Leader's weekly update - 05.03.2021
Hi, it's Kim leader of the council.
We have started to see an increase in infection rates again in Hastings, although rates are still far lower than a few weeks ago. We need to continue to follow the mantra of space, face, hands and book a test if we have any symptoms even if they are very mild. We must be very careful as lockdown eases over the next few weeks.
Getting a jab is an important part of our journey to the end of this pandemic and people in the age groups 60 to 69 and older are being offered the opportunity to book a jab at one of the vaccination centres outside of town or at the pharmacy in Ore.
Please do not worry if you can't travel out of town because you will be offered an appointment locally in time at the GP led centre in Hastings. The GPs are also ensuring that all those people who are housebound can receive their vaccinations at home.
Lots of us have received our first vaccinations now but we have to remember that we could still spread the virus so let's keep following the guidelines to keep others safe.
Good luck to all the primary school children and secondary school and college students starting back on Monday and to all the teachers and support staff who will be welcoming them. I hope your first days back go well.
Following on from our corporate plan and budget council meeting a few weeks ago the annual council tax bills will soon be arriving. Your council tax bill is made up of payments to East Sussex County Council (by far the biggest part of the bill), East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, and Sussex Police as well as Hastings Borough Council. The money collected funds vital services for us all. You can find information about how the money is spent and a list of 'frequently asked questions' on our website.
For a week from March 15th East Sussex County Council will be closing part of Battle Road near the Silverhill traffic lights to install temporary concrete blocks to protect road users and pedestrians. The 'arches' will be demolished over the coming months and lane closures will have to remain in place until the work is completed. This is essential safety work and there will be a diversion in place.
It is International Women's Day on March 8th and although some progress has been made towards gender equality it is nowhere near enough.
The day raises awareness of the stereotypes and inequalities that are still present in society and this year we are invited to 'Choose to Challenge' and call out gender bias and inequality and seek out and celebrate women's achievements and help create an inclusive world.
We will be promoting the achievements of women locally across our social media channels and taking part in #ChoosetoChallenge. Why not join us?
There's more information at www.internationalwomensday.com.
I would like to thank Women's Voice, an organisation in our town run by women for women, for all the work they do to support and empower women. You can find out more about them at www.womens-voice.org.uk/.
Women fought a long battle for the right to vote in this country and I hope that all women will use their vote at the local elections on
May 6th Don't forget you can get a postal vote, so you don't have to go to a polling station, and it is easy to apply for one. Check our website for details.
Thanks for watching and please stay safe.
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