Call for renewed vigilance
Monday 05 July 2021
Caution urged as more areas see sharp rise in cases
Staffordshire people are being urged to continue to try and halt the increase in Covid-19 cases in the county.
Uttoxeter is the latest area to see a sharp rise in cases, with more than 70 reported in the past week. Lichfield is also beginning to see a rise while cases in the neighbouring district of Tamworth hit a record high last week.
The spread of infection seems to be occurring largely among the teenage and young adult population in these areas, with the majority of cases being associated with transmission in schools and people gathering to watch football matches in pubs and bars during Euro 2020.
Cabinet Support Member for Public Health and Integrated Care, Dr Johnny McMahon, spoke of the need to get control of the virus ahead of the proposed lifting of all restrictions by the Government on 19 July.
“While it’s looking likely that the Government will proceed with the final step of the roadmap from lockdown in two weeks, this virus still poses a threat and we cannot just let it run wild in our communities.
For the next two weeks we need to try and keep the virus under control whilst we continue to vaccinate younger adults. Please continue to follow the rules and guidance to reduce the spread of infection. Always observe social distancing and gathering limits when mixing with those outside of your household, get tested regularly to check you’re not carrying the virus and get vaccinated as soon as you can.”
The Prime Minister is due to give a briefing today and announce whether the lifting of the remaining Covid-19 restrictions in England will go ahead on 19 July.
More information on restrictions, testing and vaccination can be found at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
Weekly Update: Director for Health and Care
Dr. Richard Harling provides an update on the latest Coronavirus situation in Staffordshire ahead of the expected government announcement on step 4 of the roadmap from lockdown.
Tutbury Community Fund
Some of you may be aware that when the Peveril Heritage Park estate was approved for construction an amount of money was put aside for community improvements, initially in the form of a new community building, but eventually in the form of a 250k fund. The ESBC (East Staffordshire Borough Council) managed 250k Tutbury Community Fund has now opened for applications from eligible organisations.
The application timescales are quite tight, and your Parish Council are pushing to get these extended. However, I urge community groups to consider putting in proposals. You will notice that it is possible to partner with other organisations as part of a bid, be it with a Parish Council, Borough Council, company, charity etc in order to strengthen bids where perhaps additional project management experience would be beneficial; feel free to approach the Parish Council if you would believe partnering with us would be useful.
(Chair – Tutbury Parish Council)
We have via a number of sources received complaints of a rise in anti-social behaviour around the village of late, in particular in the locality of the new Heritage Park estate. If you see anti-social behaviour please do report this via the appropriate channels, in particular by calling it in to the police via 101, or online using the link provided to the right.