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transport reduced because of Coronavirus (27/03/2020)
Public transport in Powys will be reduced to a modified Sunday service as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the county council has confirmed.
Normally Powys County Council provides around 30 local bus services across the county operating seven days a week, but national movement restrictions have forced a major reduction.
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transport, Councillor Aled Davies said: “Not surprisingly the Coronavirus outbreak and movement restrictions announced this week have had a dramatic impact on passenger numbers, both fare-paying and concessionary bus pass holders. Consequently, we are modifying of county bus service and introducing a service based on services operating typically 3 return journeys per day service.
“We have the county council’s core public transport to the following services:
- T12 Machynlleth to Wrexham
- X75 Llanidloes to Shrewsbury
- X47 Llandrindod to Aberystwyth
- T4 Brecon to Newtown
- X43 Brecon to Abergavenny
- T6 Brecon to Swansea
- All town bus services in Brecon, Newtown, Welshpool & Ystradgynlais
- X12 Operate to Abergavenny Tues, Thurs Fri
- X15 Operate to Hereford Monday & Wednesday
“In our very rural areas we are asking the Community Transport Sector if they can help make sure that the most vulnerable citizens to no suffer from rural isolation as a result of the suspended regular bus services. If necessary, we may look to provide a very limited Demand Respond Service.”
We ask that if you live in a town with a supermarket and chemist that you do not use public transport – we will prioritise serving rural communities along our core routes to enable them to access essential services. The new reduced service will come into operation on Monday 30th March and run for a minimum of six-weeks before being reviewed
Corona Virus Guidance
Stay at home guidance
Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus
The single most important action we can
all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS
and save lives.
When we reduce our day-to-day contact
with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the
government is now (23 March 2020) introducing three new measures.
- Requiring people to stay
at home, except for very limited purposes
- Closing non-essential
shops and community spaces
- Stopping all gatherings of
more than two people in public
Every citizen must comply with these new
measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the
powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
These measures are effective immediately.
The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them
if the evidence shows this is possible.
You should only leave the house for one
of four reasons:
- shopping for basic
necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as
- one form of exercise a
day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your
- any medical need, or to
provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- travelling to and from
work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home
These four reasons are exceptions - even
when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the
home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
These measures must be followed by
everyone. Separate advice is available for individuals or households who are
isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded.
If you work in a critical sector outlined
in this guidance, or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you can
continue to take your children to school. Where parents do not live in the same
household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes.
Last week, the Government ordered certain
businesses - including pubs, cinemas and theatres - to close. The Government is
now extending this requirement to a further set of businesses and other venues,
- all non-essential retail
stores - this will include clothing and electronics stores; hair, beauty
and nail salons; and outdoor and indoor markets, excluding food markets
- libraries, community
centres, and youth centres
- indoor and outdoor leisure
facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities
- communal places within
parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms
- places of worship, except
for funerals attended by immediate families
- hotels, hostels, bed and
breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for
commercial/leisure use (excluding permanent residents and key workers)
More detailed information on closures, including a
full list of those businesses and other venues that must close. Businesses and
other venues not on this list may remain open.
To make sure people are staying at home
and apart from each other, the Government is also stopping all public
gatherings of more than two people.
There are only two exceptions to this
- where the gathering is of
a group of people who live together - this means that a parent can, for
example, take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave
them at home.
- where the gathering is
essential for work purposes - but workers should be trying to minimise all
meetings and other gatherings in the workplace.
In addition, the Government is stopping
social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies.
This will exclude funerals, which can be attended by immediate family.
These measures will reduce our day to day contact with other people. They are a vital part of our efforts to reduce the rate of transmission of coronavirus.
Every citizen is instructed to comply with these new measures.
The Government will therefore be ensuring the police and other relevant authorities have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings where people do not comply.
They will initially last for the three weeks from 23 March, at which point the Government will look at them again and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.
An Update on Kerry Toilets
Sadly under the current Corona Virus recommendations we have had to temporarily close the public toilets in Kerry, this is for all our safety. We hope to re-open them as soon as we are able.
The toilets in Kerry provide a very valuable public facility – appreciated by locals and tourists alike. (In 2015, a footfall counter registered 70 visits per day of people using the facilities – they continue to be well used). Over the years Kerry Community Council has received many appreciative emails and comments on their cleanliness, and the fact that they are open 24/7. It’s thanks to both the good residents of Kerry, and the tireless work of our caretaker, Fred Friel and his wife Gill, for keeping them in a good state.
What you may not know is that, in 2015, Powys Council decided that they could no longer support the ongoing operation of the toilets, and they proposed to close them, unless the Community Council stepped in to take them over, under a licence agreement.
Kerry Community Council is committed to ensuring that the toilets remain part of community life and a (sometimes vital!) asset to Kerry. So take them over, we did.
The original toilets were built in the 1970’s. So they are about 50 years old. Whilst we can do what we can to keep them clean and tidy (and working), they are starting to ‘look their age’. There is work needed on the roof, the internal cubicles are on their last legs, and the sanitary ware is definitely of last centuries’ vintage.
Because of this, the Community Council has concluded that the best way forward is to apply for grant funding to help us to bring the facilities into the 2020’s. We can, if necessary, make do and mend without that funding, but our preferred route would be to make significant and lasting upgrades, so long as that funding can be obtained. Hot water would be a great start. They really should have disabled access. There would ideally be baby changing facilities. It would be nice to minimise water and electricity consumption through modern technologies. And so on…...
Applying for grant funding, of an amount that would make a real difference, is only really possible if we actually owned the freehold to the property, rather than running it under the current licence. Therefore the first step towards the future for Kerry’s toilets is to purchase the freehold from Powys Council, under a process called a Capital Asset Transfer. In reality, this purchase is for the grand sum of £1, and it means that we, as KCC, will own the toilets. We can then manage them without any constraint applied by Powys Council, other than the covenant on the title deeds that ensures that they continue to be used as a public toilet for the next 80 years – thereby guaranteeing their future use as toilets.
This purchase is currently ongoing, and should conclude within the next few weeks. At this point we will then need to start making decisions about what type and scale of funding we apply for, based on the extent of upgrade we plan to make.
This is where the community comes in. At the appropriate time, we will need your input to help prioritise the changes we make. Hopefully in the next few months. In the meantime, do please have a think about what you would like to see happen, so that you are ready to contribute when we get going on the next stage. And if you do have any immediate comments, please respond back to Angela Feltham, the Council clerk.