A message from the leader of South Gloucestershire Council: May 1
From Toby Savage, leader, South Gloucestershire Council
IN addition to our ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic, we are currently thinking about and preparing for the time when the Council is able to return to more usual operations.
We are presented with a huge opportunity to ‘reset’ rather than just go back to how things were previously. We will take learning from what has worked well and what hasn’t during this current experience, and we will look at what we might change or adapt in the future to help us to bounce back and improve the way we deliver our services to the people of South Gloucestershire, making our area an even better place to live, work and visit.
Some areas of the Council’s regular work are already starting to resume and on Monday 27 April we held South Gloucestershire Council’s very first virtual Cabinet meeting. My Cabinet colleagues and I have been involved in a variety of meetings using digital technology since the social distancing measures came in, and the Cabinet met publicly online for the first time on Monday, using digital technology to keep Council business running as close to normal as possible. The meeting was streamed online which enabled people to watch and follow the decisions from their homes.
We also resumed garden waste collections in South Gloucestershire on 27 April after they were suspended due to staff shortages during the coronavirus outbreak. The suspension enabled us to continue with fortnightly black bin waste and recycling collections by redeploying staff and vehicles that are usually used to collect garden waste.
As staffing levels continue to improve, I am also pleased to confirm that we plan to resume our weekly recycling collections from Wednesday 13 May, after they were temporarily changed to fortnightly collections to help keep essential collections running.
Although our Sort It recycling centres remain closed, we are preparing for their reopening and the conditions that need to be met so we can help residents to keep on top of their waste.
Last week, and again this week, I volunteered to join the waste team to help out with bin collections and I thank them for their dedication and hard work during extremely difficult circumstances. I also send my thanks to residents across the area for their patience and understanding whilst we have been working to maintain essential services.
For the latest update on changes to council services during these challenging times please visit www.southglos.gov.uk/servicedisruption
For the latest information on our response and what support is available please visit www.southglos.gov.uk/coronavirus