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Council closures and new powers

Published: 23 March 2020

The council has taken significant steps in the battle against the coronavirus public health emergency.

Slough Council for Voluntary Service, SCVS, is working with the council to coordinate services to reach more people in the borough who need assistance. In addition, it will provide a central point where volunteers willing to help can register their interest.

The partnership will see the establishment of transport links between foodbanks and partners, as well as getting assistance to people who need essential food and medicine deliveries.

Residents can nominate themselves for assistance or a neighbour, friend or family member. For more information go to sloughcvs.org.

For more information about this partnership http://slough.gov.uk/news/newsdetail.aspx?id=21914

The council, along with the police, has also been given powers to legally enforce the government directive for cafes and restaurants to close their seating areas. This does not affect eateries who have adapted to become takeaways and are not serving food to the public on their premises.

The same law also requires other businesses were people can socialise to close with immediate effect such as cinemas, betting shops, indoor leisure centres and bingo halls.

Even if the premises are not legally required to close we would advise those businesses and their patrons to consider the effect on the wider society.

If anyone has any information about establishments remaining open please email foodandsafety@slough.gov.uk and the council will investigate.

Slough Borough Council and its staff continue prioritising and protecting services for the most vulnerable with the unfortunate consequence of some public facing services have been closed.

These are in addition to other cancellations and suspensions announced last week and include
• Closure of MyCoucil in Slough, High Street
• Closure of Landmark Place, off Slough High Street
• Closure of libraries including The Curve, Cippenham, Langley and Britwell. The Curve will only be open to residents accessing the registrar service based there. If registering a baby please only contact the registrar if baby is born in Slough. Any babies born out of Slough please contact the district of birth for registration.

Council services can still be accessed online at slough.gov.uk or call 01753 475111.

The borough’s parks are not closed. Parks, play areas, green gyms and allotments are open, as is Chalvey Household Waste and Recycling Centre, in White Hart Road, and we are reminding residents of the need for social distancing of being two metres away from others including members of staff.

To make it easier for the elderly and vulnerable to access supermarkets and other services opening exclusively for those groups earlier in the day the council has scrapped the current limits placed on concessionary bus passes. Holders will now be able to use their bus passes before 9.30am. More about the three month long scheme can be read here https://www.slough.gov.uk/news/newsdetail.aspx?id=21881

The situation is constantly being monitored and the council will continue to provide a responsible and proportionate response to the situation facing residents in the borough.