We are all here to help during the Coronavirus pandemic 

Cllr Robert Jandy, Chairman of the Parish Council says “in these uncertain times Stratton St Margaret Parish Council’s priority is to help safeguard the health and safety of our residents, whilst ensuring that we can continue to provide you with the best possible service.” 

With this in mind your Parish Councillor’s contact details are provided on the information leaflet. Please contact them if you require assistance. 

Please do not panic and stay calm. We are here to help you. 

Task Groups are being set up to assist those in need, for example: Collection of vital medication, Food Supplies, Assistance with pets 

The Parish Council is here to assist you and we will do all we can to help. 

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Parish Council office number: (01793) 823761 / Email: info@strattonstmargaret.gov.uk 

News and Information

How Swindon Borough Council is #HereForSwindon

Today, the Leader of the Council, Cllr David Renard, outlined several measures in place to provide help for Swindon’s residents, including businesses and the most vulnerable during this difficult time. We will also be promoting these directly to our residents via our social media.
At the top of the list is help that is available from the Government’s £500m hardship fund, which will provide council tax relief to vulnerable households. Swindon has been allocated £1.3m and the initial guidance suggests those on Council Tax Support could see their council tax bills reduced by a minimum of £150.

The 11 measures will provide:

  • Council tax support for the most vulnerable
  • Emergency household supplies for residents most affected by coronavirus
  • More parking options for key workers and residents who make essential journeys
  • Getting vital financial support to businesses
  • Supporting non-for profit and commercial tenants in Council properties
  • Helping residents access library services online
  • Volunteer support for those who need it most
  • Helping Swindon’s taxi drivers
  • Extending buss pass use for older and disabled people
  • Supporting Council housing tenants
  • Priority re-booking and waiving fees for marriages postponed due to coronavirus

This package of measures are designed to ensure the Council is doing all it can to ease some of that pressure that businesses and people will be facing across the borough in these uncertain times. You can find the full list of measures and what they mean for residents here.

Changes to the Council Garden Waste Collection Service

As of today (26 March) Swindon Borough Council is suspending its paid for Garden Waste collection service until Wednesday, 8 April as a result of COVID-19. These measure have been taken in order to divert resource towards our priority waste services including, black wheelie bin, blue bag, food waste and clinical waste collections.

All customers that are signed up to the garden waste service will receive notification of the suspension. Any compensation is likely to be in the form of an extension to the current subscription year or a deduction to residents’ 2021 subscriptions. If we are unable to resume garden waste collections on Thursday, 9 April we will let residents know via email with as much notice as possible.

We are urging residents to keep up to date with our services via the dedicated service status update page www.swindon.gov.uk/coronavirus 

WhatsApp Coronavirus Information service from GOV.UK

There is a new free to use service from gov.uk which provides official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes prevention tips, symptoms, latest number of cases in the UK, advice on staying at home, travel advice and myth busting. It is hoped that this will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well as ensuring people stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

To use the Service on WhatsApp, add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a message to get started. For more information visit the website.

LGA councillor guidance for COVID-19

The Local Government Association has published an updated version of its guidance for councillors which now reflects the Government’s ‘stay at home and away from others’ guidance and provides information to assist councillors.

A message from Great Western Railway regarding emergency rail measures

Message from the Lord Lieutenancy Office regarding the High Sheriff of Wiltshire

Major General Ashley Truluck, CB, CBE of Broad Chalke was appointed as High Sheriff of Wiltshire for 2020 – 2021 on Wednesday, 25th March, 2020 at his home in South Wiltshire.

History has been made as the declaration and appointment was the first ever High Sheriff Internet Declaration in Wiltshire, due to the restrictions now in place during the Coronavirus outbreak. The Declaration was witnessed virtually by the Undersheriff, Mr. David Lewis, who was also re-appointed for the forthcoming year; the outgoing High Sheriff, Mr. David Scott, DL and Mrs. Letitia Scott; the Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs. Sarah Rose Troughton, CstJ and Mr. Peter Troughton, CBE; High Court Judge Sir Christopher Butcher; Mr. Christopher Bromfield, Deputy Undersheriff for 2020-21 and Mr. Paul Mountford, Lieutenancy Officer.

For more information click here.

Latest news from Stratton St Margaret Parish Council

Government advice is to stay 2 metres away from people who are not living in the same household as you.
There is a serious risk to health, whatever your age.
Children can, and are, getting this virus. Children are sadly dying around the world from COVID19.
It’s with regret that we’re having to ask parents and carers to please be responsible for the safety of their children and young adults.
Our play parks are full of children not being encouraged to adhere to the social distancing.
We know it’s hard, but if we don’t start acting as advised play parks and open spaces may be completely out of bounds as they are in other countries.
The government has today said that it is selfish of people not to listen to advice, and we agree.
May we also ask, sadly, that while our grounds team absolutely love the kindness of many residents who stop and have a chat, you must observe the 2 metre minimum rule.
Our staff are at risk too.

How to contact Swindon Borough Council during Lockdown

If you have any concerns / questions about housing, or any other aspect covered by Swindon Borough Council, they have a dedicated page to help during this time: Access the page here.

Press Release from Swindon Borough Council

Helping those who need it most in your community

Vulnerable people forced to self-isolate due to the coronavirus pandemic will be offered a helping hand, thanks to a new voluntary initiative in Swindon.

Swindon Borough Council has teamed up with Voluntary Action Swindon and the Volunteer Centre Swindon to help pair volunteers with those who have no one to help them during the current public health emergency.

Members of the community who want to help those who are self-isolating who do not have their own support networks can now log their offers of support with Voluntary Action Swindon, who will work with the Council to pair them up with those most in need.  This could involve speaking to someone over the phone to offer some companionship or collecting shopping for those who are staying at home.

Pam Webb, CEO of Voluntary Action Swindon, said: “If you are someone who is self- isolating or in need of non-medical assistance as a result of coronavirus, we would recommend in the first instance that you reach out to family members, neighbours and friends that you know personally. But we are very aware that there will be people in our local community for whom this is not possible.

“These are the people we hope to help through our ‘Compassionate Swindon’ initiative.  We also want to try and help the many charities and care services continue to thrive who are also experiencing staff and volunteer shortages due to current containment protocols.

“As usual in difficult times the community spirit shines through and all three of the organisations in this partnership have been contacted by people wanting to volunteer.  We want to make sure that this fantastic community spirit is harnessed in the best way to keep both volunteers and those being helped safe.”

People who wish to support others should visit www.vas-swindon.org to complete a simple online form indicating how they are willing to help. The team at the Council’s Live Well hub will be helping to match all volunteers with those in need.

Councillor David Renard, Leader of Swindon Borough Council, said: “The Live Well Hub in Swindon works all year round handling referrals and giving people access to opportunities and services which can help improve their health and wellbeing.

“We are therefore very well placed to step up our current service in these difficult times to help people in our local community who are feeling more vulnerable. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Voluntary Action Swindon and the Volunteer Centre Swindon to harness the good will of the people of Swindon to provide help where it is needed.

“Anyone in the Swindon community needing some non-medical help can call the Council’s team on 01793 465513 or email livewell@swindon.gov.uk so they can be put in touch with residents willing to help.”

Sue Dunmore, CEO of the Volunteer Centre Swindon states: “The Volunteer Centre Swindon works hard to match people interested in volunteering with suitable opportunities and to ensure volunteering best practice is applied. We are delighted to be part of this partnership.”   

Cllr David Renard
Leader Swindon Council

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