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C-19 updates from Bleasby Parish Council

Update 30th September

Please see this website link for latest information about Covid-19 cases - there has been an increase in Lowdham, Bleasby and Gunthorpe area.

Update 31st May

You might be experiencing some low pressure or have no water at all at the moment. Severn Trent Water says it's because of a "high demand across the region". They're bringing in extra supplies to "move around" the network and asked people to do what they can to help save water.

Request from Nottinghamshire Police (click here): We are currently receiving numerous calls a day reporting groups gathering at the lakes in Hoveringham/Thurgarton. Whilst we are not here to spoil people's days and turn into the anti-fun Police, swimming in these lakes is extremely dangerous. Furthermore, we are still bound by Government guidelines regards gatherings/social distancing etc.There are signs all around the lake advising swimming is prohibited due to the deep cold water. Furthermore this is private property and you may be asked to leave by the land-owners.There has also been reports of criminal damage to the scout hut along with canoes/kayaks being moved out of the compound and taken onto the water of a night. Not only is this extremely dangerous, this is also a crime and any offenders identified will be dealt with accordingly.

Subject: An update from NCC

As you are aware, Newark Bus Station building has been closed to passengers for several weeks during the lock down, with buses operating from the Out of Hours bay (Bay A).  Due to an increase in bus services from next week,  the bus station will reopen  on Tuesday 2nd June. Opening hours will be 7am – 6pm Monday to Saturday with buses outside of these hours continuing to operate from Bay A.

NCC team  have  been working hard to prepare for the anticipated opening to ensure that there are  robust control measures in place to help limit the spread of coronavirus. These include an enhanced cleaning regime, social distancing markings, reduced seating capacity and audio and visual messages that reinforce current government guidelines. NCC  will also continue to closely monitor patronage levels at the bus station to ensure that passengers can continue to socially distance and will implement further control measures if and when required.

As  from Monday,  1st  June,  all 12 Recycling Centres in the County will be open 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week.

NCC continue to get media enquiries about the phased return of schools from June 1st and  signposting  media to our position statement:

NCC arranged an interview for Radio Nottingham with Colin Pettigrew who highlighted how NCC have been working with schools to ensure they have carried out robust risk assessments.

Kind regards,

Councillor  Sue Saddington, Vice Chairman of the Children and Young People’s CommitteeCounty Councillor for Farndon and Trent Division, Nottinghamshire County CouncilMember of the Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire and Rescue Authority
District Councillor for Muskham, Newark and Sherwood District Council

Useful website called In Your Area - click here to view website that provides a range of useful information including local stats, C19 data, local trades, events and much more. 


Working to reopen libraries and archives in Notts πŸ“šWorking with our partners at Inspire, we’re planning how to get library services back up and running in a safe and socially distanced way. We closed our sites on 20 March due to the coronavirus restrictions and we know that these services have been missed by communities across the county. Inspire, normally welcome over 50,000 library visitors and deliver over 200 courses and events each week.Planning is underway as access to library and archive premises will be part of the third step in the Government’s national recovery plan which means some libraries may start to reopen from 6 July. Inspire staff will return to library premises in the coming weeks to make the necessary preparations and the priority will be staff and customer safety.We will have to operate in a different way with a reduced service, limited capacity in buildings, additional cleaning measures and guidelines in place for social distancing.We will issue more details about which libraries will be open, opening times and range of services in the coming weeks. The digital offer, Inspire Online will also continue to enable customers to enjoy culture, learning and libraries from home. 

Previous updates 

In short...... Do not go in the water #OpBion #Watersafety #Socialdistancing

The Parish Council would like to share the following links that have been issued by…/staying…/staying-safe-outside-your-home…/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can…


Please see the new flyer (pdf attachment below) from the NHS about vulnerable patients and volunteering 

Police advice is ‘Not Sure? Don’t Open The Door’


•        let strangers into your home without checking their identity

•        be pressured into purchasing items or services at the door

•        give your bank card to anyone at the door, or give your PIN over the telephone – especially relevant at this time, with genuine volunteer services are calling at homes with aid.

Secure your home

•        always lock your doors and windows even when you are at home, this incudes sheds and garages especially if connected to your property

•        keep leys in a safe place out of sight and away from your letterbox

•        don’t leave valuables such as handbags, wallets, phones, tablets in view of doors and windows


29th March:  N.S.D.C. will continue to process planning applications during the Coronavirus epidemic and the public are encouraged to continue forwarding any objections to the District Council as planning decisions will continue to be made during this time. Any objections forwarded to Bleasby Parish Council will in turn be forwarded to Newark and Sherwood District Council. The Parish Council will continue to make its own representation and will also consider any comments forwarded to them by parishioners.

Information from Bleasby Parish Council (click here to view contact page for Bleasby Parish Council) - as issued by Cllr David Lloyd, Leader Newark & Sherwood District Council to all Parish Councils on 25th March 2020:

You may be concerned that you are currently unable to hold meetings including upcoming Annual Parish Meetings / Annual Council Meetings. Clearly the national focus is now on providing vital support for vulnerable people in our communities. Government advice is you simply rearrange these Meetings for when the country is over this public health crisis. The District Council is taking a similar approach with all meetings, with the exception of Planning and Policy & Finance Committee meetings, being cancelled. The limited meetings which will go ahead will be done on a remote basis to enable Councillors to remain at home.

As a Parish, you may wish to still consult with your Councillors to form views on planning applications or to seek consent for some financial expenditure etc. Our advice is that you undertake such consultations by phone and/or email and use any existing delegation arrangements and urgency provisions you may have adopted within your Parish.

NSDC Services: In line with the latest Government advice, NSDC is regrettably closing more of its buildings and facilities to help people keep a safe distance and reduce the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). From Wednesday 25th March, the following facilities will be closed to members of the public:

  • All play parks
  • Castle House, Newark (DWP will continue to provide a limited service at Castle House for their most vulnerable customers)
  • Hawtonville Local Office, Newark
  • Ollerton Local Office, Ollerton
  • Ollerton Advice and Jobs Centre, Ollerton Town Hall
  • Southwell Advice Centre, Southwell Library
  • The Buttermarket, Newark
  • Sherwood Forest Arts & Craft Centre, Edwinstowe
  • Newark Beacon Business Centre, Newark
  • Public conveniences at The Gilstrap, Newark


However, NSDC Customer Services will remain open as normal to help residents with enquiries, prioritising critical enquiries, via phone: 01636 650 000 or email: [email protected]

For customers with complex needs who are unable to use these contact methods, we will have procedures in place to provide services to them via their carer/ nominated representative on a case by case basis.

New bookings for bulky waste collection are also being suspended although existing bookings will continue to be collected. Green, silver and brown bins will still be emptied as normal.

NSDC car parks and Newark lorry park will remain open as normal.

Building Control (which is a shared service) will now only visit dangerous structures or other extreme situations and all site inspections have been suspended.

For more information:


Business Grants

By the end of this week, NSDC will be issuing £10,000 and £25,000 grants to eligible businesses as part of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) support package as follows:

  • £10k grant per business in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief and Rural Rates Relief
  • £10k grant per business (if they do not qualify for the £10k above) in the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Sector with rateable value of £15k or less as of 11 March 2020
  • £25k grant per business in the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Sector with a rateable value of more than £15k but under £51k at 11 March 2020

Businesses with a rateable value of £51k or over are not eligible for this scheme but may be eligible for assistance via theCoronavirus Business Interruption Loan fund. 

Deferring VAT and Income Tax Payments

We will support businesses by deferring Valued Added Tax (VAT) payments for three months. If you’re self-employed, Income Tax payments due in July 2020 under the Self-Assessment system will be deferred to January 2021.

For VAT, the deferral will apply from 20 March 2020 until 30 June 2020.

For more information about Business Support:

NSDC staff working arrangements

Following the Prime Minister’s briefing last night which included guidance about only attending work if “absolutely necessary”, we have now developed the following working from home arrangements for all staff.

With effect from Wednesday 25th March, all NSDC staff will be working from home (on a rota basis) with the exception of a limited number who will be required to form a core team of essential workers in office. This team will comprise a very limited number of the Senior Leadership Team, Business Managers and employees who have been identified by their business managers.