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Store Christmas opening hours (with thanks to Peter Farne)

This is for the benefit of U3A members who haven't laid in enough brandy to flambée the Christmas pud.  Click the link to find the opening hours.

Three supermarkets meet the gold standard of publishing their normal and festive opening hours.
Hall Farm Shop                  
Sainsbury's Local              

Note also that Asda will be closed on Boxing Day.

Alsager Leisure Centre

Last open day before Christmas will be Wednesday 23 December, reopening Saturday 2 January.  Some of the other leisure centres, including Crewe Lifestyle Centre, will be open on 29, 30 and 31 December.

Cedars Medical Centre – Christmas opening hours

Thursday 24 December 8 am – 6.30 pm
25-28 December Closed
Tuesday 29 December 8 am – 6.30 pm

If you need medical assistance or advice outside these opening hours please call the NHS 111 service.  In a medical emergency call 999.

20 mph speed limit?

Cheshire East Council is considering whether to introduce a 20 mph speed limit as the default for all central, urban and residential roads.  One of the Alsager Neighbourhood Plan proposals for Alsager town centre was a reduction to 20 mph so we must hope that Cheshire East agrees to this proposal.

Cedar Avenue open space

The open space next to St Gabriel's school and the allotments, used as a car park and which also includes a section of public footpath 10, is the focus of Alsager Town Council's open space working group.  The area is owned by Cheshire East, and the Town Council is engaging with Cheshire East to arrange the transfer of assets to the Town Council.  At present the area is very difficult to use, for cars and people.  The working group is hoping to raise sufficient funds to enable an improved permeable surface to be laid and the footpath to be clearly marked.

Another Cheshire East consultation

This time on the 2021/22 budget.  This will inevitably be a difficult year given the financial impact of Covid on the council's finances, particularly if the government fail to supply the necessary funding to cover the Covid costs.  The consultation runs until 8 January and can be found  here.

Covid 19

In the 7 days to 12 December we have seen significant increases in cases locally. The rolling rates for Alsager are Alsager East 183 and Alsager West 228, with a total of 25 new cases (16 the previous week).  The average for England is 206 (up 53) and for Cheshire East as a whole is 119 (up 16).  See map  here.

So there is absolutely no cause for complacency.  We all still need to take care.  Remember that the relaxation over Christmas should be used as little as possible.  

Sarah Anderson

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