Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 27th November

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Coronavirus helpline for residents 0161-217-6046 - 27th November 2020


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Cllr Wilson

Message from the Leader of the Council

Stockport is still under national restrictions, but you have no doubt seen in the media over the last couple of days that as of 2 December, we will again be placed in the Very High Alert category - tier 3.

Although rates are on the decline in Stockport, the virus is still prevalent across the borough and we need to do all we can so that the rates go down further before Christmas The case rates are now 174.8 per 100,000 as of 24 November, and the latest published data can be found here.

This means that non-essential shops will shortly be reopening, as well as gyms, swimming pools, hairdressers, barbers and salons. Our local traders really deserve your support this Christmas more than ever and I would encourage you all to shop local this year but please be mindful that where there are more people, the virus is more likely to be transmitted. If you can do your shopping at quieter times during the week, this will help to ensure our shops don’t become overcrowded.            

Please be mindful when you are out and about to keep your distance from others, wear a face covering when required and practice good hand hygiene. 

We are working hard to make sure everyone understands and follows guidance to stay safe and protect vulnerable residents. Please follow our social media channels if you don’t already, which are a valuable source of up to date information on the latest government guidance.

- Leader of Stockport Council, Elise Wilson.



SRE

Apply for Stockport Local Fund by Monday 30th November

If you’ve got a great idea on how to support your local community during the pandemic, applications to Stockport Local Fund can be submitted until midnight on Monday. Don’t miss this chance to apply for up to £10,000 funding for community projects.

We are particularly looking for ideas and activities that will connect people who are self-isolating or lonely, support people who are on a low income and help people to do things online.

If you’ve never done anything like this before, why not ask for help from others in your neighbourhood to develop your idea? Or email us and we can connect you with people to support you.

Apply now


Free parking offer this Christmas

As a result of the pandemic, this Christmas is going to be very different to previous years but we would still like to bring some festive cheer over the Christmas period by offering free parking at Council managed car parks. This year you can take advantage of free parking after 2pm,  Monday to Friday from 14 - 31 December in the town centre, as well as our district centre. 

So please shop local and support our local businesses – they need your support more than ever this year. We have worked hard with our shopping centres and retailers to ensure they are Covid compliant, and operating in a safe and welcoming environment. Please take care when you are out and about and remember to keep your distance from others, wear a mask when required and practice good hand hygiene.

Free parking applies to on street parking and Council managed car parks, excludes Stockport Exchange and country parks.



Join the search for Santa in Stockport this Christmas

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that many events planned for Stockport this year have not been able to take place. But, there’s one thing that is for sure – Santa will be coming to town this Christmas!

Stockport is launching its first augmented reality Christmas Trail – socially distanced festive fun for all the family. Download the Virtually Stockport app from the app store, follow the trail around Stockport town centre and you can virtually meet and interact with Santa, his reindeer and his elves!

Join the search for Santa and discover seven virtual augmented reality Christmas characters along the way at magical locations across the town centre. Use the map in the app to find and collect each one.

You can join in Stockport’s Search for Santa anytime from 2nd December until 2nd January.

Please remember to adhere to the current government COVID-19 restrictions when using this app out and about in the town centre.

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Get ready for winter this year

Winter weather can be severe and quickly disrupt our daily lives. Keeping yourself and others warm and safe over cold periods will help to prevent colds, flu or more serious health problems like pneumonia. It is more important than ever to look after yourself this winter and there are lots of simple things you can do for yourself and others to get winter ready. If you need extra financial support, there’s a number of benefits and discounts available to help you with your energy bills. Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Find out who your network operator is here.

The coronavirus pandemic has seen Stockport’s communities come together to look after their neighbours and wider community. Be a good neighbour this winter and check on older neighbours or relatives, especially those living alone or who have serious illnesses. A knock on the door or phone call to check they are ok will be welcome. If you are willing, share your telephone number with your neighbour in case they were to have an accident or were unwell.

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Interchange

Exciting progress on landmark interchange project for Stockport

An exciting milestone is set to be passed as plans to develop a modern transport interchange and residential development in Stockport town centre begin to take shape.

From Monday 30 November, construction work will begin to develop Heaton Lane car park into a temporary bus station. This will allow services to run when work begins in early 2021 to transform the existing bus station into the modern facility.

This work will result in the temporary closure of the external section of the car park. The temporary facilities will include a travelshop on Mersey Square and some on-street stops to allow services to operate until the opening of the main interchange



EPEC

Get involved with local parenting support groups

EPEC (Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities) is an innovative approach to helping parents and carers to deal with early childhood difficulties. It works in a unique way as it recruits, trains, and supports local parents to lead parenting groups in their own communities. You can get involved in one of these three parent-led courses which are currently being delivered online each week:

  • Being a parent – for parents / carers with children aged 2 - 11 years
  • Living with Teenagers – for parents / carers with children aged 12 - 16 years
  • Being a Parent Together – for parents / carers of children aged 2 - 11 years who attend together whether living together / in a relationship or not.

We are always currently recruiting for our fun and interactive, online EPEC Parent Group Leader training course. The course is a great opportunity for local parents and equips you to facilitate parenting courses in their own communities, with continued support from specialist EPEC Supervisors.

If you would like any further information about any of the above EPEC courses, please contact admin.epec@stockport.gov.uk or phone 0161 406 9558.                                                                                                                                                                      

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Last chance for Greater Manchester Clean Air and Taxis Consultations

There are just a few days remaining for you to have your say on the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan and minimum licensing standards for taxis and private hire vehicles licensed in the city-region.

The consultations run until 11:59pm on Thursday 3 December 2020.

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