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Covid-19 Information for Residents

By Caron Ballantyne - Parish Clerk Harby Parish Council (Nottinghamshire)

Monday, 20 April 2020


Harby Parish Council (Nottinghamshire) Contributor



Newark and Sherwood District Council Press Release – 9 April 2020

Newark Castle in blue tribute to key workers

Newark Castle's curtain wall will be lit up in blue tonight in a poignant gesture of support and gratitude to all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other key workers, who are working tirelessly to help those affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Last week Newark and Sherwood District Council staff and their families joined well-wishers from around the country to applaud key workers from their doorsteps in a mass show of solidarity with key workers, especially NHS staff.

Councillor David Lloyd, leader of the District Council, which manages the castle, said: “At this difficult and distressing time, it is important to make a public show of our appreciation and recognition for the selflessness and dedication of key workers who are at the forefront in the fight against this terrible illness. Lighting up the castle in this way is a demonstration of our admiration for their hard work and determination and we pay tribute to them.”

The Council’s electrical contractor has provided his time and expertise free of charge to install pecial blue filters which are normally used at the Palace Theatre, Newark.

Textile banks – message shared on social media

Due to COVID-19 the main suppliers which usually collect from the clothing and textile banks across Newark and Sherwood have temporarily stopped collections.

Therefore we kindly ask residents to not leave these on the floor by the recycling banks and instead store them at home until the textile bank collections resume again.

Bonfires press release – 8 April 2020

'Don't burn your own rubbish' plea to residents

Residents in Newark and Sherwood are being urged not to burn garden waste or other materials during the lockdown.

With the weather set to be mild and sunny throughout the next week and with many people following Government advice and staying at home due to the Coronavirus restrictions, far more of us will be spending time outside in the garden.

So, while it's tempting to burn some garden rubbish, the message from Newark and Sherwood District Council is please DON'T.

Residents are reminded that Coronavirus (Covid-19) can cause significant respiratory problems for people who contract the illness. This means that people managing their symptoms at home may need to have their windows open to help improve their breathing. Smoke coming from a fire could cause their breathing difficulties to become even worse.

You may not realise it, but the effects of bonfires at this time are likely to be much more serious and have a bigger impact on the health of those suffering from the virus or other respiratory conditions, including asthma.

By choosing not to burn waste will not only help the health and well-being of those at home who may be ill, but it will also significantly reduce the chances of a fire getting out of control and spreading to neighbouring properties, which creates extra pressure on the already busy emergency services.

At the best of times, bonfires can be very irritating to neighbours if the smoke stops them enjoying their gardens, opening windows or hanging out washing etc. Always ask yourself the question: “Would I like it if one of my neighbours was having a fire and my house was full of the smoke from it?”

Composting is an excellent alternative. Not only is it better for the environment it is a good way of helping to grow things in your garden in the future. Household waste should certainly not be burned on a bonfire.

For more information please go to the Council website https://www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/nuisances/

Waste collection reminder – regular messages on social media

Twitter: Our recycling collection service is back to normal from Bank Holiday Monday (April 13). Make sure you put out your silver bin by 6am on your normal day with NO side waste. To check your bin collection day go to https://www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/waste/. Garden waste collections remain suspended.

Facebook: Our recycling (silver bin) collection service will be back to normal from this coming Bank Holiday Monday (April 13). All residents need to do is put out their bins on their normal day as set out on their calendar (https://www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/waste/), making sure it is out for collection by 6am. As we have had to change the vehicle routes, we cannot guarantee that your bin will be emptied at its usual time. Please also note that additional side waste will NOT be collected. The collection days for the black/green waste (residual) bins remain the same but would remind people to please double-bag any tissues or similar items that might carry contamination.

We regret that until government advice changes, we have suspended our garden waste (brown bin) collection services. We have increased the number of drivers, operatives, and vehicles, to ensure that staff can still maintain social distancing and keep safe.

Our thanks to residents for their patience, support and understanding throughout these difficult times and our apologies for the changes that we have had to make. We hope that ALL normal services can be resumed as soon as possible.

Doorstep Criminals Using Covid - 19 Fears Into Promoting Misleading Services

During this period of uncertainty regarding Covid-19, it appears that there are some people who are trying to take advantage of the situation and are trying to use the fear of the coronavirus in promoting false services.
The type of services being advertised are disinfection services to driveways and other objects found external to people’s homes including gates and grab rails.
In order to appear more legitimate businesses may also claim they use government approved disinfectants for these services and that they are endorsed by an official Government body.
Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards would like to stress that people are still to follow the guidance issued by the Government in respect to self-isolation and social distancing measures. These types of advertisements are misleading you into the services you think you may need.
We always advise residents to not purchase goods or services at the front door and this is more so important during these unprecedented times.
Please be aware of any suspicious services being advertised at the door or online through social media sites.
If you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, report it to Action Fraud via their website Actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling them on 0300 123 2040.
You can also report a trader to Trading Standards or obtain consumer advice by contacting the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 11 33.
For anyone concerned about COVID-19 please refer to the NHS advice page - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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