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Statement from Cllr Nigel Manning, Chairman of Ash Parish Council

Statement from Cllr Nigel Manning, Chairman of Ash Parish Council

As we are now in a second lockdown alongside the rest of England, it is more important than ever that we continue to play our part to reduce the spread of the virus by following new government restrictions, to save lives and protect the NHS.

“The Government took this decision in response to the rapidly rising infection rates across the country including Ash.

The new restrictions require us to stay at home, not meet up with people outside of your household and for non-essential businesses and venues to close. We need to stay alert and vigilant, only leave the house for essential purposes, and make sure we look after ourselves. If you can, please work from home, limit your contact with other people if you go outside to exercise or buy food or medicine, continue to maintain social distancing and wash your hands. It is absolutely vital that if you have symptoms, please self-isolate and don’t leave home.

There are some differences to the first lockdown guidance such as schools, colleges and universities are continuing to open and those in a support bubble (a support bubble is a close support network between a household and a single-adult household) are still able to meet. While socialising is not permitted as the point of the lock down is to limit our contact with others, everyone is also able to meet with one other person outdoors in a public place.

I was overwhelmed by the community spirit shown during the first lockdown, and how residents came together to support one another. Now we must do the same again. If we stay at home, we will save lives. We are all in this together and we will come through this together. I want to reassure you all that we have continued to provide essential services throughout the outbreak.

I understand the struggles that this second lockdown will bring to many of our residents and businesses, including some people losing their jobs and struggling financially. The Coronavirus (Covid 19) outbreak has had a major impact on our local, national and global economy and there will be more government grants coming soon. Guildford Borough Council has a free online ‘Skills for Employment’ course running to help get people back into work. Please email business@guildford.gov.uk for more details.

We need to make sacrifices over the next few weeks that will hopefully allow all our local retailers to reopen again before Christmas. If we show discipline now, we can minimise the impact on our local businesses, keep our children in schools and reduce pressure on the NHS. Please continue to show support for our local shops, where you can.

Local volunteers continue to play a big role in supporting our most vulnerable residents and I want to thank them for their hard work. Guildford Borough Council will also continue to support you throughout this difficult period. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you or anyone you know needs any help or support, with food parcels, prescriptions or because you are alone, the Guildford Borough Council Community Helpline is open Monday to Friday, from 8:30am – 5pm (4:30pm Friday) on 01483 444400. Find out more information here: www.guildford.gov.uk/article/23881/Can-we-help-during-self-isolation-. Stay up to date with Services at www.guildford.gov.uk/article/23821/Service-updates.  

Alternatively you can contact Ash Parish Council (APC) on 01252 328287 (9:00 – 16:00) or any of your local Ash Parish Councillors (contact details on the APC website www.ashpcsurrey.gov.uk) who will be happy to help you.

“Stay safe and we will get through this together.”