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Ground Maintenance to increase and Street Cleansing to resume in West Lothian The council will gradually increase the amount of Grounds Maintenance work being undertaken and will resume its Street Cleansing service from Monday 15 June.
Grounds Maintenance – which includes grass cutting and weed management – was reduced at the beginning of lockdown period although grass cutting in schools, sports facilities and large parks has been carried out since 4 May. Street cleansing was also suspended as staff from both services were moved into other critical roles throughout the lockdown period.
Road sweeping and litter picking will gradually return across all areas with priority initially given to the areas most affected. This includes the uplift of waste from public bins across town and village centres.
This service has continued throughout the lockdown period although on a much-reduced level. Support for community litter picks will also return when restrictions allow.
Measures have been put in place to ensure that staff will be able to maintain safe social distancing when they return to their respective duties.
All children entitled to free school meals will be able to receive a packed lunch or pick up a takeaway hot meal, and a breakfast bar/cereal at seven secondary schools and 34 primary schools in West Lothian, including Kirknewton.
An additional five primary schools will continue to distribute packed lunches only and delivery arrangements will continue for vulnerable children.
The council will spend over £520,000 on school meal provision over the summer period.
The council is also providing a £10 payment per child, per week to support families eligible for free school meals. By the end of June, the council will have made payments totalling over £464,000 and a further £348,000 will be invested to ensure the payments continue over the summer holidays. The council will also continue to provide financial support to the consortium of West Lothian based foodbanks and other voluntary groups which are assisting the council through the West Lothian Food Fund programme.
West Lothian Council has written to parents/carers of pupils advising them on the plans for schools re-opening. Start of the new term is 11 Aug but this is an in-service day when schools will be closed to pupils.
This will replace the in-service day planned for Monday 17 August, which will not now take place. A programme of Blended Learning will start for all pupils on Wednesday 12 August, with a mix of in-school and in-home learning.
The start date in August will not be the same for all children and each individual school will be in touch with parents and carers before the end of June to advise on the start date for individual children, and also what days they should attend.
A reminder that our public parks, including Kirknewton, can be used for exercise as long as the national government rules on social distancing are adhered to. Please avoid touching potentially contaminated surfaces in public parks including play equipment, park furniture, handrails, gates etc
Children’s play areas, multi-use ball courts, skate parks, and outdoor gyms remain closed until further notice. Please do not use them, even if no-one else is present.
It’s also important that those exercising should, at all times, follow government guidance on social distancing from anyone not in their household. Any resident witnessing an issue that causes a public safety concern can report such incidences to the police on 101.
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