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2020 06 02 Parish Council meeting PRESS RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE from the Parish Council meeting on 2nd June 2020

VIRTUAL MEETINGS

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Parish Council held their first virtual meeting on 2nd June 2020. We have been advised that virtual meetings will continue until further notice and almost certainly well beyond the end of national lock-down.

PUBLIC FOOTPATHS AND BRIDLEWAYS FOR EXERCISE

When using public footpaths and bridleways for exercise, please do not stray from designated footpaths; keep the recommended distance if you encounter other users, farm workers or landowners - 2 metres (6 feet) apart; close gates behind you; stay on paths and keep dogs on a lead around livestock and away from other people or dogs; follow the countryside code. More »

DOG FOULING

PLEASE PICK UP AFTER YOUR DOG and if the dog waste bins are full, take it home. Please do not leave or flick dog waste in the Plantation, not only is this revolting, it affects all users including the volunteers who tirelessly take care of this village asset.

SPEEDWATCH SCHEME UPDATE

The Parish Council would like to set up a Speedwatch scheme and have several confirmed volunteers. We desperately need more if we are able to take this initiative forward. If you could spare a couple of hours a month, please contact the clerk.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

The next Parish Council meeting will take place on virtually on Tuesday 7th July 2020 at 7.30 p.m. There is a 15 minute section at each Parish Council meeting where you are welcome to speak if you have any questions or comments. » Less

Posted: Thu, 04 Jun 2020 11:53 by Stephanie Massey

2020 04 27 Parks and Green Spaces – COVID-19 Guidance

Parks and Green Spaces – COVID-19 Guidance

It is recognised that parks and green spaces are crucial for exercise and mental well-being, but it is essential that everyone follows the Government Guidance to stop the spread of COVID-19. This currently means one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of the household.

The Government has recently advised that people can drive to an outdoor space where far more time is spent exercising than driving. However, this doesn't mean driving to the countryside or beauty spots away from home. Preference should always be given to parks and open spaces close by and minimising time spent outside of the home. More »

The Communities Minister stated on 18th April that parks and cemeteries must remain open and that family can attend loved ones. He also advised that the Government will publish further guidance on funerals and that he is asking councils to keep open cemeteries and graveyards. Until updated guidance on funerals is provided, we are following the current Government Guidance for the care and management of the deceased. Our cemetery at Loughborough remains open for family to attend love ones, however we have restricting attendance at funerals to 8 members of immediate family only, in addition to the funeral director/ minister or celebrants. For cremated remains interest the number of attendance by immediate family is restricted to 2. Please see full details on the CBC webpage for further information.

Many other outdoor spaces are areas of countryside are still open. But in some spaces, such as canal towpaths for example, it may be difficult to maintain the recommended distance from other users, so it is recommended that the pubic try to avoid these areas and choose places where they can exercise safely.

When using a park or green spaces, it is vital that the following steps are taken by members of the public:

Do not visit a park if you have any symptoms – fever, coughs, shortness of breath. See NHS guidelines if this applies to you.

Parks should be used for daily exercise or essential travel only. Team sports, social activities (e.g. picnics, play-dates etc.) and sunbathing should not be taking place.

Stay local and use open spaces near to your home – do not travel unnecessarily. If you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air. Please consider that people without gardens rely on parks more.

You should only go outside alone or with members of your own household. Gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned and the Police will enforce this.

Observe social distancing, staying at least 2 metres apart from other people

Use all areas of the park that remain open, not just the paths, so you can maintain an appropriate distance from others.

If the park is crowded, do not enter if you cannot safely stay at a distance from others, consider exercising in quieter, less-used streets.

Avoid touching surfaces (such as benches, gates or handrails) and your mouth and face. Please follow Public Health England advice on hygiene and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

if walking your dog in areas used by other people, you should walk your dog on a lead to ensure you can safely keep 2 metres away from others.

Pay attention to instructions or notices provided by park managers including any officials on site. Any temporary measures have been put in place to safeguard members of the public.

Do not use areas of the park that have been closed such as play areas, outdoor gyms or sports facilities – these are closed to stop the possible spread of COVID-19 through touching surfaces and keeping a safe distance from others. » Less

Posted: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 11:23 by Stephanie Massey