Nottingham City Council is getting ready to restart a range of its services as the city adapts to a ‘new normal’ during the COVID 19 pandemic.
The council is carefully considering which services can reopen – with the priority being on safety – as lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease and the city itself starts to reopen for business and shopping.
Residents will start to see an increase in the range of services open to the public, including some of the much-needed commercial enterprises that help bring income into the council.
Although the Council continued vital services during the pandemic such as waste and adult social care, some services had to be halted or reduced as staff were redeployed to other activities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
City Council Leader, Cllr David Mellen, said: “We have very robust processes in place to assess how services can reopen and be delivered as safely as possible – not only for members of the public but also for our staff.
“Because of this we are taking a phased and cautious approach to ensure we follow the latest Government advice in our new ways of working. This may mean some services may not operate in the way they used to and some restrictions may be in place.
“We want to provide our citizens and members of the public the most up to date information so we have created a new webpage – www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/reopening-nottingham where people can view which services have opened and what restrictions there might be.
“I would like to thank our fantastic workforce for the way they have responded to this crisis, in particular our frontline staff for keeping vital services going in very difficult circumstances. Staff in many cases have taken on very different roles to their day job to make sure vulnerable people are protected and supported.”
Services that have reopened recently include:
- Household Waste and Recycling Centre
- Bulky Waste
- Pest control
- Garden maintenance and garden waste
- Woodthorpe Grange Plant Shop
- Bulwell Hall golf course
- Outdoor markets
- Staffed public toilets in Greyhound Street off the Old Market Square, and in Bulwell.
Nottingham City Council is also advising city schools to open next week to Year Six pupils.
Cllr Mellen continued: “As we begin to reopen services it is important that people look at the restrictions in place and follow them accordingly. Our Household Waste and Recycling Centre and Bulky Waste services have reopened with restrictions in place and both services have run smoothly. We hope other services can follow suit and everyone can start to benefit from Nottingham starting to reopen.”
For further information contact Michelle Lawson, Marketing and Communications Officer, Nottingham City Council, on 0115 8763311.