Chard Town Council’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic
Chard Town Council recognise that we all have a role to play in our efforts to minimise the spread of the Coronavirus. Acknowledging the latest advice from the Government, the Town Council have implemented the following actions:
• With effect from Monday 23rd March, the Council office will be closed to members of the public. The Town Council staff will continue to work and can be contacted through email, phone or the “contact us” form on the Town Council website
Tel. 01460 239567 Email. email@example.com
• Whilst there will be no reception staff available during the current time, a phone is available on the reception desk which can be used if you wish to speak to a member of staff for advice on an issue.
• Council meetings are cancelled until further notice.
• The Election due to take place on Thursday 2nd April for one Councillor in the Holyrood Ward has been postponed until further notice
The Council is confident that the residents of Chard will understand that these measures are in the best interests of the community during this difficult time.
Andrew Gunn, Town Clerk
This is a joint statement from Citizens Advice Mendip, Sedgemoor, West Somerset, Taunton and South Somerset in response to the Public Health guidance on Coronavirus.
We are very aware that over 50% of Citizens Advice in Somerset clients have health conditions and/or disabilities. Between our 5 organisations we helped over 20,000 clients last year. For this reason we must exercise extreme care in minimising the risk of infection for our clients and for our staff and volunteers.
We have taken the difficult decision to close our face to face services (including outreach) whilst also increasing capacity on our phones and email services. Please be assured that this decision has not been taken lightly.
The advice by phone service in Somerset is very well established and part of our general offer. All our systems are in place for a team of home based and office based advisers.
Clients can visit our respective websites for full details of their options or clients can call Adviceline: 03444 889 623
Each local Citizens Advice centre will appoint a daily lead responsible for dealing with clients in crisis and we will continue to make the Local Assistance Scheme available to those in crisis (Fuel, food, essential items). We will maintain close contact with local foodbanks and work with them to address any challenges as they arise.
West Somerset: https://www.westsomersetadvice.org.uk/
South Somerset: https://www.citizensadvicesouthsomerset.org.uk/
Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 87 of the Local Government Act 1972 that a vacancy has occurred in the Ward of Holyrood on Chard Town Council.
Unless a request for an election to be held is submitted in writing to the Proper Officer of South Somerset District Council at The Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT by Tuesday 18th February 2020 by ten electors for the Ward of Holyrood, Chard, the Town Council will proceed to fill the vacancy by co-option.
Clerk to the Council
29th January 2020
Tel: (01460 239567)
Address of Clerk:
Chard Town Council, The Guildhall, Fore Street, Chard, Somerset, TA20 1PP.