Community urged to help shape county's recovery

Community leaders, groups and other representatives are being urged to complete an online survey to help shape Hertfordshire's recovery from the impacts of coronavirus.

Community Impact Survey

The call comes from Hertfordshire's local resilience forum (LRF), a countywide alliance of local authorities, NHS, emergency services, the local enterprise partnership and others supporting communities through the impacts of the pandemic.

Getting a wide range of feedback is key to the county setting the right priorities for the weeks and months ahead as it begins its social and economic recovery. Now the deadline for submitting responses has been extended to the end of July.

The LRF survey is open to responses covering the following categories:

- Humanitarian

- Health and wellbeing

- Economic impact on businesses

- Infrastructure

- Environmental

- Resourcing in commercial and public sector

- Public sector and community service funding

The survey also asks organisations how they could support Hertfordshire's recovery, and to highlight specific issues they think need to be tackled. The findings of the survey will then be used as a starting point to give community groups confidence and reassurance as the recovery work across the county begins.

Leader of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Cllr Tony Kingsbury said:

The response from residents and businesses in our community during the coronavirus pandemic has been exceptional.

As we now, cautiously, start to focus on the recovery and rebuilding of our communities, it is vital that we understand the impact coronavirus will have on them in the longer term, especially for those groups who sometimes find it hard to make their voice heard. Please take the time to complete the survey to help us set the right priorities for our recovery.

To complete the survey, visit: www.eastherts.gov.uk/community-reassurance-cell-coronavirus