North Kesteven District Council offers coronavirus update

North Kesteven District Council Offices, Sleaford (credit: Jonathan Thacker)

North Kesteven District Council is “continually reviewing” its operations and introducing measures to safeguard staff and residents in light of the evolving situation surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.

The council said it is “open and fully-functioning” with most services continuing to fully operate where possible. Moreover, it has put extra measures in place to limit the potential for virus transmission.

In a statement, the council said: “We take our responsibility to our customers health and wellbeing seriously and while working hard to maintain levels of service delivery, fresh assessments are being taken on a daily basis to ensure the welfare of residents, staff and councillors remains paramount.”

At present, the Sleaford reception remains open, though the Info-Link at North Hykeham will be closed until further notice. The council has also made the decision to close all of its Digital Hubs.

Where possible, it is encouraging residents to find alternative methods of contacting us as face-to-face contact and meetings are limited to those which are essential only.

As with other heritage sites across the county, those owned by the council – Cogglesford Watermill, Navigation House and Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum – are now closed. Scheduled events at these locations and at Mrs Smith’s Cottage have been cancelled.

Meetings of the council and its sub-committees have been suspended suspended, with activity underway to identify ways in which democratic decisions can continue to be made. This, it said, will be directed by government guidance.

Officers who ordinarily meet on a face-to-face basis – for housing, planning or benefits enquiries for example – will continue to assist customers; but these meetings will only take place face-to-face where essential, the council said.

Council services can still be accessed online, via email form and by calling 01529 414155.