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Update from council leader - 30 June

Council leader update - 30 June

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

This week I would like to start by thanking everyone who works or lives in the GU47 0 postcode and came forward for surge testing and/or taking up their vaccine. I’m proud of these residents for doing their part in keeping themselves, their loved ones and our borough safe.

Although surge testing in this area finishes today, it is still vitally important that we all continue to follow national restrictions in stopping the spread of the new COVID-19 variant (known as Delta). To help stop the spread, you should get both doses of the vaccine when you are offered it and encourage others to do so as well.

You must self-isolate immediately if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 including a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, or if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 on a lateral flow test (LFT). If you test positive on an LFT or have symptoms you should get a PCR test. If you’re not sure, you can find out which coronavirus test you should get on GOV.UK.

You can find more information on the current COVID-19 restrictions and advice on GOV.UK.

While COVID-19 remains a key focus for us, our colleagues continue to work hard in other areas and I’m proud to share that Bracknell Forest Council has won an award for Digital Innovation and Technology at the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Places and Transport (ADEPT) President’s Awards.

The award, received at a ceremony on 27 May, was given to the council and its partners in recognition of the success of the Thames Valley Berkshire Smart Cities Cluster project.

New developments created as part of the project include a programme to increase green journeys in the borough, an app to tackle social isolation and a chatbot which answers resident website enquiries. You can read more about this award on our website.

I hope you have a good week and stay safe.