Category: Nottinghamshire County Council

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.

Verge and Grass Maintenance to restart

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Our contractor Uylette has informed us that they now have the measures in place to both protect their own staff and the public at large and can restart the maintenance of our Open spaces and roadside verges.

We have yet to receive a ‘start date’ for the maintenance to restart, as Uylette are working on their schedule.

Clearly, it is important that our roadside verges and open spaces are maintained on a regular basis not only for aesthetic values but for safety reasons.

Community and Support Volunteering Hub

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Notts County Council are continuing to work with all seven District and Borough Councils to further their COVID-19 Community and Support Volunteering Hub.  Lots of details are available on their website, which welcomes emails or phone calls from volunteers, as well as those seeking support for free between 8.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday: 0300 500 8080.  Please promote this service in your community wherever possible.
The County say at this difficult time, it’s really important to get in touch with friends and family and make sure they’re not facing challenges alone.
Perhaps spend some time today to consider those connections in your phonebook who might be staying at home alone and relying on a phone call for their next conversation.
Even if it’s only a few minutes in between activities to keep the kids entertained, or a short half hour after dinner to update them on your day – a phone call to a loved one could make a huge difference to their wellbeing this week. If you’re particularly concerned about a friend or family member who is by themselves at the moment, please consider visiting Nottinghamshire’s community support and volunteering hub to see what further support is available.

Recycling Centres closed.

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Nottinghamshire County Council has announced that it’s recycling Centres are to close, the announcement is shown below.

We regret to inform you that all of our Recycling Centres are now closed following the Prime Ministers statement yesterday.  The sites will remain closed until further notice.

Any waste you would normally take to a Recycling Centre should not be placed in to your kerbside bin. Instead it should be stored safely until the sites re-open.