Alsager's Milton Park Gardens gets its flagpole to display its Green flag status. The park was awarded the Green Flag status on 14th October 2019 and the flag has now been raised at the garden's entrance. The Green Flag Award is given to publicly accessible parks and open spaces, in recognition of good management and best practice, in the green space sector. The Friends of Milton Park meet regularly to consider improvements to the park and appreciate the amount of time and care that volunteers give in helping to keep the park and gardens, planted and tidy. The group has now turned its attention to the Skate Park. Cheshire East Connected Communities (Youth Section) will work with the Friends to draw up plans to upgrade the skate park. This will be a lengthy process and the new group will meet for the first time in December. The first and most important part of the plans will be the consultation process. Watch this space.
Here is a post this week on Facebook from Michael Unett, an Alsager town councillor:
Great to see Cheshire East Council planting new trees on Wayside Linley Park for drainage and as part of their climate strategy. Alsager Town Council also passed a Climate Emergency last year and has a target to become carbon-neutral by 2025 – new projects such as further tree planting in parks and across the town will hopefully be considered soon.
The Town Council's Finance Committee also approved a grant application for funding two new benches on the park last night.
It's great to see investment in our local parks and brilliant to see much needed long overdue investment in the beautiful Wayside Linley Park.
Someone else said that the sports hub area has also benefitted from substantial planting of trees and shrubs.
Just a reminder about the Cheshire East current consultations.
Recycling centres – final date for submissions is 4 January 2021, click here to access the survey. Takes about 10 minutes.
Parking and transport – final date for submissions is 31 January 2021, click here to access the survey. Takes about 20 minutes.
Kickstart is a government-funded scheme to help young people at risk of long-term employment get into the job market. The scheme for Cheshire uses the Cheshire Learning Partnership, supported by East Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, as the gateway organisation for the scheme. 40 local employers are ready to offer more than 100 young people immediate work placements. However, although an application was made in September, the government has still not approved the scheme. Fiona Bruce has raised the issue in Parliament.
Earlier this year the government authorised a further badger cull in Cheshire East, which was carried out, much to the anger of some people. However, Cheshire East has now partnered with the Cheshire Badger Vaccination Programme to use vaccination to control badgers on farmland and council-owned land. It is using council resources to offer farmers vaccination free of charge.
Now the non-essential shops are open again you might like to give the independent shops and businesses in Alsager your support. Use them or lose them.
Finally our local councils have been permitted to become more involved in local contact tracing systems. Council staff will work from daily lists, provided by the national Test and Trace team, of people it is has been unable to contact within 24 hours. This puts on a more formal basis an informal system that had been working recently, and uses the council's own call centres.
In the 7 days to 28 November the rolling rate for Alsager is still below 200 (Alsager East 137, Alsager West 193), with a total of 20 new cases (21 the previous week). The average for England is 155 and for Cheshire East as a whole is 121. We all still need to take care. See map here.
Remember we are back in Tier 2 (but stricter than pre-lockdown Tier 2). Click here to find details of the restrictions.
Just seen that Royal Stoke Hospital is one of the first to get the vaccine.