Tag: health

On Friday, Shropshire Council launched Community Reassurance Teams (CRT) in Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Bridgnorth and Market Drayton. The council says: “The Community Reassurance Teams are a new key service which have been created to work across the county with our communities in an effort to co-ordinate support for local residents, including businesses, with the support of town councils, parish councils, voluntary groups and community groups.” We don’t yet know how this new structure will work. From what I can see there are areas of the county without established Covid-19 support networks. We must ensure those areas have access to adequate support. But we shouldn’t duplicate effort that is well established.

Update. Shropshire Council has now ended the free parking deal. Smithfield and Galdeford car parks remain free on Sundays. All Shropshire Council car parks are free from today. That includes all car parks in Ludlow. On-street car parking charges remain in place. We have plenty of space in our car parks now, so please observe social distancing rules. The butchers, bakers, fruit & veg merchant, convenience stores, health food stores and supermarkets are open, along with the pharmacies. All stores are implementing social distancing. Town centre stores are restricting the number of people who are within the building at any one time. The Co-op on Foldgate Lane is doing the same.

Shropshire Council has announced a fund for local community and voluntary organisation activity. It will provide a total of £75,000 for local community groups, including community centres and village halls, through grants up to a maximum of £500. An additional £100,000 will be available for groups and initiatives providing food and home supplies to older people and vulnerable residents. There will be an additional £120,000 “investment in our key voluntary organisations, to enable them to both deliver vital support, and provide support to our communities to do this.”

Our country and county are shutting around us. All Shropshire Council buildings are closed from tonight. We cannot press a pause button on the council’s operations. There are essential services that must keep running and vulnerable people to support. I am not suggesting the council can’t continue operating. It will. The council has been working for years to ensure that staff can work remotely. Many staff have already been working from home for several days. But this will be a challenging test of how effectively Shropshire Council’s staff and councillors can work remotely. But we live in challenging times.

Ludlow Town council has now cancelled the market. Reduced stalls, non-food markets cancelled. But you can still get a cup of tea. That’s the future of Ludlow Market during the coronavirus crisis. This is vital. Not everyone wants to shop at a supermarket. Not everyone feels comfortable with crowded aisles and queues to the checkout. Many people prefer to buy from independent traders rather than the international retail giants. Ludlow Market will be a socially distanced market from Wednesday. Only every second stall used. I observed behaviour in town today. It was very different from that even on Saturday. People stood at a respectful distance.

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