Question from: County Councillor Gareth Ratcliffe Subject: Support for Events
With the world health in the spotlight with the coronavirus outbreak the key message in battling this is to regularly wash hands and carry on as normal.
With key events coming to mid Wales such as Hay festival and the Royal Welsh show over the forth coming months confidence in the local communities is key to ensure we can maintain visitors and resident confidence in visiting and supporting our rural economy.
The council took the decision a number of years ago to hand public conveniences over to local community councils and community groups. A number have had to introduce charges to support the running of these facilities to keep them open in their community. In light of this is there financial support to support these public conveniences open and free to all ensuring the public are able to maintain a high level of personal hygiene. As well as this is there any support the council can provide for events such as above to ensure there are wash/ gel points within communities?
Response by the Portfolio Holder:
Thank you for your question regarding the Coronavirus. The Council is working closely with the Welsh Government, Powys Teaching Health Board and the Local Resilience Forum to ensure that we are able to respond effectively to the fast changing situation regarding the spread of Covid19. The Council is following national guidance and at this point the Government is not recommending that mass events should not take place, although it is possible that this advice may change over the next few weeks. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will respond appropriately to mitigate the impact of Covid19 on our residents and communities in line with our statutory obligations.
We have no plans to provide funding to Town and Community Councils or Community Groups to meet the cost of maintaining services that they provide, but Pubic Health Wales can assist by providing posters to remind the public to wash their hands on request.