Message from the Leader of the Council - recorded last week (March 20th 2020) and refers to the weekend March 21st - 22nd 2020.
We have also produced a Community Support booklet full of helpful advice and support.
Essex County Council are providing useful information on Community Support in Essex, including how to register for support if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to Coronavirus.
Updates in relation to impacts on Brentwood Borough Council services can be found below. The situation is fast moving, and all the latest updates will be posted on this page and on our social media accounts.
(Tuesday 24th March 2020) Due to guidance received from government we can no longer undertake site inspections. Instead we are asking for photos to be sent as soon as possible with the address of the site on the date that you want the site inspection to firstname.lastname@example.org. These will then be looked at by a surveyor who will email you to confirm if everything is ok or if anything further is required.
Burials and Funerals
Burials and funerals are still taking place, however those attending must comply to the governments guidance of social distancing and keep at least 2 metres apart.
Further advice is provided by the The Church of England
Eligible businesses can now apply for a Small Business Funding Grant (£10,000) or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (up to £25,000). To apply please go to our Business Rates web page.
Information on advice and support for businesses is provided on our Business Support web page.
Currently our car parks remain open, with the exception of:
- The multi storey car park is closed except to residents of Becket House. Season ticket holders should park in the William Hunter Way car park.
Please continue to check this page for updates.
The following sport and leisure facilities are affected:
- The Brentwood Centre will close on 20 March until further notice
- Walking for Health is currently suspended
- Sports pitch booking are currently suspended
- The Strawberry Fair event due to be held in June has been postponed
- Essex County Council has closed both Thorndon and South Weald country parks
- All parks, play areas and their car parks are closed
- Public toilets in Brentwood High Street and Ingatestone are closed
- Hartswood golf course is closed
- Bowls rinks are closed
- Countryside volunteers group is currently suspended
If you find yourself having to stay at home and need help with picking up shopping, a friendly phone, posting mail or urgent supplies please contact a Community Help Hub in your area/village and they can help.
Community Agents are working however they will not be visiting anyone unless its deemed essential. They will be doing welfare phone calls and collecting shopping and medication etc but leaving it outside.
They have a full update on their website Community Agents Essex
Under the current circumstances the Brentwood Community Transport 808 service has been suspended in the interests of the safety of their drivers and passengers.
(Wednesday 25th March 2020) Allotments remain open, but if attending please follow government guidance on social distancing. For further guidance please go to the National Allotment Society website
Community Safety & Enforcement
We are currently operating a telephone service only. If you need to report an urgent matter or require advice please call 01277 312500. If your enquiry is non-urgent, please complete the on-line General Enquiry form.
For details of advice and support available please go to our Community Safety web page.
Council Tax & Business Rates
Information on support for businesses affected by the Covid-19 virus is provided on our Business Rates web page.
Council Tax Hardship Funds - The Government has made it clear that individuals should not suffer financially as a result of COVID 19. For information please go to our Hardship Funds web page.
Council Tenants – General and rent
We are currently operating a telephone service only. If you need to report an urgent matter or require advice please call 01277 312500. If your enquiry is non-urgent, please complete the on-line Tenant Services (not repairs enquiries) form or email email@example.com
All Housing communal play areas are closed.
Council Tenants – Repairs
(Tuesday 24th March 2020) Due to guidance received from Government only emergency repairs are now being undertaken.
We will continue to keep residents updated on the current service provision on this page.
Democracy & Elections
- Local Borough, Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner and Parish Council Elections scheduled for 7 May have been postponed until next year.
- All Council meetings until further notice have been cancelled.
Our food safety team are observing government advice and are here to help with advice about hygiene at food premises.
Housing Options & Homelessness
We are currently operating a homelessness triage service by telephone. If you require urgent housing advice due to immediate homelessness please call 01277 312500 who will transfer you to our Duty Officer who will be able to assess your circumstances and provide appropriate guidance. If your enquiry is non-urgent, please complete the Housing Advice form on-line and an Officer will contact you. For further information please go to our Finding Somewhere to Live & Homelessness web page.
Allocation of Social Housing: Due to restrictions relating to Covid-19 no allocation of social housing will be operating at this time. Customers will be unable to bid as no new properties will be being advertised on the site until further notice.
We are making some changes to our Licensing Services to help minimise the disruption caused to licence holders by Covid-19 and to reduce unnecessary contact.
For advice and information for hackney carriage and private hire drivers please go to our Taxi and Minicab web page.
There is currently restricted access to the public at the Depot, so please do not arrive there without a specific appointment. Alternative arrangements are being put in place to enable essential paperwork to be submitted electronically where possible and where this is not already in place.
If you have a query regarding an existing licence or application please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 Came into effect on the 26 March 2020.
These Regulations expand on the previous ‘Coronavirus, Business Closure Regulations’ and order further premises to close.
Whilst we hope that Brentwood residents and business fully comply with these regulations, Brentwood Council alongside colleagues at Essex Police have enforcement responsibilities to ensure compliance.
To report non-compliance around business closure, please email details to email@example.com, for non-compliance around public gatherings and restrictions on movement please refer to Essex Police.
We are holding pre-application meetings online and by telephone. Please continue to view this page for updates.
Reception / Council Offices
Until further notice, Town Hall reception services are available online or by telephone (01277 312500) only. Please do not visit the Town Hall.
Viewings of the Town Hall wedding venues are currently suspended.
Weddings: Due to the current situation from today (Monday 23rd March 2020) all weddings will be postponed until 1st September 2020.
Waste & Recycling
(29th March 2020) Glass Recycling and Garden Waste Collections Suspended - Due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the difficult decision to stop all of our glass recycling and garden waste recycling collections, from Monday (30 March) until further notice. Further information is available on our Waste & Recycling web page.
(Tuesday 24th March 2020) Due to guidance received from Government regarding coronavirus the bulky waste collection service has been suspended until further notice.
During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic residents can collect a roll of orange sacks from outside the Town Hall, subject to availability. Alternatively, your local store may hold a supply for collection whilst obtaining essential food items, subject to whether they are open in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please note all libraries are currently closed.
Essex County Council has closed all recycling centres. This includes both Mountnessing and Coxtie Green Road centres.
The recycling site at Warley depot is now closed.
The textile collection service is currently suspended.
Please continue to check this page for updates.
Guidance on how to get rid of your waste if you are either self-isolating or confirmed to have Coronavirus is provided on the Love Essex website
Essex County Council Services
For updates on how Essex County Council services are affected, please visit the Essex County Council - Coronavirus website. This includes information on services such as schools, libraries, country parks and public transport.
How can you help
- Keep up to date with information and public health advice
- Download and share the Community Support Booklet
- Please try to pay, report or apply for services online
Register to become a NHS volunteer
Your data during the Coronavirus crisis
We have prepared a privacy notice to advise how we will deal with your data during the current Coronavirus crisis