Leader's weekly update transcript - 23/07/21
Here we are at Step 4 of the government’s roadmap out of coronavirus restrictions, but cases of the virus remain high in our town.
As some of larger outdoor events such as last weekend’s Pirate Day return let’s respect the rules the organisers have in place to keep everyone as safe as possible while having fun.
Let’s all continue to be kind and considerate towards each other and respect social distancing and show we care and wear a mask when we are in public places indoors.
We know that the risk is still very real, and many people are vulnerable including those who have serious health conditions and those who have not been fully vaccinated.
In our council buildings which includes Muriel Matters House, the museum, the cliff railway, and the newly opened Bale House visitor centre at the country park face coverings must be worn.
It was great to see so many people at the mobile vaccine clinics this week. If you didn’t get the chance to go, they will be here this weekend and next week as well. The ambulance will be outside Debenhams in the town centre next week from Monday to Saturday from 11.30 to 3pm and then will move to different places around town until the evening.
You can get your first or second dose of the Pfizer vaccine but there must be an 8-week gap between them. No need to book, just turn up.
You can still have your jab at the Hastings Centre, booking through 119 or the NHS website and they have Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines there. Our website has clinic details and our social media channels have regular updates.
July is Disability Pride Month, a global event working to shine a light on physical, learning, hidden disabilities, and mental health conditions. It is a chance to spotlight what needs to be done to make the world accessible for the disabled community. In the UK there are around 14.1 million people living with a disability.
I am pleased that we have recently refurbished the disabled access path at Pelham to make it easier to get to the beach. There is a lot to do to make our town as accessible as possible for everyone.
We are so lucky to live beside the sea and many of us have been enjoying the beaches and the sea during the past week. RNLI lifeguards work on three of our beaches -Pelham, Pier and Marina–use their flags for guidance as the sea is fun but very dangerous. Oh, and please remember to take your litter off the beach when you leave.
You can find details of activities and events for children in the school holidays (many free for those on free school meals) on the East Sussex County Council website and Visit 1066 has some ideas on their latest blog. There are activities at the Bale House in the Country Park as well and the café at the centre is now open.
Well done to all the teachers, support staff and children for getting through this difficult school year, enjoy your holidays! Thanks for listening, enjoy your week.
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