As we start to move into the recovery phase of our response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak Chesterfield Borough Council will assess and respond to new requirements and will modify service provision in line with the latest Government guidance. Our priority is to ensure that the facilities and workplaces from which we deliver our services are as safe as possible for our communities and staff.
Councillor Tricia Gilby, leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “Behind the scenes the council’s staff and members have been working hard to interpret the latest guidance from Government and we are now actively developing plans to restart some ‘non-essential’ services and re-open outdoor sports facilities and parts of Chesterfield town centre in the coming weeks.
“Ensuring the health, safety and welfare of our residents and communities, and of our staff is the council’s primary focus at this time. We will only restart services and re-open facilities and amenities when we are confident that we can do in a safe and socially distanced way.”
The council, like lots of local businesses, is looking at how to bring back to work those staff whose job cannot be done at home. The council is working closely with staff and unions to ensure that these roles can be carried out safely both for staff and for customers. The council will release further information on restarting services as this work progresses.
All of the latest service-related updates will be published in the dedicated Coronavirus information hub.
Parks and green spaces
With the easing of Government restrictions, it means our residents can spend longer in the borough’s parks and exploring our green spaces, but social distancing guidelines will still apply.
You must always be two metres away from anyone not in your household, this includes other family members who do not live with you.
The council’s multi-use games areas and basketball courts, including those in Brearley Park, Stand Road and Wain Avenue, will be re-opened from this weekend. These areas can only be used by individuals with members of their own household or with one other person from another household while staying 2 metres apart. The borough’s skateparks and the Petanque area at Holmebrook Valley Country Park will also be available for use from this weekend.
Please note the council will not be re-opening the 3G pitches in Queen’s Park from this weekend.
The council is also currently working with several local sports clubs with regards the opening of other outdoor sports facilities including tennis courts, fishing lakes and bowling greens. These conversations are continuing, and further updates will be provided next week.
Playgrounds and outdoor gyms in parks will remain closed; the council has placed appropriate signage at these facilities to highlight this. Play equipment cannot be easily or regularly cleaned and its use therefore presents a risk of further spreading the virus.
More information on the Government’s guidelines is available on the FAQs on the Government website.
Regulation and enforcement
Chesterfield Borough Council’s regulatory teams are currently working remotely and will continue to do so.
The teams are available to advise, investigate and take action on a number of issues, including enforcement of the Coronavirus regulations as well as dealing with noise complaints, licensing issues and regulation of private sector housing.
The teams can also help advise local businesses on how they can work within the regulations.
Find out more about the work of these teams and how you can get in contact with them on the licensing and regulation page.
If you have concerns about a how a particular licensed premises is being operated, you can report these to the council by calling 01246 345345 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can report other retail outlets to trading standards by emailing email@example.com. Outside of office hours please report these premises to the police by calling 101.
In line with the recent Government announcements, the Pomegranate Theatre and Winding Wheel Theatre will remain closed until at least Saturday 4 July. All events up to and including this date have now been cancelled or postponed.
The Box Office team are currently contacting all customers who have booked tickets for cancelled or re-arranged performances.
Please bear in mind that a large number of customers are affected by these changes, so it may take longer than expected for the Box Office to contact you.
Full details of all the changes to performances can be found on the Chesterfield Theatres website.
Tickets for events later in the year, including the pantomime, can still be booked by visiting the Chesterfield Theatres website.
Chesterfield Museum and Revolution House
Chesterfield Museum will remain closed until further notice and all museum events are cancelled until early October.
This is due to the popularity of museum events and the limited space within the museum that makes social distancing during these events exceptionally difficult.
Revolution House will not be opening for the summer season and all events are cancelled.
The council still hopes to be able to open Revolution House for its usual Christmas opening period.
The Museums team are currently appealing for members of the public to share stories, memories, images and items from lockdown, in order to add to the collection and help remember this unprecedented crisis and the impact it has had on Chesterfield borough.
To find out more and share your stories please contact the team via the Chesterfield Museum Facebook page or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All of the latest service-related updates can be found in the dedicated Coronavirus information hub.