Town Council Response

Updated 29 July 2020

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 has 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 (the recently established 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).

TOWN COUNCIL OFFICES: The Town Council Offices are closed until further notice. This situation will continue to be reviewed. Staff members are working from home to undertake essential tasks. If you need to contact the Town Council, please either email enquiries@padstow.seadoghosting.com, 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: The Council are now holding Full Council and Planning Committee meetings virtually.

You can find details of all scheduled meeting here.

The ESD will remain in place for matters between meetings as appropriate. Further information on the ESD and decisions made thereunder can be viewed here.

At this time, in accordance with the new legislation, agendas will be published only on the Council’s website. As and when they are published, agendas can be viewed here. A link will also be posted on the home page of the website as a news item.

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PLAN: Partial Closure: South Quay from 1 August.
Through joint working with Cornwall Council, Padstow Town Council and Padstow Harbour Commissioners a traffic calming measure will be introduced from the 1 August. This is a partial closure affecting any traffic from Station Road wishing to drive around the quayside. This will not affect any access required for residential or business deliveries, which will be maintained. It is in place to try to avoid unnecessary travel in this area. It will remain in place for all of August, with its effectiveness reviewed should it need to remain in place for longer.

To view a copy of COVID19 Padstow Town Restrictions Traffic Management Plan please click here

OUTSIDE SPACES:
Exercise Areas: The Council has reacted to changes in Government guidelines relating to exercise areas as quickly as practicable. It has been necessary to undertake appropriate risk assessments and safety checks in order to protect both members of the public and staff prior to re-opening any areas. The status of the Council’s exercise areas are as follows:

Open:
. Lawns Tennis Courts;
. Goal Posts at Wheal Jubilee Parc; and
. Padstow SK8.  Please note: Specific guidance on the use of Skate Parks has been set by Skateboard England and all users are asked to adhere to this guidance in order for this facility to remain open.   A copy of the guidance can be viewed here and is also displayed at the park.   In order to be properly socially distanced, the number of users is restricted to a 3 person maximum due to the size of this facility at this time.

Closed: Lawns Play Area. This continues to be closed, we understand Government has advised that outdoor play area can reopen from 4 July IF arrangement are in place to ensure that they are COVID19 secure. We are working our way through Government guidance and will be liaising with our Health and Safety advisor to see what is feasible and safe in being able to open them.

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

Government Guidance: If using Council’s outside areas please protect yourself and others by being mindful of the latest Government guidelines. Please respect social distancing with people from outside your household or “bubble” and remember that gatherings of more than 6 people are not permitted. You can view the latest Government Guidance by clicking the links below:

Guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England

Guidance on spending time outdoors

Guidance on meeting people outside your household

PUBLIC TOILETS: Padstow Town Council operate 3 public toilets in Padstow. North Quay and Cory toilets, located in the town are currently under refurbishment, works to which were delayed at the start of the pandemic but have since restarted and completion is now dependant on some final fitments from suppliers.

Railway toilets, located in the Railway car park by Station House are now open. These will be open 7 days a week from 10 am until 4 pm but will close at 2 pm on quieter days (as determined by the volume of public), from Saturday 4 July we will extend the opening hours until 8pm. 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. Therefore in order to maintain these measures, including more regular cleaning, the Council may only be able to keep this 1 facility open even when the works to Cory and North Quay toilets are complete. However, we will review this situation on completion of the refurbishment and continually keep this under review. 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

LAWNS & RAILWAY CAR PARKS: Padstow Town Councils car parks are open. Lawns Car Park refurbishment works have been completed. 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

OUTSIDE SERVICES: In addition to the emptying of public litter and dog bins a number of other outside services have resumed following the implementation of appropriate safety measures and procedures for the protection of staff and members of the public. The following sites are now being regularly maintained by way of grass cutting, strimming, weeding, general maintenance and tidying:
· Padstow Cemetery;
· St Petroc’s Churchyard;
· Stile Field;
· Wheal Jubilee Parc;
· Spritty Meadow;
· Trevone Green;
· Plantation;
· A number of Cornwall Council sites across the Parish including the maintenance of some footpaths.

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 gathering in groups of more than 6. Please read specific guidance on attending allotments here.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS: Until such time as we are advised otherwise, Cornwall Council the planning authority, are still processing planning applications. Following advice from the Cornwall Association of Local Councils, the Town Council has adopted a mechanism to enable it to respond as a planning consultee and to ensure public consultation during this time. Further information on this mechanism and current applications for consultation 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.

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.seadoghosting.com. Telephone messages can be left on 01841 532296, however these are unable to be checked as frequently as email.

OTHER SERVICES ACROSS CORNWALLL 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, email covid19@cornwall.gov.uk.

If anyone is concerned about compliance with emergency control measures to do with social gatherings please contact the police by calling 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk and 999 in an emergency.