Wythall Community Association Coronavirus Reopening ‘Press Release’ Update June 2020

 

Firstly, and most importantly, following our previous reopening message, you will all no doubt be aware that with the further changes to lockdown measures announced on Tuesday 23rd June, we are thankfully able to start making firm plans for reopening certain facilities this month. In order to facilitate this we are undertaking the following actions:

  • Finalisation of the necessary risk assessments to ensure safe and compliant reopening of facilities and operation of planned events, in line with the government advice released on 23rd June;
  • Finalisation of operational plans based on social distancing guidelines and examples set by other successfully reopened businesses and in line with the relevant risk assessments for:
    • Limited reopening of the Community Club and Britannia Room.
    • Limited restarting of regular bookings
    • Opening of the playground facilities.

As soon as possible further specific announcements will be made regarding these plans, so watch this space!

Other information since our last update, in brief is as follows:

  • New benches and dog waste bins are being installed in the park, funded from historic ‘Section 106’ money which was given as a condition of planning consent from a local housing development. Whilst the decision as to where to spend this money was not made by WCA, obviously any improvements are to be welcomed
  • Firm plans for the safe running of future annual fixtures such as Carnival have been unable to progress for 2020, however we are hopeful that Bonfire might still go ahead and that all events will be able to go ahead as usual in 2021
  • Planning for a celebratory party and/or picnic in the park event for local residents as and when we are able is ongoing and we would hope this can happen Spring 2021 latest.

We would again like to thank those members of our local community who are respecting social distancing guidelines and who take their own rubbish home when using the park.  We take this opportunity to remind everyone that respecting the current guidelines, and indeed the park and other users in this way is essential if we are to keep these facilities available.
As always, we must show appreciation to those who have joined the Community Association during this period. Wythall Community Association is a registered charity, administered by volunteers. The funds come from subscriptions, rental fees, fund-raising events and donations and the funds raised by the Community Club.  It is not council owned and maintained (unlike Bromsgrove’s Sanders Park for example), and losing events such as the Carnival and Bonfire seriously impacts our income so we remain heavily dependent on membership fees and donations to keep this essential local asset open and accessible at this time. If you are making use of the park but not yet a member, please do consider joining. It involves paying just a low annual fee, and details are available here: Wythall Community Associate Membership but joining the Community Club costs little more and will enable you to socialise and buy refreshments in Wythall House when we are able to re-open: Wythall Community Club Membership

Finally, watch this space for further updates, and stay safe!

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