Key services continue during lockdown

Published: Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Most key local services will continue without disruption during the lockdown, the council has confirmed.

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  • Rubbish and recycling collections will be unaffected, with weekly collections carrying on as normal.
  • Parks will remain open, including playgrounds and toilets. Cafes in parks will be able to remain open for takeaways. However, sports facilities such as leisure centres and sports pitches will close.
  • Schools will remain open. The council is working with schools to ensure young people and teachers are safe.
  • Parking services will remain as normal. Teachers and NHS and social care workers will be able to apply for a dispensation.
  • Day centres will remain open where possible and alternative outreach support will be provided where appropriate.
  • The council will provide the most comprehensive library service that it can under the new regulations. More details will follow shortly.
  • Housing repairs and cleaning will continue as normal.
  • Weddings can take place in ‘exceptional circumstances’. The council is seeking clarification of what constitutes an exceptional circumstance. Funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners.

Leader of the council Cllr Ravi Govindia said: “As a council we are working hard to keep disruption to a minimum and to provide the vital services that local people rely on, so we will continue to pick up your rubbish, you can visit your local park and children will not miss out on education.

“We are awaiting clarity from the Government on some services, such as libraries, and will put details on our website as soon as possible.”

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