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Gedling leader ‘very angry’ following tier three announcement


The leader of Gedling Borough Council has said he is ‘very angry’ about the Government’s decision to place all of Nottinghamshire and the city in the harshest tier of COVID-19 restrictions.

Councillor John Clarke said the Government had failed to listen to local leaders, who had pointed out that rates had been falling consistently and dramatically in places including Gedling and Nottingham.

Mr Clarke said he was now ‘very worried about the future’. 

Speaking this morning after the announcement was made by the Government, he said: “They might as well put up a big sign saying Nottinghamshire is closed. 

“I appreciate the problems healthwise and everything else, but the damage to the economy – god knows when we’re going to be able to repair it, or even start to repair it.

PICTURED: Gedling Borough Council leader John Clarke

“I know (The Tier 3 status) gets reviewed after 14 days but I don’t have much hope for that, I think there will be a lot of good businesses go to the wall.

“I’m extremely disappointed, we’ve been bringing the figures down for a long time, so the trajectory was there, and we wanted the Government to give us a chance. 

“We wanted the Government to give our area the chance to keep doing what we had been doing, and that’s getting those numbers down.

“I think it’s going to do untold damage to the economy.

“I’m very angry at this, and the way this has been handled. Everybody’s been kept out of the loop.

“I’m really worried now about the future. It was bad enough as it was.

“We need to see that forward plan, of where are we going to be in two or three months, how are we ever going to get out of Tier 3 into Tier 2, so we can get some of these places open, because so many of these businesses simply cannot continue like this.”

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  1. I am behind John Clarke 100%
    Tier 3 is unnecessary for this area
    We will be seeing ghost shopping
    areas because when this is lifted
    the business owners will not have
    the finance to resume.

  2. Simple answer is make Arnold tier 2 and rest of gedling 3. Arnold is like London and is our borough capital and heart of economy. Tier 3 for rest but at least protect our local economy by giving Arnold a chance to trade like London its our heart.All our money is made in Arnold.

  3. I can’t believe someone would actually say “we must have to do as we are told”. You obviously haven’t lost your job, or your business you have worked all your life for, don’t have kids to feed, a mortgage to pay, parents who don’t see you in nursing homes and oh , I forgot, your freedom. It’s about time we realized we have to live with this and get on with our lives. There is no consistency. I can meet outside with people but not in my garden. Is the air not the same In our gardens. Which stupid scientist thought that one up. Probably one who has a vested interest in the vaccine.

  4. They want to get the Grant’s sorted asap before we have more people losing there jobs my company has about two week of survival left

  5. I’m gutted that businesses will have to suffer, but if it means bringing the infection rates down I think we should accept the science. I know its Christmas but I really don’t want Santa to bring me “covid” this year.


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