Coronavirus – Information about Council Services (Last updated: 03/09/20)
This page sets out the steps we are taking in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, including measures to help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) through interaction between people. You can also find the latest information on how we are providing our services.
Visiting our Offices at Worksop, Retford, Carlton Forest and Harworth
Bassetlaw District Council is now offering face-to-face appointments for a select number of services at Queen’s Buildings in Worksop and the One-Stop-Shop in Retford. This is on an appointment only basis, which must be booked in advance.
Residents can still access the majority of Council services via the website and over the phone, but customers can now request a face-to-face appointment in a Covid Secure environment for the following services:
- Benefits and Money advice
- Housing Needs and Homelessness
- New Council Housing Tenancy Sign-ups
- Housing and Rent Officer Surgeries
- Fraud Investigation Interviews
You can book an appointment Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.30am and 3.30pm by calling 01909 533 533 and asking for the service you require. Residents who attend any Council buildings without an appointment will not be admitted.
Our offices at Carlton Forest and Harworth remain closed to the public.
Procedure guidelines for visitors attending our buildings
- Customer visitor procedure
- Business visitor procedure
- Contractor visitor procedure
- Corporate investigation team customer visitor procedure
Enquiries can be made via the following methods
General enquiries - 01909 533 533. Please be patient as we are currently receiving a high volume of calls.
Council Tax – 01909 533 234
Benefits – 01909 533 710
Housing - Emergency and Urgent Repairs Only – 0800 590 542
Payment line – 020 7000 2215
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send us a private message on Facebook.
All of our bin collections are currently running as normal and we have contingency plans in place to ensure that your general waste (green bin) collections continue during the Coronavirus pandemic. As part of these plans we are training staff from other Council departments as refuse loaders to provide cover in the event of staff shortages. We are also revising working practices to further support social distancing measures for our refuse crews.
Residents who are self-isolating should follow the latest stay at home guidance, including the following instructions on the disposal of waste.
Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can 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.
Bulky Waste Collections
We are now taking bookings again for our Bulky Waste Collection online.
Details of what we can collect, how much it costs and our online booking form are available online.
Garden Waste Subscriptions
Thank you to all our residents who have subscribed to our Garden Waste service and are helping to recycle more of your waste. Subscriptions for the 2020 season have now closed, but subscriptions for our 2021 season will be available from January 2021.
Find out more about our garden waste service.
Our benefits service is currently running as normal and payments will be made as usual. However we are not able to offer home visits at this time. Residents can still contact the Money Advisers on 01909 533744 who can help you to claim online or with other inquiries like referrals to the food banks.
Car Parking charges have been suspended for all NHS and Social Care staff until further notice. Free parking permits for key workers and volunteers. Working in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council we have launched a free parking permit for NHS and social care workers. To apply visit Nottinghamshire County Council's website.
Our Shopmobility offices in Retford and Worksop will be open from Tuesday 8th September at 9am. Booking will be on an appointment only basis. To book please call 01777 705432 for Retford and 01909 479070 for Worksop.
Retford Market is currently trading on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Council has worked with traders, retailers and partners including the emergency services and the County Council to re-open the market so that it meets the Government’s Covid Secure guidelines.
Worksop Market is currently trading on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Council has worked with traders, retailers and partners including the emergency services and the County Council to re-open the market so that it meets the Government’s Covid Secure guidelines.
View our Risk Assessment Report for the reinstatement of markets in Retford and Worksop (pdf - This document may not be suitable for users with assistive technology. Request an accessible format).
Parks and Kilton Forest Golf Course
All of our parks are currently open to the public and we would like to remind visitors to stay alert and safe and, when meeting people outside of your household, stay two metres apart. Please follow the latest Government advice on visiting Public Places.
Council Play Areas
We have started to reopen our play parks across the District with Kings’ Park, Retford, The Canch, Worksop and Langold Park opening on Saturday 4 July 2020. The reopening of play areas provides children with the opportunity to exercise and learn through play, which is beneficial for development and mental health.
We have 36 separate play areas to prepare for opening and we ask the public to bear with us as we work through the cleaning and safety measures necessary for us to re- open in line with Government guidance. The remainder of Council owned play areas will reopen on Monday 6th July.
Each play area will be given a deep clean with new signage installed prior to opening and they will be re-sprayed once a week on inspection.
Kilton Forest Golf Course
Kilton Forest Golf Course is now open to visitors. Information on how to book, the measures visitors should take when visiting the clubhouse and advice for golfers while out on the course can be found in the links below.
The Active Communities Team provide services mainly for people who would be regarded as vulnerable and as such most of these sessions have been cancelled indefinitely. This decision has been made in discussion with group members and all participants have been informed.
The recent decision by the Football Association means that competitive football is not being played on our sports pitches and we expect similar decisions from the governing bodies for cricket and bowls in the coming days.
Information and support available to clubs and groups during the pandemic.
Our Leisure Centres at Bircotes, Retford and Worksop will be reopening from Saturday 25th July. Please make sure you follow the guidance set out by the leisure centres to keep you and the staff safe.
BPL have some useful information and guidance about returning to our leisure centres safely.
Bassetlaw Museum and the Pilgrims Gallery are now closed in order to reduce non-essential social interaction.
Our Council Housing and Housing Needs Team are providing essential services with some changes in the way that we interact with our tenants and residents.
Coping with homelessness during Coronavirus
While the Coronavirus restrictions are in place, we are continuing to tackle homelessness in a number of ways. Such as:
Housing a number of long-term rough sleepers, including those who wish to self-isolate in emergency temporary accommodation.
Providing a number of self-contained flats for individuals and couples who are homeless.
Allocating Council Housing for the most vulnerable residents including flats that will be furnished and used as emergency accommodation.
We are also carrying out health and well-being checks with all homeless and vulnerable individuals on a regular basis.
Unfortunately, there is a small but very visible group of individuals in Worksop Town Centre who have all been offered support and accommodation, but do not wish to take up this offer. Along with our homelessness partners and Nottinghamshire Police we will continue to work with this group.
If you become homeless, or know of someone who is homeless and needs help, please call our Housing Needs Team on 01909 533 533.
Retford Toilets, Chancery Lane and Churchgate - now open
Worksop Toilets, Bridge street - now open
View our Risk Assessment Report for the opening of the public toilets in Retford and Worksop (pdf - This document may not be suitable for users with assistive technology. Request an accessible format).
Laneham Toilets - Closed.
Personal Search Fees and Access
Our highly skilled team continue to operate our search service.
Regarding personal searches, as our offices are temporarily closed to the public until further notice, if you wish to request a Personal Search of the Land Charges Register please email your request of up to and not exceeding five searches per company per day together with the addresses and plans to email@example.com. We will try to return these searches within five working days from receipt but this time frame may be exceeded due to the volumes of searches received and the other duties the Land Charges have to deal with on a daily basis.
In order to reduce the transmission of Coronavirus and reduce the risk to the local community and our employees, the Council Offices are now closed to Personal Search customers, and Land Charges staff are in the process of transitioning to working remotely.
Personal Search customers are encouraged to now submit their search electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, which should include a suitable plan identifying the land being searched. For Personal Search customers, we will supply you with the unrefined raw data result of your search, as would be the case if you conducted the search normally. Whilst we are transitioning, we ask that you bear with us, as it may take some time to get staff fully enabled.
Find out the cost of Personal Searches.
Businesses and venues to remain closed as per Government guidance are:
- Bowling alleys and Indoor skating rinks
- Indoor play areas including soft-play
- Exhibition or conference centres must remain closed for events such as exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for the business or organisation who run the venue.
These businesses must remain closed in law.
Cafes, restaurants and shops that are self-contained and can be accessed from the outside, will still be permitted to open.
In line with Government guidance to limit the spread of Coronavirus Environmental Health staff are limiting non-essential travel and will only be able to respond in person to the following:
Housing: Extreme disrepair in the private rented sector.
Neighbourhoods: Fly tipping of waste that could constitute a public health risk, for example food waste/putrescible material. Fly tipping of inert waste such as furniture/builders’ waste/appliances etc will not be inspected at this time.
Food Safety: Investigation into businesses breaching the Health Protection (Coronavirus Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 Investigation into a food poisoning outbreak.
Health and Safety: Investigation of a workplace fatality.
Pollution: Serious large-scale incidents of pollution.
All other work will be dealt with remotely via telephone and email. There will be changes to normal service delivery times and responses.
Following this evening’s (18th April 2020) announcement by the Secretary of State for Local Government, Bassetlaw District Council will be reopening its cemeteries on Sunday 19th April. We know that this has been a difficult time for people who have not been able to visit loved ones graves, however, we would respectfully ask that everybody remains mindful of social distancing when visiting our cemeteries over the coming days.
Public Health England (PHE) has issued further guidance for those managing or organising funerals during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance aims to ensure that bereaved people are treated with sensitivity, dignity and respect, while protecting individuals, communities and those in the funeral industry from the risk of infection. (updated 19 April 2020)
The Government has issued updated advice for families and communities who come together following the death of a loved one at this time. While recognising the importance of these rituals and gatherings, it is strongly advised that the number of mourners are restricted to a maximum of 15 people and that safe distancing is maintained during funerals and burials. These actions are important to reduce the spread of infection, particularly to vulnerable people who are at risk of developing a severe infection. For more information please visit the guidance for communities managing a death produced by the Government.
We want to assure people locally that services are still working throughout this ever changing time and that help is still available for those in Bassetlaw who are suffering or fleeing domestic violence. Please visit our Domestic Violence page for more information.
Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse.
Rail Delivery Group announced those fleeing domestic abuse during the coronavirus lockdown can apply for free train travel to refuge accommodation. Tickets can be accessed through the member services of Women’s Aid Federation of England, visit Notts Women's Aid.
Equation: reducing the risk to survivors.
Resources and helpline on child sexual abuse (CSA)
There is support available through the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, such as:
- A confidential helpline (Stop It Now! – 0808 1000 900) for anyone who is concerned about their own behaviour or the behaviour of others – this can be accessed by any member of the public or by professionals who need advice on child sexual abuse risk whether they are concerned about the behaviour of an adult or someone under-18. There is also a secure messaging service available.
- Information and advice on child sexual abuse through their website.
There are also resources available specifically for children, young people, parents and carers:
- The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command Centre (CEOP) have just launched a campaign (#OnlineSafetyAtHome) promoting their resources on preventing all forms of online child sexual abuse; this includes resources for all age groups and for those concerned about sexting.
- There are resources for parents on the NSPCC website about online safety and all forms of child sexual abuse.
Last Updated on Thursday, September 10, 2020