The Potton Town Council Newsletter is published quarterly and the Town Council will keep you informed on this page of any latest news between Newsletters.
- Please avoid lighting bonfires April 8, 2020
This is a plea to the communities of Bedfordshire from Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
We know that this is a difficult time for us all but we need to listen to what the government is telling us. Everyday life has changed and we are all feeling the impact that Coronavirus (COVID-19) has on ourselves and our communities. Because of this situation, our front line services are working harder than ever to keep our communities safe.
Last Sunday 5 April, the BFRS attended 12 bonfires. Two were serious fires; one a fire in a rear garden that spread to the property. 10% of the property was damaged by fire and 50% was damaged by smoke. The other was a fire involving a large amount of building materials which was left unattended. The home owner was located and advice given by the fire service and police.
Despite our guidance, people continue to light open fires, knowing the risks & damage to the environment. We urge you to please stop.
Please do not light bonfires, keep your families safe.
Please listen to the message from Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W1hSrqSfio
- Annual Meeting of the Town Council – Online April 8, 2020
The Annual Meeting of the Town Council will be held online on Tuesday 5th May April 2020 following a meeting of the Planning Committee which starts at 7pm.
Public and Press welcome.
During the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, meetings will be held online. To receive joining instructions for these meetings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org providing your name and address details by 9am on Monday 4th May 2020.
- Potton Town Council cemetery – important information April 6, 2020
Potton Town Council will re-open Potton Cemetery on the 7th April 2020 following the latest guidance issued by the ICCM (Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management) relating to the closure of cemeteries in England.
The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that cemeteries can remain open, unless the crematorium is situated within a cemetery.
The Government has given very clear guidance about the reasons that people can leave their homes, visiting a cemetery or crematorium other than for a funeral, and then in limited circumstances, is not one of them.
If we receive reports of people using the cemetery as an alternative to parks to get round the social distancing measures then we may be forced to re-close, as this could compromise the aims of the Government’s measures to slow the spread of the virus.
- Help raise £2,000 to Support Potton families during the COVID-19 Lockdown March 30, 2020
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 March 30, 2020
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.
- Potton Cemetery Closed March 28, 2020
The town council has had to close the Cemetery to the public following Government Statutory Instruments 2020 No. 350 Public Health, England. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020.
The Cemetery will only be open to the public to allow attendance at a funeral only.
Attendance at a funeral is only permitted — (i) a member of the person’s household, (ii) a close family member, or (iii) if no-one within sub-paragraphs (i) or (ii) are attending, a friend;
- Office Closed March 26, 2020
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 email@example.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 March 24, 2020
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 March 19, 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- Potton’s VE Day 75 Celebrations – CANCELLED March 18, 2020
Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
Potton will be celebrating the VE Day 75th Anniversary from 8th to 10th May 2020.
So save the dates and look out for what’s happening in the town! More information to follow.
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