Leader says Ashfield council workers have gone 'above and beyond' during lockdown

The leader of Ashfield District Council has praised workers for continuing to provide vital services during lockdown.

Friday, 3rd July 2020, 10:55 am

Coun Jason Zadrozny said council workers had gone ‘above and beyond’ in more than 100 days since lockdown began.

He praised the waste service teams for continuing and running the ‘Bag It!’ campaign which allowed residents to put out one extra bag of general waste.

He also thanked the parks and green spaces teams for keeping Ashfield looking good and the heath and wellbeing team for its work helping people living with dementia and supporting vulnerable families, working with local schools, the council’s complex case team and NHS link workers.

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Coun David Martin with some of the council's waste trucks

Coun Zadrozny also highlighted the work of the council’s housing options team, which has helped 37 households find temporary accommodation during lockdown.

Coun Zadrozny also highlighted the council’s support for local businesses, using the £22 million it was given as part of the government’s small business relief rate fund.

To date, £17.6 million had distributed to 1,600 businesses across the district, while £221,000 of additional council tax hardship funding has been provided to 1,721 low income households.

Also, the council’s housing repairs team has continued to operate, completing 2,722 repairs during lockdown – 789 of these being emergency same-day repairs.

The council has also embraced the new technological approach to coping with lockdown with it’s AGM and planning meetings being held virtually

As town centre shops and businesses begin to open again, free parking in all council car parks will remain in place until September 1.

Coun Zadrozny said: “I’d like to thank all the staff at Ashfield District Council who have gone above and beyond to deliver a full range of services and have ensured that residents have been supported.

“Without their hard work and determination, none of these amazing achievements would have been possible.

“As we move into the recovery phase we will continue to support residents and businesses as necessary.

“The council is committed to ensuring that Ashfield continues to be a fantastic place to live, work and visit.”