Local Government News November 2020

Covid

 The Covid rollercoaster continues and this report will be out of date when you read it.

However, it is important to note that as of today November 13th, the weekly infection rate in East Sussex is the lowest in the country.

There are 149 Upper tier Authorities in the country that is County Councils and Unitary authorities. East Sussex ranks as 149.The weekly infection rate is 66.

The country is also divided into lower tier authorities of which there are 315. Wealden is ranked at 310 with a weekly infection rate of 67.

The range of statistics is dizzying but the main focus for comparison purposes is numbers per 100,000 per week and these are our local figures. The figures locally are rising slightly     but remain comparatively low.

More testing is being done across the County with new opportunities in Uckfield and Crowborough in the next few days.

Generally, our testing rate is high with low levels of positive cases.

There is regular testing of Care Home staff.

20,000 extremely vulnerable people have been identified in East Sussex and Councils will be contacting everyone on the list to ensure they have food and basic supplies.    There is a food voucher scheme in operation. There are examples of abuse, but this does not seem to be widespread.

 

Verge Cutting

A dramatic change of topic.

There has been a lot of concern by some residents about damaging roadside wildlife in our rural verges and the County Council is consulting 12 Towns and parishes about possibly curtailing cutting in order to save wildflowers. Forest Row is one of these. The current plan is for one full cut in the Autumn with visibility splays cut in the Spring.

I know some will want the verges cut more regularly and others will be worried about biodiversity so I would be interested in your views

Roy Galley

13 November 2020

 

 

Your local Councillors.

 

Roy Galley.                          cllr.roy.galley@eastsussex.gov.uk

                                              cllr.roy.galley@wealden.gov.uk

                                              01825 713018

Peter Roundell.                  cllr.peter.roundell@wealden.gov.uk

                                             01825 722030

 

Toby Illingworth              cllr.toby.illingworth @wealden.gov.uk

                                                01823 732115

 

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