Picture shows: Bromley’s Mayor, Councillor Nicholas Bennett JP with one of the special ‘Certificates of Thanks and Appreciation’ which are being sent to a wide variety of organisations to recognise their contribution during the pandemic.
Bromley’s Mayor is sending out a heartfelt message of thanks to organisations and their staff that have shown dedication in serving the community during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Councillor Nicholas Bennett, JP has launched a special ‘Certificate of Thanks and Appreciation’ which will be sent to a wide variety of organisations including Care Homes and GPs’ surgeries across the Borough. Letters of appreciation from local councillors with the Mayor’s certificate have already been delivered to shops and businesses in West Wickham and other locations.
The certificate praises the selflessness of those who have put themselves at risk of infection to maintain essential services and expresses hope that, long after this emergency is over, they will look back with pride and satisfaction on the part they played in maintaining the vital fabric of our society.
The Mayor said: “This national crisis has shown just how inter-connected is our community.
“Not only do we give our heartfelt thanks to all in our health and care services, but also realise just how much the fabric of our society relies on the work of thousands of people throughout the Borough who have been on the frontline serving us all.
“From the corner shop to the supermarket, the delivery drivers, postal staff, bus workers, taxi drivers and the myriad of other people who have kept our services running, I thank them all on behalf of every resident.
“We thank, also those who, sometimes under difficult conditions, by working from home have also maintained key services.”
A video message from the Mayor is on the Council’s Covid-19 page: www.bromley.gov.uk/covid-19
- In a separate message Bromley council leader Cllr Colin Smith has written to residents saying it has been an incredibly busy month at the Civic Centre, despite the ‘lockdown’, as the Council shaped its recovery from the initial jolt of ‘self-isolation’. A month we can all look back on with some pride as residents of our Borough as well I feel.
With a remarkable 4274 people stepping forward to volunteer to assist those needing help, working in close partnership with Community Links Bromley we are now matching requests for assistance within 24 hours and I would like to thank every single one of them again for their selfless contributions.
Though we have not needed to call on everyone yet, we are hugely grateful for being able to have you on stand-by for when others need a break or go back to work as restrictions are lifted.
As a Council, we remain absolutely focused on harnessing this wave of goodwill moving to the future for the benefit of all. (Source: Bromley council press release)
Statement from the leader of the council regarding the closure of Debenhams, Croydon
From Croydon council leader Cllr Tony Newman:“My thoughts are first and foremost with those Debenhams employees who have lost their jobs, and how we can support them at this very difficult time.
“We have already made contact with Debenhams head office to understand more detail around the closure, including timelines, and how best we can work with them to help those who are impacted.
“We are working with our jobs and training hub, Croydon Works, and adult education and training provider CALAT, to develop a package of support and ensure they are able to access training and other employment opportunities as quickly as possible.
“We are also keen to work closely with Debenhams and Hammerson, who own Centrale shopping centre, regarding the future of this important space in our town centre and are seeking early discussions with both on this.
“The economic revival of our town post-Covid-19 is an absolute priority for us, and we have been working hard to support our local businesses throughout so that we can emerge from this in the strongest possible position.
“We are pleased that Next have chosen Croydon as one of five destinations to trial a new beauty hall on one floor of the Debenhams site, demonstrating their confidence in our town, and we look forward to working with them and others on their plans for the site – including what we hope are some opportunities for those who have lost their jobs – in the coming weeks.” (Source: Croydon council press release)