Update on council services

Recycling centres, car parks, parks and play areas are among the North Somerset Council services which are staying open during the second lockdown.

New restrictions came into force yesterday so here is a round-up of what’s happening:

Recycling and waste

Kerbside collections, including food waste and green boxes, are continuing as normal so continue to make full use of this service.

Additional recycling boxes and food waste caddies can be ordered online.

North Somerset’s three recycling centres – Weston, Backwell and Portishead – will stay open for essential visits only, for residents to dispose of any waste that cannot be safely stored at home until lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Check the website before you visit for opening times and restrictions.

Measures are in place to allow for social distancing, including limiting the number of vehicles on site, so be prepared for queues.

If queues form on surrounding roads visitors may be asked to return another day. Please also turn off your engine when queuing and be mindful of local residents.

Separate your materials in your car to help speed up the process when you arrive.

Do not visit if you have symptoms of coronavirus.

The odds and evens number plate system won’t be reintroduced initially but if visitor numbers are high, it might be brought back in.

Follow the recycling team on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

  • Current recycling and waste collection calendars expire at the end of November. From the end of this month you’ll be able to download your new calendar from the council’s website. You can also view your next two collection dates on the same page.

 

Libraries

Doors to libraries have now closed but some limited services are still available.

It’s still possible to place orders for click and collect at most locations (excluding The Campus and Congresbury libraries). Find out more on the council’s website or make a reservation through LibrariesWest.

Existing loans have been automatically extended until at least Monday 14 December. You can return them any time using the external returns drop or letterboxes.

If you have items that are currently overdue, log in and renew them as they won’t be automatically renewed.

Bookable computers are also still available for those who need to access online public services and do not have internet access at home.

Deliveries to existing home library service customers are also continuing.

Libraries are more than just a physical space and the online library resources are still available.

You can also follow the library service on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

 

Leisure centres and entertainment

All leisure centres in North Somerset have now closed, as well as The Playhouse Theatre, Tropicana, and The Campus in Weston-super-Mare, and Somerset Hall in Portishead.

 

Weddings, funerals and midwife care

Any weddings due to take place between now and Wednesday 2 December have been postponed.

Funerals can continue, attended by a maximum of 30 people.

Midwifery appointments are continuing in children’s centres.

 

Town Hall reception

The Town Hall reception, in Weston-super-Mare, is continuing to open on an appointment-only basis.

If you have an enquiry, first call 01934 888 888 and ask for the relevant service. If you need an appointment, this will be arranged for you.

Going online remains the quickest and easiest way of contacting many council services.

 

Business as usual

Critical council services, such as road repairs and gritting, are continuing with Covid-safe measures in place.