Given the current public health concerns I thought it would be useful to advise you of the current state of play at the Town Hall.

Over the course of a day many, many people pass through the Town Hall so we are concentrating our efforts in making that as risk-free as possible. Consequently, we have asked our contract cleaners to concentrate their efforts on those surfaces that people regularly touch – door handles, taps, kitchen work surfaces etc. We have three sets of toilets in the building and will be encouraging users to take advantage of the hand washing facilities therein. We are awaiting a delivery of sanitizer gel and will be installing gel dispensers at the main entrances.

At this moment in time we have no plans to shut the Town Hall to hirers. It is our intention to continue to facilitate the full range of activities at the Town Hall. That will only change if Public Health England issue contrary advice. If that happens we will contact all our hirers and post the information on our website and Facebook page.

Whether or not this happens we fully expect to be able to keep the Town Council offices open though we would encourage the public to contact us by telephone or email rather than calling in. In the event of an out of hours emergency I can be contacted on 01626 873790.

I am very aware that this is a fluid and fast-moving situation so, by the time you read this, it may already be out of date. For up to date information please visit our website or Facebook page. To keep up to date with the national picture please visit www.nhs.uk.

John Carlton

Town Clerk