If you joined us for the live COVID-19 Public Update
on Wednesday evening (6 January), thank you and we hope you found
the webinar informative.
If you were unable to make it, you can watch it back in full on our
The online broadcast featured Wiltshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip
Whitehead, Chief Executive, Terence Herbert and Director of
Public Health, Kate Blackburn.
They gave an update on the Government’s National lockdown: Stay at
Home restrictions announced by the Prime Minister earlier this
week, our services and our work to continue to support
residents and businesses at this time.
libraries will be here to support you during lockdown
are pleased to be able to offer an order and collect service, with
bookable computers, at a number of libraries across the
Please use your local, nearest library to reduce unnecessary
travel. Safety remains the priority at all of the our libraries,
and customers will be asked to wear a face covering and use
sanitiser before using a computer.
The rapid rollout of a vaccine against COVID-19
represents the best and fastest way of life returning to normal.
Vaccines are safe and effective at limiting severe illness. We urge
anyone contacted by their GP in regard to getting a vaccination to
stick to their appointment.
COVID-19 testing introduced to bolster border measures
From next week (Monday 11 January), passengers
arriving from all international destinations will be required to
present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for
England to help protect against new strains of coronavirus
Inbound passengers arriving by boat, plane or train will have to
take a test up to 72 hours before departing the country they are
in, to help protect against the new strains of coronavirus such as
those seen in Denmark and South Africa.
Council to spend £1.1m on digital devices so struggling families
can access remote education
are allocating £1.1m of government COVID-19 funding to buy
laptops and digital devices for disadvantaged pupils who currently
can't join classmates learning from home.
decision to allocate the funding to buy around 2,500 devices means
these children will be able to access their school lessons from
home rather than have to attend school to do so.
pupils who do not have a laptop can attend school alongside
children of key workers and vulnerable students. The new approach
will help manage school spaces and continue to help prevent
Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub still providing support to
those who need it and now available on Saturdays too
With national lockdown measures
now in place, our Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub is still available to
anyone who is struggling during this difficult time - and will now
be available on Saturdays.
hub can help and provide support to those who perhaps don't have a
network around them, and also signpost them to where additional
help is available in their local area. Hundreds of community
groups, run by volunteers, are still set up across the county,
providing invaluable assistance to those who need it.
can access the hub, particularly people who are self-isolating,
people who do not have others to support them, and have been
identified as clinically extremely vulnerable and are shielding.
Local partners working together to provide support
during the pandemic, are warning residents and businesses not to
fall victim to any COVID-19-related scams.
Organisations across Wiltshire and Swindon are asking you to be extra
vigilant as criminals look to take advantage at a time when many
people are vulnerable.
In recent weeks a number of attempted scams have emerged across the
text messages informing they are ‘eligible’ to apply for a
vaccine and then asking them to provide bank details
text messages that claim to be from the HMRC inviting them to
claim for a ‘grant’
scammers looking to
take advantage of businesses applying for business grants
You are urged not to provide your
bank details in response to any email, phone call or text from
anyone claiming to be part of the NHS vaccine programme. Bank
details, passwords and pin numbers will never be requested as the
COVID-19 vaccine is free and this should be an automatic red flag.
Any suspected fraud should be reported to Action Fraud. More
details can be found online.
waste collections restart on Saturday 9 January
Household waste and recycling catch-up
collections will take place on
Saturday 9 January, for those households that were
due a collection on Friday 8 January.
Garden waste collections
will resume from Saturday 9 January for customers
whose normal collection date would be Friday 8
All waste, recycling and garden waste collection
days will revert to normal from Monday 11 January.
The Department for Education are launching a new
campaign for The Skills Toolkit called ‘An Hour to Skill’.
The campaign aims to inspire the nation to spend one hour a week
learning online with The Skills Toolkit by highlighting
the ease and benefits of accessing free, high-quality online
By setting aside one hour a week for online learning, you can learn
skills that employers are looking for, boost your job prospects and
keep your mind active.
for Wiltshire Local Plan review online events
Join our Local Plan engagement sessions and have
your say on where future developments such as housing, infrastructure
and land for employment, should be built, and how we look to tackle
climate change through planning.
The online engagement sessions are being held instead of
face-to-face meetings because of COVID restrictions.
Each event relates to a particular settlement, and there are also
two events for rural areas, which include all other Wiltshire
villages and settlements that are not covered in the other 15
events. The online events will be held from 7pm-8pm.