Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 16th April

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HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Remembering HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

We were all saddened to learn of the passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, last Friday (9th April). The flag on Stockport Town Hall has been lowered to half-mast as a mark of respect. The Town Hall was also lit up in purple on Friday in memory of the longest serving consort, and will remain lit up until after the funeral. Read statements from the Mayor of Stockport and all leaders of the political groups in Stockport here.

His Royal Highness’ funeral takes place tomorrow, on Saturday 17th April, at 3pm. Due to current coronavirus restrictions, the funeral will only be attended by members of the Royal Family. Instead, a one-minute silence will be observed across the country at this time, to remember HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We encourage all Stockport residents, whatever you are doing, to take a moment to reflect at 3pm on Saturday.

As a result of the pandemic, there will be no physical book of condolences. However, if you would like to pay your respects to His Royal Highness, you can sign the virtual book of condolence available on the Royal website.

Please do not gather in crowds this weekend, and if you are meeting people outside, stick to the rule of six or two households.

Click below to find out further ways you can pay your respects.

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Test is best! Universal Covid-19 testing now available for all adults

All adults in Stockport are now able to access rapid Covid-19 testing, even if you do not have symptoms.

Lateral flow testing gives a result in just 30 minutes, and can be taken at testing sites or collected to be taken at home. Adults will be able to claim two free tests every week, as the government prepares for the next stage in its roadmap out of lockdown, which includes the return of non-essential shops, gyms, salons and outdoor hospitality.

Need a rapid lateral flow test? Find out where your local testing site is, or see the collection points available across the borough here. Alternatively, look out for our Mobile Testing Unit – an upcycled yellow school bus that offers safe testing at various spots across Stockport twice a week.

You should only get a lateral flow test if you do not have symptoms. If you have any symptoms of coronavirus: a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss of taste or smell, you still need to get a PCR test. This must be taken at a test centre You should self-isolate until the results come through. If you need to book a PCR test, you can do so here.

Regular testing will help us get back to normal more safely. Rates are continuing to fall in Stockport, with rates currently at 34.1 per 100,000, or around 14 new cases each day. This is slightly below the average for Greater Manchester. We need to continue to act responsibly and follow the latest advice to keep our community safe as more mixing is allowed.

Do your bit to keep Stockport safe. Make sure you’re taking advantage of the new regular testing scheme for all adults.

For the latest statement from the Director of Public Health, follow the link below.

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Ramadan

Ramadan Mubarak!

Ramadan Mubarak to Muslim residents and workers in Stockport. Stay safe while celebrating Ramadan and Iftar this year by following COVID-19 guidelines. You must only celebrate indoors within your own household or social bubble, or outdoors including a private garden in a group of six or two households.

The British Islamic Medical Association has also prepared resources and advice that the Covid vaccine and testing is permitted for Muslims and allowed during fasting.

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Cut It Back

Cut it Back!

We've launched a campaign asking residents to cut back their trees and hedges so people can pass safely and they're not forced into the road.

It’s important that before you start work, you make sure you check for any nesting birds.

For more advice about what to look out for when you cut your hedges back, visit the RSPB website.

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A6 Water Works begin

United Utilities have started work on replacing water mains on the A6 in Stockport.

The £4.8million project began this week at the junction of the A6 Wellington Road South with Longshut Lane West, in Shaw Heath. Works will run the length of the road to Hazel Grove Park and Ride.

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Support Online Learning

Support your child’s online learning

Stockport College offers a free Family IT course to help parents and grandparents understand more about internet safety and websites and apps to support children’s homework while improving their own IT skills. 

There is no charge for the course, but learners are expected to attend all five sessions, which will run from Friday 23 April - Friday 21 May, 11am - 1pm.

Enrolment began on Friday 16 April at 11am at Stockport College - please call 0161 886 7443 or email to register your interest. Social distancing will be in place.


Have you registered to vote yet?

It’s the people who make decisions about services that will impact the borough you love. That’s why it’s crucial that you make your voice heard by voting in the upcoming local elections.

Held on the 6th May 2021, you will be able to vote for representatives on the council, as well as having your say in the Greater Manchester mayoral election.

If you are not registered to vote, make sure you do so by 19th April 2021. Registering takes just five minutes online, and all you’ll need is your national insurance number.

If you don’t feel safe voting in person, for example, you can apply for a postal vote if you are shielding. Make sure you do this by 5pm on 20th April 2021. 

Alternatively, you can register to vote by proxy (someone else casts a vote on your behalf). The deadline to register for proxy voting is 5pm on 27th April 2021.

On the day, polling stations are open from 7am – 10pm. Make sure you’re there – every vote counts!

If you were registered to vote in the last election, and your details haven’t changed, you don’t need to take any action.

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Book Browsing is Back

Monday 12th April was a key date in the government’s roadmap for getting out of lockdown, with the hotly anticipated reopening of non-essential shops, salons and outdoor hospitality. Library users can now browse for books and benefit from drop-in computer services at many Stockport libraries.

Social distancing measures and mandatory face coverings remain in place in libraries across the borough, but you will be able to browse the bookshelves and discover your new favourites.

For those who do not want to browse, there is a limited selection of ‘staff picks’ available if you still want to borrow. Our popular online reservation service remains in place, allowing residents to reserve books online and collect from a selected library across the borough.

Drop-in computer services are available, although you are advised to pre-book to avoid disappointment. Printing and photocopying services are also available – but please bring the correct change with you.

Click the link below to find out which libraries will be open, and find information on opening times. If you have any questions or need further support, please email libraries@stockport.gov.uk or call 0161 217 6009.

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One Stockport Story of the Week

Over the last year, so many local organisations have really gone the extra mile to support the people in our communities who need it the most. A shining example of this is Guinness Housing. They have been working hard to support their residents in a number of ways, like shopping for vulnerable residents, helping a survivor of domestic abuse move to a new home and supporting their clients' health and wellbeing. You can find out more over on the One Stockport website.

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