COVID-19 Update

Published: 26 March 2020

The challenges and constant changes that are resulting from COVID-19 are also having an effect on the work of Princes Risborough Town Council. We are keen to continue as many of our essential services for residents as possible, but following the recent Government announcements are making some necessary changes to protect the health and well-being of our staff:

·      The Council offices in Clifford Road are now closed to the public. Council officers are mainly working from home, but can be contacted by email towncouncil@princesrisboroughtowncouncil.gov.uk or on the telephone between 9.30am and 3.30pm

·      The maintenance team are continuing to care for the town, undertake everyday duties and ensure that our parks and facilities are well cared for and maintained, whilst exercising appropriate social-distancing and safe working practices.

·      Regretfully the Thursday weekly market and the Saturday fruit & veg stall has had to be cancelled at the current time. We appreciate the ongoing support of stallholders and residents, but the current guidance makes operating the market too challenging if we are to preserve the health and wellbeing of stallholders, council staff, and customers.

·      The Council is continuing to support the newly established Princes Risborough & Surrounding Areas, Elderly and Vulnerable Support group, set up to provide care and assistance to those in our community needing support at this time. A leaflet has been distributed to every house in the Town with the recent Crosstalk magazine. If you require support, please call 07958 400768 or the Council offices.

·      Council meetings and committee meetings have been suspended, in light of the instructions to stay at home. The government is considering the use of virtual meeting technology, but at this time it has not been approved for use.  

As a result of the current situation and the uncertainty surrounding it, the Town Council has regrettably taken the decision to postpone the popular Risborough Festival week at the beginning of July. We appreciate that this will be very disappointing news to many residents and community groups but given the scale of the event and the advance planning required, we want to ensure that essential funds are not put at risk unnecessarily. It is hoped that a new date will be confirmed soon, and likely to be early September.  In addition we have taken the decision to also cancel the planned VE Day Celebrations on Friday 8th May.  Again a new date will be confirmed once we are able to do so.

As you may have seen the Annual Town Meeting and Citizens Awards evening scheduled for this evening (26th) has also been postponed and will be held at a future date to be confirmed.

The situation continues to change on a daily basis. We urge you to continue to follow our social media posts on facebook, twitter or visit our website on www.princesrisboroughtowncouncil.gov.uk or you can contact us by telephone on 01844 275912

Please be sure to follow the Government advice and Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives. In addition, continue to wash your hands for a minimum of twenty seconds and practice appropriate social distancing of at least two metres.

Keep well and together we will get through this time, renewed and restored.