A message from the Leader of the Council

Published Thursday, 18 June 2020

The following open letter is the lead article in Bromley Council’s Update e-newsletter.

Dear Residents,

I am very pleased to update you all on some of the key issues we have been addressing in recent days, along with more general service news, as we slowly but steadily emerge from the depths of the terrible crisis we have all been living through for these past three months.

Small but very certain steps such as the social distancing measures are now set in place in our Town Centres and the re-opening of the historic Charter Market in Bromley Town Centre to help businesses and retailers across the borough, point to progress in helping to get the local economy moving again.

Thanks to school authorities and their teachers across the borough, we are now seeing an increasing and very encouraging return to some form of normality there for more children and their families too.

But perhaps most poignantly at this time, with Bromley very shortly to become one of the first boroughs in London to re-open its birth registration service, for which we are now taking bookings, to enable anxious new Mums and Dads to register the births of their newborn, it is not only a sign of our utter determination to get things back to where we need to get to at the earliest possible opportunity, it is also perhaps quite symbolic in its own right, given the serious challenges that lay ahead as we begin to move to what remains a very uncertain future over coming years.

No newsletter would of course be complete without a special thank you to the 4,300 volunteers across the borough who have helped to keep services to the borough's most vulnerable residents moving through 'lockdown'.

We know that many friendships have already been forged for life and long may that trend continue, but with an increasing return to work for so many people now taking place, we know that some of our current volunteers will sadly have to start stepping aside to concentrate on their day jobs, so for those of you who have been waiting so patiently in reserve these past few weeks, please be ready if you can. That call might yet be coming!

All good news, but please, this crisis isn't over yet, quite possibly not by a very long stretch looking at the latest depressing news emerging from China in particular.

Despite every single loss being a tragedy for their families, the marked reduction in UK fatalities in recent weeks has clearly been very encouraging and yesterday's announcement that a particularly brilliant team of British scientists has found a treatment for the wretched disease in the form of Dexamethasone is clearly a massive boost for the entire country, but danger still exists and we all ignore it at our own, our families and those in our 'bubbles' peril.

So please, stay disciplined, continue to stick with the government guidelines at all times and stay safe.

Kind regards,

Councillor Colin Smith

Bromley Council Leader

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