Roade Parish Council

Serving the people of Roade

Clerk: Alison Reynolds
PO BOX 847, Northampton
Northamptonshire NN7 9AB

Tel: 01604 861976

Statement from our Chairman, Cllr Lorne Murray

Firstly, I would like thank everyone for your amazing support in responding to our requests for help with supporting our older and more vulnerable residents in our village. The Parish Council has been delighted at such a huge response.

We have a list of those who have reached out for help and Alison, our clerk, has already begun to match up our volunteers to those who require help. Please continue to let us know if you are in need of any practical help or support. We are issuing lanyards with name tags to each volunteer so that you know that they have been approved by the Parish Council.

As I am sure you will appreciate, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Alison, our clerk has been inundated with telephone calls and emails. Please be mindful of this as Alison may not be able to respond or reply to you straight away. Whilst we appreciate the amount of calls simply to say 'thank you' it adds to the time taken to respond to other more urgent matters.

Unfortunately, some of the calls coming in are to express concern about neighbours/other residents not adhering to the government's advice to 'stay at home', for example, this is where some children either on their own or with parents are playing in the play areas that have been closed on government instructions. Again, I would ask that everyone respects this decision and therefore not allow their children to use the play areas – (rec, churchcroft, village hall or Chaplin's play areas) until we are able to reopen them. This will only be when the government advises us that it is safe to do so. We have also had reports of a large group of older teenage boys walking together around the village and in the rec. I know both primary and secondary schools are providing work for our children and are being supported through various online platforms by their teachers to help them.

I have spoken to the police and they have informed me that they will be patrolling in Roade with particular visits to our play areas. The police now have the power to issue a £30 fine to anyone out and about who cannot justify or give a reason for doing so.

We are also receiving calls about people not complying with the social distancing rule. The Parish Council cannot enforce this rule and whilst we share your concerns, it is up to us all to ensure we keep ourselves and our families safe.

Thankfully, so far, we have had no reported cases of anyone in Roade who has contracted the virus, which is why it is even more important to be pulling together, to ensure the village remains virus free.

We are an amazing community, let's all continue to work together in a positive way by supporting each other and following the government's advice.

On behalf of my fellow councillors,

Cllr Lorne Murray

Chairman, Roade Parish Council.

Do you need help?

Please contact the Parish council if you need any help or assistance, whether it's having shopping delivered to you, medication collected or if you'd just like to hear a friendly voice at the end of the phone to prevent loneliness. Please complete the following form https://forms.gle/WiS63bhw2y9oCdtG6 and we will arrange for a volunteer to assist you. Please be aware that any volunteer visiting you on our behalf will carry Roade Parish Council Volunteer Identification, if you're unsure who they are then please phone the office for confirmation.

Can you help?

The Parish Council are looking for volunteers to help support us by assisting the vulnerable within the village. This could be doing some shopping, picking up medical supplies or just being a friendly voice at the end of the phone. If this is something you're able to assist with then please complete the following form https://forms.gle/zkqyBSRq2z5h5Qwy7 We will provide and request that all volunteers carry and show Roade Parish Council Identification.

Bus passes now valid 24 hours a day

In conjunction with most local bus operators, Northamptonshire County Council have agreed to extend bus concessions, making bus passes valid for 24 hours a day.

This will enable our elderly and most vulnerable residents to get to where they need to be including the supermarket for essential supplies. Further information is available on their website:https://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/northamptonshire-highways/buses/bus-passes/Pages/default.aspx

Play equipment at the Rec and Churchcroft open space is now Closed

Following the government's announcement last night, we have made the decision to close all play equipment within the Rec and Churchcroft. We ask that you respect this decision in trying to keep our residents safe.

Social distancing

Please ensure that social distancing of 2 meters is adhered to when walking around the village, visiting the open spaces, post office and village shops.

Parish office is now closed

The Parish Office will be closed until further notice, however it's business as usual and Alison our Clerk can be reached by phoning the office number 01604 861976 or emailing clerk@roadeparishcouncil.gov.uk

Further information

Further information/advice can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus