Covid-19 Emergency: A statement from the Beaminster Town Council Chairman
The Town Council’s Community Resilience Team are working very hard to ensure that we have resources and systems in place to tackle the present crisis. The people of Beaminster can feel reassured that Councillors and staff are following recommended guidance to support those who are self-isolating or vulnerable or just needing advice.
We are very grateful for all the extra work the staff are having to take on and who have pulled the stops out to protect those who work in and visit the Town Offices.
In order to take into account current Government guidance on public gatherings, the Council has taken the decision to cancel all Council and Committee meetings until further notice. The Annual Parish Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, April 23rd, will be postponed. We are legally obliged to hold the Annual Parish Meeting and we are awaiting advice on how long we can postpone it. As far as possible, we will administer the town through email contact and digital resources where appropriate.
Planning meetings will be managed online with the Clerk collating Councillors’ comments to create a corporate response and decisions.
Day-to-day Council administration has been delegated to our Town Clerk during this period of restricted activity. The Council office will be closed to the public until further notice and staff members are working hard to keep the website up-to-date and passing on appropriate advice from Dorset Council.
With regards to the community bus service, although the team have been willing to continue to run the Community CB3 bus, we are all aware that to support Government guidelines and the the principles of isolation and ‘social distancing’ and we shouldn’t be encouraging passengers to risk themselves or our teams. We have therefore decided to stand-down operations until further.
Cllr Chris Turner
Chairman, Beaminster Town Council