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An update from the council Leader

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Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:

As we continue through the current phase of the government’s roadmap, here at Bracknell Forest Council we want to help you make the most of the changes safely. A significant development last week was to allow unlimited exercise and time outside. Fortunately, outdoor space is a great strength for us here!

With over 150 parks and countryside sites across the borough, from small meadows to larger nature reserves, there is certainly space for everyone to safely follow the distancing guidelines.

Our parks and countryside team has been making sure these green spaces are social distancing friendly including cutting back vegetation from paths and installing signs on rights of way. To make sure our parks are accessible to everyone, 15 greenspace car parks are now open, although of course, if you do have parks within walking distance this is even better!

Until last week we had to stay at home. However this proved a great opportunity for our street cleansing and grounds maintenance team. The low traffic meant our partners at Continental Landscapes have been cleaning roads in trickier to reach places and they have adapted their work to focus on the areas we’re now using most - like our parks.

The team has also adapted to the changing needs of the community, including clearing the higher levels of glass and clothing left at recycling banks. This flexibility has been seen across many of our teams to make sure we can deliver the services you need the most.

The highways team has also been making the most of the quieter roads, where they can work safely. Alongside the maintenance programme, they are making plans to undertake wider improvement projects early, to minimise the disruption when our roads become busier once again. As more of us have been walking and cycling, the team has been working to keep the 60 miles of cycle routes and shared paths in good order. Now we can spend more time outdoors, if you’d like to find somewhere new, all our cycle paths are on our cycling page.

I hope you will continue to stay safe and well and if you’re spending more time outside, that you enjoy this responsibly.