We’re steadfast in our resolve to guide and offer meaningful support to local residents, businesses and community groups. The response to the pandemic demonstrated what can be done when we work together, so we thought it would be helpful to begin by creating an easily referenced webpage.
This resource provides information on the government and local support packages that are available, as well as details of the community organisations offering advice and assistance. We’ll keep the webpage updated with new information as it becomes available.
Health professionals are predicting that we could also be faced with a ‘twindemic’ of Covid and flu viruses in circulation this winter. Public Health England are advising us all to come forward for our seasonal booster jabs when invited, especially those of us who are most susceptible to serious illness. Information on how to book these vaccinations is available on the NHS website.
In other news:
- Council Tax Energy Rebate – In April the government announced a council tax rebate scheme, granting £150 to households in bands A to D. This scheme has just closed, with some 45,000 eligible, local residents receiving their payments in record time, thanks to the dedicated service given by our finance team. Thanks once again superstars!
- Green Home Grants – The money continues go around with low-income households now able to apply for funding to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. We’ve secured this additional government funding and are working with partners E.ON and Act On Energy to deliver the scheme to private households. The grants will fund improvements such as the installation of solar PV panels, insulation and air source heat pumps. Full details are available at www.warwickdc.gov.uk/greenhomesgrants.
- New Cycle Trails – Next month work starts to enhance our local, family-friendly cycling facilities. On a small section of the former golf course at Newbold Comyn a series of trails will be created, designed to challenge and excite all ages and abilities. The new tracks, which have been part funded through Sport England and British Cycling will be free to use. We’ll keep you posted on our progress with the next stage to establish in the former golf shop, a new cycling hub with hire facilities, café and toilets.
- Moving with the times – Decisions were taken this week to improve access for local residents to our frontline council services, which have been fundamentally changed by the pandemic. Plans were also approved to begin work to create a community wellbeing hub in Leamington town centre. It is proposed that the new Hub bring together services such as GP surgery, other health services, plus citizen’s advice and post office. Throughout the development of these schemes, there will be a focus on delivering clear benefits to our residents, staff and the environment.
And finally… after an amazing spring showing, we’re delighted that Leamington Spa has won high praise indeed, being awarded Gold in the Heart of England in Bloom competition. So much hard work goes into making our beautiful gardens blooming marvellous, that this award is fitting testament to all those who have given us all so much joy. Congratulations!
Keep smiling and stay safe.
Cllr Andrew Day
Leader, Warwick District Council
Chief Executive, Warwick District Council