Today the Liberal Democrat group on West Berkshire Council announce their priorities for dealing with and recovering from the current coronavirus crisis ahead of first the cross-party West Berkshire Council task force meeting. The priorities document can be read in full either below or by clicking here.
The group's headline priorities are as follows:
- Ensuring public safety
- Protecting the most vulnerable
- Maximising public involvement in local democracy
- Supporting policies that create long term positive environmental change
The Group believe three areas need to be included in future recovery plans. These three areas are:
- Strengthening local decision-making, driving engagement and participation, including allowing the public to ask questions during council meetings and combining the advantages of online with face-to-face meetings for fuller engagement
- Building resilience in our communities
- Rebuilding the local economy
Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on West Berkshire Council Lee Dillon said:
“The last few months have been some of the most challenging times we have faced here in West Berkshire. Much normal social and economic activity has ceased, we have been separated for long periods and we have been unable to support those closest when loved ones have passed away.
But despite the challenges and concerns we have all responded in mass numbers, and communities have been brought together in a way never seen before. To everyone who has stepped up, whether they be Council staff, health and care colleagues, or volunteers, we want to say thank you. Your actions have made a difference.
As the official opposition group at West Berkshire Council we want to act as a critical friend to ensure that the administration’s actions are tested from every angle in the support of West Berkshire’s residents and businesses. If any residents have any further ideas as to how the Council can shape its response to the current crisis please let us know.”