Burgess Hill Town Council makes £10,000 available ‘to be used wherever needed’ during coronavirus pandemic

Burgess Hill Town Council has made available of £10,000 ‘to be used wherever needed’ during the coronavirus pandemic – and it will add to this fund as required.

Monday, 30th March 2020, 12:07 pm

It announced the emergency plan this week and confirmed it was working closely with local organisations such as the foodbank, Neighbourly Care and Age UK.

It said it was also offering support and advice to Burgess Hill Helper Army – a Facebook group set up in wake of the Covid-19 virus.

A town council spokesman said: “Plans are well underway to bring various organisations into a town Emergency Committee to coordinate the town’s relief effort.

Burgess Hill Town Council has put together an emergency plan in the wake of coronavirus. Picture: Eddie Howland

“The town council has helped the Food Bank find new premises and has put its maintenance team on standby to deliver food and other supplies to the vulnerable if needed.

“Unfortunately they are unable to do personal shopping but we will liaise with organisations that can perform this service.

“The Help Point continues to take calls and answer emails and will assist with coordinating measures if needed.

“A further initiative which is being worked on is the provision of frozen food to the vulnerable. Freezers have been sourced and if needed will be installed at a central depot from which food may be collected or distributed.

“While many council staff members work from home, arrangements have been made to hold virtual meetings meaning planning meetings will continue and important issues which may arise can be debated.

“Members of the public are encouraged to email concerns regarding planning matters to [email protected],gov.uk and these will be considered at the meeting.

“Our councillors are set up to meet regularly via Skype and have held their first meeting.

“It is hoped that a change to legislation will enable the holding of virtual council meetings as well.

“In the meantime a variety of initiatives are being planned to replace events such as the festival and summer fayre. More details of these will be released once it is clear that we are all safe once more.”

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