Erewash Borough Council has sent out a message of thanks for the understanding and support of residents and businesses as it continues to do all it can to maintain essential services in these unprecedented times.
To prioritise and focus on the collection of household waste and recycling, the council took the decision to suspend the collection of garden waste from this week – just one of many changes to ensure the key services can continue.
It has also confirmed that it has suspended charges in all its car parks for everyone – including Long Eaton Train Station commuter car park. Free parking had previously been on offer for all NHS staff and key workers.
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
“These are challenging times and as a local authority we have a key role to play in supporting our communities and especially the most vulnerable in our borough. We are doing everything we can to navigate our way through this. We continue to follow government advice and we will continue to keep everyone informed as we respond to the ever-changing situation.
“I would like to applaud our staff and those at all local authorities who are working so hard in these difficult circumstances. I would also like to send my thanks to everyone out there who is putting themselves on the line to help in Erewash and countrywide - NHS staff, volunteers, social workers and more. Let’s all work together in this to keep everyone safe and well.”
The council is working together with residents and businesses to offer the latest information and advice through its website, which features links to the government’s up-to-date pages, to the NHS and to the council’s own web pages. Facebook and Twitter are also being used to get information out.
Except for emergencies, the reception areas at Ilkeston and Long Eaton town halls are closed for the safety of the public and staff. The contact centre team continues to work but are dealing with a high level of calls so residents are advised to use the council’s online services and register for a My Erewash account.