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Town Council Services

Barnstaple Town Council is closely monitoring Government advice in respect of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

Staff are working remotely, as far as practicable. We are doing our best to maintain core services during normal working hours but this will be highly dependent on availability of staff, technology and resources. Please bear with us if there is a delay in answering your call, email or social media message.

We advise all residents to follow the official Public Health England advice on shielding, self-isolation and social distancing.

We are updating our web pages as best we can in the circumstances but a summary of Town Council service changes is below:

Town Council meetings

Meetings are held remotely via Zoom. Members of the public are entitled to attend and speak at meetings. If you wish to register to speak at a meeting, please contact us no later than 4.00pm on the day of the meeting on 01271 373311 or by email: admin@barnstapletowncouncil.gov.uk

Parks & Open Spaces

Our playground is open but with strict guidelines in place. We look to our residents to take a personal moral responsibility in following the Government instructions which are designed to safeguard us all. Thank you for your co-operation at this difficult time.

Our parks remain open and we endeavour, with restricted staffing, to maintain parks services as best we can. Please follow Government instructions and use the parks responsibly, maintaining social distancing. Please visit the Government’s dedicated webpages for the latest advice.

SAGE advise that the risk of infection outside is significantly lower than inside, so the Government is updating the rules so that, as well as exercise, people can now also spend time outdoors subject to:

  • continued compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain two metres (6ft) away from people outside your household;
  • good hand hygiene, particularly with respect to shared surfaces;
  • those responsible for public places being able to put appropriate measures in place to follow the new COVID-19 Secure guidance.

Allotments

The Town Council is endeavouring to maintain our services with available resources and this includes our allotment sites. For security reasons the site gates cannot be left open and limited resources do not allow us to frequently disinfect the gates and locks.

Allotment holders are asked to carefully consider the current Government guidance and if you do visit your allotment site, please do so responsibly – maintain social distancing and wash your hands frequently.

Facilities 

The Town Council meeting room is currently closed. Hall hire is currently only available for recognised support groups in accordance with Government restrictions and any bookings are subject to strict guidelines which include 2m distancing and the wearing of face coverings.

Community Events

The Town Council took the decision to cancel the following events: Mayor Making, The Fair Proclamation, Remembrance Services and all Charity Events for the Mayors Charity.

We would like to thank our sponsors, stall holders, and performers for their understanding during these unprecedented times. We look forward to seeing them, along with the residents of Barnstaple at our events again soon.

Please follow us on social media (links at the bottom of the page) for future messages providing the most up to date information.

Personal Welfare and Safety

At this difficult time it is important that everyone feels safe and supported. If you, or anyone you know is feeling extreme isolation, unsafe in their home environment, struggling to cope with bereavement or is suicidal, there is support available:

For information and help with mental health and suicide: The Samaritans

For information and help with domestic violence: North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (NDADA)

For mental health and emotional wellbeing services for children: Devon County Council and Childline

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