Covid-19 Update 23.10.20

Dear all

I trust this email find you well. 5 key issues for you.

  1. We must all continue to play our part in the fight against Covid-19
  2. Support for families in half term
  3. Council consultation on commercial bins
  4. Government consultation on pavement parking
  5. Eaton Rd pavement
  6. Community tidy ups continue
  1. We must all continue to play our part in the fight against Covid-19

On Monday I convened a meeting of the city’s MPs, councillors, Public Health, Healthwatch, NHS leaders, university Vice Chancellors, police chiefs and business experts about the ongoing growth of the pandemic which shows no signs of remission sadly and our confirmed cases today are again increasing. Most cases are still among young people aged 15-24 years old but there is an increase among older adults, especially 30-44 year olds. The rate remains too high and we cannot afford to be complacent. As we have seen in other parts of the country, the situation can change rapidly. We must all continue to do everything we can to stop the spread of Covid in our city.

During this meeting, city leaders agreed to up our work together and have agreed a series of key messages that I hope you can share:

Please reduce your social contacts.

Please meet outside wherever you can.

Please keep your face covering on at all times when you’re out and about but especially when there’s a risk you can’t maintain two metres distance from others not in your household or bubble.

At yesterday’s council meeting we also successfully called for the end to the government’s failed test and trace system in the hands of Serco and for it to be resourced adequately before being brought into the control of local councils.

  1. Support for families in half term

Despite government not stepping up to support our most vulnerable children, we’re working hard over the half term to once again provide a safety net for families in the city with the council emergency food hub, our partnership with the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership and the Chomp lunch club. If you, a relative or friend in the city need this help especially during the half term, check out the info on the web link or simply email us for more help.

  1. Council consultation on commercial bins

Further to the successful trial of CCTV which in 24-hours caught six fly-tippers, with fines totalling more than £2000, we are continuing the work on improving the look of the city. This time with a consultation on only allowing businesses to have their bins and/or bags of waste on the highway between 6am and 9am for collection purposes. We also need businesses to use the commercial waste sacks not to take up so much space. There has been a huge growth of the bins and the council has been receiving mounting complaints about them blocking pavements and roads, attracting fly-tipping and vermin, and causing problems with social distancing. More information here: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/news/2020/help-us-resolve-growing-problem-our-streets-and-pavements

The consultation ends on 24th November. I tested the weblink earlier and although it isn’t working (I have complained) I am more than happy to take your thoughts.

  1. Government consultation on pavement parking

Many of you have complained about careless car parking on pavements especially on the narrower streets in the city. The government is consulting on whether the pavement ban (currently allowed in the London boroughs, but not here) should be rolled out. It’s open till 22nd November. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/managing-pavement-parking/pavement-parking-options-for-change

  1. Eaton Road pavement

After many years of requesting the pavement to be resurfaced, we have finally won a commitment from the council’s highways team to improve the pavement. We met the engineers through the week and work begins in a few weeks. We have also made several requests for pavement improvements across the entire ward, getting extra money put into the budget in February for this work. Watch this space for when that will be coming along.

  1. Community tidy ups continue

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the great success of the Keep Brighton and Hove Tidy campaign across the neighbourhood, every Friday Hannah and myself are litter picking every few streets across the ward and using the opportunity to catch up with you if you have any queries in person. We leaflet a few streets in good time for the Friday.

If there are any local issues you’re having please email us and we will see what we can do about it.

FINALLY

The virus is still here, it’s sadly still making people sick and killing people.

Please continue to stay safe

  • Keep your distance from people outside of your household
  • Keep your hands and face as clean as possible
  • Use hand sanitiser when outside your home
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Wear face masks or face coverings
  • Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:

a high temperature

a new, continuous cough

a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Yours sincerely

Phélim

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty

Leader of the Council

Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City Council

Chair, Policy and Resources Committee and Covid-19 Recovery Sub-Committee

Member of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee

Member of the Greater Brighton Economic Board; Strategic Delivery Board; Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited and Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation; Representative to the Local Government Association

phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

@phelimmac

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

Ward surgeries at 7.15pm on last Weds of every month at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Palmeira Square (except August and December)

From: Alix Macfarlane <Alix.Macfarlane@brighton-hove.gov.uk>
Sent: 23 October 2020 18:34
To: News <News@brighton-hove.gov.uk>
Subject: Councillor Briefing – information for half term and Halloween

Brighton & Hove City Council          
This briefing has been sent to: all Brighton & Hove City Council councillors, the council’s Executive Leadership Team, the council’s Public Health team and the council’s Communications team   Councillor briefing   Subject:                            Advice for a Covid safe half term and Halloween Date:                                6pm Friday 23 October 2020 Briefing number:      1 Contact:                      news@brighton-hove.gov.uk                                       This briefing covers:   Halloween during a pandemic Having a Covid-safe half term with your family Support available for families needing help with food during half term   Tips for a Covid safe Halloween   We’re asking people not to go trick or treating this year. Now is not a time to take risks with your health because everything we do affects all the people we meet and live with.   There are plenty of ways to enjoy Halloween at home and stay Covid safe, including watching spooky movies and making autumnal food with the family.   Find out more on our council newsroom   Image for you to use on social media:   Guide to a Covid safe half term   This is usually a time when many families organise play dates. But we are living through a pandemic and need to ask everyone to take extra care this year.

Find out about advice on playdates and fun things to do at home in the week ahead, more details on our council newsroom.   Image for you to use on social media:  
Half term food for families

Support is available for families needing help with food during the half term. Information about services and organisations who can help are listed on this story on our council newsroom.   Image for you to use on social media:  
Share the message
Please share the links and images with your residents and in local community groups online to help the message reach people across the city. Thank you.   Website:        www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/news Twitter:           https://twitter.com/BrightonHoveCC Facebook:     https://en-gb.facebook.com/BrightonandHoveCityCouncil/  

Alix Macfarlane | Deputy Head of Communications | Brighton & Hove City Council

Room 166, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

Telephone 01273 291031 | Mobile 07879 117331

Email alix.macfarlane@brighton-hove.gov.uk

To contact the communications team in the event of an emergency or a major incident outside of office hours, please call 07833 483181. Non urgent enquiries will not be responded to.

Our customer promise to you

We will make it clear how you can contact or access our services |  We will understand and get things done |  We will be clear and treat you with respect   

  1. We must all continue to play our part in the fight against Covid-19
  2. Support for families in half term
  3. Council consultation on commercial bins
  4. Government consultation on pavement parking
  5. Eaton Rd pavement
  6. Community tidy ups continue
  1. We must all continue to play our part in the fight against Covid-19

On Monday I convened a meeting of the city’s MPs, councillors, Public Health, Healthwatch, NHS leaders, university Vice Chancellors, police chiefs and business experts about the ongoing growth of the pandemic which shows no signs of remission sadly and our confirmed cases today are again increasing. Most cases are still among young people aged 15-24 years old but there is an increase among older adults, especially 30-44 year olds. The rate remains too high and we cannot afford to be complacent. As we have seen in other parts of the country, the situation can change rapidly. We must all continue to do everything we can to stop the spread of Covid in our city.

During this meeting, city leaders agreed to up our work together and have agreed a series of key messages that I hope you can share:

Please reduce your social contacts.

Please meet outside wherever you can.

Please keep your face covering on at all times when you’re out and about but especially when there’s a risk you can’t maintain two metres distance from others not in your household or bubble.

At yesterday’s council meeting we also successfully called for the end to the government’s failed test and trace system in the hands of Serco and for it to be resourced adequately before being brought into the control of local councils.

  1. Support for families in half term

Despite government not stepping up to support our most vulnerable children, we’re working hard over the half term to once again provide a safety net for families in the city with the council emergency food hub, our partnership with the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership and the Chomp lunch club. If you, a relative or friend in the city need this help especially during the half term, check out the info on the web link or simply email us for more help.

  1. Council consultation on commercial bins

Further to the successful trial of CCTV which in 24-hours caught six fly-tippers, with fines totalling more than £2000, we are continuing the work on improving the look of the city. This time with a consultation on only allowing businesses to have their bins and/or bags of waste on the highway between 6am and 9am for collection purposes. We also need businesses to use the commercial waste sacks not to take up so much space. There has been a huge growth of the bins and the council has been receiving mounting complaints about them blocking pavements and roads, attracting fly-tipping and vermin, and causing problems with social distancing. More information here: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/news/2020/help-us-resolve-growing-problem-our-streets-and-pavements

The consultation ends on 24th November. I tested the weblink earlier and although it isn’t working (I have complained) I am more than happy to take your thoughts.

  1. Government consultation on pavement parking

Many of you have complained about careless car parking on pavements especially on the narrower streets in the city. The government is consulting on whether the pavement ban (currently allowed in the London boroughs, but not here) should be rolled out. It’s open till 22nd November. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/managing-pavement-parking/pavement-parking-options-for-change

  1. Eaton Road pavement

After many years of requesting the pavement to be resurfaced, we have finally won a commitment from the council’s highways team to improve the pavement. We met the engineers through the week and work begins in a few weeks. We have also made several requests for pavement improvements across the entire ward, getting extra money put into the budget in February for this work. Watch this space for when that will be coming along.

  1. Community tidy ups continue

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the great success of the Keep Brighton and Hove Tidy campaign across the neighbourhood, every Friday Hannah and myself are litter picking every few streets across the ward and using the opportunity to catch up with you if you have any queries in person. We leaflet a few streets in good time for the Friday.

If there are any local issues you’re having please email us and we will see what we can do about it.

FINALLY

The virus is still here, it’s sadly still making people sick and killing people.

Please continue to stay safe

  • Keep your distance from people outside of your household
  • Keep your hands and face as clean as possible
  • Use hand sanitiser when outside your home
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Wear face masks or face coverings
  • Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:

a high temperature

a new, continuous cough

a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Yours sincerely

Phélim

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty

Leader of the Council

Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City Council

Chair, Policy and Resources Committee and Covid-19 Recovery Sub-Committee

Member of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee

Member of the Greater Brighton Economic Board; Strategic Delivery Board; Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited and Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation; Representative to the Local Government Association

phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

@phelimmac

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

Ward surgeries at 7.15pm on last Weds of every month at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Palmeira Square (except August and December)

From: Alix Macfarlane <Alix.Macfarlane@brighton-hove.gov.uk>
Sent: 23 October 2020 18:34
To: News <News@brighton-hove.gov.uk>
Subject: Councillor Briefing – information for half term and Halloween

Brighton & Hove City Council          
This briefing has been sent to: all Brighton & Hove City Council councillors, the council’s Executive Leadership Team, the council’s Public Health team and the council’s Communications team   Councillor briefing   Subject:                            Advice for a Covid safe half term and Halloween Date:                                6pm Friday 23 October 2020 Briefing number:      1 Contact:                      news@brighton-hove.gov.uk                                       This briefing covers:   Halloween during a pandemic Having a Covid-safe half term with your family Support available for families needing help with food during half term   Tips for a Covid safe Halloween   We’re asking people not to go trick or treating this year. Now is not a time to take risks with your health because everything we do affects all the people we meet and live with.   There are plenty of ways to enjoy Halloween at home and stay Covid safe, including watching spooky movies and making autumnal food with the family.   Find out more on our council newsroom   Image for you to use on social media:   Guide to a Covid safe half term   This is usually a time when many families organise play dates. But we are living through a pandemic and need to ask everyone to take extra care this year.

Find out about advice on playdates and fun things to do at home in the week ahead, more details on our council newsroom.   Image for you to use on social media:  
Half term food for families

Support is available for families needing help with food during the half term. Information about services and organisations who can help are listed on this story on our council newsroom.   Image for you to use on social media:  
Share the message
Please share the links and images with your residents and in local community groups online to help the message reach people across the city. Thank you.   Website:        www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/news Twitter:           https://twitter.com/BrightonHoveCC Facebook:     https://en-gb.facebook.com/BrightonandHoveCityCouncil/  

Alix Macfarlane | Deputy Head of Communications | Brighton & Hove City Council

Room 166, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

Telephone 01273 291031 | Mobile 07879 117331

Email alix.macfarlane@brighton-hove.gov.uk

To contact the communications team in the event of an emergency or a major incident outside of office hours, please call 07833 483181. Non urgent enquiries will not be responded to.

Our customer promise to you

We will make it clear how you can contact or access our services |  We will understand and get things done |  We will be clear and treat you with respect   

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