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Councils promise essential services will continue throughout lockdown

The NFDC's waste collection trucks
The NFDC's waste collection trucks

ESSENTIAL council services will continue throughout the second lockdown, civic chiefs have promised.

New Forest District Council will maintain waste and recycling collections, while its car parks will stay open. Its housing, homelessness, planning and business support departments are also unaffected.

The authority pledged to honour the health, care and volunteer workers parking pass, but its five leisure centres will stay closed for the lockdown, slated to end on 2nd December.

NFDC leader Cllr Barry Rickman said: “I ask that you continue to help keep your family, friends and neighbours safe at this time, by staying at home as much as possible and following the rules in place across the country.”

Hampshire County Council will continue to operate its household waste recycling centres and its Meals on Wheels service, as well as core register office functions.

The eligibility for meals has been broadened temporarily, because of Covid-19, to include those aged under 55 and classed as highly vulnerable to the virus, or unable either to leave the house or reheat a pre-prepared meal.

BCP said it would continue to “deliver the most essential services to those most in need and keep vulnerable residents as safe as possible” and its services continued to be provided online through the respective websites for the areas it covers, including Christchurch.

The Hampshire Coronavirus Support and Helpline is available on 0333 370 4000. For the latest information provided by HCC visit www.hants.gov.uk/coronavirus and for NFDC go to www.newforest.gov.uk/coronavirus#h20

BCP Council support is available via the Together We Can pandemic helpline 0300 123 7052 or online at togetherwecan.bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Volunteer helpers can register with BCP Council’s partner, Community Action Network, by visiting www.can100.org/volunteering-opportunities, emailing togetherwecan@can100.org or calling 01202 466130.

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