Thame Town Council Update – 25 June 2020

Town Hall Offices

The Government advice is still to work from home where possible, and the Town Council are actively encouraging our staff to adhere to that where they can. At the same time we are regularly reviewing the way we deliver our services and the wellbeing of our staff working from home. You will have seen members of the Maintenance Team out and about grass cutting, litter picking and planting to name just a few of the services they provide.

Officers have also been helping with the successful reintroduction of the Charter Market and Farmers Market as well as assisting town centre businesses as the easing of the lockdown enables retail to re-open. If you would like more details about some of the work that has been going on then please have a look at our Covid-19 Recovery Plan which is available for you to view and comment on.

Information Centre & Upper Chamber

We are currently developing a policy and risk assessments which will help guide us when the offices, Information Centre and Upper Chamber will open and when. Each needs to have a full risk assessment to ensure social distancing can be achieved and the safety of those using the building. We will be prioritising service needs and will keep you informed of our plans. The offices are currently partially open and the Car Park Attendants started back to work on 15 June.  At this time we cannot confirm when the Information Centre will open or use of the Upper Chamber will begin but we will provide further details and any plans as soon as we are able to.

Skate Park Update

After seeking advice from police and producing new risk assessments and signage, the Town Council have now removed the barriers and reopened the skate park.

Please note that all other play areas remain closed in accordance with government guidelines but have this week been given the green light to reopen from 4 July. The Town Council has received several reports of people accessing these areas despite clear signage advising that they are closed and as a consequence the police are increasing their patrols of these areas.

Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday each June. The Mayor, Cllr Ann Midwinter raised the flag in the memorial gardens. Unfortunately we are unable to fly the flag outside the Town Hall this weekend as the forecast wind speeds of over 30mph could damage the taller flag pole.

Armed Forces Day celebrations begin on Monday 22 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country and is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

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Date posted: Thursday 25 June 2020