Statement from the Leader

New statement on Tier 3 announcement

Statement from the Leader of Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, Stuart Bray, on the Tier 3 announcement:

This is a devastating blow for our local businesses. I am gravely concerned about the impact of this extended closure on hospitality businesses and on jobs particularly at a time of year that would usually be their busiest.
 
While we all want to avoid overwhelming the NHS and see infection rates kept under control, this new regional tiered system will hit our area hard. This approach effectively links areas with lower infection rates like Hinckley and Bosworth with areas that have much, much higher infection rates, making it impossible for our local independent businesses to make any real impact on regional infection levels. It’s a bitter blow when our local businesses have already invested so much money and effort into making their businesses operate safely, and particularly so when we’ve already seen the results of everyone’s combined efforts to bring infection rates down in this area.

Infection rates in the Hinckley and Bosworth area are currently among the lowest in Leicestershire and they are dropping. 
 
I will be pushing for a review at the earliest possible opportunity and trust that the review in two weeks’ time will see enough progress to allow for a move down the tier system.

Until then, I’d remind everyone it’s never been more important to keep supporting our local businesses by shopping local and using delivery and click and collect services to help our businesses to survive through this incredibly difficult time.

Last updated: ‎27‎/‎11‎/‎2020‎ ‎10‎:‎12‎