Leader's weekly update transcript - 11/06/21
Hi, I hope you've had a good week.
We have some good news to celebrate as our Hastings' Town Investment Plan was approved by the Government, so we have been awarded £24.3m from the Towns Fund. This award means that we can attract a further £85m of match funding for the proposals in the plan.
The vision is that Hastings will thrive as a healthy, vibrant, and quirky seaside town that people love to visit, live, and work in. There are lots of exciting projects proposed in the plan such as revitalising Hastings Castle, regeneration of the town centre and three new regional low carbon 'green' skills training facilities.
The programme proposed offers us exciting opportunities to drive forward sustainable growth and prosperity. You can find more at www.hastingstowndeal.co.uk.
Thanks to everyone who has been involved in this process: local organisations and residents who submitted their regeneration ideas for the town, the Town Deal board members, council officers and others who have worked very hard to develop the plans. You did it and the future looks brighter as a result!
The number of people with the virus in our town remains low but we still need to be careful and, as the 'delta' variant continues to spread, it remains as important as ever to socially distance and get your vaccination as soon as you can.
There are more pop up vaccination clinics being held in different locations across Hastings such as Broomgrove and St Leonards, where you can just drop in and get your jab and you can find more details on our website.
We can still catch and pass on COVID even if we have had our jabs and around a third of people who have the virus don't show any symptoms when they have the virus.
We should test ourselves on a regular basis using the free lateral flow tests to help protect others. Our website has details about how you can order your own tests or where you can pick them up from.
This week is Carers' Week where we celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by our country's millions of unpaid carers: in East Sussex there are over 69,000 people who look after a relative, friend or neighbour who couldn't manage without them. They are doing this all year round.
The theme this year is Making Caring Visible and Valued and we have a long way to go to ensure that this happens. Thank you to everyone caring for someone else, we value you and recognise how difficult your role can be.
Support and advice can be found through Care for the Carers
Thanks for you time, until next week, please stay safe.
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