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Well-being calls to Denbighshire residents expanded

The Council has expanded its wellbeing checks to residents during the coronavirus outbreak.

With the support of Denbighshire Leisure Ltd, the Council is contacting everybody receiving shielding letters from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales and is now expanding calls to residents over 70.

So far more than 5,000 residents have been contacted and support has included referrals to community groups or local charities for help with, for example, advice about finances, grocery shopping or dog walking.

Denbighshire Leisure’s Active Communities team has visited over 300 residents, with another 200 to be visited within the next few weeks.

The team has visited people who have received a shielding letter and had previously been uncontactable by phone and checked in on them to ensure they were being supported during this difficult time.

Overall, the project has involved more than 80 staff members from a range of Council departments as well as Denbighshire Leisure Ltd and external partners including Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council (DVSC), the British Red Cross, and elected members have been recruited to support by becoming telephone befrienders.

Cllr Bobby Feeley, the Council’s Lead Member for Well-being and Independence, said: “Thanks to the hard work and adaptability of staff, we have been in touch with more than 5,000 people, and are in regular contact with a majority of those.  We have referred more than 250 people for Welsh Government food boxes, and more than 300 people to DVSC to find help with shopping and collecting medications.  We have identified a number of safeguarding and wellbeing concerns and referred these for a quick professional response.  This has meant that many officers have had to work in a completely different way and I would again like to thank staff for their dedication and hard work during this process.”

A number of residents have contacted the Council to offer their thanks to staff as well as posting on social media.

Feedback from a resident in Ruthin said it was very reassuring to have the Denbighshire Leisure Active Communities team call by and he said it was a great comfort for him and his wife who feel like they are being supported and are not alone.

Jamie Groves, Managing Director of Denbighshire Leisure Ltd, said: “The team has gone above and beyond over the last month and it’s fantastic to hear the amazing feedback from the local community, who feel supported by the team during this difficult time. They were happy to step up to the task and felt it was a great way to stay connected with our residents and service users at this time. Fortunately most residents were safe and well and enjoyed chatting to the team, at a safe distance.”

Welsh Government update on shielding

People who have been shielding can now take exercise outdoors and meet people from another household, as long as it takes place outdoors.

There are two changes to the advice for this group:

  • outdoor exercise is unlimited, as long as individuals strictly follow social distancing rules and hygiene practices
  • those who are shielding can meet outside with people from another household – but should not go into another person’s house or share food with them

This advice comes from Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton, who said: "We have advised everyone in Wales to maintain social distance of 2 meters and keep good hygiene when meeting outdoors. For those who are shielding, strictly following these rules is vital. I am pleased that so many have been shielding so diligently – not only protecting themselves but also helping to protect our NHS. We recognise how challenging these last few months, with minimal face-to-face contact with others, has been. The Chief Medical Officer is continuing to develop his advice for shielding people after 15 June. All who are shielding will receive a letter from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales in the coming fortnight setting out the next steps.

"I am incredibly proud of all those who have and continue to provide the vital support to enable people to shield. Our Local Authority partners, pharmacies, volunteers and major food retailers have all pulled together to make shielding possible."

The scheme has been extended until 16 August, and people who are shielding are still advised to do so until this date.

Partnership working goes on

The Council has been working with a wide range of partner agencies during the coronavirus outbreak, to try and keep our communities safe.

The work involves local authorities, Welsh Government, emergency services, health organisations, Traffic Wales, Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Snowdonia National Park, Natural Resources Wales and others to draw up plans on how we co-ordinate the response to the pandemic.

This has involved sharing public information and messages, to encourage residents to follow guidelines that will try and protect them and others from coronavirus.

A tremendous amount of work has been going on locally in Denbighshire to introduce changes in services, in order to protect the health and well-being of residents. Our care homes and support services in the community have played a significant role and they have been working tirelessly under pressure to care for our loved ones.

We have provided childcare for the children of priority workers, we have worked to protect the vulnerable through welfare checks and we have administered business support grants on behalf of Welsh Government.

That is only a flavour of the work that has been going on in Denbighshire. The work of protecting communities continues.

We have also worked on issues such as free school meals, business support.

There are a number of regional sub-groups that are also responding in their areas of work, agreeing actions locally and nationally and ensuring that the operational and communications response is co-ordinated.

The Senior Emergency Management Team is meeting three times a week to make decisions about issues affecting the Council. It has been looking at issues such as schools, free school meals, social care business continuity, business support, finances, facilities management, Personal Protective Equipment, safety in the workplace. We are also starting the process of looking at recovery – how are we going to try and get things back to normal when this period comes to an end.

That is not an exhaustive list but gives you a flavour of some of the issues posing challenges to us at the minute.

Latest update from Welsh Government about the covid-19 restrictions

From Monday, June 1st , two households in the same local area are able to meet outdoors. In doing this, however, people must follow social distancing and strict hand hygiene practices to control the spread of the virus.

'Local' means not generally travelling more than 5 miles from home to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading from one area to another.

The changes mean people can meet another household outdoors in their local area but all the other rules to protect people from coronavirus will stay in place for the time being.

Meeting outdoors is key as the science tells us the virus survives only for minutes outside but for hours on indoor surfaces.

The changes follow the third statutory review of the regulations by Welsh Ministers. The review is based on the latest scientific evidence from SAGE and the advice of the Chief Medical Officer for Wales.

Wales has passed the first peak of infection and rates are falling but the R rate remains at 0.8. Both SAGE and the World Health Organisation has advised changes should only be made one step at a time.

The First Minister has signalled that non-essential retail businesses, which can comply with the physical distancing duty, should start to prepare to reopen over the next 3 weeks. A decision about whether non-essential retail will reopen will be taken at the next review on 18 June and will depend on the scientific and medical evidence.

The need to stay local and not mix with others other than in certain circumstances will be subject to exceptions similar to those that currently apply. Guidance will be provided about what staying local means in different circumstances.

  • Re-opening non-essential retail
  • Increasing capacity for childcare and public transport to support a wider return to work
  • Facilitating moving house to boost the housing market
  • Re-opening outdoors sites, including outdoor markets, sports courts, outdoor showrooms, and outdoor museums
  • Re-opening facilities for non-professional elite athletes to train safely.

Support for campaign for Denbighshire residents to look out for each other

The Council is supporting a campaign to help people who are staying at home because of coronavirus.

The Welsh Government’s Looking Out for Each Other campaign focuses on how to help each other during the pandemic and provides practical guidance about how to stay mentally and physically active as well as how to perform everyday tasks safely to minimise the risk of contracting coronavirus.

Cllr Bobby Feeley, the Council’s Lead Member for Well-being and Independence, said: “This is a very difficult time for all our residents but the most important message is for people to stay safe and minimise contact with others. This helps slow the spread of the virus and helps protect our NHS, social care and emergency service staff as well as key workers continuing to provide services to us all.

“This advice is especially important to vulnerable members of society such as the over 70s and those with underlying medical conditions. Our message to them is please do not take any risks.

“The Welsh Government has published guidance on how we can support those in our communities who need extra care, but the message is clear this should be done safely by keeping your distance from others.

Examples of support that can be provided for vulnerable members of society include:

Help with food shopping. You can do this in person and leave groceries on the doorstep, or help those who aren’t familiar with shopping online.

Keep in touch. Staying at home for a long time can be a lonely experience. Just saying hello and regularly checking in over the phone or online is important.

Run errands. Some people will need help collecting medication. Others may need support ordering so they don’t run out.

Share trusted sources of information. It’s easy to become worried by online information, some of which may be deliberately designed to mislead people. Help your community by sharing trusted information from Welsh Government, Public Health Wales, Denbighshire County Council and North Wales Police.

For more information on how to safely look out for each other visit https://gov.wales/safe-help

Care recruitment call in Denbighshire

A major recruitment drive has been launched in Denbighshire to recruit contracted care staff to assist in the county’s care homes.

The Council has already enlisted the help of 55 staff, volunteers and members of the public and the Council has launched its Gallu Gofalu? /  Care to Care? campaign to fill numerous care home contract vacancies across the county.

The biggest need is for hands on care and the Council is keen to recruit contracted staff to work in care teams throughout the county. There are a variety of roles and some will provide critical support to local communities.  No experience necessary, as training will be provided. The Council is looking for kind hearted, caring and compassionate individuals.

Councillor Bobby Feeley, Cabinet Lead Member for Well-being and Independence, said: “This is an urgent appeal for care home staff. We are in unprecedented times and the future with coronavirus looks really uncertain.

“There is a lot of pressure on social care and resources are being stretched to the limit.  That is why we are having such a major push on recruitment and we would ask anyone who fits the bill to get in touch as a matter of urgency”.

To find out how to apply for contract vacancies, click here  or by phoning the Human Resources Team, on 01824 706200.

Volunteering in Denbighshire

Work has been carried out by Denbighshire County Council, with input from county councillors and city, town and community councils to pull together and map out resources available during the Covid-19 outbreak across Denbighshire.

A Community Resource Pack has been produced to highlight how volunteers can help specific communities.  The pack contains information about local emerging groups and businesses across Denbighshire offering support, including information about food deliveries, grocery services, laundry services, befriending schemes and other support services.  It also contains links to a variety of support agencies and networks which operate locally, regionally and nationally.

The Covid-19 Emergency Relief Grants Pack contains information about grant funding available for charitable groups supporting their local communities and individuals facing financial hardship.

Meanwhile the Council is working closely with the Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council (DVSC)to promote wider opportunities for volunteering in the local community, to provide a co-ordinated approach to deal with requests and to ensure that the right support gets to the place where it is needed.

The Council also has Community Coordinators in place who are contacting all community group and businesses who are offering community support in the county, to talk to them about the support that’s available to them from the Council, DVSC, and local and national funding bodies. If anyone wants to request a call, they can contact communitydevelopment@denbighshire.gov.uk

Council says Thank You to the NHS

NHS workers have been given a special thank you on their way to work.

Diolch yn Fawr GIG/ Thank You NHS has been painted on the approaches to Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan.

The work was carried out by Denbighshire County Council, with the help of contractors K T L Contracting, of Llanbedr DC, and L & R Roadlines of Ellesmere Port.

All parties involved carried out the work free of charge.

Cllr Brian Jones, the Council’s Lead Member for Waste, Transport and the Environment, said: “As a Council we wanted to thank NHS workers at Glan Clwyd Hospital on behalf of all our residents.

“Frontline workers across the county, in the NHS, social care and those continuing to provide services of all kinds during this pandemic deserve our thanks and appreciation during this time. With this gesture we wanted to show them Denbighshire’s appreciation.

“I’d also like to thank K T L Contracting and L & R Roadlines for carrying out the work for free.”

Ellen Greer, Hospital Director, said: “On behalf of everyone at Glan Clwyd Hospital, I’d like to thank Denbighshire County Council for this kind gesture.

“We’ve seen incredible generosity from the whole community which supports the hospital, from our partner organisations through to members of the public.

“We’re grateful for all of the messages and offers of support we’ve received, and urge everyone to continue to follow the guidance on social distancing to help keep our staff and our patients safe.”

Meanwhile the Council would like to offer its thanks and support to key frontline workers working in all communities across Denbighshire.

There are those providing care and support to individuals, but also many organisations and businesses are providing vital services that support the efforts in Denbighshire and across North Wales.

That effort is continuing and the Council would like to express its gratitude to people for their commitment and dedication.

Council and DVSC thank volunteers this June

The Council in partnership with Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council (DVSC) would like to thank volunteers who have stepped forward during the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of Volunteers Week 2020, which celebrated the contribution of millions of volunteers across the UK, the Council and DVSC thanked those who have volunteered to help provide services with the Council and in the community since March.

More than 500 Denbighshire residents registered as volunteers with DVSC since March with the Council and DVSC contacting these volunteers to provide them with roles.

Many have helped the Council directly with care work within homes and the community, befriending calls, PPE and equipment drivers, homelessness support and domestic duties such as cleaning and laundry, while DVSC has placed many more with community groups across the county.

Cllr Tony Thomas, Denbighshire’s Lead Member for Housing and Communities, said: “There has been tremendous support in our communities since the coronavirus outbreak. We have seen people come together and help others and that is something to be celebrated. I’d like to thank all those across Denbighshire who are volunteering and congratulate them on their work and I would also like to thank DVSC for working in partnership with the Council during this challenging time.

“I would like to also pay tribute to those who have been volunteering through the Council directly and are helping provide vital support and help to people. It is tremendous to see the effect this is having on people’s lives and we know those receiving help are extremely grateful.”

Helen Wilkinson, Chief Executive of DVSC, said: "Over the last few months, the COVID19 Volunteer Community Response DVSC initiated has depended on volunteers stepping up to provide support to some of our most vulnerable residents.

“We have worked closely with Denbighshire County Council to ensure we place volunteers where the need is greatest, and the voluntary and community action is safe, effective and inspires people to keep stepping up. 

“We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude for all volunteers who have supported residents, voluntary and community groups, third sector organisations, social enterprises, local businesses, and our public service partners like Denbighshire County Council and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. Every single voluntary act - great or small - has made a real difference to people's lives."

Education Matters

Council's free school meals appeal to remaining eligible families

The Council is calling on those families in the county who may be eligible for free school meals to get in touch.

In recent weeks, the Council has put in place a system where it provides payments instead of free school meals, with £19.50 being paid to parents or guardians, per child per week.

So far, over 1,500 parents/ guardians (3,000 children) are benefitting from the free school meals payments, but the Council estimates that up to 400 more families could be eligible. Despite phone calls and correspondence, these families have not come forward.

The Council moved quickly to put plans to deliver free school meals, once the school closures were announced. Within a matter of days, the Council had put in place a way of providing meals to children that were legally entitled to receive them.

This system was replaced by the direct payments method, where the Council pays money directly into the bank accounts of parents and guardians, making sure they are paid money to feed their children. Staff from the Council have been in touch with the vast majority of families and arranged payments. However, there are families that are more difficult to reach and despite extensive efforts, they have so far yet to come forward.

If parents or guardians believe they are eligible, they are urged to click here for more information.

Council issues statement following schools announcement

The Council has issued a statement in response to the announcement by Welsh Education Minister Kirsty Williams MS that schools will re-open in phases from June 29.

The main points of the Minister’s announcement were:

  • It is proposed that all schools will start the next phase on 29 June, with the term extended by a week, therefore ending on 27 July. 
  • In the next academic year, beginning in September, the intention is that the autumn half-term break will be expanded to two weeks.
  • In each school there will be a phased approach. Year groups will be split into cohorts with staggered starts, lessons and breaks. It is expected that this will mean, at most, a third of pupils present at any one time, though schools may need time to reach this level of operation.
  • There will be much smaller classes, providing secure dedicated time with teachers and classmates. This time will include online and personalised classroom experience, getting children and teachers ready for a similar experience in September.

Councillor Huw Hilditch-Roberts, Cabinet Lead Member for Education, Children’s Services and Public Engagement, said: “The safety of our children, young people and our staff is a top priority and we would like to reassure parents and guardians that we will do everything it takes to create safe environments for when our pupils and students return.

“The Welsh Government has made it clear from the outset of coronavirus that schools will only re-open in Wales when it is safe to do so, but we recognise that some parents/ guardians may be still have concerns around the timing.

“A lot of work is going on in Denbighshire and across North Wales, to review all our education and school policies and procedures, to make sure they are fit for purpose for new arrangements to be put in place that will allow our schools to open safely.

“We will now consider the details of the announcement in great detail and we will work closely with schools, governing bodies and teaching unions to prepare for re-opening schools, with stringent social distancing measures being introduced in every school. There will be rigorous cleaning and hand hygiene procedures in place and we will ensure that schools have everything they need to operate safely.

“Schools will provide information over the coming days and weeks about arrangements that will be put in place and steps that people must follow to ensure  that the health and safety of all our pupils and staff are protected”. 

Urdd Eisteddfod

Urdd Eisteddfod with a difference brings success to Denbighshire

The Council would like to congratulate children and young people from across the county for their success at this year’s Urdd Eisteddfod, with a difference !

The Eisteddfod was due to be hosted in Denbighshire this week during the half-term holidays, but Urdd officials made the decision to cancel this year’s formal event following the coronavirus outbreak. The event is now scheduled to be hosted in the county in May 2021.

Organisers decided to host a virtual Eisteddfod, with competitors invited to send in videos of themselves for a wide variety of competitions, including singing, recitation and dancing, as well as some newer competitions like impressions and miming to music.

A number of children and young people from Denbighshire entered and were successful.  A video of a song performed by Denbighshire school pupils from the primary school show that should have been staged this month was also shared on social media during the week.

Councillor Huw Hilditch-Roberts, Cabinet Lead Member for Children, Young People and Public Engagement, said: “We fully understand the Urdd’s decision to cancel this year’s event, in light of national guidelines and we look forward to working with organisers on the 2021 event.

“The idea of hosting a virtual Eisteddfod has been great and has captured the imagination of people right across Wales. We have seen a lot of entries from Denbighshire, with plenty of success for the county. It’s great that the county’s wealth of culture and talent is being recognised.

“We now turn our attention to next year’s event and work with organisers to arrange an Eisteddfod to remember”.

You can watch back this year's Eisteddfod T online.

Recycling, Waste and the Environment

Recycling centres now open with a booking system

Household waste recycling centres have re-opened with a booking only system for people to dispose of essential household waste.

The demand at the recycling centres at Lon Parcwr (Ruthin), Colomendy Industrial Estate (Denbigh) and Marsh Road (Rhyl) will be very high, therefore the Council has introduced a booking in system, to keep queuing traffic at a reasonable level and in order to comply with social distancing measures. People can book a slot here or if people are having difficulty, they should contact the Council. The system is live now.

Drivers will need to bring their booking reference number and proof of residency. Anyone turning up without an appointment will not be allowed on site.

The “pop-up” Household Waste Recycling Centres services in Corwen and Llangollen are still suspended until further notice. This is because the Council is not able to ensure that social distancing would be maintained, and it is therefore not safe to open these.

The Council is advising visitors to the recycling centres of the following: 

  • People must not visit the Recycling Centre if they or anyone they are living with is in self-isolation or showing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • No twin axle trailers will be allowed entry (Car-derived vans/4x4s and single axle trailers will be able to enter). People may only bring their household waste in a works vehicle if they already have a permit to do so. The Council are processing requests for new permits as usual. Please do not make a booking until you have a valid permit.
  • Please segregate waste before coming to site to speed up the visit.
  • The number of vehicles on-site will be restricted and where possible vehicles should only include the driver as only one person will be allowed to unload their vehicles. People must remain in their car whilst queuing.
  • Social distancing measures must be adhered to at all times by both staff and visitors.
  • Black bag waste should only contain non-recyclable waste. DCC are collecting food, cans, plastics, paper, card and glass at the kerbside so residents should use these collections for these materials. We will not accept black bag waste that contains food and recyclables.
  • The sites will be very busy and you should expect to queue to access the site. The booking system will reduce waiting times but you should still expect queues. At our two smaller sites in Denbigh and Ruthin, waiting time will increase by approximately 20 further minutes if the skips become full and need emptying as no site users are allowed on the site during this operation.
  • A new traffic management system will be in place but if the queues spill out onto a busy road and cause a hazard, people may be asked to move on. The Council has done what it can to mitigate this with the booking in system, but it is reliant on the public to adhere to the 20 minute slots and not turn up without prior booking.
  • Please treat our staff and fellow customers with respect and consideration during this challenging period. Any incident/abuse of site staff or other users will not be tolerated, will result in you not being able to book in to visit again and may involve police intervention.

 The opening hours for the sites will be:

  • Ruthin: Monday – Thursday 10am-6pm; Closed Friday; Sat & Sun 9am – 5pm
  • Denbigh: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 10am – 6pm; Closed Thursday; Saturday and Sunday 9am – 5pm
  • Rhyl: Monday – Sunday 10am – 6pm

Councillor Brian Jones, Cabinet Lead Member for Waste, Transport and the Environment, said: “Our teams have been working hard during these unprecedented times to keep as many of our services as possible operating, including recycling, food and waste collections.

“We recognise that the closure of the recycling centres will have caused disruption and we thank residents for their patience and understanding. We were following the national guidelines which did not consider journeys to the recycling centres as a reasonable excuse to leave home, so we took the decision to close the sites. That position has now changed and we have been involved in discussions nationally to re-open the sites as quickly as possible.

“We are expecting a very high demand for use of the sites and it has been decided to use a booking system to reduce traffic congestion and to protect the safety of people using the site or working there. The position will be under constant review and we will advise residents if anything changes.

“What we would ask is for people to follow the rules and we can work together to try and reintroduce the service as smoothly as possible”.

Business Section

Businesses urged to follow social distancing guidelines

The Council is urging people and businesses to continue to follow public health guidance for social distancing.

With some businesses in Wales being allowed to re-open, such as garden centres, the Council is reminding businesses that social distancing requirements must be followed at all times.

Cllr Mark Young, the Council’s Lead Member for Planning, Public Protection and Safer Communities, said: “Whilst we all want to see a return to normal as soon as possible it’s vital that we follow the guidance from Welsh Government.  Social distancing is a key part of controlling the virus and businesses can play their part by ensuring social distancing is maintained in and around their premises.”

All businesses permitted to open must implement procedures to ensure a distance of two metres between people, staff and customers, and proprietors should be reminding staff to only come to work if they are well and no one in their household is self-isolating.  

To protect staff and customers, it is wise to manage entry into the premises, only allowing a limited number of people at any given time. 

Signage should be clear and remind customers with symptoms not to enter as well as to remind staff and customers to always keep two metres apart while on the premises or waiting in a queue.

Regular hand washing and cleaning of surfaces should be common practice and business owners should consider any measure that removes the need for close contact such as contactless payment and plexiglass barriers.

Councillor Young added: “It seems social distancing will be around for some time and we should all play our part.  Although we have focus on the retail sector these measures apply to all businesses whether they are public facing or not, large or small, retail or manufacturing, and also to the public when they have left home.  We ask everybody to adhere to the requirements and respect others around them.”

Officers from the Council’s Public Protection teams will be monitoring compliance at businesses over the coming weeks. 

Anybody wishing to raise concerns about social distancing at a business premises can report it via 01824 706000 on or online at http://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/

 

Countryside Services

Clean up dog mess – even in the countryside

The Council is calling on all dog owners to clean up after their animals in the open countryside, following concerns raised nationally.

Organisations in the agricultural industry across Wales have seen a considerable rise in the number of complaints regarding dog fouling in the countryside.

There is a concern as similar to the disease risk in parks and residential streets, it is equally as dangerous to livestock in the countryside.

The advice for people in the countryside is to clean up after their animals and dispose of the bags properly and not discard them in fields or on roadsides.

Councillor Tony Thomas, Cabinet Lead Member for Housing and Safer Communities, said: “The problem with dog fouling in streets and parks is well documented and is publicised from time to time, but due to coronavirus and people taking exercise whilst walking their dogs, this has resulted to a rise in complaints.

“The vast majority of dog owners are responsible but there are those who do not follow the rules. With such vast areas across Denbighshire, this proves difficult with regards to enforcement action. Therefore we are asking people to be responsible and to clean up after their animals in the open countryside and to keep their dogs on a lead.

“I’d like to thank residents in advance for making the countryside safe for everyone.”

Mari Jones, FUW county executive officer for Denbighshire, said: “In order to protect livestock health, it is essential dog walkers pick up after their dog. Dog fouling can spread diseases to livestock which cause health and welfare problems and, as with dog attacks, this represents a preventable welfare issue. 

“We continue to urge members of the public to use the countryside responsibly and this includes safely keeping dogs on a lead near livestock and picking up after your dog.”

Leisure Services

Update on Rhyl Air Show

The Council and Denbighshire Leisure Ltd made the announcement that the award-winning Air Show, now in its 11th year, will not go ahead this August Bank holiday as planned.

Last year’s show was regarded as being the best ever and won the prestigious ‘Best Crowd Puller Award’ at the North Wales Tourism Awards.

Councillor Bobby Feeley, Chair of Denbighshire Leisure Ltd, said: “Over recent weeks we have been monitoring government advice closely, and after much discussion and careful deliberation we have arrived at this inevitable conclusion.  Our decision has been made in light of the challenges presented by Covid-19, and the continuing expectation of social distancing measures.  Unfortunately, we feel we would not be able to guarantee the safety of staff, volunteers and visitors attending such a major event, or wish to risk putting additional stress on the emergency services at such a difficult time. 

“We had hoped to make this years’ show event better, with the prestigious Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial flights booked for both days. The entire events team are naturally disappointed, but will now set their sights on making next year’s event better than ever.  It is disappointing having to cancel events that contribute so much to the Rhyl visitor economy, but we stand committed as a company to work with all stakeholders and businesses in Rhyl to ensure that the destination emerges from this crisis with a strong and vibrant tourism offer in 2021.”

Councillor Hugh Evans OBE, Leader of Denbighshire County Council and Lead Member for the Economy, said: “It is with much regret that we announce the cancellation of this year’s Airshow. We understand this will be a huge disappointment to all those involved, and to the thousands of residents and visitors who attend, many of whom return year after year.  We also appreciate the effect this cancellation will have on the local business community, who benefit each year from additional trade generated by the Airshow. We would like to thank all our partners for their patience and support in these unprecedented circumstances.  Our team will now be focusing on developing a fantastic programme for Rhyl Airshow 2021.”

Website

Information at the touch of a button

We have revamped our section on coronavirus on the Council’s website, to help visitors navigate the site to find their information at the touch of a button.

From the main coronavirus section, you can access information:

  • Stay at home messages
  • Coronavirus symptom checker
  • Emergency childcare
  • Changes to our services
  • Latest news
  • Information about vulnerable people
  • Community resources
  • Health and well-being
  • Section for carers
  • Links to Public Health Wales, the NHS and Welsh Government.
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