Council services during the COVID-19 outbreak

Maintaining essential services to support your health and wellbeing

Building closures and service changes

24 March 2020

We have taken the decision to close the following buildings and to make changes to our services to safeguard and protect vital frontline services, and protect everyone from the risk of Covid-19/coronavirus.

Libraries 

We have closed all libraries, including the mobile library, from 5pm Monday 23 March to protect visitors and staff from the risk of Covid-19/coronavirus.

We cannot guarantee maintaining a safe service for staff and visitors within the buildings, alongside the need for everyone to follow social distancing safety guidelines. The closure will be reviewed regularly.

Any library member who has books on loan will not receive any penalty charges and all items will be automatically renewed until libraries re-open. Libraries will continue to offer a range of online services that can be accessed by visiting cheshireeast.gov.uk/libraries

Leisure Centres

Everybody Sport and Recreation (ESAR), together with Cheshire East Council, have made the decision to close all leisure centre facilities as of close of business on the evening of Friday 20 March 2020.

This decision is based on recent guidance from central government and Public Health England. It is a priority to put the health and wellbeing of customers and staff first, above anything else.

As you can expect, these have been very uncertain and unpredictable times and leisure centres will look to close until the end of April, with the closures being under constant review.

ESAR have joined together with a number of our health and fitness partners to help the public to stay active and lead a healthy lifestyle from home. You can find out more information by visiting: www.everybody.org.uk

Our facilities affected are:

  • Alsager Leisure Centre
  • Alsager Sports Hub
  • Alderley Park
  • Barony Sports Complex
  • Crewe Lifestyle Centre - library, adult services and children’s services will remain open to the public for the time being
  • Congleton Leisure Centre - access will still be given for all adult day care services
  • Cumberland Sport Arena
  • Holmes Chapel Community Centre
  • Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre
  • Knutsford Leisure Centre
  • Macclesfield Leisure Centre - access will still be given for all adult day care services
  • Middlewich Leisure Centre
  • Nantwich Swimming Pool
  • Poynton Leisure Centre
  • Sandbach Leisure Centre
  • Shavington Leisure Centre
  • Wilmslow Leisure Centre

For updates relating to Covid-19/coronavirus related leisure centre closures and questions around memberships and swimming lessons, visit: https://everybody.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you have any leisure centre queries please contact: support@everybody.freshdesk.com and ESAR will respond to your queries as soon as possible.

Children’s Centres

It is with the safety of children, families and staff in mind that the council has taken the decision to close down activity delivered from some of our children’s centres from Monday 23 March 2020, in an effort to minimise the spread of Covid-19/coronavirus within our communities.

The centres which will cease to be open from Monday 23 March are:

  • Knutsford
  • Poynton
  • Hurdsfield
  • Broken Cross
  • Sandbach
  • Alsager
  • Middlewich
  • The Brooks, Crewe
  • Nantwich

The council will be posting activity packs for families with young children on the parenting journey web pages at cheshireeast.gov.uk/parentingjourney  to help all parents and carers to have free access to fun and engaging activities to do while we pause delivery at this uncertain time. 

We have lots of information on the council’s Live Well Cheshire East website. If you need to speak to somebody about the support available to you and your baby and young children, you can always contact our family information service.

If you are due to attend an appointment at a council children’s centre with a midwife or health professional, they will be in touch with you to change the location of your appointment directly.

Tatton Park

Cheshire East Council has taken the decision to close Tatton Park today (Sunday 22 March) to protect visitors and staff from the risk of Covid-19/coronavirus. 

The park could not guarantee maintaining a safe service for staff and visitors with the anticipated visitor numbers expected, alongside the need for everyone to follow social distancing safety guidelines.

The closure will be reviewed regularly. For latest updates  visit the Tatton Park website 

Visitor information centres

We operate visitor information centres in Macclesfield and Congleton and small visitor centres at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve and Nelson Pit, on the Middlewood Way, near Poynton. The public toilet facilities at these sites will remain open, for now.

These centres are closed, although the countryside sites themselves will remain open as normal to give people the opportunity for fresh air, exercise and connecting with nature.

In recognition of the importance of visitor information, particularly in uncertain times, a Visitor information Service will be maintained via the our website and  social media during normal opening hours.

Contact details for the visitor information centres are:

  • Congleton on Facebook people can find us under ‘Congleton Visitor Information Centre’.
  • Macclesfield on Facebook people can find us under ‘Macclesfield Visitor Information Centre’.
  • Countryside sites: rangers@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Council buildings

We are reviewing all of our public buildings and operational offices with matters continually assessed.

We continue to support opportunities for staff to work from home and follow government guidance on social distancing for the welfare of staff and residents.

Car parks

We have closed our Jordangate and Grosvenor  multi storey car parks in Macclesfield during the COVID-19/coronavirus outbreak.

We will review the closure regularly. If you have a parking permit for these car parks  you can use your permit on other council-owned car parks during this time.

Play areas and outdoor gyms

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister on the 23 March 2020 we have closed our play areas, outdoor gyms and skate parks.

Our parks and green open spaces will remain open for daily exercise and we urge residents to stick to the latest government instructions. Social distancing guidelines must be followed.

You can use these areas once a day on your own or with members of your household for a run, walk or a cycle. Groups of more than two people will be dispersed. You should keep at least two metres apart at all times.

We are unable to guarantee the safety of visitors. If people do not follow the strict social distancing requirements and play area equipment closures, we will have no option but to report to the police, and ultimately close entire park sites.

Queens Park in Crewe is closed.

We have had to close Queens Park in Crewe to ensure compliance with the national guidelines and to protect the public during the pandemic caused by the coronavirus.

Household waste and recycling centres

Our Household Waste and Recycling Centres are closed until further notice.

Markets

We have closed the markets we run in Congleton, Crewe and Macclesfield until further notice.

We have done this to protect members of the public, traders and staff and to encourage people to follow the government advice to stay at home.