Borough Council of Wellingborough

Coronavirus advice

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either: a high temperature and/or a new continuous cough. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111.

For more information about when to call 111 and advice about staying at home

Changes to services and advice relating to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Published Thursday, 19 March 2020

Latest information and guidance

National and local guidance

Government

NHS

Northamptonshire County Council

Council offices

Following Government guidance in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please be advised that you should only visit the Council offices if it is necessary.

If you are able to speak with a member of the team via the phone please call us on 01933 229777 in the first instance. Officers will be able to provide you with the relevant advice and support.

Residents

Government has published guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from Coronavirus (Covid-19). Full details of who is affected can be found here. If you're at high risk, you will be contacted by the NHS by Sunday 29 March 2020. Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage – wait to be contacted. 

Council Tax

We recognise that residents may experience financial difficulty during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

If you are having difficulty paying your Council Tax you can contact the team who will be able to offer you support and advice on the options available to you.

Due to high service demands being experienced by the team at present, please email us in the first instance, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Disposal of personal waste during the Coronavirus Pandemic

The latest Public Health England information regarding the disposal of personal waste is as follows:

If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

Services and facilities

We are no longer taking bookings for the following services due to Government guidance regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19).

  • Bulky waste collection - all existing bookings will be honoured.
  • Hire of public halls, the Tithe Barn, Swanspool Pavilion and Finedon Town Hall -  existing hirers will be notified that any bookings taken up to the end of April will be cancelled.
  • Football bookings, Bowls green bookings at Swanspool Gardens, Tennis court bookings at Swanspool Gardens. All existing bookings will receive a refund.
  • The opening of the Splash Park at Embankment will be suspended until further notice.
  • The market toilets are closed until further notice. Swansgate Car Park toilets remain open with a revised cleaning schedule in place.
Following the Government's guidance regarding the Coronavirus pandemic and social distancing, Waendel and Redwell Leisure Centres will be closed until further notice. For more information, please click the link below: https//www.placesleisure.org/closure

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Events

The International Waendel Walk, which was scheduled to take place from Friday 8 – Sunday 10 May 2020 will not take place this year.

The Borough Council of Wellingborough has with regret made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event to ensure the safety of its residents and visitors during this time. All refunds will be processed.

Businesses

Business Rates

We are working with Government regarding the latest guidance for Business Rates relating to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Please follow this link for the latest advice and information. We will write to all eligible businesses about business rates changes and small business grant funding in the next weeks, you do not need to contact the council.

Government guidance has been published for businesses and other venues subject to further social distancing measures.

The Government has announced relaxation of planning rules to assist pubs and restaurants during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Businesses are advised to read the latest Government guidance on business rates affected by coronavirus.

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is now available through participating lenders. Small businesses are advsied to read the latest guidance from British Business Bank.