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Coronavirus 29 April 2020 - 2.30pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Wednesday 29 April 2020.

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Domestic abuse

A national scheme called Operation Encompass that helps ensure effective communication between police and Education, when domestic abuse occurs in the home, is continuing to run in Swansea despite the coronavirus lockdown.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse please seek advice on 0808 80 10 800 or go online at https://gov.wales/live-fear-free

Exposure to domestic abuse can have a serious, long-lasting emotional and psychological impact and data shows that 1 in 5 children experience some form of domestic abuse in their lives.

For further information regarding Operation Encompass, please visit www.operationencompass.org/

 

Fun packs at foodbanks

We're giving away hundreds of activity fun packs for kids at local foodbanks. The packs created by the council's Cultural Services team including drawing and colouring materials supplied by local businesses.

Also included is a Swansea cultural venues activity pack, including contributions from the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Fusion Swansea, Dylan Thomas Centre and Swansea Museum, including quizzes, crosswords, art activities as well as sunflower and vegetable seeds donated by the GRAFT garden project at Swansea's National Waterfront Museum.

The packs' crayons, colouring pencils, felt-tip pens and other stationery were donated by Amazon UK's Swansea depot, the city's WH Smith Quadrant store, SET Office Supplies, Home Bargains and The Admiral Group.

 

Business donates PPE supplies to council

A business that has rented property from the council for a number of years has donated PPE equipment to us. The company supplies medical equipment to a range of customers but has surplus stock they want to go to good use. They put the idea to our corporate property team who have liaised with social services to agree how best to use these goods.

PPE is essential when providing personal care to people within residential care homes and who have home care services.  Social services have welcomed the offer and the support from council colleagues.

 

Cyclists urged to take care

Police are increasing patrols in some of the busiest areas of Swansea prom and the seafront due to a rising number of cyclists and the potential risk of accidents or incidents. We're asking cyclists to take care and avoid accidents by observing the Welsh Government's two metre rule and watch out for other cyclists and pedestrians.

 

Dogs on beaches

If you are taking your exercise on one of our beaches with your four-legged friend while the coronavirus restrictions are in place, remember the byelaw comes into effect on May 1 - restricting dog owners to certain beaches in Swansea and Gower. There are 15 beaches in Swansea where dogs are permitted all year round and a small number of beaches where dogs are not permitted.

You can find out more on our 'Dogs on Beaches' page here: www.swansea.gov.uk/dogsonbeaches

 

Japanese knotweed

Due to the Coronavirus restrictions we are unable to provide our Japanese Knotweed service or a free quotation. Once restrictions have been lifted we will be offering the service again.

 

Swansea podcast

Our director of Place Martin Nicholls is one of those on episode four of the Come Together Cast, a feelgood podcast on the amazing work underway across Swansea right now.

Areas he focuses on include how the council's providing for the city's 6,000 shielded residents. Others on the podcast include Funky Pump Fitness, The Muslim Community Service, Square Peg Coffee, Cinema & Co and rock band Bandicoot. Enjoy!


Staff

Parking charges suspension

The council is suspending staff car parking permit charges for up to six months, backdated to April 1, as part of its response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Permit fees will not be taken by payroll from May and those who paid in April will be refunded in due course.

Anyone who has cancelled their permit since mid-March and wishes to have it returned will be able to reclaim it by contacting car parking services.

In the meantime parking restrictions in our car parks at Civic Centre and Paxton Street and in the areas around Guildhall and in Baths Car Park will continue to be enforced.

 

Parking review

The council will conduct a fundamental review of the parking permit system in the coming months to develop a new staff parking policy to sit alongside the accommodation strategy and new ways of working.

While a review of parking permits was already planned prior to the Covid-19 crisis, in part because the current requests for permits are oversubscribed, the Covid 19 has significantly changed the way businesses operate. Many of these changes will likely  become the 'new normal'.  Therefore it is now even more important we review the parking permit allocation system to prepare for this.

The current freeze on new staff car parking permit applications will remain until the review has competed and a new system is proposed.

 

Staff Facebook page

A new Facebook group has been set up for council staff to receive the latest coronavirus information from the Council and for staff to share their own positive experiences of supporting the community during the pandemic: Swansea Council Staff - Coronavirus Information

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