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Parks closed and garden waste collections suspended as part of new measures in Babergh to prevent spread of coronavirus




Babergh District Council has introduced further changes to their services, after the Prime Minister announced that extreme measures would be put in place to stop the spread of coronavirus.

After Boris Johnson put the country in lockdown on Monday night, the council announced that all play parks across the area will be closed until further notice.

The customer access point in Sudbury Town Hall has now closed to face-to-face inquiries and visits.

Sudbury, Suffolk, 24/03/2020..Sudbury's Belle Vue Park which is closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. ..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (32303094)
Sudbury, Suffolk, 24/03/2020..Sudbury's Belle Vue Park which is closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. ..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (32303094)

Anyone who cannot solve their query online is asked to email customer.services@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk. Those without access to the internet can call 03001 234000.

All payments should be made online, as the council is currently unable to process post and scanned documents.

Only essential repairs to council housing stock will take place until further notice, while garden waste collections have been suspended to allow the council to prioritise other collections. Customers will not be invoiced for garden or trade waste during this period.

Access to the council’s headquarters in Endeavour House will also be limited, with most staff members working from home.

A council spokesman said: “We will continue to review the delivery of our priority services and the redeployment of staff to directly support the most vulnerable, who are at risk of isolation and not being able to access their vital medication and food.”