Local update during COVID 19 lockdown

3 April 2020 (download this update here)

Funding opportunities for charities and voluntary groups who are impacted by the current crisis are being published by Community Impact Bucks on their COVID-19 webpage for groups. There is also the Coronavirus Funder List which kept updated with details of charity funders. The Clare Foundation is also offering free advice and support to charities and not-for-profit organisations in order to help them become more effective and efficient, and in particular providing guidance on how to respond to this crisis. Email their CEO martin.gallagher@theclarefoundation.org or the Charity Team at info@theclarefoundation.org.


Parking: Most parking restrictions have been lifted. This includes parking on single yellow lines and limited waiting areas. However, please note for safety reasons, motorists must not park on double yellow lines or zigzag lines (near crossings). Wherever the location, motorists should park sensibly and safely and avoid their vehicles creating any obstruction. Restrictions on disabled parking and on double yellow lines will also remain in force and penalty tickets will continue to be issued for these offences. Parking officers will continue patrolling the main routes, car parks, and residential areas to help deal with any obstructions to support emergency services, key workers, essential food deliveries and residents.


Water bills: Thames Water has introduced a flexible payment period for anyone struggling to pay their bills. More information on this and how to apply is available at on their website.


Council tax: The Buckinghamshire Council understands the financial impact of coronavirus on our residents and will be supporting working-age residents who already have Council Tax Reduction by initially reducing their council tax bill by up to £150. For other residents who have difficulty making payments, other arrangements may be put in place. For example, it might be easier for some households who pay in ten instalments to pay in twelve smaller instalments. If you are facing financial hardship and need information about how to pay your council tax bill please go to the Bucks Council website.


Free school meal vouchers: A national voucher scheme is being put in place for children eligible for free school meals. If they are not attending school, the schools will issue the parents of every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed.


Telephone help and support:

  • St Peter’s Church in Iver has set up a phone line 01753 652078 to provide help and support to the community.

  • The Ivers Parish Council has set up a hot line 0300 365 4039 with volunteers on hand to help those in our community who cannot get out.


STAY AT HOME – KEEP SAFE


28 March 2020 (download this update here)

Costcutter in Richings Park have restricted opening hours from 6am to 6pm.


The Aysgarth Medical Centre Church Road Iver Heath is closed to callers and the on-line booking service is closed. It is providing the following service to those who do not have a cough or a fever. Call the surgery on 01753 653976. You should then:

  • Wait for a call back from a doctor or other member of the team

  • You will be given advice, or offered an appointment

  • If you are calling for an administrative issue like a letter or repeat prescription, please tell the receptionist when you phone

  • Only come to the surgery if instructed to do so

Anyone with a cough of a fever should follow the NHS advice.


Jeeves the pharmacy in Iver Heath is open Mon-Fri 9.00-6.30pm, Sat - 9.00-5.00pm.


Parking charges in all council-owned car parks have been suspended.


Council Tax - those residents who will struggle to pay their council tax can apply for Council Tax Reduction for help with their council tax bill. You can do this online. If you are of working age and now on a low income you should make a claim for Universal Credit if you require help with your rent payments.

Help for local businesses - Bucks Business First are making £2m available to support businesses and will provide funding for the smaller and micro-businesses that would not automatically qualify for Government support. Information about what support is available for businesses is on their bbf.uk.com/covid-19 web page. This includes offers of support from businesses to each other and local communities.


Council Tax - if you currently pay your Council Tax/Business Rates in 10 instalments you can change this to 12 which will make each instalment less. If you would like to do this please contact: SBDCtax.csb@buckinghamshire.gov.uk. Phone 01895 837500.


A plea from local farmers – they are trying to keep going to grow the food we need. In order to keep their journeys to a minimum please could everyone keep an eye on all the farmed areas around us and report any suspicious activity to the police.


26 March 2020 (download this update here)

Costcutter in Richings Park have restricted the opening hours of the post office counter for the next few weeks to 9am to 12 noon and they have reduced their opening hours to close at 6pm but this is under constant review so please check daily. 


Saley’s Pharmacy in Richings Park is open:

Monday to Friday: 9am – 12 noon and 2pm to 6pm

Saturday: 9am to 12 noon.


The household waste recycling centre at Langley has closed, this situation is being kept under review and Bucks will be looking at alternative arrangements. The South Bucks garden waste collection is now suspended but other recycling collection services are continuing in South Bucks for the time being.


The Iver Medical Centre is closed to callers and the on-line booking service is closed. It is providing the following service to those who do not have a cough or a fever. Call the surgery on 01753 653008. You should then:

  • Wait for a call back from a doctor or other member of the team

  • You will be given advice, or offered an appointment

  • If you are calling for an administrative issue like a letter or repeat prescription, please tell the receptionist when you phone

  • Only come to the surgery if instructed to do so

Anyone with a cough of a fever should follow the NHS advice.


Open spaces/community facilities

The following are all closed  Black Park and Langley Park, all the children’s playgrounds, the Evreham centre, Iver Heath Library.  The recreation grounds at Iver and Iver Heath are open but please adhere to the social distancing requirements.   




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