Town Council Response

Updated 8 January 2021

Another lockdown has come into force which will remain in place until at least the middle of February when the situation will be reviewed.  In short – you must stay at home [there are exceptions which are detailed in the following link outlining the latest lockdown rules National lockdown: Stay at Home – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)]

We need to protect lives and protect our NHS – stay home and keep safe! With love from all at Padstow Town Council

HANDS. FACE. SPACE: Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading without realising it.

  • Hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • Space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)

In all circumstances, you should follow the guidance on meetings other safely. Please following this link Coronavirus (COVID-19): Meeting with others safely (social distancing) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

EXERCISE AREAS: The status of the Council’s exercise areas following the latest guidance is as follows:

Open:

  • Lawns Play area – please adhere to the one way system, in and out of the area, and follow our Playground requirements. 
  • Goal Posts at Wheal Jubilee Parc

Closed:

  • Lawns Tennis Courts; and
  • Padstow SK8 – Skateboard GB have updated that all skateboard parks inside and outside should close for the current lockdown.

OPEN SPACES: The Council’s open spaces which include Stile Field, Plantation, Spritty Meadow and Wheal Jubilee Parc continue to remain open to the public

PUBLIC TOILETS:  We will keep this under review but from 5 January 2021 the Railway toilets, located in the Railway car park by Station House are open, 7 days a week from 10 am until 4 pm. A number of practices and procedures have been put in place to ensure that both the staff operating the facility and the public who use it are protected as best as they can be. We ask that all public please adhere to the practices we have in place in our public facilities. For a location map of the toilets please click here

TOWN COUNCIL OFFICES: The Town Council Offices are closed to the general public until further notice. If you need to contact the Town Council, please either email enquiries@padstow-tc.gov.uk, or leave a phone message on 01841 532296. We will get back to you as soon as we are able however, please do bear with us during this time. Telephone messages will not be checked as frequently as emails.

COUNCIL & COMMITTEE MEETINGS:  Council will continue to hold only Full Council and Planning Committee “virtual” meetings, with other committees meeting “virtually” only as required.  You can find details of all scheduled meetings here.

Council also agreed and Emergency Scheme of Delegation (ESD) at its meeting in March 2020.   The ESD allowed for the continuation of Council business in the absence of a meetings prior to the commencement of “virtual” meetings.  The ESD remains in place for matters between meetings as appropriate. Further information on the ESD and decisions made thereunder can be viewed here

BURIAL SERVICES: Burials will continue to operate in accordance with Government guidelines. Families should contact their Funeral Directors or Cornwall Council for advice in the first instance. Please be aware other related services such as memorial applications may take longer than usual to process during this time.

LAWNS & RAILWAY CAR PARKS: Padstow Town Councils car parks are open. Due to the current pandemic some of our machines can take cash, these will be wiped down regularly when our staff are on duty, we also have hand sanitisers in place close by. Users can also pay for parking via RingGo, further information about Ringo can be found here

ALLOTMENTS: Current advice is that attending your allotment could be considered “daily exercise”. Therefore, at present, the Rope Walk Allotments remain open. If this is to remain the case, it is imperative that plot-holders follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene and are mindful of not commencing a gathering. Please read specific guidance on attending allotments here.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS: The Council are holding “virtual” Planning Committee meetings and you can view upcoming meetings here. Should if become necessary, the Council has adopted the Emergency Scheme of Delegation and Planning mechanism that can be used in between meetings, should this be required planning application details will be loaded here.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: With grateful thanks to our local volunteers and to all those who have come together to provide much needed support to the local community. The Town Council made the following donations to help provide some financial assistance to our community in respect of the impact of the Coronavirus: £750 to Padstow Supporting Our Community and Elderly (group of volunteers in the community to help the elderly or vulnerable); and £750 to the GoFund Me Page (Food Bank Initiative providing support to people in the community who are in financial crisis during this time, in conjunction with SPAR).

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PLAN: Through joint working with Cornwall Council, Padstow Town Council, Local Police Team and Padstow Harbour Commissioners a traffic calming measure was introduced from the 1 August. It was a partial closure affecting any traffic from Station Road wishing to drive around the quayside. It did not affect any access required for residential or business deliveries, which was maintained. It was put in place to try to avoid unnecessary travel around the quay. To view a copy of COVID19 Padstow Town Restrictions Traffic Management Plan please click here

Joint working efforts continue to develop a plan for the 2021 season to ensure, best we can, that we are as safe as we can be during this time.

TOWN COUNCIL SITES/FACILITIES: If you notice a problem with a Padstow Town Council site/facility or wish to raise a concern about a service, please email enquiries@padstow-tc.gov.uk. Telephone messages can be left on 01841 532296, however these are unable to be checked as frequently as email.

OTHER SERVICES ACROSS CORNWALL: Information relating to other services affected by COVID-19 and support available across the county can be found on the Cornwall Council website. Services and support include:

Business Support                 Health                                       Housing
Parking                                  Benefits Support                      Public Transport
Rubbish                                 Adult Social Care                     Council Tax
Environment                         Volunteering                             Children & Families
Planning                                News Releases                         Funerals

RAISING CONCERNS ABOUT COMMUNITY COMPLIANCE:  To report a business suspected to be operating illegally, the Council now has a new ‘Report It’ form on the Council’s website. Alternatively you can email covid19@cornwall.gov.uk.

If anyone is concerned about compliance with coronavirus rules, possible breaches including social gatherings can be reported to the Police via their online form here, or by calling 101 or emailing 101@dc.police.uk.  If your concern relates to an emergency, dial 999.