Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 9th October

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Cllr Wilson

Message from the Leader of the Council

We have seen another sharp rise in cases of coranavirus in Stockport which has now risen to  244.4 per 100,000, a rise from 143.1 per 100,000 the previous week and 87.3 per 100,000 two weeks ago.

We have seen a sharp rise in cases in the 17-21 year old age group  but we are seeing rises in all age groups. There is no evidence showing that schools are where transmission is occurring. However we are seeing some positive cases which are resulting in the closure of school bubbles. If you have children and they are identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive for covid (you will be contact by the national; test and trace service and advised what to do) or if your children show any symptoms of covid, please keep them away from school and if they are showing symptoms, book a test by visiting the testing website or calling 119.

We are also looking to expand our testing sites in two areas of the borough, so we can offer more tests, which is really important.       

You may have seen in the news that there will be an announcement by government on Monday about further possible restrictions in Greater Manchester. Although we don’t know what this will mean for Stockport, we will keep you updated via our usual communications channels when we are in a position to update you further.

Whatever these new measures bring, we must keep up with hand washing/sanitizing, social distancing and wearing a face covering when required. These simple, effective measures will help protect you, and others and are still the best defence in fighting the virus.

Enjoy the weekend and please be mindful of the above.       

- Leader of Stockport Council, Elise Wilson.

Central Library service move confirmed to be temporary

Last month, the Council announced plans to create ‘One Stockport Hub’ and invited people to give feedback via an online consultation. Following the launch of the consultation a number of those responding to the survey have asked what will happen to the Central Library building.

The proposed temporary move would see library services currently located at Central Library on the A6 provided from the One Stockport Hub, in a move that would mean the service would be more accessible to shoppers and visitors. Located in Mersey Square, in a unit formerly occupied by Argos, the Hub would provide a cultural and social experience, including a library service, in the heart of the town centre for both Stockport residents and visitors.

In light of feedback received during the consultation process, the council has clarified that the move of library services to the One Stockport Hub in Mersey Square would be a temporary measure, due to the difficulty of providing a covid secure environment at Central Library. Making Central Library covid secure is challenging due to the size and layout of the building, which does not lend itself to a number of measures that would need to be implemented to ensure visitor safety, and the increased staffing required to provide a covid-secure service.

The consultation is still open until 19th October.

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Stockport Districts

Let’s come together as One Stockport!

One Stockport has brought people together as we have navigated our way through the pandemic and we have heard so many inspirational stories of how we have all worked together to support each other during these challenging times.

The main message of One Stockport is that anyone can get involved and that everyone has an important part to play in shaping future plans for the borough – however small. Whether volunteering in the community, a business owner or worker, a student or a retailer or by becoming an ambassador to help steer the campaign everyone can help to promote the One Stockport message. 

Follow OneStockport on Facebook and on Instagram and share your good news!

You can also send your  good news stories or examples of community heroes to us at

Check the website for regular campaign updates and for more information on how you can get involved.

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Malnutrition Awareness Week

As partners in the Greater Manchester Nutrition and Hydration Programme we are encouraging people to have conversations about eating and drinking to help dispel the myth that losing weight is a normal part of ageing.

Whether you are an older person yourself or are supporting older relatives, friends or neighbours it is important to be aware of the early signs of malnutition such as losing weight without trying or becoming dehydrated.  

Check out the Age UK Salford website for a range of information and resources that you can download including the Eat Drink Live Well booklet full of tips on how to improve your appetite.

Clean Air Zone

Help shape the final Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan now

Greater Manchester is holding an eight-week long consultation on its Clean Air Plan proposals.

You can give your views on key elements of the Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone proposals now:

  • The proposed Clean Air Zone boundary
  • Proposed daily charges
  • Proposed discounts and exemptions
  • Proposed government funding support package to support local businesses

Find out more and have your say by following the link in the full story below.

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Public Health Services Award Recognition

Stockport Council has received recognition for its work in improving public health services at the 2020 MJ Local Government Achievement Awards.

The award, for best Public Health Improvement, recognised the invaluable support the Victoria Intensive Project (VIP) had provided to the community, with the Council partnering with CGL Stockport and others to directly support individuals with complex drug and alcohol issues.

Launched in 2017, VIP has recently been expanded to support the work of the Adult Social Care Front Door. People who are referred to adult social care who have substance misuse issues are considered at the outset for VIP.  This has enabled early identification of those individuals who could benefit from a VIP approach, ensuring that they get the support they need straight away.  

If you need support with drug or alcohol addiction, visit the Healthy Stockport website.

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World Mental Health Day 2020

This Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day with the theme ‘mental health for all’, and it is important we all look after emotional wellbeing and mental health.

There are a variety of options available in Stockport if you’re not feeling okay like Togetherall (formerly known as the Big White Wall), which is an online platform where you can seek support and take part in various programmes.

Open Door provides immediate 24/7 mental health crisis support via phone on 0800 138 7276. Similarly, the Samaritans offer phone or e-mail support any time of the day or night - just call 0161 116 123.

Reaching out to a family member or friend to say ‘hi’ can make a big difference, and if you do need support, you can find more information on the Council website.

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Cheadle awarded £500k to kick start development

Improvements to Cheadle have been boosted with a £500,000 grant from the government's Town Fund. The Cheadle Towns Fund Board has secured the funding as part of the Towns Fund Accelerated scheme, which will kick start work on a number of projects as part of a longer-term vision for the town. Cheadle is among 101 towns across the country to benefit from this additional funding, after the Board submitted their proposals this summer.  

An early release of “accelerated funding” means that work can now begin on a number of projects, which will deliver long term economic and productivity growth to the town. The Towns Fund aims to drive economic growth and success, improve prospects and level up communities throughout the country, with a focus on regeneration, improved transport, connectivity, skills and culture.

The scheme is part of the wider economic strategy to accelerate infrastructure projects and the country’s economic recovery during the coronavirus pandemic and will help to support improvements to parks, high streets and transport in response to the impact of COVID-19.

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