Covid - 19 (Coronavirus) information
What to do with your rubbish if you have Coronavirus or are self-isolating
Follow the guidance on the Public Health England website if anyone in your household suspects they have Coronavirus. Individuals with confirmed Coronavirus can store their personal waste (for example, used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths) securely within disposable bags. When appropriate, these bags should be removed and placed into another bag and securely tied or sealed and kept separate from other wastes.
This must be stored for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual domestic or household waste bin.
Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.
Bulky waste collections
Bulky waste collections have been suspended. This is to help make sure we have enough staff for other collections as a result of COVID-19. Anyone with a bulky waste collection already booked will be contacted to arrange a refund.
Household waste recycling centres
All household waste recycling centres are currently closed until further notice. Please keep hold of any waste you were going to take to the recycling centre. Non-household waste includes materials such as: rubble, fixtures and fittings, chemicals and large electricals.
Recycling bring bank sites
We are currently operating our bring bank sites as normal. We ask you to follow the Government’s advice about staying at home and not to use these sites unless absolutely necessary.
Access to streets and roads
Due to the higher than normal numbers of parked cars crews may experience difficulty in accessing some of our most narrow roads and streets.
We are getting lots of reports of overflowing bins due to an increase in dog walkers because of Coronavirus. If you see an overflowing bin please take your rubbish and dog waste home with you if possible.
The Government has launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp. The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services. To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started. A set of menu options is then presented which the user can choose from and then be sent relevant guidance from GOV.UK pages as well as links to GOV.UK for further information. For more information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-coronavirus-information-service-on-whatsapp.
The Cabinet Office has published Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do. This includes answers to questions such as “can I drive to green spaces?” and “can I go to the park?”
The Parish Council would like to let residents know of the following schemes which are available locally to those who are currently self-isolating due to the coronavirus:
The Spar Shop in the village is able to provide home deliveries - call them on 01993 775442 for more information.
UE Coffee Roasters (https://uecoffeeroasters.com/) have organised a ‘pop up’ produce store that delivers a variety of staple food and vegetable items to the village. They are located on the Windrush Industrial Estate.
West Oxfordshire District Council are issuing regular updates on to their website at https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/coronavirus and Oxfordshire County Council are regularly updating information on their website at https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-information-from-the-government/.
Oxfordshire County Council has established a team of officers with a dedicated helpline number for vulnerable residents to access support. Residents in West Oxfordshire can call the dedicated team on 01865 897820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for help. This will be operational from 8:30am to 8:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am - 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday, from Friday 27th March. Residents who consider themselves extremely vulnerable can also register with the Government online at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable.
West Oxfordshire District Council has also set up a Community Support Helpline: 01993 861077.
Robert Courts, our local MP, has also issued the leaflet below with key information about the virus, support available locally and details of Coronavirus scams to be aware of. You can also contact him with your concerns at www.robertcourts/coronavirus or email@example.com.
Older residents can also contact the Age UK Oxfordshire support helpline on 01865 411288 for help. You will be asked to leave your name, address, contact number and a brief description of what is needed. A volunteer will then get in touch with you to see how help can be arranged.
Oxfordshire Mind have also issued information and ideas for maintaining good wellbeing at this difficult time:
Guideposts, a national mental health and wellbeing charity, offers free advice and support over the phone or via webchat. Lines open Monday to Friday 9-5pm.
T: 0300 222 5709
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has launched a 24/7 mental health helpline to take pressure off 111. The line will help get the right mental health advice for people of all ages including children and older adults.
T: 01865 904 997 (adults)
T: 01865 904 998 (children and young people)
Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Services offers free services to anybody aged 16+ experiencing domestic abuse. Their Oxfordshire Domestic Abue Helpline is still open and available Monday to Friday 10am - 7pm.
T: 0800 731 0055
* Alternatively, you can call the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline
T: 0808 2000 247.
Citizens Advice have converted their face-to-face advice to helping more people over the phone and added a new email advice service.
T: 0300 330 9049
If you have a diagnosis of dementia, or are a carer or relative of someone who has, DementiaUK can provide advice and support. Support line open Monday to Friday 9am - 6pm.
T: 01865 410 210
If you are seeking information about local support which is available or would like to volunteer to help in your local area, please either contact the Parish Clerk by phone on 07712 705865 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or check the website for Oxfordshire All In: https://www.oxfordshireallin.org/ which is coordinating information and support across the County.