Covid-19 has brought unprecedented change to Arun District Council. The Liberal Democrat Leader, Cabinet and the Chief Executive have been effectively running the council in this emergency situation.
95% of council staff are working hard from home. Normal weekly household waste and fortnightly recycling collections have largely been maintained, although green waste was suspended for 3 weeks. All but one set of public toilets remain open.
Arun has been processing £39m of the government support to small and medium sized business with payments between £10k and £35k. In addition, Arun's Cabinet retook a decision to grant a 3 month rent holiday to its commercial tenants, with up to 24 months to catch up, to further support our local business sector.
All street homeless were offered a place in a local hotel.
Car-parking charges were suspended in all off street car parks to allow parking of so many more “stay at home” cars, and single yellow line enforcement relaxed.
Stay at home compliance has been at around 98% in Arun, amongst the highest in the UK.
Dr James Walsh, Leader of the Council has made two Facebook videos, which have been seen by over 20,000 residents. He said “ We all have our part to play, but I want to thank residents for largely sticking to the rules, to our amazing NHS and other care services, to our waste operatives, essential service providers such as supermarket staff, and all our Arun staff who have made such big extra efforts".