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POST COVID - THE NEW NORMAL?

August 1, 2021 3:47 PM

Dave Busby (BDC)

Liberal Democrat Councillor Dave Busby has been turning his mind to some of the changes in the way we lead our lives post covid. Most importantly he wants to hear your ideas about the changes needed. Here are some of his early thoughts with an opportunity to contact him with your ideas

As we hopefully come out of CoVid restrictions will you be reverting back to life as was or have you moved to a new 'normal'. Working from home, shopping on line, avoiding public transport, visiting smaller towns & villages, making more use of outside space for exercise and socialising and becoming more I.T. savvy. These all have a significant impact on service providers especially local government and its planning team.

Should we, for example, be providing 'hubs and clubs' - part-time virtual office space with meeting rooms closer to where people live? If this kind of space was provided locally, would you use it?

When seeking exercise do you just make use of the many footpaths across the village and would you like to see some kind of outside exercise equipment? If you are a cyclist, would you make use of a dedicated cycle route to Ipswich or a circular route around the Shotley peninsular?

With more remote working will we see people working for more than one employer? If you are an employer, are you finding it difficult to recruit people with the right sort of skills? Should we be offering apprenticeships to people of all ages?

At Babergh District Council we are keen to hear your views on the questions above and any other topic you feel relevant - please feel free to e-mail me (your district councillor) at the address below.

dave.busby@babergh.gov.uk