20 - 24 April
As another weekend is here we near the end of the fifth week of lockdown, and I know it’s difficult for everyone but we must continue to work together to protect our most vulnerable, those caring for them and those working hard to ensure the rest can carry on during the pandemic. It’s even more important now to stay home, protect the NHS, save lives.
I hope you, your family and friends are well, I’m so proud of all of you keeping the borough safe by staying home, we will get through this together, be assured the Council is here to help you and anyone you may know who needs support in the borough.
While the numbers of people affected begin to reduce, it does not mean we are over the line yet and it’s even more important to stay home, protect the NHS, save lives. There is a long road to normality for us yet and we must continue to follow the Government’s instructions - only go out when it’s absolutely necessary; for food and essentials, medical reasons, exercise once daily or for work, if you cannot work from home.
Please obey the rules of social distancing, especially when you are in open spaces and parks, these are for everyone to use for daily exercise, please don’t gather in groups, you should only be with members of your household. Our enforcement team and police team, as they are every weekend, will be out making sure we are all keeping safe.
During the lockdown some people are making it harder for other residents by being anti-social and fly-tipping on the streets and pavements of the borough. I understand everyone is using this time to carry out work in gardens and homes and doing things you’ve maybe put off for years – I know I’ve hung several pictures which has taken me over two years! But this does not mean your waste should be fly-tipped in the borough, it’s not nice for others, costs money to remove it and diverts the Council’s resources from other important work, especially during the pandemic!
A big thanks again to all our Council staff, NHS and Emergency staff, Care workers and Key workers, along with all of those in our communities, volunteers and groups for working together during the most challenging of times and putting the needs of others first.
This week I wanted to say a few words to you personally before the weekend so take a minute to watch my video message:
Have a good weekend at home everyone, stay safe.