Hounslow Council has closed all public buildings and stopped providing public services which are non essential while they focus their efforts on protecting the vulnerable during the Coronavirus emergency.
A joint statement from Leader of Hounslow Council Steve Curran and Chief Executive Niall Bolger, published on Friday 20 March stated:
‘Following the Government’s direction to increasing social distancing measures and close schools from to the end of today, and the significant and rising pressures on frontline public services, the Council has made the decision to step up its response to the coronavirus to protect the most vulnerable and focus on frontline services.
‘This will see the temporary closure of public buildings and services from when they close today (Friday 20 March) and will be fully in place by the morning of Saturday 21 March, until further notice.
‘These currently include the following buildings and services:
- Libraries (the Library at Home service will continue) Please visit hounslowlibraries.org or hounslow.gov.uk for further updates.
- Leisure Centres and Pools – Isleworth, Heston, Hanworth, Chiswick and Brentford
- Osterley Sport and Fitness Centre
- Public halls – Chiswick town hall, Feltham assembly hall, Heston village hall, Isleworth public hall, Wellington day centre
- Hogarth House
- Community Halls
- Member Surgeries
- Resident access to SpaceWaye (open for trade waste businesses – 8am – 3pm seven days a week. Last entry is 2.45pm)
- All schools will be closed, with the exception of those being used for vulnerable children and those of key workers. These have yet to be designated.
- Bridge Road Depot public MOT testing service
‘Gunnersbury Museum also closed on Wednesday 18 March.
‘Hounslow House remains open, though please don’t come in person unless you think it’s absolutely necessary. Many queries can be managed on our website, and there will be increasing support for telephone and video appointments, including for housing, revenues and benefits from Monday 23 March.
‘Important services that keep the borough running, including waste collection, street cleaning, bulky waste collection, mobile and online library services, and many that support and protect our most vulnerable residents will continue as normal.
‘Please visit our website: www.hounslow.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest information on council services, how to contact us, and advice and guidance on coronavirus.
‘The coronavirus is of course a grave concern for us all. Our priority, above all else, is the protection of our vulnerable residents and the delivery of frontline services on which people rely.
‘The Council is working closely with our local partners, particularly those in the NHS, as well as Public Health England and the Government, to control the spread of coronavirus.
‘We are also working with our community and voluntary sector to establish a community hub which will act as a focal point for queries from residents and businesses, and help manage the ongoing support effort for our most vulnerable. It is expected to be open and operational next week with a phoneline, email address and website through which queries can be channelled.
‘It’s so important that together, as a borough, we all pull together during these difficult times to support each other and help keep our more vulnerable residents safe. We all have a responsibility to follow the guidance from Government and the NHS to try to keep ourselves and others free from infection and help prevent the disease from spreading.
‘We want to thank everyone in the borough who has gone above and beyond in their efforts. We are very proud of the residents and businesses of Hounslow and are sure, if we all work together over these coming months, we will be stronger for it.
‘Information and advice is available on our coronavirus web page www.hounslow.gov.uk/coronavirus and we have a regular coronavirus e-newsletter too which we urge everyone to sign up to.
Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council
Niall Bolger, Chief Executive of Hounslow Council