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Hassall Road Play Area ("The Addy")

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

Work has started on the improvements to The Addy.  Equipment being installed includes the following:

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

Phase two, funded by the Town Council and currently out for consultation, will be progressed later this year.

Covid health and safety

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Cheshire East Council is working with the Health and Safety Executive to make random spot checks on local businesses to make sure they are Covid secure.  During the unannounced visits the council will provide advice and guidance to manage risk and protect workers, customers and visitors.

Leisure Centre

12 April gyms and swimming pools reopening, together with some new outdoor group fitness sessions.  Open for booking from 6 April.

17 May open for indoor group exercise classes.  Timetables and booking slots will be released on Monday 10 May.  All Covid secure and with social distancing.

Denise Coates

Denise Coates, who is building a country estate on Roughwood Lane near Hassall Green, was paid an annual salary last year of £421m plus about £45m in share dividends.  This is from her online gambling company Bet365.  The group also donated £85m to the Denise Coates Foundation.

Alsager station

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

East Midlands Railway (EMR) has completed a project which helps people living with dementia to navigate around Alsager Station more easily.  In completing the work, EMR has collaborated with the Alsager Partnership, Alzheimer's Society, North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership and Alsager Town Council.

The organisations have worked together to develop new signage which follows best practice when trying to direct people living with dementia around busy environments.  To help these passengers the signage includes easily recognisable symbols, clear colour contrasts and are not surrounded by other distracting information.

Alsager is already recognised as a Dementia Friendly Community and each year it works towards retaining the status by making improvements – this year it chose to focus on the railway station.

Kath Reader, Alsager Partnership, Dementia Friendly Communities project lead, said: "We are delighted with the new signage installed by EMR and hope it will encourage more people living with dementia and their carers to feel confident about using the station.  We hope many people will visit the town and take the dementia friendly walk-through Milton Park."

Fly tipping

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

MORE than 3,000 fly-tipping incidents were recorded in just nine months in Cheshire East last year, new data shows.  86 of these were in Alsager.

Temporary traffic lights

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Four-way temporary traffic lights remain in place by the Lawton Arms.  The measures have been implemented since 19th March to allow the safe use of scaffolding on the road for essential repairs to The Lawton Arms pub roof to be carried out.  According to OneNetwork, the traffic lights are expected to remain in place until 21st April.

Crime figures

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

The latest crime figures released by police show there were 64 crimes in the Alsager area during February 2021.  These figures compare to 75 crimes the previous month and 51 in February 2020.  From the 64 recorded incidents, these included 27 violence and sexual offences, 26 incidents of anti-social behaviour, seven public order incidents and four listed as 'other crime'.  The four incidents listed as 'other crime' included:

  • Criminal damage and arson: 1
  • Shoplifting – 1
  • Theft – 1
  • Other crime: 1

Carers – a message from Cheshire East

Carers – We want to hear your view
Cheshire East Council are reviewing how day opportunities are provided within the Borough. Day Opportunities help people with a variety of care and support needs such as learning disabilities, and/or Autism, dementia or a physical disability.  These services are currently delivered away from peoples own homes offering opportunities for people to learn or improve upon skills and hobbies, to socialise and take part in leisure activities. Care, assistance and support is available at each service to help people, we want to hear from residents about how the services will run in the future.
Cheshire East Council are running a Carers Focus Group meeting on Thursday 29 April 2021, 2pm to 3:30pm. Due to current Covid restrictions, the meeting is being held online through Microsoft Teams – support will be provided in access this online meeting.
If you would like to take in the event, or have your say about day opportunities – contact 
Gerard Buckley, Integrated Commissioning Manager
Phone: 07790 565154

Covid 19 – Alsager stable and low

In the 7 days to 27 March the position is still fairly stable.  Alsager East had fewer than 3 new cases (white on map) and Alsager West had 4 new cases (green on map).  Cheshire East rolling rate is 45, England is 54. 

See map  here.

Sarah Anderson

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