The opposition Conservative Group at Cotswold District Council are encouraging the administration to offer their empty council offices and unused council chamber to help the COVID-19 vaccination effort.

The Council has at least two sizeable buildings within the district which have largely sat empty and unused since the start of the pandemic, as council members and employees have worked from home and council meetings have been held remotely.

The large council office building at Trinity Road has a significant amount of parking and numerous large and open meeting rooms which potentially could be ideal for emergency use during the COVID-19 vaccination roll out.

In addition, the council also owns a large office block in central Moreton-in-Marsh which could also potentially be adapted for use if needed.

The opposition Conservative group are encouraging these large buildings to be offered up as suitable COVID-19 vaccination centres or testing sites. Cllr Gina Blomefield is set to question the Lib Dem administration about the possibility of offering up these buildings at the next full meeting of the council later in January.

Cllr Gina Blomefield said,

“Our council office buildings are in convenient central locations, with good parking facilities, and currently they are sitting empty and almost totally unused. I do hope the administration agree with the Conservative group that they could and should be offered up as ideal locations for COVID-19 vaccine or testing hubs.”

Cllr Richard Morgan, Leader of the Opposition Conservative Group said,

“It is very important we all pull together and do everything we can to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly and as safely as possible. We would encourage the administration at CDC to offer up these prime, centrally located and empty office buildings for use by the NHS and to help support the government’s ambitious COVID-19 testing and vaccination roll out targets."

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