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New Announcements

This page is designed to be updated regularly with any new announcements that KCC believe are of interest or importance to the Community.  It will, we hope, reflect corresponding announcements made by the Kerry-Dolfor-Sarn Facebook group, which means that anyone not subscribed to the group, or to Facebook itself, will not be 'left behind'. 


 

 Covid-19 Guidance

The Welsh Government is issuing weekly bulletins on the coronavirus (COVID-19) which you may find useful.  Please consider signing up to the bulletin so that you can be sure to receive these on a weekly basis. For information, I have attached the bulletin from 24 April.

If you would like to receive the coronavirus bulletin please sign up here.

Or email cabinetcommunications@gov.wales

You may also be interested to hear that there is now a single place on the Public Health Wales website where all the Easy Read versions of COVID-19 guidance are available.

The link to this site is https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-resources/easy-read-resources/.

Both English and Welsh versions of the Easy Read are available at this link.

 


Public 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 (COVID-19) infection

Updated 24 March

Introduction

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.

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
  2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
  3. 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.
 

Staying at home

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 possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household
  • 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.


Closing non-essential shops and public spaces

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, including:

  • 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.
 

Stopping public gatherings

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 rule:

  • 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.
 

Delivering these new measures

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.

 


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