In response to government announcements regarding new national measures taking effect from Thursday 5th November, Ilkley's three District Councillors are imploring residents of Ilkley and Ben Rhydding to continue to make personal sacrifices in order follow the new guidelines that ask residents to stay at home where possible in order to save lives and protect the NHS.
While the councillors note that residents will need to take responsibility for their actions and follow guidelines to help stop the spread of coronavirus, they are also mindful of the challenges that lockdown can bring for many. For those struggling, they hope communities can rally to support each other, and services such as Ilkley & District Good Neighbours can help with shopping assistance and befriending. Mental health charities such as Mind are also always ready to provide support.
In addition to working to help residents, the councillors want to offer their support to businesses who have faced a year of unprecedented challenges and are delighted to see local businesses looking to innovate during these challenging times by introducing schemes such as ‘click and collect’ services. We sincerely hope that during these challenging times for local business, residents try to shop local where possible to help support independent businesses who give so much back to our community survive the current challenges.
Recently, Ilkley has made a fantastic effort and our rate currently has fallen substantially. However, Airedale Hospital has had to postpone non-urgent operations requiring an overnight stay as Covid-19 cases increase. In light of this, the three councillors are calling on Ilkley residents to show the fantastic spirit and adherence to the rules that they showed during the first national lockdown. Only by sticking together and following these guidelines (however frustrating it may be to have to face them again) can we beat this virus and start to move back towards a normal life.
Cllrs Hawkesworth, Green and Gibbons.