Measures include all youth clubs and parenting groups to close from today and business rate relief
Swansea Council is taking further steps to support local people and keep families safe as it adapts to help the fight against coronavirus.
Among announcements today are that - in line with Welsh Government measures - all mainstream schools will close by this Friday, March 20. Swansea’s two special schools, specialist teach facility (STF) and pupil referral unit (PRU) have already closed.
Council leader Rob Stewart said:
“The council is taking swift action to maintain critical services and change what it does to meet this crisis. We want to thank the public, our partners and staff for their understanding at this time.
“The council, like the public, is taking action to reduce the spread of coronavirus and to support the most vulnerable in our communities.
“We continue to keep our services under review and will keep the public updated.”
Council-run cultural services and venues are changing as the coronavirus situation develops.
Some services are suspended, including museums, galleries, day centres and theatres. Outdoor sports and recreation facilities are closed although the community leisure centres and the LC – run by Freedom Leisure - remain open.
Swansea Libraries are closed but may soon reopen with a new purpose; discussions are underway. Libraries have extended loans of all books and DVDs; they will automatically renew to prevent new fines appearing. Staff are in libraries to answer the phone if residents wish to phone.
The Dylan Thomas Exhibition is temporarily closed. The team there can still help the public with online inquiries about the poet and his work. The centre itself remains open.
With the Grand Theatre and Brangwyn Hall temporarily closed, those with tickets are being advised that they will be valid for any rescheduled show. The council is working with show promoters to reschedule.
Staff at the Glynn Vivian gallery are working on new ways to connect online with friends and supporters. They want to share the gallery’s collections, exhibitions and learning programmes through its digital networks.
In the council’s Social Services team, consideration is being given to closing day services, respite services and social clubs. Services users, families and carers will be informed of any changes tomorrow, March 19.
The council will consider individual cases to identify and understand any additional support that may be required by individuals and families who use these services.
All youth clubs are closing today, March 18, including all parenting groups.
The council's collection and recycling services continue as normal except for the closure of Tip Treasures recycling shop at Llansamlet from this Friday, March 20. Bulky waste collection bookings will be suspended from the end of this week. Existing bookings will be honoured.
Help is available for those who pay business rates. Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or less will receive 100% business rates relief and pubs with a rateable value of between £51,000 and £100,000 will receive a £5,000 reduction on their bill. Any businesses who satisfy the criteria for the award of this new relief, once we receive them, will have a new rates bill issued as soon as possible.
The council has suspended some routine meetings, including its Scrutiny and Policy Development Committees, until further notice.
Cllr Stewart said:
“The council has already taken steps to safeguard our core services and to protect the vulnerable.
“This work will continue as this health emergency develops over the coming weeks and months.
“This is a fast-moving situation which means the information and advice is being frequently updated. Please continue to use the council’s website to find the latest information and advice.”
·Information about council services can be found at https://www.swansea.gov.uk/
·Covid19 information can be found at www.phw.nhs.uk
·In an emergency please contact the following:
·Social Services (Child and Family) www.access.information@
·Housing Repairs www.swansea.gov.uk/
·Highways – www.swansea.gov.uk/highways
·Licensing – email@example.com.
·For all other services, please email or write to the relevant department at Swansea Council, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN.
·Public who want to contact the council should go via www.swansea.gov.uk