Rutland County Council closes libraries, playgrounds and other 'non-essential' services due to coronavirus
Libraries, play areas, rubbish dumps and other 'non-essential' council-run services in Rutland have all been closed due to coronavirus.
Rutland County Council is continuing to follow the latest government advice around Covid-19 and has taken the decision to temporarily close a range of facilities, including Visions Children’s Centre in Oakham, from Friday (March 20).
Bosses say the closures are being put in place to 'protect members of the public and allow Rutland County Council to redeploy staff elsewhere, to support other services'.
Non-essential services and public assets that have closed this week in the county are:
- Active Rutland Hub
- Brightways Day Centre
- Jules House
- Household Waste and Recycling Centres
- Oakham Castle
- Rutland Adult Learning and Skills Service (RALSS)
- Rutland County Museum
- All children’s play areas maintained by Rutland County Council
The authority says the closures will remain in place until further notice – subject to a change in government advice.
However, it has stressed it is continuing to provide a range of normal services, without disruption, including planning, licensing, environmental protection, building control and highway maintenance.
Although Household Waste and Recycling Centres are closed, kerbside bin collections for household waste, recycling and green waste are also continuing as normal.
From Monday (March 23) onwards, the council will also be closing the main Customer Service Centre at its offices in Oakham. Advisors will remain available to assist the public and via the council’s call centre, which will operate extended opening hours until 8pm, Monday to Friday, to deal with enquiries, including those relating to Covid-19.
There is also have a separate 24-hour emergency support line for enquiries outside of these hours: 01858 464 499.
Coun Oliver Hemsley, leader of Rutland County Council, said: “Local councils across the country are responding to the latest government advice and closing various non-essential services. This is being done to protect residents but also to make sure we have enough staff and resources available to support communities – particularly vulnerable people and those who have been identified as being at increases risk from COVID-19.
"These are temporary closures, although it’s not currently possible to say when normal service will resume. We will continue to keep you informed through our website, via email and on social media.”
You can sign up to receive regular email updates about Rutland’s response to Covid-19 at: www.rutland.gov.uk/yourrutland
For full details of all changes to council services, plus links to Covid-19 advice, guidance and community support groups, go to: www.rutland.gov.uk/coronavirus
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