Important updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Wyre’s Civic Centre reception in Poulton is now open from 10am - 3pm Monday to Friday. You can also contact us on 01253 891000 or email: mailroom@wyre.gov.uk

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Coronavirus update Published Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Read updates from Wyre Council with regards to the current coronavirus pandemic.

Further information and guidance can be found at www.wyre.gov.uk/coronavirus

Updated 31.07.20

The rules on face coverings will be extended to other indoor settings where you're likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship.

This will become enforceable in law from the 8 August.

Information on the full latest announcements is available here.

Updated 14.07.20

 From 24 July, it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets, as well as on public transport. The Government has put together some clear instructions on how you can make your own face covering.

Updated 06.07.20

Advice for businesses in the hospitality sectors on recording staff and customer information for contact tracing:

Update 29.06.2020

The Night Time Industry Association have produce a handbook to assist premises who wish to re-open, which includes a template for a C-19 risk assessment

Update on working safely in the hospitality sector (24.06.20)

Guidance for Restaurants, Bars, Pubs and Takeways

Updated 23.06.20

The UK Government has set out a roadmap for the clinically extremely vulnerable on the future of the shielding programme and the changes due to be implemented on the 6 July and again on 1 August.

Updated 16.06.20

The MOT testing centre at Copse Rd, Fleetwood is now open and taking bookings from members of the public. Visit our webpage for further information and how to book.

Updated 15.06.20

High street retailers and department stores, including book shops, electronics retailers, tailors, auction houses, photography studios, indoor markets, and shops selling clothes, shoes and toys, will be allowed to open their doors again from today, provided they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines. Employers should also display a notice visibly in their shop windows or outside their store to show their employees, customers and other visitors that they have followed this guidance. 

Updated 15.06.20

New guidance and information on:

Re-opening non-essential retail shops safely

Face coverings on public transport

Face coverings when entering a hospital as a visitor or outpatient

Individual prayer in places of worship

Meeting people if you are in a single adult household

Updated 01.06.20

The latest government advice and FAQ's on what you can and cant do

Updated 28.05.20

Lancashire County Council latest advice on schools re-opening

Updated 19.05.20

Statement from the UK chief medical officers about Coronavirus symptoms

Updated 18.05.20

Bereavement and wellbeing support  - contact numbers for community support organisations and faith groups

Updated 14.05.20

The latest government information on spending time outdoors

Updated 13.05.20

The latest information on the re-opening of household recycling centres on Friday 15 May

Updated 11.05.20

The latest announcement from HM Government: Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

Updated 22.04.20

Lancashire County Council is urgently recruiting more paid carers to care for the most vulnerable residents so if you are caring, responsible and good with people, please get in touch.

Updated 21.04.20

The government have launched several new schemes to further support businesses and employers. There are also new resources available for online learning for children at home - see the schools and online learning support section on our dedicated page

Updated 20.04.2020

This week we are writing to all households in Wyre to ensure that everyone knows what support is available. Here you can read a copy of the letter: https://bit.ly/WyreLetterOfSupport

Updated 14.04.2020

As a result of the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, particularly for those most vulnerable people within our communities, the Community Foundation for Lancashire has launched the Lancashire COVID-19 Community Support Fund for community and voluntary organisations on the frontline.

Updated 09.04.20

We have put together some local contacts for food deliveries and other support which may be helpful to you (please note all the information is to the best of our knowledge correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change)

Updated 09.04.2020

The Government has released details of funding support for charities which you can read here. 

Updated 02.04.2020

We have been working hard to help vulnerable people through our Wyre Together network and have started to make business grant payments. In one day payments of £3,770,000 have been made to 320 businesses. Read more about the help we are providing here. 

Updated 01.04.2020

New guidance for those arranging funerals has been issued. We would like to reassure families that all burials will continue to be carried out in a highly dignified, sensitive and respected manner. Full guidance can be found here. 

Updated 31.03.2020

Due to Coronavirus pandemic and the strain on resources, some of you may not receive your red bin in time for the 6 April launch. If you haven’t received your red bin yet, please continue to use your green recycling box until we can deliver your red bin to you. If you have additional waste that you can't fit in your green box, please leave in a container next to your box and we will collect it. Try not to use carrier bags as these can't be recycled.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

Updated 31.03.2020

The car parks at Wyre Estuary Country Park are now closed. The park is still open and you can come on foot or bike. 

Updated 30.03.2020

Following guidance from the Government, we have taken the decision to limit the number of attendees to funeral services to ten until further notice. Immediate family will be the only people permitted to attend.

Updated Monday 30.03.2020 - Wyre Together

Today we have launched Wyre Together, our community response to help those most vulnerable in the borough throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read more here. 

Updated 30.03.20

Update from Wyre council licencing team

Updated 28.03.2020

The Fleetwood to Knott End ferry service has been suspended until further notice

Updated 25.03.2020

Updates from the Department For Transport and Wyre council for taxi operators and drivers can be found here

Updated 25.03.2020

We have taken the decision to close our public toilets across the borough. The following disabled toilets will remain open using a radar key: Beach Rd Fleetwood, North Drive Cleveleys, Lawsons Rd Thornton, Teanlowe Centre Poulton, Main Car Park Garstang, School Rd Pilling, Lancaster Rd/Lune View Knott End. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Updated 24.03.2020

Bulky matters updates

We have had to take the decision to suspend any new bookings for the bulky waste collection service until further notice.

If you have already booked a slot, as of 23 March, our Bulky Matters operatives will no longer be allowed to enter your property. We are therefore advising people that have booked the service to leave their items outside of their property.

Even if the item is wet, we will still collect it. We are still able to collect items left in garages or outhouses.

We are in the process of contacting everyone that has booked a collection to advise them of the changes.

Support for businesses

The council will soon be contacting those businesses eligible for the £10,000 and £25,000 grants from the Government. We will be sending out a letter with instructions of what to do to claim the money.

The Government advice has now been published on the grant funding which is available here: https://bit.ly/grantfundingadvice

We are working hard to get everything ready to administer the grants as seamlessly as possible and ensure that the funding gets to those in need as quickly as we can.

The Government has set up a website dedicated to business support which includes details of the business interruption loan scheme, the job retention scheme, statutory sick pay rebate and more. Go to: https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

We will post further updates on support for businesses at www.wyre.gov.uk/CoronavirusBusinessSupport

Civic Centre reception

As of today Wyre Council’s reception at the Civic Centre in Poulton is closed until further notice. This is for your safety and for the safety of our staff. The council is committed to continuing to deliver services during this time. You can still contact us...

On our website: www.wyre.gov.uk

By email: mailroom@wyre.gov.uk

On social media: Wyre Council on Facebook and Twitter @wyrecouncil

Or by phone: 01253 891000

Play areas, Outdoor activity equipment and Multi Use Games Areas

Following the Government's latest guidance we have taken the difficult decision to close our play areas, outdoor activity equipment and Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs) until further notice. We hope that this will go some way towards stopping people from congregating. The open spaces in our parks remain open.

Recycling centres

Following the latest government advice, Lancashire County Council has taken the decision to close all Household Waste Recycling Centres with immediate effect.

Green waste

Please note that green waste collections are suspended from 30 March until further notice. This is a result of the pandemic and having to reassign staff to support other essential waste collections.

We will ensure that residents are credited with the collections they miss during this unpredictable time with an extension to their subscription.

Customers that have already paid and subscribed to the new subscription year, scheduled to commence on the 1 May 2020, will have their payments retained until the new subscription year commences at a later date to be agreed. For customers that have signed up by Direct Debit, payments will be delayed until a date for the start of the new subscription year is agreed.

Please do not cancel your Direct Debit payment with your bank. You will be credited with the collections lost and payment will only be taken when the service is back up and running.

We are aware that the current nice weather and with more people at home that they may be working on their gardens and creating more garden waste but we do need to prioritise the essential services. 

Our bin collection crews are trying their very best and deserve all the help we can give them.

Find out more about home composting visit: www.recyclenow.com/reduce-waste/composting

Recycling Service:

Our waste collection teams are working as hard as they can at the moment. However, your recycling collections may be affected and the position is changing daily. If your recycling bins have not been collected, please bring them back into your property. We will ensure that your grey bins are collected, these bins are our main priorities.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this disruption as a result of the pandemic.

We will make every effort to return to a normal service as soon as possible. We appreciate your co-operation in such difficult times and as with other key service personnel, we are doing our best to maintain services. Please remember that our staff and their families are affected as well.

Updated 23.03.2020 - Community support in Wyre

Read more about what we are doing to support those most vulnerable in our community here. 

Updated 23.03.2020 - Fleetwood Market and Poulton Market

Following the Government’s recent guidance Fleetwood Market will be closed until further notice.

Our outdoor fruit and vegetable stall will still be trading on Friday and Saturday only in the outdoor area to provide fresh produce between 7am – 3pm.

The weekly outdoor market at Poulton will be reviewed on a week by week basis, informed by the advice issued by Government. For now, stalls have been restricted to no more than 8 and selling food produce only, so that they can be set up a good distance apart.
The Market and the traders are following all current guidelines regarding social distancing outside. We ask customers to do the same, staying 2 metres apart from others at all times.

We thank you for your continued patience and support.

Updated 23.03.2020 - closure of certain businesses by the Government

New laws require the closure of certain businesses, including businesses selling food or drink for consumption on the premises to protect against the risks to public health arising from coronavirus. The government will review these new rules every 28 days. The business that must close are: restaurants, cafes, bars, (including bars in hotels or members’ clubs), public houses, cinemas, theatres, nightclubs, bingo halls, concert halls, museums and galleries, casinos, betting shops, spas, massage parlours, indoor skating rinks, indoor fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres. 

It is now a criminal offence for these businesses to be open. You can report businesses breaking these rules to Trading Standards on 0808 223 1133 or online at https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/get-more-help/report-to-trading-standards/

You can also report these issues to your district council environmental health team on commercialsafety@wyre.gov.uk

Updated 23.03.2020

Coronavirus ​​​update for our Bulky Matters collection service

As of 23 March, our Bulky Matters operatives will no longer be allowed to enter your property. We are therefore advising people that have booked the service to leave their items outside of their property.

Even if the item is wet, we will still collect it. We are still able to collect items left in garages or outhouses.

We are in the process of contacting everyone that has booked a collection to advise them of the changes.

For more information, you can visit our website: www.wyre.gov.uk/bulkywaste

Updated 23.03.2020

The Government has issued advice on how we can all protect ourselves and others again Coronavirus. It is vital we all do our bit. The three main things to follow are:

- Staying at home if you think you have coronavirus (self-isolating) https://bit.ly/2xnl3qv

- How everyone can help stop coronavirus (social distancing)
https://bit.ly/3dneKE5

- How to protect extremely vulnerable people (shielding) https://bit.ly/2WIyoEq

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Updated 22.03.2020

The Government has issued new guidance for everyone in the UK on social distancing. It is vital we all follow this. Read more here. 

Updated 21.03.2020

Unfortunately we have just been informed by Lancashire County Council that the Garstang recycling centre is closed until further notice.

Updated 6pm, 20.03.2020 - Theatres, leisure centres and cafes

Following tonight's announcement by the Government, all Fylde Coast YMCA leisure centres and Wyre's theatres will close today until further notice. This also means the cafes at Fleetwood Market will close. At the moment Fleetwood Market remains open. 

Updated 20.03.2020 - support for residents and businesses 

We are doing everything we can to support businesses and residents where we can during these difficult times.

Please be aware that our annual bills for council tax and non-domestic rates (NNDR) were prepared and printed before any Government announcements. We are aware that changes may be required but we are still awaiting the official guidance in order to implement them. If you require help with your council tax payments due to the effects of coronavirus please complete the form on our website www.wyre.gov.uk/coronavirushelp. We will review your information and be in contact with a solution to help with your council tax payments. This may include:

  • Allowing you more time to pay if your instalments are not already spread to March 2021
  • Deferring payments
  • Checking that you are receiving benefit or discounts that you may be entitled to

In order to allow businesses some necessary breathing space the council are suspending the recovery process for the first quarter of 2020/21 given the unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in. This means that 2020/21 business rates bills will still be issued but no further recovery action will be taken between April and June.

Updated 20.03.2020 - Information for food businesses

Please read our latest advice and guidance for food businesses. 

Updated 19.03.2020 - Information for businesses

There will be a business rates retail holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.  Businesses that received the retail discount (33%) in the 2019 to 2020 tax year will be rebilled very shortly to show a 100% discount.  A grant of up to £25,000  will also be provided to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises, with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.

The government will also provide additional funding for us to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBRR). This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 (up from the £3,000 the chancellor announced in the budget)  to businesses currently eligible for SBRR or rural rate relief, to help meet their ongoing business costs.

The plan is that any business that is eligible for SBRR will be contacted by the Council – the business does not need to apply.  Funding for the scheme will be provided to the Council by government in early April.

Updated 18.03.2020 - An update on our services

Following advice from the Government, we have decided to cancel all our events for the next 12 weeks (not 2 months as previously stated), and this will be kept under constant review. Council meetings and committees will only be held if they are statutory or regulatory.

Councillor David Henderson, Leader of Wyre Council said, “Our priority is to support our residents, businesses, staff and councillors and we will continue to follow advice from the Government and Public Health England. We would urge our residents and businesses to do the same.

“At this present time, frontline services are going ahead as normal but this is a rapidly changing situation.  We have plans in place to ensure that vital services continue to be delivered. Any changes will be communicated to residents.

“Our markets are still open and are a good place to avoid the supermarket rush. Fleetwood Market is open on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 4.30pm and Poulton Market takes place every Monday. We will review this as the situation unfolds, but for now they remain open and ready to welcome shoppers. 

“Wyre’s Civic Centre in Poulton remains open but with limited opening hours between 10am and 3pm.  Residents are being urged to only attend if it is absolutely necessary or if you have an appointment. Queries can be answered and reported on the council’s website or by contacting the council on 01253 891000.

“These are unprecedented times. Please keep up to date on the latest advice and look out for each other. Our vision is ‘together we make a difference’ and this has never been more true.”

Updated 17.03.2020, 3pm - Events and meetings

Following advice from the Government yesterday due to the Coronavirus outbreak we have taken the decision to cancel all our events for the next two months, up to and including 15 May 2020. This also effects council meetings and committees and only limited, essential meetings will now take place.

Our priority is to protect our residents, communities, staff and councillors and we will continue to follow advice from the Government and Public Health England. We would urge you to do the same.

We want to thank everyone who comes to our events, we haven’t taken this decision lightly and we hope to welcome everyone again and continue our programme of events and activities as soon as it is safe to do so.

If you have pre-paid for a place on a Wyre Council event we will be in touch shortly to organise a refund.

Please follow www.nhs.uk for the most recent advice.

Updated 17.03.2020, 9am

We are currently reviewing the latest update from the Government on coronavirus. We are looking at our services and our events and will share updates as soon as we can. Please continue to follow the latest advice at nhs.uk/coronavirus

You will shortly receive your copy of Wyre Voice through the post. In order to get this to over 50,000 homes it has to be printed in advice. There’s lots of useful information to read through but please note information regarding our events may now change. Please continue to follow our updates on social media and on our website.

Updated 16.03.2020 Government announcement grant funding

The government has announced that it will provide £2.2 billion of funding for Local Authorities in England. This will provide £3,000 to around 700,000 business currently eligible for Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief to help meet their ongoing business costs. At this point in time we have not received any official guidance to show how this scheme will operate or any eligibility criteria.  As soon as the information is available we will update our website accordingly.

Updated 13.03.2020

Wyre Council is committed to following strict advice from Public Health England (PHE), The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the government in relation to dealing with the delay phase of the current pandemic. The wellbeing of our communities, visitors and staff is our absolute priority and you can be assured that health and safety has our complete attention.

All our employees are fully aware of the current requirements and we take great pride in the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene at all of our venues. We have taken additional measures to make our cleaning and hygiene procedures even more rigorous and we have installed hand sanitisers for our staff and visitors to use. We have put in place our emergency protocols and officers are working together with our partners across Lancashire to keep updated and to ensure our residents remain informed as the situation develops.

At the moment all our public buildings remain open.

Please be aware that Lockwood doctor’s surgery which is based at the Civic Centre will be contacting patients with booked appointments from Monday 16 March 2020. The surgery remains open, however patients will be assessed over the phone and invited to attend only if necessary and safe to do so. Please do not come into the surgery if you have flu like symptoms, a high temperature or a new continuous cough.

We are following developments as they happen and will update this page as necessary.

Please continue to follow PHE advice. 

These actions will help you protect yourself and others. Get more information at: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

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