I hope you are keeping safe and well in these strange and challenging times.
This is my weekly newsletter, keeping you up to date with what I’ve been up to both in the constituency and in parliament, representing Derby North.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister delivered the news that England is ready to move to the next phase of lifting the lockdown restrictions. We were told that the national rate of infections has fallen between 0.7 and 0.9 and that we need to make sure it does not get to 1 by staying alert. But this is a tremendous achievement, and the Government has all you to thank for getting us here.
There have been changes to the rules that will take effect on Monday. People will now be able to meet others in groups of six in parks and private gardens, provided they maintain the two-metre rule. BBQs will be allowed (but remember to keep washing your hands!). This is great news, especially for people who haven’t seen parents, grandparents or children in months. I know I’m looking forward to seeing my family again and just can’t wait to be together again even with being 2 metres apart.
Primaries and nurseries will be reopening on 1st June. The new rules also allows outdoor markets and car showrooms to open from 1st June as long as they implement proper measures to keep customers safe. More non-essential shops will be opening on the 15th.
The Government is still working hard to find a vaccine, nobody can predict when this will be found. However – we do have other tools at our disposal to help prevent a second peak. The Government’s new track and trace programme was launched on Thursday.
Under the system, as before, if you get symptoms you must isolate for 7 days and those in your household must isolate for 14. You can now arrange for a test online or by calling 119. If the test is negative, you and your household can leave isolation. If it comes back positive, the NHS will be in touch with everyone whom you’ve been in contact with recently to inform them that they will need to isolate.
These are exciting steps back to normality and to help reduce the risk of a second peak, but we must continue to stay alert so that we continue to move forward.
Parliament has been in recess this week so I’ve been busy as ever in the constituency.
The big news in our constituency this week is the A52 bridge! The lifting of the bridge will be happening this weekend, connecting Chaddesden with Pride Park. This has been a massive infrastructure project, and I would like to commend the current council administration because I know that the project had a lot of issues when they took the project on and now finally, the bridge is being lifted which is a great step forward for Derby’s infrastructure.
The team and I have been as busy as ever dealing with various casework issues both Coronavirus and non-Coronavirus related. I held another virtual surgery last week and will be holding my next session in June. If you’d like to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to email in.
I’ve also been out with the local bin collection refuse workers in our constituency this week. The work they do is so important to keeping our city running, and it’s even more important in the days of coronavirus. I commend them for all of their hard work and it was great to get out there with them and show our appreciation for keeping our streets clean and tidy.
I, again, held my weekly Q&A session. We had our regular panellists Cllr Matt Holmes, the Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, and Carl Tring-Willis, Community Project Manager. Our guest this week, was Chris Mallett from the Derby Telegraph. We also had the opportunity to speak to Helen Kennett from Rolls-Royce who provided us with another weekly update. You can find a copy of the session on my social media pages.
I’ve also spoken with officials from Derby City Council to talk about Derby Cities recovery plan. I feel strongly that working closely with the council to ensure a bright future for Derby is so important for Derby North and my constituents.
I also visited the Community Action Derby volunteer centre this week to discuss proactive ways we can promote the good wellbeing for Derby residents.
My ‘Lockdown Locks’ hair competition is drawing to a close but there’s still plenty of time to enter! We have had some really great entries so far which have been posted on my Social Media, so If you have taken to the scissors, send in your pictures both good and bad via email at Amanda.Solloway.MP@Parliament.uk for a chance to win a prize.
The work doesn’t stop there, and I’m looking forward to another week ahead. If you have any questions or issues, please do not hesitate to contact me.