Recycling and Garden Waste Collections
NSDC Services – Recycling and Garden Waste Collections
It is with deep regret that, with effect from Monday 30th March, collections of recycling (silver bin) and garden (brown bin) waste will temporarily cease across Newark and Sherwood. This is to ensure that collections of the critical waste (green/black bin) and medical waste can be prioritised at this challenging time. We apologise sincerely for the inconvenience this will inevitably cause.
The reduction of any service for residents is unfortunate but unavoidable in this instance due to the necessary social distancing measures for waste crews. Our cabins are just over two metres wide and normally seat three operatives when driving between rounds. In order for our staff to keep a safe distance from each other and help to reduce the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), it has been necessary to reorganise our operating model. There has also been a notable increase in recent weeks of soiled tissues being placed in recycling bins which contaminates the whole bin. In the current climate, this is putting our staff and other residents at increased potential health risk.
By temporarily suspending collections of recycling and garden waste, NSDC can adhere to social distancing measures for its staff, help to keep them and residents safe, and still maintain the critical waste (green/black bin) collections. Waste crews are already going above and beyond in their duties and we all want to keep them as safe as possible.
Temporarily, people should place their recycling waste in with their critical waste (green/black bin). Any residents who have subscribed to the garden waste collection service by 1st April 2020, will receive a reduced rate if they choose to continue with this service in 2021-22.
We remain firmly committed to recycling efforts and to our Cleaner, Safer and Greener policy but, in theses unprecedented times, this action has been unavoidable. We will of course keep our operating model under review in line with social distancing measures and continue to explore alternative solutions where feasible. We will provide updates regularly and will take every measure we can to clear any backlogs of waste when the current advice is relaxed.
Residents should continue to put their critical waste (green/black bin) out for collection on their normal days by 6.00am.
New Village Notice Board
I am please to say that the village has a new notice board.
It is located on the opposite side of the road to the Old Post Office on Gainsborough Road.
It will be for the general use of all village residents.
Winthorpe Village Festival 2020
As a result of current events, a decision has been made by the organising committee to cancel this years Winthorpe Village Festival that was due to be held on Saturday 27 June 2020.
We will look to hold another event in 2021.
NSDC - Support for Businesses and Residents
Newark and Sherwood District Council is keen to support its business community and their employees in these unprecedented and difficult times as a result of the outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19). Given recent central Government announcements, and to assist in understanding the raft of support available we have collated the key measures, including how the Council will be responding. We remain committed to being as flexible as possible in administering relief for qualifying business and people affected.
Financial support for businesses:
· A statutory sick pay relief package for SMEs.
· Nil Business Rates for 2020/21 for all businesses in the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors. If you are a business in this sector there is no need to do anything more. Council staff are working to issue all £nil bills to confirm this position within the next 14 days. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/business-rates-retail-discount-guidance
· A Small Business Grant of £10,000 will be awarded to around 2,000 qualifying businesses within the district. Again, if you are a qualifying business there is no need to do anything more. The Council will be making contact with you and making payments within the next 14 days.
· An ability to access a cash grant of up to £25,000 for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with rateable values of less than £51,000. The detail on how this is administered in expected within the coming days and the Council’s website will be updated as soon as we are in receipt.
· An ability for businesses to claim against insurance policies which covers a pandemic following confirmation from the Chancellor of the Exchequer that the government advice is “clear enough to claim”.
· Temporary suspension of planning regulations to allow all pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways.
In order to ensure we meet these commitments we will borrow if required while waiting for central Government funding. We expect more to follow in the coming days on the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, which is part of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s £330billion package announced yesterday. For further information please visit: https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/
There is also information on additional support at the Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hub at https://www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk/news/latest-news/covid-19-support-for-businesses/
Financial Support for residents
Council Tax – all residents
The Council already operates a Council Tax Hardship Fund which can assist in covering the cost of up to 80 per cent of the Council Tax. The Council will expand this fund such that qualifying cases can secure up to 100 per cent relief. If your ability to pay Council Tax is impacted by Covid-19 please review the guidance and make contact. We will be as flexible as possible regarding payment arrangements for those whose income or circumstances are affected by the virus.
Following the Chancellor’s announcements residents are reminded of the ability, if you are struggling to meet mortgage payments, to request an up to a three-month mortgage payment holiday from your mortgage lender.
If any council tenants are affected financially by Covid-19 they should contact the Council at the earliest opportunity. We will work with tenants to be as flexible as possible to deal with issues relating to Covid-19. Tenants may be able to obtain support to meet their rent and Council Tax through claiming Housing Benefit or Universal Credit (Housing Element), Council Tax Relief Scheme or Discretionary Housing Payment.
The Council remains committed to helping its residents and businesses cope through this challenging period. We are equally keen to foster an ability for residents to inform us of any vulnerable people who may not seek help themselves. Nottinghamshire County Council has advised that it will be launching as soon as practicable a dedicated phone line that will offer an ability to coordinate and seek advice at a local level, including the co-ordination of any humanitarian effort.
Winthorpe Support Programme
Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Advice from N.S.D.C.
This is to appraise you on the latest situation regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19)
There is understandably widespread concern about the potential impact during the current outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19. The purpose of this guidance is to provide you with guidance on how to respond to any enquiries and keep yourself safe.
Further advice will be available as the situation changes.
In light of the Prime Minister’s briefing yesterday, if anyone has a new persistent cough or a fever they are being asked to self-isolate for 7 days.
Coronaviruses are mainly transmitted by large respiratory droplets and direct or indirect contact with infected secretions.
How long any respiratory virus survives in the environment will depend on a number of factors, for example:
· the surface the virus is on
· whether it is exposed to sunlight
· environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity
· exposure to cleaning products.
The following symptoms may develop after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
· difficulty in breathing
· generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
Public Health England (PHE) recommends that the following general cold and flu precautions are taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:
· cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.
· put used tissues in the bin straight away
· wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
· try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
· clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
· do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
We would like to stress that for most people this is mild illness contained by good hygiene. However, we are aware that for vulnerable groups the risk may be greater.
Due to the ever changing circumstances, to get the latest information please visit the following sites (though I will endeavour to brief you regularly as the situation continues to progresses):
Should you get an enquiries from your local communities please direct them to the above.
If there are any queries regarding ill-health they should be directed to the NHS 111 service.
Newark and Sherwood
In response to the outbreak, Newark and Sherwood District Council has put in place arrangements to ensure critical services can continue to be provided.
Wherever possible, we are continuing with a ‘business as usual’ approach and are liaising with our partners and other local authorities to ensure delivery of these services.
This is supported by a number of national, regional and local forums. The Nottinghamshire Local Resilience Forum is part of this network and the district council’s chief executive John Robinson is our lead officer. At a more local level a tactical group is meeting weekly to review the current situation and this is being supported by a technical group which is meeting daily to monitor and provide advice and guidance to managers and staff.
I hope this briefing is helpful and should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Business Manager- Public Protection
Newark and Sherwood District Council
Telephone: 01636 655000