Report from Devon County Councillor John Hart received 27/05/2020

           The number of new people reported  to have Coronavirus is now reducing……….As is the number of deaths on a daily basis…………The number Devon Care homes effected is now the lowest in the South West with the South West ………..Gloucestershire to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly the lowest region in the country……..

           The County Council has been given an extra £36.7 million to fight Covic-19 but have already spent well over £42million so far………The 8 District Councils have received just under £8million between them…….. 

          Officers have calculated that the Devon Team of Devon County Council and  8 District Councils will need at least another £85million before this is finished……….This was discussed at our meeting last Wednesday. 

          Because the South West, particularly the 4 Counties of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, and Dorset have not had the infection rates of the rest of the country there is still a fear that another spike of cases could occur after the tourist season starts…………Late Summer early Autumn…… 

            Car sales and shops are due to open in the next 2 weeks…….. It is thought that Self Catering accommodation will open next but Hotels, Pubs, Restaurants, and Clubs may be somewhat later……….

             Devon is now one of 11 Beacon Authorities in England and have been asked to lead on the new Test, Track and Contain policy to control the spread of Coronavirus…….. We will be working with Plymouth, Torbay and Cornwall and I and Phil Norrey the Devon County Chief Executive will be serving on the national committees being coordinated by Government…….

          The Government has announced £250million for Cycleways …………As yet we do not know just how much will come to Devon but will be looking to  The County is looking to improve town centres to make cycling safer………..The latest update on this is that this money is likely to be going to major Cities for Town centre work……. 

                  Last week they also announced the allocation of the Pothole and Challenge fund……….. I always say that Devon has the largest Road network of any local authority in the country …….. The allocation is for £28.8million………..Substantially higher than any other County………..

              Devon has allocated £1million divided between the 8 District Councils on electorate to be able to give support to people who find they have no money  and no access to money before things like Universal credit comes through.

    

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