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New Forest District Council

 

In this communication:

  • Coronavirus latest
  • Stop COVID-19 hanging around
  • New NFDC Cabinet member
  • Free parking days
  • Grants to tackle climate and nature emergency
  • Rethink your drink
  • Reader survey results

Coronavirus latest

Speaking at a press conference earlier today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has again urged people to get vaccinated.

A new wave of covid in Europe:

“A new wave of covid has steadily swept through central Europe and it’s now affecting our nearest neighbours in Western Europe. Our friends on the continent have been forced to respond with various degrees of new restrictions from full lockdowns to lockdowns for the unvaccinated, to restrictions on business opening hours, and restrictions on social gatherings. We don’t yet know the extent to which this new wave will wash up on our shores, but history shows that we cannot afford to be complacent. Indeed, in recent days there have been rises in cases here in the UK so we must remain vigilant.”

The importance of vaccinations:

“If there is one lesson we can draw from the current situation in Europe, those countries with lower vaccination rates have tended to see bigger surges in infection and in turn been forced to respond with harsher measures. Those countries with higher vaccination rates have so far fared better.

If we want to control the epidemic here in the UK and if we want to avoid any restrictions on our daily lives, we must all get vaccinated as soon as we are eligible.

Over time, the protection from two jabs starts to wane, but that third jab boosts protection back up to over 90% against systematic infection.

If you haven’t even had one dose it’s not too late. In fact, it’s never been a better time to get that vital protection as we head into winter. So please, please, go and get vaccinated to protect yourself and others.”

Around 12.6 million people across the UK have had a booster.Find out if you are eligible, and book a first, second or booster coronavirus vaccination at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

New Forest coronavirus data:

In the last 7 days (15 November data) there were 804 cases of coronavirus in the district, up by 188 on the previous week. Sadly there were 5 deaths.

Of the New Forest population, 89.4% of people aged 12+ have had their first coronavirus vaccination dose, and 83.1% their second.

You can get the latest data for your area at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

Stop COVID-19 hanging around

Ventilation has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the risks of catching COVID-19 this winter.

Watch a 1 minute film which shows the difference in airflow and airborne particle movement when indoors in relation to COVID-19 https://youtu.be/O2SDMk5B-D4

People with COVID-19 release virus particles into the air whenever they speak, breathe or cough and these can linger in unventilated settings.

These particles in the air linger in unventilated rooms, like smoke, meaning the risk of catching COVID-19 is significantly increased.

You can help reduce COVID-19 levels indoors by opening a window, even for just 10 minutes every hour.

With around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 showing no symptoms, it could be passed onto others without knowing. The act of refreshing air when you’re socialising with people not in your household is even more important to keep infections down:

  • keep interior doors open and open a window in the room you’re sitting in when you have visitors at home
  • routinely open windows to get fresh air moving in your workplace if you’re unable to have them open all the time
  • open a window if you’re car sharing, or air your car out by opening the windows and doors for a few minutes when you arrive at your destination
  • where possible, wrap up warm and continue to meet outside.

Keep the New Forest safe

As well as ventilation, other small but important actions can help protect us against COVID-19:

Information about coronavirus on GOV.​UK: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

New NFDC Cabinet member

Cllr Geoffrey Blunden has been appointed as our Portfolio Holder for Partnering and Wellbeing.

The role, which sits on our Cabinet, has health and wellbeing, environmental health, CCTV, and community safety within the portfolio.

You can see the Members of Cabinet, their portfolios, and the councillor/s for your ward at https://newforest.gov.uk/article/1075/Councillors

The next meeting of Cabinet is on Wednesday 1 December at 10.00am https://democracy.newforest.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=133&MId=7299

Free parking days

There will be 4 days of free parking in our town and village centre car parks in December.

This is to encourage our residents to continue to shop locally in the approach to Christmas.

The dates are:

  • Saturday 4 December, in support of Small Business Saturday
  • Saturday 18 December
  • Sunday 19 December
  • An additional day in December chosen by town and parish councils – check locally to find out the date

You can see a list of town and village car parks on our website at https://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/1234/Town-and-village-parking

Grants to tackle climate and nature emergency

The New Forest National Park Authority is inviting green groups to apply for grants to help fund sustainable living projects in the National Park.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available from the Sustainable Communities Fund (SCF) for projects which:

  • improve wildlife and habitats
  • reduce carbon emissions, or
  • connect new groups of people to nature

Schools, youth groups, and other organised community groups and charities that are either based within the New Forest National Park or include people who live within the boundary can apply.

Learn more at https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/communities/grants/sustainable-communities-fund/

Rethink your drink

This week is alcohol awareness week, 15 to 21 November.

When stressed or anxious, we can find ourselves drinking more. But the long-term effects of drinking too much can be harmful to your physical and mental health.

Cutting down on how much alcohol you have, even just a little, can be an effective way to improve your health, focus on your relationships, boost your energy and lose weight.

Find tips on how to make a change and find out how many units are in different drinks at https://www.hants.gov.uk/rethinkyourdrink

Reader survey results

Thank you to the 617 of you who completed our reader survey recently.

You scored these emails as:

  • useful, 8.9 out of 10
  • easy to understand, 9.14 out of 10
  • containing relevant information, 8.97 out of 10

339 of you made comments, and some of you had suggestions on what else you would like to see in these emails.

We are reviewing all these suggestions and, where we can, we will include the topics in future emails.

Some of the suggested topics do not fall within the remit of NFDC. Here is where to find more information from other organisations:

 

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