Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Getting Kingsbridge Prepared

This is a plea!! Please take 2 minutes to read the following information from Kingsbridge Town Council.

You will all be totally aware of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and that the risk to the UK has been raised to High.  This is an unprecedented situation and we need to listen to the government’s instructions and act today.  The current advice remains that the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, and making sure you cough or sneeze into a paper tissue, put it in a bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards.

Anyone who shows certain symptoms is now being asked to self-isolate regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas in order to slow the spread of infection.  This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for:

  • 7 days if you live alone.
  • 14 days with everyone you live with (stay at least 3 steps away from others in your home if possible).

The symptoms are:

  • High temperature (37.8 degrees and above).
  • A new, persistent cough.

Routine testing will no longer take place for people who are self-isolating and have no additional complications and people do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation.  Anyone whose symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days should contact NHS 111 or online at https://111.nhs.uk/.

Guidance on self-isolation can be found on the NHS website:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

The national policy situation is fast-paced and the situation will continue to evolve on a daily basis.  The Health Secretary has reported that every person over the age of 70 will be told “within the coming weeks” to stay at home for an extended period to protect themselves from Coronavirus.  The government’s website is updating hourly, has accurate information and should answer the majority of your concerns:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

There are 2 things we can do in Kingsbridge to protect you, your loved ones and to keep your neighbours safe.

Firstly, look after yourself:

  • No more visits to friends or family unless totally necessary.
  • You should not travel unless it’s essential.
  • Start working from home if possible (not everyone can do this; but you should do if you can).
  • Avoid social venues and mass gatherings.
  • Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth (start folding your arms and clasping your hands together).
  • Avoid contact with people who are unwell.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
  • Discuss now with friends, relatives and immediate neighbours what to do if one of you has to go into self-isolation. What will the needs of each person be?  How will you cope?
  • Keep up to speed with government guidance on the TV and radio.

 

Secondly, Kingsbridge Town Council is already aware of numerous offers of assistance from individuals and community groups and this enthusiasm needs to be captured and co-ordinated.

WE ARE THEREFORE SEEKING PEOPLE IN EVERY SINGLE STREET IN KINGSBRIDGE TO ACT AS VOLUNTEER ‘GUARDIAN ANGELS’ WILLING TO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL NEIGHBOURHOOD.  Please give the Town Council your contact details, address and area you can manage by emailing reception@kingsbridge.gov.uk or phoning 01548.853296 between 9.30 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. Monday to Friday.  Thanks.    

What you will be required to do:

  • Share your own contact information (name, address, landline, mobile and email) and willingness to help out with everyone else in your street now. You can do this by simply popping a note through letter boxes with an offer for them to get in touch with you if they’re stuck in anyway, to do some shopping for them or to go to the chemists.  The Council can provide a proforma for this.  The chap at the end of the road may be a recluse but he will not mind your offer of help.
  • We are not suggesting that one ‘Guardian Angel’ should be the single contact for every household in your street, so please get together with some of your other friends to ensure your street is totally covered.
  • Then stay in touch and consider coming up with a ‘buddy’ system within your street to ensure that everyone is connected to Coronavirus related news and can receive support safely such as essential deliveries.

Local community and sports groups will also wish to offer help as there could be a future scenario where a pool of manpower is required e.g. to act as volunteer drivers.  Again, please get in touch via email at reception@kingsbridge.gov.uk and report what resources you can provide.

STOP PRESS:  The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary measures to support businesses through the period of disruption caused by Covid-19:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

 

We’ve got a fabulous community here in Kingsbridge and our resilience is about to be tested but we can work together to combat a COVID-19 outbreak.  There has been a fantastic response so far; stay calm, be positive, let’s get Kingsbridge prepared.

Postponed – The Great British Spring Clean

Further information about the new date for Kingbridge will follow in late Summer

Join us for the Great British September Clean

11-27 September 2020

Everyone at Keep Britain Tidy has been absolutely blown away by your support for this year’s Great British Spring Clean. Together – volunteers, local authorities, charities and businesses – have shown tremendous commitment to the campaign and to each and every one of you we would like to say a huge big thank you.

Our first priority has always been making sure everyone stays safe and so we have taken the decision to postpone this year’s Great British Spring Clean until September.

Join us for the Great British September Clean, from 11-27 September, when we will be bringing communities back together to clean up our streets, parks and beaches.

 

 

Kingsbridge needs You! 28th March 2020 The Great British Spring Clean

Can you spare half an hour between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 28th March?

Join us on Kingsbridge Bandstand at 1.45pm and help us clean up!

Now into its fifth year, the Great British Spring Clean is Keep Britain Tidy’s annual national clean-up campaign.

During the campaign, members of the great British public join forces with a range of partners to get rubbish off the ground, safely collected and recycled.

See our poster for my info:

The Great British Spring Clean

Potential Flooding – Monday 9th March to Saturday 14th March

The Kingsbridge community knows that high tides at the head of the estuary can spill over the harbour wall to block pedestrian footways and that tidal water is forced up drains in the highway to flood Ilbert Road, Prince of Wales Road, Mill Street, Bridge Street and Quay Lane.  Yes, it has always been the case!!  However, next week we do have some exceptionally big tides on the way particularly on the mornings of Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th.  The approximate time window for high tides over 5 metres is as follows:

Monday 9 March                              0500-0630 and 1730-1900

Tuesday 10 March                           0445-0715* and 1815-1945

Wednesday 11 March                     0630-0800* and 1845-2015

Thursday 12 March                         0700-0830* and 1930-2100

Friday 13 March                               0745-0915 and 2015-2145

Saturday 14 March                          0830-1000 and 2045-2215

We’ve just experienced the wettest February on record, the water table is saturated, and the Met Office forecast is for more heavy rain; the potential for flooding this time around is very real. 

Kingsbridge residents and businesses are advised to consider positioning sandbags at their properties throughout and move valuables and stock to upper floors.  The Town Council has a stockpile of sandbags for it’s residents – please telephone 01548.853296 or drop into the Council Offices at Quay House which are open 9.30 am. to 1.00 pm. Monday to Friday.

Pedestrians should avoid flood water at all times and be aware that it is very likely to bring raw sewage to the surface.  Please plan your day ahead and make your shopping trips accordingly.  Motorists are strongly requested to make detours around the flooding e.g. school runs.  Bridge Street, Mill Street and Ilbert Road may have to be closed during substantial flooding.  Motorists who drive into flood water are taking unnecessary risks with their own safety.

Finally, please listen to weather reports on local television and Radio Devon to keep well informed as the weather situation can change rapidly.  You can subscribe to Met Office warnings or get the App at www.metoffice.gov.uk and advice on what to do before, during and after flooding is available from Environment Agency website or by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

Fingers crossed that Kingsbridge will be spared any hardships but as we all know it’s wise to be prepared.