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- Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Council Business - Temporary Arrangements
The current restrictions on public gatherings mean that the Parish Council needs to make some changes to the way that it conducts it’s business to ensure that it’s usual day to day activities continue. For the present, the Council is unable to meet and so the next meeting planned for April 14th will not take place. Last Tuesday (March 24th 2020) by way of an exchange of e-mails the members of the Council approved a Business Continuity Plan (click here for details - revised April 2020) which set out a few changes to how I – as the Clerk – will deal with some of the Council’s business. I am in contact with Councillors to ensure that they are aware of any important issues as they arise. Members of the public can still contact me by phone (023 8112 0150) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgCouncillors (Parish, District and County) can also still be contacted by phone or e-mail.
Parish Council Responses to Planning Applications – Temporary Arrangements
The Business Continuity Plan mentioned in the article above includes a section (point 5.2) detailing how the Council will respond to planning applications. More detailed guidance on how this will work can be found on the “Planning” page of our website.
Members of the public are reminded that they can make their own comments on planning applications by visiting the planning portal for the relevant planning authority (New Forest National Park Authority or New Forest District Council) using the links at the foot of our “Planning” page.
Meeting Agendas and Supporting Documents
Although Council meetings are currently not being held, agenda’s and documents relating to the meetings (including details of planning applications requiring responses) will still be placed on our website here to keep the public informed as much as possible.
- Due to current coronavirus restrictions meetings cannot be held in public. The agenda will be available by April 9th for the April 14th meeting
- The draft minutes from the Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday March 10th 2020 have now been added
Following this afternoon’s Coronavirus Covid-19 briefing by the Prime Minister which included the guidance that everyone in the UK should now avoid non essential travel and contact with others to fight coronavirus
I feel that it is no longer appropriate for us to continue with the Annual Parish Meeting which was due to be held at Copythorne Parish Hall on Tuesday March 24th.
I will shortly begin the process of notifying those that were scheduled to make a presentation at the meeting together with publishing - as widely as possible - public notices of the postponement of the APM until a date yet to be confirmed.
David Rigby, Clerk to Copythorne PC
Coronavirus: NFDC Council meetings cancelled
As part of our support to the Government’s approach to delay the spread of Coronavirus, all non-essential Member meetings have been cancelled until further notice.
- Details will be updated at https://democracy.newforest.gov.uk/mgCalendarMonthView.aspx?GL=1&bcr=1
- Any changes to services are being added to http://newforest.gov.uk/article/19348/Coronavirus-Information-about-council-services
Refuse & Recycling Collections
New Forest District Council are expecting severe service disruption to refuse & recycling collections over the next few days or weeks.
In anticipation of this, we recommend taking the following measures:
1. Minimise your waste, eat any leftovers
2. Appropriately wrap and freeze, until refuse collection day, any food waste which cannot be composted in your own garden
3. Wash and dry food packaging before throwing in the bin
This will minimise unpleasant odours and attraction of vermin.
Coronavirus: Storing waste advice
Please see below for public advice on storing waste - would be grateful for any sharing of this information you are able to do (it is on our facebook and twitter also) :
Advice on how to store your rubbish for anyone with confirmed or possible Coronavirus or if you are self-isolating (COVID-19): 16/03/2020
- Double bag all waste that contains tissues
- Do not put it out for collection for at least 72 hours
Double bag: Personal waste (such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloth) should be stored separately to other waste, put in a rubbish bag and then put into a second bag / black sack. This should be tied and kept separate from other waste in the room/s in which you are self-isolating.
Keep aside for at least 72 hours: Do not put it out for collection for at least 3 days. As an example, if you have filled/tied a bag on a Monday and your collection is due on a Thursday, that bag can be put out for collection on Thursday morning. However, if you have filled/tied a bag on a Monday and your collection is due on a Wednesday, you would need to hold onto that bag until your collection day the following week.
Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.
This advice is based on guidance form central government, designed to prevent transmission of the virus.
NFDC service updates are being added to our website:
Scam about Coronavirus
Trading Standards have reported scammers tempting people to click on email links or open email attachments sent from people they don’t know — this time using Coronavirus information to tempt them.
Never click on a link or open an attachment sent from people you don’t know and stay safe!
New Forest Bike Project CIC
New Forest Bike Project is a social enterprise and registered Community Interest Company (CIC number 10327640) which takes in unwanted bicycles and then repairs, restores and relocates them, supporting local disadvantaged people.