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SALTASH TOWN COUNCIL WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE OF SALTASH
Covid-19 Statement of Service Changes:
The Government announced on 23rd March 2020 that they are now enacting further restrictions to minimise the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Saltash Town Council has had to comply with the Government advice, and as you can image, this will have a significant impact across the services the Town Council provides for the community.
Below is a breakdown of how each service will be affected as of 24th March 2020:
Saltash Town Council Library Hub & Information Service:
It is with regret that further measures have been put in place to avoid the virus spreading and to continue to protect our staff, councillors and the community. The library service is closed to members of the public effective from Monday 23rd March 2020 until further notice.
Customers can continue to use the online service.
FREE with your library card are:
PLEASE NOTE: No overdue charges will be applied and unlimited renewals are available online or by phone.
Our staff are here to assist by phone / email and we apologies for any inconvenience caused at this time and we are continuing to work in partnership with Cornwall Council to maintain a level of service for the community.
Alternative ways to pay for Council Services such as council tax and rent can be accessed via Cornwall Councilís website: www.cornwall.gov.uk OR telephone 0300 1234 100.
24hr renewals 0845 607 6119
LATEST NEWS PLEASE READ: Library members who have books or other materials on loan should keep them at home. They can be renewed as many times as needed online www.cornwall.gov.uk/library or on the 24 hour telephone line 0845 6076119 (please check your contract for charges to 0845 numbers). But overdue charges will be waived during this time. Some reminders for returns and renewals may have been issued before the closures so please ignore these notifications. Please do not leave bags of books etc. outside libraries or post books through letterboxes. Thank you for keeping them safely at home for the time being.
For the Registration Services please contact: telephone 0300 1234 100 OR www.cornwall.gov.uk
Due to the health pandemic the Library Public Consultation has been put on hold until further notice.
All public conveniences in Saltash are now closed during the lockdown period.
We ask the public to thoroughly wash your hands at home with warm water and soap for the duration of 20 seconds in line with NHS advice.
Saltash Town Council are undertaking a programme of works in Saltash to help maintain community infrastructure. These areas include St Stephens Churchyard, Churchtown Cemetery, and Saltash Town Council play areas and grassed areas at Pilmere.
Saltash Town council are also refurbishing the benches in Fore Street as well as repainting the bollards and the Waterfront toilet block.
Saltash Town Council Service Delivery General Assistants will be wearing PPE and adhering to Government social distancing rules at all times. The areas of work will be cordoned off and we politely ask that members of the public respect all cordoned areas for the safety of themselves and members of Saltash Town council staff.
Town Council play parks (Ashton Way, Grassmere Way and Honeysuckle Close) are now closed in line with Government guidelines and safety checks will not be carried out during this period. We ask everyone to stay indoors and keep safe. Thank you for your co-operation at this time.
Saltash Town Council Allotments remain open. The National Allotment Society are consulting with central government but as we understand the situation at the moment it is still permitted to visit your allotment plot, to take daily exercise on your own or with a member of your household.
It is vitally important that you follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene and not gather together on site. It is appropriate that anyone attending the allotment takes care to stay the appropriate distance from others, avoid body contact and wash your hands on a regular basis. Any plot holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with Coronavirus COVID-19 should not be visiting the site.
For full guidance please click here
Footpaths and Rights of Way:
Public rights of way including footpaths remain open. Under the current restrictions the public are encouraged to take an hour of exercise close to home and DEFRA has confirmed that this includes use of the footpath network.
However we ask that local residents and workers follow the social distancing guidelines and consider using alternative routes that do not pass through gardens, farmyards or schools but only where it is safe to do so.
The Outdoor Space Risk Assessment can be downloaded here
The Pontoon remains in operation. A notice is in place providing contact details if further assistance is required.
We have received a number of questions around cemeteries and burial grounds.
There is now clear guidance from Government and the Local Government Association that crematoria and cemeteries should now be closed to the public, except for funerals or burials. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020 came in to force on the 26 March and apply to any person who is responsible for a crematorium or burial ground including local authorities and private providers.
Public Health England has now published guidance for care of the deceased with suspected or confirmed coronavirus.
A full copy of the guidance, including the advice on funerals can be viewed here
Funeral services in cemeteries and crematoria are still permitted by the Government, but should be attended by immediate family only, and only where it is safe for them to do so. There is more risk of catching the virus from somebody who is living, therefore attention should be paid to minimising the risk from living people by following the Government's guidance on social distancing and good hygiene.
The Cemetery Risk Assessment can be downloaded here
Guildhall Administration Service:
Room hire and all events held at the Guildhall have been cancelled. The Guildhall is closed from 24th March 2020 until further notice. Staff are working from home and operating a reduced service. We remain contactable via telephone, email, the website and social media. Details as follows:
Telephone: 01752 844846
The Administration Risk Assessment can be downloaded here
Finance and Year End (AGAR)
As at Thursday 19th March 2020 the Finance Department is operational and measures are in place to ensure the finance of the Town Council continues to operate.
The Scheme of Delegation was reviewed to ensure minimal disruption to work and decision making of the Town Council. The Scheme of Delegation allows the Town Council to continue to operate carrying out its day to day functions.
The Scheme of Delegation can be downloaded here
The Annual Business Continuity Plan has been updated to assist in minimising the effects of any health pandemic and major disruption to the Town Council.
The Annual Business Continuity Plan can be downloaded here
The Government have confirmed that the period for Audit will be extended by two months to the end of August 2020. The new timetable is as follows:
Accounts and AGAR to be approved and published by 31.08.2020
Public rights period to commence on or before 01.09.2020
Final audited accounts and external auditor report and certificate to be published by 30.11.2020
Town Council Meetings and Committee Meetings:
No formal Full Town Council and Committee meetings have been held since 4th February but since the lock down Councillors and Saltash Town Council staff have had a number of informal virtual meetings.
The Town Council has now started to reintroduce Town Council and Committee Meetings to be held on the virtual Zoom platform. All meetings apart from Personnel are open to members of the public and press and those wishing to attend can obtain the connection details from the agendas.
All meetings are advertised on the Town Council website and social media. We are working towards advertising in all or as many noticeboards as possible.
Publication of Delegated Decisions
Due to the current restrictions of COVID-19 the Town Council have put in place a Register of Delegated Decisions taken under the Scheme of Delegation which do not fall within statutory duties.
The Register of Delegated Decision can be downloaded here
You will find the Scheme of Delegation here
It is acknowledged that Coronavirus will have an impact on Cornwall Councils and the Town Councils ability to hold face to face meetings however the Government has stated it requires the planning process to continue. Saltash Town Council is responsible for making recommendations on Planning Applications to Cornwall Council as the Planning Authority within statutory timescales therefore the following Emergency Planning Determination Procedure has been agreed to allow the Town Council to continue considering Planning Applications.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Town Council on 01752 844846 or email email@example.com
Access to Information:
Please note that due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic, there may be delays in processing requests made under the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 and the Freedom of Information Act. We will handle all requests as quickly as possible and keep you informed on the progress of your request.
If you are forced to stay indoors due to Coronavirus, the Town Council are here to help you. Please contact us on:
Telephone: 01752 844846
OR contact your Ward Councillor:
Saltash North Ward:
Sarah Gillies: firstname.lastname@example.org
Julia Peggs: email@example.com
Bill Phillips: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brenda Samuels: email@example.com
Saltash South Ward:
Mark Fox: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheila Lennox-Boyd: email@example.com
Sarah Martin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Averil Pinckney: email@example.com
Saltash East Ward:
Richard Bickford: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Parker: email@example.com
Julie Rance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pete Samuels: email@example.com
Saltash West Ward:
Gloria Challen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean Dent: email@example.com
Steve Miller: S.firstname.lastname@example.org
David Yates: email@example.com
Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19):
Cornwall Registration Services
Car Park Charges during Covid-19GWR Update to Timetable May 2020
Local businesses have been enquiring about how they can register for grant support and the latest advice is that letters have been sent to business or correspondence address. Business owners will need to complete an online form with some simple bits of information to be able to pay the grant - the quicker this information is provided the sooner the grant can be paid.
If an owner canít access their business premises or hasnít received a letter by Friday 3rd April, then they should contact Cornwall Council on 0300 1234 171.
Business Advice - Visit Growth Hub or call 01209 708660 during office hours.
Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund for Small Business Grant
Learn more about COVID-19 funding resources and guidance for charities and community groups seeking assistance.
For full guidance please click on the link www.cornwall.gov.uk/coronavirusfunds
Public Health England:
Prevent the Spread of Infection:
Community Emergency Plan:
Holmes Delivery Service, answerphone service 01752 843753 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone with concerns about compliance with emergency control measures to do with social gatherings should contact the police by calling 101 or email email@example.com and 999 in an emergency.
Ways to Help:
Volunteer Cornwall - Offers of Help
Many local organisations including charities are currently struggling to cope with the volume of requests for support. Volunteer Cornwall is leading the coordination and recruitment for new volunteers and we have been asked to actively promote this approach, using them as the first place to make an offer, either as an individual, a group or a business. Volunteering to fill some of these gaps and anything you can do to advertise this would be very helpful.
Requests for Help
Volunteer Cornwall is also the first place for individual requests for help. They are able to assist individuals and local groups who need help, especially if they are in the shielded or self-isolating groups, are vulnerable or lonely. We have been asked to promote contacting Volunteer Cornwall who have guaranteed a local response for any need. Volunteering to fill some of these gaps and anything you can do to advertise this would be very helpful.
If you know of someone who needs help they can either email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01872 266988
Useful Links and Information:
Self Employed Friends: 0300 456 3565
Community Enterprises PL12 has a fantastic list of support and deliveries available in your area
COVID-19 will have serious impacts on the lives of those living with domestic abuse. For some people, home is not always a safe place. Safer Cornwall is doing everything possible to ensure that specialist support continues to be available to everyone who needs it.
Cornwallís integrated domestic abuse and sexual violence service, Safer Futures, is still providing support, safety planning and information via their helpline, text service and online. Safer Futures will also direct people to any additional services that they may need and can liaise on their behalf if appropriate to do so, for example if someone feels they want to access a refuge at this time.
Saltash Town Council ask that if you identify any local residents who need support, or any local issues related to COVID-19 which need support, please contact the Town Clerk. The Town Clerk will collate these and escalate to the Town Councilís Community Link Officer at Cornwall Council to assist with allocating support where it is most needed. The very best email for all virus queries / information / advice is email@example.com
Saltash Town Council thank all community groups and volunteers that have come together to support our community and ask that you bear with us as we continue to work our way through the briefings and guidance.
Please continue to protect yourself and others.
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