Last week’s news from South Staffordshire Council.
- This week’s news from around the Council.
• Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health information
We understand that residents may have concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19). The government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus and South Staffordshire Council is working closely with Staffordshire County Council, Public Health England and other partners to monitor and manage the situation.
NHS website – updated on a daily basis with the latest information and guidance.
GOV.UK – for the latest information and advice from the Government.
Currently, four residents in Staffordshire are confirmed to have contracted coronavirus COVID-19. People who have been in close contact with the residents are being contacted and there is no significant risk to anyone else in the county. There are no cases in South Staffordshire at the present time.
If you have either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough, the advice is to stay at home for seven days. Do not go directly to your GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you are staying at home.
What can I do to reduce my risk of catching coronavirus?
• Wash your hands more often and for at least 20 seconds. This is particularly important after taking public transport or when you get home or arrive at work.
• Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
• Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
More information is available on the Council website – click here to find out more.
• Council budget approved
At its meeting on Tuesday 25 February 2020, the Council approved the budget for 2020/21 and the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy. The full report can be found here. This includes information on the setting of the Council Tax for 2020/21 for South Staffordshire residents.
• Annual billing
This week, Council Tax bills have been issued and are now in the process of being delivered to customers. During this time, the Council’s phone lines can become very busy so if you have any questions about your bill you may find it quicker and easier to use our online My Account facility to answer any queries. Click here to sign up to My Account or visit the Council website for more information about Council Tax.
• Changes to methods of payment
From Wednesday 1 April 2020, the Council will no longer accept cash payments at the Council Offices in Codsall and will be moving solely to other more efficient methods of payment that are safe and secure. There are many alternative methods of payment that are easy to access from the comfort of your home including:
o Direct Debit.
o Pay online.
o 24 Hour telephone payment facility – 01902 696678.
o By Standing Order.
o Internet banking.
o At Post Office counters and PayPoint outlets.
o Pay by card at the Council Offices.
o By post (cheques only).
• South Staffordshire online chat
Staffordshire Police is holding a series of online chats giving residents the opportunity to chat live with local police officers regarding any issues or concerns relating to South Staffordshire. The next online chats will take place on Thursday 19 March 2020 at 7pm. Click here for more information.
• Fly-tipping news
Click here to see some of the fly-tipping our Street Scene team picked up in March 2020. South Staffordshire Council encourages the reporting of fly-tipping and you can report it on the Council’s website at www.sstaffs.gov.uk.
• Flood recovery support
If your property or business was flooded as a result of the recent storms, then there may be funding available to support you. Click here for more information.
• Courses and workshops at Baggeridge Country Park
Click here for more information about courses and workshops this spring run by Rudge Wood Horticulture CIC. To book, email email@example.com.
• 2020 Support Staffordshire Volunteer Star Awards
Do you know someone who volunteers and supports people and commits their time, energy and resources to helping people locally? Or maybe a community group or club that offers support to local people or a business where the staff volunteer in the local area and show a social responsibility? Then please make sure their actions are recognised in this year’s Support Staffordshire Volunteer Star Awards. Nominations for this year’s awards are now live and these awards celebrate the contribution that volunteers make to our local community. Find out more on the Support Staffordshire website – click here for more information. Nominations close on Friday 3 April 2020 (5pm) and the results will be announced at a ceremony at Rodbaston Hall in Penkridge on Tuesday 23 June 2020. Any queries, please contact Maggie Quinn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
• Sport Relief 2020
It’s Sport Relief this week and today the Council’s four Leisure Centres are all getting involved by running sweep stakes. Donation buckets will be at the ready for anyone to donate to this year’s Sport Relief and staff will be wearing red headband boppers to show their support. Please show your support for this great fundraising event by wearing red when you work out at the Leisure Centres. Click here to see more.
• Support our cycle challenge
It’s not long until the Council’s charity bike ride on Wednesday 25 March 2020, inspired by the Land’s End to John O’Groats cycling challenge. Bikes will be in action from 8am to 5pm at the Council Offices and four leisure centres so please support the Chairman and her charity – click here for more information and for details about how to donate.
• March motivation starts here
This March, members of the Council’s leisure centres in Cheslyn Hay, Codsall, Penkridge and Wombourne are being encouraged to complete and log 16 fitness sessions throughout the month to be in with the chance of winning some amazing prizes. Prizes include a Fitbit Charge 3, Hybrid resistance bands, a ‘Lean in 15’ cookbook, Grenade protein bars, swimming goggles, water bottles and towels and discounts off monthly fees. To enter, collect a log card from your local leisure centre and have it stamped every time you work out at your leisure centre.
• Special offer on swimming lessons
There’s no better time to learn to swim at the South Staffordshire Swim Academy at Cheslyn Hay and Penkridge Leisure Centres. New joiners can start their swimming lesson journey at any point in March, pay £10 and get April free, with normal payments starting on 15 May 2020. Click here to find out more or visit www.sstaffs.gov.uk/swimacademy
• Easter school holiday camps
Bookings are now being taken for the Easter school holiday camps at the Council’s Leisure Centres in Cheslyn Hay, Codsall and Wombourne. Running from Monday 6 to Friday 10 April 2020 and from Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 April 2020, the activity camps are a great way for children to have fun in a safe and structured environment and at an affordable price. Click here to find out more.
• Council job vacancies
o Customer Services General Advisor – click here for more information.
Closing date – Friday 13 March 2020.
o Solicitor – click here for more information.
Closing date – Friday 20 March 2020.
• Next week’s Committee/Panel meetings
o Your Place Challenge Panel – Monday 16 March 2020 – 4pm – Committee Room 2.
o Planning Committee – Tuesday 17 March 2020 – 6.30pm – Council Chamber.
o Licensing and Regulatory Committee – Thursday 19 March 2020 – 2.30pm – Bill Brownhill Room.
o Local Plans Member Seminar – Thursday 19 March 2020 – 5.30pm – Council Chamber.
• 5 Rating
The following organisations have achieved a 5 Rating following their food inspection this week – The Royal Oak in Great Wyrley and The Bradford Arms in Ivetsey Bank.
• South Staffordshire Connect service
The South Staffordshire Connect dial-a-ride bus service is now available.
This local, bookable bus service is once again helping many people
who struggle to get out and about and it is aimed at residents who live
away from regular bus routes or who find it difficult to use a standard
bus. The new Connect service operates between 10am and 3pm to
three zones. For more information, please click on the following for
more information – Zone 1, Zone 2 and Zone 3.
• Together we win!
Good causes in South Staffordshire need your support and one way you can help is by buying a lottery ticket in our weekly Community Lottery. As well as supporting a good cause you might even win a cash prize ranging from £25 up to a jackpot of £25,000. To buy a lottery ticket, simply register on the website (www.southstaffslottery.co.uk) or telephone 01902 213777.
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