Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 16th July

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This edition at a glance...


Cllr Elise Wilson

Statement from the Leader of the Council

We now have confirmation from the government that the ending of the current restrictions will go ahead as planned from 19 July.

What this means is that most of the legal restrictions that have been imposed will be lifted from this date. It will no longer be a requirement to stay two metres apart from people, there will be no limits on the number of people you can meet and the last businesses and events that were closed or subject to restrictions will now fully open.

However, Coronavirus rates are still extremely high and rising, with cases now at 485.6 cases per 100,000. The latest published data can be found here.

Covid is clearly very prevalent and still poses a risk to us all so please consider the risk to yourself and others and the need to take personal responsibility as we move forward. You can still help to minimise the risk by being cautious, meeting people outdoors where possible and limiting contact with other people. This will really help in stopping the spread of the virus. While you do not have to wear face coverings by law from the 19th, guidance is for people to carry on wearing them in crowded areas such as buses. You will still be required to wear face coverings on the Metrolink.

The vaccination programme is still ongoing and 83.3% of Stockport’s adult population have now received their first dose and 65.1% have had both doses.

It’s also really important that we also remember to take care of our mental health and wellbeing. If you’re finding things difficult, there’s lots of help and support listed here. For further information on how you might look after yourself, visit our Health and Wellbeing pages or Healthy Stockport

Finally, I would like to wish our Muslim residents Eid Mubarak this Eid al-Adha

- Leader of the Council, Cllr Elise Wilson


Eid

Eid Mubarak!

We're wishing all our Muslim residents and workers Eid Mubarak this Eid al-Adha.

For further information on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of Coronavirus during the festivities, visit the government website.

St Thomas

Win a Lego Landmark in the Stockport Summer Challenge

This summer holiday, we are challenging children to walk around the iconic landmarks of Stockport. School children have been issued with a map of the route, which includes 10 key landmarks, they have been asked to create a picture of something that is a landmark to them in the area that they live. The winners will have their landmark transformed into a bespoke Lego model kit which comes with a YouTube video on how to build it.

Pure Innovations, a charity that supports people with disabilities and disadvantaged groups to live an independent life, who have made the prizes, will also judge the challenge entries and choose four winners. Each representing a landmark from the North, East, South and West of the Borough of Stockport.

As part of the challenge children will also have to do some investigating and find out facts about the landmarks. The closing date for entries is Monday 6th September.

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Manchester Community Choir raise money for the Samaritans

The Samaritans are a lifeline for so many and never more so during over the last year.     

Two volunteers from Stockport and District Samaritans, who are also members of Manchester Community  Choir, had planned a concert to raise much needed funds for the local Samaritans last October in Heaton Moor.

This was unable to go ahead due to the restrictions of Covid-19, so instead the Manchester Community Choir produced a video to raise vital funds: ‘We need each other now’.

This can be viewed on the One Stockport website.

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DigiKnow

Help doing things online

If you, or someone you know, needs help getting online or with digital skills, our new DigiKnow web pages can help.

There’s information about community classes and support from Digital Champions as well as free online resources. Learn about online payments and staying safe when shopping online. Get advice on using digital methods to stay connected. Discover how to improve your digital skills for work and to develop your career.

If you don’t have a device, you can use the public computers at our libraries for free. Or get in touch with DigiKnow to borrow a device or buy an affordable refurbished one. Visit our web pages to get started or call the DigiKnow Helpline on 07537 127095.

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MHS

Significant Boost to Marple Hall School Sporting Facilities

Marple Hall School has begun construction on its first-class sporting facilities, benefitting the students at the school as well as the wider community who will have access in the evenings and at weekends.  

The project funded by Stockport Council and the school Governing Body includes the installation of a new floodlit Multi-Use Games Area and the extensive renovation of the existing astroturf into a high quality 3G synthetic grass pitch.   

The site will also get a lighting upgrade and a further 70 parking spaces and aims to be completed by late September. 

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Mayor

Stockport Mayor Visits Prestigious Art Exhibition

Cllr Adrian Nottingham, the Mayor of Stockport, visited the Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery on Thursday afternoon, to enjoy one of the current exhibitions: A Lifetime in Art by Mike Pendleton. Pendleton was a member of the Stockport Art Guild for over sixty years, and created many spectacular paintings.

Famous for his striking portraits, Pendleton’s work has been kindly exhibited at the Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery by his family, as a lasting tribute to his memory.

The exhibition is just one example of the fantastic cultural events we have going on here in Stockport. Pendleton’s work joins the 100th Annual Stockport Art Guild displaying current members, and SK Ascension: a show by Stockport College’s photography degree students, displaying at the Art Gallery.

The Mayor encourages all Stockport residents to drop into these free exhibitions, and enjoy the talent our great town has to offer – past and present!


Central Library

New Look Central Library Prepares for Reopening

Stockport’s Central Library will be reopening its doors on Monday (19 July), after the Prime Minister confirmed a move to ease all restrictions from that date. The team have been working hard to prepare Central Library so it can open safely and hygienically, and you might notice a few changes when you come and visit…

The heritage library is now located on the ground floor. Visitors can access fantastic resources such as newspaper clippings and photographs to learn about the history of Stockport or research their own family tree, and access the archives library at request.

Of course, book browsing and PC services will remain available on the ground floor, with the addition of ‘hublets’ – tablets you can take out and enjoy while relaxing anywhere in the library. There’s also free WIFI, so visitors are welcome to bring their own devices and get connected.

If you need somewhere to meet up, the second floor offers semi-private meeting spaces for any sort of collaboration – or just to chill out! Book yours to guarantee yourself a space by emailing libraries@stockport.gov.uk.

The libraries team can’t wait to welcome you back to Central Library. From 19 July, we’re proud that all of our libraries will have reopened, so you can access the services you need across the borough. For full opening times, click here.

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Take Part in 2021 Annual Canvass

Stockport residents are being urged to look out for communication from the council regarding their electoral details, or risk losing their voice in future elections.

The 2021 annual canvass ensures that Stockport Council can keep their electoral registration details up-to-date, allowing them to encourage any residents who are not registered to vote to do so.

Residents are advised to keep an eye out for communication from Stockport Council, and follow the instructions on any correspondence to ensure that the electoral details for every address in Stockport are kept accurate.

This year’s canvass is even more important due to the pandemic. We want to reduce canvassers having to make house calls to encourage people to respond to messages.

The easiest way to respond to your form is online. If you are not registered to vote, your name won’t appear on any messages we send. If you’d like to register to vote for future elections, visit gov.uk/register-to-vote.

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Have your Say: Current Consultations and Surveys

Have your say!

We want to hear your views on all the current consultations we're running.

  • Stockroom

    • Stockport is pioneering an innovative plan to increase footfall in the town centre and inspire a love of learning in children and adults. Stockroom is an idea for a 21st century, universal learning and discovery space which could give the people of Stockport an opportunity to learn new skills, practice arts and crafts, enjoy live music and performances, use free services, and benefit from cutting-edge learning and IT facilities.
  • Romiley to Stockport Walking & Cycling Route

    • Work has started on a Greater Manchester-wide programme to make journeys on foot or by bike much easier and more attractive. Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner, unveiled an innovative new plan to create a city-regionwide cycling and walking network. This scheme will form part of Greater Manchester’s Bee Network and we would like your views on it.
  • Woodford Garden Village School Site Pre-Proposal Consultation

    • The purpose of this consultation is to outline the 2 options available to the council for management and governance of the new school building in Woodford.

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