Please see the letter below received by the Parish Council:
Pebmarsh Parish Council has been liaising closely with County Broadband regarding the lack of warning before the road closure on The Street in the village today.
After investigation, it has been identified that the contractors working on behalf of County Broadband failed to notice the closure correctly locally, this was an administration error for which County Broadband has apologised.
Signs have now been put up to enable residents to know the duration of the works and to highlight the business within the closure is open. Access for emergency services will be provided at all times and the teams on the ground will work with residents to maintain access to home and business owners.
This has been taken very seriously within County Broadband and has been escalated to director level with their Contractors.
County Broadband apologises for any inconvenience caused today.
Many of you will have heard that the planning permission for the mast at Oak farm, has been rejected by Braintree District Council. This decision is very welcomed by the Parish Council, but unfortunately this is not the end of this matter.
The Parish Council has been in contact with the telecoms company to discuss their next steps and they confirm that at present they are still evaluating the refusal; however, either an appeal or a new application for a different site are both equally likely.
In order to prepare for either eventuality, the Parish Council need to put forward an alternative site (or sites) for the phone mast. We understand that the perfect site does not exist, but would like to find a location that has a minimal effect on the village.
To help with this, the Parish Council would like to kindly ask any resident who might have a suitable site to come forward; we will then collate a list of options for the telecoms company. If we do not find a suitable alternative site an alternative will be forced upon us in a location that will more than likely not be suitable.
If you feel that you might have a suitable site please contact one of the Parish Councillors or the Parish Council at firstname.lastname@example.org (contact details and names of councillors can be found the contact page of our website on or on the Parish Council notice board).
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Yesterday the Health & Social Care Secretary announced that the NHS Test and Trace service will launch today (Thursday 28th May).
Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.
People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.
Full details are available here.
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- Coronavirus FAQ’s: What you can and cannot do
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Re-opening of our town centres
Earlier this week the Prime Minister set out a timeline for retail to reopen in June. Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers.
All other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, will be expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines, giving them three weeks to prepare.
We are currently working on safety measures to support our town centres for both businesses and shoppers and will share these details with you once they are finalised.
- In the meantime we would appreciate you sharing the government guidance for shops and branches with local businesses in your area: https://www.gov.uk/
guidance/working-safely- during-coronavirus-covid-19/ shops-and-branches
- 5 steps to working safely for businesses
- You can also download resources to use on your social media channels and share the link with businesses.
The working safely webinar for shops and retail today has been recorded and businesses can watch via this link later today.