Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 13 January

 

 

 

Please keep playing your part during the national lockdown
We're urging you all to adhere to the latest COVID-19 restrictions and keep playing your part.

Positive COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Wiltshire and we all have a responsibility to keep ourselves and each other safe.

Find out more details on the national restrictions.

 

Guidance on shielding

If you are clinically vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

The government is advising the clinically extremely vulnerable to begin shielding again, and letters will be sent out by Central Government to individuals with advice on what this means for them.

More guidance on Shielding

 

Wiltshire COVID-19 public update - Live!

If you joined us for the live COVID-19 Public Update on Wednesday evening (6 January), thank you and we hope you found the webinar informative.

If you were unable to make it, you can watch it back in full on our Youtube channel.

The online broadcast featured Wiltshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip Whitehead, Chief Executive, Terence Herbert and Director of Public Health, Kate Blackburn.

They gave an update on the Government’s National lockdown: Stay at Home restrictions announced by the Prime Minister earlier this week, our services and our work to continue to support residents and businesses at this time.

 


Wiltshire libraries will be here to support you during lockdown

 We are pleased to be able to offer an order and collect service, with bookable computers, at a number of libraries across the county.

The exact opening days and times of each library will depend on when the library is next open, which you can find at Library locations and opening times.

Please use your local, nearest library to reduce unnecessary travel. Safety remains the priority at all of the our libraries, and customers will be asked to wear a face covering and use sanitiser before using a computer.

More details on our order and collect service and bookable computers

 


How to wear a face mask to prevent COVID-19

It's vital that in order to help stop the spread of coronavirus, we all wear face masks/coverings, where required to do so.

A face covering should:
•cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably
•fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face
•be secured to the head with ties or ear loops
•be made of a material that you find to be comfortable and breathable, such as cotton
•ideally include at least 2 layers of fabric (the World Health Organization recommends 3, depending on the fabric used)
•unless disposable, it should be able to be washed with other items of laundry according to fabric washing instructions and dried without causing the face covering to be damaged

Full guidance on face coverings.

 

New Year sees arrival of more vaccination sites


This month will see more eligible people across Wiltshire receive the lifesaving coronavirus vaccine as additional community-based vaccination sites begin to open.

More new sites are expected to open their doors to patients from now until Friday 15 January, with some now offering the newly-approved vaccine developed at Oxford University.

Areas of Wiltshire that have seen a coronavirus vaccine site open this week include Trowbridge, Calne, Wilton, Tidworth, and Malmesbury.

More details on the vaccination sites.

 

Vaccination Progress 

The rapid rollout of a vaccine against COVID-19 represents the best and fastest way of life returning to normal.

Vaccines are safe and effective at limiting severe illness. We urge anyone contacted by their GP in regard to getting a vaccination to stick to their appointment. 

 

Mandatory COVID-19 testing introduced to bolster border measures

From next week (Monday 11 January), passengers arriving from all international destinations will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for England to help protect against new strains of coronavirus circulating internationally.

Inbound passengers arriving by boat, plane or train will have to take a test up to 72 hours before departing the country they are in, to help protect against the new strains of coronavirus such as those seen in Denmark and South Africa.

Full details on the mandatory measures at boarders

 


Wiltshire Council to spend £1.1m on digital devices so struggling families can access remote education

 We are allocating £1.1m of government COVID-19 funding to buy laptops and digital devices for disadvantaged pupils who currently can't join classmates learning from home.

The decision to allocate the funding to buy around 2,500 devices means these children will be able to access their school lessons from home rather than have to attend school to do so.

Currently pupils who do not have a laptop can attend school alongside children of key workers and vulnerable students. The new approach will help manage school spaces and continue to help prevent transmission.

More details here

Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub still providing support to those who need it and now available on Saturdays too

With national lockdown measures now in place, our Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub is still available to anyone who is struggling during this difficult time - and will now be available on Saturdays.

The hub can help and provide support to those who perhaps don't have a network around them, and also signpost them to where additional help is available in their local area. Hundreds of community groups, run by volunteers, are still set up across the county, providing invaluable assistance to those who need it.

Anyone can access the hub, particularly people who are self-isolating, people who do not have others to support them, and have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable and are shielding.

Read information here.

 

Beware of COVID cons



Local partners working together to provide support during the pandemic, are warning residents and businesses not to fall victim to any COVID-19-related scams.

Organisations across Wiltshire and Swindon are asking you to be extra vigilant as criminals look to take advantage at a time when many people are vulnerable.

In recent weeks a number of attempted scams have emerged across the country, including: •people receiving text messages informing they are ‘eligible’ to apply for a vaccine and then asking them to provide bank details
•people receiving text messages that claim to be from the HMRC inviting them to claim for a ‘grant’
•scammers looking to take advantage of businesses applying for business grants
You are urged not to provide your bank details in response to any email, phone call or text from anyone claiming to be part of the NHS vaccine programme. Bank details, passwords and pin numbers will never be requested as the COVID-19 vaccine is free and this should be an automatic red flag.

Any suspected fraud should be reported to Action Fraud. More details can be found online.

 

'An Hour to Skill'

The Department for Education are launching a new campaign for The Skills Toolkit called ‘An Hour to Skill’.

The campaign aims to inspire the nation to spend one hour a week learning online with The Skills Toolkit by highlighting the ease and benefits of accessing free, high-quality online courses.

By setting aside one hour a week for online learning, you can learn skills that employers are looking for, boost your job prospects and keep your mind active.​​​​​​

 

Sign up for Wiltshire Local Plan review online events

Join our Local Plan engagement sessions and have your say on where future developments such as housing, infrastructure and land for employment, should be built, and how we look to tackle climate change through planning.

The online engagement sessions are being held instead of face-to-face meetings because of COVID restrictions.

Each event relates to a particular settlement, and there are also two events for rural areas, which include all other Wiltshire villages and settlements that are not covered in the other 15 events. The online events will be held from 7pm-8pm.

Sign up for an event and find out more.

 

 

Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 6 January

 

 

National lockdown: Stay at Home

Yesterday evening (Monday 4 January), the Prime Minister announced that due to rapidly rising cases of COVID-19, England will be going into a national lockdown, until at least February half term, from today (Tuesday 5 January).
This means you must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

You should follow the new guidance immediately and this means you must not leave your home without a 'reasonable excuse.' The law has been updated to reflect these new rules.

FIND OUT WHAT YOU CAN AND CANNOT DO IN THE NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

 

Guidance on shielding

If you are clinically vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. The government is advising the clinically extremely vulnerable to begin shielding again, and letters will be sent out to individuals with advice on what this means for them.

MORE GUIDANCE ON SHIELDING

 

Latest COVID-19 cases in Wiltshire

COVID-19 cases in Wiltshire continue to rise sharply with the case rate per 100k increasing from 158.2 to 245.2 in the last seven days.

It's vital that we all play our part in protecting ourselves and each other.

Please remember, hands, face, space.

Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

 

Wiltshire COVID-19 public update - Live!

Join us tomorrow (Wednesday 6 January) at 7pm for a half-hour live COVID-19 Public Update.

The online broadcast will feature Wiltshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip Whitehead, Chief Executive, Terence Herbert and Director of Public Health, Kate Blackburn.

They will be providing an update on the Government’s National lockdown:Stay at Home restrictions announced by the Prime Minister yesterday, Wiltshire Council services and our work to continue to support residents and businesses at this time.

The live briefing will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams. Please download the Microsoft Teams app to your device in advance and use this link to join.

You will be able to post questions during the event and we will try to answer as many as possible during the update.

The briefing will also be recorded and available via our YouTube channel
as soon as possible afterwards.

 

How the national lockdown will affect our services

Being in a national lockdown will affect how we are able to deliver some of our services.


Schools

 All primary schools, secondary schools and colleges have closed for the majority of students and pupils will switch to remote learning.

Schools in Wiltshire will remain open for children of key workers and vulnerable children where they can.

View the critical worker guidance.


Early Years settings

 Early years settings including nurseries and childminders can remain open.

If your child attends an early years setting - please contact them directly to see if they're still open.


Libraries

 Our libraries will close until further notice.

We will be moving to an order and collect service, which will be in place while the libraries remain closed.

We'll publish information on this as soon as possible.

eBooks, Audio and eMagazines are still available for members on our website

More about our library services

 

Leisure centres

Our leisure centres will close until further notice.

All direct debit members will be frozen and January direct debit payments will be refunded in due course.

Online exercises classes are still running.

More about our leisure services

 
Household Recycling Centres and waste collection


Our household recycling centres are open as usual, but you must book in advance online.

However, please only visit your nearest HRC if it is essential to do so and the items cannot be stored safely at home.

If you have booked and your journey is not essential, please cancel your booking

Book or cancel HRC  bookings here

 

 
Business grants


The Chancellor has announced new support for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. New one-off grants will be available to closed businesses as follows: •£4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
•£6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
•£9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000
A £594 million discretionary fund is also being made available to support other impacted businesses.
We are awaiting further guidance from the government on these schemes before rolling them out to businesses.

If you have already applied for the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme, you do not need to apply again. If your businesses was closed as a result of the restrictions in November 2020 and you have not yet applied for a grant, please complete the application form as soon as possible.

***Scam regarding fake 'COVID-19 government grant'***

A number of scam text messages are being received across the UK, trying to entice people into giving up their card details in order to claim a non-existent government grant.The text message claims to come from HM Revenue and Customs.HMRC will never offer a tax refund by text, email or phone.

 

Read the Chancellor's announcement

Apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant

 

SCAM ALERT - FAKE NHS COVID-19 VACCINE TEXT

A fake NHS text has been circulating, telling people they’re eligible to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The link in the text message leads to a fake NHS website that asks for your personal details, including your bank/card details in order to ‘check your identity’.

When you are invited for your vaccine you WILL NOT be asked for bank details or payment of any kind.

 

Vaccine programme

We wanted to make sure that you are aware of how the COVID-19 vaccination programme is being rolled out.

Nationally this programme is led by the NHS and in Wiltshire the Bath And North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group are the lead organisation with support from Wiltshire Council and partners.

Residents will be written to directly by the NHS with information on their appointment for the vaccine so there is no need to call NHS in advance.

If you have any queries about the timings of vaccinations or priority groups please find information on the JCVI website where all relevant information is held.

 

Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub

Our Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub remains in place for those who may need additional support.

You can call the hub on 0300 003 4576 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
It's open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Those who require help with tasks such as picking up food and other essentials, should ask friends or family or order online.

If they do not have family, friends or a support network that can help, please contact the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub and request help.

Need some mental health support? Below are all the numbers you'll need.

• North Team - 01249 468500
• South Team - 01722432555
• West Team - 01249 706611
• Emergency Duty Service for out of hours and weekends - 0300 456 0100 (Option 7 then 1 for Adults)
• 0300 303 1320 - Avon & Wilts mental health care provider (24/7)
• 0808 196 3382 - NHS 'GoodSam'
• 01380 724833 - Richmond Fellowship Mon-Fri 24 hours

 

Wiltshire Council Covid-19 Update - 18 December 2020

Dear Town and Parish Councils

Wiltshire Local Plan review consultation
 
The consultation into the Wiltshire Local Plan review, and separately the Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan, will run from Wednesday 13 January 2021 until 11:59pm on Tuesday 9 March 2021.
 
Wiltshire Council has to allocate sufficient land to satisfy housing and employment needs up to 2036, and is seeking the views of local communities and stakeholders to see if the suggested distribution of numbers across the county is correct, and which of the proposed sites are most suitable.
 
Feedback during this review consultation will help to shape the draft Local Plan, which will be finalised later in 2021. It will then be used to guide decisions on whether future planning applications for housing, infrastructure and land for employment can be granted.
 
As COVID restrictions mean that face-to-face events will not be possible during this review, the council is holding a series of online events for people to find out more about the Local Plan. Each event relates to a particular settlement, and there are also two events for rural areas, which include all other Wiltshire villages and settlements that are not covered in the other 15 events.
 
The online events, which will be held from 7pm-8pm on the dates shown are as follows:
  • Planning for Calne, Monday 18 January
  • Planning for Corsham, Tuesday 19 January
  • Planning for Royal Wootton Bassett, Tuesday 19 January
  • Planning for Chippenham, Wednesday 20 January
  • Planning for Tidworth and Ludgershall, Wednesday 20 January
  • Planning for Malmesbury, Thursday 21 January
  • Planning for Amesbury, Thursday 21 January
  • Planning for Marlborough, Monday 25 January
  • Planning for Bradford on Avon, Monday 25 January
  • Planning for Westbury, Tuesday 26 January
  • Planning for Salisbury, Tuesday 26 January
  • Planning for Devizes, Wednesday 27 January
  • Planning for Trowbridge, Wednesday 27 January
  • Planning for Melksham, Thursday 28 January
  • Planning for Warminster, Thursday 28 January
  • Planning for rural areas, Monday 1 February and Tuesday 2 February
Sign up for an event
Find out more about the local plan
Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan consultation

The Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan consultation will also take place at the same time, from Wednesday 13 January 2021 until 11:59pm on Tuesday 9 March 2021. In line with Government planning policy and legislation, the plan will look to allocate land for travellers in sustainable locations to meet their permanent and temporary accommodation needs up until 2036.  
Find out more about the Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan

Wiltshire Council COVID -19 Update - 17 December 2020

 

Wiltshire to remain in Tier 2: High alert

Following a Government review, Wiltshire remains in Tier 2: High alert, which is the same tier it has been in since 2 December.

This means that the following measures continue to be in place:

you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
you must not socialise in a group of more than six people outside, including gardens or public spaces
businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
pubs and bars must remain closed, unless operating as restaurants and alcohol can only be served with substantial meals
hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises must provide table service and are now required to close between 11pm and 5am with last orders being taken at 10pm

More information on the restrictions

 
Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases

 

 

Government confirms Christmas bubbles will remain, but plan carefully and be cautious

The Government has confirmed that three households can still form a Christmas bubble between 23 and 27 December but is urging everyone to be extra cautious.

This means:

  • Travel restrictions between tiers will be lifted to provide a window for households to come together between 23 and 27 December.
  • Up to three households can form an exclusive ‘bubble’ to meet at home during this period.
  • When a bubble is formed it is fixed, and must not be changed or extended further at any point.
  • Each Christmas bubble can meet at home, at a place of worship or an outdoor public place, but existing, more restrictive rules on hospitality and meeting in other venues will be maintained throughout this period.

In addition the Government wants people to:

  • think carefully about who is part of their bubble
  • limit the amount of people they see in the lead up to, and during. the Christmas period
  • be very mindful of seeing anyone particularly vulnerable
  • try and limit travel from an area with a high prevalence of COVID-19 to an area of low prevalence
  • avoid overnight stays where possible
  • avoid crowds
  • not gather in groups over New Year

Read the full announcement

 

 

 

 

LOCAL NEWS.

Local stories in and around the Malmesbury area to keep you up-to-date.

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A wonderful place to visit with a wealth of attractions right on the doorstep.

MALMESBURY

Malmesbury is a beautiful town to visit in its own right and attractions include the jewel in our crown being Malmesbury Abbey, the fabulous Abbey House Gardens, and Malmesbury’s 15th century Market Cross.

For more than two and a half millennia successive generations have populated this hilltop, which forms the centre of the community we now call Malmesbury.
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