For residents in Kent, we face a huge challenge from coronavirus and its impact on our lives and work.
We are committed to ensuring we continue to deliver services - though we recognise that in these challenging times, some of these will be affected as we follow government advice.
We appreciate many residents will have questions and we will try and answer as many of these as possible. Please see below.
Prevent coronavirus spreading
There are things we can all do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading:
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
put used tissues in the bin immediately
wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Help for those with Long Covid
NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group is working with hospitals, GPs and other professionals providing support and care to people suffering from the long-term health effects of a Covid-19 infection.
We want to hear from patients and families so that we can improve the services we offer.
Loose Parish Covid-19 Community Hub
Loose Parish Council works with the Community Warden, NLRA, and other key groups and contacts in the local area, to offer help and practical support, to those in need at this difficult time.
If you need any help and assistance, please see contact information below for our Community Partners or ring the Loose Parish office (ring Kim on 07855 00156).
Kent Together Website
If you are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks, you can contact the Kent Together helpline at www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or Tel: 03000 41 92 92. It is a 24 hour service. Deaf British Sign Language users can text the KCC Sensory Services team on 07920 154 315 for help making a request.
King George V (KGV) Playing Field
The King George V playing field currently remains open for exercise and dog walking, but please ensure you keep the minimum 2 metre distance between yourself and other users, and make sure all litter and dog waste is picked up and disposed of, into the bins provided. Don’t forget to wash your hands on your return home.
The parish council is continuing to follow Government advice, with regards to the facilities available at the King George V Playing Field.
The Parish Pavilion and outdoor gym are currently closed.
The teenager and children’s play areas are currently open, but social distancing rules need to be followed. Regular risk assessments are carried out on the equipment, but please bear in mind that it is impossible to ensure that surfaces are kept free from Covid-19. All users should ensure that they wear gloves where possible, do not touch their faces and wash their hands on their return home.
The carpark will remain open.
If you see anyone ‘breaking the rules’, for your own health and safety, please do not approach them, but contact the police on 101.
Loose Parish Council ‘Electronic’ Meetings
Parish council meetings are being held electronically until further notice, but dates of some meetings may be changed from the existing schedule, due to circumstances beyond our control. Where virtual meetings are held, agendas are published on the noticeboards and website. Members of the public are entitled to attend any meetings, and links are now published on the agendas.
To allow councillors time to review proposals for planning applications, Planning Committee meetings are currently being undertaken by round robin emails. If you wish to comment on any Planning application, please email the clerk, on the Friday prior to the Planning meeting.