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ALERT from Cheshire Police

A resident in Peel Hall Lane has had intruders yesterday (Monday) afternoon: two men alleging to be from a fencing company: one distracted the occupant whilst the other one went upstairs and ransacked the bedroom.  The occupant was none the wiser until she went to bed that evening and discovered the mess.  CSI have visited and warn people to be extra vigilant, don’t leave doors and windows open or unlocked, and be suspicious of cold callers.  Police strongly believe that the same thieves are responsible for other acts (tried to steal a car, thefts etc) also carried out yesterday in Christleton, Willington and Northwich.  Anyone who saw anything suspicious are urged to contact the police.

Avian Influenza outbreaks

Local:

Premises near Frodsham, Cheshire

Avian influenza (HPAI) of the H5N8 strain was confirmed at a premises near Frodsham in Cheshire which rears broiler breeder chickens on 2 November 2020. On the 3 November further testing confirmed this to be a high pathogenicity strain (HPAI H5N8).  A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Public Health England (PHE) advises that the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency advises that avian influenzas pose a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.

Further details can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#movement-controls-and-licences

https://www.yourwestcheshire.co.uk/NewsArticle/%7B47F01839-50B6-4CEF-B60F-714BA53281EC%7D

National:

*The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) are posting and tweeting about the latest updates on Avian influenza.  Please share any relevant posts via your social media channels to help communicate the key messages and restrictions:

Gov.uk news story – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-influenza-bird-flu-national-prevention-zone-declared

Message from Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Top lines:

  • An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across the whole of England to mitigate the risk of the disease spreading
  • This means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures.
  • The risk level of avian influenza incursion in wild birds in Great Britain has been raised from ‘medium to ‘high’ following two unrelated confirmed cases in England this week and increasing reports of the disease affecting flocks in mainland Europe.
  • Public Health England has confirmed that the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency has said that bird flu poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. 
  • Bird keepers should remain alert for any signs of disease, report suspected disease immediately and ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises. 
  • Avian Influenza is in no way connected to the COVID-19 pandemic which is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus which is not carried in poultry.

Biosecurity actions for poultry keepers (both commercial and recreational/back yard keepers)

The prevention zone means bird keepers across the country must:

  • Ensure the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources;
  • Feed and water your birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds;
  • Minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures;
  • Clean and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy;
  • Reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas, and fencing off wet or boggy areas.

The prevention zone will be in place until further notice and will be kept under regular review as part of our work to monitor the threat of bird flu.

Poultry keepers and members of the public should report dead wild birds to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 and keepers should report suspicion of disease to APHA on 03000 200 301. Keepers should familiarise themselves with our avian flu advice.

Wild birds:

  • There have been a number of confirmed reports of avian influenza in wild birds including geese and swans in the Netherlands and northern Germany in recent weeks. These wild birds are all on the waterfowl flyway from breeding grounds in western Russia, where the H5N8 strain was reported in poultry in mid-October.
  • Wild birds migrating to the UK from mainland Europe during the winter period can spread the disease to poultry and other captive birds.
  • All bird keepers and members of the public are being urged to prevent direct or indirect contact with wild birds.
  • Public Health England (PHE) advises that the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency advises that avian influenzas pose a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.


Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss said:

“It is important now more than ever that bird keepers ensure they are doing all they can to maintain and strengthen biosecurity measures on their premises to prevent further outbreaks.

“Public Health England has confirmed that the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency advises that bird flu poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. “We ask that people continue to report findings of dead wild birds so that we can investigate the extent of infection.”

CWaC COVID-19 Update Bulletin – 02/11/20

Key messages to share with communities

Subject to approval by Parliament, the Government has announced new national guidelines for England from Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December. This will require people to stay at home except for specific circumstances, prevent gatherings with people outside your household except for specific purposes, and involve closing certain businesses and venues. Full details about the new national restrictions.

Until the new restrictions are in place on 5 November, it’s important we follow the local restrictions in Cheshire West and Chester. Full details about the local restrictions currently in place, including a list of FAQs.

We’ll keep you updated about the new national guidelines from 5 November and how these will affect Cheshire West and Chester specifically.

Forthcoming traffic diversions in Chester

Please see the message below from CWaC.

A new rain and surface water drainage tunnel is being installed in Chester city centre. The work will regrettably result in some disruption to traffic, but will enable the transformation of the city centre for the benefit of residents and visitors for decades to come.

This is a major infrastructure project that will take approximately one year to complete and will have a substantial impact on traffic using the inner ring road. During the main construction period, from 16 November 2020 for approximately 12 months, St. Martin’s Way and Nicholas Street will be closed to southbound traffic from the Fountains Roundabout.

The most efficient and practical solution will be to make the inner ring road primarily two-lane clockwise one-way route for all traffic. There will be a one-way only route northbound up Nicholas Street and St. Martin’s Way, and west from The Bars past the Amphitheatre, along Vicar’s Lane, Little St. John Street and Pepper Street. However, St. Oswald’s Way will remain in two-way operation as normal.

We recommend that through traffic uses the A55 to bypass the city centre to/from North Wales and Wrexham, or via M56 and Queensferry to/from the Wirral and Neston direction.

More details and FAQs available at www.clockwisechester.com

Please also see our leaflet attached.

Thank you Linda Parr

Major Developments Project Officer Cheshire

West and Chester Council

CWaC COVID-19 Update Bulletin – 07/10/20

Key messages to share with communities

Two new COVID-19 local testing sites will open in west Cheshire this week, allowing residents with COVID-19 symptoms to book a test. The sites in Winsford and Northwich will be open from 8am to 8pm, seven-days-a-week. They are walk-through sites and no parking is available at either location. The Winsford site, Queensway Testing Centre, is located on Queensway and has begun offering tests. It can only be accessed by the pathway that leads to the rear of Wyvern House. The Northwich site, The Old Depot Testing Centre, opens on 10 October and is located on Leicester Street on an area of unused land that was a former Cheshire County Council depot. Book a test.

From Monday 28 September, people are required to self-isolate by law if they test positive for COVID-19 or are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service. The Government has introduced a support scheme for people in work on low incomes to help them self-isolate, which will be available until 31 January 2021. Residents may be able to claim a £500 lump sum payment if they can’t work from home and are required to self-isolate. This payment aims to help make up for any lost income people may face due to having to stay at home. Full details about eligibility for this scheme.

Wash hands as often as you can, cover your face when out and about, and keep two metres away from others.

Protect yourself by putting the NHS COVID-19 app on your phone.

Tested positive? Stay home for a fortnight.

Avoid unnecessary travel to other areas that have lockdown restrictions.

CWaC COVID-19 Update Bulletin – 05/10/20

Key messages

Here are some key messages from CWaC.  

In the seven days up to 26 September, there were 214 confirmed COVID-19 cases in west Cheshire. This compares to 136 cases in the previous week from 13 to 19 September. Positive COVID-19 cases increased rapidly in September and continue to rise weekly, leading to Cheshire West and Chester being added to the Government’s watchlist as an area of concern.

Cheshire West and Chester Council has proposed additional restrictions on household mixing to tackle an increase in COVID-19 infections and protect public health. Full details about the proposal.

From Monday 28 September, people are required to self-isolate by law if they test positive for COVID-19 or are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service. The Government has introduced a support scheme for people in work on low incomes to help them to self-isolate, which will be available until 31 January 2021. Residents may be able to claim a £500 lump sum payment if they can’t work from home and are required to self-isolate. This payment aims to help make up for any lost income people may face due to having to stay at home. Full details about eligibility for this scheme.

Wash hands as often as you can, cover your face when out and about, and keep two metres away from others.

Protect yourself by putting the NHS COVID-19 app on your phone.

Got symptoms? Get a COVID-19 test by calling: 119 or visiting: nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Tested positive? Stay home for a fortnight.

Avoid unnecessary travel to other areas that have lockdown restrictions.