Covid-19: Phased Reopening of Town Council Services

Covid-19 Regulations: Impact upon Town Council Services

Parks, Open Spaces & Playgrounds

Residents can use our parks, open spaces and playgrounds to meet, play and exercise (any group of people must not exceed 30).  You should continue to ensure you socially distance from others not in your househould / support bubble. 

The following Parks & Open Spaces Services reopened for use on 29th March:

  • sports courts, including tennis courts and multi-use games areas;
  • sports pitches for use by organised sports clubs who have been allocated the pitch, in accordance with their respective sport's Covid-19 guidance;
  • sports changing facilities and toilets for use by organised sports clubs who have been allocated a pitch; and
  • parks gym equipment.

Users must continue to keep 2 metres apart from anyone not in their household / support bubble, which includes in the play areas.

Community Centres & Library

Access to Braunstone Civic Centre and Library is from the Welcombe Avenue (Main Car Park) entrance only.  Pedestrian access from Kingsway remains closed to facilitate social distancing at the entrance to both buildings.  The Council is keeping this measure under review as part of our phased reopening plans.

The following Services are open:

  • Library for book issuing and returns and access to computers
  • Customer Services at Braunstone Civic Centre for face to face enquiries and sales (Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5pm, except Bank Holidays); Customer Services is also available by telephone on 0116 289 0045 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Braunstone Civic Centre Room Hires* full opening hours (see below) 
  • Thorpe Astley Community Centre Room Hires* available on Saturdays from 3pm and Sundays; with limited availability weekdays, subject to confirmation of dates when it isn’t needed for Covid-19 vaccinations (see below)
  • Permitted Room Hires* at both Braunstone Civic Centre & Thorpe Astley Community Centre:
    • Counselling and one to one support services,
    • blood donation sessions,
    • any NHS and medical services,
    • Children’s activities & sport,
    • parent & child groups (30 people, not including under 5s),
    • support Groups with up to 30 participants formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support,
    • acts of worship,
    • funeral services,
    • Private Functions: significant life events, including weddings, wakes & receptions (30 people).   Bookings open from 21st June: Wedding, Civil Partnership & Funeral ceremonies and commemorations 48 people (of any age) table seated in the Millfield Hall at Braunstone Civic Centre
    • Community Group Activities (6 people or two households), and
    • training, meetings and seminars hosted by a business/employer/organisation
  • Community Foodbank at Braunstone Civic Centre (Fridays)
  • Civic Community Lounge (weekday evenings 5pm - 10pm; and Friday, Saturday & Sundays 12noon - 10pm).
  • Public attendance at Council & Committee meetings at Braunstone Civic Centre (meetings continue to be available for the public on-line via Zoom Video and Audio Conferencing)

* See Roadmap steps below for the earliest dates certain hires and room capacity is permitted and when.  Centre Bookings can be made by contacting Customer Services on 0116 289 0045 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The following services continue to operate from Thorpe Astley Community Centre:

  • Early Years Child Provision - Pop Up Care;
  • Covid-19 Vaccinations (appointment only - contact your GP Surgery for more information); and
  • Primary Care Services – Kingsway Branch Surgery.

Covid-19 Community Response

Clinically extremely vulnerable people who are Shielding or those who are having to self-isolate can obtain support from the Town's Covid-19 Community Response.   

Those wishing to volunteer to help and those needing help (one off or ongoing) can find out more information and register on the Town Council’s website: https://www.braunstonetowncouncil.org.uk/index.php/community-response

or contact Customer Services on 0116 289 0045 (Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm, answerphone available at other times) or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

UK Government Roadmap out of lockdown and phased reopening of Braunstone Town Council Services

Following the publication of the UK Government's Covid-19 Recovery Roadmap, the impact of its provisions on the reopening of the Town Council’s services is set out below.   The opening dates are the earliest dates and subject to confirmation by the Government that the tests have been met.   There is a minimum of 5 weeks between each subsequent step.

Step 1: 29th March

  • Tennis and Sports Courts (inc. MUGAs)
  • Outdoor Gym Equipment
  • All parks football teams and bowls

Step 2: 12th April

  • Library for book issuing and returns and access to computers
  • Civic Centre Reception for face to face enquiries and sales
  • Civic Centre Room Hires (daytimes only):
    • Counselling and CAB Services
    • Children’s activities & sport
    • parent & child groups (15 parents)
    • funeral services (30 people)
    • acts of worship
    • weddings, wakes & receptions (15 people)
    • training, meetings and seminars hosted by a business/employer/organisation
    • formally organised support groups
  • Public attendance at Council & Committee meetings at Braunstone Civic Centre (public access is currently available via Video Link or Telephone only)

Step 3: 17th May (at least 5 weeks after Step 2)

  • Braunstone Civic Centre Room Hires (fully open) and Thorpe Astley Community Centre (available for hires on Saturdays from 3pm and Sundays; limited availability weekdays, subject to confirmation of dates when it isn’t needed for Covid-19 vaccinations):
    • Counselling and CAB Services
    • Adult & Children’s activities & sport
    • parent & child groups (30 parents)
    • acts of worship
    • Private Functions: significant life events (30 people)
    • Community Group Activities (6 people or two households)
    • training, meetings and seminars hosted by a business/employer/organisation
    • formally organised support groups
  • Civic Community Lounge (reopening part-time from 24th May)
  • Parks Events
  • Programme of Events

21st June

  • As Step 3 (above); plus Millfield Hall, Braunstone Civic Centre Capacity of 48 people (of any age) table seated for Wedding, Civil Partnership & Funeral ceremonies and commemorations

Step 4: 19th July

  • The maximum Capacity of Rooms available for hire at both Braunstone Civic Centre and Thorpe Astley Community Centre will be based on the 2 metre rule, unless the Government review in July removes Social Distancing restrictions.