Author Archives: Claire Massey

Garden Waste Collection Suspended

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) has advised that unfortunately, they have had to take the decision to suspend all garden waste collections for the time being, in common with neighbouring councils and due to low staff numbers.  They are also unable to empty any green bags that have been missed.

They are prioritising waste collections according to public health implications as collecting other materials including black bin/bag waste is a priority.

Home delivered compost bins still available
There  is lots of information on home composting on the CBC website and their subsidised compost bin supplier is still accepting online orders with home delivery.

Help raise £2,000 to Support Potton families during the COVID-19 Lockdown



Potton Community Help need your financial support

Potton Community Help are working hard to support those who are self-isolating due to the COVID19 virus, ranging from shopping, collecting prescriptions and other urgent supplies to making a friendly phone call and posting mail.

However, during the COVID19 Lockdown, many Potton families are going to suffer from short-term financial hardships leading to Food Poverty. Potton Town Council has set up and will manage a support fund to enable us to provide food for these families, working closely with the Potton Community Help coordinators and our current Community Agent and Community and Wellbeing Champion.

As we progress through this lengthy period of lockdown, we will need to raise further funds in order to support our Potton residents that have been severely affected financially. We are therefore asking you to help us by donating whatever you can afford to this JustGiving fund. All of the money raised will go towards supporting our Potton residents in their hour of need. £58 will feed a Potton family for one week (source – The Need Project).

Please give generously.

At the end of the pandemic, we will use any remaining funds to continue supporting Potton families in need.

Play Areas Closed

The play areas around Potton at Mill Lane Recreation Ground and Henry Smith Playing Fields are closed until further notice to prevent any unnecessary spread of COVID-19.  This includes the skatepark, outdoor gym and table tennis table at Henry Smith Playing Fields.

We ask that the public respect these closures and do not force the gates open.

Office Closed

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Town Council office is now closed until further notice.
Members of council staff and councillors can be contacted by email pottoncouncil@btconnect.com.  Councillors can be contacted by telephone whose numbers can be found on the Contact page.
The office answer machine will be checked for messages on a weekly basis.

Closure of Play Areas and Public Toilets

Following the more stringent measures announced regarding Covid-19 and social distancing by the Government on Monday 23rd March 2020, the play areas at Mill Lane Recreation Ground and Henry Smith Playing Fields (which also include the outdoor gym, skatepark and table tennis) are now closed to the public until further notice.

The Public Toilets are now closed until further notice.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Coronavirus and contacting the Town Council

Following updated guidance from the Government and their professional health specialists, the town council offices at the Community Centre will be closed for face-to-face visits for the foreseeable future. However, we can still be contacted via email on pottoncouncil@btconnect.com or phone 01767 260086.

At this time (19/03/2020), our hireable facilities remain open and we wish to reassure users of our facilities that whilst we always maintain a good standard of cleanliness, we have increased cleaning of high touch areas. If the situation changes and we feel we must close the Community Centre and Pavilion at Mill Lane, we will provide an update on our website www.pottontowncouncil.co.uk, Facebook page and will contact hirers immediately.

At this challenging time, with daily changes to the situation, we urge all residents to be mindful of your elderly or vulnerable neighbours. Perhaps you could offer to collect their shopping or prescriptions? This confusing and perhaps frightening time will see some people, particularly in isolation, feeling lonely. Perhaps you could consider passing those people your contact number, spend some time chatting to them on the phone, and a regular call to make sure they are still well.

Please ensure you keep yourself fully informed on latest Government and NHS updates, which will be issued on a very regular basis.

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/