Services will continue to be delivered with large numbers of staff working from home

Services will continue to be delivered with large numbers of staff working from home

Published: Wednesday, 18th March 2020

Large numbers of Cherwell District Council staff have been told to work from home from now onwards in line with the Government’s strategy on Coronavirus.

The council will await guidance from Government on how formal council meetings could be managed online before making further decisions on how these should proceed.

Chief Executive of both Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council, Yvonne Rees, said: “The advice from central Government is clear. If people can work from home they should. We will be following that advice.

“For some time now we have been working with staff to ensure that they are equipped and ready to work from home and we have now reached the stage at which we are asking them to do so. People who can work from home, will work from home.”

Critical frontline services at both councils - such as fire and rescue, waste collections, highways and adults and children’s social care - will continue to operate as normal.

Yvonne Rees added: “Senior staff will be talking on a daily basis to keep a very close eye on how individual services are managing and decide whether any new arrangements need to be made. Change is happening at pace. If this guidance alters we will make it clear”

Leisure centres and Banbury Museum

Cherwell District Council leisure centres are now closed as a result of the current situation. Banbury Musuem is also closed.

Street cleansing, business waste and residual waste collections

Our aim is to continue providing Waste Collections and Street Cleansing services as normal, in line with all government guidelines, if that changes we’ll let you know. We have temporarily stopped taking bulky waste bookings but will review this decision in early April. As cleanliness is high on the agenda, we understand our front line services are integral to our customers continued operations.

If you  are concerned about disposing of waste that has come into contact with the COVID-19 virus, we would ask that this waste is, as a minimum, double-bagged prior to collections. This is to maintain public health, the welfare of our collection crews and of course to help ensure that others are suitably protected.

In line with government advice, front line services are obviously taking precautions to ensure the health of our staff and residents. As such, we have enacted the following measures:

·       Our staff, inclusive of our drivers and waste operatives have been asked to adhere to social distancing measures

·       All of our staff have been given the ability to sanitise properly as they go about their work

·       All our front line employees have mandatory obligation to wear gloves.

Further useful information about council services

Advice and guidance for food businesses, information on the situation with food safety, environmental and licensing courses can be found here

Bulky waste collections have been suspended. Information can be found here

National advice

For current national government and information on Coronavirus.

County Council services

For news and information about county council services such as libraries, highways and transport, social care, fire and rescue and others, click here