To all Sevenoaks Residents
Coronavirus COVID 19 Emergency Measures
Following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on 23rd March 2020 all communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, skate parks, sports courts and outdoor gyms have been closed from today.
The instruction has also been given that people must stay at home except where it is essential for work purposes – but workers should be trying to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace. Our offices are now closed for the public to attend, answer phone messages and emails will be responded to asap.
Our Grounds Team (exception of cemetery staff) are therefore being asked to go home and be available only in essential situations and as back up to cemetery staff.
Please help us to limit the spread of the virus by:
- Taking your litter and dog waste home
- Respecting the closure of playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gyms
- Following government guidelines
Tending allotments is still permitted but please observe strict social spacing and wear gloves when opening and closing gates.
Thank you for your support and assistance in keeping the special town of Sevenoaks and the community safe in these exceptional times.
Linda Larter MBE
Chief Executive / Town Clerk
Message from Mayor of Sevenoaks, Cllr Nicholas Busvine OBE
The Coronavirus pandemic is now impacting on all of us. We are all worried and uncertain about the future. It is terribly important that we continue to follow government advice on how to mitigate the risks associated with this disease.
While central and local government have their roles to play, we all know in our hearts that all of us who are in a position to do so will need to step up to the plate and do their bit as this crisis plays out. My core message to the residents of Sevenoaks Town is: ‘Be a Good Neighbour - Your Community Needs You’.
I am grateful to those residents (including Residents’ Associations and Neighbourhood Watch groups) who have already started to organise support for vulnerable and older people in their streets. There is an excellent page on Facebook called ‘Care for our Community - Sevenoaks’, which offers support for those who want to get the ball rolling with their neighbours. I must also strongly advise that any person receiving offers of support – such as to do the shopping – should confirm that the volunteer is a genuine neighbour and not a fraudster.
Sevenoaks Town Council’s priority is to maintain public services and continue to support voluntary organisations wherever possible.
Councillor Nicholas Busvine OBE
Mayor of Sevenoaks
16th March 2020