‘We are deeply concerned’: Gedling leaders fear being locked out of Nottinghamshire Tier 3 talks

 ‘We are deeply concerned’: Gedling leaders fear being locked out of Nottinghamshire Tier 3 talks

Council leaders John Clarke and Michael Payne have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson

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Gedling leaders are urging the Government to include the borough council in any Tier 3 talks being planned with Nottinghamshire authorities.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed in a press conference on Tuesday (October 20) that he was talking to council leaders across the county to discuss moving the area into a ‘very high’ level alert – also known as Tier 3.

This would see some shops, pubs not serving substantial meals and some non-essential businesses, like gyms, soft play centres and bingo halls closing as before.

But Gedling Borough Council leaders Councillor John Clarke and Michael Payne said they are still awaiting an invite to discussions around further restrictions with the government.

In a joint statement they said: “The residents and businesses we serve in Gedling borough deserve urgent clarity about any potential further Covid-19 restrictions to be imposed that will directly affect them and their livelihoods. Speculation and confusion helps no-one.

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INCLUDE US: Gedling leader John Clarke, left and deputy leader Michael Payne, right. (Credit: Joseph Raynor)

“Yesterday, in a statement from Downing Street the Prime Minister said ‘discussions on moving to the very high alert continue with local leaders in Nottinghamshire’. It is deeply regrettable that no such direct discussion about Nottinghamshire moving to a ‘high alert’ level has taken place has taken place with ourselves from any Government minister at this point.

“There is a worrying disconnect between the statement made by the Prime Minister and the reality on the ground.

“We are deeply concerned by recent suggestions that Government ministers now plan to meet with the leaders of Nottinghamshire City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council to discuss proposals for further Covid-19 restrictions that will likely affect our borough and the people and businesses we serve, but no such invitation has yet been extended to us to represent the views of our borough in any such discussion.

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“Government ministers must urgently hold a meeting with all Nottinghamshire council leaders to discuss any such proposals and the requisite financial support if further Covid-19 restrictions are to be imposed locally’.

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