Stockport Review EXTRA - 7 January 2022 - Happy New Year!

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Stockport Review Extra - 7 January 2022 - Happy New Year!

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This edition at a glance...

Cllr Elise Wilson

Message from the Leader of the Council

Happy New Year, I hope you had an enjoyable break and managed to spend some time with your friends and families.

Although no further restrictions were announced by the government over the festive period, rates of Covid-19 and in particular the Omicron variant are continuing to rise here in Stockport and across the UK at an alarming rate, so please do all you can to keep yourself and others safe. Remember to wear a face covering when required and continue to sanitise your hands regularly. Also, if you are meeting indoors, opening a window to allow some ventilation or you could meet outside in one of our many parks if you are able to do so. If you haven’t already had your vaccinations or booster, full details of places to get a vaccination in Stockport are on the CCG website, this also includes details of two walk-in centres.  

I know that January can be a difficult time of year for many, so if you’re continuing to work from home, back on the school run or returning to work after the break and are feeling worried, stressed or low, please know you are not alone. There is plenty of support available here in Stockport and more information can be found on the council website.

Whatever this year throws at us, I know we are well equipped to deal with the challenges ahead as we have demonstrated so well over the last couple of years. I would like to wish you and your families a healthy and happy 2022.

Cllr Elise Wilson, Leader of Stockport Council

Government guidance on coronavirus

The government guidance on coronavirus has changed over the Christmas and New Year period. For the most up to date information on what you can and cannot do because of coronavirus, visit GOV.UK.

The best protection against coronavirus is getting vaccinated. If you're still not fully vaccinated or received your booster, book now on the NHS website

From 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow results for Covid-19 will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.

Lateral flow tests are taken by people who do not have Covid-19 symptoms. Anyone who develops one of the three main Covid-19 symptoms should stay at home and self-isolate and take a PCR test. They must self-isolate if they get a positive test result, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test - these rules have not changed.

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Great Moor Library Closed from 9 January

Reminder: Great Moor library gets Open+ facilities

Great Moor library will temporarily close at 2pm on Sunday (9 January), while facilities are installed to allow it to operate on Open+ hours. The library is planned to reopen on Monday 24 January. During the closure period, residents of Great Moor are encouraged to use any other open Stockport library for their usual borrowing, research and PC usage needs.

Open+ is designed so that residents can use their library at a time more convenient to them. Open+ libraries have extended opening hours and automation points that allow the library not to be staffed at all times. They are always welcoming and well-lit, and observed by the added security of CCTV.

You need to sign up to Open+ to be able to use the library in Open+ hours. Don’t worry – it’s totally free! Just speak to your library staff once Great Moor reopens to get yourself signed up.

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Plans are ramping up at Stockport Interchange

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Stockport Council have unveiled proposals for a spiral ramp that will provide a unique way to connect Stockport’s new town centre park, located above the future new transport interchange, to the River Mersey.

You can have your say on the ramp during the public consultation which is due to take place between Thursday 6 January and Sunday 6 February 2022 on the TfGM website.

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DigiKnow Helping Stockport Get Online

Did you get new tech for Christmas?

If you got a new computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone this Christmas, don’t let your old one go to waste. We’re working with Community Computers to recycle old devices to help people in Stockport who aren’t online.

Drop off equipment you no longer use, working or not, at any Stockport library, and they will securely wipe your data and recycle or refurbish your device. You’ll be helping people in Stockport get online while also helping to reduce e-waste.

Community Computers are part of DigiKnow, a network of organisations and community groups helping people in Stockport get online. To get help from DigiKnow call the Helpline on 07537 127 095 or visit our web pages.

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We want your views! Let’s talk budget…

Local government budgets are stretched, and the council needs to make savings of £20 million this year. To do this, we’ve outlined a four step programme of work to help make the savings and ensure that we are still delivering vital and comprehensive services for the people of Stockport.

We want to hear your views on our proposals, which could impact on how your services are delivered in your local area.

Have your say

GM Statement on the Clean Air Plan

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and Trafford Councillor Andrew Western, the city-region’s Clean Air lead, have issued a statement on the Clean Air Plan.

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Laurus Trust

Woodford Garden Village School Agree Sponsor

A new primary school is being built on the old BAE Systems site at Woodford Garden Village, and is due to open in September 2022. In an exciting new development, sponsorship for the school has now been agreed.

The Laurus Trust, who already operate several Stockport schools such as Cheadle Hulme High School and Hazel Grove High School, will take over the operation of the Woodford Garden Village primary school.

The school will be one form of entry, so will take only one class of 30 children per year group. It will grow from the bottom up, with the first class entering in Reception in September 2022. It will also have an on-site nursery.

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DigiKnow help with HMRC online forms

Are you struggling to find the right HMRC forms and information online? Learn how to access these services independently and confidently by booking a free, confidential, face to face session with Starting Point.

Get help with child tax credit, working tax credit, child benefit, National Insurance, tax status, self-assessment and more.

Sessions are available Wednesday mornings at Start Point Coffee Shop in Woodley, all day Thursday at Cornerstone in central Stockport or Friday mornings at the One Stockport Hub. Please email Starting Point or call 07938 543 390 to book. 

Free DigiKnow support for job seekers

New computer workshops are starting where you can learn digital skills for work or to help you find employment. You’ll learn about job search, creating and sending a CV, presenting yourself online and more. If you don’t have a device to use for these workshops, you may be able to borrow one from the DigiKnow device lending library.

The workshops are free and run weekly, starting on Thursday 13 January 2-3 pm at Cornerstone in central Stockport and on Wednesday 2 February 11 am-noon at Start Point Coffee Shop in Woodley.

Please email Starting Point or call 07537 127095 for further information and sign up.

Have your Say: Current Consultations and Surveys

Have your say!

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

  • Let's Talk Budget

    • Local government budgets are facing significant pressures. These circumstances require us to critically review all our services and make bold decisions to make sure we are resilient and able to best meet the needs and aspirations for Stockport.
  • Minimum Fare 2022

    • Stockport’s hackney carriage trade association have approached the Council and requested the introduction of a prebooked minimum journey fee for Hackney Carriages.
  • Gambling Policy in Stockport

    • The Council is required by law to review its gambling policy every three years, this ensures that the policy is kept up to date in terms of legislation, good practice and emerging issues in respect of gambling.
  • Road Safety around Schools – Bredbury Green Primary School

    • It is important that walking or cycling to school is a safe option for children and their families. The aim is to reduce the impact of inconsiderate parking and to highlight to passing vehicles that there are children in the area. Read all about the proposals
  • Road Safety Around Schools - St Thomas Church of England Primary School

    • It is important that walking or cycling to school is a safe option for children and their families. The aim is to reduce the impact of inconsiderate parking and to highlight to passing vehicles that there are children in the area. Read all about the proposals
  • School Admissions and Term Dates Consultation 2023-24

    • A small number of school admissions arrangements are changing for certain local areas.

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