Oxfordshire County Council

Counter Terrorism Policing update

The Community Safety Services at Oxfordshire County Council advise that there are free links for ACT e-learning for staff/volunteers in businesses and members of the public. With lockdown measures easing in the coming weeks and more people returning to towns and cities, Counter Terrorism Policing need people to return to being vigilant when out and about.

A police appeal to the public to take part in the Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) e-learning course while working at home, has resulted in nearly 70,000 signing up to be ‘CT Citizens’. Overall half a million participants have responded to the call since the course was launched two years ago.

The interactive course, which is available to companies or private individuals, takes just 45 minutes to complete and can be done all in one go or in short modules. It explains how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and what to do to help yourself, others and the emergency responders if an attack should take place.

To log on and learn, visit https://ct.highfieldelearning.com/
Paul Mann, Emergency Planning Officer – Oxfordshire County Council
Tel 07771 387416, Paul.mann@oxfordshire.gov.uk

County Council announce that Recycling centres will re-open on 18 May for essential use

Oxfordshire County Council will re-open Household Waste Recycling Centres on 18 May for essential use. Essential use means waste that cannot be stored at home, or would cause harm to health if stored.

There will be new site rules to ensure social distancing and the safety of residents and site staff. This includes reducing opening hours to 8am – 4pm to allow for cleaning, limiting the number and size of vehicles coming in and contactless payments only.

Queues are likely, so if your visit can wait, please put it off. If it’s waste that can be disposed of legally and responsibly in another way, such as weekly kerbside collections or district council collection services, please do that.

Full information about the changes to recycling centre rules can be found on the website – www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/wastereopenquestions

April Report

In these are unprecedented times, the staff at the County Council are working hard to support and protect Oxfordshire’s residents particularly the vulnerable. As some of our staff become ill, we are prioritising our work to key areas.

The main area of work in social care for all ages, has to continue on a 24/7 basis protecting around 7,000 residents. We expect the number of people requiring care to increase as informal carers become ill and are unable to continue care. This work is vital as it’s important we keep as many people as possible out of hospital.

We are working closely with the NHS to provide care and facilities for those patients that do not require acute care. These will be set up in facilities away from hospitals or at home, freeing up beds for those that most need them. This includes the group that we need to shield from the virus who are thought to be most at risk across the county.

To assist in the logistics across the country there are Local Resilience Forums. In the Thames Valley we are based around the police authority area, where the blue light services link in with the NHS and local authorities to consider the high-level strategy. These are then delegated throughout the county to work with districts to coordinate the local hubs. The government have seconded military planners to assist in the hubs where all the local community groups come into the local network. This is about working together to ensure that we do not duplicate provision or even worse miss a vulnerable resident.

The growth of the community hubs that we are seeing being set up is fantastic. These groups are providing some excellent services to local residents who are self-isolating or do not have relatives locally. It’s important that they are community led. We need to avoid duplication, so the County Council and Districts are working with Oxfordshire Volunteers to list them all and provide support where needed.

If you are approached by people wishing to volunteer, they can register at: https://oxonvolunteers.org/vk/volunteers/index.htm

Unfortunately, there are some cases of people taking advantage of vulnerable residents. Trading Standards are working with the police monitoring the situation and taking action when needed. Should you be aware of anything please do not hesitate to report on the numbers below.

Councillor Maurice Billington