Below is a message recently sent out to all town and parish council by Adrian Chapman, Service Director: Communities and Safety, at Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council. We reproduce here for ease of reference and for any local councillors who did not receive directly.
Dear Parish Council Colleagues,
As we are in unprecedented times, we know that communities will be turning to their local councils for information about the Coronavirus situation, how it will impact on their daily lives and the services they have access to, and offering to help.
Despite the situation changing very rapidly, we want to do all we can to make sure our parish councils have as much information and guidance as possible.
We will therefore be issuing a daily email with official information so that you can consider the implications for your local area.
We are also finalising arrangements to provide a co-ordinated approach to supporting areas affected in different ways – for example, through support for organised social action. More details of this will be shared soon.
Meanwhile, I thought it would be helpful to highlight the guidance issued by NALC in recent days, which can be found at this link: https://www.nalc.gov.uk/coronavirus
Although at this stage details are still developing, this link will be a useful source of information; we will also make sure we share any other relevant information from our other sources as soon as we’re able.
Finally, we’ve created a dedicated email address for Parish Councils to use if you have any information to share, questions you’d like answers to, ideas for how we can support our communities etc – the address is parishesCV@cambridgeshire.gov.uk. Please do use this from now if helpful to you.
Thank you for your continued support and for the valuable work you do for our residents, including those parishes that have already established Time Banking schemes, Good Neighbour schemes, Community Shops, and other local projects, which will be key to helping our local communities to manage better in these unprecedented times.
With best wishes.
Service Director: Communities and Safety
Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council
Telephone: 01733 863887
Mobile: 07920 160441