Update from council leader - 26 May

Time Square - 2 June

Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:

This week I would like to start by reassuring residents who may be worried about the COVID-19 B.1.617.2 variant of concern, the variant first seen in India, that cases are very low in Bracknell Forest.

Although numbers of the B.1.617.2 variant of concern remain low locally, I urge all residents not to become complacent in reducing the spread of the virus. Even if you have no symptoms, and/or you have been vaccinated, you should be regularly testing at home twice a week with lateral flow tests (LFT), and if a positive result is received, you and your household must self-isolate immediately and you should book a standard test (PCR).

The follow-up PCR test is really important in allowing us to trace anyone you may have come in to contact with and get them to isolate and, importantly, it can be screened for any variants of concern.

Please continue to follow the basics by washing hands regularly, wearing a mask (unless exempt), keeping your distance and ensuring suitable ventilation when inside. If you are eligible to have the vaccination, please do book an appointment and have your first or second dose as soon as possible to protect yourself, your friends and family and continue to support the fight against COVID-19 in Bracknell Forest.

As the town centre begins the recovery from the pandemic, I’m delighted that we have a number of exciting events and activities coming to The Lexicon to support local retailers. This year has been challenging, and we are keen to create a buzz around our wonderful town centre.

This Friday 28 May, 7 life size superhero statues will arrive at The Lexicon for one week, just in time for half term. Visitors to the town centre will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with characters from the popular Marvel and DC films, which will be located next to the Brighter Days tree in Princess Square. You can find more information on the statues in our superheroes news story.

Finally, if you’d like to catch up on council news and updates outside of this column, we send out a weekly electronic version called Town & Country Extra. You can sign up for Town & Country Extra for free on our website, and will receive weekly email updates.

Stay safe and have a good week.