Latest Update: 08/07/2020
In line with the latest government guidance issued on the 4th of July, we can confirm the Town Council services that are open or the current dates planned for re-opening. This is subject to change in line with any new guidance issued.
- Toilets – The Crescent Car Park, Summerleaze Beach and Crooklets Beach toilets have been open since the 25th May with social distancing guidance in place.
- Town Centre Support – After consultation with independent traders, businesses and the public, a pedestrian flow zone has been created within the town centre, marked by signposts at the entrance points and regular pavement markings. This creates a one-way flow on the town’s pavements to avoid any head-on meeting and allow for better social distancing. A map has been created to support visitors and shoppers, located in the town council notice boards and can be found here, we hope this supports our vibrant town centre for residents and visitors to enjoy.
- Playgrounds – Bencoolen Play Area, Crooklets and Summerleaze beach Play Areas re-opened on 4th July please take time to read through the guidance located at each facility to ensure current guidelines are adhered to.
- The Library – the library recommenced some services in line with the new guidance, from the 6th July a new Lobby Service at Bude Library will be available between the hours of 10.00 and 3.00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and between 10.00 and 1.00 on Saturdays where you will be able to return books and collect reservations. There will be no access to the main library building and you will need to have reserved a book in advance. When your reservation arrives at Bude Library you will be contacted to say it is ready for collection. Returned items will have to go into quarantine for 72 hours before we are able to touch them and take them off your account. If you check your account, items will show as being ‘on loan’ for at least 3 days after you have brought them back. You can renew library books online or by telephone 0300 1234 111. Fines: Don’t panic, there will be no fines charged on late returns until 30th September 2020 (unless the fine was previously incurred before lockdown started). To reserve and renew books you will need your library card number and follow the link here: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/…/usi…/borrow-renew-and-reserve/
- The Castle – From Monday 13th July the Castle will be re-opening its doors from 10 am- 4 pm. There will be a one-way system in place and all Covid-19 social distancing procedures will be adhered to. All three galleries will be open, as will The Heritage Centre’s exhibitions although there will be a limit on numbers entering the building at any one time. Updates on the re-opening of Cafe limelight will be issued in due course, we are expecting to be able to offer a takeaway facility at first.
- The Parkhouse Centre – for the time being, due to the nature of the facility, The Parkhouse Centre will remain closed. We are working really hard on ways to re-open in the coming months and hope to open this fantastic facility to the community once again very soon.
- Pitch & Putt – we will be opening the Pitch & Putt from Saturday 25th July, there will be social distancing measures in place and we will be limiting numbers to ensure this can be maintained. Regular cleaning of clubs and balls will be undertaken to minimise risk.
- Car Park – the Town Council owned car park is open and its pay and display facility is in place.
- Town Council Offices – these will remain closed for the time being until we receive further guidance, you can contact our offices either by telephone 01288 353576 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Weddings – we understand that it is a very upsetting time for many people who had weddings planned this summer if you have a wedding booked at any of the Town Council owned facilities please contact us directly so we can update you on the latest guidance and procedures we have in place.
Follow us on Facebook – Bude-Stratton Town Council has set up a dedicated C-19 Facebook response page to provide support and information to our local community by sharing updates on the latest guidance from the National Government, Local Council, County Council and Public Health England. The page is also supporting local volunteer groups in their fantastic efforts to help our community.
The fantastic community group Bude and surrounding areas Quarantine Support Group have been collating the huge amount of help offered by our community into one map provided by Neetmaps. This map will enable people who are in isolation to find out who their closest volunteer is should they need vital supplies such as food and medication.
During these times of uncertainty. It’s normal to feel stressed, anxious or nervous but there is lots of support available and you are not alone, please reach out to local or national networks.
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