- Minutes of Marazion Covid Coordination Forum ‘Zoom’ conference
8.00pm Monday 4th May 2020
|Present||Town Mayor Derek Laity (Chair), Deputy Mayor William Collins, & Cllr Gabbie Reynolds (Marazion Town Council), Julia Greig (All Saints Church) , Mike Kearnon (Marazion Covid Support Group), Paul Elliott (Mz Chamber of Commerce), Jenny Rainbow (Head Teacher Marazion School), Jackie Brown (Marazion Surgery), Cllr David Walsh (observer)|
|Apologies||Rev Paul Benney (Methodist)|
|Matters arising||All points from previous minutes have been expedited.|
|DL welcomed Cllr David Walsh as an observer to the meeting.
DL said the rough sleeper had moved on and that there was now rough sleeper accommodation in Penzance and 10 pods in Long Rock.
DL had spoken with SAE re the unlocked gates. JG Clarified it was the gates inside the car park leading into the grassed area of the Folly Field. DL said he had removed the padlock to use on the toilets as that lock had broken. Cones to be put across entrance to car park to stop cars blocking the entrance in case it is required for emergency access.
DL said the ‘Shield List’ had been passed to another Cornwall Council department and was still not accessible.
Tesco were prioritizing 500 delivery slots to vulnerable people not on the Shield List. (Not sure how that helps when nobody will say who’s on the Shield List).
DL said the public should be reminded not to light bonfires to protect fire service resources. Also there seems to be more dog waste on footpaths in and around town. PE to appeal for dog poo to be picked up.
DL said the Town Council £200 for MzCSG was being matched by Cornwall Council
JG to arrange with harbour master Mikey Greig
PE to put something on facebook.
|School||JR continues to deliver food parcels, however the caterers only budget food at £6.00 per child whereas the Government voucher scheme is £15 / week. JR has canvassed parents who would prefer £15 vouchers. However there are some families who narrowly miss out on qualification for free school meals who still need support. JR is researching how support can be continued to children in this category.
GR had been assisting JR with sourcing other items, so that this week some families also received essential toiletries.
JR said speculation about school re-opening is just that…. Speculation.
Planning and contingencies are being discussed about what school will look like is ongoing, with no firm decisions made pending Government announcements.
Staggered opening to enable social isolation is an option with children from same families, but different age groups attending together on the same day as that would help families plan work arrangements.
JR said she was interested in Denmark’s experience of re-opening schools with no assemblies, no play times and extra helpers required.
JR said some families will be reluctant to send children back… and some staff with underlying health conditions may also be reluctant to return for some time yet..
JR said that 80% of the children were working well during lockdown. Some parents were relaxed about lessons, others had a formal structure and some doing their own thing.
|Surgery||JB said the surgery / dispensary would be open on bank holiday Friday.
JB said that the virus was expected to peak on 10th May and afterwards then would level off before reducing, however it would be some time before we’re out of the woods.
More patients were being dealt with by telephone calls, which made the switchboard busier and made it more difficult to get through at peak times.
The surgery were hoping to increase ‘E-Consult video consultations with doctors. This relies on patients having the technical know how from their end.
JB thanked MK for organizing doughnuts for staff on Wednesday
Discussion followed about PPE masks and the effectiveness of home made varieties. We await Government advice on this before putting anything official on the MzCSG site.
|MzCSG||MK said calls were low (only 7 recorded last week) although there had been several other (unrecorded) calls from occupational health regarding ‘M’ and adaptations to assist her safe return home from hospital.
A similar level of support for shopping and prescriptions was continuing, but the ongoing arrangements to provide regular support meant for many they didn’t need to call to ask for support.
MK continued to respond to calls for shopping helped by volunteer Ryan Stephens and other volunteers
MK said some food parcels had been donated by a family from the Godolphin Estate who wanted it to go to the Penzance foodbank. Other items donated included a bike suitable for a 5 year old. JR to identify a child from school who this would really help.
Volunteer Cornwall had donated a laptop to a deserving Mz pupil attending Humphrey Davey School.
JR to identify a child from school who this would really help.
|Welfare Calls||JG said the View is available on-line and Sunday services were being made available via the internet.
Some local shops (including the Mount Gift Shop and Keepsakes) were donating fudge & biscuits that are approaching sell by dates to the school for children and to the elderly around town.
|Chamber of Commerce||The thrust for this week would be Chamber and residents involvement in VE day celebrations.
All businesses had been asked to decorate shops and premises via e-mail and suggestions for VE activities, craft (bunting and cake making etc) were being promoted via the MzCSG, Marazion Chamber, Marazion Memories facebook pages.
DL has arranged to lay a wreath at an undisclosed time at the war memorial, Barry Reynolds will read ‘The Fallen’ and this will be filmed by PE to be shared on the facebook pages. The ceremony cannot be advertised as this would lead to a breach of social distancing rules.
PE said ‘Michelle’ from Cornwall had sent a question to the Covid Briefing question time session to ask when Cornwall holiday accommodation could be re-opened. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had answered… “No time soon”
That message will be re-iterated by PE via facebook and twitter.
|AOB||GR said the forum benefited greatly from local community knowledge and was working very well.
DW said the meeting had been very interesting thanked the forum for enabling him to observe and congratulated the group on doing a good job.
|Meeting closed at 9.08pm
Next forum Zoom meeting will be 8pm on Monday 11th May