Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 2nd October

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Cllr Wilson

Message from the Leader of the Council

The government placed Stockport under additional local restrictions on Saturday due to the number of rising positive cases, which now stands at 92.7 per 100,000 of our population, a rise from 81.5 per 100,000 the previous week.

To reiterate what the additional restrictions mean for Stockport: you must not meet or host people you do not live with in your house or garden unless they are in your support bubble. he police will be able to take action against those that break these rules.

For information about what you can and cannot do visit GOV.UK.

Remember to avoid the 3 C's - close contact such as hugs, closed spaces, and crowds. Please regularly wash (or sanitise) your hands and keep at least two metres away from others and wear a face covering when required. Follow the safety guidance at your place of work and within your school or college.

We are a resilient community in Stockport and I know we can all keep going and do our bit to keep ourselves and others safe.

- Leader of Stockport Council, Elise Wilson.



Black History Month – local exhibition launch 

October marks Black History Month in the UK and an exhibition focussing on Black History in Stockport has been launched online. This exhibition shares the rich stories and history that make up Stockport's African and Caribbean heritage. It's the result of an exciting project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered by Rising Stars and Ebony & Ivory Community Organisation, with support from Ahmed Iqbal Resource and Stockport Heritage Library. 

Ebook and e-audiobook provider BorrowBox have put together a collection dedicated to the stories and storytellers from our African and Caribbean communities in the UK, Ireland and across the world, which can be accessed through Stockport Libraries.

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Flood Report

Online consultation events discussing the draft report in to the flooding in Stockport in July and August 2019 will begin next week.

Due to current government guidelines, the council will be holding online consultation sessions on the following dates for residents in the following areas:

  • Bramhall – 5th October, 6pm - 7pm
  • Cheadle and Cheadle Hulme – 6th October, 6pm - 7pm
  • Romiley and Werneth – 8th October, 6pm - 7pm
  • Marple and High Lane – 12th October, 6pm - 7pm
  • Hazel Grove – 13th October, 6pm - 7pm
  • All other areas – 15th October, 11.30am - 12.30pm

There will also be an opportunity for businesses or residents to book an individual discussion with Highways Officers if there is anything you would like to discuss in more detail.

If you would like to join one of the consultation events or register for an individual discussion with Highways Officers, please email floodmeeting@stockport.gov.uk

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Have your say at drop-in event on new One Stockport Hub

If you’re planning a visit to the town centre, drop in to the covered mall at Merseyway Shopping Centre, where you can view plans and give feedback on proposals to create a new One Stockport Hub in the town centre.

Plans for the One Stockport Hub were announced earlier this month, which will see the former Argos unit in Mersey Square transformed into a modern, centrally located space. The Hub will provide a cultural and social experience, including a library service and more, in the heart of the town centre.

The drop-in event will be open from Monday to Friday between 10am-4pm until 9 October. The events will take place in a Covid secure environment, with limited numbers, a one way system and social distancing in place. Visitors are also reminded to wear a face covering. 

If you can’t make it in person, the proposals and questionnaire can be viewed online until October 19.

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Stockport smokers urged to quit this Stoptober

The nation’s biggest quit attempt, Stoptober, started on 1 October and encourages smokers to quit for 28 days.

Looking after our health has never been more important. Smoking attacks our lungs and makes it harder to breathe. Research shows that after 28 days, you’re five times more likely to quit for good.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory infection that affects the lungs and airways and can cause life-threatening complications. People who smoke tobacco generally have a higher risk of developing these infections and are more likely to suffer worse symptoms or face severe complications if they end up in hospital. 

This year, smokers in Greater Manchester can download a free mobile app and order a free Stoptober quit kit, packed with everything they need to take part. In 2019, our Stop Smoking Service saw a near-doubling of people quitting during the stop smoking challenge.

You can speak to one of our friendly advisors to find out about the support available locally to help you quit. Call the START team on 0161 474 3141, email start@stockport.gov.uk or visit Healthy Stockport.

For further support to quit smoking and to download the free app, search Stoptober.



Safety Packs

Safety Packs created to protect vulnerable residents

Stockport Council is putting safety first and has developed 1,000 Covid-19 safety packs, to protect homeless, disadvantaged and vulnerable people across the borough.

The packs include essential safety items such as two face coverings, hand sanitiser and a selection of leaflets about mental health, covid-19 safety and One Stockport. They are being distributed to Stockport Trussell Trust foodbanks in Reddish and Hazel Grove, the Chelwood foodbank, independent foodbanks in Gatley and Marple and Stockport Homes’ local pantries, with collection points in Brinnington, Bridgehall and Woodley.

Other beneficiaries include The Wellspring, a resource centre for homeless and disadvantaged people in Stockport, women’s groups, Nexus, an equality hub for diverse communities, Disability Stockport and across BAME community groups. Communities across Edgeley, Cale Green, Heald Green, Lancashire Hill, Heaton Morris, Heaton Mersey will also be supported.

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Books

Stockport Set for Libraries Week

National libraries week kicks off next week (Monday 5 October) and there are lots of online events for everyone to enjoy.

These include:

  • Monday 5 October at 11am – Storytime with Jenni B.  Come and join us on Stockport Libraries Facebook page to watch our Storytime with our resident storyteller Jenni B. 
  • Tuesday 6th October at 11am – Little Reads – a live, online Storytime from Manchester Literature Festival on Zoom. To take part please fill in this simple form.
  • Wednesday 7th October at 7pm – Zoom author talk with Andrew Graystone who will discuss his book Faith, Hope and Mischief: Tiny Acts of Rebellion. Register on Eventbrite to participate in this talk here.
  • Thursday 8 October at 11am - Little Reads – a live, online Storytime from Manchester Literature Festival. To take part please fill in this simple form
  • Friday 9 October at 4pm – Code Club time!  Visit our Facebook page to follow our Code Club session.  

As well as these events, a limited, covid-secure book borrowing and IT provision is currently offered at seven libraries in Stockport.   

The libraries where this is available are:

  • Bramhall
  • Brinnington
  • Cheadle
  • Hazel Grove
  • Marple
  • Reddish
  • The Heatons

For more information on visiting one of these libraries, and to find out more about our ‘covid-secure’ measures, click here.