COVID-19 – Update

A quick update following today’s partial lifting of some of the Covid 19 lockdown measures which allows us all more freedom to travel for exercise.

The tennis courts are now available and you will see that fencing has been erected to provide a safe route to them via the kissing gate.

The Tennis Club Committee are responsible for bookings and the use of the courts.

However the remainder of the play equipment on all of Ipplepen sites continue to be closed in accordance with the Government Guidelines because current available evidence shows that the Covid 19 virus can remain on metal surfaces for up to 72 hours.

For personal safety and to prevent infection spread the public toilets also remain closed.

The Parish Council will of course open all facilities as changes to the advice from Government is received.

Thank you again for all of your support around the village and for keeping to the social distancing guidelines.

IPPLEPEN PLAY PARKS AND TOILETS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

“Following the statement from the Prime Minister on the 23rd March 2020, the Ipplepen Play Areas and Public Toilets are now closed and locked until further notice.

The Parish Council apologises for the inconvenience however the seriousness of the Coronavirus has made this necessary and we would ask that everyone follows the rules laid down by the Government and Public Health England.

Thank you

 

Need Assistance

Please Remember should you be alone and in need of assistance throughout the current Coronavirus outbreak, The Community Emergency Group may be able to help you.

Please call the Parish Clerk on 01803 813250 or email ipplepencouncil@btopenworld.com who will coordinate the groups actions.

The Main Objectives of the Group are to :

Identify the risks to the community and relevant response actions

Provide welfare to those affected by an emergency

Provide key contact details for the Parish Council Emergency Group, Key Community Resources, the Emergency Services and Local Authorities

Identify vulnerable people in the community

Identify resources in the community available to assist during an emergency

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

You will be acutely aware of the current situation regarding Coronavirus and the national and local efforts to contain it.

We can all help by making sure we stay abreast of the latest health advice and guidance from Public Health England and sharing this with our local residents.

Up to date information can always be found via the County Council’s website www.devon.gov.uk. You can also follow Public Health England’s Facebook page or Twitter feed for the latest updates, information and advice.

Unfortunately, yesterday it was confirmed by the Chief Medical Officer that Devon has its first suspected cases of a local resident having contracting Coronavirus (COVID -19) following a trip to Northern Italy.

We understand from Public Health England (PHE) that all close contacts of those infected will be traced and given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact.

PHE also advise that if anyone has recently been to one of the affected areas and is feeling unwell, they should phone the NHS 111 helpline for further advice straight away rather than go to the doctor or a hospital.

Detailed guidance from PHE and the NHS includes Frequently Asked Questions.

More generally, we can also help by reminding everyone that good hygiene is the best prevention and there are some simple steps everyone can take to protect themselves and their family. These include washing hands regularly and thoroughly and covering mouths and noses with a tissue when coughing and disposing of the tissue bin.

 

Pro Neighbourhood Watch?

Ipplepen Parish Council are hoping to re-launch a neighbourhood watch scheme for the Village. We invite all those interested to come along and find out more.
You can do as much as you want, or a little as you are able – We do need your support.
Meeting will be held on Thursday 19th March 2020, at the Millennium Centre 7pm

Neighbourhood Watch Scheme Within Teignbridge

WHAT IS A NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME
This information is designed to raise awareness of the value of ‘Watch’ schemes and the simple ideas behind its purpose.

WHAT IS NHW?
Neighbourhood Watch is a group of concerned/likeminded neighbours joining together to help reduce crime and the fear of crime within their community.
This is achieved by keeping their eyes and ears open, using their local knowledge and reporting anything suspicious to the police.
It is also about members being sensible about their own security and keeping a look out for each other especially vulnerable members of their community.
Scheme Co-ordinators and their members are highly valued for their efforts and commitment in helping improve the safety and quality of life for their community and regular contact with local police staff plays an essential role in this.

WHY DO WE NEED NHW?

We can’t get away from the fact that we live in a world where crime and anti-social behaviour happens. It is just not possible to have a police officer or a PCSO standing on the corner of every street, so by setting up schemes such as NHW we not only help cut crime, but also help to reduce the fear of crime, which is a major issue for a lot of people especially the more vulnerable members of our communities.
There are a lot of benefits to being a member of a pro-active scheme. These include stopping or reducing opportunities for the criminals, making our families and our homes and the community in which we live that bit safer. Also helping to improve the social atmosphere and community spirit by bringing everyone together in a shared goal. NHW is not only about reducing crime it can also help to combat loneliness and improve people’s health and wellbeing.

For further information contact –
Roy Stephenson or Dave Leggett at Teignbridge Community Watch Hub – email – NHW.Teignbridge@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk
phone – 01626 326610
Visit ‘Our Watch’ (National) Website – www.ourwatch.org.uk