Cheshire Independent Issue 148

MACCLESFIELD • TYTHERINGTON • BOLLINGTON ALDERLEY EDGE • PRESTBURY • WILMSLOW • HANDFORTH • POYNTON • BRAMHALL • DISLEY • ALSAGER • BIDDULPH • CONGLETON • SANDBACH ISSUE 148 FREE CHESHIRE FREE YOUR LOCAL GOOD NEWS-PAPER FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @CheshireIndy Independent Let us help. With great advice, home style, measure and planning service, plus quality fitting of top brands and designs. You will be glad you did. Visit our showroom: Tuesday to Saturday Thornycroft Farm | Pexhill Road | Siddington | Cheshire | SK11 9JN | T: 01260 224445 Flooring & Carpets Alternative Flooring, Bronte, Brintons, Ulster, Jacaranda, Cormar, Adam, Axminster, Telenzo Carpets, Crucial Trading, JAB, Ted Todd and more…. Modern & Traditional Carpets Natural Wood Flooring Laminate Flooring Stair Runners & Rods Luxury Vinyl Tiles Bespoke Rugs & Runners LOCATION Unit 4 Pedley Buildings Thomas Street Congleton CW12 1QU CONTACT Landline: 01260 277 698 Mobile: 07710 229 556 SHOWROOM Open by appointment only as per government guidelines. Please call to arrange a date and time. ONLINE www.completekitchens COMPLETE KITCHENS AND BEDROOMS CONGLETON Supplying and installing kitchens, bedrooms and home studies since 1974. We’re working with our clients to ensure that social distancing measures are in place on all of our projects. 28 - 30 Chestergate, Macclesfield, SK11 6BA Tel. 01625 423100 CHESHIRE East’s local Covid-19 contact tracing service has gone live as efforts are increased to lower the rate of infection across the borough. It comes as the government has announced that Cheshire East will come under Tier 2 of coronavirus restrictions when the national lockdown ends – the ‘high alert’ level. Health chiefs say the new service will not replace the national NHS Test and Trace system but is designed to “com- plement” it. The national test and trace team will provide the local team with a daily list of Covid-19 positive cases they have been unable to contact within 24 hours. The council-run service will have a phased roll-out across the borough. Dr Matt Tyrer, Cheshire East’s direc- tor of public health, said: “It’s impor- tant that residents who have symptoms self-isolate immediately and only leave home to get a Covid-19 test. “If this test comes back as positive you must continue to self-isolate to avoid spreading the virus further. It is also a legal requirement. “We are here to support our local res- idents in meeting that requirement and ensure they don’t suffer undue hard- ship as a result.” He added: “Our local contact tracing team will be able to offer advice and information on where to access help and support should you need it.” The local service will allow its contact tracers to carry out welfare checks for people who have tested positive and are required to self-isolate, so that support can be offered to them. That support could include access- ing essential supplies, such as food and medicines, linking to social con- tact services to prevent loneliness and financial support. Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East cabinet member for public health and corpo- rate services, said: “This service will allow us to have a more personalised approach to contact tracing, our res- idents will be able to hear a friendly local voice at the end of the phone, who can offer tailored advice and support. “We understand that when self-iso- lating many residents may need prac- tical support such as shopping for food or financial advice to help with bills. “Our People Helping People initia- tive links up local volunteers to offer community-based support.” A council spokesman added: “If you receive a call from our Covid contact tracing team, please take the call as information gathered will help us to stop outbreaks and bring case numbers down across Cheshire East. “This will result in us all being able to get back to a more normal way of life more quickly.” The launch of the local initiative comes as people are being urged to work together to drive down the rate of Covid-19 infections in Cheshire East. Council leader Sam Corcoran said the majority of people were adhering to the rules but a minority were “undoing all of this good work through complacency and selfishness.” • Coronavirus latest: page six GETTING ON TRACK IN THE COVID FIGHT Local contact service is launched ROAD blocking motorists are being urged to be more considerate after a rise in ille- gal parking across Cheshire East during the latest Covid- 19 lockdown. Worried highways chiefs fear that vehicles respond- ing to 999 calls could be prevented from accessing emergencies or getting the injured and sick tohospital. The say the problem is on the rise across the whole borough and not just at ‘the usual hotspots’ in town cen- tres and at visitor attractions. • Full story page seven Don’t be a road blocker! MERRY CHRISTMAS! TO ALL OUR READERS AND CUSTOMERS