I wish to update you regarding some of the services that have been interrupted because of the Covid 19 virus.
Like all other businesses our workforce has been affected through the virus and enforced isolation. This naturally has an effect on the services we can provide.
Residents will already be aware of the decision to cease the collection of our Green waste for the time being. The reason for this is to ensure resources are available for the weekly collection of household waste and fortnightly recycling (Brown bin) collection.
We will be constantly reviewing this situation.
Similarly we have today closed vehicle access to our parks and secured access to play grounds. This follows the Government guidance to stay indoors and limit social interaction. A statement from the council is show below.
Bickenhill Household Waste Recycling Centre (The Tip):
Regrettably we have taken the decision to close Bickenhill HWRC until further notice. Despite the instruction from the Government to stay home – residents are still making trips to the HWRC, therefore to protect site staff and our residents we will be closing the site from this evening (24 March).
The site will remain open as a waste transfer station to support the recycling service while this still operates.
We will promote the changes via our Social Media channels and signage will be placed at the site entrance. This decision also brings us in line with neighbouring authorities and many other authorities in the country who have also made the same decision.
Some work continues:
You may still see some staff undertaking what you may feel is not essential work, such as grass cutting and litter collection.
The council recognises our Strategic Environment Contract services as essential front line work and unless services are suspended due to other reasoning, such as the example of the green waste service being suspending due to possible resourcing levels, services must continue until further notice.
It is important not to undervalue the impact these services have in our communities. We believe these services should continue because they are key to keeping our public areas clean and tidy, which is important to our communities and our local environment at this time.
They also provide an added level of highly visual authority in and around our communities again giving a perception of safety and they provide further eyes and ears on the ground which is important when we are also mindful and need to be extra watchful of our most vulnerable community members.
Again, this is constantly being reviewed.
Regular updates can be found on the council website at https://www.solihull.gov.uk/
Please do not hesitate to contact me for any clarification.
Please Keep safe and wash your hands. Are your hands as dry as mine?