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Update from council leader - 4 August

Leader update from 4 August

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

I hope everyone is having a good week, and those of you with children are enjoying the school summer holidays and are not finding it too stressful to keep the children entertained. If you need inspiration, read on below to find out more about the town centre’s summer family activity.

Firstly though, our fightback against COVID-19 continues. If you’re like me, you may have watched the Hungarian Grand Prix at the weekend. As exciting as it was, the most illuminating fact, for me, that came out was Lewis Hamilton revealing that he suspects he is still suffering from long-COVID, having contracted the virus late last year.

If one of the most prominent and healthiest sports people walking the planet right now is feeling the effects all these months on, then you can see why keeping our residents safe remains a priority for us. This means continuing to hold pop-up centres for vaccinations – as we did at Waitrose and Birch Hill last week – and encouraging continued testing.

As we move past legal restrictions, it’s also important for us to remain courteous towards one another. That’s why you’ll be seeing more information and promotional material focusing on our own personal responsibility for keeping each other safe. This means:

  • getting back to basics of hygiene, including hand washing
  • continuing to wear your mask where necessary
  • still giving other people space who may be less comfortable in crowds
  • having large meetings in well ventilated areas or outside, if possible

All of this will be for the express intention of keeping Bracknell Forest open and moving, after a long period where restrictions have kept us apart.

In other news, it is a delight to mention the Bracknell Forest Giants. You may have seen some social media announcing their arrival, later this month, to The Lexicon. Not only do they represent a celebration of the borough’s forests – trees make up nearly 40% of it after all – but it’s a welcome sign of events coming back in the biggest possible way.

The town will be invaded by three giants – the tallest standing at a whopping 6.5 metres tall – and the giant Forest Owl, revealing forest facts as it spreads its wings. On top of these magnificent sights, there will be a variety of weekday and weekend acts, a footprint trail, and so much more.

Setting up a big event like this is fraught with challenges at the best of times, and every effort has been made to make it a safe space, as well as a highly entertaining one. The UK’s largest tree giants will be striding into town from Friday, 20 August. You can find out all of the information, including details of the events running in the town centre, on the Bracknell Forest Giants' own website.

Stay safe and have a good week.