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Coronavirus – Statement by Town Council – 08/07/2020
Work is continuing to re-instate services in line with current Government guidance. We would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding during this time.
- The Town Council office opened on Tuesday 7h July 2020. Opening hours are shorter than normal; Monday to Friday – 9am to 11am, and 2pm to 3pm. There have been some changes made to ensure the office is Covid-19 secure, with the safety of visitors and staff being paramount. The public can still contact the council by calling us on 01793 850222 or email on email@example.com
- The grounds maintenance team have been back at work for some time and we thank residents for respecting staff whilst they work, observing social distancing and kindly ask that this continues. Presently the team are a member down, the current vacancy is on hold and re-adjustments are being made with the return of another member as their hours worked with the Sports Association is reduced. With much work to do during the summer season, such as planting and watering, grass cutting etc., please bear with the team as work carried out may take longer than normal.
- We now have our CCTV Volunteers returning to the CCTV unit. Covid-19 Health & Safety Training has taken place to ensure they operate in a safe environment.
- We continue to operate the planning system on an “email” basis, as we are a consultee in the process and not the decision-maker. Residents are encouraged to contact their local Town Councillor if they have any issues/concerns on any live planning applications, which can still be viewed on the Wiltshire Council website.
- The council are now holding virtual meetings and have returned to the agreed Calendar of Meetings. Agendas, Appendices and Minutes of meetings can be found on our website and notices of forthcoming meetings are also posted on the home page of our website and on our Facebook page. If residents wish to join a meeting, instructions can be found on the notice or Agenda letter. We are not broadcasting any meetings live.
- Wiltshire Council bulletins, where appropriate, continue to be posted on the council’s social media. As of 30 June 2020, 165 items have been posted on the website and 106 items on Facebook page in respect of Covid 19. So please continue to check regularly.
- The Town Council have been working closely with Wiltshire Council in respect of social distancing on the High Street. Various options have been considered with the decision made to implement a signage scheme. Please keep an eye out, as the Town Council works on delivering this scheme.
- Recent government announcement to open play areas from Saturday 4th July 2020 has left insufficient time for the Town Council to open safely all of the Town Council owned children’s play areas at once. The decision taken is to stagger the re-opening of the play areas, with Showfield and Poetsfield chosen as the first two, opened on Tuesday 7th July 2020, please be aware of the notices attached to the gates advising of the changes due to Covid-19. This will allow the limited grounds team, time to manage the ROSPA checks carried out on each play area each week. The The 4 remaining parks will then have a staggered re-opening, 2 next week (w/c 13th July) and the last 2 the week after (w/c 20th July). If we can re-open the other parks any sooner then we will. Dates of tre-opening will be posted on our social media, so please check regularly.
- Work is planned for refurbishing play equipment in Old Court Play area, starting Monday 20th July 2020, therefore the existing play equipment has been removed in readiness for the works. Presently, work is being carried out on the wall by the entrance of the play area.
- Residents are reminded that public spaces can be used for exercise as often as you like. Please remember that you can only meet up with six people from outside your household.
- The council would like to thank the Angling Club and those fishing at the lake, for their co-operation and understanding during these unprecedent times. The Lake continues to be open to season ticket holders only, but this decision will be reviewed accordingly with ongoing government guidance.
- Jubilee Lake Tea Room is open, check their Facebook page for more information on dates and times.
- The weekly market returned on Wednesday 24th June 2020 and we were pleased to see many of our regular market stall holders back. Changes have been made to the stalls layout to ensure they comply with Covid-19 guidelines, so please bear with us for a few weeks, as we work out what is best for shoppers and stall holders.
- Not all of our regular stall holders have returned, so please check our market page and Facebook for the latest information.
- The public toilets in Borough Fields Shopping Centre and at Jubilee Lake have been sanitised, and we are pleased to announce they are open, as from today.
- A virtual meeting of the Council took place on Thursday 4th June 2020 where a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor were elected. It is planned to have a robing ceremony later in the year when government guidance permits.
- The Town Council has regrettably cancelled the Christmas Lights Shopping Evening planned for Friday 27th November 2020. It was felt that this event, attended by around 10,000 people could not be delivered safely on the night. Two Christmas trees and the lime trees on the High Street will still be lit and the Council is keen to engage with the public on other ideas the community could pursue this festive season.
Volunteer Groups – RWB Helpers
- Our local volunteer group reported that on 28th June 2020 they had 377 volunteers on their roll and had assisted 588 cases of need. Delivered 213 food boxes and delivered 1600 prescriptions.
- The group has been operating since March and now volunteers are returning to work. They have ceased to deliver prescriptions from the end of June, with the last food boxes to be delivered on Monday 27thJuly 2020. They will however keep the list of volunteers in the event of a second wave of Coronavirus pandemic.
The Town Council continues to closely follow Government advice and will continue to provide updates of any changes to its services via the Town Council website and social media pages.
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