NORTH SOMERSET COUNCIL UPDATE 25 MARCH

NOTE – NEW DEVELOPMENTS ARE SHOWN IN RED

Council offices

The Town Hall reception in Weston-super-Mare has now closed to the public until further notice. If you need to contact the council please do this online at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/connect or over the phone at 01934 888 888.

If you usually come in and use one our council tax payment kiosks, please consider switching to online payments. You can find out more at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/counciltax or pay by phone by calling 01934 888 121. You will need your 10-digit council tax reference number, which you can find on your bill, and your credit or debit card.

Children’s centres

All of our children’s centres are now closed, except for two – Yatton (Rowan Tree hub) and Ashcombe (Maple Tree Hub) – which are delivering midwifery services only.

If you need to contact a children’s centre please ring one of these and a member of the team will be able to help you with your query:

  • Portishead Children’s Centre – 01275 884 001
  • Clevedon Children’s Centre – 01934 426 440
  • Worle Children’s Centre and Library – 01934 426 618
  • Ashcombe Children’s Centre – 01934 426 380
  • Oldmixon Family Centre – 01934 426 881

If you need to contact your midwife please use the telephone number on the front of your yellow book.

Motex equipment and demonstration centre

The council’s equipment and demonstration centre at the Motex building in Winterstoke Road, Weston-super-Mare has closed today until further notice due to the latest government restrictions. There will be notices on site with details of where customers can go to access council support and other providers. Telephone calls will automatically redirect to Care Connect on 01934 888 801.

Business checks

North Somerset Council’s licensing team is working with the police to ensure local businesses are complying with the government’s closure order. Reports of any breaches will be investigated.

Business support

There is a round-up of the grant schemes and other measures in place to support businesses and employers at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Leisure centres and venues

All our leisure and sports centres are closed. Go to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus for more information.

All events are cancelled until further notice at the following venues – The Tropicana and Playhouse in Weston-super-Mare and Somerset Hall in Portishead. The Bay Café is also closed.

The Campus

The Campus in Weston-super-Mare is closed until further notice. However, the midwifery care at The Campus children’s centre will continue so people are to keep attending appointments and will be able to access the building.

Play areas

Play areas have been closed until further notice to ensure any visits to parks are only for the purposes of exercise as outlined by the government.

Recycling and waste

Kerbside recycling and waste collections are continuing as normal for now – see press release. The council’s three recycling centres at Backwell, Portishead and Weston-super-Mare are closed until further notice.

Car parks

Nine council car parks are closed to reduce the opportunity for people to visit areas following the government announcement about the introduction of more stringent social distancing measures. They are:

  • Salthouse, Clevedon
  • Bus Terminus, Kewstoke/Sand Bay
  • Beach Road (opposite Commodore), Kewstoke/Sand Bay
  • Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare
  • Uphill Beach, Uphill
  • Knightstone Causeway, Weston-super-Mare (access will remain for residents)
  • Melrose, Weston-super-Mare
  • Worlebury Woods, Weston-super-Mare
  • Kilkenny Fields and cricket club car park Lake Grounds, Portishead.

Registration Service

No ceremonies are being conducted and the service is open for death registrations only. Go to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus for more information.

Libraries

All North Somerset libraries, including the mobile library, are closed until further notice. While we recognise that libraries are important hubs of the communities which hundreds of people visit every day, our priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. 

Libraries are more than just a physical space and we aim to continue to deliver a range of services, including access to eBooks, eMagazines and eResources. The libraries service will be working hard to develop additional digital outreach. This could include online activities for pre-school children such as online Rhymetimes, keeping in touch with home service customers by phone to reduce risk of social isolation and promoting home-schooling resources.

We will also be making it easier for people to join online and this will be promoted widely, with investment for the coming financial year switched from hardcopy to digital to extend the eBook and eAudio titles offer.

Existing loans will be automatically extended until Wednesday 1 July. Please do not return any items borrowed from the library during this time and please do not leave them on library doorsteps, as they could be stolen or damaged.

Extended Access is not available at Portishead and Winscombe Libraries and Worle and Yatton Library and Children’s Centres.

Congresbury Community Library, which is run by volunteers, is also closed.

Some libraries share a building with children’s centres. If you are currently under midwifery care at one of the area’s children’s centres, keep attending at your usual location as these midwife appointments will continue.

For the latest updates follow us on Twitter at @nsomlibraries or on Facebook /NSlibraries.

Online services will still be available to use:

Online library from home:

https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/onlinelibrary.

Including ebooks and audio books.

Enquiry service:

https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/leisure/libraries/enquiry-centre/.

To join online visit www.librarieswest.org.uk/join.

All critical services

We have plans in place to make sure critical front line services keep running as the coronavirus epidemic develops. These include identifying and training staff for possible redeployment into essential services, and looking at service changes that could be made in the coming weeks. Any changes will be advertised on our website at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus

North Somerset Council is following the latest Government advice regarding the wellbeing of residents, staff and contractors during the developing coronavirus situation.

As a provider of services to some of the most vulnerable people in the community, the council will make sure it maintains service levels in critical areas.

The council is reviewing advice and information and will make update decisions daily in response to the changing situation.

Residents are urged to visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest information about services. Updates will also be posted to the council’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

NORTH SOMERSET COUNCIL UPDATE

North Somerset Council service update – Tuesday 24 March

We aim to issue an update on the latest situation with council services every working day. Any new developments will be highlighted – for example, the information about car parks in today’s update. Even if there are no new developments we will issue an update to say so!

All critical services

We have plans in place to make sure critical front line services keep running as the coronavirus epidemic develops. These include identifying and training staff for possible redeployment into essential services, and looking at service changes that could be made in the coming weeks. Any changes will be advertised on our website at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus

Business checks

North Somerset Council’s Licensing team have been out conducting business visits to check that social distancing measures are being observed following reports of breaches over the weekend and would like to thank businesses for complying. The issue has highlighted the importance of social distancing to protect ourselves and those around us.

Council offices

In line with the latest government advice if you need to contact us, please do this online at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/connect or over the phone – please do not visit council offices if possible.

If you usually come in and use one our council tax payment kiosks, please consider switching to online payments. You can find out more at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/counciltax or pay by phone by calling 01934 888 121. You will need your 10-digit council tax reference number, which you can find on your bill, and your credit or debit card.

Leisure centres and venues

All our leisure and sports centres are closed. Go to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus for more information.

All events are cancelled until further notice at the following venues – The Tropicana and Playhouse in Weston-super-Mare and Somerset Hall in Portishead. The Bay Café is also closed.

The Campus

The Campus in Weston-super-Mare is closed until further notice. However, the midwifery care at The Campus children’s centre will continue so people are to keep attending appointments and will be able to access the building.

Children’s centres

If you are currently under midwifery care at one of the area’s children’s centres, keep attending at your usual location as these midwife appointments will continue.

All universal groups such as Stay and Plays have stopped at all children’s centres. Most children’s centres are closed (apart for midwifery services) but four remain open – Portishead, Clevedon, Locking Castle and Ashcombe – for family support groups, such as those for vulnerable people and one-to-ones.

Play areas

Play areas have been closed until further notice to ensure any visits to parks are only for the purposes of exercise as outlined by the government.

Recycling and waste

Kerbside recycling and waste collections are continuing as normal for now – see press release. The council’s three recycling centres at Backwell, Portishead and Weston-super-Mare are closed until further notice.

Car parks

Nine car parks have been closed today to reduce the opportunity for people to visit areas following last night’s government announcement about the introduction of more stringent social distancing measures. They are:

  • Salthouse, Clevedon
  • Bus Terminus, Kewstoke/Sand Bay
  • Beach Road (opposite Commodore), Kewstoke/Sand Bay
  • Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare
  • Uphill Beach, Uphill
  • Knightstone Causeway, Weston-super-Mare (access will remain for residents)
  • Melrose, Weston-super-Mare
  • Worlebury Woods, Weston-super-Mare
  • Kilkenny Fields and cricket club car park Lake Grounds, Portishead.

Advice for businesses

There is a round-up of the measures being put in place to support businesses and employers at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Registration Service

No ceremonies will be conducted from today and the service will be open for death registrations only, in line with the government announcement yesterday. Go to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus for more information.

Libraries

All North Somerset libraries, including the mobile library, are closed until further notice. While we recognise that libraries are important hubs of the communities which hundreds of people visit every day, our priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. 

Libraries are more than just a physical space and we aim to continue to deliver a range of services, including access to eBooks, eMagazines and eResources. The libraries service will be working hard to develop additional digital outreach. This could include online activities for pre-school children such as online Rhymetimes, keeping in touch with home service customers by phone to reduce risk of social isolation and promoting home-schooling resources.

We will also be making it easier for people to join online and this will be promoted widely, with investment for the coming financial year switched from hardcopy to digital to extend the eBook and eAudio titles offer.

Existing loans will be automatically extended until Wednesday 1 July. Please do not return any items borrowed from the library during this time and please do not leave them on library doorsteps, as they could be stolen or damaged.

Extended Access is not available at Portishead and Winscombe Libraries and Worle and Yatton Library and Children’s Centres.

Congresbury Community Library, which is run by volunteers, is also closed.

Some libraries share a building with children’s centres. If you are currently under midwifery care at one of the area’s children’s centres, keep attending at your usual location as these midwife appointments will continue.

For the latest updates follow us on Twitter at @nsomlibraries or on Facebook /NSlibraries.

Online services will still be available to use:

Online library from home:

https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/onlinelibrary.

Including ebooks and audio books.

Enquiry service:

https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/leisure/libraries/enquiry-centre/.

To join online visit www.librarieswest.org.uk/join.

North Somerset Council is following the latest Government advice regarding the wellbeing of residents, staff and contractors during the developing coronavirus situation.

As a provider of services to some of the most vulnerable people in the community, the council will make sure it maintains service levels in critical areas.

The council is reviewing advice and information and will make update decisions daily in response to the changing situation.

Residents are urged to visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest information about services. Updates will also be posted to the council’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

CORONAVIRUS DO YOU NEED HELP?

If you need assistance with anything Tickenham Parish Council is able to help We can assist with

  • Shopping
  • Collecting medications
  • Or just a phone chat if you’re feeling low Just ring one of the following:

John Banks 07778 519983 Pam Trenchard 856234 Ann Loader 07443 598877 Mike Perrott / Lesley Hudswell 854160 Vena Prater 07740 085015

and we will arrange for someone to contact you.

LOCAL ROAD CLOSURES

As part of the Hinkley Connection Project, National Grid’s contractor is working in the area: traffic will need to be managed as follows to keep road users and workers safe::

From Thursday 27 February, there will be:

Two way traffic lights on Clevedon Road (B13130), Tickenham – for a maximum of two weeks.

Temporary road closure on Church Lane, Tickenham – until end of March 2020.

Temporary road closure on Washing Pound Lane, Tickenham – until end of March 2020

 Temporary road closure on Sheepway, Portbury – until mid-March 2020.

Later in the programme, work will start in the west end of Nailsea and on Whitehouse Lane.

From Monday 9th March 2020 there will be

Temporary traffic lights on Engine Lane and Blackfriars Road – until early April 2020

Temporary road closure on Hannah More Road – from 6 May until 1 June 2020

 

From Tuesday 14 April 2020, there will be:

Temporary road closure on Whitehouse Lane, Wraxall – until early May 2020.

National Grid and Murphy recognise that these roadworks will cause delays to peoples’ journeys and are sorry for the inconvenience they will cause. They are working to reduce disruption as best they can. Diversion signs will be in place to show alternative routes for the road closures. The scheduled dates for working on the highways may change at short notice. Once the cables are in place and operational, the next step is to start to take down two lines of existing pylons between Nailsea and Portishead and to build new the new line of T-pylons from Sandford to Seabank. Balfour Beatty will build the new pylons for National Grid and are carrying out surveys along the route to help plan the final designs for the overhead line and new pylon locations. To stay up to date and find more information on all stages of the Hinkley Connection Project – visit the ‘Current Activity’ pages on the National Grid website www.hinkleyconnection.co.uk. Or contact the community relations team on 0800 377 7347 or by email at .