Parish Council Services:
Parish council main meetings are being held as on-line meetings using Zoom. The public can attend these but will need the Zoom application. Log on details are published as part of the agenda.
The Parish Council continue to deliver services as best they can. Urgent decisions can be taken by the Clerk and the Chairman, in the absence of meetings. Social Distancing: - GWPC have been advised to close its play areas. We do not have the capability to do this as they are easily accessible. We have added add red/white tape to the entrances to the 3 play areas and notices, advising that they are not used, but we cannot enforce this and rely on people complying.
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Help for the Vulnerable:
Local groups have been set up in Ford End, Great Waltham, Broads Green and Howe Street, for people who no one to do their shopping or any other errands. These have been advertised via the Parish News and are aimed at people who are unlikely to be on social media. If you are aware of anyone in need who has not been able to make use of these services, please contact the Parish Council Chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org 01245360918
City Council Services: - update from City Cllr Mike Steel:
Everyone should have received a City Council leaflet on the Coronavirus outbreak, including where to get help. A number of volunteer organisations have been set up in the parish and contact details circulated, but you can always contact Essex Welfare Services 0300 303 9988 https://www.essexwelfareservice.org.uk/ . I would like to thank all volunteers, local and County wide.
Most Chelmsford City Council services are operating as normal - Waste and recycling collections (including dog bins and large item collections); Benefits; Business Rates (£25K support grants available). Some operating with changes - Cemetery is now open for visitors and the Crematorium for funerals but with limited number of mourners; some Car Parks; Retail Market closed (but food stalls 8.30am to 1.30pm, Tues to Sat); only Market Road public toilets are open; Planning and Building Control over the phone rather than physical site inspections; Licensing; Pest Control for rats and mice only - the stray dogs service is closed; Noise and nuisance enforcement with essential visits only; Housing register open for bids, but allocations delayed; Parks and Green spaces, including Hylands Park, remain open for daily exercise but their toilets, play areas and car parks closed. Some stopped - Leisure Centres; Theatres. ECC have closed their Recycling Centres, Country Parks and Park and Ride service.
This is a rapidly changing situation so check latest at https://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/coronavirus/