The public health emergency has taken over much of the work of the council and public services. I am following the Government’s advice on social distancing.
Many of you are making arrangements for family, friends and neighbours. The council is burdened through both extra work and fewer staff being available to do them. The council is unlikely to be in a position to evaluate or approve wider schemes organised by volunteers to serve strangers, so please work in a safe way in terms of helping people who don’t yet know you.
The council is sustaining its bin collections and street cleaning but not doing weeding, grass cutting and bulky waste collections. Libraries are open only 2 days a weeks.
My advice surgeries are cancelled, as are all public meetings of the council.
Area 5 committee was cancelled, but we are acting on 2 priorities with Area Capital funds –
1. to consult on parking permits for “home zones” within New Meadows, Mundella Road neighbourhood and the Mundella Court streets.
2. to re-surface the stretches of roads with the potholes that most disturb cyclists, bus passengers and residents.
The Council has been awarded £130,000 by the Lottery for a £170,000 package to renew and improve The Embankment and Memorial Gardens. This is a significant step on the way to achieving a total package of £1.7m.
The bid for the Climate Action Fund remains top priority.
The City Council has won money to improve public transport and wants to develop a business case for expanding the tram, including through Meadow Lane.
Pleased that the Police announced yesterday, further progress against drug dealing in The Meadows (the previous announcement was that the Police have charged 2 people from the New Meadows for drug dealing.
The previous mid-March progress report and the end of February progress report is available – probably 120 matters raised since 3 May.