Released on 5 May 2020 Archived Press Release
Stratford-on-Avon District Council is now beginning to shift its focus from dealing with the medical emergency and initial support phase into thinking about and planning for the future.
Operationally we have, since the start of the lockdown:
The rolling 7 day average for daily cases in Warwickshire shows a decline from about 800 cases on 8 April to fewer than 400 at the end of April. The entire infrastructure that needs to be in place is now well established and running pretty smoothly.
In the early days there were numerous glitches that had to be sorted but it is a tribute to staff and volunteers that these were, in the vast majority of cases sorted swiftly.
We are now turning our attention to economic recovery, and, as Stratford-on-Avon District, according to one report is the 4th hardest hit council in the country this is vital. We do not expect a rapid recovery.
We also have to face a challenging financial position for the District Council. We estimate that COVID-19 has cost us £8.1m in lost revenue just in the first half of this municipal year alone. This lost revenue will NEVER be recovered. In addition, extra costs incurred to date are at £337K and rising. We have received £1,343,110 from central government leaving a gap of over £6.75m.
So, as one set of challenges come under control we are faced with a completely different set. The good news is that both Councillors and Officers are working together extremely well.
Cllr Tony Jefferson, Leader of the Council says: "The Chinese reputedly have a saying - 'May you live in interesting times' - we certainly do. Stay safe"
Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Tel: 01789 267575