Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 19th February

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This edition at a glance...


Cllr Wilson

Message from the Leader of the Council

Our rates of coronavirus in Stockport are continuing to fall gradually. Rates are now at 178.6 per 100,000. The latest published data can be found here. Although rates are falling they are still higher than the national average so we must not become complacent and we must continue to do our bit to help stop the spread of the virus.

I can’t believe it’s now almost a year since the first case of coronavirus was detected in Stockport on March 4 2020. We had no idea how challenging and life changing the year ahead would be. The last year has certainly had its ups and downs and affected us all in different ways.

The vaccine is still our best hope of getting life back to some form of normality and so far we have vaccinated more than 80,000 people in Stockport which is really encouraging. We know that people will have questions about the vaccines that are currently available and this FAQ has been prepared to help to answer these queries here.

Next week the government will release the roadmap, detailing how we will gradually ease out of lockdown. We will of course keep you updated as we work through what this will mean for Stockport and Greater Manchester.

- Leader of Stockport Council, Elise Wilson.


More people asked to shield until March 31st

The Government has increased the national list of people who are being advised to shield. NHS Digital has used a new predictive model to identify more adults who may be at higher risk from Covid-19.

The new list includes a further 2,856 people across Stockport who are being advised to shield to protect themselves from coronavirus. Anyone being advised to shield for the first time will receive a letter from the Government from next week.

Those within this group who are over 70 will have already been invited for vaccination. Adults who have been added to the list and are between 19 and 69 years and will now also be prioritised for a vaccination.

If you are asked to shield, you can still shop for basic necessities such as for food and medicine, but you should make your trips as infrequent as possible.

And remember, there is support available for those self-isolating or shielding and who have no family or friends to support them. More information can be found at http://orlo.uk/8phlN

More details about the announcement can be found here, and the government advice about shielding can be read here.

Give your feedback on plans for low traffic neighbourhoods

If you live in Cheadle or Cheadle Heath, have your say on how you would like to improve the streets near you.

Low-traffic neighbourhoods, known locally as Active Neighbourhoods, focus on prioritising the movement, health and safety of people over cars by using planters or bollards to stop rat-running on residential streets.

In Stockport, areas of Cheadle and Cheadle Heath have been chosen to receive improvements, with the plans aligning with other local cycling and walking schemes that are live in Romiley and the Heatons.

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One Stockport Story of the Week

Stockport’s very own Spiderman, Jason Baird, ran an amazing 50 miles around the streets of Stockport recently to raise money for Papyrus Child Suicide and Mental health awareness. Jason embodies all that it means to be One Stockport and you can find out more about his incredible achievement and watch a video over on the One Stockport website.

Jason has really helped to put a smile on our faces during challenging times and given up his time to support others in our community, so a huge well done and thank you!

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Celebrate Purim safely

Wishing all our Jewish residents a happy and safe Purim on Thursday 25 February.

We know ordinarily this would mean a chance to get together to celebrate with your family and friends but as Stockport is under lockdown restrictions this means festivities will have to look different this year.

If you are attending synagogue you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. You should maintain strict social distancing at all times. You should follow the national guidance on the safe use of places of worship here.

You will only be allowed to celebrate the festivities at home within own your household or support bubbles. Government information and guidance on lockdown Stay at Home restrictions is available here.


SOS

Empowering children and young people to be heard

Beacon Counselling, the Mayor of Stockport's Charity of the Year for 2020/21, calls on children and young people to help "Stamp Out the Stigma" (SOS) around mental health.

The Beacon SOS campaign asks children and young people to create or design artwork to reflect what mental health means to them, what they want to see change in services and what they do to maintain good mental health.

Submitted pieces are in with the chance to be featured throughout the Beacon SOS campaign events (which will be held virtually under current circumstances), and there are prizes to be won too.

Artwork can be submitted by emailing SOS@beacon-counselling.org.uk. Entrants should include their name, age, and school with their submission.

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Winters

Great times ahead for Winters as work begins to transform iconic building 

Winters’ clock will soon chime again as work gets underway to transform this much-loved building into an exciting French restaurant.

The iconic Grade II listed building on Little Underbanks is being restored to its former glory and work will include sensitive repairs and restoration of the building, including the unique, automated clock and figures.

The building has a rich and fascinating history and started life as a watch and clock maker, when the buildings namesake, Jacob Winter moved his company there in 1890. Over the years, the building has operated in many guises, including an optician, jewelers, a restaurant, and most recently as a pub, managed by Manchester brewery Joseph Holt.

The restoration is part of the Council’s wider programme of work to restore and improve buildings in the Underbanks, with significant funding and support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The build programme aims to complete by Summer 2021.

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