UK news Cambs hotel to become isolation hub for lorry drivers with coronavirus last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- The Department for Transport set up a hub in Bar Hill where lorry drivers can isolate before going to France
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A four-star Cambs hotel has become an isolation hub for foreign lorry drivers with coronavirus. The Department for Transport (DfT) is paying for truckers to stay at the Cambridge Bar Hill Hotel - despite concerns from some residents over the risk of increasing case numbers in the area. All lorry drivers heading to Europe need to have proof of a negative coronavirus test, as required by the French government, so the DfT has set up four sites across Britain where drivers can be tested and go into self-isolation. Cllr Lynda Harford, county councillor for Bar Hill, said: “The county council has worked with partners including the district council, emergency planning teams and public health to provide support for these drivers who find themselves in an unenviable position. “I’d like to reassure residents of Bar Hill that the appropriate public health and safety protocols are in place and strict Covid-19 rules are being followed to protect everyone and I will continue to monitor the situation. Enter your postcode below to see if there are vaccination centres in your area: “We will continue to work very closely with the hotel and the district council to ensure the parking of lorry cabs and any trailers is well managed and done safely. DfT are very aware that lorries should not park anywhere in the village and this must not be allowed to happen.” Drivers will be provided with a room, food, drink, toiletries, television, and Wi-Fi, meaning there should be no reason to leave their room, with additional support offered for those drivers who don’t speak English as a first language. Both councils will carry out welfare checks to ensure visiting drivers have everything they need to be able to complete their isolation period safely. Volunteers are also on hand to support the drivers if needed via its existing network of coronavirus assistance schemes. Anyone failing to comply with an official instruction to self-isolate can be fined. These start at £1,000 and rise to £10,000 for repeat offenders or serious breaches. Read More Related Articles Full list of 15 GP practices in Cambridge offering Covid vaccinations Read More Related Articles Family told to 'prepare for the worst' as woman rushed to Cambridge hospital with Covid Cambridgeshire County Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council, which are working with the DfT, said the police were aware of the hotel being used for this purpose and will be available if required.
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. This is despite its relatively small car park - which would fit few lorries - and the Ramada by Wyndham Cambridge Hotel further up the A14 being further away from residents and having a bigger car park. The councils are working with the DfT to ensure the number of vehicles are managed on site and no lorry cabs are parked in the village itself. The main factor determining how many will isolate at any one time is the car park capacity, meaning the DfT could not confirm how many drivers would be staying in the hotel at any one time. In most cases, the lorry cab, excluding the trailer, is the only part of the HGV being parked within the hotel grounds.
The Cambridge Bar Hill hotel is being used for lorry drivers coming from Europe who need to self isolate. (Image: Cambridge News) No guests are staying at the hotel apart from the lorry drivers, and security is on hand to ensure everyone sticks to the processes and to assist with the smooth running of the hotel. Cllr Bunty Waters, chair of Bar Hill Parish Council and district councillor for Bar Hill, said: “The community in Bar Hill have come together and worked hard to support one another during this terrible pandemic. “We have had lots of issues with lorries parking in Bar Hill over the years, so I am reassured the councils are tackling the parking of cabs as a priority and cabs and trailers will not be parked in the village.” She added: “We want to ensure there is not a need for people to leave the hotel.” It was previously announced by both councils that the parish council would offer support, but Cllr Waters confirmed this was not the case and parish councillors have not been consulted. She added that there was no leeway for councils to change this, as it was a decision from the central government.