COVID 19 STATEMENT
Bishopsteignton Parish Council acknowledges its duty of care during the present COVID -19 virus incident. The physical, mental and social aspects of wellbeing of our parishioners and community is of paramount importance to the BPC.
The Council is confident that the incident can largely be managed by residents taking personal responsibility and rigorously following the Government and NHS guidelines. Of particular concern, is the need to provide help to those who are most vulnerable to the virus; the elderly (especially those with existing medical conditions and who are living alone) and residents who have a compromised auto-immune system.
We are fortunate to live within a community that is extremely good at ‘pulling-together’ to help in a neighbourly fashion. We recommend that you work together by forming micro-communities in your locality; by road or sections of houses within a road, depending on the size.
However, over and above this and to plug any gaps in this self-help, further help and support can be provided by Bishopsteignton Care Watch and the Bishopsteignton Emergency Resilience Team (BERT). At the time of printing we have over 120 volunteers willing to help.
They can: –
- Pick up shopping
- Give you a friendly phone call
- Provide help with dealing with Government Depts e.g. DWP re. benefits.
Please get in contact if you feel that you or a member of your family are vulnerable and wish to be contacted on a regular basis to check on your welfare. If you are concerned that you have the symptoms of Coronavirus and are therefore self-isolating for the recommended period, please follow the advice issued by PHE. In addition, to ensure you have someone in regular communication with you please feel free to contact the named co-ordinator for the zone you live in. They, and a team of local volunteers, can ensure that you have any medication or supplies delivered to you whilst you are isolated. Please contact either: –
Bishopsteignton Care Watch 07874 749705
Further information will be provided by: –
Social Media – Facebook – Bishopsteignton Parish Council, Bishop Banter. Instagram – Bishopsteigntonbanter. Twitter – Bishopsteignton Chat (Bishopbanter1).
Verbal – House visits, telephone calls, megaphone (if required)
Hopefully, if we are all vigilant, this can pass us with minimal disruption and we can look forward to better times ahead, where we can once again come out and celebrate all that is good in our fantastic village.
Bishopsteignton Parish Council – 19.03.2020
This statement can be downloaded here which includes details of the zones in maps and other useful numbers and links.
PARISH COUNCIL SURGERIES
Bishopsteignton Parish Council is changing the way it communicates with its parishioners and it is hoped these changes will allow more interaction with you as well as improve the working practices of the Council. In addition this will enable the Parish Council to uphold its duty of care for the safety and wellbeing of the parish clerk. The parish office in the community centre no longer has open hours. Instead a programme of regular open communication sessions is happening at various location across the parish to increase the opportunities for face-to-face contact with the clerk, chairman and several different councillors on each occasion.Feel free to pop in to comment/make observations for the councils consideration or to see us about any parish matters which may be causing you concern. Details of the next scheduled surgery are currently unknown due to Covid-19 restrictions. As soon as arrangements are made this page will be updated.
Is there another venue in the village/parish you think would provide a good opportunity to conduct these surgeries and to chat to your councillors? Please let us know and we shall try to accommodate your needs. If preferred, private appointments can be pre-arranged for other times (subject to availability). Please contact the clerk to arrange.