Hale Independent Issue 128

ISSUE 128 • March 2020 Independent FREE YOUR LOCAL GOOD NEWS-PAPER YOUR LOCAL FREE ALTRINCHAM • HALE • SALE Follow us on Facebook: yourlocalinde TARMAC BLOCK PAVING GRAVEL GATES FLAGGING FENCING Call for your free quotation. 0161 980 8333 www.salefencing.co.uk Established 1969 INDIA STONE Transform your outside space with a professionally installed beautifully finished driveway or patio… CARS Private Hire, Wheelchair & Minibus Service £2 Download Passenger Cars APP New starting fare PLUS 20p BOOKING FEE FEARS that Altrincham General Hospital’s Minor Injury Unit is set to close have been quashed by health chiefs and the town’s MP. Following “persistent rumours” over its future they have stepped in to make it clear that there are no plans to shut the unit which they say provides a valuable ser- vice to local people. Sir Graham Brady, MP for Altrincham and Sale West, confirmed that the centre on Railway Street is in no dan- ger of closing its doors. Sir Graham said: “Happy to confirm that rumours of Altrincham Minor Inju- ries Unit closing down are untrue. “Altrincham Hospital’s minor injuries unit is well- used, provides a valuable service for local people and helps to relieve the burden on accident and emergency units nearby.” Sir Graham said that he had contacted Sir Mike Dee- gan, the chief executive of the NHS trust that runs the service, following “persistent rumours” in recent weeks that it was earmarked for closure. He added: “He has givenme an absolute assurance that the rumours are unfounded. Sir Mike Deegan told me ‘we appreciate how important this service is to our local commu- nity and I can confirm that we have no plans to close the unit’.” The unit is run by Central Manchester University Hos- pitals NHS Trust. It staffed by nurses who can treat inju- ries such as sprains, strains, broken bones, wound infec- tions, animal/insect bites and minor head, back, eye or chest injuries. It is open seven days a week, but doesn’t offer any walk-in facilities. The unit is part of the town’s £17m community hospital which opened its doors in 2015. All the services that were provided at the old Victorian Hospital on Market Street were transferred to the pur- pose-built new facility on Rail- way Street. GREATER Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has revealed plans to put more bobbies on the beat and increase fire- fighter numbers. It means a named neighbourhood police officer and community support officer for each of the city region’s 215 wards. The plan will see frontline police officer numbers rise from 6,201 in 2019 to 7,007 by 2021. The mayor has also announced plans to recruit 108 new firefighters in 2020/21. Planned cuts to the service have also been put on hold. The recruitment drive will see council tax bills rise with the average household pay- ing an extra £24. Further funding will also be put into the city region’s Our Pass travel scheme and its rough sleeping initiativeABed EveryNight. The mayor said: “When I speak to resi- dents in Greater Manchester, they tell me that their highest priority is investing in policing and emergency services.” More bobbies on the beat Hospital injury unit is safe MP LOOKS TO QUASH CLOSURE RUMOURS Assurance: Graham Brady PLAY-OFFS ARE ALTY’S GOAL SEE SPORT PAGES SAM’S THANKS TO LIFESAVERS SEE PAGE 3