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A phased return of library services is being planned from Monday 6 July 2020. The council’s home library service has also restarted, with 34 home deliveries being made to vulnerable residents at the end of May.

 The free service can only reach a limited number of people at any one time, so the council seeks to provide the service for those people who need it most. The council’s e-library service has also been available throughout the COVID-19 pandemic response with a range of e-books, audiobooks and e-magazines available for library members.

 A ‘click and collect’ service will be available at all six libraries from 6 July. Plans to safely reopen library buildings for browsing and other services are also being worked on. Further details on this will be announced when plans are finalised.

 Cllr Kevin Robinson, cabinet member for business, culture and tourism, says: “I am very pleased that we have been able to restart the home library service which is a very important and well received service for vulnerable local people.

 “Along with restarting the home library service, we are working on the ‘click and collect’ service that will allow people to borrow and return items from all six library sites from 6 July. We are also working through how we can allow people to safely come back into our libraries to browse and use services but each site is different and will require a different approach.

 “This will be a challenge for some of our smaller sites, and will need to be on a phased basis depending on the site. We are undertaking work to understand what measures will need to be in place to make libraries COVID-secure.

 “A national recovery toolkit is expected to be released soon by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) which will also help inform our reopening plans. In the meantime I would encourage library members to use our e-library service which has a great range of digital and online resources.”

 For more information on the home library service, please email: librarydevelopment@southend.gov.uk

To visit the council’s e-library service, please visit: https://southend.spydus.co.uk

Phased return of library services planned for July as home library service restarts

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Residents are reminded that dogs are not allowed on any of the Borough’s beaches from 1 May to 30 September.

 Following the Government lockdown for the Coronavirus pandemic, the council relaxed these rules as the beaches were empty with people staying home. However, following the Prime Minister’s easing of lockdown on 10 May, many more people are using the beaches.

  If you take a dog, other than a guide dog, onto any beach within the restricted period you could face a fine. This includes the mudflats, whether the tide is in or out.

 Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “The council’s policies around domestic dogs on beaches have been in place for some time, and are there to ensure all visitors are able to enjoy their time at the beach in safety and as clean an environment as possible.

 “We recognised that with lockdown in place, many people were out taking dogs to the park, so providing additional space was important. Now we are experiencing vast numbers flocking to our beaches, we have resumed enforcing the policy.  We do appreciate most dog owners responsibly clean up after their dogs, but the restrictions are in place to maintain the safety and environment of those using the beaches”

 The policies are in place to allow dog owners to make use of the beaches in the non-peak months of the year, when visitor numbers are low.                                                                                                                           

No dogs on beaches during summer months

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The contraflow on Western Esplanade will be removed by Saturday 4 July, following today’s Government announcement that there will be a further easing of lockdown measures from that date, alongside changes to social distancing advice.

 The widened promenade was introduced in mid-May as part of a package of measures to help protect public safety and help people keep two metres apart as lockdown restrictions were first eased.

 The contraflow was reduced in length last weekend and will be removed completely by Saturday 4 July. The Government has stated that ‘where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission.’

 The contraflow removal will also bring the remaining suspended parking bays along Western Esplanade back into use for seafront visitors from Saturday 4 July.

 

Cllr Ron Woodley, deputy leader of the council, says: “We have taken a balanced approach to this all along, and kept the contraflow under regular review.

 “Last week we reduced the stretch from Chalkwell Esplanade to Shorefield Road, and said that if the Government announced a reduction on the 2 metre social distancing advice then we would look to remove the contraflow completely, as it would no longer be needed for that purpose.

 “That change in advice was announced today alongside a further easing of lockdown, both of which will come into place from Saturday 4 July. We will therefore remove the contraflow by Saturday 4 July. We continue to urge local people and visitors to stay safe, stay apart and to visit Southend safely at this time.”

Seafront contraflow to be removed by 4 July following national announcement

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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is launching a new anti-litter campaign reminding residents and visitors of their responsibility to dispose of litter appropriately, and to take their rubbish home if they see a bin is full.

  Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is launching a new anti-litter campaign reminding residents and visitors of their responsibility to dispose of litter appropriately, and to take their rubbish home if they see a bin is full.

 The strongly worded ‘Don’t be a mug’ campaign has been launched as the council continues to reiterate messaging around personal responsibility when it comes to throwing away rubbish.

 The campaign includes various messages around taking your rubbish home if you see a bin that’s full, considering the impact on wildlife and marine species and respecting parks, open spaces and beaches. The messages will be displayed on large boards, bin and floor stickers, social media adverts, banners and posters.

 Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “Globally, litter has caused, and continues to cause, devastating damage to our planet. I know that a Council campaign isn’t going to completely solve the problem, but we must impress on everyone the importance of the message and I hope this campaign will help. We must all work together to tackle this problem.

 “Previous campaigns have worked well, and we have seen an improvement in people’s recycling habits at home, but we know that far too often our words fall on deaf ears when it comes to our beaches and parks. It is disheartening to see so many bins surrounded by litter. So, if you see a bin is full, please do the right thing and take your rubbish home with you. Our recycling and waste contractor Veolia and parks staff are working around the clock, particularly on hot days where we see a drastic spike in visitor numbers, but it is impossible to keep up at times.

 “We are continuing to discuss different ways of reducing the amount of litter and bags left around bins, but it is essential everyone plays their part. We are often pushed to issue fines for people littering, this is not straight forward, but we will take action where possible and it remains a pivotal part of our conversations going forward.

 “We will monitor how the campaign goes over the coming weeks, and we hope by using stronger language and reaching a wider audience we will get the message across.

 “So please, throw your rubbish in a bin and if the bin is full, take it home.”

 The strongly worded ‘Don’t be a mug’ campaign has been launched as the council continues to reiterate messaging around personal responsibility when it comes to throwing away rubbish.

 The campaign includes various messages around taking your rubbish home if you see a bin that’s full, considering the impact on wildlife and marine species and respecting parks, open spaces and beaches. The messages will be displayed on large boards, bin and floor stickers, social media adverts, banners and posters.

 Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “Globally, litter has caused, and continues to cause, devastating damage to our planet. I know that a Council campaign isn’t going to completely solve the problem, but we must impress on everyone the importance of the message and I hope this campaign will help. We must all work together to tackle this problem.

 “Previous campaigns have worked well, and we have seen an improvement in people’s recycling habits at home, but we know that far too often our words fall on deaf ears when it comes to our beaches and parks. It is disheartening to see so many bins surrounded by litter. So, if you see a bin is full, please do the right thing and take your rubbish home with you. Our recycling and waste contractor Veolia and parks staff are working around the clock, particularly on hot days where we see a drastic spike in visitor numbers, but it is impossible to keep up at times.

 “We are continuing to discuss different ways of reducing the amount of litter and bags left around bins, but it is essential everyone plays their part. We are often pushed to issue fines for people littering, this is not straight forward, but we will take action where possible and it remains a pivotal part of our conversations going forward.

“We will monitor how the campaign goes over the coming weeks, and we hope by using stronger language and reaching a wider audience we will get the message across.

 “So please, throw your rubbish in a bin and if the bin is full, take it home.”

Don’t be a mug – Anti-litter campaign launched

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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Essex County Council and are proud to announce that they have launched their local contact tracing service.

  The Essex and Southend Contact Tracing Service is one of the first local systems launched by any authority areas in the country. However, both Essex and Southend’s public health chiefs have warned vigilance is still needed.

 Krishna Ramkhelawon, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s director of public health, says: “Each and every one of us still have a simple but really important role to play in tackling Coronavirus and preventing its spread.

 “We can stay safe by doing three simple things – stay apart, wash your hands properly, and if you have symptoms, stay home, isolate immediately and get tested. These are really important to help us tackle Coronavirus both personally and as a community across Essex and Southend-on-Sea.”

  Director for Public Health at Essex County Council, Dr Mike Gogarty said: “ We are very proud to launch our local track and trace system but we aren’t out of the woods yet and I want to make it clear that we should all be doing everything we can to limit further spread of infection.

 “This means sticking to the current social distancing advice at 2m wherever possible, self-isolating when informed to do so, strictly keeping to ‘bubbles’, washing hands regularly and maintaining everyone’s hard work over the past three months.”

  At the end of May, the Department of Health and Social Care (DoHSC) launched the national NHS Test & Trace system, as part of this it was announced that local contact systems would be set up by Local Authorities. Essex County Council received £5.78m while Southend-on-Sea Borough Council received £887,000 of grant funding from the DoHSC to deliver the local contact tracing service.

  The local contact service will be responsible for identifying, containing and reducing the spread of Covid-19 at the local level. Local contact services will be responsible for “complex cases”. So, the Essex and Southend-on-Sea service will support contact tracing for schools, care homes, work places and vulnerable groups.

  The local service will use testing data from Public Health England (PHE) to track and trace known connections of positive cases, and provide them with advice and guidance. All individuals who have been in close contact with a known positive case will be asked to isolate at home for a period of 14 days. This generally means that if people have maintained the ideal two metres distance they will not need to self-isolate. However for those that have been within one to two metres of a positive case, self-isolation may be required.

  The councils have commissioned Provide CIC to deliver the contract tracing service, who will work alongside specialist Public Health colleagues in both organisations, as well as Environmental  Health Officers in City and District councils.

  John Niland, Group Chief Executive of Provide CIC said: “To effectively deliver the contract tracing service, a new Microsoft Dynamics programme will be used to provide case management and information sharing in a compliant way between partners. This will enable the creation, triage and action of complex cases passed to both local authorities from the national Test and Trace system.

  “This system is only being used in a handful of localities at this early stage and we are proud to be working with the local authority and partners on something that will no doubt be invaluable in reducing cases of Covid-19 in Essex, Southend and beyond.”

  Alongside the contract tracing system, both councils have developed their own outbreak control plans, working with regional Public Health England colleagues, local NHS and other stakeholders. The outbreak control plan, as well as including information around the contract tracing system, includes processes and plans for identifying and containing potential outbreaks.

  Cllr Trevor Harp, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council says: “We are proud to partner with Essex County Council and others in launching this service, a service that will make a real difference in tackling the spread of Covid-19 and protecting our communities.

  “We have seen the majority of our residents really step up in the past three months in terms of following the guidance on social distancing, which has been no small feat, and for this I thank them. However, it is important that even though some guidance has been relaxed, everyone must continue to stay safe, stay apart,  maintain good hand hygiene and self-isolate if you have symptoms.”

 Leader of Essex County Council, Cllr David Finch said: “The launch of The Essex and Southend Contact Tracing Service signifies a united front by us and our partners in the fight against Covid-19 and marks the next phase in keeping our residents safe during these unprecedented times.

  “However, we cannot be complacent. We have seen further spikes of infection in other countries and we must do all we can to prevent this here. While the local test and trace system is certainly welcomed, it is not the only solution to preventing further infection. I would therefore implore residents to continue following the guidance in terms of social distancing, hygiene and contact with others, this is crucial in ensuring the rate of infection does not increase further.”

  Dorothy Gregson, Deputy Regional Director, PHE East of England said: “Our local partners are crucial to the COVID public health response and we value their local knowledge and commitment to working with us to look after all of our communities and prevent further spread of this virus. The team at Essex and Southend have formed a strong alliance to tackle COVID on a local level and we support them in their efforts as they launch their test and trace service and local outbreak plans.”

Local test and trace system launches in Southend-on-Sea and Essex

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is pleased to announce residents can soon pick up their favourite books and novels through a new ‘Click and Collect’ service launching Monday 6 July.

 The service will allow residents to make use of the libraries once again whilst the council works within Government guidance around social distancing with their plans to reopen the libraries in full.

  Initially this service will be available from 10am – 2pm Monday to Saturday, with the team waiting to select books for you and make them available to collect safely from a library of your choice.

  The service is available online or by telephoning your local library. Tell us what you like to read or if you have favourite authors, and our team will choose up to seven books based on your preferences, and also introduce you to authors who may write like your favourite authors.

 Just let our staff know if you prefer large print or paperback or if you normally borrow from our audio book collection, and they will select the books for you and contact you with a pick up date and time for your preferred pick up library.

 

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Cllr Kevin Robinson, cabinet member for business, culture and tourism, said: “Whilst we continue to work on ways of safely reopening out libraries, I am delighted that from next week, residents will be able to access their favourite titles from across our libraries.

 “We know that many people make use of our libraries throughout the year, particularly parents keeping children reading throughout the summer with the council’s summer reading challenges. We know that it has been a challenging time for all, and I understand the importance reading can have on mental health.  We can accommodate all reading ages and abilities, with paperbacks, hardbacks, large print, audio books and DVDs available.

 “Get in touch and see if our expert librarians can suggest a new favourite author for you and your family.”

 To request an item, or to find out more, please visit www.southend.gov.uk/libraries or telephone 01702 215011

 Our normal reservations service will be available again from Thursday 2 July.

 Unfortunately, reservations from our SELMS partners are not possible at this time, but we hope to resume this service as soon as it is safe to do so.

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Libraries Click and Collect service set to launch

July 5  1841 -Thomas Cook, a Baptist cabinet maker, founded the first travel agency. The first official 'Cook's Tour' involved almost 600 teetotallers taking the train from Leicester to Loughborough to attend a temperance meeting.

1865 -The Locomotives and Highways Act in Britain introduced a speed limit for road vehicles of 4 mph in rural areas and       2 mph in urban areas.      1948 -Britain's National Health Service came into operation when Aneurin Bevan, the health secretary, launched the NHS at Park Hospital in Davyhulme (today known as Trafford General Hospital)