Key updates - 21 July
- Business Rates and Discretionary Grants
The District Council has now paid out £33.24million to 2,796 businesses across the district.
Businesses are also being supported by the District Council to promote the safe reopening of the High Streets in response to Covid-19 through the Government's Reopening High Streets Safely Fund which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
- District Leisure Centres to reopen
The District Council's four leisure centres in Alcester, Shipston, Southam and Stratford are preparing to reopen on Saturday 25 July, with Studley following a week later on Saturday 1 August.
Since they were closed in March, Everyone Active who operate the centres have been putting the necessary social distancing and extra cleaning and hygiene measures in place to make the facilities COVID-safe for all users and staff in preparedness for when they were allowed to open again.
For more information please visit: https://www.everyoneactive.com/reopeningmeasures/
- Reopening Elizabeth House to the public
The District Council's offices reopened to the public on Monday 6 July and are averaging 45 customers each day dealing with a range of queries including applications for housing benefit, council tax support, home choice plus applications, homelessness and car parking permits.
Main reception is open Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm and numbers will be limited at any one time. Social distancing measures are in place within the Customer Service area.
Please note that in line with new Government Guidance all customers will be required to wear face masks from Monday 27th
The majority of staff are still working from home, but duty officers for services will be available on the telephone.
If you are threatened with homelessness you should call 01789 260861 to make immediate contact with the Homelessness Duty Officer.
The District Council has continued to provide services even though Elizabeth House has not been open to the public.
If you don't want or need to visit the offices, help is still available from our customer services team during our normal office hours (Monday to Wednesday 8.45am to 5.15pm and Thursday to Friday 8.45am to 5pm) on 01789 267575 or email email@example.com and services can still be accessed online at www.stratford.gov.uk
- Anti-litter campaign - 'Don't be a tosser'
The District Council has launched a new anti-litter campaign, after seeing a huge increase in rubbish being left in local parks and public open spaces.
'Don't be a tosser' posters, questioning why people are dumping their rubbish are being put up at public open spaces in Stratford-upon-Avon including, the Recreation Ground, Bancroft Gardens, Fisherman's car park, Cottage Lane, Shottery Field, Orrian Close and in key shops, encouraging people to dispose of their rubbish responsibly.
The aim of the campaign is to remind people that they need to clean up after themselves and bin their litter or take it home. This is even more important during the current pandemic in helping to reduce the spread of the disease. The strapline is not intended to cause offence, but is hard-hitting to tackle the issue and draw attention.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council
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