Decision details


Decision status: Recommendations Approved


The Committee was updated on the Welcome Back Fund, which was to be used by Councils to encourage visitors to high streets following the lifting of restrictions I place to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.


It was noted that part of the funding was to be used to continue the role of the COVID-19 Marshals, so that they could continue to offer advice and support to the community throughout re-opening and if restrictions were re-imposed. 


It was proposed by Councillor T Hallam and seconded by Councillor L A Lally that a vote of thanks be given to the COVID-19 Marshals.  On being put to the meeting the motion was carried.


The debate continued to include the suggestions of free parking, reservations regarding encouraging gatherings of people, the establishment of a COVID-19 accreditation scheme and the provision of more welcoming signage in town centres. 


The Committee noted that the Welcome Back Fund had to be spent on high street businesses and that the purpose of it was to attract visitors to town centres.  It was further stated that events that had been cancelled because of the pandemic could not be supported by the fund, which was for new, one off events that would not normally happen. 


RESOLVED that a vote of thanks be given to the COVID-19 Marshals in recognition of their hard work and dedication. 


RESOLVED that support be given to the Welcome Back Fund as highlighted in the report.

Publication date: 25/11/2021

Date of decision: 10/06/2021

Decided at meeting: 10/06/2021 - Jobs and Economy Committee

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