UPDATE – Garden waste collection resumes from 4th May

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s garden waste collection service will resume from Monday 4th May.

The paid-for service has been suspended since 30 March due to Covid-19, but now that staffing levels have become more stable, garden waste collection is now able to start again.

Customers of the Garden Waste Club who have accumulated extra garden waste in the time the service has suspended can put extra garden waste out for collection, provided that it is presented alongside their brown bin in a sturdy bag or container – this is so it can be safely loaded into the vehicle. Crews will be unable to collect loose garden waste. This should be left for the next collection and put it in the brown bin.

Anyone who is unsure of their bin collection day should check the collection calendar at https://www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling

 

Road Closure – TTRO 0060 Tewks/Northern Ringway GCC surface dressing, various locations

Please be advised of the following temporary blanket road closure:

Various Locations, roads indicated red on attached plans

https://tewkesburytowncouncil.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/NORTH-817116-Church-End-Twyning.pdf

https://tewkesburytowncouncil.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/NORTH-815741-Tewkesbury-Bypass.pdf

The roads above will be closed (as per the attached plans) within the period 11/06/2020 to 28/08/2020 (07.00 – 19.00 each day) for surface dressing works by Ringway/GCC (dates are subject to possible changes due to Covid 19 pandemic).

If you require any further information regarding this closure please contact Gloucestershire Highways on 08000 514514.

 

NEW Covid-19 Mental Health Support

NEW Covid-19 Mental Health Support

Gloucestershire County Council has approved plans for new online and telephone mental health services to support adults, young people and children in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

This is an unprecedented and challenging situation for everyone. As well as the Covid-19 outbreak potentially increasing anxiety about health, job security, and finances – social isolation and changes in routine and relationships may also contribute to mental health difficulties.

The council is introducing new mental health services that are easy for people to access without necessarily needing a referral from a health professional, to make sure there is enough support available in the county for people who need it.

What are the new mental health services?

 Access to trained online counsellors for adults and young people. ‘Qwell’ for adults and ‘Kooth’ for young people aged 11 to 18 will include self-care resources and access to trained online counsellors, and will be open to anyone experiencing issues with their emotional wellbeing, such as stress or anxiety.

  • An anonymous helpline for children and young people aged 9 to 21 who are struggling with mild or temporary emotional wellbeing and mental health issues due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Funded counselling sessions for adults whose mental health has been more severely affected by Covid-19, for example, by worsening existing mental health issues or because of a bereavement, and who wouldn’t normally be able to access counselling and pay for it themselves
  • Online mental health training and Psychological First Aid training for first responders and community volunteers to help them support people in the community who may be struggling with their mental health. The service will also run a pilot of volunteer emotional support to look after the wellbeing of the volunteer workforce during the pandemic.

The services will be rolled out between April and June, and will be funded by the county council. The new emergency packages will work alongside existing mental health services to make sure people get the right support when they need it.

You can find more information about looking after your wellbeing here.

 

Update on Severn Trent work on the Severn Ham

Severn Trent have provided the following update regarding the work on the Severn Ham.

‘We are continuing a programme of proactive checks on the mains crossing the Severn Ham. There are a range of internal and external surveys taking place the aim being to prevent water losses and stop any further failures.

The team have been made aware of the environmental status of the Severn Ham and they are taking additional steps to minimise any disturbance to the site.

This activity is critical and it continues during the current covid-19 outbreak with the teams working hard to maintain social distancing while working to ensure our customers and neighbours continue to receive their supply of water’.

Remote Severn Ham Committee Meeting – 30th April 2020

This meeting will be held remotely by Zoom at 9am.  The meeting ID is 940 2705 2163 and the password is 025794  

Members of the public are welcome to join the meeting.  In order to help us run the meeting as smoothly as possible, we would appreciate it if any questions could be emailed in advance of the meeting to assistanttc@tewkesburytowncouncil.gov.uk

Remote Planning Committee Meeting – 22nd April 2020

This meeting will be held remotely via Zoom at 7pm.  The meeting ID is 950 6042 0550 and the password is 717134.

Members of the public are welcome to join the meeting.  In order to help us run the meeting as smoothly as possible we would appreciate it if any questions could be emailed in advance of the meeting to townclerk@tewkesburytowncouncil.gov.uk

Suspension of garden waste collection continues

As of the 14th of April Tewkesbury Borough Council will continue the suspension of its garden waste collection service for at least another two weeks.

The decision follows a review of how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting waste and recycling collection services across the borough.

The council’s waste and recycling contractors, Ubico, will continue to focus its efforts on completing statutory collections (i.e. refuse, food waste, recycling and litter bins), and is continuing to suspend non-essential collections to allow for drivers and crews taking time off to self-isolate if needed.

Councillor Jim Mason, lead member for clean and green environment, said: “Ensuring the wellbeing of collection crews, who are key workers and not immune to this terrible virus, is an absolute priority. Ubico is doing a fantastic job of keeping statutory waste and recycling collection services going under very difficult circumstances and I echo the many messages of support and gratitude that crews have received from residents.

“I want to thank our garden waste club members for their understanding, patience and flexibility. We will get the service back up and running as soon as we can, but in the meantime, please hang on to your garden waste and store it wisely.”

Here are some helpful tips to help manage garden waste until the service resumes:

• Don’t lighting bonfires. Many people – especially those with Covid-19 symptoms, underlying health conditions or respiratory illnesses – are having to self-isolate and could be seriously affected by the smoke.

• Prop your brown bin lid open slightly and keep it in the shade to reduce odour.

• Dry out any new garden waste (grass clippings, for example) and store in a heap or in a bag until services are up and running again.

• Consider home composting – this is one of the most effective ways to minimise the amount of waste going to landfill and it will also act as a great fertiliser for your plants next year.

The council will review the price for the garden waste service for next year’s subscriptions, based on the length of the current suspension, to ensure that customers don’t lose out.”

The bulky waste collection service, used to collect large items residents are unable to transport to the tip themselves, has also been suspended. The grounds maintenance service has also been scaled back to essential grass cutting needed for safety and keeping the cemeteries looking neat.

For updates on waste and recycling services, please visit tewkesbury.gov.uk or follow Tewkesbury Borough on Facebook and @TewkesburyBCgov on Twitter.

Covid-19 – over £9 million paid to local businesses by TBC

More info Here

Tewkesbury Borough Council has paid out a total of £9.31 million of government funding to businesses in Tewkesbury Borough affected by the current coronavirus pandemic.

The council has already made 799 payments and is working through more applications for support.

Councillor Rob Bird, leader of Tewkesbury Borough Council, said: “We want to ensure that businesses get all the financial support they are entitled to as quickly as possible. If you’ve not applied for funding yet, and think your business is eligible for help, please complete the council’s online application form.

“If you need any further support or guidance, the Tewkesbury Growth Hub team are always on hand to help. They will be providing free advice sessions on the support announced by government, including a range of webinars. Please get involved – it will help get some clarity during these uncertain times.”

For more information, email tewkesbury@thegrowthhub.biz or telephone 01684 272073.

For national advice for businesses, visit gov.uk.

Gloucestershire County Council adapts vulnerable adults services in light of Covid-19

From Monday 6 April the council has temporarily adapted its approach to supporting the county’s most vulnerable adults. The changes ensure people will still get the support they need, whilst relieving pressure on hospitals and residential care during the Covid-19 crisis.

As part of the plans, the council has set up three new hubs, covering Gloucester, the Forest of Dean and Tewkesbury; Stroud, Cheltenham and the Cotswolds, and a third for adults with learning disabilities. Each hub will operate seven days a week from 8am to 8pm.

They will be run by a small group of staff who will quickly assess the new and changing needs of older people and other vulnerable adults who call into the council via the adults social care helpdesk. A network of colleagues, based remotely around the county, will offer further support which will include contact by phone, information and advice or signposting to other community support.  A visit will be arranged if it is considered the only way of determining a person’s needs.

Supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) have been given to frontline staff in adults services to make sure both they, and the people the vulnerable people they work with are protected.

Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The new set up will allow us to make quick decisions about the care of our most vulnerable adults, whilst playing our part on reducing pressure on hospitals and other care settings that are already stretched. These arrangements are temporary and whilst we navigate ourselves through the current crisis, and we ask everyone to bear with us whilst we do the best we can in very difficult circumstances. I would like to thank all of our social care staff and the wider health services for the amazing job they are doing.”

To support discharges from hospital and to help prevent admissions, changes to services providing equipment to support people are home has also come into effect from today.

GIS healthcare, provides the integrated community equipment service and delivers, collects and refurbishes community equipment will now operate  seven days a week from 9am to 7pm, with community equipment delivery services prioritising people who are discharged from hospital..

In addition , the Telecare service, which supplies equipment to support people to live safely and independently in their own home, using special sensor to detect dangers, will extend its service to seven days from 8am to 6pm, again with a priority on supporting hospital discharges and preventing admissions.

Referrals for social care help and support should still be made through the Adult Help desk 01452 42 6868. This includes for Telecare support.  If you can offer any other help in your local community like shopping or collecting medication visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/help-hub