Column by the leader of Stroud District Council, Doina Cornell.
We’re all really proud of Gloucestershire as by last week more than 100,000 people in the top priority groups most at risk from the coronavirus had received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine. It has been a great example of partnership working as GP surgeries, NHS teams and community volunteers have been working so hard together. I’ve seen this in my own ward in Dursley at the Vale Community Hospital where GL11 volunteers have already clocked up more than 1,000 hours.
It made me think back to all those years ago when Stroud District Council stepped in when the South West Regional Development Agency was abolished, to buy the industrial site, so the decontamination and regeneration could get going. That long term investment has paid off as the Vale Hospital has proved an ideal, welcoming and accessible location for people to come and get their vaccination.
Alongside the great tireless work of those delivering on vaccines, it has been disappointing that unscrupulous people continue to exploit others as so many Covid-related scams have sprung up. Some are quite convincing, but the NHS will never ask for payment or proof of identity. Other scams include a text saying people have breached lockdown rules and including a link where they can pay a fine; another falsely offering a payment from HMRC to offer support; and another aiming to collect personal information in order to assist with a Covid-19 business grant application. Examples of scams should be reported to actionfraud.police.uk
On a more positive note, more than 1,000 people have responded to our health and leisure review.
More than 23 charities and community groups have signed up to benefit from the Lucky Severn Community Lottery.