CORONAVIRUS 2020

How it has affected this Town Council.

Currently, in light of Government and Health Executive guidelines, Bideford Town Council has cancelled all forthcoming meetings until further notice.

The Annual Parish Meeting, scheduled for 21st April, has been cancelled. As this is the meeting where we give out our Grants, this obviously will not go ahead either. We will be writing to all Grant Applicants over the next few weeks to inform them of their Application status.

It is with great regret that we have to cancel the VE Day 75th Anniversary Parade and Party, on the instruction from the Queen’s Pageant Master. A simpler form of commemoration will take place on 8th May, which is being reviewed as the time approaches.

We also sadly have to cancel the Cream Tea Festival scheduled for 17th May. This would have been the first of its kind – but we will look at launching it again next year and making it a great and exciting event, as we had planned.

In line with Government guidelines we have closed our outside gym in Victoria Park and would ask you please, in the interests of health and safety, do not use it until further notice.

The officers of this Council are working from home, where they can, and the preferred method of contact is email, although there will be someone to answer telephone calls at most times during the day on 01237 428817. Just click on the Contact link to email us or get in contact with your Ward Councillor.

During this terrible time, the Maintenance Team have elected to carry on working, where possible and will be on standby to work with local voluntary organisations should they be required. In the meantime they will observe the 2m rule and work on projects around Bideford that keep them outside and away from the public.

ALLOTMENTS:

Our Allotment sites are open to plot holders and according to Government advice, gardeners are encouraged to tend their plots BUT must adhere to the 2 metre rule and ensure that they sanitise their hands and the gate locks when entering the sites.

Remember that the virus is spread easily so try not to use other gardener’s tools... The weather is great for gardening at the moment and you will reap your rewards later on.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

If you are healthy and in a position to volunteer to help those more vulnerable   OR If you or someone you know is elderly or vulnerable please contact:

TTVS by telephone 01237 420130           or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

For more comprehensive and specific information on COVID 19, Coronavirus, or need to know what local services are available from our District Authority please click on the Torridge District Council link.

Devon County Council has launched the COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund to provide flexible resources to organisations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the social and economic consequences of this outbreak.

Grants available for applications of UNDER £500

While our healthcare systems, public health practitioners, and Local and National Government are doing everything in their power to slow the spread of coronavirus, our Voluntary and Community Sector organisations and local communities are also preparing to safely assist those most vulnerable during this unprecedented time.

Through the COVID-19 Action Fund, DCC will rapidly provide small amounts of grant funding to community-led schemes,
which identify and/or achieve the small but important things that can safely address some of the issues that are arising because of this Coronavirus outbreak.

These can include:
• Safe deliveries of essential goods and services to those who are vulnerable, such as foods and medicines.
• Support for accessing online information and services
• Virtual support groups to help people to stay connected and informed and to maintain and support mental health and wellbeing
• Transport related initiatives that support safe community responses to the outbreak

Applications are accepted from constituted and not-for-private-profit Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector groups and organisations, Town and Parish Councils, charities or businesses, or a combination of such groups working together

**(a) Non-constituted groups without their own, separate bank account, small local businesses and individuals may apply but they will need to do so with the support of an accountable constituted organisation acting on their behalf either as guarantor or as the holder of the funding. If you fall into this category, organisations that DCC would accept as guarantor or fund holder include:

•Town or Parish Councils
• Local Community and Voluntary Services organisation (CVS)
• Village Hall

• Another constituted local Voluntary group that qualifies


If you are uncertain how to do this then please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and mark your email SUPPORT in the subject line.
The application form can be accessed online here:

https://www.devon.gov.uk/document/covid-19prompt-action-fund/

Devon County Council are asking that all applications are either online, or emailed back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as there may be nobody in our offices to process paper applications.

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