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11 JUN

Time to shop local again

By timesecholife on in All News, Latest News

As the Government easing of restrictions continues, Monday (June 15) is set to see the re-opening of non-essential retail shops and the community of Cheadle is keen for people to shop local.

As the Government easing of restrictions continues, Monday (June 15) is set to see the re-opening of non-essential retail shops and the community of Cheadle is keen for people to shop local.

Cheadle’s many independent businesses have so much to offer between them. We have everything from craft items, gifts, cakes, computer repairs, video games, watchmakers and jewellers, carpets and furniture, to name but a few.

Some of us may have become accustomed to shopping online during the lockdown but shopping is a much better experience when you can actually handle the goods and see them up close before purchasing them, and, of course, you get the wonderful customer service of shopping in local shops and businesses.

And we must not forget all the wonderful independent eateries, many who are offering delivery and collection services through this surreal time. And there’s our pubs, which are obviously unable to trade in the usual British fashion of pouring a good old pint, but many are offering a click and collect service so that real ale lovers can still sup their favourite beers.

Businesses across Cheadle are helping each other out by sharing experiences of purchasing from other local businesses on their Facebook pages.

A collective message from shops and businesses across Cheadle has been sent to the Times and Echo: “Cheadle staffs is all about ‘You, Me, Him & Her’.

It’s about shopping in your high street, your town. We are proud to serve such a fantastic close community.

After having to take a step back from our businesses during the last few months we hope that townsfolk will begin to venture out again.

We can assure that all government guidelines will be followed to ensure customer and staff safety at all times.

We look forward to seeing you all soon again.”

The shop local initiative of Totally Locally Cheadle is also sharing posts and pages of local independent businesses on it’s social media pages.

Cheadle Town Mayor Ian Plant said: “Hopefully with the ‘non essential’ shops being able to open from Monday, June 15, it would be great to give them our full support and to try and get them up and running again after the lockdown.

Why they call them ‘non essential’ shops I will never know, surely if you want something from a shop it’s essential.

So please let’s show them that they are wanted in the town and they have been missed but we appreciate them.”

Meanwhile, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) has stated that the authority is working with Staffordshire County Council on measures to ensure people can move safely around town centres and that outdoor markets and some public toilets are also re-opening.

SMDC has confirmed that “enhanced cleaning measures” are in place for public toilets and car park ticketing machines.

Council Leader, Councillor Sybil Ralphs, said: “With more of our shops, markets and businesses set to start opening up again from next week, the council is working to put in place measures to ensure people can return to our towns and villages with confidence that it is safe to do so.

That will mean some changes to town centres and to how shops and business operate so that the necessary social distancing, and other safety measures, can be observed to protect everyone.

We are further supporting our local economy by beginning to open up the facilities which an increased number of people in towns will require, such as public toilets, and we are looking forward to welcoming people back.

I would, however, strongly urge people to behave responsibly when they are out and about by staying two metres apart and following the specific requirements of any shops or amenities they visit. That way, we can all stay safe as we gradually begin to return to those activities we enjoyed before lockdown.”

SMDC confirmed that the market at Greyhound Walk in Cheadle is set to start again from Friday, June 19; and that public toilets, including those at Tape Street in Cheadle, will also be open from June 15.

Most facilities will operate on a one-in-one-out basis and toilets will need to close completely whilst they are cleaned. Opening hours may also be reduced.

To find out more about the re-opening of public toilets and other council amenities, go online to www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/Coronavirus.

If you are a business which is set to be up and running again, or already is in one form or another, and you would like to advertise in your independent family run weekly paper of the Times & Echo, please email admin@timesandecho.co.uk, or call our office on 01538 752214 (current office opening hours are 9am-11am on Mondays and Tuesdays with an answerphone service available at all other times).

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