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Five Tips for Smart Christmas Recycling

Most of us try to do the right thing by recycling where we can. But many things can end up in the wrong bin, especially at Christmas when our waste increases by around 30%. If a recycling bin is contaminated with enough items that can’t be recycled – the whole thing may not be collected. To make sure your rubbish ends up in the right place this Christmas, here’s our handy Christmas Recycling guide:

Christmas Recycling

  1. We will collect your real Christmas trees for recycling

If you bought a real tree this Christmas, please be sure to recycle it in our separate Christmas tree collection during the fortnight commencing 18 January 2021. You can also check your collection dates and updates at canterbury.gov.uk/recycling.

 

  1. Some wrapping paper can be recycled

We would love to recycle your wrapping paper in your red bin or paper insert, but just make sure it doesn’t contain metallic or laminated coatings, decorations, glitter or sticky tape.

  1. Turn your food waste into compost using your grey caddy

You can recycle your leftover festive food and peelings by putting them in your grey food caddy. Once collected, they will be turned into nutrient rich compost or gas and agricultural fertiliser. You can also get creative with your leftovers using delicious recipes from lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes

 

  1. Recycle your Christmas cards and boxes

After Christmas, you can recycle cards in your red bin or insert – just make sure there’s no glitter, ribbons, sticky tape or foil. If you’ve ordered gifts online, remember to also recycle your cardboard boxes. These can be torn and flattened before being put in your red bin or insert to save space.

 

  1. Please DO NOT put these in your household recycling bins

 

  • Tinsel, baubles and artificial decorations
  • Fairy lights (please recycle these at your local household waste recycling centre)
  • Batteries (please recycle at your local supermarket or household recycling centre)
  • Plastic and wooden toys (please donate or rehome instead)
  • Paper plates, napkins and disposable cutlery

 

You can also find out more about recycling, download your bin calendar and full Christmas collection dates by going to canterbury.gov.uk/recycling.

 

 

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Nativity On Tour – Bringing Light in the darkness, to a street near you!

Last year, hundreds of people enjoyed visiting the walk-through Nativity during Late Night Shopping. This is not possible for 2020, so we are planning on bringing the Nativity to you, with Nativity on Tour!

 

As Christians, we believe that the Christmas message is for everyone. God sent His son, Jesus, to Earth as a baby. This baby would grow up to die on a cross and be raised to life, providing the way for us to know the God who loves us. This Christmas message of peace, forgiveness and new life feels especially appropriate this year.

 

Regulations permitting, the Nativity will be touring the streets of Uckfield with Mary and Joseph on a Nativity stable float, with traditional Christmas carols, angels, wise men and shepherds. You are invited to watch from your window or doorstep, a pavement or garden, or anywhere at a safe distance.

 

Friday 18 December: we will tour Rocks Park, Hunter’s Way, Nevill Road, Roman Way, Downsview Crescent, Tesco Express and Brown’s Lane.

Saturday 19 December: Harland’s Farm and West Park, (with perhaps some other surprise venues!)

 

Due to the size of the float, Mary & Joseph are unable to get down every road, but hope you will be able to come and find them.

 

We will not be allowed handouts, but both Kings Church and Uckfield Baptist Church invite you to join in their online Christmas services via YouTube, from 10am on Christmas Day.

 

If the current situation has left you with questions about faith, then you are invited to a 3,2,1 course via Zoom, looking at the basics of the Christian faith, with a time for questions and discussion.

Join us free on Tuesday evenings, 12th, 19th & 26th January, starting at 7.30pm for 75 mins.

 

Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and wise men look forward to seeing you, and together with the church families at King’s and UBC, wish you a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year.

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Council leaders call on Secretary of State to ”hand over test and trace’

The Deputy Leader of Lewes District Council has written to Matt Hancock MP, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with an impassioned plea to put the responsibility for the test and trace in the hands of East Sussex health agencies and provide the funding they need to deliver a service that will “keep our communities safe.”

The letter from Councillor Zoe Nicholson, Deputy Leader of Lewes District Council, follows widespread reports from directors of public health about the lack of capacity, delays and associated problems. Last week the Director of Public Health for East Sussex, Darrell Gale, explained how he was offered a Covid test over 600 miles away in Inverness, Scotland.

Councillor Zoe Nicholson said: “Our community in Lewes, like many others across the UK, is continuing to see a large surge in cases of coronavirus. The forecasts for infections are worrying, given that we are now fast approaching a second lockdown it’s even more important that government uses this time in the coming weeks to save lives and not put communities and families at risk of further heartbreak and grief.

“I firmly believe that the Secretary of State should hand over test and trace to professionals with the local knowledge and expertise that will keep our communities safe, backed up by the funding that will make it possible. Matt Hancock needs to do this during lockdown, otherwise the coming weeks will achieve less than it could and we will face a longer time where businesses cannot function and people’s mental health will be severely affected.

“The current arrangements continue to lurch from one shambles to another and it has to stop.”

Councillor Nicholson wants to see the testing regime expanded and targeted so that everyone with symptoms can get a test this winter.

Councillor James MacCleary added: “Local government and regional public health protection teams have been doing a tremendous job since the first outbreak of coronavirus in the UK, in large part because of their intimate understanding of the areas they cover. There is no doubt that they are best placed to deliver contract tracing most effectively.”


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Council approves plan for a carbon neutral Eastbourne

Cabinet councillors last night (November 4) agreed a strategy and action plan to deliver its goal of making the town carbon neutral by 2030.

In July 2019, Eastbourne Borough Council declared a Climate Emergency and has committed to doing everything possible to reduce carbon emissions in the borough to net zero by 10 years’ time.

The Borough Carbon Baseline is the measure of carbon dioxide emissions within the town’s boundary from energy used for heating, power and transport. As of 2017, the most recent year for which there is complete data, this figure was 296.7 kilo tonnes C02 (ktC02).

Council emissions, based on its directly controllable consumption of gas, electricity and fuel, count for around 1% of the overall footprint for the borough.

Councillor Jonathan Dow, Cabinet member for Climate Change, said: “We, as a town and a council, have started on a very important journey to become more sustainable through changes to people’s lifestyles and the way the council operates.

“During the first lockdown, as difficult as that experience was, we began to see changes start to happen – improved air quality, an appreciation of carless streets and renewed interest in cycling and walking.

“There should be no return to business as usual. Now we must work together to build upon these positive developments and this excellent strategy shows we will achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.”

Council activities include decarbonising all Eastbourne Homes housing stock by 2030; decarbonising council vehicles by this date; buying renewable electricity and reducing its energy consumption; tree planting and nature projects, and undertaking a public consultation to engage residents in recycling more and producing less waste.

The council will produce an annual progress report detailing the council and borough carbon footprints.

Councillor Dow added: “Thank you to all those who contributed to developing this strategy, in particular the Climate Change Strategic Panel and Eastbourne Eco Action Network.”


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COVID-19 Lockdown: An update from Medway Sport

An update from us…

In line with government guidelines for the new national lockdown, Medway Council’s sports centres are now closed.

Unless further measures are announced, we will re-open Medway Park, Strood and Hoo Sports Centres when lockdown ends in line with the latest government guidelines, continuing to adhere to the stringent safety measures we have in place to keep customers and staff safe.

Splashes in Rainham will remain closed while it undergoes a £5 million refurbishment programme.

Check the updates regarding Medway Sports Centres during lockdown

Our commitment to you

During lockdown, our staff will continue to support Medway Council’s coronavirus response and support local residents wherever needed.

We will schedule another deep clean of our facilities and deliver further staff training to maintain the current high standards within our centres.

Although we’re really sad to be saying a second farewell to you all this year, keep an eye posted on our social media accounts @medwaysport as we’ll be offering an online workout ideas and some exclusive virtual class content for our members to help you stay fit and healthy during lockdown – you can still #WorkoutWithUs.

Take care and stay safe.

#MedwayTogether

What this means…


Gym memberships

All memberships will be frozen automatically during the lockdown period. Existing credit will be carried forward to the next scheduled monthly direct debit date after we re-open.

All annual memberships and admission passes will automatically have the end dates extended by the length of the closure period.

No refunds will be made for memberships. If members decide to cancel their direct debit, they can re-start at the current prices when we re-open. All membership details and prices can be found here


Swimming lessons

The current swimming lesson programme has run for seven of the planned 13-week term.

Unless the guidance changes and closure measures are extended, we plan to resume lessons on Thursday, 3 December until Sunday, 20 December. The outstanding weeks of the term will then be completed through January.

The next term of swimming lessons would then begin in February 2021, with existing customers getting priority for re-enrolment.

We will credit any pre-paid sessions until next term.


Block bookings

Clubs, partner organisations and regular block bookings will all be cancelled. Any pre-paid sessions will be credited to customer accounts.

In line with government advice, professional athletes can request access to our training facilities during lockdown. Please email medwaysport@medway.go.uk

 

 

 

 


Play your part now: Follow the rules to keep Medway safe

Following the latest government guidance, a national lockdown for England starts today (Thursday, 5 November) until Wednesday, 2 December to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Check the government website for full details on the restrictions. 

We all now need to play our part to keep each other safe, including our friends and family. By doing so, we can reduce the risk of more cases and save lives.

Protect Medway. We will get through this together by following the national rules during this lockdown.

Check our update page for the key info you need to know on COVID-19

 

 

 


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Explore Essex: Important Lockdown Updates for Visitors

As you will be aware following the Prime Minister’s recent announcement, a national lockdown in England will be in effect from Thursday 5 November.

This will include new national restrictions for everyone, however we’re pleased to confirm that the Essex Country Parks will remain open for residents to enjoy safely and sensibly. Read on to find out more about what the lockdown means for our green spaces and heritage places.

 

 

 

 


Essex Country Parks to remain open in lockdown

We are pleased to confirm that all Essex Country Parks will remain open during the lockdown. The parks, car parks, children’s play equipment and toilets will remain open, with cafés continuing to offer a takeaway service where possible.

We would ask that all visitors using the Essex Country Parks follow government guidelines including only visiting with your household, support bubble or 1 person from another household and ensuring you practice social distancing.

We anticipate that the parks will be busy and so ask you to use your judgment in relation to your visit, for example considering the time and the park you choose to visit, so that everyone can enjoy these green spaces safely.

Check our website FAQs and plan your visit in advance.


Open spaces at Cressing Temple Barns

We are pleased to confirm that the outdoor spaces at Cressing Temple Barns, including the grounds and restored Tudor Walled Garden, will remain open for the benefit of local communities during the national lockdown.

Very limited toilet facilities will be available onsite. Other indoor spaces including Tiptree tea rooms and the barns will be closed in-line with government guidance.

We would ask that you follow official guidelines including only visiting with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household. Check our website FAQs and plan your visit in advance.

Unfortunatley all weddings and viewings at Cressing Temple Barns are suspended in-line with government guidance, all couples will be contacted directly to discuss making new arrangements.


Essex Outdoor Centres and The Lock to close

Essex Outdoor Centres and The Lock Climbing Wall will close during the national lockdown in-line with government guidance around indoor and outdoor leisure facilities.

Anyone with a booking due to take place during lockdown will be contacted directly, please bear with us as we are currently receiving high volumes of enquires.

Stay connected on social media for news and updates @essexoutdoors

 

 

 


The Essex Record Office is to close during lockdown – with certificate service available online

The Essex Record Office intends to close to the public from Thursday 5 November and all weddings have been suspended in-line with government guidance.

This closure includes the searchroom and physical building, however during this period you will still be able to access many remote services including ordering Birth, Marriage and Death certificates.

For full details of the services available please check the ERO website.

The Essex Record Office works to preserve and keep secure the archives of Essex for generations to come. Keep connected on social media @EssexRecordOffice @essexarchive


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Five Tips for Smart Christmas Recycling

Most of us try to do the right thing by recycling where we can. But many things can end up in the wrong bin, especially at Christmas when our waste increases by around 30%. If a recycling bin is contaminated with enough items that can’t be recycled – the whole thing may not be collected. To make sure your rubbish ends up in the right place this Christmas, here’s our handy guide:

  1. We will collect your real Christmas trees for recycling

If you bought a real tree this Christmas, please be sure to recycle it in our separate Christmas tree collection during the fortnight commencing 18 January 2021. You can also check your collection dates and updates at canterbury.gov.uk/recycling.

  1. Some wrapping paper can be recycled

We would love to recycle your wrapping paper in your red bin or paper insert, but just make sure it doesn’t contain metallic or laminated coatings, decorations, glitter or sticky tape.

  1. Turn your food waste into compost using your grey caddy

You can recycle your leftover festive food and peelings by putting them in your grey food caddy. Once collected, they will be turned into nutrient rich compost or gas and agricultural fertiliser. You can also get creative with your leftovers using delicious recipes from lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes

 Recycle your Christmas cards and boxes

After Christmas, you can recycle cards in your red bin or insert – just make sure there’s no glitter, ribbons, sticky tape or foil. If you’ve ordered gifts online, remember to also recycle your cardboard boxes. These can be torn and flattened before being put in your red bin or insert to save space. 

  1. Please DO NOT put these in your household recycling bins
  • Tinsel, baubles and artificial decorations
  • Fairy lights (please recycle these at your local household waste recycling centre)
  • Batteries (please recycle at your local supermarket or household recycling centre)
  • Plastic and wooden toys (please donate or rehome instead)
  • Paper plates, napkins and disposable cutlery 

You can also find out more about recycling, download your bin calendar and full Christmas collection dates by going to canterbury.gov.uk/recycling.


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Service updates (COVID-19) from Canterbury City Council

Covid lockdown service updates

Below is the current situation with many of our key service as of midday on Thursday 5 November:

Park and ride service

Services will stop at the end of tomorrow (Friday 6 November). We will close Sturry Road and Wincheap completely. New Dover Road will stay open for parking only, at a charge of 50p a day, for people who want to walk or cycle into the city.

Car parking

From Saturday (7 November), we will offer all day parking for £3.50 at Castle Street multi storey car park. This is to help essential workers who have to come into Canterbury, and exactly replicates the same all day value offered by park and ride.

The current free parking arrangements in our non-ANPR car parks for NHS staff and care key workers are continuing. Please continue to display the usual notice in your windscreen.

Bin collections

These are continuing as scheduled. We are working closely with Serco to monitor staffing numbers. In the event that we have major disruption, we will prioritise residual waste collections.

Public toilets

These will stay open for now, although this is dependent on staff from our contractor Monitor still being available to open, close and clean them.

Play areas and parks

These are also staying open in line with government guidance.

Work with rough sleepers

On this occasion, we have no ‘instruction’ to care for rough sleepers during the lockdown, but of course we intend to do so. We are currently looking at the service we can provide, both in the lockdown period and across winter generally. That may include using some hotel provision, but more information will follow on this shortly.

Business grants

We are working with emerging guidance from the government on support for businesses during the lockdown. It seems likely that the same categories of grants will be made available (through us) to businesses, but with slightly different criteria. We will receive funding to do this from government, and our job will be to get that funding to businesses as soon as possible – but that will depend on getting the guidance and funding as quickly as possible.

Community support service

Local residents who need extra help will be directed to the now well-established Kent Together 24-hour phone line (03000 41 92 92). This keeps things simple for the public, avoiding duplication and confusion. However, we will keep a close eye on demand for this service from our residents and will be ready to respond if any additional local services are required. At this point, we will not be reintroducing the community hub at Kingsmead.

Venues

Our museums and other local venues such as the King’s Hall are closed in line with government guidance.

Wincheap bootfair

This is now suspended.

Markets

We believe that the early guidance allows markets to stay active if they are selling essential goods – but we need to see detailed guidance on that.

Spring Lane Neighbourhood Centre

The centre is now closed and digital sessions will take place with young people instead.

Herne Bay bandstand

This is now closed.


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New community minibus thanks to council’s CIL funding

Lewes District Council has awarded nearly £70,000 of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Funding to a community transport charity to pay for a new minibus.

Councillor Adrian Ross, Chair of Lewes District Council, visited the CTLA charity at its Newhaven base to see the new minibus and find out more about its work.

He said: “CTLA provides a fantastic transport service for local people who don’t have access to private vehicles and find it difficult to use public transport.

“I’m delighted we have been able to support this award-winning charity through CIL funding as it is reliant on money from the public or through grants such as this to continue operating.”

CIL is a charge that councils can make on new developments in their area to raise money towards local projects.

Gina Bickerstaff, CTLA fundraising manager, said: “CTLA are extremely grateful for the CIL funding that assisted with the purchase of the new vehicle. It is funds like this that allow our frontline services to continue to assist the local community and afar. Our Dial-A-Ride services provide essential travel to many individuals and assist in the fight against social isolation and to reduce loneliness.

“We provide transport for many schools, transporting young people to enjoy and fulfil their daily routine. CTLA are proud to support those who are in need of our vital assistance especially at this current time.

“By providing an essential shopping and prescription collection service, should anyone require assistance, please do contact CTLA and one of our customer service advisors who will be happy to help. The charity sector has suffered a huge loss from the impact of Covid-19 as many of our fundraising streams have been dissolved.

“Donations are always gratefully received to assist the charity – please see our media channels for ways in which to give your support.”

CIL funding is shared between strategic, local and community initiatives. To date, in Lewes district £2.4 million has been allocated to strategic projects, £420,000 to local projects and £190,000 to community projects.

For further information on CIL and whether you may be eligible to apply for funds, please contact CIL.Lewes@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk

 


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Limited library services during second lockdown

Limited library services will be available during a second nationwide lockdown, East Sussex County Council has confirmed.

The latest restrictions, designed to slow the spread of Covid-19, will mean that all 17 of the county’s library buildings will be closed for general use from Thursday, November 5.

However, from Monday, November 9, customers will be able to order books from the library catalogue via the website or by calling the team and pick them up from the front entrance of their local library.

Those needing to use library computers to access essential services such as universal credit and internet banking, will be able to do so from Monday by pre booking a session on 0345 60 80 196.

Customers can continue to access a wide range of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers and eMagazines, as well as information through East Sussex’s eLibrary.

The Home Library Service, which has continued to provide books to those who are particularly vulnerable throughout the pandemic, will also remain in operation.

Nick Skelton, East Sussex County Council’s Assistant Director for Communities, said: “Whilst we appreciate how disappointing further temporary reductions to our library services are, it’s vital that we do everything we can to slow the spread of Covid-19, keep our vulnerable residents safe and protect the NHS.

“We are pleased to be able to continue to offer some key services and have put in place measures to ensure that residents and staff are kept as safe as possible.”

From Monday, all 17 libraries will continue to operate limited services within the current reduced opening hours and services will be kept under constant review to ensure they are being delivered in the safest way possible.

More information about library services, opening hour and restrictions, is available online at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries or by calling 0345 60 80 196.

The East Sussex County Council eLibrary is available at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries/online


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