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CORONA VIRUS MEASURES
In the space of just a few days, life in Chelmsford has changed completely for all of us. We hope you are managing to adapt during this very difficult time and whatever happens, we will do our best to bring you all your key services.
Our vital services like bin collections and street care are all running as normal and our teams are working around the clock to keep things going. We’ll stay in touch over the coming weeks and we’ll be keeping this page constantly updated: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/coronavirus. Please do check it if you need more detailed information about our services or if you need to get in touch with us.
Here is the latest information on our services as of Friday 27 March:
Waste and recycling: waste and recycling collections are running as normal with no disruptions.
Council tax, business rates and benefits: all teams are working normally but the service is dealing with very high demand, which is expected to continue for some time. If your income has been stopped or reduced as a result of coronavirus, you may be eligible for a council tax reduction: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/benefits/council-tax-reduction.
Street care services: all street cleaning is continuing.
Customer service: you can phone the Customer Service Centre between 8.45am and 4.45pm, Monday to Friday. Call 01245 606606 or contact us online via www.chelmsford.gov.uk/contactus.
Housing: the housing team is responding to all housing enquiries as usual, although some of our partners are operating a reduced service. If you think you may be at risk of homelessness, please contact us as soon as possible.
Chelmsford Cemetery and Crematorium: services are still operating, but the office on Writtle Road is closed to visitors and staff are responding to enquiries by phone and email. The Memorial Chapel is closed, and the number of mourners allowed has been limited in both the North and South Chapels.
Car parks: Most of our car parks are open but Meadows Retail car park, Townfield Street car park and High Chelmer are now closed to the public. Any season ticket holders affected by these closures may park in one of our other car parks instead.
Parking: Enforcement patrols are focused on keeping important routes clear and restrictions have been relaxed around one-hour single yellow lines in residential areas since more people are working from home. Visits to assess requests for parking restrictions have been suspended.
Retail Market: the indoor area of the market is now closed until further notice. However, the fruit and veg stall and the butcher will be selling essential items from 8.30am to 1.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday at the front of the park end of the market. We’ll be keeping this under review, and we’ll update you if this arrangement changes.
High Street Market: this will be operating on Friday and Saturday until 4pm, but only with stalls selling essential food items, including fruit and vegetables, cheese, and bread.
Public toilets: all public toilets in our parks are now closed but the toilets in Market Road in the city centre are open between 10am and 3pm.
Shopmobility: the wheelchair and scooter loan service which operates from the rear of the Market Road toilets, is now open between 10am and 3pm.
Planning and Building Control: routine site visits have been suspended and planning advice will only be given in written form. The planning team is not currently posting site notices. The building control team have replaced physical site inspections with virtual ones.
Licensing: the licensing team can still be contacted by phone and email, but they will not be accepting any new hackney carriage or private hire drivers licence applications at present. The Taxi Knowledge Test will be cancelled until further notice.
Pest control and stray dogs: Pest control bookings are only being taken for rats and mice at present. The stray dogs service will operate a reduced service.
Noise and nuisance enforcement: services are operating normally, although non-essential visits will be reduced.
Parks: our parks are still open but equipped play areas, outdoor gyms and public toilets are closed. Volunteering has been suspended for now.
|Committees and meetings: All scheduled meetings of the Council’s cabinet, committees and sub-committees have been postponed at present.
MOTs at Freighter House: The Government has announced that any MOTs which run out after 30 March will be extended for a further six months. You will not be able to book an MOT at Freighter House after 30 March, unless your MOT ran out in March.
Essex County Council recycling centres: these are not currently open to the public.
Hylands Estate: the park is open but Hylands House and The Stables are closed, including The Stables Café and Hylands Artist Studios. Events and bookings are being postponed and the Open House, Farmers’ Market, Scrapbook Safari and Tuesday Toddles are suspended for now. The adventure playground and Mauro’s Café at the Writtle end of the park are both closed. All public toilets are closed.
Leisure centres: all four of our leisure centres, including Riverside, have been closed until further notice. Easter holiday clubs and activities have been cancelled and refunds are being issued.
Chelmsford City Theatres: the theatres are closed and refunds for all affected shows are being issued. There are many payments to process, so please don’t worry if you haven’t heard about your refund yet; our box office will be in touch with you directly as soon as they can.
Chelmsford Museums: the museums are closed but the collections can still be accessed online.
We’ll also be posting regular updates on the @ChelmsCouncil Facebook and twitter accounts if there are any changes that may affect you.
Stay safe and well and thank you for your understanding. Everyone at Chelmsford City Council will be doing all we can to be there for you in the weeks ahead.
I have never written to anyone on a more important subject. I would ask that you please take a moment to read this message.
We are facing the biggest challenge of our times. Coronavirus is a killer. If we do nothing, 500,000 people across our great country will die.
But that horrendous outcome will not happen, provided we act.
The Government has issued good advice. But not all of us are following it.
This is not good enough. We MUST heed the advice from Government.
It is simple. And it is in our hands.
STAY HOME. SAVE LIVES.
Across Essex this weekend, we have seen people behaving in a way which was very much like going about their usual business.
I will be blunt. This is not acceptable.
We MUST socially distance.
Even though some schools across Essex will stay open, you should ONLY take your children to them, if you have been notified that you are a critical worker AND if you absolutely have NO other option.
If the epidemic peaks, as it has in Italy, which has a world-class health system, the NHS will be overwhelmed.
We must not allow the ‘peak’ of the epidemic to outstrip the NHS’s capacity to care.
Every single one of us can ensure that this nightmare scenario does not happen.
In China, and South Korea, the spread of the virus has been kept in check because Governments have acted quickly enough, and people have followed advice. We must follow suit. Our great County of Essex has always risen to the challenges over the decades. This is the greatest one of our times.
Please, follow the advice. Stay Home. Save Lives. #StayHomeSaveLives
Cllr David Finch, Leader, Essex County Council
Dr Mike Gogarty, Director of Public Health, Essex County Council
RECREATION GROUND AND SPORTS FIELD IN RAMSDEN HEATH AND THE PLAY AREA AT SOUTH HANNINGFIELD TYE CLOSED
SOUTH HANNINGFIELD PARISH COUNCIL
DUE TO THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) OUTBREAK, THE PARISH COUNCIL HAVE DECIDED IT IS NECESSARY TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE THE RECREATION GROUND AND SPORTS FIELD IN RAMSDEN HEATH AND THE PLAY AREA AT SOUTH HANNINGFIELD TYE.
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE OR ALLOW YOUR CHILDREN IN THESE AREAS, AS THERE ARE NO SAFE WAYS TO STOP CROSS INFECTION.
THE PARISH COUNCIL WISH TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING DURING THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME
Clerk to the Council
SOUTH HANNINGFIELD PARISH ALLOTMENTS
ANYONE WHO IS 70 YEARS OR OVER OR HAS UNDERLYING HEALTH ISSUES PLEASE
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ENTER THESE GARDENS
ANYONE WHO WISHES TO CONTINUE WORKING THEIR PLOT, PLEASE ENSURE SOCIAL DISTANCING IS ADHERED TO.
THE ALLOTMENT TRUSTEES WISH TO THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND UNDERSTANDING DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES.
Clerk to the Council
HELP AVAILABLE FOR ELDERLY / VULNERABLE RESIDENTS
19 March 2020
I am writing to advise that in conjunction with the Parish Council, a group of residents have kindly offered their services to deliver food parcels and collect medication from pharmacies for anyone who needs help within the Parish during these worrying times.
We are working with local stores to deliver essential grocery packs, such as bread, milk, tea, toilet roll, tissues, eggs, soup, biscuits etc….. These packs will cost £20 and £30. We will also try to cater for food allergies.
All initial communication will be made via myself, and if you require any assistance, I will filter this through to the volunteer who resides nearer to your home. We have a total of 30 volunteers covering all three wards, Ramsden Heath, Downham and South Hanningfield.
The volunteers will also be available via telephone, should you wish to contact them directly. We are currently seeing if we can purchase some I.D for the volunteers, if this is not possible within the time frame, they will be supplied with my business card.
If this is a service you feel you would like to use, please contact me on 07985-430365, as I may be working from home and not from the Parish Office.
I would also advise that Hall & Co, Hemming Stores Too and the Fox & Hounds are currently offering a delivery service.
If the above is not a service you would use, but you need help or assistance of another nature, please do not hesitate to contact me and we will try to help.
Mrs Julie Moule
Clerk to the Council
South Hanningfield Parish Council
Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Sudbury Road, School Road, South Hanningfield
Please click on the following link https://one.network/?tm=117013220 to find details of the intended closure of Sudbury Road, School Road, due to commence on 3rd June 2020 for 7 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Essex County Council undertakes MICRO SURFACING 2020/21.
Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Hawkswood Road, Stock
Please click on the following link https://one.network/?tm=116694424 to find details of the intended closure of Hawkswood Road, due to commence on 21st May 2020 for 6 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Essex County Council undertakes Surface Dressing in Spring/Summer 2020.. Closure in place between 0800-1700hrs.
Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Heath Road, Norsey Road, Potash Road, South Hanningfield
Please click on the following link https://one.network/?tm=116694370 to find details of the intended closure of Heath Road, Norsey Road, Potash Road, due to commence on 12th May 2020 for 4 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Essex County Council undertakes Surface Dressing in Spring/Summer 2020.. Closure in force between 0800-1700hrs.
First Bus Services: 10 – 13 – 14 – 94 from Jan 2020