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Following on from previous posts about livestock worrying we have been in Alsager walking some of the public footpaths to speak to people about keeping their dogs under control. We will continue to do this on various shifts to help educate and highlight the damage dogs off the lead can have on livestock. Thank you to all for stopping for a chat.

Alsager train services

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

A train operator who suspended rail services in the town has performed a U-turn and announced the return of hourly services to and from Alsager from mid-May as part of an "improved" timetable.
East Midlands Railway (EMR) decided to suspend almost all its services for passengers at Alsager from 7th September.

Residents, councillors and community groups lobbied East Midlands Trains urging them to reverse their decision to remove hourly trains stopping at Alsager from Monday to Saturday.
All the hard work campaigning has paid off after the train operator announced the return of hourly services to and from Alsager from 16th May in an "improved" timetable.

So well done to all those campaigners. Now, use it or lose it!

Alsager Community Support Centre

ACSC has received a well-deserved award for volunteering from the High Sheriff of Cheshire, Nicholas Hopkinson MBE DL, in recognition of "great and valuable service to the community." ACSC currently organises about 170 volunteers. Congratulations to everyone.

New Zebra Crossing

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

Cheshire East Council plans to install a zebra crossing on Crewe Road, near the junction with Cranberry Lane, using both section 106 money from the housing developments at Goss Place and from the Sustainable Modes of Transport to School fund.

After receiving comments from residents, Cheshire East can now commence installation once final costs have been approved and a new date has been agreed.

Radway Green Industrial Site

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

Plans for a major new industrial development on a 40-acre site in Radway Green which will create more than 1,000 jobs have been approved. Tilstone Industrial Limited and Corbally Group (Radway Ltd) submitted a hybrid planning application for six warehouses at the former BAE Systems site on Radway Green Business Park, Radway Green Road, Barthomley.

The plans also included an improvement of the access to the south of the level crossing on Radway Green Road, improvement of the access to the north of the level crossing to facilitate pedestrian and cycle access, relocation of the clock tower and new internal roads and drainage infrastructure.

Note that this is a separate site to Radway Green North where approval was given for 5 warehouse units along Crewe Road.

Cycling to Alsager School

Alsager High School has teamed up with their local policing team and dedicated PCSO Kerrie Cummings to establish an afterschool session whereby young people can learn how to refurbish their bikes and stay safe whilst cycling to and from school.

The funding will support the delivery of cycle safety workshops with young people receiving tips from the local police team on how to stay safe whilst travelling to school. The money will also help pay for replacement parts like inner tubes, brake systems, lights and accessories.

Alongside this, young people will work together to refurbish old bikes and restore them, which can then be sold to those less fortunate.

Congleton Recycling Centre

You will be aware that Cheshire East has recently conducted a consultation about the recycling centres. There are four options. In one of them it is proposed that Alsager should close. Hopefully people have registered their objections to this. But in all four options the Congleton centre will need to close. This is partly because the council leases the site from a private owner who refuses to renew the lease. There is funding in the council budget to build a new recycling centre for Congleton elsewhere but there seems to be an inclination not to do this. In the event that Congleton no longer have a recycling centre there is likely to be a significant impact on the facilities at Alsager and Macclesfield.

Local power generation

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

There is a bill (Local Electricity Bill) going through Parliament (backed by Fiona Bruce) that would increase clean energy generation while helping regenerate local economies. It would create a new right to local supply of energy that would allow communities to sell locally-generated electricity directly to local households and businesses. Currently customers can only purchase from nationally licensed utilities. If passed this might encourage electricity generation through, say, solar panels on community facilities. The Bill seems to have cross party support.

Cheshire East Green Homes Grants

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

Cheshire East Council is inviting people to apply for its Green Homes Grant scheme. Open to home owners and landlords, it will cover 100% of the energy efficient improvement costs (up to £10,000) for home owners (or, for landlords, two thirds up to £5,000). The scheme offers support with a wide range of types of insulation, low carbon heat, windows and doors, and heating controls. For more information and to apply look here.

Covid vaccination

This is a lecture by Professor Chris Whitty on vaccinations in general, history, scientific developments, and how they work. Well worth a watch. You might want to make anyone you know who is vaccine hesitant aware of this.

Covid 19 – Alsager still green

7 days to 27 February (compared with previous week to 20 February)

Alsager East – 4 new cases, down 2 (-33%), rolling rate 61 (92)
Alsager West – 3 new cases, down 1 (-25%), rolling rate 53 (70)

Cheshire East – rolling rate 84 (104)
England – rolling rate 86 (118)

See map here.

Sarah Anderson

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