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Letter: We Did Not Give Ourselves a ‘Clean Bill of Health’

Published on: 16 Jun, 2020
Updated on: 16 Jun, 2020

From Joss Bigmore

In response to: Surely There Were Some Areas Where the Council Could Have Done Better?

There seems to be a little confusion over the purpose of the recent Overview & Scrutiny Committee meeting where GBC’s efforts combating the Coronavirus emergency were considered.

The goal was to communicate the role the borough council has been playing as we fight this virus, and to give this information in a public forum. It was never the intention to give ourselves “a clean bill of health” and nor did we. It is far too early to review the actions we have taken and their consequences, that will come later and will be a process we take very seriously.

GBC is rightly proud of its officers, and rightly proud of every individual and business in this Borough that has helped as we fight this disease, it has been a huge and inspiring community effort.

There are obviously things that we could have done differently, and we will learn lessons so as to be better prepared in the future.

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Responses to Letter: We Did Not Give Ourselves a ‘Clean Bill of Health’

  1. Paul Spooner Reply

    June 16, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    I appreciate Cllr Bigmore’s clarification of the purpose of the O&S review. I entirely agree with him. This is the first part of a series of reviews and no doubt there will be lessons to learn for the future. However we can be justly proud of the community’s response to the pandemic whilst learning and improving.

    Paul Spooner is a Conservative borough councillor for South Ash & Tongham

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