In this issue...
The majority of us have been pleased to regain some normality back in our lives as lockdown eased. Earlier this month, it was great to see the Epsom Playhouse reopen, as an excited audience enjoyed the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.
However there has been a downside. Our greater freedoms have resulted in Covid cases rising to alarming levels. We’ve worked with the County Council and Public Health England to facilitate pop up vaccination centres and additional testing facilities. As restrictions are lifted, it is an opportunity for residents to enjoy their freedoms but to do so responsibly and with caution - if not for yourself, for others who may be more vulnerable.
With impeccable timing, we opened our new water stations in some of the parks just as the heatwave hit (okay, we confess, the timing was more luck than meteorological savvy) and we’ve had a lot of positive feedback from this initiative. There’s also new outside gym equipment in one of the parks and the Bourne Hall Museum history walks have resumed.
The rain that followed the heatwave saw some of the worst flooding in decades and we have been working with other agencies to support residents especially those that are most vulnerable. This included finding emergency accommodation for a number of households who had to evacuate their homes. We now assisting with the clean up operations for those streets worst affected..
In this issue we also take a look at the murky world of modern slavery, with the victims often hidden in plain sight, including within this borough.
On a brighter note, there's the news of three local residents going for gold in Tokyo – lets all wish them luck!