In this newsletter:
- Thanks for doing your bit for Broxtowe
- Changes to lockdown restrictions in England
- Safer travel
- Travelling abroad
- Enjoy your staycation safely
- Mark VJ This Weekend
- Broxtowe Thank You Week
- Annual Parks Survey
- Stapleford Town Deal
- Other News
Thanks for doing your bit for Broxtowe
We want to say a big thank you to all of our residents for sticking to all the latest Government guidance to help keep Broxtowe safe.
Our Town Information Officers are out and about across the Borough and they have been so impressed with residents following COVID-19 guidelines and wearing face coverings.
Coronavirus hasn’t gone away, but we can work together to make sure that we beat this together, for Broxtowe.
View the full list of what you can and can’t do
You can find out the latest data on coronavirus cases at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
Changes to Lockdown Restrictions in England
From the 15th August the Government has announced further changes to the lockdown restrictions in England, see some of the new changes below.
- Bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos can reopen from the 15th August
- Wedding receptions can take place in the form of a sit-down meal in a COVID-Secure location for up to 30 people
- Pilots for sporting and business events can resume
- Beauty salons, tattoo studios, barbers across England will be able to offer all close contact services and treatments
- Tougher measures targeting the most serious breaches of social distancing restrictions
As more of our residents are visiting restaurants, pubs and bars it’s important to remember to travel safely to protect you and our community. If you are thinking of using a taxi, it’s important to follow the latest guidance to help keep our drivers safe. Here’s the latest guidance to follow.
- You should wear a face covering when using taxis or private hire vehicles; the driver is entitled to refuse to accept you if you do not wear one
- If you cannot keep a 2 metre distance, reduce the risk to yourself and others by maintaining a 1 metre distance where possible
- Follow the advice of the driver. For example you may be asked to sit in the back left-hand seat when travelling
- Use contactless payment if possible
- Be aware of surfaces you touch, be careful not to touch your face and ensure that your face covering covers your mouth and nose.
- After every journey wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands as soon as possible
The Government has updated the latest guidance on travel. From 04.00am on Saturday 15th August, if you are returning to the UK from the following countries you must now self-isolate for 14 days:
- The Netherlands
- Turks and Caicos
Enjoy Your Staycation Safely
We know that many of you will have plans for a staycation this year, but it’s still important to follow Covid-19 guideline to ensure you enjoy the summer safely. So here are 5 tips to help keep you safe on you holiday.
- Know before you go – before travelling ensure that you’ve check the places you want to visit are open or have additional measures in place.
- Follow advice on social distancing – keep you distance from people outside your household, try to stay 2 metres apart at all times, or 1 metre plus with mitigations.
- Wash your hands regularly – Wash your hands with soap and water to help stop the spread of the virus. Take some hand sanitiser with you in case you’re out and about with no hand washing facilities available.
- Enjoy green spaces safely – If you plan to explore parks, gardens or other rural retreats, remember to check online advice on visiting green spaces safely and following the Countryside Code.
Mark VJ Day This Weekend
Tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of victory over Japan. Don’t forget that we have 4 easy ways for you to mark the day at home.
- Dress your window with our downloadable bunting and Union Jack flags or complete a postcard and pop it in your window for others to see.
- Download our kids activity pack with lots of free templates such as newsletters and postcards
- Take part in our Broxtowe Baking Competition, send your photos in using #BROXBAKE and Councillor Janet Patrick, Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe will judge your photos and select her favourites.
- Leave a message on our online reflection book.
Keep an eye on our social media channels as we share VJ Day messages throughout the day.
Broxtowe Thank You Week
Monday 17th August marks the start of our Broxtowe Thank You Week and we want as many of our residents to get involved as possible!
The week will celebrate the amazing efforts that our residents, community groups and businesses are making to pull together and support Broxtowe through the pandemic, and we want to make sure that no one is missed. So here’s how you can get involved.
5 Ways to Say Thank You
- Post a personal thank you on our online Book of Thanks at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/bookofthanks
- Add our Thank You Broxtowe Facebook Frame to your profile picture.
- Download our Thank You Broxtowe poster and display it in your window.
- Send a shout out by emailing your story and picture to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll give them a shout out across our social media channels.
- Nominate a local resident, group or business for an outstanding contribution to the community for a special personal thank you call with the Mayor of Broxtowe or to receive a Mayor’s Certificate of Appreciation.
Annual Parks Survey
It’s that time of year where we are doing our annual parks survey. If you’re passionate about our parks and want to help enhance the open spaces in Broxtowe then please make sure you share your views with us in our survey.
The survey takes 10 minutes to complete and by offering your views on the selected parks, you can help make our parks the best they can be.
The results from the survey will be used to formulate a parks and open spaces regeneration programme, which will be delivered in 2020/2021.
Please remember as we assess our parks and open spaces at least once each year our parks team have just selected a selection of the parks for this particular survey, focussing on those that have not been part of the annual survey in recent years and those potentially needing some changes. If your local park isn’t included this year, it may very well be next year.
Contactless Parking Payments
Did you know that Broxtowe car parks now have contactless payment? If you’re out visiting our town centres to shop or eat out you can pay via a downloadable app, which means you can extend your stay if you want to stay longer.
You can still claim your free hour through the app but it means that if you’re in town and you get caught in a queue, or if you want to stay for one more coffee, you don’t have to rush back, you can just quickly update your parking time on your phone.
Ambitious Plans Tabled For Stapleford Regeneration
The Regeneration of Stapleford has moved a step closer after suggestions for how the £25m Towns Fund could be distributed were discussed by the town’s Executive Board.
The key points of the plans – futureproofing the town’s high street, the creation of a cycle network, and improvements to community, leisure and recreation facilities – were tabled at the latest meeting (24 July), with the board agreeing on a long list of potential projects for the funding.
One of the potential interventions discussed by the Stapleford Town Executive Board included redeveloping the public spaces around Walter Parker Square, as well as provisions for a new community leisure facility, with options including an off-road cycle track and active adventure play parks.
The NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group wants to hear the views of the public to understand and shape future mental health support services for children and young people aged up to 25 years.
They would like to hear from young people, parents, carers and professionals to help us understand their experiences and report on what support has been like at the early intervention stage. These insights will be collated into a report to help shape the mental health and early intervention and prevention services for children and young people in the future.
Staying up to date
The easiest way to stay up to date is by checking our dedicated Coronavirus webpages.
They contain useful information on:
We also share daily updates on our social media accounts and will be sending you this email bulletin every Friday.
Please share the information in this email bulletin with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to help us pass on these important messages, particularly if they’re not online.
Please also encourage anyone who isn’t already subscribed to this Email Me Service to sign up at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/emailme so they can receive these updates.
Find the latest guidance from the Government website.