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updated  04/04/2020 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19):

NORTH NEWNTON PARISH COUNCIL

Coronavirus Community Support

Supporting each other across the Parish of North Newnton in the event of self- isolation.

Have you been told that you need to self-isolate?

Do you need help with essential shopping, collecting medicines or errands?

Please contact any of us for help – We will try and organise support from our Villages.

Councillor Kate Boulter

Bottlesford Area

 

07771 663584

 

CllrKB.northnewntonpc@gmail.com

 

Local Volunteers available please contact via the Clerk

Hilcott Area

 

07979 866387

 

clerk@nnpc.org.uk

 

 

Councillor Marcus Stoneham

North Newnton Area

 

07467 535622.

 

 

 

Chair.northnewnton.pc@gmail.com

 

 

Clerk Gill Tatum

General Enquires/Queries

 

 

07979 866387

 

Clerk@nnpc.org.uk

 

BE SAFE, BE ISOLATED BUT DON’T BE ALONE, PLEASE CALL US FOR HELP AND SUPPORT

The most up to date advice can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Public Health England have advised people who are self – isolating to do what they can to avoid visitors to their home and any deliveries of groceries, medications or other shopping to be left at the door, so please ensure that you observe this.

If you would be prepared to support a local resident in this way – please let anyone of the contacts know so that we can increase the number of volunteers.

We urge everyone to be on the lookout for older neighbours, friends and family to make sure they are ok.

Thanks all for your support,

North Newnton Parish Council & Volunteers

Please also note that there is a local Pewsey Community Coronavirus Assistance Facebook page and external facing Pewsey Community Coronavirus Assistance website for local residents to access.

The PCCA, based in the Lunchbox Cafe in Pewsey which currently has 176 local members, is a volunteer organisation that has been set up to support vulnerable and self isolating residents in the community. This assistance group has been extremely busy since inception and the number of calls into the main number continues to increase. 

If there are any vulnerable people within the community, then this group (The PCCA), can be used as an additional method to support vulnerable and elderly members of the community.

Prescriptions

For those villagers reliant on Pewsey Boots for their prescriptions, please note the following update as of 01/04/2020. 

Boots in Pewsey have now adopted a pre -existing national Prescription Delivery Service, which operates on Tuesday and Thursday

Prescription Enquiry Line:   01672 563488 

New opening hours are currently  Mon-Fri 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm

Sat 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 4.30pm

If you need a prescription from Upavon or elsewere please contact the 3 contacts above; Kate, Gill or Marcus.

Barnes Coaches – Happy to help!

Are you, or do you know someone, who is self-isolating within the local area and is unable to get out to the local shops for essentials to get them through?

Barnes drivers are available for free of charge errand running during this difficult time for anyone who may need it. Whether this is food shopping, picking up prescriptions or anything else we can do, the Barnes team will be happy to help! All our drivers will be in ‘Barnes’ branded vehicles, and are all DBS cleared.

This is available for our usual pickup area for our holiday tours see here for details

For all errand requests, please call the Barnes office on
01793 821303 Option 1 or email travel@barnescoaches.co.uk

Information for Families  Supporting families at a distance V2

INFORMATION FROM THE JOB CENTRE

Please go to https://www.jobcentrenearme.com/

to  help  find your nearest Job Centre more easily.

Local stakeholder information – Wiltshire

This is the first of a regular message to give you the latest information on COVID 19.

  • For up-to-date information about council services, health advice, and information to support your communities, please see our COVID-19 page, and encourage your communities to access information and council services through this page.
  • You can also sign up for our email newsletter to get the latest information direct to your inbox.
  • Please directed any queries to the info hub publichealth@wiltshire.gov.uk. Please do not contact officers directly as all COVID-19 queries need to be overseen and dealt with by the info hub. 

Service updates 

Waste and recycling collections

All services are running. However, we are aware of some delays to mixed dry recycling collections, following the introduction of new services. If your blue-lidded bin or black box has not been emptied on your new scheduled collection day, please leave your containers out and our contractors will visit as soon as they can.

 Waste tissues produced by someone who has or suspects they have COVID-19 should be placed in a plastic bag which should be tied when full. Disposable cloths or wipes used to clean hard surfaces such as kitchen worktops and bathrooms should also be placed in the same bag. This plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag, which should also be tied when full. The bags should be kept in a secure place until the individual’s test results are known. The bags should not be put out for collection or placed in communal waste areas until negative test results are known or the waste has been stored for at least 72 hours (three days). After being stored for at least 72 hours (three days), please place these in your normal wheeled bin. If you don’t receive a wheeled bin collection, please make sure a council-issued bag label is placed on the outside of the double-bagged waste.

 Council tenants – resident engagement events and trips

All planned events and trips are postponed until further notice.

 Housing options service

As a precaution, our drop in service has been temporarily suspended until further notice.

We have taken this decision to minimise the risk to clients, staff and visitors, particularly those with pre-existing health conditions and those aged over 70.

For the time being, we will be operating a telephone and email service to respond to advice enquiries. Extra advisers are being deployed to operate the telephone helpline during this time. Contact details for the temporary service are as follows:

  • WEST
    01225 718005, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
  • NORTH
    01249 706666, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
  • SOUTH
    01722 434233, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm

 You can also contact the service on homeless@wiltshire.gov.uk.

 Leisure Centres

At the instruction of TidNBul Garrison, Aspire Defence Services Limited have closed the leisure facilities at Tidworth Leisure Centre until further notice. All Wiltshire Council-owned leisure centres remain open at this time but this is under regular review. Other on-site facilities are currently unaffected: the library, Caterpilla’s Under 5s pre-school and all on-site businesses remain open.

 City Hall

Following the latest government advice on COVID-19, the promoters of a number of events scheduled to take place at City Hall unfortunately had to cancel the bookings. Therefore, there are currently no events scheduled to take place at the venue until 6 May at the earliest. We are working with the promoters to reschedule the events where possible.

 Libraries

Our libraries remain open at this time, but due to the ongoing coronavirus situation all scheduled events and activities taking place at them will be cancelled until the end of April at the earliest. We will keep this decision under review. We are working to deliver online/virtual alternatives and will provide further details as soon as we are able to. 

The Communities team are busy scoping what support local communities are offering their fellow residents who may be self-isolating to see what extra support the council can provide 

School Update 

We are working closely with schools to ensure they are supported as they share latest government advice with their staff and pupils. As schools have had to partially close or close completely over the last few days we have been providing advice and support. 

The Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson has announced that all schools will close to the majority of pupils by close of play on Friday 20 March however they will remain open for key workers and most vulnerable children.  It was also announced exams would not be taking place this year. We will continue to support the schools as they assess the news and work out how to plan going forward. 

We will continue to provide regular updates around the ongoing situation

Thanks

Cllr Philip Whitehead

 Advice for communities

As you may have seen, yesterday (12 March 2020) the Chief Medical Officer provided new advice around self-isolation and Public Health England have updated their web pages so please review the updated information online: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

The advice is that you should self-isolate at home for seven days if you have a recent onset of:

  • A new continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature

This will help to protect others in the community while people are infectious. Anyone displaying symptoms should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. However, when self-isolating with mild symptoms people do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them they are staying at home and Public Health England will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms.

Based on current evidence, Coronavirus COVID-19 presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.

There is a lot going on nationally to ensure we are prepared to manage this risk and locally, we have tried and tested plans in place which means we are prepared to deal with a whole range of issues.

There remains only four confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the Wiltshire Council area. Whilst cases in Wiltshire will undoubtedly increase people’s anxiety, it’s important to remain calm but vigilant and take necessary steps.

The best action we can all take is to ensure we continue to have good personal and hand hygiene, which includes:

  • Giving your hands a good wash with soap and water is the most effective action you can take (but hand gels can be a good substitute).
  • Maintaining personal hygiene when coughing or sneezing is also important – use a tissue rather your hands and then throw it away.
  • It is good general practice to use cleaning wipes to give your keyboard, desk, phone etc. the once over on a regular basis.

If people have trips planned, they should follow the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice.

To stay up to date with the national situation and response and any advice PHE is giving you can visit their website. Alternatively, you can follow the Department for Health and Social Care on Twitter- @DHSCgovuk

We have also produced a community toolkit to support you and your community which contains useful information and links to key resources. This can be downloaded from our website http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus

I will keep you up to date with local developments.

Tracy Daszkiewicz

Director of Public Health

Wiltshire Council

For more advice see the attached Stakeholder briefing coronavirus fourth case

Green Infrastructure Survey – Parishioners have your say!

Wiltshire Council are undertaking a collaborative piece of work that we are seeking assistance with. Approximately 4 years ago, Wiltshire Council collected data related to open space provision in your area and your input was invaluable. However, it is really important that the records the Council has are brought up to date so that they can accurately inform two significant emerging strategies.

The data collected will be used to understand the current provision of existing open space within the county and will form part of the evidence base necessary to underpin a new Green Infrastructure Strategy and an Open Space Strategy.

You can have your say by returning the filled out survey via email to SpatialPlanningPolicy@wiltshire.gov.uk before 31st of March 2020, or by sending a hard copy to or posting in the letter box outside the village hall to our Parish Clerk ; Gill Tatum, Hilcott Village Hall, Hilcott, Pewsey, SN9 6LE.

If you wish to read around the subject Natural England’s Green Infrastructure’s Guidance page has a downloadable PDF which describes Green Infrastructure. If you wish to see further information regarding Wiltshire Council’s current policies in the Wiltshire Core Strategy please go to our Planning Policy Core Strategy webpage.

We hope you understand the important role that open space and green infrastructure plays in the community and the benefits thereof of completing and returning the survey.

Wiltshire Council Household Green Infrastructure and Open Space Survey