Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 23rd July

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This edition at a glance...


Cllr Tom McGee

Statement from the Deputy Leader of the Council

This week saw the lifting of restrictions on social distancing, and the reopening of venues such as nightclubs. You are no longer required to wear a mask, though this is still advised in crowded places (and for example masks are still required on the Metrolink).

I’m sure many of you have been eagerly anticipating the 19th July, not least our businesses who thrive on the night time economy. However, rates of COVID-19 across Greater Manchester remain extremely high, with cases in Stockport now at 601.9 per 100,000 – the highest at any time since this pandemic started.

It is vital that we don’t forget our good habits, such as regular and thorough hand-washing and giving each other space, now that the restrictions have been eased. Good hand hygiene, mask wearing and social distancing have all helped to prevent the spread of other respiratory viruses such as the flu in recent months, as well as slowing the spread of coronavirus. By keeping on with these practices, we can ensure that we protect our own health and that of others in the coming weeks and months.

Cases of COVID-19 are particularly high in school children aged 10-17. With many of our schools breaking up for the summer holidays next week, I want to encourage all parents to engage with their child about how to keep themselves safe from the virus, so they can enjoy a happy holiday period without the need for self-isolation ruining the fun!

The vaccine programme continues to move at pace, and in Stockport we have now passed the milestone of two thirds of adults having had their second dose. 83.8% of adults have now had their first dose, and 67.6% have had their second dose. For younger members of the adult population there are plenty of opportunities to ‘grab a jab’. Remember, it’s important to get both doses to ensure you are fully protected. Look out for the pop-up vaccine clinics around the borough to drop in and get yours if it’s been 8 weeks since your first dose.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the warm weather while it lasts – don’t forget suncream and a bottle of water!

- Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Tom McGee


Stockport Council Pledge to Safeguard Central Library Building

Stockport Council has guaranteed to protect public access to the town’s historic Central Library building, even if library services were to move from it in the future.

Having won £14.5 million of government money to transform vacant units in the Merseyway shopping centre into a state-of-the-art learning facility, the council is currently going through an engagement process with residents. The new facility is provisionally being named Stockroom.

If through the current engagement process, the people of Stockport say they are interested in Stockroom housing a 21st Century library offer then residents will later have the chance to take part in a formal consultation process, which could lead to library services moving from the current Central Library building on the A6 to Stockroom.

Should residents support the creation of a new 21st Century library services in the heart of the town centre, the council has pledged that it will retain the freehold to the current Central Library building and seek to find the right alternative uses that will allow for continued public access.

There is no intention from the council to abandon or demolish the Central Library building, which is a Grade II listed building and a much-loved iconic feature of Stockport town centre. The council is clear in its promises – the building will not be redeveloped into flats or for any residential use, and the council will not give up the freehold on Central Library, meaning public access to the building will still be prioritised.

The council is keen to hear from residents about what they would like to see in terms of facilities and services in Stockroom. Join the conversation here.

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Capturing the Moment – Mayor Attends Opening Night of Photography Exhibition

Looking for something a little different to do this weekend? Why not pop into the Underbanks Studio, to see the SK Ascension exhibition. Cllr Adrian Nottingham, the Mayor of Stockport, attended the opening night last Friday, to see some of the fantastic photography from some of the borough’s best up-and-coming talent.

Six Stockport college photography degree students are exhibiting their work, which was taken between 2020 and 2021. The Mayor was there to meet with the students and take in their wonderful work on last Friday’s opening night.

The photography spans a range of topics, exploring everything from grief, feminism and gender norms, to local history and nature. The talented photographers on display are Pippa Ross, Ellie O’Brien, Leanne Forrest, Caroline Wallbank, Joanne Bourke and Katie Quinn.

The exhibition is open to the public on Sunday (25 July), from 11am to 4pm in the Underbanks Studio.

Join the Mayor in taking in the work of some of Stockport’s freshest young talent this weekend.


Love Parks Week

Keep Britain Tidy are calling on Stopfordians to help us love, protect and respect our parks this ‘Love Parks Week’ which takes place from today, July 23 to August 1.

This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces in our borough have been a vital lifeline to so many of us during lockdown.

In May 2020, 36% of people responding to the People and Nature Survey by Natural England said they were spending more time outside during the pandemic than before. This rose to 46% in July 2020.

Around 9 in 10 people surveyed by Natural England in May 2020 agreed that natural spaces are good for mental health and wellbeing.

More than 40% noticed that nature, wildlife, and visiting local green and natural spaces have been even more important to their wellbeing since the coronavirus restrictions began.

Love Parks Week is a chance for you to celebrate your park and showcase the best of what your park has to offer, as well as educate visitors on how to respect the space when they visit.

We would love for you to share your favourite park in Stockport during #LoveParks week using the #LoveParks #RespectParks #ProtectParks hashtags.


Frogs

Stockport takes a Gigantic Leap forward

Remember the Stockport frogs?

In 2019, Stockport’s Giant Leap Frog Art Trail attracted thousands and thousands of new visitors, residents and families of all ages to the town centre. It was fantastic to see so many excited children (and big children) seeking out all 19 giant frogs on the trail, later to be joined by three visiting frogs!

Stockport’s Business Improvement District, Totally Stockport, is launching this summer’s Gigantic Leap Frog Art Trail 2021 that will see 21 brand new, gigantic colourful frogs hopping into the town centre! And not only that, 17 of their One Stockport frog buddies will be hopping to locations across the whole borough.

Stockport’s Gigantic Leap Frog Art Trail was officially launched at an event earlier today at the Light cinema in the town centre where organisers, artists, sponsors and invited guests celebrated the opening of the 2021 trail.

Stockport’s Gigantic Leap Frog Art Trail launches on Saturday 24 July and will be in the town centre until the end of September. You can keep up to date with their journey at www.stockportfrogs.co.uk.

In celebration of Stockport's Gigantic Leap Frog Trail opening, Pure Innovations are holding their own free frog hunt event in Vernon Park. The event takes place 11am to 2pm on August 21 and 22, and once you've finished, you can get your very own ceramic frog!

Don’t forget to tag your social media pictures with #stockportfrogs so we can share them!


Mount Recyclemore

Head over to Mount Recyclemore

A giant Mount Rushmore-style sculpture of the G7 leaders’ heads, made entirely of discarded electronics, that appeared on a beach in Cornwall during the G7 climate summit, is set to spend the summer in Stockport.

Created by Stockport-based leading UK re-commerce expert, musicMagpie, alongside artist and founder of the Mutoid Waste Company, Joe Rush, the sculpture – named Mount Recyclemore – highlights the growing threat of e-waste and depicts world leaders including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, American President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The arresting installation, which is made from approximately 20,000 individual items of e-waste, will be in situ for eight weeks from July 21st at business hub Stockport Exchange and will form part of Stockport Business Improvement District's Totally Stockport summer activities, which will include an art trail of 21 gigantic frogs, a food festival and Stockport's first Enduro cycling festival.

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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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