Nottinghamshire County Council Media Release:
Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee has heard how highways, library, trading standards, waste and recycling and registration services have adapted to challenges caused by COVID-19 in the last quarter of 2020.
Trading standards officers were unable to visit vulnerable residents in their homes due to the pandemic, so instead offered advice over the phone and by post.
Highways teams continued to maintain the safety of the road network whilst the Inspire team, who run libraries in Nottinghamshire on behalf of the County Council, loaned a total of 624,702 books which was supported by the click and collect service. Nottinghamshire’s 13 Recycling Centres have continued to operate with a reduced capacity to follow Government social distancing measures.
Over the winter, the pandemic has added to what is always an extremely challenging period for registration teams and they continue to register deaths over the phone.
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has posed operational and financial challenges to council services.
“Government funding to cover additional costs as a result of COVID-19 has helped to ensure that services can continue to support communities, and although the 2020/21 revenue budget has been exceeded as of the end of quarter three, good financial planning and prudence has kept this to less than 0.1%.
“It is pleasing to see that not even a global pandemic can stop our front-facing services from making Nottinghamshire a great place to live, work and visit and we will continue to ensure that these services are at the heart of our communities.
“I’d like to thank the efforts of all the Council-staff who have worked hard throughout the pandemic finding new ways to serve our communities and also to local people who have stuck by the COVID-19 rules and worked with us.”