Council plans COVID-19 recovery
Hastings Borough Council's cabinet has endorsed eight priorities for the council's COVID-19 recovery plan and outlined a commitment to work with partners, such as the Local Strategic Partnership, to develop a town wide plan for recovery.
The council's COVID-19 recovery plan sets out the eight key areas of focus for recovery work and what actions need to be taken for each. These outline new activities and those that we have changed to better support our residents through the pandemic.
They build on intensive work with our local communities, businesses and partners who, over the past six months, have come together at speed to steer the town through the challenges and now consider the opportunities ahead.
The plan sets out what residents can expect from the council and serve as a basis for ongoing partnership working towards the town's recovery.
Cllr Kim Forward, leader of the council, said,
"I want to thank officers for their hard work in putting together this plan in what is an ever-changing context. COVID-19 has changed, and continues to change, our lives so much. Some changes present challenges, others opportunities. This plan sets out how we will meet these challenges and realise these opportunities. It is important that, as we work to continue to manage the impact of the pandemic on our town, we also work towards building a better future for everyone.
"The figures show, and our regional Director of Public Health has praised, our effective management so far of COVID-19 in our town, with partners. It has taken a tremendous effort from everyone, from residents and businesses following guidelines, to the many volunteers and community groups providing support, to the work of all public sector organisations.
"But we can't be complacent, as the most recent COVID figures show, and we must continue to do all we can to keep the virus from spreading.
"Over the coming months we will be working with partners, through the Local Strategic Partnership, to develop a town wide plan for recovery. COVID-19 has had a huge impact globally, nationally and locally. Recovery will take time and we will all have a role to play. Coming together has been crucial in getting us this far and will continue to be critical as we go forward."