Coronavirus:

Residents needing additional support or wanting to volunteer their time or services to help those in need in their local community should call 01200 414597. For business rates please use 01200 414450

Coronavirus information

Council Buildings and Public Spaces

Information on council building closures and accessing open spaces as a result of coronavirus COVID-19.

Council Offices

Following Government guidance regarding coronavirus this office is closed to the public (except by appointment only) until further notice. We apologise for this inconvenience but we’re sure you’ll understand these are exceptional circumtances. Please contact us on 01200 425111 if you need to speak to a member of staff or to make an appointment. Many services such as bill payments and reporting services can be done via our website.

Taxi Licensing

Please note that appointments are no longer being held at the Council Offices on a face-to-face basis, and no drivers or operators will be permitted inside the Council Offices.

We will be conducting all renewals via the post or email. All payments can be made through cheque or card payment over the phone.

In the current exceptional circumstances, vehicle licences for vehicles more than 7 years old will be renewed for 6 months from receipt of an application supported by all proper documentation. Drivers and Operators whose licences are due to expire in the near future may wish to consider renewal at this time. 

Please contact the Taxi Department for any further information on 01200 414411.

Committee Meetings

All committee meetings in the current committee cycle have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The position will be reviewed and any updates posted here.

Ribblesdale Pool

For your health and the health of our staff, Ribblesdale Pool is closed from Thursday 19 March, until further notice.

Grass cutting

We will be carrying out limited grass cutting to ensure public open spaces are available for people to use during their one hour of daily exercise outdoors. We will be maintaining grass verges on behalf of Lancashire County Council to minimise safety issues and ensuring that play areas are maintained to enable them to re-open when the lockdown is lifted. We’re doing this work within government guidelines and as the minimum necessary to ensure that facilities will be fit for purpose when the lockdown is relaxed.

Playgrounds

Council owned playgrounds will be opened on 4 July. We ask parents and guardians to look after their children when using the equipment and ensure the guidelines are followed and social distancing maintained.

As a temporary measure some of the swings have been tied up to help with social distancing. 

Stepping Out Walks

We are suspending all Stepping Out walks. This decision is based on government guidance and in accordance with the councils own resilience plan. We have also been informed that the Ramblers will be suspending all their walks until further notice.

Platform Gallery

The Platform Gallery will be closed until further notice.

Government Sets Out Plans to Enforce Closure of Businesses and Other Venues

Local government will be responsible for enforcing regulations requiring those businesses asked to close on 20 March 2020, in new guidance issued today, 22 March 2020.

  • Businesses who do not follow COVID-19 restrictions will be issued with prohibition notices
  • Businesses who fail to comply will receive fines and could also face the loss of their alcohol license
  • There will be no upper limit to the fines of businesses who continue to ignore restrictions

Further information can be found on our Government Sets Out Plans to Enforce Closure of Businesses and Other Venues page.

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