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9th July 2020

COVID 19 Update from Wiltshire Council

COVID-19 UPDATE – Thursday 9 July 2020

Good morning

Please find below the latest update on COVID-19 and other council matters:

Economy
Business support: We have issued over £88 million in grants to 7,386 businesses. We had 740 applications for our local discretionary grants and have paid out £1.6 million in grants to 240 businesses.

Chancellor’s Summer Economic Update

Yesterday, when delivering his Summer Economic Update in Parliament, the Chancellor announced a package of measures to help protect support and create jobs.

These include a job retention bonus scheme, a kickstart scheme for young people and the new eat out to help out scheme. You can read more information here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/rishis-plan-for-jobs-will-help-britain-bounce-back

Businesses can apply for temporary pavement licences

Wiltshire Council has opened applications for temporary pavement licences for premises for the sale of food or drink for consumption, which includes cafes, restaurants and pubs.

Once approved, these licences will allow eligible businesses to put tables and chairs on the public highway outside their premises to attract more customers and increase trade, while also promoting social distancing and subject to normal highway safe passage requirements.

Temporary pavement licences, which are available free of charge, will, in most cases, last for 12 months from date of issue. However, they are subject to a statutory notice period of ten working days, during which time people will have an opportunity to comment on the application.

Businesses can read detailed FAQs and download the application form at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/licences-permits-temporary-pavement-licences.

Completed application forms should be emailed to streettrading@wiltshire.gov.uk. As applications come through, people will also be able to view applications for consultation on the same page.

Annual canvass to get underway

Each year Wiltshire Council asks all residents to complete the annual canvass to check who is eligible to register to vote, and this year it’s being done a little differently.

It’s part of the Electoral Registration Officer’s (ERO) legal requirement to conduct an annual canvass to ensure the electoral register is accurate and complete.

Some residents will soon be contacted via email and asked to confirm the details for their household are correct if we hold an email address for them.
The email, from Wiltshire Council electoral services, will ask people to confirm their details at www.householdresponse.com/wiltshire and includes their security codes and steps on how to access their household details. The council may email more than one person in the same household, but only one person from each house needs to respond.
Wiltshire Council encourage all residents respond to the annual canvass electronically if they can. It’s more convenient for the resident and saves the council money and time.
Wiltshire Council or the Electoral Commission will never ask people for their bank details.

For those properties where we think there may be a change to the household, they will be sent out a form in the post later this month.

Last year, 200,571 responses were received during the annual canvass. More details, including FAQs can be found at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/elections
Wiltshire Council Pillar 2 COVID-19 test data
The information on Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 COVID-19 test data has now been made publicly available.
Definition of testing pillars
• pillar 1: swab (antigen) testing in Public Health England (PHE) labs and NHS hospitals for those with a clinical need and health and care workers
• pillar 2: swab (antigen) testing for the wider population including at setting such as community test centres
Following the publication of this data Kate Blackburn, Interim Director of Public Health at Wiltshire Council, said: "I can reassure residents and businesses in Wiltshire that COVID-19 cases currently remain extremely low and a local lockdown is certainly not necessary. On a daily basis we review a number of different reports and data with our Public Health England colleagues. Should there be any issues there are alert systems in place.
"The most important thing we can do as a community at the moment is to stick to the national guidance around social distancing and maintain good hand hygiene.
"I would like to thank you for your continued support at this time."
You can find further information and latest figures on this https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
Plans for Salisbury’s people friendly streets to begin in the autumn

Last week we announced an exciting and ambitious plan to prioritise walking and cycling in the centre of Salisbury.

The People Friendly Salisbury project will see several streets in the centre of the city prioritised for walkers and cyclists between certain times of the day, with motorised access to these areas for certain vehicles only, including emergency vehicles, buses, taxis and tourist coaches, by removing through traffic without significantly inconveniencing residents and businesses.

Designs for the project will be available to the public and local stakeholders in mid-July, with an invitation for comments on the plans to be accepted until early August. Then, in the autumn, the project will begin and will be trialled for a period of 18 months.

The scheme is subject to an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO), which allows for changes to be made throughout the life of the project, so feedback from residents, businesses and local groups is encouraged throughout the 18 months. The council can then make changes to the project based on this feedback to ensure it is bringing benefits for local people and businesses.

More than a mile of the city's streets have been identified as areas the council can transform from vehicle dominant areas to people friendly streets, by significantly reducing the amount of traffic on them, while also maintaining access for emergency vehicles, buses and some other vehicles.

The exact details of the project are still to be agreed, but streets, or part of, that are identified in the plan include Castle Street, Blue Boar Row, Endless Street, Winchester Street, Brown Street, Milford Street, New Canal, High Street, Bridge Street, Fisherton Street, Silver Street, Minster Street and Avon Approach. This will be controlled through ‘bus gates', which allow some exempted vehicles through, with cameras as support for enforcement.

Find out more and read FAQs: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/salisbury-people-friendly-streets


Regards,

Cllr Philip Whitehead

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