Timestamp: 22 April 2020
This is a regular email bulletin that Horsham District Council will be sending out updating you on latest guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), updates about Council services and actions being taken.
This bulletin has been sent to public email subscribers, Horsham District Council members, Neighbourhood Councils, Parish Council clerks and Horsham District Council staff.
Visit our website for the latest updates on Council services.
Recycling and waste
Household waste collection services
All our waste collection services are currently operating as normal.
Household Waste Recycling Sites
West Sussex County Council-run Household Waste and Recycling Sites remain closed until further notice, following Government guidance.
Visit the Recycle for West Sussex website for the latest updates
Thank you for recycling as much as possible
A massive thank you for continuing to recycle as much as you can during these challenging times and for your continued support of our collection crews.
In fact, recycling has improved - the tonnage for January, February and March 2020 was recorded as significantly higher compared to the same period last year.
The quality of recycling has also improved, with zero loads being rejected for poor quality in March. That means everything that residents have put in their recycling bins has been great quality and will be processed into new things. Keep up the amazing work.
Remember, recycling needs to be clean, dry and loose in your bin. For tips to recycle more, check out our website.
There is no excuse for fly-tipping. We all have a duty of care to do the right thing with our waste in order to avoid blighting our beautiful district and its countryside. Our teams are continuing enforcement work despite the current situation and will do all we can to catch those responsible for fly-tipping.
- If you see someone fly tipping, do not stop them yourself. Try and take a photograph instead, note down some details and report it to us online.
- Please do not overfill public litter bins
- Please also consider if a DIY project is crucial at this time and make sure you are able to either store waste or dispose of it appropriately. If you are using a tradesperson please check they are a licenced carrier of waste.
- Alternatively, you can purchase a bulky bag (subject to availability) for a convenient and responsible way to remove waste.
Large item collection crews still collecting
Some residents were surprised to hear that our large item collection crews are still working, collecting beds, mattresses, sofas, fridges and other big household items from residents across the District. If you have any large household items that you need to dispose of, it’s easy to book a collection with us.
Find out more about the service and how you can book a collection
Support for victims of domestic abuse
Domestic abuse can often get worse during times of stress and uncertainty. If you are in an abusive relationship and need help, there are a range of services nationally and in Horsham District that support victims of domestic abuse.
Visit our website for support and ways to report domestic violence
Don't suffer in silence. Dial 999 in an emergency.
If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic abuse, visit the National Domestic Abuse Helpline website or call the 24-hour helpline on 0808 2000 247 for confidential free support.
Health and wellbeing
Help protect farms, farmers and fellow walkers
In line with Government guidance asking that we exercise close to home, many of us are using our local countryside more for essential exercise once per day. Here are some useful links to help you protect the District’s farms, farmers and fellow walkers, and to stay safe yourself:
Job Retention Scheme
All UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees' salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. HMRC will reimburse 80% of affected employees' wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
Check if you can claim for your employees
How to calculate 80% of your employees' wages, National Insurance and pension contributions
Sign up for business email updates
If you would like to receive more information and support specifically for businesses, sign up to our dedicated email updates.
Home schooling with BBC Bitesize
The Easter break is over and for many home schooling now resumes. If you're a parent or guardian check out BBC Bitesize. There's a wide range of resources available to help continue the learning at home while schools remain closed:
- find daily lessons for every year group
- access an online lesson schedule
- parents' toolkit
Check the NHS website if you have symptoms
Full guidance on staying at home and away from others
Staying at home if you think you have coronavirus (self-isolating)
How to protect extremely vulnerable people (shielding)
Visit the Government's business support website