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The Church of St Mary in Stalbridge have a new facebook group..."We have set up a Stalbridge Church page. This is to allow a regular contact with the church even though we can't use the building. It has always been stated the church is the people not the building. If you go to the site and request to be a friend we will all be involved in developing the site as the days progress". - Stuart Waite.
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Dorset Council recognises that public rights of way and the cycleway / walking trails in Dorset provide an opportunity for local people to take exercise and get some fresh air in these difficult times. These paths should not be blocked or obstructed and cannot legally be closed to the public.. It is also important to stress that people should not be making special journeys to access them. Travel to exercise is NOT essential travel and people should not be travelling to do their daily exercise. Please see the latest Government guidance on access to green spaces and as always, follow the Countryside Code.
Local communities throughout the County rely on rights of way and cycleway / walking trails, however this should not be the cause of unnecessary travel into and around the County – so, if there is a particular problem with people gathering on rights of way or cycleway / walking trails, then the Police should be informed. They have the power to disperse any groups behaving in such a way.
Where rights of way pass close to, or through residential and agricultural properties, it is important that the existing Government advice regarding social distancing and hand washing is followed.
Dorset Council will work with the Police and other agencies to take any further actions necessary in the event of any changes to legislation or Government guidance, however, at this time there are no plans nor legal means to close public rights of way or the cycleway / walking trail networks for COVID-19 related reasons.
Dorset Council has set up the processes to enable businesses to access the Small Business Grant Scheme and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Scheme. The grants range from £10,000 to £25,000. Businesses can find out more about these schemes, test their eligibility for receiving grants and apply for those grants online. Click on the button below to visit the appropriate page on the Dorset Council website.
Stalbridge Helpers Scheme is here to help out those self-isolating or worried about social distancing who need a food shop, medicine or just a friendly chat...and who live within a 2 mile radius of the town. Have a look at the poster below for more information. These posters will appear in town and leaflets are going out soon from Stalbridge Pharmacy and Dike&Son supermarket in Stalbridge so that people who may not use social media or the internet will get to know about this volunteer service as well.
You are most welcome to download and print or share the poster below.
And if you would like to help out and volunteer yourself then you can find the volunteer form on the Stalbridge Helpers Scheme page on the town council website. Click on the button below to get there.
Stalbridge Town Council Chairman Katie Garland gives us an update on what is happening at Stalbridge Town Council.
Covid-19: What’s happening at Stalbridge Town Council
In accordance with government guidance of the 25th March 2020 all scheduled full Town Council & Planning meetings have been cancelled until further notice. This includes the Annual Town Meeting which would normally take place in May. At an extraordinary meeting of the Town Council on the 18th March 2020 an internal continuity plan and scheme of delegation were adopted which will enable The Council to continue to carry out its core statutory functions. The Clerk will continue to provide office services and manage the core services, she can be contacted by phone, e-mail or on the web site contact page. The Council will continue to be in contact with the Dorset Council Ward member.
Covid-19: What’s happening about Town Council planning application consultation
Following a statement from The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government concerning the importance of Local Authorities ensuring that the planning system continues to function, Stalbridge Town Council have resolved to delegate consideration and response to Dorset Council on planning applications upon which they are consulted to the newly appointed Interim Planning Committee for the duration of the period that meetings are not possible. This committee consists of six members who will communicate and reach a majority view on applications in a similar process as at a meeting using remote communication.
A list of the applications to be dealt with by the Interim Planning Committee and comment submission deadline dates will be posted in the front window of The Hub and on the Town Council web site.
Neighbouring residents as consultees and other interested members of the public are encouraged to make direct response on applications to Dorset Council via ‘Dorset For You’. Should you wish to contact the Town Council with your comments please do so via the Town Council Web site contact page or e-mail, and if doing so please be concise and bullet point your comments rather than using letter form. Any comments received will be circulated to members of the Interim Planning Committee prior to their consideration.
All Town Council comments made as a consultee can be viewed on the application file on ‘Dorset For You’ and will be reported when normal business resumes.
With regret we have today closed all Stalbridge Play areas for the immediate future. That includes Jarvis Field, The Pump Track, The Tennis Courts and The Stalbridge Playing Fields Jubilee Play area.
Please also help us to limit the spread of the virus by;
· Taking your litter and dog waste home
· Respecting the closure of playgrounds, pump tracks & sports courts
· Following government guidelines
We encourage everyone to be responsible and stay well apart whilst they are enjoying the fresh air and exercise. Tending allotments is still permitted but please observe strict social distancing.
Thank you for all your support and assistance in keeping our wonderful community safe in these exceptional times.
"We are sure you are looking out for your neighbours and friends who are social distancing and may not be able go shopping or pick up regular medication. To further support the local community we are setting up the Stalbridge Helpers Scheme. If you would like to volunteer to help we would be glad to hear from you. Please fill in the form on our website by clicking on the button below and we will get back to you as soon as possible, Thank you for your support".
(Stalbridge Town Council)
Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading
This is no longer 'Advice'- The government is insisting now that you must follow these rules:
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.
You can only leave your home:
FULL GUIDANCE FROM THE GOVERNMENT
The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government is now (23 March 2020) introducing three new measures.
These measures are effective immediately. The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.
1. Staying at home
You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:
These measures must be followed by everyone. Separate advice is available for individuals or households who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded.
If you work in a critical sector outlined in this guidance, or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you can continue to take your children to school. Where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes
2. Closing non-essential shops and public spaces
Last week, the Government ordered certain businesses - including pubs, cinemas and theatres - to close. The Government is now extending this requirement to a further set of businesses and other venues, including:
all non-essential retail stores - this will include clothing and electronics stores; hair, beauty and nail salons; and outdoor and indoor markets, excluding food markets.
libraries, community centres, and youth centres.
indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities.
communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms.
places of worship, except for funerals attended by immediate families.
hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for commercial/leisure use (excluding permanent residents and key workers).
More detailed information can be found here, including a full list of those businesses and other venues that must close. Businesses and other venues not on this list may remain open.
3. Stopping public gatherings
To make sure people are staying at home and apart from each other, the Government is also stopping all public gatherings of more than two people.
There are only two exceptions to this rule:
where the gathering is of a group of people who live together - this means that a parent can, for example, take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave them at home.
where the gathering is essential for work purposes - but workers should be trying to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace.
In addition, the Government is stopping social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies. This will exclude funerals, which can be attended by immediate family.
4. Delivering these new measures
These measures will reduce our day to day contact with other people. They are a vital part of our efforts to reduce the rate of transmission of coronavirus.
Every citizen is instructed to comply with these new measures.
The Government will therefore be ensuring the police and other relevant authorities have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings where people do not comply.
They will initially last for the three weeks from 23 March, at which point the Government will look at them again and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.
25th March Update - Dorset Council has closed all its household recycling centres (HRCs, or ‘the tip’) until further notice in order to comply with the latest central government guidance on staying at home and away from others.
However, your normal kerbside bin collections will continue to take place for the time being. We have already issued information on how we’re planning to ensure this essential service remains in place.
With people staying at home all day during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, household waste levels are expected to increase. We are reminding people that we have limited capacity in our collection vehicles and at our waste transfer stations, and so we need Dorset residents to help.
Right now, there are certain measures everyone can take to reduce pressure on the kerbside collection service and keep people safe: -
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, make sure you double-bag your waste (especially tissues and cleaning cloths) and store it safely for 72 hours before placing it in your usual black wheelie bin or authorised blue sack
Do not place tissues in your recycling bin. These go in your black rubbish bin
Do not create excess waste you’d usually need to take to an HRC. This includes gardening (unless you home-compost), large DIY jobs or house clearances. If you do have excess waste, keep it stored safely until the HRCs reopen. Do not hand your rubbish to an unlicensed waste carrier for disposal
Continue to keep rubbish and recycling separated. Check out our Right Stuff Right Bin webpage
Try to minimise the amount of waste your household produces. We have advice on our Slim Your Bins webpage
Create more space in your recycling bin by squashing/flattening plastic, aluminium and cardboard items. You should not however compress rubbish in black bags, your black wheelie bin or authorised blue sack. Please do not squash waste down into your bin after you’ve put it in there as this can prevent it falling out during the emptying process
Do not put your glass box out for collection until it is full
Park responsibly. More people staying at home has obviously led to more cars parked on residential streets, creating problems for our drivers who cannot access some roads. Make sure you leave enough room for our larger vehicles to pass and turn safely
If your collection has been missed, please check our service disruption page on the coronavirus section of the Dorset Council website before reporting. You will find service updates and instructions on what to do with your bins there.
We would like to thank everyone for playing their part in helping us keep these vital services going and to our front-line workers who are working hard to ensure everyone’s waste continues to be dealt with safely and responsibly.
The Dorset Council Waste Services team