Council celebrates a third hat trick of Green Flag awards
There was good news for Warwick District Council this week, with the announcement that Jephson Gardens and Mill Gardens in Leamington Spa have won an impressive fourteenth Green Flag Award, the international mark of a quality park or green space.
Prestigious Green Flags have also been awarded to Crackley Wood in Kenilworth and Oakley Wood near Bishop’s Tachbrook, making it a third hat-trick of awards in a row for the Council’s Green Spaces Team, who manage the woodlands in partnership with the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Friends of Oakley Wood and Crackley Wood.
The Vice-Chairman of Warwick District Council, Councillor Pam Redford said:
“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has shown how much we value our parks and open spaces. To once again receive three Green Flag Awards from Keep Britain Tidy is a truly outstanding achievement and clearly demonstrates that local people and visitors to Warwick District are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality. I would like to pay tribute to the Council’s Green Spaces Team, contractors (idVerde), the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and the many Friends and volunteers who come out in all weathers to assist us in maintaining and improving these wonderful places.”
Karl Curtis – Director of Reserves and Community Engagement at Warwickshire Wildlife said:
“Receiving the Green Flag awards for the local nature reserves is a fantastic accolade. They are very much deserved and all arise from the hard work and dedication of the staff and in particular the volunteers involved. Our volunteers give up their valuable time to ensure these reserves are there for everyone to enjoy, reconnect with nature and of course help their local wildlife too by making sure these are diverse and vibrant places.”
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arwick District Council is making a further call to community organisations to claim funding available to them to help them to deliver essential services as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
Launched in July the Community Economic Recovery Fund (CERF) is offering grants of up to £3000 to organisations who are continuing to support the Warwick District community through these challenging times. The funding is targeted at not-for profit groups such as local registered charities, foodbanks and community groups who have experienced short-term financial hardship, have ceased operations, have had to adapt or increase their service or have incurred additional staffing and administrative costs to support the delivery of an identified project, scheme or activity.
Theresa Taylor, Health and Wellbeing Officer from the Brunswick Hub commented;
“We received a payment from the CERF fund to enable us to run a project to offer an enhanced chilled foodbank. The application process was simple, quick and straightforward. The funding we received will cover the administrative costs of running the scheme and will directly benefit the families we support.”
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health and Community Protection, Councillor Judy Falp added;
“We want to send out a strong message to the local voluntary, community and charities sector that funding is still available to help them to continue with their essential services. These grants can be used to cover extra staffing costs, purchase new equipment, make adaptations for extra COVID-proof facilities or for the purchase or provision of PPE. Although a number of organisations have successfully applied we know that there are many out there who are unaware that they are eligible for support.”
For details on how to apply for a grant through the Community Economic Recovery Fund
Applications can be made at any time and will be considered on a first come first served basis.
Test and Trace Payments available to those told to self-isolate
Warwick District Council will be providing payments to those unable to work from home who have been told to self-isolate through NHS Test and Trace.
From Monday 12 October Test and Trace payments of £500 will be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria and have been told to self-isolate on or after 28 September 2020, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.
To be eligible for payment applicants will need to demonstrate that they:
· have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, with a valid notification.
· are employed or self-employed;
· are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result; and
· are currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.
Applications for financial support must be made to the Council as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days after the period of self-isolation has ended. Others in the same household are able to apply, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. A discretionary payment scheme is also being developed for those on a low income unable to work from home who do not receive one of the qualifying benefits.
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Business & Finance Councillor Richard Hales said:
“These payments are not only a vital financial lifeline to those who are self-isolating, but will help to stop the spread of the virus amongst our community, prevent local lock-downs and more importantly save lives.”
For further information and to complete an application form visit the Warwick District Council website.
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