Council alters services to help Gloucestershire in lockdown
By Rob Freeman | 8th January 2021
Gloucestershire County Council has issued details of changes to services across the county due to the latest lockdown restrictions.
Council receptions will be closed to the public but receptions will be available for pre-arranged urgent and unavoidable appointments.
Household Recycling Centres will continue to use pre-arranged bookings while birth and death registrations will go ahead by appointment with death registrations taking place over the phone.
Council leader Councillor Mark Hawthorne said: "I'm pleased that we can continue to offer vital services to residents who need them during this time.
"We will continue to support schools and social care settings as we have moved into national restrictions."
He continued: "Keeping people safe and supported during the pandemic is important to us, and I want to thank staff for continuing to adapt.
"I know how hard it is, but the best thing you can do to support Gloucestershire at the moment is to stay at home."
Libraries will continue to offer click and collect services and public PC sessions for those with no access to technology.
Schools are closed apart from for vulnerable and key worker children and early years settings remain open.
The community help hub will remain available seven days a week for people who need support to stay at home via filling out a form on the county council's website or by calling 01452 583519, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.
Changes to services during include:
- Gloucestershire Heritage Hub (Archives) will be closed.
- The Adult Education service will continue to help its students digitally.
- Colwell Arts Centre instrument hire for click and collect will continue.
- Skillszone will be closed.
- Home visits will only continue where there is a safeguarding need or digital options are not possible.
- Support group can meet where there is a safeguarding need and digital options are not possible, such as domestic abuse. Strict national guidance will be followed and they cannot take place in private homes.
- Adult day centres will support vulnerable people where there is demand.
- All highways activities such as fixing potholes, resurfacing roads and other repairs are continuing as normal.
- Routine maintenance and gritting roads in icy weather will continue with normal parking enforcement will continue as normal.
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