Empingham Parish Council

Serving the people of Empingham

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Clerk: Mrs Rowan Scholtz
9 Highfield Close, Empingham
Rutland LE15 8QB

Tel: 01780 460557

Newsletter 14/05/2020

Covid-19

14/05/2020

Dear resident,

I hope you are remaining well and finding the relaxation of lockdown helpful; but don't forget to keep your distance! Many residents have been asking for the local civic amenities (CA) sites to open and recently the Government has issues guidance as to how this should be done. Opening the CA sites is difficult for Rutland, mainly because of the need to ensure staff can work safely but also to ensure the weekly refuse collections continue to happen (it is the same staff for both functions) during a period when some staff are self-isolating and thus not available to work. Further, the police have made it clear the site in Cottesmore cannot open because of the risk of traffic queueing onto major roads. Rutland is therefore opening the CA site at Morcott from Tuesday 19 March from 10am till 4pm. As this is the only site which will open it is anticipated it will be very busy. Admission will be from the north and a one way system to facilitate this will be in operation on North Luffenham Road (the road between North Luffenham and the CA site at Morcott). If you plan going to the site please note:

  • A maximum of four vehicles unloading on-site at a time, with no more than two persons per vehicle
  • Visitors must observe social distancing and stay two metres away from each other and site staff at all times
  • The site will close for 15 minutes at 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 4.00pm each day so that it can be cleaned
  • No trailers will be accepted on-site because of the need to move vehicles in and out as quickly as possible
  • Visitors are asked to pre-sort their waste and separate out materials like metal, wood and plastics before traveling to the site
  • Staff at the site will provide instructions but cannot help to unload or put waste items into containers

Further information can be found at https://www.rutland.gov.uk/my-council/council-news/north-luffenham-recycling-centre-to-reopen-for-essential-waste/

If you have bulky waste to dispose of you can have that collected by RCC https://www.rutland.gov.uk/my-council/council-news/bulky-waste-collections-resume/, some waste can go in the normal bins and some you can store till everything returns to normal. Remember –Can your Waste Wait—

While these emergency operations are in place residents in Morcott, South Luffenham and North Luffenham are going to have a measure of disruption to their lives. We should all thank them for their forbearance and treat their villages with respect and the villagers themselves with courtesy. Stay safe. Stay happy.

Gale Waller

County Councillor, Normanton Ward

gwaller@rutland.gov.uk 01780 722169

Newsletter 6/05/2020

Covid-19

6/05/2020

Dear resident,

Two opportunities to have fun are coming up; the bank holiday weekend and the 75th anniversary of VE day on 8th May. Rutland Radio is inviting everyone to get into the swing of the now virtual VE day https://www.rutlandradio.co.uk/events/virtual-ve-day/ and the Lord Lieutenant is encouraging us all to raise a cup (or glass) at 3pm on 8 May and cheer. Anyone who is active on social media can enjoy and interact with dedicated 'VE Day 75 Rutland' social media accounts set up in advance of the anniversary:

Rutland County Museum and Oakham Castle both have special digital exhibitions marking VE Day 75 on their respective websites: www.oakhamcastle.org/veday75 and rutlandcountymuseum.org.uk/v-e-day-75-years

Remember, though, the rules of lockdown. Keep to your own homes and gardens with only those you live with for any celebration, and social distancing also still applies. Only make essential journeys (sadly, visiting family isn't essential) but have a super weekend.

A local service has been set up within the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland health area for anyone suffering a mental health problem. It's a 24hr. help line and is open to anyone, including carers, simply call 0116 295 3060. If the matter is urgent, for example someone has taken an overdose, 'phone 999 in the normal way. Public Health England also offer advice on mental health on https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/?WT.tsrc=Search&WT.mc_id=Brand&gclid=Cj0KCQjw-r71BRDuARIsAB7i_QOrf0--Ll_vwn0P3J4fldUe_27r6dRbSXsd3egtYzml5q6IgwKs6ygaAkigEALw_wcB

It's only when something goes wrong, like toothache, that we realise what we are missing whilst in lockdown. Dentists are not, for obvious reasons, offering their normal services so the NHS has opened urgent dental centres. If you are in need of dental services 'phone your dentist in the normal way or, if out of hours, call NHS 111. Do not go to A and E.

RCC is considering how it might be able to re-open a waste site but meanwhile it has resumed the bulky waste collection service. For more information go to https://www.rutland.gov.uk/my-council/council-news/bulky-waste-collections-resume/

Some people, unfortunately, have lost their jobs as a result of lockdown but Jobcentre Plus is open, at least virtually. Go to https://jobhelp.dwp.gov.uk/ for help.

Stay safe. Stay happy.

Gale Waller

County Councillor, Normanton Ward

gwaller@rutland.gov.uk 01780 722169

Newsletter 22/04/2020

22/04/20

Dear resident,

I hope you all had a happy Easter and the continuing lock down isn't getting you down too much. Don't forget if you know someone is on their own, give them a ring, it's far more cheering than an e-mail. Rutland council is continually updating its web pages https://www.rutland.gov.uk/my-services/health-and-family/health-and-nhs/health-and-support-services/coronavirus/ and although the headings remain unchanged the content does change –promise. Hospitals locally are currently coping very well but have noted a significant reduction in attendance at accident and emergency departments. If you are ill 'phone your general practitioner, 111 or, in an emergency, 999 –we don't want people getting seriously ill or dying because they don't want to be a burden on the health service at this time.

There has been some confusion over whether cemeteries are open or not. Government guidance is now that if you enter a cemetery, to visit a grave for example, social distancing rules apply. However, the organisation who maintains the cemetery, whether parish or church, is responsible for it and for ensuring the rules are followed so it is their decision on whether to open it or not.

The good news nationally is that coronavirus seems to be under control but that will only continue if we all follow the rules. Only go out for collecting medication and essential shopping, and preferably no more than once a week, and then only one person from the household. Only take one form of exercise outside the perimeters of your home once a day. Do not undertake unnecessary journeys, whether by bike or car, and this includes visiting family and loved ones; even if you have baked them a wonderful cake! And above all keep your distance when you are outside your home. Remember, family groups are those you are currently living with not members of your family who you don't live with but might see in the street –you must still keep your distance from them. Stay safe. Stay happy.

Gale Waller

County Councillor, Normanton Ward

gwaller@rutland.gov.uk 01780 722169