Council Services Current Situation 25/03/20 [update 11:00hrs]

Council Services Current Situation 25/03/20 [update 11:00hrs]


Monday 6th Apr 2020


Coronavirus Covid-19

To help us protect as many people in our community as possible, we’d urge the public to contact us by phone or online.

 

Play Areas
We are closing all play areas in the interests of public safety. Parks will remain open for the time being - please be responsible and keep to social distancing guidelines.

Waste and Recycling
To keep our refuse and recycling collections going, we need your help in protecting our staff.

If your household is self-isolating because someone has viral symptoms, please do not put your recycling out for collection for 14 days. After 14 days, you can put out your recycling and we will take any extra that doesn’t fit in your trolibocs.

Don’t forget to wash your hands before you put out your bin and recycling containers, and again as soon as you bring them back in.

Our partners Crest will not be collecting pink or purple recycling bags at the moment. 
We are not able to take any new bookings for bulky waste at the moment, due to staff shortages at our partner Crest.

Our Household Recycling Centres at Abergele and Mochdre are closed until further notice, in line with Government guidance.   

Our Saturday mobile recycling centres will not be running until further notice, in line with Government guidance.

Mochdre Office is closed - the ERF Advice Team can be contacted on (01492) 575337 or email erf@conwy.gov.uk

 

Crematorium and Cemeteries
The chapel at Colwyn Bay Crematorium is only open to immediate family members, with a maximum of 20 people. Mourners are advised to follow national guidelines on hygiene and social distancing.
All burials will be a graveside service only for immediate family members only.
We are offering free webcasting of memorial services.

Great Orme Tramway
We are postponing the opening of our 2020 season until further notice.  This means that no trams will be running and Victoria Station, Halfway Station and the Great Orme Visitor Centre, will remain closed.

Public Toilets
We have closed our public toilets across Conwy county, so we can prioritise cleaning and resources across our facilities and keep vital services going.  We don’t take any decision to close council facilities lightly, but our absolute priority is the health and welfare of the public and our staff as the country deals with the impact of the coronavirus.

Bodlondeb and Coed Pella 
In the interest of public health and safety Council Offices are closed to the public. If you have any queries relating to Council services please call 01492 574000 or visit www.conwy.gov.uk for details on how to access essential services.

Registrars
Registrars in Conwy will only be registering babies born within the county. Babies born elsewhere, will have to be registered in the county in which they were born.

Revenue and Benefits Service
The face-to-face service has closed. Contact us on 01492 576491 or visit our web site at www.conwy.gov.uk/benefits

Homeless Prevention Service 
The face to face duty service has closed. Any person homeless or threatened with homelessness can now contact us between 9.30am and 5.15pm on 0300 124 0050 or email housingsolutions@conwy.gov.uk  The emergency out of hours number is 0300 123 3079.

Social Care
Social Care teams are continuing to deliver services to the public.  We’re following the latest government advice, this means sometimes we might be working slightly differently, for example making contact by phone rather than face-to-face, if it is appropriate. 
Learning disability day services at Canolfan Marl, Canolfan Riviere, Children’s Clubs and work opportunities are closed.

Community Support
Do you know someone in need, or self-isolating? There are a number of people ready to help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, picking up the phone for a chat, and other support.  Find out what is available within your community (01492) 575544.

Galw Gofal
Galw Gofal is operating as usual, providing 24/7 emergency telecare and out of hours call monitoring service to help protect older or vulnerable people in their own homes. Galw Gofal is committed to helping our customers remain safe and well at this time.

Business 
Support for Business:  The Welsh Government has announced a package of support worth £1.4bn for small businesses to help them during the coronavirus outbreak. We are working with Welsh Government to implement announced emergency fiscal aid packages.  Details are still being finalised and we will implement these schemes as soon as we are able to. Information and any relevant online application forms will be available on the Conwy website at https://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Business/Business-Rates/Welsh-Government-Business-Grants.aspx 
Link to Welsh Government document:  Coronavirus (COVID 19): closure of businesses and premises  

 

Trading Standards
To protect against the risks to public health arising from coronavirus, Welsh Government has issued legislation for businesses selling food or drink for consumption on the premises to close, as well as range of other premises. The Council’s Environmental Health and Trading Standards officers will be enforcing compliance with these regulations.  

Businesses are urged to read the Order and comply with its requirements at: https://gov.wales/health-protection-coronavirus-business-closure-wales-regulations-2020?fbclid=IwAR2YQqYGNBtdO2_AiPLNmxkzXgOOJhj3NTpNbNPnVZzHB9RmKggqvnncM2I

 

Other non-essential businesses must also shut: https://gov.wales/coranivirus-covid-19-closure-businesses-and-premises

 

Caravan Parks are one of the businesses that appear in the list of non-essential businesses that must shut.  But there’s an exemption for people that live permanently in caravan parks or are staying in caravan parks as interim abodes, where their primary residence is not available, they can continue to do so. More details at: https://gov.wales/coranivirus-covid-19-closure-businesses-and-premises

 

Planning, Licensing and Trading Standards
Walk-in services are temporarily suspended, please phone or email for advice, or to make an appointment.

 

Schools
If your child has free school meals, lunches will be provided for them.
If you are a key worker and are not able to arrange childcare for your children, Conwy Council’s schools will offer this to you. We must insist that if you are a keyworker and are able to provide alternative childcare provision for your children that you do this. For example, if only one parent is a key worker and another is at home, or not working that day, then you keep your child at home rather than send them to school. 

Key workers whose children normally attend a Conwy school will be able to access childcare facilities in their current schools Click here for more information

Welsh Government guidance on childcare for parents and childcare providers https://gov.wales/coronavirus-and-childcare-provision

Information about school closures and exam cancellations at: https://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Resident/School-Closures-and-Cancellation-of-Examinations.aspx 

 

Leisure Centres
All Conwy County Borough leisure centres are closed.  We will be freezing all Direct Debit payments for fitness memberships and swimming lessons, effective immediately. We will not be making any collections on your direct debits until centres reopen. You don't need to do anything. We will contact you when collections are going to be remade. Any pre-paid memberships such as annual memberships will be carried forward when the centres re-open.

Libraries
All Conwy County Borough libraries are closed.

Tourist Information Centres (TICs)
Conwy Council’s Tourist Information Centres are closed. Services are available by phone, or email and online at www.visitconwy.org.uk

Venue Cymru and Theatr Colwyn
Venue Cymru and Theatr Colwyn are not staging shows or screening films. The restaurant and café bar are closed.   Website: https://venuecymru.co.uk/coronavirus 

Committee Meetings
Some committee meeting have been postponed, you can check whether a meeting is taking place at https://modgoveng.conwy.gov.uk/mgCalendarMonthView.aspx?GL=1&bcr=1

BSL Video
COVID 19 - information in British Sign Language (BSL): https://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Council/Contact-Us/Sign.aspx

 

We would urge anyone who has any queries about the virus to visit the Public Health Wales website at phw.nhs.wales for the latest advice.

We are working closely with Public Health Wales, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the emergency services to ensure that appropriate and proportionate arrangements are in place to respond to this rapidly developing situation.

We will continue to follow the guidance we receive from UK Government, Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.