The scheme first reported a month ago (Local News 7) has now been implemented. Basically it makes Lodge Road one way only for drivers (from Church Road end), in order to make it safer for children attending schools. Priority is given to pedestrians and cyclists.
This week there has been a lot of discussion about this on Facebook. The vast majority are against the scheme, saying that it creates more congestion elsewhere, particularly in the town centre and along Pikemere Road. However there are other voices which suggest that actually it makes little difference to congestion elsewhere, and makes it a lot easier on Lodge Road.
This was not a scheme recommended by Alsager councillors (either town or Cheshire East). What they recommended was 20 mph speed limit within the town centre, and wider pavements. Some people have complained about reducing the speed limit, but others have pointed out that to travel one mile would take 3 minutes instead of 2 minutes, and research proves that a slower speed limit is safer.
Cheshire East is currently consulting on this scheme, so if you want to contribute you can do so here.
The rationale for the scheme is as follows: Through traffic heading south on Lodge Road will be restricted to cyclists and pedestrians only. This is to provide additional footway space for children accessing Alsager School and to improve safety where there is currently a narrow footway and poor forward visibility.
There is a petition asking government to support theatres by introducing #SeatOutToHelpOut where, for every seat sold for a live performance, the government pay £10 for an empty seat. If you would like to sign the petition click here.
Many of us are theatre goers and we should all do what we can to make sure that the theatres, and the people who work in them, survive during this difficult period.
Alsager Leisure Centre have been trying to adapt their current booking system to enable bookings for swimming to be made, something which the system was not designed for. As a result people trying to book have experienced some difficulties, for which the Leisure Centre apologises. They have given out this explanation and progress report:
"However, whilst the booking system works well for group exercise and gym sessions – with almost 50,000 sessions booked successfully in August. Swimming sessions bookings require much more flexibility. So, we have considered your feedback and have now invested in developing this and are working really hard behind the scenes to improve the XN Leisure booking system, to make the system work better for you all. We are currently testing a new improved way of making bookings which we hope to launch before the end of September.
During the switch over there may be a period of down time (no more than 1 day) where swimming sessions will be unavailable to book so we can move to the new way of booking."
This collection service has temporary opening times so please check here before you go. This will take you to the general post office page, then just type in Butt Lane.
I very much hope none of you has any Covid symptoms. However, if you do, there is now an opportunity to take part in a clinical trial of potential treatments that can be taken at home. The "Principle" trial is testing pre-existing drugs with older patients in the community who show signs of the disease. It aims to halt or slow the progression of Covid-19 and prevent the need for hospital admission.
Although the trial has been running since April, with a spike in the infection rate in the region the National Institute for Health Research in Greater Manchester is keen to get more people recruited. Participants must be aged 50 or over with underlying health conditions, or aged over 65. Some GP surgeries are recruiting patients, but there is also an opportunity to sign up online here, where you can also find out more information.
Two of our Cheshire East councillors, Phil Williams and June Buckley, will be holding surgeries this week to hear your views and concerns. They will be in Costa between 10.30 am and 12 noon on Wednesday 16 and Saturday 19 September.