Councils’ call to government for more resources to fight virus


Cheshire East Council, with Cheshire West and Chester Council and Warrington Borough Council, has written to the Secretary of State for Health to request additional resources and measures to deal with Covid-19.

The councils have worked together on a document setting out what they feel is necessary to bring the outbreak under control. It sets out the reasoning behind each measure, what is required from government and what additional resources are required.

The document sets out the case for more resources and measures over the next six months for testing, contact tracing, support for vulnerable people and care homes, support for businesses, work to inform and educate the public, enforcement and support to maintain essential public services, such as waste collection and street cleaning while infection rates are rising and staff are at greater risk.

Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council said: "We are trying to work with government to avoid the need for additional restrictions to be imposed on us.

"People in Warrington are already subject to additional Covid control measures, whereas Cheshire West and Cheshire East are not. However, our requests to government have been agreed by all three local authorities and are supported by Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership. We are also working closely with Cheshire police, who cover all three boroughs.

"We have repeatedly tried to avoid lockdown and further restrictions and we have focussed our request on measures that, we believe, will put us in the best position to tackle Covid-19 without resorting to a blanket lockdown.

"While we wait for the government response, I would reiterate that there are things we can all do to fight the virus.

"The best way for us all to protect ourselves and each other is to maintain social distancing of two metres where possible, wash our hands more frequently for 20 seconds with soap and water, avoid touching our faces and wearing a face covering when required. Please observe the rule of six and work from home if you are able to do so – this helps make things safer for those who cannot.

"I'd like to thank the people, businesses and other organisations in Cheshire East who have been working so hard to stick to the rules – but now we need to do more to beat Covid-19, and securing this additional support is, I believe, essential."

Cllr Craig Browne, deputy leader of the council said: "We have worked hard with our neighbours and partner agencies to establish our asks of government and I'd like to thank everyone involved for their commitment and hard work. We will do everything in our power to protect residents, support businesses and beat the virus.

"However, we now need more support from government and need to work even more closely with partners to see infection rates reduce."



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Mark Russell
Tuesday 6th October 2020 at 5:15 pm
Every mp or politician thanks everyone for compliance. But quite clearly that isn’t the case as this is spreading.

What is the compliance rate in east Cheshire?
Beatrice Turler
Wednesday 7th October 2020 at 7:25 pm
I'm not holding my breath for the government to take any notice of local plans, knowledge or expertise. It's not what they do - as the experience of many other Northern towns clearly shows.
Jonathan Hayes
Thursday 8th October 2020 at 6:49 am
I work with a company that make sterile air machines suitable for any indoor situation to prevent cross contamination. They are sold in great numbers around the world to various hospitals, food processing plants, chemical companies etc as they have been proven to destroy all air borne pathogens, bacteria, viruses and mould spores and yet the NHS in this country have looked at it, researched it and still not committed. I have written to various MP's, health specialist companies and can't seem to get any of them to reply. This is a viable solution to prevent a lockdown and yet the government do not seem interested. It makes me think how many other solutions are out there that they are ignoring?
Kathryn Blackburn
Thursday 8th October 2020 at 9:21 am
What does 'enforcement' cover ? Are we talking money from government to employ marshalls to enforce the rules ?
Jon Williams
Thursday 8th October 2020 at 2:01 pm
Local councils in England will receive £30m to fund measures including Covid marshals, to ensure the public and businesses follow coronavirus rules.

A further £30m in government funding will be split between police forces in England and Wales to aid enforcement.

Marshals will not have powers to enforce the law but will advise people on how to follow the rules, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said.
Kathryn Blackburn
Friday 9th October 2020 at 7:57 am
The Marshalls will have the power to go door to door snooping and report you to the police and for what ? standing too close, not washing your hands
Berating people for comforting one another at funeral services.
Already happening.
Kareem Masdoon
Saturday 10th October 2020 at 9:37 am
Any Marshall arriving at my home will have the door slammed in their face. I left a very oppressive regime to come and study medicine ...I consider myself most fortunate. In that country state officials and Religious police could visit your home to enquire why any female in that home had been reported out in public without her modesty covering (hijab). Public are encouraged even rewarded to report the most minor infraction to these sub humans....And believe me they ARE sub human. It takes a very nasty type of individual to apply for these "jackboot" roles.
Mark Russell
Monday 12th October 2020 at 5:15 pm
So now it’s become clear today why these idiots want this. They now get more money from central government. I can just imagine what it will be wasted on. How long before we have people walking around with high viz vests on handing out £60 fines for people talking to other people. Utter disgrace. Hang your heads in shame and I just hope this betrayal will be remembered come next election.