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Tewkesbury plan looks to refocus, recover and rebuild

Tewkesbury Borough Council has published a plan designed to refocus, recover and rebuild in the the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The council's recovery plan is aimed at supporting people and businesses as they move onto the next stage after lockdown.

It is split into priority areas - finance and resources, economic growth, housing and communities, customer first, garden communities and sustainable environment - with each focused on refocusing, recovering and rebuilding.

Council leader Councillor Rob Bird said: "Supporting our residents and communities sits at the very heart of our Recovery Plan, which is why it is shaped around our existing Council Plan priorities.

"This pandemic has been one of the biggest challenges we have ever faced, requiring a flexible approach, and utilising partnerships, technology and creativity in ways we haven't done before.

"While responding to an unprecedented threat to public health, we have worked closely with public sector partners to ensure our frontline services continue to be delivered, and our most vulnerable residents are protected and supported."

Key actions from the council include:

  • Allocating £85,000 to the safe reopening of high streets in the borough.
  • Developing a recovery plan for Tewkesbury Leisure Centre in partnership with Places Leisure.
  • Working with partners to create tailored business support through Tewkesbury Growth Hub.
  • Reviewing the council's environmental health service to ensure it can deliver the additional demand following the pandemic.
  • Working with partners to speed up delivery of the Golden Valley Garden Community and Cyber Park.
  • Making the most of opportunities to accelerate carbon reduction through agile working.

Mr Bird said: "I am extremely proud of how Tewkesbury Borough as a whole - including our residents, community groups and businesses - has met this challenge.

"I want to pay tribute to all the efforts made and say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped and contributed to supporting others.

"Our Recovery Plan recognises that many of the effects of this pandemic may be long-lasting, and as we recover, we will adjust it to ensure it still delivers what our communities need."

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