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Alsager Music Festival

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We are so pleased that the festival has been given the go-ahead by the authorities and hope that everyone has got the date saved – Saturday 21st August. In order for us to continue with the festival, we have been obliged to make some changes. One of these is to ticket the event and therefore restrict numbers attending. Tickets for the event will be available through www.skiddle.com and our website www.alsagermusicfestival.co.uk from Friday 21st May at 5pm.Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £3 for under 18s (babies free). We are expecting them to sell out quickly, so please get them as soon as they go on sale.

For anyone who wants to play at the festival there is a form on the festival website to be completed.

Jigsaw swap service

Alsager Community Support has re-opened its jigsaw swap service. Just call in when open – Monday-Friday 9.30am-12.30pm.

Alsager School

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

As a result of new house building in Alsager, Alsager school expects to increase its school numbers by 150 over the five year period 2019 – 2024. However, government funding lags a year which means that over this period the school expects to have a shortfall of £ ½ million. It does have reserves to cover this, but it notes that there are other schools which do not have this financial cushion and they will suffer. The position is made worse because Cheshire East is still one of the worst-funded areas for education.

Rail crossing

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

Network Rail are "exploring possible safety improvements" including an option to "permanently close" a footpath crossing in Alsager to "help improve safety" for the public, train passengers and railway staff. Network Rail is carrying out a safety review of the footpath railway crossing 'North of the Hall' which is located on footpath eight near to Christopher Mitford Road in Alsager. Network Rail stressed that they were only at the consultation stage of the process and "no firm decisions" had been made on the future of the crossing.

As part of their assessment, Network Rail want to speak to crossing users and local residents to "understand the impact of any changes". Residents are invited to attend a virtual drop-in event on Thursday, 10th June from 4pm to 7pm via Microsoft Teams where Network Rail will be able to share their proposals. Residents will also have the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments. If you would like to attend this event, email CRNW@networkrail.co.uk (quoting North of the Hall crossing) and Network Rail will allocate you a timeslot. Residents will have to provide their full name and contact details.

Coach and Horses at Timbersbrook

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

Walkers in particular will be familiar with the Coach and Horses at Timbersbrook, which has been closed for a number of years. It has now been classified as an Asset of Community Value, and it is up for sale. The local community is hoping to be able to raise the funds to buy it.

Alsager Town Council

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

At last Tuesday's annual meeting, Labour councillor Michael Unett was elected as the new chair of Alsager Town Council for 2021/22 by his fellow councillors. Alsager Foodbank, The British Heart Foundation and White Ribbon UK were chosen as Cllr Unett's charities for the new civic year.

Cllr Phil Williams, of the Liberal Democrats, was elected as the vice-chair of Alsager Town Council at the same meeting.

Two Labour town councillors, Jo Dale and Julia Hawkins, resigned meaning there will be a by-election in Alsager East Ward. Anyone interested in standing should contact the Town Council Clerk.

Cheshire East Council

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

CEC has now moved from a Cabinet system to a Committee system of governance. Instead of all decisions being taken by a Cabinet (a group of the ruling party's councillors) followed by scrutiny by cross-party review and scrutiny committees, the Committee system has a number of service committees, each with 13 members where the political make-up reflects the political make-up of the council. This means members debate and vote on decisions so that they are made collectively from the outset by the cross-party membership. This is expected to be a more consensual way of working.

Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Conservative candidate John Dwyer was elected as Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) five years after losing the role. He returns to the post after second preference votes saw him beat the incumbent Labour candidate David Keane. He received 111,962 votes overall compared to Mr Keane's 99,463. A former assistant chief constable, Mr Dwyer was elected as Cheshire's first PCC in 2012. He has promised to carry out his role in a non-political way, serving all Cheshire people equally.

Olive and Stitch Market

The market is returning to the Civic on Saturday (15 May). All traders are local crafters and would really appreciate your support after almost a year with no trade.

Key covid changes from 17 May

Lots of opening up and greater flexibility for family and friends gatherings. For full details look here. Do try to support local businesses.

Lateral flow testing

The Civic has stopped offering lateral flow testing since the tests are now widely available at Well Pharmacy, Alsager Pharmacy and the Health Centre. Many thanks to the volunteers, Alsager Civic staff and the Town Council who made this service possible.

Covid 19

In the 7 days to 8 May there have been fewer than 3 cases in Alsager East and in Alsager West (suppressed). Cheshire East rolling rate is 14 (22 last week), England is 22 (23 last week).

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