SHDC – COVID -19 Update



Parking in South Hams and West Devon

To support local communities, key workers and the NHS, South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils have suspended parking enforcement in all of their pay and display car parks. With the exception of White Strand car park, where short stay restrictions still apply, to ensure that spaces are available for the pharmacy in Salcombe.

This decision protects both council enforcement officers, who may otherwise be at risk of contracting the virus, and key workers, as now they do not need to use the pay and display machines. South Hams District Council has also closed North Sands, Bigbury and Slapton car parks to discourage people from making unnecessary journeys.

As parking charges have been suspended, there is currently no requirement for people to renew their parking permit.  Therefore, the councils have temporarily suspended the sale of parking permits. These will go back on sale when parking charges return.

Cllr Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council said: “Everyone has been told that they should be staying at home unless their journey is essential for work, food or medical reasons. Therefore we should not be seeing people using our car parks for pleasure and social activities.  Relaxing enforcement will make it easier for those essential workers who need to use our car parks.

Cllr Neil Jory, Leader of West Devon  Borough Council added: “If you do have to go out for essential supplies and medicines, can we ask you to please park sensibly in our Town Centres.  Please also bear in mind that leaving your car unattended in a carpark for a long periods of time, may mean that there are no spaces for key workers.”

Both Leaders said: “Please listen to the advice, stay at home and don’t put yourself and others at risk.”

Waste and Cleansing Service Update

I thought it would be useful for you to have a regular update on our waste and cleansing services during the current crisis.

Over the past few weeks we have been affected in many ways such as staff sickness/self-isolation, suppliers closing factories, re-processors unable to continue to sort our recycling, and not least by altering our practices to ensure we follow the latest Government guidelines.

In summary, and until further notice, the main changes are:

  • Our waste and cleansing services are mainly operating as usual with the exception of bulky waste collections which have now stopped
  • Our public toilets will all be closed by 30 March (our contractor has been supplied with keys for crews to use)
  • Additional safe working practices have been put into place to safeguard waste operatives
  • DCC have closed the household waste recycling centres
  • Salvation Army textile banks in car parks will no longer be emptied

Members of the public are rightly praising crews at this time, however they should maintain social distancing and be discouraged from trying to ‘help’ crews. A round of applause is greatly appreciated though!

We have added a web page with specific advice for our trade waste customers and this can be found below.

We have a business continuity plan which considers the order of prioritisation of the different services should staff shortages force us to taking more drastic measures. Hopefully, these won’t be necessary but we will keep you informed.

Posted in General, SHDC.