Released on 20 March 2020
Councillor Brian Edwards MBE, Leader of South Staffordshire Council
It's now clear that the coronavirus pandemic is set to challenge every community in the country for the next few months. This is a worrying and uncertain time but our community spirit is our strength and I know we can get though it by working together and taking care of each other.
We need to limit the spread of coronavirus. As a council, we have robust plans in place to keep our critical services running and we are working closely with our partners to monitor and manage the situation and provide public services for the people of South Staffordshire. At times our services may have to be delivered in a slightly different way though and we are expanding remote working across the Council to minimise transmission of the virus and play our part in reducing the impact on the NHS.
In view of the latest advice from the Government, Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS, we are putting in place business continuity and contingency plans and like other businesses and organisations we are doing everything we can to minimise risk to those who could be most affected, including our employees, their families, and our residents. We are enabling council staff to work from home where this is possible and prioritising self-isolation for members of staff who may be vulnerable with underlying health issues.
Throughout this difficult time, we will be maintaining critical services. However, from today our Council Offices in Codsall will be closed to the public and I would encourage residents to use our online services and visit the Council website (www.sstaffs.gov.uk), which will be kept updated with the latest official advice. Residents should use alternative ways of contacting the Council such as email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (01902 696000) rather than visiting in person. Our Leisure Centres will also be closing from today and staff are being redeployed to support other services.
We have a great team of staff at the Council and our district is served by 49 Councillors who are all dedicated and committed to their communities so please don't hesitate to get in touch. I know they will all be doing their very best and I'd like to thank them for their commitment during these unprecedented times. I'd also like to encourage everyone to continue to follow PHE's advice about the importance of handwashing, social distancing and self-isolation. This is not going to be an easy time and we need to consider our individual actions and play our part in protecting our district.
For further details contact
South Staffordshire District Council
Tel: 01902 696000