There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:

  • Wash hands, keep washing your hands regularly

  • Cover face, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces

  • Make space, stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions

 

For the latest and full guidance, please see the GOV.UK website here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

National restrictions from 5th November: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

Click the below image to be taken to the NHS Covid-19 advice page for full guidance.

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During the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, this page of the Milton Bryan website will be used as a noticeboard to co-ordinate self-help activity in the village, if needed.

 

For instance, if there is a need to organise shared shopping, information may be provided here.

 

If you have needs that your village neighbours are unable to help with, there is support available through the Milton Bryan village charity.

 

You can request support, or volunteer assistance, through the following Trustees:

 

Robin Friend - Phone: 01525 211960 - Email: robinfri@gmail.com

 

Clare Francis - Phone: 01525 210030 - Email: entrepreneursuk@gmail.com

 

Steve Harris - Phone: 01525 211939 - Email: stevefffb@btinternet.com

Impact on council services

Some of our services are changing to help protect our most vulnerable people from coronavirus.

Planning

Our planning team has had to introduce some changes to the ways they work.

Waste

We are suspending all green waste collection including missed bins to prioritise waste collection with public health implications including black-lidded bins/bag waste.

All our Household Waste Recycling Centres (tidy tips) are closed.

Bus services

There may be changes to bus services in response to reduced patronage and/or reduced availability of drivers. The bus information pages on our website provide detail on service changes we are aware of. The bus operators are aware of the need for key workers and residents to access essential services and will do everything they can to maintain these services as much as possible.

Children’s Centres

These centres provide a range of services to families, including various group activities. Given concerns about social distancing and particular advice surrounding pregnant women, the Council will be discontinuing group activities at the centres for the foreseeable future whilst maintaining its important one to one support services to families.

Leisure and Library Services

In the context of Government advice, our Libraries, the Grove Theatre and Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre are now closed.

Our Leisure Centres, run on our behalf by Stevenage Leisure, will also close. 

All our countryside open spaces remain open to the public, All visitor centres are closed. There is no access to car parking facilities at Dunstable Downs and Rushmere Country Park including Stockgrove.

Housing

In line with Government advice for minimising person-to-person contact, the Housing team will be prioritising only essential repairs if they are inside someone’s home. The team is also reducing group recreational activities in housing and Independent Living schemes. Find out more on the Housing pages on our website.

Day Centres

In close liaison with service users and carers, the Council’s day centres will be closing in stages. Day centres for older people in Leighton Buzzard, Biggleswade and Houghton Regis will close from Friday, 20 March and our Learning Disability Day centres in Silsoe, Houghton Regis and Biggleswade will close from Thursday, 26 March.

Registration Service

Registration offices have closed with the exception of The Court House, Woburn Street, Ampthill  MK45 2HX.  Many of the registration services are suspended or restricted during this time. For further information about these changes please go to our Registration Service page.

Other council services

We are working with our staff and contractors on contingency planning and service prioritisation in the context of potentially reduced workforce.

Good News! Flittabus will be restarting some of our services from the 1st September. Routes 10, 6B and 140 will run with a few timetable changes and with a booking system in place to allow social distancing.  For more information call our helpline;   07960 388111.