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UPDATE: Coronavirus (Covid 19) - Actions taken by South Somerset District Council

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What action has South Somerset District Council undertaken?

March 25:

Site inspection message from our Building Control team

Update on taxis and private hire vehicles

Pest control and dog warden services stood down. We will only be responding to emergencies where there is significant risk to public health. 

To ensure the safety of our communities, we need our limited Environmental Services team to focus on critical street cleaning works. Therefore, all horticultural work has been suspended until further notice. This includes leaf sweeping, tending to overgrown shrubs, flowerbeds and hedges, grass cutting and inspecting vehicles parked on grass verges. In regards to tree issues, if you are concerned that there may be a risk to life, you can still report a case in the normal way. 

March 24:

Our Connect customer hub at Petters Way has been closed with immediate effect

Due to the latest Government advice issued on 23rd March 2020, SSDC play areas are temporarily closed to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Please adhere to this notice for the safety of your children, your family and others around you. Our country parks are open for you to explore and there are many signs of spring to spot on your walk.
Please ensure you respect everyone’s space and adhere to the 2m social distancing guidelines from anyone that does not live in your household. Thank you.

March 23:

Help and patience called for as garden waste collections suspended

Your questions answered regarding Yeovil Crematorium

March 19:

Full Council to go ahead and will be screen on Youtube for anyone unable to attend

Chard Town Council by-election is suspended 

Difficult decision take to suspend public services at Yeovil Crematorium

Joint statement issued by Somerset's district councils to support businesses

Cartgate TIC will be closing on Friday 20th March at 4pm

March 18:

While we await further legislation, guidance and clarification from the Government, in the interests of public safety we have:

  • Closed the Octagon Theatre, Westlands and Yeovil Recreation Centre (& Galley Café)
  • Closed our buildings to the public apart from the Connect hub at Petters Way, Yeovil
  • Postponed today’s Regulation Committee meeting and tomorrow’s Area West meeting
  • The meeting of Full Council is currently scheduled to go ahead on Thursday evening (further guidance on this will be published shortly)
  • Ninesprings Café will be open normal hours but as a takeaway only with waiting lines marked out on the ground and we are asking customers to queue using these guidelines.
  • All volunteering activity is suspended for Countryside and Heritage.
  • Staff at Ham Hill, Chard Reservoir and Ninesprings are working to keep sites safe and accessible as access to green spaces is going to be of paramount importance to people’s health at this time.

Due to the closure of buildings for the protection of the public, the Customer Access Point in Crewkerne (located in the Crewkerne Town Council building) cannot be accessed and the Customer Access Point in Chard will close from tomorrow (March 18).

It is important to stress to communities that the delivery of vital council services continues. Our brilliant staff are still working hard and our business continuity plans are already being implemented.

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