STATEMENT - from the Chair of the Parish Council
STATEMENT FROM THE CHAIR OF BROUGHTON ASTLEY PARISH COUNCIL
We are facing challenging times which will test the strength of our community. We have always said there is a strong community spirit in Broughton Astley and now is the time to prove it by supporting one another and being tolerant of other's needs.
As a Parish Council we are responding to the situation & governments' direction to support essential workers and services with what limited resources we have.
These measures include but are not limited to:
The Parish Office - will remain operational, but contact should be by telephone & email to reduce person to person contact. We will be using social media to communicate as much as possible.
Village Hall Bookings - all bookings for the Village Hall and Cottage are cancelled until further notice.
Support to essential workers - the Village Hall will focus its resources to ensure the Pre-School childcare group, who provide childcare for essential workers, can remain operational as long as possible.
Recreation Ground toilets - the toilets on the recreation group will be closed so we can redeploy the cleaning materials to the village hall. We are struggling to purchase replacement materials at this time so help in this area would be appreciated.
Broughton Astley Volunteer Group - we will be providing staff, equipment and funding to support the Broughton Astley Volunteer Group.
There has already been an overwhelming response so far and has over 60 volunteers registered. They are spread across Broughton Astley and will help those who contact the group. We are currently working through the details of how the group will operate and provide a safe service to those who do not have other support networks to fall back on. The email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food and other essentials - If people want to make food and other donations there is a drop off point at the front of the village hall. Household basics such as cleaning materials would be very welcome.
We will have to deal with new challenges as they emerge so bear with us as we adapt and try to move as quickly as possible.
Please follow the Governments' guidance on social distancing, working from home, and avoiding panic buying so that there is enough to go around.
Working together we will get through this in the best way possible, we just need that community spirit.
Councillor Clive Grafton-Reed
Posted: Fri, 20 Mar 2020 12:09 by Debbie Barber