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Message of support to Truro amid UK lockdown

Message of support to Truro amid UK lockdown

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:41am 25th March 2020. (Updated at 9:22am 26th March 2020)

The mayor of Truro has spoken out to offer words of support as the community is in the midst of a UK lockdown over coronavirus. 

Cllr Bob Smith said Truro City Council is actively responding to the virus emergency. It has closed the library and is exploring how it may organize a home delivery service within the postal district, TR1, to offer its card-holding customers support during the period of self-isolation.

“With your cooperation, kindness and good citizenship, we can overcome the Coronavirus challenge”

"We are going into a very serious situation which requires all of us to be careful, disciplined and thoughtful about each other. It is vital that we abide by the advice we are given: staying in, keeping our distance, respecting the need for public services to manage the pressure, and acting considerately towards our neighbours, friends and relatives whilst trying to protect the health of all.

"Truro City Council is working hard for the City and its community. We are doing business by mail, Skype and all virtual means. We have taken some emergency measures."

Mayor of Truro, Councillor Bob Smith

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The council is urging people to stay away from Boscawen Park, Truro Duck Pond, and other facilities around Truro.

The children’s play equipment at the playgrounds at Hendra, Boscawen Park, Tremorvah, Redannick and Newbridge Lane are closed off and the tennis courts will not be available.

The Parks will remain open for people of the City to get exercise or walk their dogs on their permitted daily walk.

"Victoria Gardens and Boscawen Park are open, though the play areas are closed. If you go to these open spaces, which I strongly advise you not to, please be careful to obey social distancing advice.

"Do not congregate in groups, stay for as short a time as possible, and, please, do not attempt to use any of the play equipment.

"We are very aware of the pressure which all NHS staff are under as they gear up for, and cope with Coronavirus – we don’t need to be sending sprained ankles and grazed knees to A&E, or to make things worse."

Parks Manager, Richard Budge

The toilets at Green Street, Moorfield car park and Boscawen Park are open. These will remain open 24/7 at present to provide facilities for the essential delivery drivers.

The service and cleaning program will also reduce to every 2/3 days in response to the reduction in use and to minimise exposure to staff. All of the other public toilets are shut.

Boscawen Park Tennis Courts and coffee shop are closed until further notice. 

Truro Library is closed but can be reached by calling 0300 1234 111.

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"We fully support the letter sent last week by Julian German and MPs asking visitors and second homeowners to stay away.

"We were concerned to hear last week about the abrasive attitude adopted by several customers in the Tourist Information Centre and we are very concerned for the health and safety of our staff. The TIC will remain closed until further notice."

Chairman of Finance Committee, Cllr Chris Wells

"The toilets are in the front line of public health, so we must keep them clean. I’m particularly grateful to managers who have protected the cleaning staff and have done what was necessary to keep essential toilets open.

"This is typical of how City Council staff, and very many others, are rising to the challenges posed by this unprecedented emergency."

Lindsay Southcombe, Chair of Parks Committee

All council community centres are closed. Community Development Officer, Damien Richards, and his staff are working with Cornwall Council and partners to look at coordinating community voluntary efforts to help people and to provide support and referral advice where necessary in Truro’s various neighbourhoods.

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"Truro is a resourceful, compassionate and community-minded city. We will come through this with fortitude and resolve. We all need to eradicate this virus by staying at home and doing what we can to help others while remaining in good physical and mental health ourselves.

"If you feel unwell and are showing symptoms, then phone the NHS 111 helpline immediately for advice. DO NOT go to your GP or local hospital. Please heed the advice and stay away from potential sources of infection.

"Do the right thing and keep your own family safe. By doing so you will keep many other families safe by not spreading this terrible virus further."

Cllr Bob Smith, Mayor of Truro

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