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PUBLIC NOTICE: (update: 9th of May - 6:30 PM)

A spokesperson for South Oxfordshire District Council said: “We’re very pleased Didcot Civic Hall has been chosen for this important role – we have a lot of key workers living locally, so it’s an ideal site. Didcot Town Council and the Civic Hall will do a great job to accommodate the testing site.

 

Andre Silva, General Manager of Didcot Civic Hall says: “We’re delighted to be able to contribute to the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic and help the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum (TV LRF) and the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC), to support the British Army with the Covid-19 testing system in our car park. We expect to see a Mobile Testing Unit start operating from, Monday 11th May.”

 

For safety reasons, only the council, NHS and army staff can use the Civic Hall premises during this time with ID card and all safety equipment.

 

People needing to be tested will also be allowed to access the car park for their tests ONLY, as per the Government's directions and will need to adhere to everything the Army advise (e.g., stay in their vehicles for the duration of their visit).

 

Anyone who suspects they have symptoms is advised to book a test via the Government's website and to not turn up at the Civic Hall without an appointment.

 

For key workers registration and more information please visit www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test

 

Use our websites for more information. www.didcot.gov.uk | www.didcotcivichall.co.uk

OFFICIAL – Didcot Civic Hall partners the NHS in a bid to beat Covid-19 (update: 2nd of May 2 PM)

 

Didcot Civic Hall and Didcot Town Council has pledged to work in partnership with the NHS in any possible way to support their life-saving work during the Covid – 19 pandemic. The Civic Hall has been included as an official partner by making the venue available to any sector of the emergency services.

At the end of May – and two further dates in June – the Civic Hall will open its doors to help the NHS Blood and Transplant services.

 

For H&S reasons the Civic Hall will be closed on those dates to avoid any cross-contamination and to give full support to the NHS staff. All customers will be informed when this will take place.

Andre Silva, General Manager of Didcot Civic Hall says: "We are delighted to be helping support the national efforts to beat this virus. We have made the building available for the NHS and emergency services to use in any way they think fit."

Cllr Pam Siggers, Chair of the Civic Hall Management Committee: "We feel it is essential to play our part in this national emergency. The Civic Hall belongs to the residents of Didcot and I am sure that they will be pleased to see the facilities of this public building being used in the best possible way rather than remaining closed."

Civic Hall at the heart of Didcot

Didcot Civic Hall is situated close to all the major road and rail connections. The Hall offers six different rooms for hire from small intimate one-to-one meetings to larger conferences and weddings for up to 300 people. We have a large, level car park and modern facilities to ensure you get the best from your event. Find out more about the Civic Hall at the following websites.

www.didcotcivichall.co.uk/ and www.didcot.gov.uk

For further information contact Andre Silva – 07368 535610

Didcot Town Council's COVID-19 Crisis Management meeting update

(Update - 15th April 2020 4:15 PM)

After the DTC's Covid-19 Crisis Management Meeting this morning, the latest update are as follows:

  • DTC want to thank all residents who adhered to social distancing over the Easter break. This is greatly appreciated.

  • Thanks given to Andre Silva for the design of the leaflet to help the elderly and vulnerable – this leaflet will be distributed Councillors and their contacts within the community and featured on the DTC website.

  • We will be trialling a Committee meeting using Zoom – F&GP 27th April. Councillors will be invited to attend. The public will be asked to contact the Town Clerk if they wish to attend. DTC to purchase an annual Zoom licence. Agendas will be short and length restricted to one hour with an option to extend for 30 minutes.

  • The Planning Committee meeting for 22nd April will be via email comments from Committee members. The Didcot Garden Town Consultation will be added to this agenda to enable a DTC comment to be made before the end of April.

  • The Mayor Making will take place on 4th May 2020 – the agenda will be short but will include the Committee seats. The Annual Meeting on 6th May will not take place and any urgent business will be included on the Mayor-Making.

  • Allotments – grass paths have been cut across all five sites. Red and white barrier tape will be put up at the skatepark to further ensure that the public knows this facility is closed. Padlocks needed for the tennis courts. Outside Services are low on staff due to self-isolation and it is difficult to get parts to mend the mowers.

  • Finance – end of year closedown is due to take place remotely next week.

  • Data migration of computers took place over easter – so much of the data is now accessible.

  • Quarterly work plan to be produced to help Councillors keep up to date with actions.

  • For the latest information

We are all here to help and answer any questions. Please do email in and we will try and help you.

Cllr Mocky Khan

Leader of Didcot Town Council

(Update: 7th April 2020 3:30 PM)

After the DTC's Covid-19 Crisis Management Meeting this morning, the latest update are as follows:

  • DTC want to thank all residents for adhering to social distancing, staying at home and only leaving for exercise and shopping. This is greatly appreciated.

  • We have received guidance on how to hold virtual meetings. We will be testing the chosen platform and using it for a committee meeting before holding a virtual council meeting. Further details to be provided.

  • Businesses should be receiving the eligible grants, for more information please click http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/business/business-rates

  • Allotments – we have decided to stop the burn period, which was scheduled for April due to concerns it may have on those that are shielding or staying at home. We will provide an area for you to leave your cuttings. We will hope to have a burn period for autumn – potentially October.

  • Planning – we have written to SODC to give clarification of planning applications. Currently we are processing applications received. We want to ensure proper scrutiny is given, we will keep you updated. Any thoughts on planning then please let us know.

  • We are closing the gym equipment in all our parks and closing the skate park in Ladygrove.

  • For latest information https://www.didcot.gov.uk/

 

We are all here to help and answer any questions. Please do email in and we will try and help you.

 

Cllr Mocky Khan

Leader of Didcot Town Council

Message from Councillor Mocky Khan, Leader of the Council

After the meeting of the Council's COVID-19 Crisis Management Team, we have decided that Didcot Town Council and Civic Hall will remain CLOSED until 30th April 2020, when we will review the policy based on Government advice and guidelines.

The council will be providing services via phone, email and on the website www.didcot.gov.uk Please do keep checking our website as we will be communicating advice relating to business, community and residents.

Although Council and Committee meetings are postponed, where possible we will be using technology to discuss issues and in this unprecedented situation, emergency powers will be used to make key decisions. Our aim is to continue to keep the council functioning and to deliver to residents. The advice is to get exercise and fresh air while adhering to social distancing measures. We have noticed that a large group of people are using the playgrounds, on safety reasons, we have decided to close all playgrounds until further notice - the parks will remain open. I shall update you on a regular basis. In the meantime, please follow Government advice, self isolate if showing any symptoms and look out for your friends, family and those that are vulnerable.

Please do contact us if you need anything, we will try and help or guide you in the right direction. In these unpredictable times, we all need to stuck together.

Cllr Mocky Khan - Leader of the Council.

(Update: 31st of March 2020 at 4:30 PM) 

 

After the Didcot Town Council's Covid-19 Crisis Management meeting on Monday 30th March 2020, the updates are as follows:

  • DTC and Civic Hall to remain closed until at least 30th April 2020.

  • DTC services still open but only by phone and email. All DTC staff working from home. See https://www.didcot.gov.uk/

  • DTC's Covid-19 Action Plan in operation. Civic Hall will be available for our emergency services to use if and when needed.

  • Local charities, organisations and volunteer groups are being contacted to see how we can the Council can help. Grants available and can be applied for – see our website.

  • Physical Council and committee meetings postponed until further notice. Decisions are being made by using emergency powers or delegated powers or by email or 'virtual meetings' where possible.

  • Chair of Planning is to write to SODC asking for planning applications to be paused or deadlines extended to allow proper scrutiny of applications.

  • Parks are still open but all playgrounds are closed.

  • Didcot Summer Fayre planned for 1st August 2020 is now sadly postponed until 7th August 2021 where we will host a mega Fayre.

 

Thanks for your support and cooperation. Please remember to follow the Government's advice and 'Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives'.

 

Cllr Mocky Khan

Leader of Didcot Town Council

(updated: 23rd of March 2020 at 3:30 PM) 

After the meeting of the Council’s Covid-19 Crisis Management Team, we have decided that Didcot Town Council and Civic Hall will remain closed until 30th April 2020 when we will review the policy based on Government advice and guidelines. The council will be providing services via phone, email and on the website www.didcot.gov.uk/. Please do keep checking our website as we will be communicating advice relating to businesses, community and residents.

Although council and committee meetings are postponed, where possible we will be using technology to discuss issues and in this unprecedented situation, emergency powers will be used to make key decisions. Our aim is to continue to keep the council functioning and to deliver for residents. The advice is to get exercise and get fresh air whilst adhering to social distancing measures. We have noticed that a large number of people are using the playgrounds, on safety reasons, we have decided to close all playgrounds until further notice – the parks will remain open. I shall update you on a regular basis. In the meantime, please follow Government advice, self-isolate if showing any symptoms and look out for your friends, family and those that are vulnerable.

Please do contact us if you need anything, we will try and help or guide you in the right direction. In these unpredictable times, we all need to stick together.

Cllr Mocky Khan – Leader of the Council.

For emergencies (Community HUB) or any other business-related with Didcot Civic Hall please phone, Andre Silva on 07368535610

For Cemetery and Allotment enquiries, please phone Lucy Blake on 07395909267 (Tuesdays-Fridays)

For Events and general enquiries, please phone Chelsey Lordan on 07395957010

For Outdoor Services, please phone Tony Rudge on 07395952064

and for Finance and Invoice queries, please phone Sharon Hickman on 07395933618 (Monday-Thursday)

#covid19 #stayathome #staysafe

For more information, please follow the Central Government, NHS and PHE guidelines.

https://www.didcot.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-191.html

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms-and-what-to-do/

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england