EHDC reassures residents and local businesses that it is here to help

Wednesday, 4 November, 2020

Following the new coronavirus restrictions announced by central government at the weekend East Hampshire District Council is doing everything it can to support residents and businesses.

We are currently waiting for central government confirmation about the support package which will be available to businesses who are being told they must close - as well as additional support we may be able to offer those who are struggling because of the pandemic.

Council services are operating normally and any updates will be posted on the website at www.easthants.gov.uk - along with advice for vulnerable residents and local businesses.

The easiest and quickest method of contacting us whilst Penns Place remains closed is via your MyEHDC account which you can set up online, or by calling 01730 266551.

You can keep up to date with the latest information from us by signing up to receive our regular bulletins for residents and businesses.

Test and trace isolation payments are continuing to be paid - and for more information please see the business support pages on our website.

Our communities team is working closely with Community First to help our residents who are most in need and are in regular contact with food banks. The team will also be working closely with Hampshire County Council to help support the 'clinically extremely vulnerable' throughout the new restrictions. If you require support, please call Hampshire coronavirus support and helpline on 0333 370 4000.

Our housing team will also be doing everything it can to help rough sleepers off the streets and we are waiting further central government support about this.

Parks and play areas are staying open as are public toilets. Hampshire County Council's waste and recycling centres (HWRC's) are open but need to be booked in advance. The only change will be that the reuse areas will close in line with all non essential retail from Thursday.

However, gyms and leisure centres will be closed from midnight on Wednesday 4 November - as a result of the new restrictions.

Leader of East Hampshire District Council, Councillor Richard Millard, said: “Residents and businesses should be reassured that we are ready and prepared for the additional measures which need to be taken following this latest government announcement.

“We will continue to support our most vulnerable residents and businesses during the tough month ahead, as we have done throughout this pandemic.

“I would particularly like to thank local businesses for working so hard to be compliant and provide services to residents safely.

“We understand that the government is making additional business support funding available and we will be updating businesses as soon as we have more information.

"Please go to our website for more information and sign up to receive our e-newsletters as these provide detailed information about local support.”