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Leighton-Linslade Covid-19 Task Force – Updated 26.03.20
The Task Force comprises representatives from faith, the community, homeless service, town council and Bedfordshire and Luton Emergency Volunteer Executive as well as a corps of volunteers.
Immediate Response: The Task Force has begun to provide food parcels to those who find themselves in desperate immediate need.
If you personally or know of anyone who is in immediate desperate need, please
telephone: 0300 300 8900
or complete the online form at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/covidhelp
In addition, the Task Force is considering ways of working with local businesses in order to ensure that the supply of food is maintained.
Volunteering: For those who would wish to volunteer help and support, the Task Force asks that you
telephone: 0300 300 8900
or register at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/covidvolunteer
Communication: We will continue providing information as soon as we are able to do so.
Central Bedfordshire Council is keeping their dedicated COVID-19 web pages up to date with all the relevant information for residents. The link is www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/covidinfo
Thank you again for showing your concern in supporting our community.
The Leighton-Linslade Covid-19 Task Force Group.
Town Council Services – Updated 24.03.20 at 12:40pm
Leighton-Linslade Town Council is closely monitoring Government advice in respect of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
From today, staff will be working remotely, as far as practicable. We will do our best to maintain core services but this will be highly dependent on availability of staff, technology and resources. Please bear with us if there is a delay in answering your call, email or social media message.
We advise all residents to follow the official Public Health England advice on self-isolation and social distancing.
We are updating our web pages as best we can in the circumstances but a summary of Town Council service changes is below:
Town Council meetings – all scheduled meetings have been cancelled, until 29 June 2020. At the time of writing, the law does not allow for remote or virtual meetings for local councils. Should this change, the Council will consider implementing such meetings until normal scheduled meetings can resume.
The Prime Minister has announced that people must stay at home except for ‘very limited purposes’.
The market is therefore closed until further notice. The safety of the public, traders and our staff are of paramount importance.
Parks & Open Spaces
Government restrictions are clear in that playgrounds and outdoor gyms should no longer be used. Where possible we will aim to lock play areas, but some are open and access cannot be restricted. We look to our residents to take a personal moral responsibility in following the Government instructions which are designed to safeguard us all. Thank you for your co-operation at this difficult time.
Our parks remain open and we will endeavour, with restricted staffing, to maintain parks services as best we can. Please follow Government instructions and use the parks responsibly, maintaining social distancing. Thank you.
We ask all residents to please respect Government restrictions regarding use of outdoor facilities at the current time.
The Town Council is endeavouring to maintain our services with available resources in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes our allotment sites. For security reasons the site gates cannot be left open and limited resources do not allow us to frequently disinfect the gates and locks.
Allotment holders are asked to carefully consider the current Government guidance and if you do visit your allotment site, please do so responsibly – alone, for a limited time, maintain social distancing and wash your hands frequently.
All Town Council facilities are closed until further notice. This includes pavilion buildings, sports pitches and public toilets.
Teenage Advice and Information Centre
TACTIC is now closed until further notice.
Annual Business Networking Event 2020 – Postponed until 9th September 2020
Big Lunch Food Festival 2020 – Postponed until 16th August 2020
Music in the Park 2020 – due to commence on 7 June; this will be reviewed nearer the time.
Linslade Canal Festival – currently scheduled for 25 July 2020; this will be reviewed nearer the time.