Update on Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Council Leader, Councillor Bob Cook.
We continue to provide weekly updates on the last working day of the week and our main focus is on keeping you informed of changes to services.
Applications for phase 3 of the extended local business grants fund scheme are now open and must be in by Sunday, August 2.
The scheme has been extended to include some small manufacturing businesses, regular market traders, and some additional businesses eligible for Expanded Retail Discount.
Businesses that were eligible for previous phases of the local business grants fund scheme can still apply if they have not done so already.
Full details and an application form can be found on our webpage www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus/businesssupport.
Cashiers – reminder
The cashiers desks in our Customer Service centres will re-open from Monday (July 20).
Green waste collections – reminder
Green waste collections will return to normal full service from Tuesday (July 21) with collections from Tuesdays to Fridays. Weekend green waste collections have now stopped with immediate effect.
The normal service will start on red week and run until Friday, November 13.
For the time being residents can still put green waste out in reusable bags (which will be returned), plastic carrier bags or bin liners. For more information, visit www.stockton.gov.uk/greenwaste.
Libraries – reminder
The second stage of the reopening of libraries begins on Monday (July 20) when the service at our larger libraries – Billingham, Norton, Stockton, Thornaby Central and Yarm – will be extended to include limited browsing and access to ICT facilities.
This adds to the book returns and book collections service which re-started at these libraries earlier this month. Extended opening hours of 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, will also start at these libraries on Monday (July 20).
Parking fees and permits – reminder
Parking fees were suspended temporarily during lockdown but will resume in all Council-run car parks (including Castlegate and Wellington Square) and at on-street parking meters as of Monday (July 20).
The renewal of residents’ parking permits will also resume from Monday (July 20). We want to give people time to update their permits so for now, expired permits will continue to be considered valid until further notice.
Preston Park Museum – reminder
Preston Park Museum will re-open on Monday (July 20) and a number of measures will be in place to ensure everybody’s safety, including a requirement that people book their visit in advance. Details are available in advance on the Preston Park Museum website www.prestonparkmuseum.co.uk.
We couldn't produce and distribute a hard copy of the July edition of Stockton-on-Tees News due to the coronavirus pandemic, so we decided to do a digital version instead. It's available now on our website and it's full of news and features about everything that's going on in the Borough. And with it being digital, there are video stories too.
You can find it at www.stockton.gov.uk/stocktononteesnews/july2020 and I do hope you enjoy it. Of course, not everybody has internet access so we've printed a small number of hard copies. If you or someone you know would like one posted out just email [email protected] or call 01642 524581.
Even though lockdown restrictions are being eased, it remains vitally important that everyone sticks to social distancing to keep us all safe.
It’s crucial we all approach the changes with caution and respect the rules which are in place to minimise the risk of the virus spreading.
Social distancing only works effectively as a preventative measure when all of us follow the guidance.
I urge you all to play your part and help us be in a stronger position in our fight against COVID-19.
Protecting each other, and particularly our most vulnerable residents, is still of paramount importance.
Remember, you can keep up with all Coronavirus (COVID-19) related developments in the Borough, including details of the range of support available, via our webpage www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus.