Resilience plan update

Message from Cllr Simon Howell, VWHDC

It has been some time since I have sent out an update, thankfully this has been due to things calming down.

I am pleased to attach a “Thank you” note from David Johnston MP, I would be grateful if you can pass this on to all in the support network that have been helping over the last >100 days.

David Johnston letter

With lockdown being eased across the country, we should stay vigilant. A lot of work is now being put into how to deal with any isolated outbreaks or deal with any “second wave”.

Play Parks

People are urged to not use play areas until they have passed safety checks and have signs to say they are safe to use again – please do not enter any play areas which are closed. 

Important information about staying safe in our play areas

Once a play area is open, visitors will be urged to stay safe by following a few simple instructions which are being introduced to reduce the risk of people transmitting COVID-19.

People are asked to:

  • wash or sanitise their hands before entering the play area and then again after they leave;
  • come back at a quieter time, if the play area is busy;
  • follow social distancing.

It is also advised that only one adult per child is in the play area at a time

Leisure centres update

As things stand, indoor gyms and swimming pools must remain closed and we are still waiting for the government to confirm the timetable for them to reopen.  In the meantime, we are continuing to work on potential reopening plans to ensure we are ready once we’ve been given the go-ahead.

New signage

Over the coming days we will be placing new signs around our public toilets to remind people to maintain social distancing and to wash their hands.  Our ‘Stay Safe, Give Space’ message will also be stencilled at key locations in our car parks, parks and mobile home parks.

As ever, any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Best wishes, and stay safe


Cllr Simon Howell

Watchfield and Shrivenham Ward

Vale of White Horse District Council