Children’s centres, leisure centres and community buildings among further closures in phased Covid-19 response

Published: Thursday, 19th March 2020

A number of children’s centres, leisure centres and community buildings are among further facilities in Stoke-on-Trent to close as part of a phased response to Covid-19.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has announced the closure of Northwood Stadium and Stoke-on-Trent Gymnastics Centre tonight (Thursday), and public conveniences at Stoke-on-Trent City Centre Bus Station have also closed today (Thursday).

In addition, brown bin collections for garden and food waste have now been suspended in the city, to allow council crews to prioritise the collection of grey bins (for domestic waste) and blue bins (for recyclable waste). Residents are encouraged to home compost their brown bin waste where possible. Grey and blue bin collections will continue, but it is anticipated that they may be impacted on in the coming weeks.

A number of services will close from the end of the day on Friday (20 March). These include the following children’s centres and youth facilities:
•    Blurton Children's Centre
•    Burslem Children's Centre
•    Crescent Children's Centre
•    Hanford Children's Centre
•    Kingsland Children's Centre 
•    Norton Children's Centre
•    Stoke-on-Trent North Children's Centre
•    Grange Children's Centre
•    Thomas Boughey Children's Centre
•    Fenton Children's Centre
•    Treehouse Children's Centre
•    Tunstall Children's Centre
•    Westfield Children's Centre
•    Burslem Contact Centre
•    Milton Youth Centre
•    Moorland Youth Centre
•    Meir Community Education Centre
•    Stanley Head Outdoor Education Centre
•    16 Stafford Street City Uth Centre, in the city centre
•    Liberty House – youth offending services.

The following leisure facilities will close at the end of the day on Friday:
•    Fenton Manor Sports Complex, but the gym remains open 
•    Dimensions Leisure centre, but the gym remains open
•    Wallace Sports and Education Centre
•    New Horizons Leisure Centre.

The following community centres will also close at the end of the day on Friday:
•    Fenton community centre
•    Goldenhill community centre
•    Smallthorne community centre 
•    Sneyd Green community centre.

In addition, the Regent Centre, in Regent Road, Hanley, which administers parking services, will close from the end of the day on Friday, as will two adult social care services: Duke Street Day Service in Fenton and St John’s Day Service in Abbey Hulton.

The announcements follow the closure of a number of museums, libraries and public toilets by the city council yesterday (Wednesday).

The council is also working through the implications of school closures following the direction from government that all schools should shut from Monday, except for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. Close work with schools and headteachers is taking place to understand what this means for vulnerable families and children, and council school staff.

Council leader Abi Brown said: “We are now in unprecedented times, and we have moved to act responsibly and decisively to take necessary steps to protect residents, communities and our staff. We continue to work in a managed and proportionate way in response to the coronavirus. We ask people for their understanding while we continue to make very difficult decisions.

“We call on residents and communities to remain calm and stay safe, and for people to be kind and look out for each other. It is really important that the advice of the government, the NHS and Public Health England is followed, we are continuing to do this and have detailed contingency plans in place. These plans have been developed to ensure we can focus on providing services to the children and young people and adults in the city who need our help the most.”

In addition, the council has now received guidance from central government following the Chancellor’s budget announcement on 11 March on business rate relief and hardship support. Work is taking place to go through the detailed guidelines and individual businesses will be contacted as quickly as possible accordingly. Businesses are being advised to await revised billing information, which will be issued in the next couple of weeks.

For more information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit Public Health England: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/ 
and the NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.

All residents are reminded about the critical importance of regular handwashing with soap and hot water for 20 seconds. The importance of this action cannot be underestimated.

For more information on digital services, visit www.stoke.gov.uk, download the MyStoke App, or follow the city council’s social media channels. 

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For information on the business rate relief guidance, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses#support-for-businesses-through-the-coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme. 

For information on the hardship fund, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19. 


For all media enquiries please contact Andrew Brunt in the Communications Department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 232671.

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