Play areas across the borough are set to open from Saturday 1 August as part of a phased re-opening plan following new Government guidelines.
Telford & Wrekin Council has worked with teams throughout July to ensure play and outdoor gym areas across the borough were re-opened in a safe and controlled manner. Over 120 play areas are now open from Saturday 1 August as part of this phased approach.
The phased re-opening was due to the number of play areas and preparation required, including removing some equipment to provide social distancing and placing new signage to inform people of what they can do to stay alert. The teams will now continue with safety inspections on a weekly basis.
Parents, guardians, carers and users must be aware of the new government guidelines that now apply to all play areas and realise that coronavirus safety is also in their hands. The council is unable to monitor or clean all play areas on a frequent basis and is asking visitors and users to take on this responsibility by:
• Social distancing
• If the play area is busy, wait or come back later
• 1 family member to accompany children
• Using your own hand sanitiser gel before and after your visit
• Please take any litter and wipes home with you
Cllr Eileen Callear, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Libraries, and Culture said “We are urging parents, guardians and carers to be fully aware of what they need to do and to consider when children use our playgrounds.”
“The Government guidelines have stated that councils can only do what is reasonably practical to minimise risk, but with so many play areas it is impossible for the council to oversee all of them all of the time. Visitors must act responsibly.”
“While we want to enjoy some of the new freedoms as the lockdown restrictions are lifted, we ask everyone to please follow the safety advice and be responsible.”
Telford and Wrekin residents have the chance to have their say about their local area, council services and the Council’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Council has today (29 July) launched a residents’ survey - all residents are invited to share their views.
The survey is available online at www.telford.gov.uk/yourviews
Alternative formats to complete the survey can be requested by emailing [email protected]
Until 4 September 2020, Telford and Wrekin residents can voice their opinions on the Council’s response and support during the coronavirus pandemic as well as how to make the borough an even better place to live. They can also say how the Council can better deliver services as well as share their ideas on tackling climate change and on several other themes impacting the borough.
Residents can also opt in to join the “Telford and Wrekin Community Panel” that will re-launch later in the year. This will be a representative group of residents who volunteer to give their views on a range of local issues and services.
Everyone who completes the survey and provides their email address will receive discount e-vouchers (once the survey has ended) to use at a range of shops and businesses located on borough’s high streets.
They can also enter a prize draw where one winner will receive a £100 voucher and ten others will each receive a £25 voucher to spend on local high street businesses.
For terms and conditions, visit: www.telford.gov.uk/yourviews.
Council Leader Shaun Davies said: ““We’re here to help and to do our best for our borough and the best way to do that is to listen to our residents, to understand their needs and shape the services we provide to them.
“We urge residents to complete the survey - tell us how they think we have done during the coronavirus pandemic, what we could have done better and how we can further help as life gradually returns to normal. Tell us also what you think about the area you live in and how we can improve it for the better. Everyone can play their part in creating a better borough so please take a moment to fill in this survey and make your voice heard.”
“We also encourage everyone to shop local so we can all support our high-street businesses as much as we can throughout these difficult times. You can play your part in this as well by completing the survey.
Discount e-vouchers at a variety of local shops and businesses will be emailed to you once the survey ends and you can also enter a prize draw with a chance to win further vouchers to use on our borough’s high streets.
We hope this will encourage more people to tell us their views but also to spend locally so our high streets can thrive again.”
Learn Telford have a range on online sessions and courses for Functional Skills and ESOL, as well as the community venue based courses.
Find out more!
Telford & Wrekin can now receive applications for a Pavement Licence that will enable businesses to apply to put tables & chairs on the adjacent highway.
Applicants can apply fully online by visiting: www.telford.gov.uk/pavementlicence
The full application process will be online, allowing applicants to upload all the required supporting documentation and pay the relevant fee.
Applicants will need to submit:-
o the distance from the frontage of the premises to the nearest edge of the proposed permit area
o the length of each side of the proposed permit area.
Any queries can be emailed to [email protected]
Great Dawley Town Council want to reassure the community that comments about the High Street are being taken seriously and that we are reporting with the Police.
We as a council are strongly encouraging shop owners, businesses, residents & members of the public who have concerns to log calls with the Police through a number of ways;
We know the High Street has so much history and is a fantastic place to invest time into. Our local businesses and stall holders are looking forward to welcoming you.
From Friday, you must by law wear a face covering in the following places:
You are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult.
What are the exemptions to this law?
There are some circumstances whereby people are not expected to wear face coverings on public transport or in shops and supermarkets.
What is a face covering?
A face covering is something which safely covers both the nose and mouth. This could be a reusable or single-use face mask, or you may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering (so long as they securely fit round the side of the face).
A face covering should:
The Returning Officer of Telford & Wrekin Council has confirmed that Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 requests from electors has not been fulfilled and the Council can now fill the three (3) casual vacancies by co-option.
Casual Vacancy (a) Malinslee Ward
Casual Vacancy (b) Malinslee Ward
Casual Vacancy (c) Dawley Ward
If you are interested in being a councillor you can download the following document that gives you an insight into what it entails: http://www.nalc.gov.uk/library/publications/804-it-takes-all-sorts/file or contact the Town Clerk for a paper copy.
Written expressions of interest from persons wishing to serve as a councillor need to be submitted to the Town Clerk by no later than 3.00 pm on Friday 28th August 2020.
Prospective candidates are asked to include in their expression of interest a short personal statement giving the reasons for being interested in joining the Town Council and what particular set of skills and experience they feel they can bring to the role. Prospective candidates are also asked to indicate within the expression of interest which casual vacancy they wish to be consider for, this may be just one but can be more than one or all three.
All expressions of interest will be considered by Councillors at Great Dawley Town Council at a meeting specifically called with a view to filling the casual vacancies by co-option. Any person(s) who express an interest will be invited to this meeting and must be available to attend this Council meeting to answer any questions raised by Councillors. Notice of this meeting will be advised 7 days in advance.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and the changes in legislation dated 7th April 2020, the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020, allows for all local authority meetings to be held remotely, either by video or telephone conferencing, live streaming or web chat.
Clerk to Great Dawley Town Council
'Vitamin D does not prevent or treat coronavirus' say health bosses at Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
Although vitamin D helps the human body absorb calcium and other minerals, and is naturally absorbed by our skin from direct sunlight, there is no evidence to support claims that vitamin D prevents or treats the virus.
The only way to reduce the risk of catching coronavirus is by maintaining good hand hygiene, wearing face coverings in public, and adhering to social distancing guidelines.
However, during the pandemic, the Government does advise that people should consider taking 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day if they are spending more time indoors, shielding, self-isolating, or at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency.
Those at a higher risk include BAME communities, people spending large amounts of time indoors, and those who usually cover up most of their skin when outdoors.
Vitamin D supplements can be purchased from local pharmacies, supermarkets and health food stores at low cost.
Free advice is also available from expert pharmacists without the need to book a GP appointment.
Dr Julian Povey, local GP and Chair of Shropshire CCG, said: “It is very important to bust the myth that vitamin D can prevent or treat coronavirus – it can’t.
“Vitamin D is effective in helping to keep our bones, teeth and muscles healthy and strong but there is no evidence that it can help against Covid-19.”
Dr Jo Leahy, local GP and Chair of Telford and Wrekin CCG, said: “It needs to be made very clear that hand hygiene, face coverings and keeping a safe distance from others is still the only way to cut down your risk of the virus.
“Vitamin D is available from your local pharmacy and levels can be naturally boosted by spending plenty of time outdoors, but are not linked to treating or preventing coronavirus. Just be careful not to burn.”
For further information on vitamin D, pop into your local pharmacy or visit: www.shropshireccg.nhs.uk/health-advice/self-care/vitamin-d
Telford & Wrekin Council has launched a hotline to help people who are homeless, rough sleeping or at risk of becoming homeless. Housing Hotline 01952 381925
This follows the success of providing an offer of accommodation to all those rough sleeping or threatened with becoming homeless during the coronavirus pandemic and is part of the Council’s commitment to work, with partners and local communities, to ensure all residents of the borough have access to suitable, affordable accommodation.
Its Housing Hotline 01952 381925 is available for anyone who is in need of help or advice. The hotline is also available for people to support the homeless by reporting an issue.
A call to the hotline about a rough sleeper will result in a visit to the reported location by an outreach worker who will check on their welfare and offer help to house them immediately and in the longer term.
Anyone who is homeless and calls the hotline will be given their own housing officer as a single point of contact. The housing officer will support them finding accommodation and also help with finding training and work.
Anyone who is at risk of becoming homeless is also encouraged to call the hotline. The Council’s Housing Solutions Team will work with them to develop a personalised housing plan with the caller and set actions that need to be taken.
Councillor David Wright, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Eradicating rough sleeping and homelessness is a key priority for Telford & Wrekin Council.
“Launching this hotline is an important part of making sure that everybody has a roof over their head. During the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, a COVID taskforce was set up with our partners Maninplace; [email protected] and Stay Telford.
“The taskforce meets daily to look at all cases of people known to be rough sleeping. During the lockdown, we were able to use hotels and B&Bs that were not open to the general public. The challenge is to make sure people don’t return to the streets as the lockdown restrictions are eased and ultimately lifted.
Councillor Paul Watling, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Cooperative Communities, Engagement and Partnerships said: “It is important to support people who are homeless and rough sleeping by reporting it to us.
“Together with our partners, we will offer them emergency accommodation and work with them on finding longer term housing.
“Some people end up homeless in complex circumstances. We will help them through those complexities to help to keep them in homes and in tenancies.
“If you see someone rough sleeping, please call the number - 01952 381925. We’re here to help.
“If you are at risk of losing your home, please contact us early – so we can support you and sustain your tenancy – we will talk to landlords and make sure you are fairly treated.”
Councillor David Wright added: “The launch of this enhanced hotline is also part of our five year draft Housing Strategy which we are currently consulting on. One of the strategy’s objectives is to provide homes to help our most vulnerable residents.
“We want to make sure we provide a warm safe and suitable home for all residents across the borough, working with partners and residents themselves.
“We want to ensure there is no return to rough sleeping.”
Further housing information and advice from Telford & Wrekin Council can be found here: www.telford.gov.uk/housing
For more information on Telford & Wrekin Council’s draft Housing Strategy and to take part in the consultation, visit: www.telford.gov.uk/futureofhousing
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