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Coronavirus: Markets

Burton’s Indoor and Outdoor Markets are now open, with strict social distancing measures in place. For more information, please see our safer town centres page.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

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Playgrounds and outdoor gym equipment to reopen

Following the Government’s recent announcement that playgrounds and outdoor gym equipment can reopen from Saturday 4th July, East Staffordshire Borough Council is reminding residents of the importance of respecting our parks and open spaces so they can be enjoyed safely by everyone.

To help stop the spread of Coronavirus, visitors should:

  • Use hand sanitiser to clean hands before and after use
  • Wipe surfaces before and after use
  • Social distance from other people
  • Wash hands when you get home

The Council has put in place additional patrols and bin emptying, and local residents are being reminded to take their rubbish home to help keep parks and play areas safe. The Council is encouraging people to eat and drink away from play and gym equipment.

Disposable face coverings and gloves must be disposed of as they cannot be recycled.

Station Street Regeneration Project Progressing Well

During the lockdown period Staffordshire County Council and Contractor Amey Highways have been able to continue with the regeneration works on Station Street. The primary decision to continue the work during this time was to try and complete a large amount of the scheme whilst limiting disruption to business owners and members of the public.

It was decided that the programme of works would be re-phased to enable the footways on both sides of the street to be excavated and re-laid with new pavers outside of the shops whilst the street had minimal footfall. 

Since the reopening of non-essential shops Amey and Staffordshire County Council have ensured that access has always been maintained for businesses that have re-opened. This has supported East Staffordshire Borough Council’s efforts to implement a safe environment in the Town Centre, by ensuring pedestrians have adequate space to allow them to socially distance. As the lockdown restrictions are further eased Amey and SCC shall continue to ensure that suitably spaced walkways are provided as the work compounds change.

Councillor George Allen, Deputy Leader for Regeneration and Planning Policy at East Staffordshire Borough Council said: “I am very happy that the work was able to continue whilst the Country was in lockdown; it was clearly the right decision. The hard work of contractors on site has allowed a large amount of work to be undertaken with limited disruption to businesses on the street and pedestrians walking in the area."

“I have visited the site on a number of occasions and have spoken with the Project and Site Managers. I am extremely impressed with the work that has been undertaken to date and I’m looking forward to seeing the changes over the coming weeks. 

"I would particularly like to thank the teams on site and Council staff for their continued efforts during the difficult lockdown period”.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: “The last few months have been incredibly difficult, but our project teams have continued to work through them wherever possible to ensure our economy is in as good a place as it can be.

“Regeneration of our town centres is vital and so we’re pleased the work in Station Street has been moving forward. The team has taken advantage of the quieter town centre to get work done outside shops with minimal disruption.

“We look forward to seeing the completion of the project in the autumn and would like to thank people for their continued patience while it is carried out”.

The works remain on programme to finish on time in Mid-October despite all of the extra measures that have been put in place to ensure the safety of the workers on site and members of the public. 

We appreciate the patience the people of Burton and Business owners of Station Street have shown.

Stapenhill Cemetery Reopens to Vehicular Access

At midday on Tuesday 7th July 2020 Stapenhill Cemetery reopened its gates to vehicular access.

Following the normal operating procedures, and to ensure the continued safety of cemetery staff and people attending burials, the cemetery will be cleared of all vehicles and the entrance barriers will be closed one hour before, and for the duration of, all burials.

Anybody wishing to gain access by vehicle should contact the Cemetery Office to ensure that no burials are taking place at the time that you would like to visit the cemetery. You can contact the office on (01283) 508572.

Council Extends Deadline for Businesses to Apply for Grant Funding

East Staffordshire Borough Council has extended the deadline for small businesses to apply for grants from its Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund. The scheme will now close for applications at midnight on Sunday 12th July 2020.

The Discretionary Grant Fund has enabled the Council to continue to support small businesses in East Staffordshire during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Government made additional funding, totalling £1.19m, available to allow the Council to further support Small Businesses. The Discretionary Grant Fund has been offered in addition to the Small Business Grants Funds and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund which are already available to businesses. Grants totalling £420,000 have already been awarded by East Staffordshire Borough Council to 42 businesses. 

The grant is prioritised for following types of business that are based and trading within East Staffordshire:

  • Small or Micro businesses without a business rates assessment  in workspaces with high fixed property-related costs who can demonstrate that they have suffered from a significant fall in income due to COVID-19.
  • Small or micro businesses that pay business rates and the rateable value for their property is between £15,000 and £51,000.
  • Regular market and street traders that trade and have fixed building costs in relation to their business within East Staffordshire, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment.
  • Bed & Breakfasts that pay council tax instead of business rates.
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief. Charities must trade in East Staffordshire and must not be part of, associated with or affiliated to any other Charities, including national Charities.

Only businesses that were trading on 11th March are eligible to apply for this grant. This grant funding is for businesses that are not eligible for other support schemes, however businesses that are eligible for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme are entitled to apply for this grant.

For more information on the eligibility criteria and how to apply please go to https://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/business-rates/local-authority-discretio....