Posted Thursday March 19th, 2020, 8:58 am
Bridgnorth Town Council is acutely aware of the threat and impact of the coronavirus and has met to discuss what it might best do to support the community and maintain as many of our services as possible.
We are currently working with a number of volunteer groups that are keen to provide support and assistance to vulnerable and concerned residents. We are looking to provide those groups with guidance and practical help where appropriate as well as ensure that they are legitimate.
Our initial thoughts are not to join forces with any one particular group as it is likely that a couple of groups providing similar services might be preferable and of course different groups might offer different things (some emotional support, some practical help with shopping, some with medical information). We are keen to speak with as many groups, (leaders and co-ordinators) as possible be they longstanding community groups or newly forming self-help groups in order that we can signpost people effectively.
We will look to update our website with details of organisations that can help and how.
If you are a group that needs help maybe we can help?
With regard to specific medical and social distancing advice we are primarily being led by advice coming from central government and ask people and businesses to respond to the emergency with due regard to the advice that best fits your circumstances.
Having considered government advice, Bridgnorth Town Council has already made a number of decisions including:
- The closing of our 2 community buildings – The Castle Hall in West Castle Street and the Low Town Community Centre in Severn Street until further notice (we will review the decision regularly). It is our intention that all bookings that have paid will be refunded before the end of April.
- Closing the Town Hall (we will honour weddings and other civil ceremonies already booked however subject to government advice at the time there might be some limitations or precautions to take).
- The Carnival scheduled for the 28th June 2020 has been cancelled.
- Civic Sunday scheduled for 17th May has been postponed.
- Scheduled Town Council meetings have been temporarily suspended and will remain under review.
- The Annual Town Meeting scheduled for Thursday 26th March at the Castle Hall has been cancelled.
- We have closed the Town Council offices in St Leonards Close to members of the public however, there will be at least one member of staff in to handle enquiries; you can contact us by telephone 01746 762231 or by e-mail: [email protected] (we are looking to have some staff work from home to reduce the risk of the entire work force being absent at the same time).
- The public toilets will remain open
- The Castle Grounds will remain open
- The Severn Park will remain open.
- Cemetery services will continue as normal.
We will look to keep you updated regarding local initiatives as we become aware.