Service updates

Following government advice that is designed to help reduce the spread of coronavirus, the council has taken a number of steps to help ensure the wellbeing of customers, staff and the wider community, while also keeping essential services running.

This means some of the services you usually use will be closed, or will be operating in a different way.

We are working hard to make sure the services you rely on are available as far as we possibly can, and we are putting additional measures in place to make sure that people in at-risk groups who may be more greatly affected by the social distancing measures are supported.

We understand the changes to our services may be frustrating, but the government advice is clear that we all need to do what we can to stop coronavirus from spreading.

If you need to contact us, our phone lines and online contact forms are available and we are keeping the website updated with information about affected services, and alternatives wherever we have them.

HBC risk assessment

Havant Borough Council can confirm it is compliant with the Covid Secure government guidance on managing the risk of the spread of coronavirus within it's offices.

Local coronavirus cases and comparisons

The Local Government Association has been compiling coronavirus figures for local authorities.

A report is available which compares Havant Borough to other local authority districts in the South East and all English councils. This report uses daily data on the number of hospital cases of coronavirus in the area.

The number of cases is collated by Public Health England and published on the coronavirus cases in the UK dashboard.

For a detailed summary report looking at the overall picture for England overall and the top ten councils, please see the coronavirus cases tracker.

Service status

This page was last updated on Tuesday 1 December 2020.

Service

Update

Abandoned vehicles

Vehicle removals have now started again but are still running at a reduced service. We are currently reviewing and prioritising all reports received during this time.

Allotments

The council-owned allotments in the borough remain open, although we would remind residents to follow social distancing advice.

Bin collections

We are currently working as hard as we can to keep your waste and recycling collections running as scheduled.

If your bin has been missed, please report this to us by completing our contact us form.

Businesses

New national restrictions to limit the spread of coronavirus came into effect on Thursday 5 November 2020.

Some businesses will be ordered to close.

Business support

Additional financial support for businesses, including an extension to the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme, has been announced. 

If your business has been forced to close because of the national restrictions, you can apply for a local restrictions support grant.

Car parks

Health, care and volunteer workers can now apply for permits which will entitle them to free parking during the coronavirus emergency response period. 

More information about these permits can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Cemeteries

Crematorium and burial grounds currently closed to the public except for certain circumstances, our dedicated webpage has further information.

Council meetings

Havant Borough Council is using Skype for Business to hold council meetings online. 

Please see the calendar of council meetings for further information.

Council offices

The Plaza is closed to the public except for emergency walk-in access to revenues and benefits and emergency housing appointments (which must be booked in advance with the housing team) where the customer has no other means of accessing the services.

Council tax

Havant Borough Council will not be deferring council tax for all residents. For those most at need, we are agreeing on a case-by-case basis on changes to their council tax payments.

Domestic abuse

Coronavirus will have a serious impact on the lives of women, children and men who are experiencing domestic abuse. Information on where to get help is available on our website.

Employment support

If you have found yourself in difficult circumstances relating to employment and finding work, there are many organisations that provide job and training opportunities which might help you.

Environmental health

Our Environmental Health Team is running a limited service.

Cases with a risk to human health are being prioritised. All site visits are suspended until further notice.

Events

Havant Borough Council will not be permitting any events to take place on council owned land until further notice. Please check our website and social media channels for the latest updates on a specific event.

Food banks

Foodbanks are open across the borough for those who need them, we have compiled a list of food banks and other forms of community food support.

Food business guidance

The council has prepared advice for businesses that are looking to make provision for takeaways and deliveries where they have not done so before. 

Funerals

The Havant Crematorium and Portchester Crematorium are closed to members of the public except for funeral services that can be attended by immediate family only. 

Fly tipping

It may take longer than usual to clear reported fly-tips. Please continue to report these to us.

Garden waste

Our garden waste service is now closed to new customers and renewals. We will be reopening the service in the new year.

Get Up and Go Havant

The Get Up and Go programme has been postponed until Wednesday 2 December 2020.

Housing

The housing team has stopped face to face meetings. Please email housingservice@havant.gov.uk or call 02392 446 379 for support.

HWRCs

HWRCs will remain open as an essential service during the national restrictions which come into force on Thursday 5 November 2020.

You will still need an appointment to visit an HWRC in Hampshire. If you visit an HWRC without an appointment you will be turned away.

Book an appointment to visit your local HWRC.

Pest control

We are currently operating a reduced service. In order to protect public health, the only pest bookings being made at this time are for rodent treatments.

Parks and recreation

Our play parks have now reopened across the borough and signage is in place with safety advice. Some recreational facilities, such as tennis courts and games areas, have also reopened.

Public toilets

All public toilets in the borough are now open.

Schools

Following the new restrictions which come into force on Thursday 5 November 2020, the government has confirmed they will not be closing schools, colleges or universities.

For more information, please visit the Hampshire County Council website or the GOV.UK website.

Shopping safely

The new restrictions which come into force on Thursday 5 November 2020 require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services.

We have compiled some tips on staying safe outside of your home.

Face coverings are mandatory in shops, supermarkets and other venues.

Street litter bins

It may take longer than usual to empty street litter bins.

Textile banks

The Salvation Army has reopened its textile banks following their closure during the pandemic lockdown.

If you visit the textile banks and they are full, please take your textiles home with you and do not leave them on the floor around the banks.

Traffic management

In order to allow pedestrians to maintain social distancing safely without needing to step into traffic, we have made some temporary changes to road layouts in areas of the borough.

Vulnerable people

Vulnerable residents can get help by calling the Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline on 0333 370 4000.

More information on support for vulnerable residents is available on our dedicated webpage.