Preston City Council leader Matthew Brown has issued a statement online. The statement follows a tightening of restrictions across East Lancashire, Manchester and West Yorkshire.
Many Preston Hub followers reportedly received a text message from their GP asking them to “Avoid further restrictions by washing your hands, wearing face coverings and adhering to social distancing measures”.
Preston City Council also revealed that Preston could be heading for a local lockdown with Adrian Phillips, Chief Executive at Preston City Council, saying:
“We all – young and old alike – have a role to play in keeping ourselves, our friends, families and communities safe from this virus.
“None of us want a local lockdown to be introduced, and so, following a spike in cases we are proactively working with partners to prevent the situation from worsening.
“We’re urging everyone to be diligent and play their part. Right now that means as well as washing hands and giving each other space, we are asking you to help us protect our city by taking these additional measures.”
“It is not over yet, but we can work together to minimise the risk for Preston.”
Leader of Preston City Council, Councillor Matthew Brown’s statement says: “We are committed to working alongside neighbouring authorities to achieve the best possible outcome for our residents, communities and businesses.
It is clear to see that change is necessary and that the current structure for local government in Lancashire is not fit for purpose for our shared ambitions for both the county and the Central Lancashire area. According to the criteria set by Government, we believe that a Central Lancashire unitary formed by the current district authorities of Preston, Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire is the best solution, matched by newly formed unitary authorities covering the Coastal and Pennine areas of the County.
The pandemic has had a significant impact on our community and it is essential we work together to support our area in a robust and equitable recovery programme, which we believe requires the implementation of real change and devolution through a combined authority working alongside a strong and flexible structure of local government.
This has the opportunity to enable the energy, focus and compassion of local government, business and communities to deliver social justice, an inclusive economy and a sustainable future for every single one of our residents.”