Green councillors help voters stay safe and well supplied during Covid lockdown.
30 June 2020
Despite the sadness and difficulty of the last months we hope you
have had some positives. The local helplines responding to the
needs of people who had to isolate completely, delivering
food and prescriptions, have kept some of us busy.
Councillor Ros Brown plays key role in Ilkley Corona response for helping residents through Covid 19
Ros dropping off leaflets for volunteers
Since early March the Ilkley Corona Response Team has been
anticipating and meeting the needs of the local community.
Central to its success has been the expertise of team members
alongside its helpline and database of over 450 volunteers. Ros has
played a key role in coordinating volunteers to provide information
for residents across the town and supporting the volunteer team
responsible for shopping, collecting prescriptions and
meeting a range of needs. Ros says “People have given so much time
and energy to make this difficult time more bearable for others and
we’re incredibly grateful for all they’ve done and continue to do.”
Silsden town councillor Caroline Whitaker is one of the
instigators of Silsden Emergency Planning group’s successful
Covid helpline, dealing with more than 400 calls in 10 weeks
Caroline on the Helpline dispatch desk
Silsden Emergency Planning Group was eager to provide help for those
in the local community who were being shielded and therefore
unable to go out to collect essential prescriptions and groceries. Keen to enlist others with different skills Caroline was asked to join the group to ensure a quick and efficient setting up of the local
helpline. Once up and running Caroline became one of the
helpline dispatchers. She would like to thank all those involved in
setting up the helpline and those involved in carrying out those vital
errands and providing the much loved chatterbox service.
Chris Turner leads on Burley tree planting programme.
Burley Parish Councillor Chris Turner
A few fellow councillors,
residents and I set up a working
group after visiting a tree
planting project in Baildon.
Our local Scouts and Guides
offered us 250 spare plants in
early May which we decided to
temporarily plant in a newly
released allotment plot. So,
my family and a few other
volunteers went over to the allotments armed
with spades, forks and
trowels. The ground was too
dry and the weather very hot
when we received the trees
to plant on the Greenway
route, so we aim to re-plant
there later this year. With
some care over the next few
months, hopefully most of the
crop will survive. Our
working group continues to
meet via video-conference to
make further plans.
Tree Planting in Addingham Moorside
Earlier this year local Green party members Cllr. Caroline
Whitaker, Janet Russell and Jim Woodland joined Addingham
Environment Group to plant 1000s of trees in two areas of
land on Addingham Moorside, and expect more tree planting
projects in the autumn.