Town Council Update – 9 April 2020
How we are continuing to provide our Services during the Coronavirus pandemic
Although the Town Hall is closed to the public, the Town Council continues to provide services to the community of Thame. Our phone lines remain open if you wish to speak with someone or you can contact us via email and visit our website to keep up to date with the latest information.
The Town Council has adapted to a new way of working and Officers have successfully transitioned to home working during the pandemic. Councillors and Officers continue to communicate via phone and email and have met informally via Zoom.
Public Open Spaces, Parks and Play Areas
Please remember that during the pandemic all play areas remain closed and safety inspections of the equipment are not being undertaken. Unfortunately, despite notices informing members of the public the skate park is closed the Community Neighbourhood Police team report it is still being used and groups of people are gathering there. It has therefore been necessary to erect barriers around the site to prevent entrance. Please respect the guidance that is being given to keep us all safe.
Parks and Public Open Spaces are open for daily exercise but users are asked not to linger, sit or congregate.The Police are patrolling the Public Open Spaces, Parks, Skate Park and Play Areas around the Town and can enforce the law regarding gatherings and non-compliance in relation to social distancing.
The Maintenance Team are continuing to litter pick in the parks and open spaces and also grass cutting. These services are under constant review and being performed in line with Government guidance for the safety of the public and Town Council staff.
New Government legislation now allows Councils to meet online and the National Association of Local Councils have issued guidance on how to hold virtual meetings. Please keep up to date with future Council meeting dates by visiting our website, the Town Council weekly newsletter and social media.
The Town Council offices will be closed from 5.00pm on Thursday 9 April and will reopen on Tuesday 14 April at 9.00am. If you need to contact the council during this time please either leave a message on 01844 212833 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible on our return to work.
The Town Council officers and councillors would like to take this opportunity to wish all our residents a Happy Easter and hope everyone stays safe and well during this challenging time.
Date posted: Thursday 9 April 2020