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A vision for Alsager town centre

A consultation has now started on proposals to improve Alsager town centre.  These proposals arise from policies set out in the Alsager Neighbourhood Plan.  I gave a talk about this to U3A on Monday 8 March, and I have written a separate news article which will tell you how to view the proposals and respond using the survey.  If you live in Alsager you should be receiving a leaflet about the consultation in the next few days.

Do please look at the proposals and respond with your views.

Unpaid carers survey

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

Cheshire East has launched a survey for unpaid carers, to help the Council identify ways in which it can better support carers.  Recent research has suggested that during the pandemic lockdown carers have faced increased difficulties such as having to provide more care, the needs of the people they care for increasing, inability to take any breaks, and their own physical and mental health impacted.  Help is available to carers through the Cheshire East Carers Hub.  To get in touch call 0300 303 0208 or email enquiries@cheshireeastcarershub.co.uk.   The survey, which runs until 31 March, can be accessed  here.

Census 2021

Remember that the Census date is Sunday 21 March.  This is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives government at all levels the most accurate estimate of all people and households, so that appropriate services can be planned and funded.  Most people are expected to complete the census online.  You will receive a pack from the Office for National Statistics (I have received mine) which includes your unique household access code.  Once you receive this pack you can complete the census.  It is supposed to take about 10 minutes.

Food waste

With thanks to the Alsager Chronicle

Cheshire East Council and ANSA have been trying to raise awareness of food waste during the country's first food waste action week.  Here are some shocking statistics:

  • Household waste is the largest contributor to food waste in the UK (13.6m tonnes a year)
  • Estimates say a third of all food produced is never eaten
  • Food wastage is responsible for around 6% of total global greenhouse gas emissions (about three times the global emissions from aviation)


Wherever food waste arises along the food chain, it is clearly important that we all play our part in minimising food waste.  Buy less, cook less, do not throw away unused food unless it is truly beyond being used, be creative with leftovers.

Hassall Road play area

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

Cheshire East Council is to begin work to deliver substantial improvements to one of Alsager's play areas.  Children and families will be able to enjoy new equipment and a significantly enhanced recreation facility in Hassall Road, in Alsager from April.  Work is due to begin from 15 March and has been funded by contributions from local development schemes secured by Cheshire East.
Using section 106 funding worth £75,000, the council will begin installing a range of new play equipment and carry out improvements to the basketball court.

The council's environmental services company, Ansa, is working with Alsager Town Council on details of the plans and it is hoped that a phase two scheme, funded by the town council, will be progressed later this year to include further improvements to the open space.

The funding allocated to the scheme will allow for the purchase of a range of modern equipment, including:

  • Trim trail/climbing equipment for older children
  • Play zone multi-unit for junior and older children
  • Two-bay swing set, basket swing and two flat seats – all ages
  • Toddler train and various spinning items for the very young


The project is being delivered and overseen by the council's environmental services company Ansa.

Virtual job fair

With thanks to the Alsager Chronicle

An ambitious virtual job fair, NorthWestWorks4U, is being held over three days, 6-8 April.  The aim is to connect job seekers with vacancies, and a number of large businesses have pledged to provide jobs at the event.  It is expected to showcase at least 5,000 jobs in all growth sectors, with at least some of the jobs reserved for people who have not had the opportunity to gain sustainable employment.  This event is free to both job seekers and employers.

To be involved and participate please email dwpnorthwest.works4u@dwp.gov.uk

Message from Alsager Nub News

It's no secret it has been a difficult time for our hospitality businesses and we want to support them as much as possible. So, we're inviting Alsager businesses to get in touch and let us know if they are offering anything special for Mother's Day and to let us know their plans for reopening. Don't forget, you can also add your business, group or charity details for free to our Local List using the 'Nub It' button  here.

Local licensing applications

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

Licensing applications from two popular businesses in Alsager town centre have been submitted to Cheshire East.  The Bar (Sandbach Road South) and Caster's (Lawton Road) have both submitted variation applications.  Full details can be seen  here.

Residents who wish to comment on the applications can submit their views via post to the below address on or before the following date: 5 April for The Bar's plans and 19th March for Caster's' proposals.

The Licensing Section
Cheshire East Council
Municipal Buildings
Earle Street
Crewe
CW1 2BJ

Or by email to: licensing@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Virtual cutest pet competition

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

Alsager Rotary is organising a virtual cutest pet competition.  Residents have until 31st May to send in photos of their special pets. Alsager Rotary will then shortlist entries to be judged in the virtual pet show by June 30th.  Minimum donation upon entry is £3 to Alsager Rotary's International Charities fund for Mary's Meals.  For more information click  here.

Covid 19 – Alsager stable but general trend down

7 days to 6 March (compared with previous week to 27 February)

Alsager East – fewer than 3 new cases, down from 4, suppressed – white on map, (rolling rate 61 last week)
Alsager West – 4 new cases, up 1 (33%), rolling rate 70 (53)

Cheshire East – rolling rate 62 (84)
England – rolling rate 60 (86)

See map  here.

Sarah Anderson

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