Somerset briefing from Cllr Clare Paul, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for public health.
Help and patience called for as garden waste collections suspended
Somerset Waste Partnership is calling on the public’s help and patience as it announces that all Garden Waste collections will be suspended from Monday.
Reduced staffing due to Coronavirus has led to collections being dropped in several areas this week. With pressures highly likely to increase, the Partnership is suspending garden waste collections until further notice so staff can focus on collecting recycling, refuse and clinical waste.
Around 50,000 people pay for garden waste collections and the suspension comes at a time when subscriptions are being renewed. To make sure customers don’t lose out, SWP is extending all subscriptions to take account of the disruption, however long it lasts.
So, if disruption continues until the end of April 2020, annual subscriptions will last until the end of April 2021.
And the public is being asked to play its part in keeping waste collections services moving with fewer staff.
Putting out your recycling properly – with the right items in the right boxes – makes it much quicker for crews to collect. That means rounds can be completed quicker, and staff deployed to help elsewhere.
For information about what goes where in your recycling, visit https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Kerbsideservicesspring2019web.pdf
Councillor Sarah Dyke, Chair of Somerset Waste Partnership, said: “It’s unfortunate that we’ve had to make this decision and apologise for the inconvenience, but we’ve been able to make sure nobody paying for garden waste collections loses out financially.
“We’re doing our very best to keep services running and hope everyone understands that we have to prioritise those that are most important.
“Please take a little extra time to sort through your recycling. It can make a real difference to the speed of collections which improves our chances of keeping services running smoothly”.
So far, other services have continued as largely normal, but they too could be hit in the coming weeks, depending on how staffing numbers are affected.
Cllr Dyke said: “We don’t know exactly how staffing will be hit in the coming days, so it’s impossible to say that other services won’t be affected, though of course we’ll avoid that if we can.
“In these difficult times we’d appeal for everyone to be patient and bear with us.”
Somerset’s 16 recycling centres remain open as usual, though people are asked to follow the guidance around social distancing when taking rubbish and recycling.
Staff at the sites will no longer we able to help the public remove large or weighty items from their vehicles.
Other SWP service disruption:
- Suspended – new requests for bins, recycling boxes and food waste caddies. Teams will try to deliver those already ordered, but no new requests will be accepted for the time being.
- Suspended – Bulky waste collections that involve going inside properties. Standard bulky waste collection service continues at present.
- Paused – Slim My Waste, Feed My Face campaign. This is so support staff are available for priority work. A decision on delivering the campaign to the remaining areas of Sedgemoor and West Somerset will be taken at a later date.
Please follow the latest Government guidance on disposing of personal waste. It’s for anyone with symptoms, including those diagnosed with the infection who must remain at home until they are well. It also applies to people in households with someone showing symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus – a new, continuous cough and/or high temperature.
Personal waste, such as tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, should be stored securely in disposable rubbish bags. These should then be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within your home.
This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual rubbish outside your house, which will be collected as part of the usual fortnightly collections.
Other household waste can be disposed of as normal. Full guidance can be found on the Government’s website here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
For the latest information about SWP services and Coronavirus, visit somersetwaste.gov.uk/coronavirus and follow @somersetwaste on Twitter and Facebook.
STOGURSEY SPAR / POST OFFICE
Allen & Deb – 01278 732304
Will take orders over the telephone and arrange delivery. Card payment over the phone.
STOGURSEY CORNER SHOP
Vijay & Sutha – 01278 733247
Will take orders over the telephone and arrange delivery. Card payment over the phone.
Croft Family Butchers, Cannington
Free home delivery service for everyone in the local area.
Can deliver fresh or cooked ready to eat meat, and dairy products. Will also deliver produced from the Village Bakery
Tel: Mike White 01278 652230
Blackmore Farm, Cannington
Fresh ready meals, soups main courses, desserts (including cottage pies, stews and salads)
Tel: Ian White 01278 651154 between 10am and 3pm or email email@example.com
Deliveries to Stogursy, Tuesday Thursday & Saturday
Easter orders to be placed by Wed 8 April 2020
Paisleys Farm Shop
Delivery of vegetable, fruit and salad within a 5 mile radius.
Delivery days will be Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
Telephone Stig & Audrey on 01278 732207 from 10am until 4pm seven days a week.
Large vegetable box £20 / Fruit box £15 / Fruit & vegetable box £20 / Salad box £10
Website for full details. http://www.paisleysfarmshop.co.uk/home-delivery-service/ or Facebook: paisleysfarmshop
The Parish Council recommend you read the NHS’s information for most up-to-date and reliable information here: NHS website.
(We are not qualified to provide health advice!)
Only phone the 111 service if you cannot get help you need online.
Please stay away from the Medical Centres if you have a new cough or temperature to protect other patients and staff.
What we can all do:
The single most important thing we can all do in order to slow down transmission of the virus is to promote good infection control. These are simple things we can all do to reduce the risk of respiratory and other infections such as seasonal colds and flu:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
IF YOU NEED NON MEDICAL HELP
We will try to refer you to those providing practical help where we can, such as collecting prescriptions from the Medical Centre or groceries from the local shop, or to shops or organisations that will provide home deliveries etc.
You may get offers of help from neighbours who you don’t know. Mostly they will be genuine offers from concerned people in the community, but please be aware that there are already criminals taking advantage of the situation. Be very careful of giving your bank card or bank details to people you do not know and trust, don’t advertise openly stating you are vulnerable, don’t share more personal information than absolutely necessary.
Home Care (as at Fri 13 March): Somerset County Council say they have well-rehearsed plans in place and continue to work closely to ensure their services continue and that their most vulnerable residents are supported during the outbreak. Further information will be made available when we get it.
Please remember your neighbours, especially those who are elderly or vulnerable. Please check they are OK. Can you help them with shopping, collecting prescriptions etc? If you don’t know how to approach this, maybe put a note through the door with your details.
Can you help in the community – if you can spare some time, please let us know.
For communities from Somerset County Council
The number of UK cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continue to increase across the UK, including Somerset where we had our first confirmed cases over the weekend.
For most people, COVID-19 produces mild symptoms. These include a cough, high temperature (fever) and shortness of breath, and you’ll be fine after plenty of rest. However, for some (older people or those with an underlying health condition), it can lead to severe respiratory issues. We can all do our bit to reduce its spread: wash your hands regularly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds, try to avoid touching your face (particularly nose, eyes and mouth), wipe down surfaces and objects regularly and use a tissue if you cough, then bin it.
New social distancing measures in place
In a bid to curb its spread, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier this week new ‘social distancing’ measures, which mean changes in the way we work, the way our partners work and will affect us all.
These new measures include: if anyone in your household develops a fever or persistent cough, you must all stay home for 14 days; everyone is advised to stop all non-essential contact with others – this is especially important for the over 70s, people with underlying health conditions and pregnant women; work from home if you can and avoid pubs, clubs and theatres. And as of this evening, all UK schools will close from this Friday for the foreseeable future.
How communities can help
We’d like to urge everyone to continue to look out for friends, family, neighbours and the community, but most of all yourself. It’s important you stay safe, so you can continue to help others.
If you are aware of local social media ‘Coronavirus’ groups, please continue to share them on Facebook or with the local town/parish council, as this ensures help is received by those in the community who need it most.
Also, please remind people who need support to:
- Not put a sign on your door openly stating you are vulnerable
- Don’t share more personal information than absolutely necessary
- Don’t share bank or card details or give people your cards to make purchases
- Contact the organisers of the group if someone asks you to pay more for something than you normally would.
Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK is compiling a list of local groups set up on social media in an effort to share learning, resources and support. To find out what groups may be in your area, or to register a group, go to: https://covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/
The Community Council for Somerset (community / village agents) are already working in communities with different groups and individuals to make sure the vulnerable are identified and supported. Local village agent details can be found at https://somersetagents.org/somerset-village-agents/
‘Spark Somerset’ are also looking at what support they can provide to voluntary sector organisations and community groups locally, including looking to identify charities who may be needing help from volunteers. To find out more visit: https://www.sparksomerset.org.uk/
To keep up-to-date with all the latest information, visit the NHS site at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Stogursey Parish Council update re Coronavirus situation
As you can imagine, there are many concerns, anxieties and worries about the situation likely to be confronting us over the next few months!
The Parish Council has been approached by numerous people asking what they are going to do to assist parishioners through this growing crisis?
At this time I think that it is important for Stogursey Parish to do what it does best, and look after each other.
The advice given today, Monday 16th March, is that we are being asked to reduce contact with others.
We all know people who are vulnerable, be that age related, or as a result of health problems. Please, you all know someone that is likely to need help, let them know that they can rely on you for help.
Information from central and local government is not to visit places frequented by other groups – “social distancing”. This will restrict the ability for people to meet each other. Don’t let your neighbours feel isolated or lonely. Phone them, call around and at a distance (1.5m) find out whether they are ok.
The situation is at this time, fluid to say the least. I get the impression that it will become even more difficult by the end of the week.
Chair, Stogursey Parish Council