Leader's weekly update transcript - 02/07/21
Hi, it's Kim with this week's update from the council.
Unfortunately, the rise in COVID-19 cases across our town continues particularly in younger people. It's so important to for us to have our jabs as soon as we can and to encourage everyone we know to do so as well.
We have two more pop-up clinics in Hastings this weekend and anyone over the age of 18 can just turn up. On Saturday, the clinic is at St Leonard's Medical Centre (corner of Filsham and Bexhill Road) from 10:30 to 3:30, and on Sunday it's at St Matthews Church (just off London Road near Silverhill) from 12:30 to 4:30. You can find the details of all these sessions on our website and social media channels.
The Hastings Centre has also added more vaccine slots which you can book online through the NHS website or by ringing the free booking line on 119. Call the travel coordinator line on 07871 603235 if you need help getting there.
We are concerned that people are finding it hard to book a local appointment and we continue to urge the local clinical commissioning group to expand the vaccination programme in Hastings with more venues and pop up clinics. It is essential that this happens if everyone is to get their jab. We have been doing all we can to assist with the vaccination programme and will continue to do so.
After we've been vaccinated, it is still really important to keep following the guidelines to help keep others safe and we should also continue to take regular lateral flow tests to make sure we don't transmit the virus to friends or family.
It is very disappointing news that our application for a new selective licensing scheme has been refused by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The scheme has brought about improvements in the conditions of many rented properties and benefitted tenants tremendously.
We are delighted that our Old Town Hall in the High Street will be in use again as we are leasing it to Eggtooth, a local young people's charity. They plan to use it as a community hub to offer all sorts of services, including creative event space and community mental health service, a café and Hastings' first alcohol-free bar.
And finally, we are pleased that the main footpath into Ecclesbourne Glen has been deemed safe again by specialist geotechnical engineers so work will begin in the autumn to reopen it.
Please stay safe and have a good weekend
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