NEW GUIDANCE FROM MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2020

THE “RULE OF SIX” APPLIES TO PLAY AREAS AND PLAYING FIELDS

New guidance from the Government states that from Monday 14 September 2020 you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six. This applies indoors and outdoors. This new guidance therefore applies in all of the play areas and playing fields that are looked after by Thornbury Town Council.  We would therefore ask all visitors to our play areas and playing fields to abide by this new guidance and help to keep yourselves and other people as safe as possible. Thank you.

There are some exceptions to this rule set out in the new guidance e.g. organised sports clubs, but any such groups should ensure that they have relevant paperwork with them to show that they are exempt.

COVID-19 Update From The Town Clerk

The Town Council, like other organisations, has had to adapt and change at a great pace in response to the COVID 19 global pandemic. Council Staff have continued to work throughout the pandemic in order to continue to deliver the Council’s vital services within Thornbury such as the operation (including paperwork processes) of the Cemetery, and the maintenance and management of all its outside assets and buildings. I am very proud of the way our staff have responded, with many working extra hours and we have managed to meet statutory deadlines for items such as our end of year accounts, which all had to be carried out remotely under difficult circumstances at a time when things were very uncertain and frightening. The Council only cancelled one full Town Council meeting which was scheduled for the day after lockdown began and quickly adopted new legislation and methods to replace this with an extra meeting the following month and have now held all full Council meetings on Zoom, including the AGM (which it would have been allowed to postpone under the emergency legislation). These meetings have been advertised to the public and we have had members of the public in attendance at these meetings. Many other Town and Parish Councils have simply closed for the entire period.

As with other organisations we have faced the challenges of a reduced work force due to staff shielding and those who have caring responsibilities and expected annual leave. As such, we are required to continually assess for safe working conditions in order to keep our staff and the Public safe.

As you may be aware, the Government has been slowly releasing guidance on how and when different places should open during the current Covid-19 pandemic. Council officers have been very busy reading through all relevant guidance and seeking advice from national bodies such as NALC (National Association of Local Councils) and SLCC (Society of Local Council Clerks). The advice from these organisations is that Town Council meetings should not yet be held in public as this would go against Government advice and so the Town Hall is not required to be opened for this reason.

We have been carrying out the Covid-19 risk assessments on our facilities such as play parks, skate park and the Town Hall and preparations have been made for reopening. These include screens that have been fitted within the office to facilitate the correct social distancing, removal of all papers within the Tourist Information Centre and from the counter as we are not allowed to give out non-essential papers, new hand sanitizer dispensers at essential points, deep cleaning of the building, servicing to the lift, legionella risk assessments, etc, which are all essential activities that must be carried out before the reopening of buildings and facilities to the public. You can find our risk assessment on the webpage.

We are pleased to announce that we will be opening the Town Council by appointment only from 3 September 2020, so if you require a refund on a ticket, a meeting about cemetery arrangements or any other service that we provide, please call us on 01454 412103 to make an appointment.  You can also still contact us by email – [email protected] 

Thornbury Town Council Play Areas Reopening From Friday 17th July 2020

We are very pleased to confirm that Thornbury Town Council’s play areas, skatepark and outdoor gym will be open from Friday 17 July 2020.  Thank you for bearing with us while the necessary risk assessments were carried out and some pieces of equipment safely removed to allow visitors to follow social distancing guidelines.  We would ask you to read and adhere to the temporary signage that has been placed in or near each area.  We would also ask you to adhere to the following when visiting any of our play areas:

  • Please follow the current social distancing guidelines when visiting and encourage your children to do the same.
  • If the play area is busy, consider coming back at a later time.  Talk to your children about this possibility before visiting. 
  • Wash your and your children’s hands before and after visiting.  Take hand sanitiser with you and consider taking a bottle of water in case your children’s hands get covered in mud.  Ensure your children use hand sanitiser frequently. 
  • Follow and adhere to all current government advice in addition to the above guidance. 

Below are links to the temporary signage that is being put up in the play areas, skatepark and outdoor gym.
Play Areas Signage 1    *    Play Areas Signage 2    *   Outdoor Gym Signage   *    Skatepark Signage   

Below are links to the risk assessments that have been carried out for each of the play areas, and the skatepark and outdoor gym.
Mundy Playing Fields Play Area Risk Assessment   *    Chantry Play Area (Tilting Road) Risk Assessment    *
Outdoor Gym Risk Assessment    *     Eastland Avenue Play Area Risk Assessment   *
Osprey Park Play Area Risk Assessment   *     Streamleaze Play Area Risk Assessment

Council Meetings

Council meetings are taking place remotely via video conference.  Members of the public are very welcome to join these meetings via video conference.  Details for joining a meeting will be included on the agenda for that meeting.  Agendas are published, as usual, in advance on this website (see “COUNCIL”, then “Agendas and Minutes”.)