CORONAVIRUS – SERVICE STATUS

CORONAVIRUS
TAVISTOCK TOWN COUNCIL – SERVICE STATUS
 
In view of the Coronavirus Pandemic the following Town Council Service areas are temporarily closed: 
 
  • Town Council Offices
  • Tavistock Pannier Market
  • Town Hall & Butchers’ Hall
  • Children’s Play Areas
  • Guildhall Car Park       

Tavistock Town Council is delivering essential services during the Coronavirus pandemic.

 Parks and open spaces: Members of the Works Department are busy keeping our parks and open spaces, including The Meadows, Whitchurch Down and the smaller local parks, neat and tidy to provide pleasant havens for you to exercise in, and to have them ready for when we can use them normally again.

 Supporting the Community: Tavistock Town Council has offered our staff and premises to the local relief effort, and is offering grants to support local voluntary and charity groups which are helping the vulnerable members of the community who may be lonely, feeling anxious or are self-isolating.

 Local economy: Tavistock Town Council is working with the Tavistock Business Improvement District (BID) and West Devon Borough Council to manage the safe reopening of shops selling non-essential goods in the Town Centre, as circumstances and Government policy permits. We are liaising with market traders to prepare for when the Pannier Market can safely open again and we are looking forward to being able to re-open the Town Hall and Butchers’ Hall in due course. The Council, in its role as landlord of Council-owned premises, has offered deferred rental payment arrangements to its tenants which are more generous than those recommended by the Government. We are trying hard, within our means, to help our tenants to keep their businesses afloat until normal trading can start again. We are also signposting businesses and the public to other sources of available support.

 Guildhall Project. Work on the Guildhall and Guildhall Square came to a halt because of the Coronavirus pandemic, and the need to safeguard the construction workers. We are pleased to announce that work is expected to start again next week (26th May), concentrating initially on the exterior work whilst our General Manager and the construction company work out the best ways to continue the interior work, while protecting the builders from infection.

 Plymouth Road Cemetery. Although the Cemetery office is currently closed, the Cemetery is open for burials and, subject to some necessary precautions, open to visitors wishing to pay their respects to their loved ones.

 Democratic business: The Town Council held an urgent, socially distanced, meeting of Full Council just before the lockdown was imposed. We recognised that normal Council Meetings would not be possible for the foreseeable future and so the Town Clerk, supported by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Immediate Past Mayor, was given delegated authority to take urgent decisions on the Council’s behalf. The Government has now passed legislation permitting virtual meetings of the Council and its Committees. The first virtual meeting of the Development Management & Licensing Committee was held on the 19th May and meetings of the Budget & Policy Committee, and Full Council, are planned for the near future.  Members of the public will be able to watch Council Meetings via a YouTube feed.

 Council Administration: Social distancing requirements meant that we had to close the Council Offices in Drake Road to the public and Councillors. Our Officers and staff are working from home and are looking after the administration of Council affairs. Our senior Officers are working in the offices on a rota basis to undertake essential tasks that cannot be done remotely.

  Contacting Tavistock Town Council: The best way to communicate with us during the “lockdown” period is by e-mail: info@tavistock.gov.uk,  by leaving a message by phone (01822 613529), or writing to us at Tavistock Town Council, Council Offices, Drake Road, Tavistock, Devon PL19 0AU. Your messages will be picked up typically on a Tuesday or Thursday when you will also normally be able to speak to a member of staff on the phone.

 If you need information or assistance with regard to the Coronavirus outbreak, please see: 

Devon County Council’s website 

https://www.devon.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-in-devon/

 or West Devon Borough Council’s Website https://www.westdevon.gov.uk/article/6652/Coronavirus-information-and-advice

 If you need assistance with benefits advice, housing, homelessness, accessing government business grants, refuse or recycling please telephone West Devon Borough Council on 01822 813600, email customer.services@swdevon.gov.uk  or in an out of hours emergency 0800 1694217