COVID 19 Arrangements
After the latest Government advice, Northwich Town Council will close it offices from Monday 23rd March to protect its employees, Councillors and members of the public. The office will still be staffed from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Monday to Friday to answer calls only.
All events that Northwich Town Council were planning this year with partners have been postponed which included the Community Fun Day at Vickersway Park, Krazy Races and Verdin Park Music Festival
We have also closed our play areas with immediate effect where possible; these will include Vickersway Park, Skate Park, Church Walk, Burnside Way, Victoria Street, Old Hall Road, James Street and Danefields. All of other open spaces will remain open but we urge that visitors follow current government guidelines on social distancing and wash/sanitise hands as recommended.
The ongoing opening of open spaces will be reviewed on a daily basis and we will follow any government guidance that is issued.
All Council meetings that were scheduled to take place have now been cancelled until further notice. The Council took this step at its meeting on Thursday 19th March to ensure the council can continue to operate in the intervening period by providing emergency powers to the Town Clerk.
Northwich Town Council is working with Cheshire West & Chester Council and partners to help in whichever way it can to support our residents through this very difficult time.
Updates will be provided via our website www.northwichtowncouncil.gov.uk Twitter and Facebook but if you are not online then please call our office on 0160641510 and we will do our very best to help.
Northwich has an amazing community and if we all pull together we will get through this.
Take care all and stay safe.
A message from Northwich Town Mayor. Cllr. Kevin Rimmer.
In these very worrying and troubled circumstances I just wanted to reiterate the importance of complying with our Borough Council’s guidelines which follow those of the Government daily advice and updates.
I would appeal for all of us to be good neighbours, especially those who live alone and are vulnerable. Kindness and good deeds will get us through this, but it is also primarily important to first and foremost look after ourselves and our immediate family living at home.
We need to be prepared and understand that this situation that we find ourselves in will last some considerable time, so we must keep up to date with daily information, setting out the guidelines to keep ourselves safe. There are lots of voluntary groups setting up within our community to help with day to day practical needs, so please make yourselves known to them either to obtain their help, or if you are able to volunteer in some way.
I must thank everyone who is dealing with this situation the best way they can, but I especially want to thank all those working in the healthcare industry. They are putting themselves at tremendous risk. We should therefore be tolerant at all times.
This is a time of unprecedented uncertainty for all of us. We need to think hard about the consequences of unnecessary panic buying and the drastic effect it is having on others, please be considerate, we are not going to run out of food. I wish everyone to keep well, keep safe and to comply fully with any given instructions. Be kind to each other always.
Cordinated community response to COVID-19 launched
Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) and the voluntary and community sector are all working closely together to provide an opportunity for residents to volunteer in the fight against COVID-19.
An online form has been created for residents to pledge their support for local communities, helping to make sure west Cheshire’s most vulnerable residents have access to things like essential food and medical supplies, as well as somebody to keep in touch with during any periods of self isolation.
Once residents have completed the online form, CWVA will signpost them to the charities and community groups in their area so they can do their bit to tackle COVID-19. Residents can also state what kind of volunteering they would be interested in so they can be matched with the ideal charity or community group.
Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “It is fantastic to see so many groups popping up in communities throughout west Cheshire as this spirit shows the determination of local people to triumph over the pandemic we now face.
“We are working closely with our partners in the community and voluntary sector to make sure we have a coordinated response and avoid any duplication. A lot of these charities and community groups have been around for years, providing a valuable service to vulnerable residents, and they continue do so in the fight against COVID-19.
“I would like to invite all volunteers who want to help and all groups who are already mobilising their efforts to become part of our network so that we can work together to build a strong and sustainable community response to coronavirus that safeguards the elderly, vulnerable and economically-impacted individuals in our borough.
“By working together across the community with local health organisations, charity sector, business sector, voluntary sector and faith sector, we can all play our part and beat this virus into history.”
Good neighbours can make a big difference to more vulnerable residents in their communities over the coming weeks and months, whether that is collecting their shopping, sending their mail, or simply have a short phone call with them.
Micro volunteering is a great way of doing small things to make a big impact. You don’t even need to leave the house as simply spreading the word about services or activities available in local communities could make all the difference.
All kinds of volunteering can be done while taking the relevant precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and before eating, drinking or touching your face.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Leave any of your good neighbour deliveries at the door.
If you are a local charity or community group and would like to share your current activities, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Businesses wanting to get involved with the community response can also email the same address.
Further update posted 28th April, 2020
This is a challenging time but also one where we are seeing the best of people, with communities pulling together to help each other.
The Council is using it’s engagement platform to launch the Inspire Cheshire West website – an interactive online space to showcase and celebrate community spirit in the borough during the Coronavirus outbreak. The site gives residents a place to share inspiring stories of how communities are pulling together and playing their part. It also features a section for ideas on maintaining good physical and mental wellbeing and practical suggestions for making the most of being at home, from cultural activities to using up your leftovers as shop visits reduce, which you may find useful.
Please use the link below so local people can share and celebrate positive stories that illustrate how individuals and communities are playing their part to make a difference during the pandemic.