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COVID-19 News from BDBC 30 March

Latest news from Basingstoke Council

This is extracted from the daily-ish update to parish councils. We’ve been told by BDBC it’s for councillors only and we can’t post the whole thing here, but here’s an extract:

Support for vulnerable residents


[A] careline that has been set up [that] will be monitored during office hours. As a result, we are encouraging all residents who need support, or relatives worried about a family member, to get in touch via our email address – .

Parking restrictions suspended for NHS workers and volunteers


See https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/car-parking-charges.

Residents urged to stay at home following fly-tipping at bring banks


Residents are being urged to stay at home to save lives following reports of fly-tipping at bring bank recycling sites. For more information on how to recycle more while at home visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/recycling.

South Western Railway publishes a revised timetable from 23 March 2020

SWR will reduce the number of services it will be running from Monday 23 March, following the Government’s announcement urging people to avoid all but essential travel in order to help limit the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus.

The spread of the COVID-19 means like at most other organisations, more of our staff are having to follow advice to stay at home unwell and self-isolate for up to 14 days.

By reducing the number of trains running, we can focus on ensuring a reliable timetable for passengers who still have to travel, especially healthcare professionals, police and fire service workers.

We are asking all passengers to follow the Government’s advice to avoid all but essential travel.  But those passengers who do have to use our services should check before they travel.

Our colleagues on the front line are working very hard to ensure that those who need to travel get to where they need to be, when they need to be there, and the rest of the business is focusing on supporting them.  

For more information about what else we’re doing to help stop the spread of coronavirus, please visit: www.southwesternrailway.com/coronavirus

Thank you in advance for your support during these very difficult times.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Hopwood
Managing Director
South Western Railway 

Coronavirus – supporting the vulnerable

Basingstoke council issued the following advice on 20 March:

Supporting the vulnerable and elderly in our communities

You may have had people in your areas asking you how to volunteer to help vulnerable and elderly people while they are following advice to self-isolate or reduce social contact.  The borough council is partnering with Basingstoke Voluntary Action (BVA) to co-ordinate support for vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 outbreak.

BVA is bringing together a community network to support community organisations and understand where additional support is required across the borough.  The partnership seeks to enhance the significant community work already taking place across the borough and provide a source of further information and guidance.

Working closely with BVA, the borough council will also support residents with the latest advice and help match suitable volunteers to community groups across the borough. This includes answering queries around offering your services as a volunteer, setting up your own group, operating effectively and how to support volunteers.

If you know of any groups that are setting up in your area please let them know to visit www.bvaction.org.uk/coronavirus-volunteering or call 01256 423852 to register and find contact details for accessing guidance and support.

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