Councillor Kieran Thorpe writing in the Welwyn Hatfield Times:
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I write to pay tribute to the staff of all local authorities who are doing a vital job in everything they are doing to support the public at this current time of unprecedented need.
From bin collections to managing deliveries to vulnerable residents, to keeping people safe, supported and informed during this crisis it reminds us all of the real value in public services and they deserve our thanks and respect. So too do the wider public sector, the Police and Fire services, our armed forces and of course everyone in the NHS. They are all heroes that this country is proud of.
We also need to recognise the tremendous spirit and impact of our residents who from the moment the pandemic took hold in our borough, set up voluntary groups to do what they can to help the most vulnerable in our communities.
From the Hatfield Harriers to the WGC Mutual Aid group, to individual residents checking in on their neighbours, it shines a light on the reality that people do care about one another.
There will be lots of challenges to consider when the world emerges from Covid-19 and many of these will be here in Welwyn Hatfield.
This crisis has shown that we can help everyone who is homeless, that we can ensure the most vulnerable are looked after, and we can quickly put things in place to meet the needs of people when they need it most.
The demand will not go away, sadly it is likely to only increase. While we all desire to ‘get back to normal’ we cannot simply go back to how things were before.
These are difficult. dark times but we can all help to build a brighter future that is no longer a unrealistic dream, but a vital requirement for the wellbeing and prosperity of all.
Cllr Kieran Thorpe
Welwyn Hatfield Labour Party