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'TO HELP SAVE LIVES - STAY AT HOME'

Help and Assistance During the Covid 19 Pandemic

Galleywood Volunteer Group 01245 806220 https://www.facebook.com/groups/135868251182961

Essex Welfare Service 0300 303 9988

Government Hotlines 
HMRC 0800 015 9559
Universal Credit 0800 328 5644
School Closures 0800 046 8687
NHS 111.nhs.uk or 111

Essex County Council www.essex.gov.uk/coronavirus

CVS Chelmsford 01245 351888 or 250731 https://chelmsfordcvs.org.uk

Provide - for help with mental health https://www.provide.org.uk/

Support for Businesses during Coronavirus (Covid-19) https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support

Food Bank urgent fundraising page https://www.gofundme.com/f/ecafoodbankappeal

 

PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE CLOSURE

In line with Government guidance regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus) the Parish Council office is closed to the public until further notice. Staff will be working remotely and will have access to Parish Council emails and the office answerphone. We will endeavour to respond to all enquiries.
All forthcoming Council and Committee meetings are cancelled along with the monthly Councillor surgeries.
The Annual Parish Meeting due to be held on 30 April 2020 was cancelled.
During the perod of closure the Parish Council's Village Attendants will not be litter picking in the Village, therefore it would be helpful if residents could dispose of any litter at home.

Public Toilets Watchouse Road - these are now closed until further notice.

Youth Club - this is now closed until further notice.

Telephone Book Swap - this is now closed until further notice.

 

LIFE IN LOCKDOWN - The People of Essex – share your stories...

The Research and Citizen Insight team at Essex County Council are reaching out to residents of Essex to hear their experiences and share stories of what it has been like for you during this extremely challenging time. How has COVID-19 and the lockdown has impacted your life, how you’ve been getting on, how you have managed to stay connected with friends, family and your community and how you’ve been feeling throughout the lockdown period?

The team created an Instagram and Facebook page called ‘People of Essex’ that shares stories from across Essex about lots of different topics.  If you know anyone else, a friend, family member, someone in your community who would also like to share their story of what life in lockdown has been like, please share the email with them.

Please have a look at Instagram and Facebook pages @peopleofessex and like and share with your friends Facebook page:  Instagram page: 

 

YMCA

The YMCA is currenlty offering a range of support services during the COVID-19 Lockdown.  Family support, Digital Youthworking, Online Early Years and Housing and Welfare support.  If you feel that you know of any individual, families of organisations thta might benefit from these services or might like to know more, please contact http:www.ymcaessex.org.uk/coronavirus-response/

Road TRaffic regulation act 1984 - section 14(1)

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Skinners Lane, Galleywood 

Please click on the following link https://one.network/?tm=116834948 to find details of the intended closure of Skinners Lane, due to commence on 6 April 2020 for 61 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Cadent undertakes gas mains replacement works. Road closure in place between 6 April 2020 and 30 April 2020. At all other times the road will be open to traffic.

THE SPINNEY - PLAN OF MAINTENANCE

Maintenance works at The Spinney commenced on Wednesday 11 March has now been postponed due to government regulation regarding COVID-19 . This includes repairs to the gates and fencing, footbridge boards and barriers for the pond dipping platform. Fencing protecting the path from the main pond will also be replaced. During this time the area will remain closed to pedestrians and there is no access through the site. Appropriate notices have been put up and the entrance gates taped off. Please do not enter the site nor remove the notices or tape.

TWITTEN GREEN - PLAN OF MAINTENANCE

Maintenance works at Twitten Green commenced on Monday 16  March 2020. This includes the installation of a kissing gate to the rear of the site entering Poinds Road.  Vegetation will be cut back and general tree maintenance undertaken.  It is anticipated that the first clearance phase will be completed within the week.  Please do not enter the site if workmen are present or remove any notices or tape deployed.

IMPORTANT NEWS - Plastic Recycling
Chelmsford City Council will no longer be supplying residents with additional rolls for recycling. In response to the climate and ecology emergency declared in July 2019, they have loooked at areas where we can eliminate or reduce single-use plastics within their organisation. The decision was made to no longer issue outposts with rolls of plastic recycling bags with immediate effect. They will continue to deliver a roll of plastic sacks to each household once a year.

Dog foul bags will also no longer be issued. Part of being a responsible dog owner is picking up your dog's waste. Once the limited supply of bags held by the Parish Council at the Keene Hall has gone there will be no more.

GALLEYWOOD LIBRARY - Closed until further notice 
Galleywood Parish Council is very please to receive the news that Essex County Council has decided not to close any libraries in Essex. As part of the recent Essex Future Library Services Strategy 2019-24, Galleywood Library was originally placed in Tier 4 and identified for closure. The Parish Council has been proactive with holding a public meeting back in January and a series of meetings with Essex County Council's Cabinet member, Councillor Susan Barker. A Strategy for the Galleywood Library had also been prepared by the Parish Council to keep us 'ahead of the game'. Click HERE to view the document.  We now look forward to working closely with Essex County Council and others to deliver a future proofed Galleywood Library service.

ESSEX POLICE - SPECIAL CONSTABULARY - NOW RECRUITING - GALLEYWOOD
If you want to make a real difference in your town then volunteer as a Community Special Constable and play a part in keeping your neighbourhood safe. Galleywood Parish Council is supporting Essex Police to increase local and visible policing in their area:  Visit www.essex.police.uk/communityspecials to find out more. Your Community, Your Opportunity, Your other life.  Galleywood Parish Council will be funding the initiative.  Under the scheme the Parish Council will fund the expenses of volunteer police officers who will be designated to Galleywood.  The Special Constables will be volunteering 16 hours each month and will have the same full policing powers and uniform as regular police officers.  If you are interested in volunteering form this role please contact the Parish Clerk 01245 358898 or email clerk@galleywoodparishcouncil.gov.uk

GALLEYWOOD AND DISTRICT NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH - IMPORTANT MESSAGE
The group is currently in need of volunteers and would ideally suit members of the community who have a small amount of free time and would be willing to serve the community.  The role of a volunteer is certainly very rewarding.  If you would be willing to offer your services, please contact 01245 611426.
Information can be sent out to provide you with details of what the positions entail.

GALLEYWOOD PUBLIC CONVENIENCES -  Closed until further notice

In case of any emergency please contact 01245 606299 or for any other issues please contact clerk@galleywoodparishcouncil.gov.uk