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Town Council Coronavirus Update
Fleet Aid and Relief (Help
and Support when you need it)
Response Hub has been set up, in partnership with Hart District Council,
Hart Voluntary Action and Hampshire County Council to provide assistance
to Hart residents. Call 0333 370 4000 seven days a week from 9am to 5pm.
UK update of Data
pro-rata deaths from Coronavirus for each country.
Aug 2020 - Only
one new case of Covid-19 has been reported for the Hart area in the last
Hart District Council has
set out the various safety measures it will put in place across its high
streets, which includes towns like Fleet.
From Monday (June 15), measures are going to be in place along Fleet
Road in Fleet to temporarily close parking bays along the road between
Church Road and Gurkha Square.
This will be to allow social distancing while people queue for shops,
and to make sure other people can pass safely.
It is important to note that these bay closures will include disabled
and some bus stop bays. Blue badge holders are being advised to park in
the adjacent side roads or town centre car parks.
Council-owned car parks will continue to be free.
The council said it was still liaising with other towns and villages to
identify which measures are required in each area.
Councillor David Neighbour, leader of the council, said: "The
council is liaising closely with partners and businesses to encourage
people back into our town centres. This may result in shopping areas
looking different and being used differently, but these changes will be
important to help keep people safe.
"While we recognise that these measures may cause temporary
inconvenience for some, our priority is to support the economic recovery
of Hart and ensure the safety of all residents."
are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to defraud people.
Below are some of the most common scams to be aware of:
TEXT AND PHONE CALL SCAMS:
unexpected email from the government offering you money.
'infection list' scam mimicking the World Health
Organisation (WHO) claiming to provide a list or map of
email from HM Government asking for donations for the NHS.
HMRC email stating you are ‘eligible to receive a tax
of fake COVID-19 swabbing tests, supplements, and anti-virus
text message asking you to pay a fine as it says you have
been ‘recorded as leaving your home on three occasions’
during the lockdown.
phone call stating ‘government guidelines now require
everyone to wear a mask outside the house, press 1 to
purchase your mask’.
services that offer to clean drives and doorways to kill
bacteria or offering to 'decontaminate' the inside of your
healthcare workers offering to take your temperature or
provide 'home-testing' for the virus.
offering to do your shopping. They take the money and do not
Always question unsolicited calls, texts or emails requesting
your personal or financial information (name, address, bank
details). To verify the company contact them directly using a
known email or phone number. For advice on cybercrime, or to
report suspicious emails, visit www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware Anyone
who has been a victim of fraud or cybercrime can report it
online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or
Graeme Barbour (Police, Digital Communications Officer,
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community response during the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has been
amazing, with hundreds of individuals, groups and organisations coming
forward on the ground, and through social media, to offer support.
great to see the community coming together to help each other in this
way and in the words of our Neighbourhood Watch President 'crime
doesn't flourish in communities that care.' Never
has this been more important and there are many elderly and vulnerable
people in our communities that will be be feeling particularly isolated,
alone or struggling to support themselves currently that we need to look
can all play a part in supporting our elderly, vulnerable and more
isolated neighbours and family members. The attached information leaflet
provides details of helplines and routes to registering others as
vulnerable. Please speak to those nearest to you, family or neighbours to
ensure they are getting the help or support they might need and register
them with the government support service if you feel that's needed.
support groups have been formed but as there is no way to validate some
of these groups we would remind everyone to please exercise
caution in sharing personal details with unknown people.
you don't have a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your street already why
not consider using this time to set one up, again a web address can be
found on the attached leaflet.
know many of you are already looking after each other in your community
already and we know that the vast majority of our residents are
complying with the current guidelines to help reduce the spread of
the virus, to protect our NHS and help save lives. We are very grateful
to you all for your support with this.
Policing Delivery Unit
launches new ear and eye support service during Coronavirus outbreak
Opticians & Audiologists in Fleet has launched a new remote service
to support the community’s eye and hearing health during the COVID-19
in the area who would normally visit the store at 202 Fleet Road can now
have their eyecare assessments performed over the phone; one of
Bayfields’ qualified optometrists will speak to the client about their
eye health, providing any advice needed.
company says this will be an effective way of diagnosing most minor eye
conditions, but to support those needing emergency, in-person care, its
support centres in Harrogate and Woking will be offering physical
it is inviting key workers in need of glasses or contact lens
prescriptions – who might not be able to access their usual optician
– to submit their requirements to Bayfields who will order the
products and send them straight to the person’s home. Additionally,
its team of dispensing opticians are available to send out replacement
glasses to Bayfields clients, while its contact lens supply service will
run as normal.
requiring hearing support are being advised to call their local
practice, where a team member will provide guidance and advice for a
range of issues including problems with existing hearing aids or
replacing hearing aid batteries.
Bayfield, founder and managing director of Bayfields Opticians and
Audiologists, said: “In order to protect our clients and employees
during the coronavirus pandemic, we’re temporarily closing our
practices across the UK for routine appointments, but we’re still very
much here for everyone.
know that for many, not knowing whether their eye examinations will go
ahead or whether they can access eye and hearing health support will
create additional stress during these uncertain times.
why we have established a series of ear and eye services which mean we
can continue to provide reassurances to our clients, very much in line
with guidelines surrounding coronavirus and social distancing. We hope
that doing so will provide some comfort to clients that their ear and
eye health is taken care of during this challenging period.”
Hampshire Coronavirus Services
This email is intended to update you all to a new
service provided by Hampshire County Council in relation
to the current Coronavirus pandemic. The information
below explains what the service is and how to access it
Hampshire Helpline - How can I get help?
A new helpline is now available to provide
information and advice, as well as practical support to
frail or vulnerable Hampshire residents.
The Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline
(Hantshelp4vulnerable) can be contacted on
The helpline* is available seven days a week, from
9am-5pm, and is for vulnerable people who do not have
support from families, friends or their local community,
and who need urgent assistance with practical issues
The Government has also identified some people who are
'extremely vulnerable' to getting seriously ill from
Coronavirus because of an underlying health condition
such as COPD, certain cancers and auto-immune
conditions, and pregnant women with underlying health
Those in this group will have been contacted by the NHS
to request that they should not leave home for at least
12 weeks, and have been advised that if they do not have
friends, family or neighbours who can provide support,
they can register for help to access food, medicine and
social contact via gov.
sort of help will I get?
The Hampshire helpline is for frail or vulnerable people
who need urgent assistance with essential food or
household supplies, collection of medication, or who are
at risk of loneliness. Please discuss your requirements
with our friendly advisors who will ensure you get the
help you need.
If you need urgent food supplies, you can expect to
receive a food box, typically containing:
Long life orange juice
Plus urgent household necessities if needed eg shower
Wherever possible, special dietary requirements will be
It is vital that if you are giving, or receiving help,
you take precautions to ensure your safety and those of
others. We urge all volunteers to adhere to Government's
to help safely) guidance on how to volunteer
Your local Council for Voluntary Service (Link
to voluntary services) will also be able to provide
information and support.
If you are receiving help, you should follow the
Government's social distancing and hygiene guidance. Do
not let anyone into your home, unless you have
confirmation that they are a registered professional or
representative of a recognised Voluntary / Community
sector organisation. Be cautious and curious and ask
volunteers for proof of ID.
You can keep up to date with the latest Government
guidance via www.GOV.uk/Coronavirus
If you're worried you have Coronavirus, follow the NHS
Please remain safe and follow the Governments guidance
on Coronavirus which states you need to -
Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but
only if you cannot work from home)
If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other
people at all times
Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can
spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
Thank you fro taking the time to read this important
email. I hope you, your family and friends stay safe
and well during these difficult times.
PC Noel Griffiths 24309 Fleet Town Beat Manager
Noel Griffiths (Police, PC, Hart District)
Recycling Centres are all closed at the present time
due to Coronavirus:
March - Bulky waste - We have had to take our online bulky
waste form off-line temporarily. We apologise for the
March - Garden waste - We have had to take our online garden
waste signup/renewal form off-line temporarily. We apologise for
March - Bin orders - We have had to take our online bin
replacement form offline temporarily. We apologise for the
waste and recycling collections are currently running as normal.
To help protect our crews and stop the virus spreading we are
asking people to follow these guidelines from Public Health
England about how to dispose of their waste if they suspect they
may have the virus.
waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths
should be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These
bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept
separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least
72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste
bin. Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.
Of Fleet - Urgent Notice
note that the 9.30am communion service for Wednesday 18 March,
and all services of public worship are suspended until further
notice. You can read the press release from the Church of
details of the ways you can join in with prayer and worship
remotely will be issued as soon as possible and will be emailed
out and added to the parish website.
are keen to support each other in what ever ways we are able and
remind you of our note in last week's news sheet - that
you let the Parish Office know if
you are advised to self isolate
choose to stay indoors.
will then endeavour to contact you regularly by phone to make
sure you are okay and to arrange any other support you might
you would like to speak to the clergy at any time please ring
01252 219281 for Mark or 01252 444872 for Carol.
Fleet Half Marathon has been postponed in a bid to minimise risks surrounding the current coronavirus outbreak .
The organisers said "it was not an easy decision to make" but their priority was the wellbeing of the runners and the community who support the event.
The Junior Mini-Mile has also been postponed.
"The organisers apologise to those runners who were travelling some distance to run.
"This is not an easy decision to make the day before the event, but one that aims to ensure the wellbeing of the runners and the community."
At this stage it hasn't been confirmed whether the half marathon will take place later in 2020.
Runners should keep hold of your race number for the time being."
A member of staff at NatWest in Fleet has tested positive for coronavirus.
The bank in Fleet Road is currently closed for a deep clean and will not reopen for another two weeks, as it works alongside Public Health England (PHE) to contact customers who may have been in contact with the infected member of staff.
The branch opposite Hart Shopping Centre was pictured on Monday (March 9) with a sign on the door saying it was closed for "operational issues", however, the bank confirmed on Tuesday (March 10) that the closure is due to a member of staff testing positive for the virus.
All other members of staff at the branch are self-isolating in line with guidance from PHE.
A NatWest spokesman said: "We can confirm that a member of staff at our NatWest Fleet branch has tested positive for coronavirus. The health and safety of our colleagues and customers is paramount and we are closely following the advice of Public Health England as well as our own safety and security procedures.
"The branch is currently closed while deep cleaning is being carried out and we are aiming to reopen the branch by March 23. In the meantime customers can continue to use our mobile, online, video and telephone banking services. They can also visit any other NatWest branch.”