Agenda and minutes

Covid-19 Recovery Working Group
Wednesday, 23rd September, 2020 6.30 pm

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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Nancy Watson.


Declarations of Interest


Councillor Simon Carter declared a pecuniary interest as a remunerated Council appointed Director of HTS (Property and Environment) Ltd.


Councillor Joel Charles declared a pecuniary interest as a remunerated Council appointed director of HTS (Housing and Regeneration) Ltd and a non-pecuniary interest as a Council appointed director of HTS Group Ltd.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 48 KB

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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 25 August are agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


Matters Arising


Minute 24 - Member Nominations to Work Streams


The Chair said that Councillor Nancy Watson was to join the Community Impact work stream.


The Working Group discussed the Welfare Panel and concerns about the succession of housing, particularly when vulnerable adults were involved.


Outbreak Prevention and Planning pdf icon PDF 93 KB


Andrew Bramidge, Head of Environment and Planning, gave a presentation setting out the increased rate of infection in Harlow compared to other areas of the region. A copy of the presentation is appended to the minutes. He explained that focus was on preventing the rate of infection from increasing further.


The Working Group discussed the potential impact of a second wave of infections on those who live and work in care homes. It was agreed that a letter would be sent by both Group Leaders to the County Council asking for guarantees on the provision of PPE, and other logistical support.


The Working Group considered methods of tracking the outbreak including an increased use of anti-body testing and through the sewage system. Discussions moved onto 90 minute tests, in particular for ad-hoc care home staff.


The Working Group looked at ways that the Council could act as the community leader. This included more visible cleaning of outdoor spaces, utilising the Community Rangers to assist with social distancing in the town centre, and the provision of disposable masks.


Recovery Communications Strategy pdf icon PDF 54 KB

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The Working Group considered a draft Communications Strategy. Simon Hill, Head of Governance, said there was a focus on engagement with community groups, as well as on outcomes. It would become part of the Council’s overall communications strategy.


RESOLVED that the draft Communications Strategy was noted.


Frequency of Meetings


The Working Group agreed that meetings should continue on a monthly basis.


Matters of Urgent Business