. If stopped, you may need to explain your reasonings.
Secondly to be vigilant when sending money to venders prior to receiving goods.
Many thanks,
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Covid Scam Reminder

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Covid Scam Reminder


How you will be contacted for your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination
The NHS will contact you when it's your turn to have the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination.
The vaccine is being offered at larger vaccination centres, pharmacies and some local NHS services such as hospitals or GP surgeries.
When it's your turn, you'll be contacted by letter, text or email with information on how to book your appointment.
More people are being offered the vaccine every week.
By letter, text or email
If you're invited to have your vaccination at a larger vaccination centre or at a pharmacy, you'll get a letter.
If you're invited to have your vaccination at a local centre such as a hospital or GP surgery, you'll usually get a text or email. You may sometimes get a letter.
You can choose to go to a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service. More places are opening all the time.
Spotting a scam
The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge on the NHS.
The NHS will never ask for:
• your bank account or card details
• your pin or banking password
• copies of personal documents to prove your identity such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips
If you think you have been a victim of fraud or identify theft, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Many Thanks
Pcso Penny Probin - Crewe Central Police
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Bitcoin-Related Scam Emails

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Bitcoin-Related Scam Emails


Dear Subscriber,
We’re warning the public to be vigilant of unsolicited emails promoting cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) investment opportunities. We’ve received over 750 reports this week about Bitcoin-related phishing emails that use fake celebrity endorsements to try and lure victims into investment scams. The links in the emails lead to fraudulent websites that are designed to steal your money, as well as personal and financial information.
How you can protect yourself:

  • Investment opportunities: Don’t be rushed into making an investment. Remember, legitimate organisations will never pressure you into making a transaction on the spot.
  • Seek advice first: Speak with a trusted friend or family members, and seek independent professional advice before making significant financial decisions.
  • FCA register: Use the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) register to check if the company is regulated by the FCA. If you deal with a firm (or individual) that isn’t regulated, you may not be covered by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) if things go wrong and you lose your money.
  • For more information about how to invest safely, please visit: https://www.fca.org.uk/scamsmart
  • Report suspicious emails: If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, you can report it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service by forwarding the email to - report@phishing.gov.uk

To see examples of the Bitcoin-related phishing emails that have been reported to us, follow Action Fraud on Twitter or Facebook.
(Please forward this message to any friends, family members, or colleagues that may find this information useful)
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Covid Vaccination Centre on Tv

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Covid Vaccination Centre on Tv


ITV Good Morning Britain have visited the Centre based at Honda on West Street , to interview the garage owner Roger Morris and the Hollowood Chemist owner on West Street, which will be televised tomorrow morning between 6am - 8:30am.
Their inspirational story of over 30yrs friendship which has enabled them to provide a local vaccination centre on West Street.
Hollywood Chemist are currently vaccinating between 800 - 1000 people per week.
By appointment only.
We would like to thank both Honda & Hollywood Chemist for their continued dedication during these difficult times. #crewecentral #wecare #workingtogether #staysafe
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Thursday, 11 February 2021

Shed Break-In

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Shed Break-In


We have had an increase in shed break in has and most recently Flag Lane has been targeted.
The incident occurred between 17:00hrs on 5/2/21 and 17:00hrs on 6/02/2021.
I would like to take this opportunity to point out that the Crewe Local Policing Unit, which covers both the town centre and the large rural area surrounding it, experiences a very low number of domestic house burglaries.
In an effort to ensure it is an isolated incident we would ask you to review your home security and take sensible precautions like checking all premises and outbuildings are secure, house alarms set and vehicle keys stored away etc.
If you have seen any suspicious persons, vehicles or have any other information, please contact us on 101 referring to this letter.
Your call will be dealt with in complete confidence and the information you supply may help us to further reduce burglary and other offences in your area.
Your local beat officers are PC Barker 30116 & PCSO Probin 22588
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Do Not Use Your Mobile Whilst Driving

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Do Not Use Your Mobile Whilst Driving


Good Morning.
It’s a well-known fact that using a mobile phone while driving is one of the main contributory factors in a fatal collision. We will be out looking for anyone taking a call, texting or scrolling through their phone while driving.
Drivers who use mobile phones behind the wheel are four times more likely to be involved in a collision. Leave your phone well out of sight. It’s not worth dying for.
The majority, if not all, road users know that it is against the law to use their mobile phone while driving, yet some still decide to do it anyway. Many people even try and hide it down by their laps in a bid to avoid being caught. There is no excuse.
If caught using your mobile phone while driving, you will face the prospect of a £200 fine and six penalty points on your licence and, if you’re a new driver, you could lose your licence. That call/text/post on social media is not worth dying for.
If you think you could be tempted to look at your mobile phone, then leave it well out of reach. That call/text/post on social media is not worth dying for.
Drive Safely
Pcso Penny Probin - Crewe Central Police
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Saturday, 6 February 2021

Key Messages on Covid 19 Vaccine

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Key Messages on Covid 19 Vaccine


Dear Jan
With over 10 million people already receiving their first dose of the vaccine, we have been asked to pass on this important information from the Home Office, to our volunteers, in the hope that you can share the contents within the pack to reach your members and wider communities.
As a valued Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator, we are calling you to action to message key information regarding the vaccine to the wider community.
Please see attached a COVID-19 vaccine comms pack, which has been produced to support voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations disseminate key messages on vaccines.
It includes:

  • Guidance and basic explanations they can use answering ‘What is a vaccine?’
  • Comms assets and resources on vaccines they can use and share
  • Vaccine resources for British Sign Language users
  • Key messages on COVID-19 Vaccine Scams
  • Misinformation - assets and copy they can use to tackle misinformation on vaccines
We know this might be a little overwhelming as there is a lot of information in the pack and we want to calm any concerns that you may have.  This is a time to come together to support the national campaign to get everyone vaccinated in our country, so that we can return to some type of normal in the future.
The reason we have asked you to help is because this is a something that Neighbourhood Watch does well, we are great at disseminating information to the many, to our communities, to our friends and relatives.
In the pack you will see places to click on links, when clicked on, it will bring you to a Google docs page, with lots of resources available.
Suggested resources to use -each contain downloadable images, videos and posters for use in communicating about the vaccine:
  • Vaccine Fact Cards 
  • Vaccine Delivery Plan
How to use:
  1. Double click on Vaccine Fact Cards
  2. Scroll through to select your resource/image
  3. Right click and select save to keep.
  4. On the side panel (save to keep) click on the 3 dots, it will then open the image
  5. Right click on image and save the image to your computer
  6. Use the image in an email or social media message.
We would advise you not to send the pack to others in your community but to simply share the messaging from the pack.
It would be really appreciated, if you could provide any feedback to enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk on how you used the pack.
Best wishes
Cheryl
Cheryl Spruce | HEAD OF MEMBERSHIP AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
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Residents Urged To Remain Vigilant Following Increase In Catalytic Converter Thefts

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Residents Urged To Remain Vigilant Following Increase In Catalytic Converter Thefts


Police are urging residents to remain vigilant following an increase in in the number of catalytic converter thefts across the county.
Over the past week officers have received at least nine reports of catalytic converter thefts in Northwich, Middlewich, Warrington, Holmes Chapel and Handforth.
The offenders have targeted a number of vehicles including Honda Jazz, Toyota Auris, Honda Accord and Toyota Corolla.
Inspector Anton Sullivan, of Cheshire Constabulary’s Roads and Crime Unit, added: “Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise across the country, with offenders predominantly targeting hybrid vehicles.
“I would like to reassure residents that we are doing all we can to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.
“At this time our enquiries in relation to these recent incidents remain ongoing and we are keeping an open mind as to whether they are linked.
“Car owners can also play a significant role in tackling catalytic converter thefts by being vigilant, reviewing any security measures they have in place and calling the police on 101 as soon as possible if they see anyone removing catalytic converters or acting suspiciously in car parks, on driveways or anywhere else where vehicles are left.
“In addition, we urge scrap metal dealers to be mindful if they are ever offered catalytic converters or exhaust systems and to contact us if they suspect that they could have been stolen.”
Cheshire Constabulary’s tips on how motorists can reduce their chances of becoming a victim are:  

  • If possible, park your car in a garage
  • If your car is at high risk, consider marking the metal shell of the converter with a unique mark, so that if it is stolen it will be easier to trace back to your vehicle
  • If your catalytic converter is bolted on, the bolts can be welded shut - this would not stop a determined thief but would slow them down
  • Giving some consideration to the way your car is parked could reduce the chances of your catalytic converter being stolen - high and low clearance vehicles being parked close together make it more difficult for a thief to gain access to converters
  • Good quality lighting will improve natural surveillance and make a thief less likely to be able to remove a catalytic converter without being seen
  • Leaving your car in an area covered by CCTV may also deter thieves - CCTV systems should be well signed.
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