It has now been two weeks since the government lock down restrictions were introduced and the abnormal seems to have become the new normal!
Under any other circumstance we could all enjoy the peace and tranquillity that there is currently throughout our town. However, although it is very necessary, I feel very sad at the lack of people walking the streets of Marazion as, after all, people are the community. But there are people working behind the scenes in the Town, proving our community spirit is strong. People are helping each other in many different ways making a great deal of difference to those in need.
Early on, the Council helped establish the Marazion Covid Coordination Forum which is made up of members of the Town Council, Marazion Covid Support Group, the Chamber of Commerce, All Saints Church, the Methodist Chapel and Marazion Surgery.
The purpose of the Forum is to provide co-ordination, and support to the various groups, bodies and organisations involved in the current health crises and avoid duplication of effort. Their objective is to help facilitate self-isolation and social distancing for the people of Marazion and St. Michaels Mount.
We are very lucky that Mike Kearon had the foresight to set up Marazion Covid Support Group (MCSG) at an early stage, well in advance of the lock down, which enabled them to be in a strong position to offer immediate help to those needing it. It is very much community led and the work the volunteers are doing is providing a vital service for those who are unable to leave their homes.
The Church and The Chapel are working with the MCSG keeping in contact with people over the telephone and providing much needed social contact. They are also still conducting services via their internet outlets.
The Chamber of Commerce are helping with the clerical administration and are updating the Facebook and Websites with important information.
Trevenner Stores, Cobble Corner and The Chemist remain open under very difficult circumstances and the staff are to be commended for carrying on working.
Through their various methods of contact the Forum has been able to identify vulnerable persons within our community. The Town Council is then able to collate this information and pass it to the relevant organisation.
The Council is also coordinating information between our Cornwall Councillor, Cornwall Council and the various groups linked to the Forum.
Information for public consumption is able to be disseminated through the Facebook pages of the Support Group, the Chamber of Commerce and a dedicated page on the Marazion Info website.
The Council is currently awaiting further legal advice about holding their Meetings over the internet. In the meantime Councillors are keeping in contact with each other via phone calls and emails. We have also set up a web platform where we can talk informally and raise concerns that are affecting the town. This platform will also enable us to conduct formal meetings as soon as it becomes possible to do so and we have worked out how to carry out any public participation. Some Councillors who are able are also helping out with voluntary groups.
In the meantime, because we are not operating under normal circumstances, the council has agreed to give delegated decision-making powers to The Clerk, The Mayor and The Deputy Mayor to enable urgent council business to continue.
It is a statutory requirement that a register is kept for every decision so authorised under the Emergency Delegation and that it is updated regularly on the council page of the Marazion Info website.
We are all very grateful to the key workers who are helping to keep the town, the county and the country going. We should continue to show our appreciation for the ongoing hard work members of the NHS are doing in the fight against this virus and for those who put the care of others before their own safety. In a world of ‘celebrity’ where the word ‘hero’ is too often used, we should look to the members of the NHS for inspiration, as THEY are truly heroic!
In addition, on behalf of The Council, I wish to thank all those people from our community who are volunteering in various ways in our Town during this time, from taking calls, picking up and delivering food, collecting and delivering medicines, talking on the phone, and undertaking many other tasks. You are all playing a vital role in keeping our community together, if not in person, certainly in spirit.
Although we are, through necessity, physically separated, I feel as a community we are together stronger than ever.
Please look after each other, take care and stay safe.
Marazion Town Council