Dundee City Council is working closely with partners across the city to deal with the increasing impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Officers are monitoring the local situation daily and following the advice given by government and NHS public health experts. The council continues to consider appropriate actions based on the national guidance.
As of today (Monday May 25):
- The phased return of grounds maintenance activities has been announced;
- Household Waste Recycling Centres are planned to re-open;
- The Council’s special collections bulky uplift service will return.
Dundee City Council has announced the phased return of grounds maintenance services from Monday 1st June.
These services were temporarily suspended during the outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in line with Government guidance.
That guidance has now been updated, and a plan is being put in place for the safe resumption of the grounds maintenance programme at the earliest opportunity.
This will include grass cutting and garden maintenance resuming in every ward, revised maintenance schedules and new ways of working, including physical distancing, to ensure that a safe system of work is introduced in all areas.
The council has stressed this is not a return to normal service, but will operate on a priority-based system.
The priorities set out will include:
- Garden maintenance, grass cutting and hedge trimming;
- Sheltered housing grass cutting;
- Cemetery grass cutting;
- Maintenance of grass areas to maintain safe sight lines at road junctions & carriageways;
- Street weed management;
- Litter and bin maintenance.
Phase 2 (to get under way following the completion of phase 1).
- Housing grass areas;
- Parks and open areas maintenance;
- Wider grounds maintenance.
Convener of Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Anne Rendall, said: “The outbreak of Coronavirus unfortunately led to the suspension of the grounds maintenance activities around the city.
“It was very important to do so in order to prioritise resources to essential services.
“It is positive that we are now in a position to bring in a phased return of the grounds maintenance services. There has been a lot of work been carried out behind the scenes on when and how to return these services in the safest way possible.
“I know that residents have been very patient throughout this pandemic and will understand that it is a gradual process to return services. Thank you for your ongoing support.”
The news follows the announcement that Household Waste Recycling Centres are planned to re-open to the public on a restricted basis from the same date, Monday 1st June.
It was also announced that the Council’s special collections bulky uplift service will resume on Monday 1st June, with booking arrangements being available to the public from Wednesday 27th May.
The full list of council services affected by Coronavirus can be found on the Dundee City Council website.
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