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Have your say on how local council services are delivered in the future.

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News from Nottinghamshire County Council

At Nottinghamshire County Council we believe the time is now right for us to change local government in Nottinghamshire for the better. We believe that the current structure of eight separate councils is both wasteful and confusing and that a system of unitary local government for our county will make your public services better, simpler to access and would save taxpayers money.

Following agreement at Policy Committee the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has now written a letter to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government seeking a formal invitation to submit proposals.

To ensure our proposals are right we want to know what you think about the future of local council services in Nottinghamshire, and how you feel they could best serve you, your family, your community and your county for the future.

To have your say simply follow the link below to our dedicated website where you can read an information document  before clicking on the button to complete the short survey.  The survey closes on Monday 19 October 2020.

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Rushcliffe Borough Council News – Response to Unitary Council Proposal

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Leader responds on calls for Unitary Council for Nottinghamshire

Our Leader Cllr Simon Robinson has responded on Nottinghamshire County Council’s renewed calls for a Unitary Council for the county.

He has joined fellow District and Borough Council leaders and Nottingham City Council’s leader in writing a letter to the Minister of State for Regional Growth and Local Government, Luke Hall MP.

It requests support to invite all Councils to develop alternative proposals to a single, county-wide unitary over the forthcoming year.

He said: “We wish to debate and work with fellow authorities on the shape any local government reorganisation may take for the continued benefit of our residents.

“It’s important as a proactive high performing district council, we positively play any part in the format of the future.

“A Cabinet report on September 8 passed recommendations on how we will now look to positively engage in the wider process and work collectively to identify and consult with partner councils on the best options going forward.

“A single unitary Council suggested by the County Council as the only option on the table is not acceptable.

“The failure to engage by the authority to date on any wholescale change is not the open minded approach required to deliver high quality services.

“We wish to work with the County Council, City Council and fellow districts on meaningful engagement as part of a collaborative and strategic approach to properly identify and appraise options.”

Recycling Site Opening time changes

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The daylight hours are getting shorter and Autumn is on its way, which means our recycling centre opening hours are changing. 

From 1 – 31 October sites will be open from 8am to 6pm daily.

Please sort your waste into types before visiting, where possible, and allow plenty of time to unload your waste once at your chosen site as the sites may be busy.

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Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Notts – Latest advice from Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire

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“In recent days we have seen a sharp rise in cases across several areas of Nottinghamshire.  We are finding cases arise from what seems to be transmission in a number of different settings including households, social gatherings, overseas travel, travel to/from work.  Often the cases are people of working age including some younger people.  This underlines the importance controlling transmission in every setting in which we find ourselves, and we rely on everyone playing their part to stop the spread.”

“To play your part in stopping the spread, I am urging everyone to adhere to the Rule of Six which commences on Monday 14 September. This means that you should not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. Education and work settings are unaffected.

“I am also urging everyone to observe “Hands, Face, Space” which means:

Hands – wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
Face – wear a face covering where required, unless you are exempt
Space – Maintain social distance of at least 2metres from anyone you don’t live with (or 1metre plus additional precautions such as extra ventilation, screens or face coverings)

“When eating out at a café, pub or restaurant everyone should be providing full and accurate contact details of everyone in your group. This NHS Test and Trace Service is important for tracking and preventing the spread of COVID-19. Businesses have a clear duty to support this service.

“You can unknowingly spread the virus to other people when car sharing. Whether you’re commuting to work or picking a family member up from the airport, it is vital that you stick to the full guidance around car sharing which includes keeping windows open, sticking to small groups and wiping down surfaces.

“Finally, it is crucial that if you have COVID symptoms, get a test and self-isolate. Symptoms include a fever, a new continuous cough, or loss of your sense of taste or smell. Call 119 to book your free test or visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus”

Unitary status for Nottinghamshire under consideration again.

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County Council to consider unitary status for Local Government in Nottinghamshire.

Next week we will revisit ideas about changing how local government in Nottinghamshire works to make council services easier to access whilst providing better value for money.

The Council’s Policy Committee will be asked to agree to write to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government seeking an invitation to submit proposals for the establishment of a unitary structure. The report and proposed letter can be accessed on the Your Nottinghamshire, Your Future website.

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Pre-booked vehicles only at West Bridgford Recycling Centre from 1 September

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News from Nottinghamshire County Council

The introduction of a booking system for our West Bridgford site aims to improve the experience for residents using the centre by controlling visits in a safe and managed way.

Slots are bookable two weeks in advance. 15 minute time slots are available and will start at 8:15am and run until 7:45pm every day during the summer opening hours.

An appointment must be booked at least 24 hours in advance, so no same day slots will be available.

To book a slot you must live in Nottinghamshire (excluding Nottingham City) and your vehicle needs to be registered to use our Recycling Centres.  

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*PLEASE NOTE* only visits to our West Bridgford Recycling Centre need to be pre-booked. You can use any of the 11 other sites across the county without an appointment, as long as you are registered.

All sites are open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.

Reopening of recycling centres: frequently asked questions

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Why were the recycling centres closed?

The recycling centres were closed at 1pm on 24 March following the Government’s announcement of a ‘lockdown’ due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The Government specified specific reasons for leaving your home:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.

Visits to recycling centres are not one of the reasons listed and therefore the decision was taken to close the sites with the view of reviewing this decision when the lockdown was amended, or relaxed or further guidance was provided by the Government. The Government provided further guidance and clarity on 5 May, which stated sites could be reopened where it was safe to do so.

Are all of the recycling centres in Notts reopen?

Yes, all recycling centres in Nottinghamshire are now open.

All sites will be operating strict social distancing measures and delays are likely.

Don’t forget that you need to be a resident of Nottinghamshire (excluding Nottingham City) and have registered your vehicle to use the Nottinghamshire recycling centres – it’s quick and easy to register.

What will happen when I visit a recycling centre?

Please be aware that due to the social distancing rules on site there is likely to be significant delays when visiting the sites.

On approach, there may be a member of staff to help manage the traffic, and another controlling the gate to the site. 

They will advise you when to enter the site and, provided social distancing is possible, guide you where to go onsite.

You must follow their instructions at all times as they are there to ensure you and everyone else is kept safe.

Please pay attention to container labels and only put your waste in the correct container. 

Please do not use containers that have a barrier to the gantry.

Continue to follow social distancing guidelines and maintain a two-metre distance between yourself, staff and any other members of the public on site at the same time.

What times are the sites open?

All sites are open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.

Sites may still have to close temporarily during the course of their opening to allow for cleaning, or for the changing of containers.

The site may be operating under minimal staffing levels and so to ensure the safety of the site and its users, may also need to close to give staff opportunities to rest. Our operatives are working hard to keep the site running. 

If you are visiting the recycling centre towards the end of the day, please allow yourself plenty of time to ensure you are allowed in to the site. All vehicles need to have entered the site, unloaded their waste and left the site by closing time at 8pm.

What social distancing measures will be in place on the sites?

The sites will have demarcation zones around container bays or ramps to restrict access to one person at a time giving consideration to the 2-metre social distancing.

The sites will also be operating on a ‘one in one out’ basis.

What other health and safety measures will be in place at the sites?

All site staff will be wearing the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include face masks. Remember they will be on site all day so need to be protected from a much higher level of risk than someone making a quick one-off visit.

Cleaning on sites will take place, with hand rails up to containers being disinfected approximately every 30 minutes.

I need help with my waste – can I get assistance from a member of staff?

No. Due to social distancing rules, staff will not be able to assist with disposing of waste items at this time.

You can take one additional adult who lives in your household with you if you have a large item to unload from your vehicle such as a fridge or washing machine or are disabled and need assistance, however only one person will be allowed on the gantry at a time.

Otherwise contact your district or borough council bulky waste collection service or employ a registered waste carrier. 

I don’t have a vehicle; can I access the sites on foot?

Unfortunately, to maintain the safety of site users and staff sites will not be accessible by foot at this time.

Why am I queuing to use the site?

In order to meet the requirements of social distancing it is necessary to restrict the number of service users on the recycling centre to a level where the two-metre social distancing can be maintained.

The sites will be operating under a one in one out system. Therefore, it is expected that there will be significant delays. Please be patient and remain in your car whilst queuing. We appreciate it might be frustrating but be assured staff are working hard in difficult conditions to get you through as quickly and safely as they can. 

There will be uniformed staff at the gates to manage traffic on the sites. Please listen and follow their instructions. They are there to help you and make sure you stay safe and can complete your trip in as quick a time as possible. 

Can I collect paint from the Recycling Centres?

Whilst these social distancing restrictions are in place there will be no appointments available to collect paint from the Recycling Centres at this time.

Will all containers be open?

Not all containers/bays will be open. Some will be for mixed wastes to ease the volume of waste being deposited.

Can I take a family member to help me unload my waste?

Yes, you can take one additional adult who lives in your household with you if you have a large item to unload from your vehicle such as a fridge or washing machine or are disabled and need assistance, however only one person will be allowed on the gantry at a time.

My waste is normally recycled but has gone into a mixed / general waste bin.  Will it go to landfill?

We have combined some containers to ensure social distancing rules are met, and this will mean that some waste that is normally sent for recycling will go to landfill/energy from waste. This is another reason why we must ask you to ensure you only visit the site if absolutely necessary.

I / my household have been self-isolating – can I take my waste to the recycling centre?

No – Self-isolating households should follow Government advice and store tissues and disposable cleaning cloths double-bagged, tied securely and separate from other waste for 72 hours before putting with general waste. Don’t take this to the recycling centres – place it in your general waste bin at home.

How can I prepare for my visit to the recycling centre?

Only bring what you can safely handle as site staff will not be able to assist you as they normally would.

Stay safe – wear protective gloves, appropriate footwear and clothing.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Blackberry Hill – Whatton FP 1 Public Right of Way

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There is still no firm date as to when the footbridge over the Whipling will be repaired or replaced.

The replacement of the bridge, which collapsed in October of 2019 requires a ground survey to be undertaken before any work can commence. Unfortunately, it appears that the effects of COVID-19 has caused a huge backlog of these types of surveys and at the moment the footbridge is one of many in the queue, with no date available as to when the survey can be undertaken.

The footpath is currently closed until October 2020 and it is still not clear whether that closure deadline will be extended, in all probability it will be.

 

Six recycling centres across the County to reopen

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We’re pleased to announce that six of the council’s 12 recycling centres will reopen from Monday 18 May 2020 but please only make the journey if your waste cannot be stored safely at home.

The following sites will be open seven days a week 10am – 6pm except for Newark which will open 10am – 4pm to minimise traffic disruption:

  • Beeston
  • Bilsthorpe
  • Calverton
  • Hucknall
  • Newark
  • Worksop

To ensure the safety of workers and residents, strict social distancing will be enforced and a one car in, one car out policy will be in place at all sites – no trailers, vans or pick-ups will be permitted. The sites will also be running a reduced service and only the following waste can be taken:

  • garden waste
  • wood
  • carboard
  • metals
  • waste electrical and electronic equipment
  • general waste

Again, PLEASE only make the journey if you cannot store your waste safely at home. For more information about the reopening of recycling centres take a look at our frequently asked questions.

Testing available for council workers

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Local Government Secretary thanks councils in England for their support during the pandemic and outlines how staff can get tested.

  • All essential workers with symptoms of coronavirus can now be tested thanks to increased capacity – enabling them return to work if results are negative
  • This includes council workers such as those working in social care, benefits payments or with vulnerable people
  • Local Government Secretary has written to all councils thanking their staff and setting out how they and their households can get tested

Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has today (1 May 2020) written to all councils in England thanking them for their efforts in the battle against coronavirus and reminding them of their eligibility for testing.

With substantially increased testing capacity, the government has extended testing to a wider group of essential workers and members of their households.

This means that council workers with symptoms of coronavirus are now able to be tested for the virus, and can return to work if the results are negative.

Those eligible in the local government sector include:

  • Social care staff such as social and care workers – with social care workers in care homes able to get tested with or without symptoms
  • Those delivering essential public services, such as benefits payments
  • Those working with vulnerable children and adults, victims of domestic abuse, homeless people and rough sleepers

Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP said:

The unsung heroes in local government are supporting communities across the country during the pandemic, from helping vulnerable people to ensuring our bins are collected.

We’ve expanded the national testing programme to prioritise essential workers such as council staff who are keeping the country going.

Booking the test has been made easier through a new online system.

Essential workers can book a test if they are experiencing symptoms – a high temperature or new continuous cough – at one of the more than 42 drive-through testing centres across the country, or receive a home testing kit.

Test results from the drive-through sites will be sent out by text within 48 hours and within 72 hours of collection of the home delivery tests.

Further information

  • Read the letter from the Local Government Secretary.
  • The aim is that most people should not have to drive for more than 45 minutes to get to a regional testing site. However, additional testing methods are being rolled-out to support testing accessibility:
    • A network of new mobile testing units is being rapidly established to travel the country to reach care homes, police stations, prisons and other sites where there is demand for testing. The units have been designed to clinical requirements by Army engineers and can be easily set up in under 20 minutes.
    • A delivery service for home testing kits has been designed with key industry partners, including Royal Mail and Amazon. The availability of home testing kits will initially be limited, but more will become available soon. This will ensure those not able to travel to a test centre can still take the test, find out their results and return to work if possible.
    • The response to coronavirus is a national effort. The government is working collaboratively across the four nations to ensure the take up of testing among essential workers. Each of the devolved administrations will have their own eligibility criteria and testing priorities, however the government is working closely to align approaches.
    • We are testing social care workers and residents in care homes (with or without symptoms) both to investigate outbreaks and, following successful pilots, as part of a rolling programme to test all care homes.