A new Community Support team has been established at SODC as part of the county-wide redeployment of staff to ensure support for the district’s most vulnerable residents, while also maintaining normal services as much as possible during the current emergency as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This new team is collating information about the large number of newly established support groups to ensure that there are no gaps in coverage and we don’t duplicate effort.
Each district councillor has an advance of £2000 from their annual grant allowance to support these groups if necessary. Anyone needing funding for expenses should email Andrea Powell or Sue Cooper.
Oxfordshire help lines have been established as a first point of contact for anyone in need of help. There are TWO separate lines. Anyone identified as in the extremely vulnerable “shielded” category should call 01865 897820 or email [email protected]. Anyone else self-isolating and in need of support can check to find a volunteer group nearby at www.oxfordshireallin.org/local-support-groups or you can call 01235 422600 or email [email protected]. These support lines are open 8.30am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sundays.
The SODC coronavirus information page is updated daily and remains the best first port of call for information on local services: http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/news-events/coronavirus-covid-19-information.
Oxfordshire County Council recycling centres are closed.
The SODC Food and Safety team is responsible for enforcing business closures and using their Twitter account https://twitter.com/eatsafeworksafe to spread the word so businesses aren’t tempted to open up against the government’s Stay at Home rules.
Crowmarsh Parish Council met online for the first time on Thursday 2nd April 2020. The notes from the meeting can be found here:
Footpaths and bridleways
1. As we begin to get out and about more, social distancing could be harder to achieve, but it is still necessary to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The County Council is working with towns and parishes to make more space for walking and cycling to enable safe distancing.
Please see the OCC guide to using footpaths and other rights of way safely:
2. Cycling on the pavement over Wallingford Bridge is illegal and antisocial. It makes social distancing very difficult. Please do not cycle on the pavement: use the road. If you feel unable to cycle on the road, please push your bike across the bridge and keep a safe distance at all times.
Local coronavirus advice
Latest advice and local information from SODC (updated daily) including: local support lines, council tax, waste collections, advice for businesses and job seekers, COVID-19 scams, leisure and community centres, planning and building control:
Specific advice for a range of settings including travel advice, advice on educational settings, guidance for employers, employees, self-employed people, those in health and care sector is also available at the following link. This is updated as appropriate: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
NRS HealthCare Hand it Back Request
Crowmarsh Playground and Outdoor Gym update
March 26, 2020: In line with Government guidance, Crowmarsh Playground and Outdoor gym will be closed until further notice.
Coronavirus and Crowmarsh Playground and Gym
March 22, 2020
Residents will be aware of the Government advice to maintain social distancing, which means maintaining a minimum of 2 metres apart from other people. This is very important to slow the spread of the coronavirus and allow the NHS to manage it.
We are waiting for further guidance on what that means for our play area and for advice from South and Vale District Councils who run over 40 playground areas. At the moment we are keeping the external toilets open for people to wash their hands. We encourage everyone to wash hands thoroughly before and after using the play area and gym and more often if there longer.
The play area may have to be closed and we will keep you informed via this website and notices on Facebook.
Crowmarsh Parish Council
Slowing the spread of Coronavirus
March 22, 2020
It is extremely important to slow the spread of the coronavirus and save lives. Don’t go out unless you really have to, avoid crowds and stay 2m away from other people:
Coronavirus: social isolation tips
March 22, 2020
Coronavirus Support – Facebook Group
March 22, 2020
Help is available in the Crowmarsh community if you are isolating at home and need support, shopping, someone to talk to:
Learnyay helps adults find free education courses and training. By connecting them with ESFA and local authority funded colleges, schools and training providers in their area. With many people furloughed and self-isolating, we feel it’s more important than ever to raise awareness about free education courses and training. Find out more here: https://www.learnyay.co.uk
Mary Williams, Learnyay