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Update from council leader - 27 January

Time Square and flagpole

Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:

Last week we saw a walk-through COVID-19 testing facility open at Bracknell Leisure Centre, as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for communities.

I’m really pleased that Bracknell Forest residents now have a walk-through centre much closer to home. It will make testing for COVID-19 even more convenient for residents.

Testing is available for everyone, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.

If you do need to get tested, you must follow public health measures which include social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout (including travelling to and from the testing centre).

Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through testing centre will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely. The testing centre will offer assisted and self-administered tests.

I would like to stress that if you have symptoms, it’s really important that you self-isolate straight away, alongside your household, and apply for a test on GOV.UK or by calling 119. By taking swift action if you have any of the symptoms, you can help reduce the risk of passing the virus on to your family, friends and community.

Additionally, Bracknell Forest residents who are most at risk of catching and spreading COVID-19 without knowing it will soon be able to start asymptomatic testing twice a week. This type of community testing will initially be offered to:

  • critical and key workers who are not already being offered testing
  • anyone who is required to leave home for work or a crucial activity, or for the management of local COVID-19 outbreaks

We will make more information available on community testing over the coming days.

On a lighter note, I am delighted that residents have picked their favourite names for our new waste collection vehicles. There were some incredibly creative names submitted by local people, and with over 1,700 votes the winning names are Dame Foodie Dench, The Food Dude, Binderella, Truck Norris and Hank Marvin.

Each vehicle will have their name printed on the front for residents to look out for, and you can find more information on food waste collection on our website.

I hope you have a good week, and remember to stay safe.