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beer and gin festival

Alsager Beer and Gin Festival

Taking place at the Cricket Club this weekend.

Friday – 6-11 pm, live band
Saturday – noon-11pm, live band, BBQ
Sunday – noon until the beer runs out!

Leisure Centre Open Day

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

Alsager Leisure Centre is holding an open day on Saturday 11 September, 9-3 – a free day of gym, PT taster sessions, fitness classes, face painting and (9-12) bouncy castle.

Missed bin collections

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

As a result of labour shortages there have been some missed bin collections this week in Alsager, specifically in Derwent Close, Wood Drive, Dart Close and Lindsay Way.  ANSA apologise, request your patience, and say they will return to collect the bins as soon as possible.

Congleton Recycling Centre

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

The Congleton recycling centre has now closed.  This might increase the pressure on the Alsager facility.

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

Posted on Facebook 10 September

As a result of significant demand for NHS services across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent due to covid-19, UHNM has made the difficult decision to postpone some operations.

We have seen an increase in patients being admitted with Covid-19 and an increase in demand for Urgent and Emergency Care, this combined with staff absences has put enormous strain on our services – more demanding than our most difficult winters.

The temporary suspension will help to alleviate pressures at Stafford's County Hospital and Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Prior to any cancellation, there is a rigorous clinical prioritisation process. If your appointment is affected we will contact you directly.

We would like to apologise to patients if they have experienced a delay in their treatment.

One World Festival – 2 October

Posted on Facebook

Alsager's One World Festival is taking place on Saturday 2nd October at The Civic and we are looking for people who would like to be involved. Do you or your family originate from a country other than the UK? Would you like to come and share some of the customs and traditions of your country with the people of Alsager? We would love to hear from you if you would. Please respond to this post or contact Katy Lawless on 07803611048 for more information.

The Christie at Macclesfield

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

The exterior work of the new Christie at Macclesfield is nearing completion and the project is on track to receive its first patients in December.  It is expected to provide cancer care closer to home for more than 1,500 existing Christie patients a year, coming from Cheshire, High Peak and parts of North Staffordshire.

The new facility will bring together essential cancer services into one purpose-built centre delivering local specialist access to radiotherapy, chemotherapy, holistic support and information services, outpatient care, palliative care, and a wider range of clinical trials.  Around 46,000 appointments per year will take place at the new centre.

M6 crash

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

On Tuesday morning at 8.00 am an HGV lorry collided with a railway bridge on the northbound M6 carriageway between junctions 17 and 18.  Sadly the lorry driver died but no one else was hurt.  The motorway was closed for most of the day and train services cancelled.  Two lanes of the northbound carriageway remain closed for bridge repairs.

Car parking

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

Car parking income in Cheshire East was down by more than £3m last year compared to the previous year because of the pandemic.  Cheshire East suspended parking charges between March 27 and June 15 last year because of Covid-19.

Figures obtained by the Local Democracy Reporting Service under a Freedom of Information request (FOI) show the total income generated from car park charges across the borough was £1,967,640 in the last financial year (2020/21).  In the previous financial year, 2019-20 before the impact of the pandemic, that figure was £5,064,703.

In places such as Alsager, Middlewich, Sandbach, Audlem, Bollington, Handforth, Holmes Chapel, Prestbury and Poynton all the council owned car parks are free.  Other towns such as Macclesfield, Crewe and Nantwich levy parking charges (usually about 70p an hour).  Some councillors in these towns suggest that they are paying for the free car parks of others and want all towns to have to pay.  Cheshire East spent £27,671 on the free car parks in Alsager in the last financial year.

Cheshire East's long awaited car parking review is due to be discussed at this month's meeting of the highways committee.

Covid 19 

For the 7 days to 4 September (previous week in brackets):

Alsager East – 31 new cases, up 11, rolling rate 474 (was 306)
Alsager West – 22 new cases, up 3, rolling rate 387 (was 334)

Cheshire East rolling rate is 372 (was 301), England is 331 (was 308).  

See map  here.

Sarah Anderson

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