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COVID 19 – Important Changes to Highways & Transport Services

On Monday, 25th March 2020, the UK Government introduced strict new measures to tackle the spread of Coronavirus, including a ban on public gatherings of more than two people. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement instructing people not to leave their homes unnecessarily, a number of services have changed in order to help us protect as many people in our communities as possible.

The Council will comply instantly with all such national directions. Not to do so would contravene Government guidance. Any services or facilities affected by such announcements will be closed or withdrawn immediately. 
All essential Council services are running as normal however, the situation does change quickly. Our priority is to maintain essential services throughout the difficult weeks and months ahead and allocate resources accordingly and to do everything we can to support the health and well-being of all our staff and residents.
 
We are aware that these changes to services are of concern to everybody but we would urge people to be patient during this challenging time as we work to prioritise essential Council services.
  
Public Toilets:
All of the Public Convenience buildings and toilet facilities managed by the Council are closed until further notice.  
This action has been taken so that so we can prioritise cleaning and resources across our facilities and keep vital services going as well as reinforce social distancing measures and subsequent low level of demand due to reduced visitors in town centres. 

Grounds Maintenance and Grass Cutting:
The warmer spring weather, more daylight hours and a change in government advice means that limited resources can now be made available from Thursday, 16 April for some grass cutting and grounds maintenance operations to resume. This follows careful consideration and will help ensure the areas are manageable when the lockdown is eased.

Maintenance work at tenants’ gardens will continue at a reduced frequency although tenants will have a ‘Right to Refuse’ the work, if they are not comfortable with the work taking place. Work will also resume at the areas surrounding sheltered accommodation complexes and pensioners bungalows.

Grounds maintenance work will continue at large complexes of flats to ensure that properties remain safe and accessible.

Essential highways safety ground maintenance work for roadside verges, visibility splays at key junctions and roundabouts will continue as normal throughout the emergency period. 

Grass cutting will continue at schools serving as Hubs, with strict social distancing maintained at all times and maintenance work will be carried out at other schools as resources allow.

Work will commence on other open space areas to ensure that people have somewhere safe to exercise. Some areas, however, such as sports fields, play areas and bowling greens, will continue to be maintained, but will remain closed to the public.

All grounds maintenance work, whether undertaken by our in-house teams or contractors will adhere to strict and closely monitored social distancing measures to ensure the health, safety and protection of workers and residents. 

Suspension of Car Parking Charges:
The County Council has taken the decision to suspend all Pay and Display car parking charges across the County from 25th March 2020. This decision has been made both to reduce personal contact and the risk of surface transition of the COVID-19/coronavirus from machines, and to assist key workers and essential shopping at this challenging time.

Whilst parking in town centres is temporarily free we all required to follow Government advice and:
• Do not travel unless absolutely necessary
• Only undertake shopping for essential supplies (food, medicine)
• Avoid gatherings, even outside
• Maintain 2m distance from any other person who is not in your household
• All car parks will continue to be monitored. You should park responsibly within the designated lines, and where possible, at a distance from other vehicles.

Gamfa Wen Car Park and Beach Cleaning:
Gamfa Wen car park in Talacre is now closed. This car park provides additional parking capacity to accommodate tourists and seasonal visitors. Following government advice to stop all non-essential travel, there will be no requirement for this additional parking provision for the foreseeable future. The Council have also been informed by the landowner that the beach car park will also be closed.

During this time, beach cleansing will also be suspended and resource re-deployed to assist with delivering priority services across the County. If you live locally and do walk on the beach, we ask that you take any littler home with you.

Public Transport:
Due to the unprecedented circumstances currently being experienced, some commercial bus services operating throughout Flintshire and bordering counties have made variations to their timetables, which came into effect on Monday, 23rd March 2020. 
 
All timetables are available on the individual operators’ website and will be kept up-to-date with any additional changes over the coming weeks. 

An overview of the changes are listed below:

Bus Services
 Arriva Buses Wales  Emergency timetables in place  www.arrivabus.co.uk/wales/ 
 M & H Coaches  • Service 29 Operating as usual
• X1 & X2 operating as per the School
Holiday Timetable
 www.mandhcoaches.co.uk
 P & O Lloyd  Operating Normal Timetables  www.polloydcoaches.co.uk
 Stagecoach  Operating School Holiday Timetable  www.stagecoachbus.com
 Townlynx  Operating Normal Timetable  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


As future changes may occur at short notice, please check with the relevant bus company before making travel plans. 

Community Transport / Local Travel Arrangement Services
Following government advice to stop all non-essential travel and introduction of a ban on public gatherings of more than two people, the Council’s Local Travel Arrangement Services have been temporarily suspended.
This includes the following travel services:
LT1, LT2, LT3 ( Holywell)LT4 ( Buckley)LT7 (Mold to Treuddyn)LT8 (Caergwrle to Broughton Retail Park)

For any residents who are classified as ‘Key Workers’ and have no other means of transport to access their place of work, the Council will provide a pre-bookable transport service for key workers only.
Please telephone 01352 704771 to discuss your travel arrangements and please provide at least 24 hours’ notice of your booking before you intend to travel.  
This service will also be available to those residents who are required to undertake essential travel journeys (as defined within national Government guidelines). 

Thank you for your patience and understanding at this difficult time.

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