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Alsager Public Realm proposals

At its meeting on 29 June Alsager Town Council received a report from the Town Centre Manager summarising the key responses to the public consultation on a vision for Alsager town centre.

1,355 completed responses were received, mostly from Alsager residents, skewed towards the older age range but significant responses received across the age ranges (at least 30+, not many below 30).

Most of the proposals were generally supported, but the suggestion to move the bus stop into the park was definitely unpopular. The Public Realm Working Group will take a more detailed look at the responses, including all the comments, over the next month or so in order to consider what next steps to recommend.

Town Council byelection

The byelection for Alsager Town Council East Ward will be held on 29 July. The candidates will be as follows:

Brian Drake (Labour Party)
Amelia Helliwell (Conservative Party)
Lindsay Horne (Labour Party)
Reg Kain (Liberal Democrats)
Richard McCarthy (Green Party)
Rosie Redstone (Conservative Party)

There are two vacancies so those in East Ward will have two votes.

Alsager Music Festival 21 August

All tickets now sold.

Same sex marriage in Methodist Church

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

Members of the Town Council from all political parties have welcomed the decision by the Methodist Conference to change the definition of marriage, permitting same-sex marriage. Michael Unett, Town Council chair and member of the newly-formed Pride in Alsager group, said he hoped other religious denominations would soon follow suit.

Northolme Gardens

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

I reported last week that Northolme Gardens would no longer be locked at night. Sadly this has led to reports by local residents of increased anti-social behaviour. The area, classed as open space, is owned by Cheshire East, and the Town Council supports the principle of keeping it open at all times and available for public access. The situation will be monitored, and as yet the police have received no reports of anti-social behaviour.

The Christie at Macclesfield

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

The new cancer treatment centre, being built in the grounds of Macclesfield District General Hospital, is due to open in December and has now made its first key appointments.

Alsager Gin and Beer Festival

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

The Alsager gin and beer festival is due to return on 10, 11 and 12 September. They will be raising funds towards a defibrillator for the Mere Park and Cedars surgeries and for the food bank.

Covid passport

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

If you have decided to travel abroad this year you will need to demonstrate your vaccination status. To do this you will need to download the NHS App to your phone (not to be confused with the NHD Covid-19 app). The principal data you need is your NHS number. I had already arranged, via the GP practice, to have online access to my medical records so I'm not sure if you have to do this as well or whether setting up the NHS App will include this step. In general it seems relatively easy to use.

If you prefer, you can download the app to a computer and print out a pdf of your vaccination status.

Note that police have been alerting people about scams over vaccination passports, requesting admin fees. No fees are required for the NHS App.

Covid 19 – numbers strongly up

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

In the 7 days to 3 July there have been 12 cases in Alsager West, up 7 (rolling rate 211 – last week 88), while Alsager East is suppressed (last week rolling rate 107).

Cheshire East rolling rate is 248 (160 last week), England is 264 (160 last week).

See map here.

Covid Deaths

We need to put these figures into perspective. The Editor of Alsager Chronicle has put together these figures for Covid deaths:

5 July 2021 9
4 July 2021 15
2 July 2021 27

23 January 2021 1,348
12 April 2020 657

So despite rapidly increasing cases, it does appear that the vaccinations are working to reduce serious illness and deaths.

Sarah Anderson

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