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Access to Northolme Gardens

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

At last! Cheshire East Council has removed the lock from Northolme Gardens on Crewe Road to allow uninterrupted access to the gardens with views of the mere. Until now a resident has been responsible for opening and closing the gates, but now no longer wants this responsibility. Many Alsager residents have long wanted access to be unrestricted.

Purse bells

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

Purse bells which are helpful for deterring thefts, especially from pockets or bags are available at the Alsager Community Support Centre thanks to local officers. Residents can pop into the support centre over the coming days to pick some up.

Alsager market

Regular stall holders are:

Steve (Flowers, Plants)
Gill (baked goods, cakes)
Jo (Tropic Skin Care)
John (mobility and home aids)
Hayley (NEW stall Scruffy Mutts dog treats)
Saab, (fashion)
Jamie (Fish)
Alex, John (Fruit and Veg)
Clive (Classy Shoes) Fashionable footwear

The pictures in the gallery below were taken and posted on Facebook this week by Simon Wootten (Town Council Facilities Manager). Do try to support them if you can.

Chinese Garden . . .

. . . reopening from Sunday 4 July after a refurbishment.

Town Council byelection

Following the resignation of two Labour councillors in Alsager East Ward there will be a byelection on 29 July.

Alsager trains

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

Would you believe it! Just weeks after confirming that Alsager’s hourly train service between Crewe and Derby will be reinstated, East Midlands Railway has cut this to one every two hours. EMR blame multiple factors including the delivery of its replacement regional fleet being delayed by the pandemic and staff sickness due to Covid. They are aiming to fix these issues and reinstate services as soon as possible.

Winter gritting

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

Cheshire East Council has confirmed that changes to gritting routes including Alsager will be implemented next winter following a review.

Church Road which is in close proximity to Alsager School is one of two roads in the town that will no longer be gritted. Chancery Lane will also be removed.

However, Cheshire East has confirmed that Lodge Road and Hassall Road which featured on both the removed and retained list, will continue to be gritted.

Close Lane, Cranberry Lane, Linley Road, Pikemere Road and Sandbach Road South have also all been named on Cheshire East's retained gritting list.

Alsager roads due to be added to the gritting programme are College Road, Dunnocksfold Road, Derwent Close, Wood Drive, Bedford Grove and Coronation Avenue.

Official guidance recommends prioritising areas such as local amenities, public transport and risks – such as steep gradients, cold spots and other known local issues.

Cedar Avenue parking

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

Alsager Town Council are hoping to improve the area of land on Cedar Avenue next to St Gabriel’s School and the allotments. It is used for parking and is part of a public right of way and wildlife corridor giving access to the open countryside, but at present is full of pot holes and is dangerous. ATC are hoping to be able to use Community Infrastructure Levy funds (available as a result of the MMU development) for this purpose, but it will be subject to public consultation.

Former Alsager Court Care Home

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

The former care home site is now subject to two planning applications, one for a new three-storey 60-bed care home and one for 13 residences. The care home plan was originally rejected by Cheshire East because of its height, but in April this year that was changed at appeal. However, the residences plan has emerged subsequently and is now being considered by Cheshire East.

Alsager Zoo2U

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

This family-run zoo, currently located at Hall Farm, is having to find new premises because the Farm Shop wants to use the building to set up a coffee shop. However, the zoo is having problems finding a suitable alternative location. They have 25 different species including skunks, snakes, meerkats, parrots, owls, hedgehogs, bearded dragons, blue tongue skinks, tortoises and kookaburras. They want to build on their reputation as a small local zoo and want to stay within 15 miles of Crewe. They also need some outside land as they need to expand, but land is “like gold dust” at the moment.

Sandstone Ridge

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

Cheshire’s Sandstone Ridge, which includes the Peckforton Hills, is being considered as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If successful it would be Cheshire’s first AONB and would bring greater protections to the area.

Community project ideas

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

Cheshire East Council is launching an exciting new crowdfunding initiative to encourage and create community-led projects that will make a difference. Working in partnership with Spacehive, the UK’s leading civic crowdfunding platform, the Cheshire East Crowd is an initiative that will give residents who have ideas to improve their community the opportunity to gain funding via the crowdfunding platform.

Cheshire East has allocated a total of £100,000 to the programme, with up to £10,000 (or 50 per cent of total project costs) available per idea to boost projects towards their funding target. The deadline to put forward your idea is Wednesday, 15 September 2021.

The council and Spacehive are holding an online launch event via Zoom on Tuesday, 6 July. You can register to join the launch event here.

Warehouses

You will have seen the monstrous warehouses starting to take shape along Crewe Road. Legally they are required to be at least 12m from the boundary and as I drove past them it looked pretty marginal to me. So I walked down there and asked a very helpful young contractor to pace it out for me. However, he had a little device which he pointed at the wall from where we stood on the boundary, and it was 12.4m. Shame. I would have taken great delight in getting them to take it down!

Covid 19 – numbers up again

A further significant increase in Cheshire East and England this week, so please still be vigilant.

In the 7 days to 26 June there have been 5 cases in Alsager West, up 3 (rolling rate 88 – last week suppressed) and 7 cases in Alsager East, down 1 (rolling rate 107 – last week 122).

Cheshire East rolling rate is 160 (142 last week), England is 160 (101 last week).

See map here.

Sarah Anderson

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