General

The police are responsible for monitoring and enforcing the social distancing policies and any incidents should be reported with as much detail as possible online using the form here.

Council officers do not have the powers to take enforcement action and issue fixed penalty notices for a breach of social distancing policy.  The council supports and champions the STAY ALERT, CONTROL THE VIRUS, SAVE LIVES instruction and discourages any unnecessary journeys.  Council officers who are still working in the local community are supporting the police by providing advice to offenders and reminding them of the policy as well as monitoring and reporting incidents.  The council has a pro-active social media campaign designed to continually reinforce the STAY ALERT, CONTROL THE VIRUS, SAVE LIVES instruction supported by our partners in all other public services including the NHS and the police.

Fylde Council is resolute in continuing to deliver essential services to our residents and offer vital support to the most vulnerable in our community; thanks to a wealth of volunteers across all sectors of the Council, together we have redeployed staff and resources to meet our changing demands.

Our staff are going above and beyond to meet the unprecedented coronavirus challenge, offering flexibility in working arrangements and stepping up to help in essential services which include Waste Management, Community Support, Bereavement Services, Finance, Customer Services and many others. The Council has been able to utilise the existing skills and experience in our workforce, thanks to previous job shadowing exercises, to bolster our front-line capacity which has meant that we have been able to continue to deliver essential services and prioritise discretionary services, which includes the well-received continuation of all household waste and recycling collections.

All redeployed staff have undergone additional training specific to their new role, with appropriate risk assessments and management taking place. Working alongside existing teams, redeployed staff are helping to deliver the essential services our communities rely on.

We are endeavouring to minimise disruption to our wide-ranging discretionary services, however, instances of self-isolation and redeployment inevitably means some of the services we normally deliver with pride, are being forced to adjust their priorities. The Council is implementing innovative ways to mitigate service disruption in the community, examples of this include offering webcast funerals as well as partnering with local volunteer groups who, as ever, have been fantastic in their efforts to delivery community support.

The primary reason is because there is a government instruction to STAY ALERT, CONTROL THE VIRUS, SAVE LIVES.

Residents in the immediate area of the sea defences are able to use the vast expanse of the beach and dunes, the wide promenade or Lytham Green, all close by, residents are not short of open space to exercise on.  As a local authority we must be supporting the stay alert, save lives instruction in any way possible.

The second reason for not opening the new areas is because it has not been possible to certify completion of the works by the council from the contractor.

The lockdown and social distancing measures have prevented the necessary on-site inspection to accept that the work has been completed to specification.  Without this the liability in the event of any accident or default could be significant so the site remains a construction area subject to the rules and regulations of a construction site.

In response to the COVID 19 pandemic the council has had to divert resources to priority essential services such as waste, finance, benefits, customer service, bereavement, emergency planning and communications, as well set up a new Community Hub to support the medically and socially vulnerable across the Borough.  At the same time staff resource has been reduced as a result of the pandemic.  This has meant that employees have had to be deployed to support different service areas, many of the grounds maintenance team have been supporting the waste service and food parcel deliveries from the Community Hub.  This has meant that the grounds maintenance work that is essential will be done first and that functions like grass cutting will be done less frequently because the resource is deployed elsewhere, the council will still be cutting the grass, but it will not be as frequent and it may get longer and a little untidy between cuts.

The council is having to make difficult choices based on priority need during the COVID 19 pandemic, the primary objective is to support the STAY HOME, SAVE LIVES instruction, please accept our apologies if the changes during this period cause any inconvenience.

The council has commissioned the company we use to carry out two sprays this season, they will be starting the first spray in May.  There was a requirement by the contractor to carry out new risk assessments as a result of the STAY HOME, SAVE LIVES instruction and the accompanying social distancing requirements along with regulations on the protection of employees during COVID 19. The weed spraying contract could not be accepted until the risk assessments had been carried out and approved.  Please be assured the service will still be delivered.

Our outside spaces may look a little different this year without full seasonal displays and the usual incredibly high standards of cultivation that Fylde is well-known for, due in part to our Parks team working with a reduced capacity as a result of redeployment of staff to essential services, as well as self-isolation instances, which are ensuring the health and safety of our workforce and the public. The Parks team is now prioritising litter removal, safety inspections, clearing pathways, and maintaining patrols to keep these spaces safe for use by local residents to undertake their permitted daily exercise. We are confident with the hard work of our experienced teams, that most areas can be brought back to our normal high standards quickly, once we are safely through this challenging period.

Church Scar Promenade

For Health & Safety reasons, a decision was made not to place the benches and bins directly on the promenade to avoid collisions between cyclists and seated pedestrians/bins.

The size of the indents was kept to a minimum to reduce the encroachment onto the Biological Heritage Site and to keep costs to a minimum. The locations of the bins will also encourage people to dispose of their litter, preventing it from being blown over the promenade and beach.

This section of the promenade has been designed as a shared pedestrian and cycle route, with the intent to restrict cyclist speeds.

We have placed signs stating ‘Considerate Cyclists are Welcome’ which also indicates pedestrians have a priority.

The coastal defences at Granny’s Bay and Fairhaven Lake are of a stepped concrete revetment construction. Here the foreshore is accessible by visitors at low tide, with the addition of handrails at certain designated access points. Throughout the entire promenade, there are a number of warning/information signs along with life belts to assist in emergencies.

The new coastal defences at Church Scar is of a steep sloping concrete construction leading down to the beach where the salt marsh is expected to re-establish itself; thus has balustrade fencing to prevent access down onto the foreshore below. There are several access steps at intervals to allow access/egress in an emergency if required.

The areas here are the interface between general public open space and the Biological Heritage site. It will take a little time for these areas to naturally re-establish.

Lancashire County Council (the Highway Authority) was due to finish laying the new highway layout on Inner Promenade in May 2020 to coincide with the scheme opening.

Unfortunately, the highway works have been postponed until after the summer, so a new junction is now being designed and constructed in the interim.

Cemetery and Crematorium

Regulation 5 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 originally stated that: ‘A person who is responsible for a crematorium or burial ground must ensure that, during the emergency period, the crematorium is closed to members of the public, except for funerals or burials’.

In accordance with this original guidance and the fact that visiting graveyards or cemeteries was not listed as one of the reasons to leave your household under the STAY HOME, SAVE LIVES instruction.  To support this, it was necessary to prevent access to the cemetery grounds to anyone not attending a funeral or burial, including those wishing to visit the grave of loved ones.

Lytham cemetery has an operational crematorium which is in greater demand during the COVID 19 pandemic and priority of access and safety for social distancing must be given to those who are attending funerals or burials approximately every half hour, it is essential to take extra care to prevent mourners “interacting” with other mourners arriving for the next funeral.  Protection must also be afforded to the employees on site, restricting access to only those attending funerals and burials has been adopted by all operational sites.  There are also restrictions on the number that can attend funerals and burials, to keep this number as high as possible it was necessary to prevent access for others.

If unlimited access had been allowed during funerals or burials employees would have no control over who or when persons enter the grounds and share the space allotted to mourners on the drive.  Toilet facilities are in such a position that they would inevitably clash with the space of mourners permitted to attend services when using the facilities and significantly increase the chance of leaving infection inside.  Allowing unfettered access to the grounds at Lytham whilst services are taking place would make service delivery more difficult and put at risk vulnerable people who are legitimately allowed to attend funeral services.

The regulations and guidance was reviewed by the government with updates provided on Wednesday April 22nd 2020.  The guidance now states that the requirement to close a crematorium except for funerals and burials does not include a requirement to close a burial-ground and does not include a requirement to close the grounds surrounding the crematorium.  It also now includes as one of the reasons for leaving the household – “to visit a burial-ground or garden of remembrance, to pay respects to a member of the persons household, a family member or friend“.  In response to this guidance, access how now been made available to the cemetery from Saturday 25 April 2020 at 9.00am – 7.00pm and onwards each day.

The council appreciates that is a difficult time that requires difficult decisions over sensitive matters and offers sincere apologies to anyone who is inconvenienced by the arrangements in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

The regulations and guidance in respect to access to cemeteries was reviewed by the government with an update provided on Wednesday April 22nd 2020.  The guidance now states that the requirement to close a crematorium except for funerals and burials does not include a requirement to close a burial-ground and does not include a requirement to close the grounds surrounding the crematorium.  It also now includes as one of the reasons for leaving the household – “to visit a burial-ground or garden of remembrance, to pay respects to a member of the persons household, a family member or friend“.  In response to this guidance, access how now been made available to the cemetery.

The cemetery and memorials at Lytham Park are open from 9am to 7pm seven days a week.  However, it is still necessary to put in place social distancing measures which include barriers and signage to separate those attending a funeral service and those visiting a grave or memorial.  One of the measures is to reserve the driveway for those attending a funeral service with each side of the driveway used alternately to separate mourners and employees attending different funerals when there is an overlap.  Unfortunately, the volume of funeral services has increased to an extent that the chapel is operating seven days a week and funerals taking place every 30 minutes on many occasions as such the driveway is reserved to enable social distancing between the different groups of mourners.  Residents visiting graves and memorials are asked to park outside the main gates and only take as much time is necessary to prevent too much disruption to households nearby. 

Thank you for your support and co-operation. The council appreciates that is a difficult time that requires difficult decisions over sensitive matters and offers sincere apologies to anyone who is inconvenienced by the arrangements in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Taking into consideration the national guidelines the arrangements for cremations and burials at Lytham Park Cemetery are to allow no more than 10 mourners who should be CLOSE FAMILY OR HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS and in exceptional circumstances FAMILY FRIENDS.  The number has been determined by the access, layout, space and facilities available at Lytham Park Cemetery as well as taking into consideration the council and funeral undertakers’ employees.

The procedure for the conduct of funerals at Lytham Park Cemetery during the COVID 19 lockdown period is:

  • Mourners and funeral service employees arrive and are asked to wait at the gates
  • When the hearse arrives, the Funeral Director greets the mourners and checks that numbers are within the safe capacity of the chapel
  • If there are any excess mourners the restrictions are outlined and it is explained that they cannot attend the service, but it is available to be viewed online at home
  • The cortege enters the grounds, cars park on the drive, the family members enter the chapel
  • At the end of the service the cortege exit as normal and return to their vehicles as expediently as possible

Extra care must be taken to ensure mourners do not “interact” with the mourners arriving for each funeral almost every half hour during the COVID 19 pandemic as a result of excess deaths.  Services are alternately split on the driveway between left and right to keep mourners on opposite sides of the driveway preventing unnecessary contact.   The funeral director will advise which side of the drive your cortege will be using.

It is the responsibility of vulnerable persons to identify themselves to others present in order to keep the required distance apart. The current toilet provision provides enough capacity to meet the new regulations with hand sanitisers provided by the funeral directors on the flower cart at the exit.

The council appreciates that is a difficult time that requires difficult decisions over sensitive matters and offers sincere apologies to anyone who is inconvenienced by the arrangements in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Families now have the option to share a live-stream video link so that friends and relatives can attend a service from the safety of their own homes during the coronavirus outbreak.

Please note this is a free service to try to assist those who cannot attend funeral services, and unfortunately, Fylde Council cannot guarantee the service or quality of stream on an individual’s device or connection. Technical support is not available, however we have provided some simple troubleshooting guidance at this link to assist all users.

We strongly advise anyone who wishes to attend virtually, tests the service ahead of time so that they can make any alternative arrangements should their device not support the service.

Alternatively, mourners in physical attendance are welcome to video the service via their own device and live-stream to their own social media channels, if they wish to.

We hope this service helps to offer some comfort during this challenging time.

Please visit this page to find out how to access the service.

Waste and Recycling

The refuse, recycling and green waste collection services are all operating as per normal in Fylde.  If there is any change as a result of the COVID 19 measures or loss of resource due to illness this will be communicated to all households.  It has only been possible to maintain normal operations because employees have been able to continue to attend work and other resources have been redeployed into the team.  However, the demand for the service is also increasing with people rightly supporting the STAY HOME, SAVE LIVES instruction.  You can help us keep the service operating the normal collections if you recycle more and reduce your general waste in the grey bin, the crews are not able to take additional side waste because the additional bag handling increases contamination risk, it isn’t easy with everyone at home but every little helps.

The council is having to make difficult choices based on priority need during the COVID 19 pandemic, the primary objective is to support the STAY ALERT, CONTROL THE VIRUS, SAVE LIVES instruction. Please accept our apologies if the changes during this period cause any inconvenience.

The crew members are not able to take additional waste even if it bagged next to the bins because of the additional contamination risk from handling bags.  Waste contained in the bins prevents less risk and every effort is being made to reduce the risk so that the service can continue without disruption.  It is difficult for the crew members and householders to manage waste effectively with the current household isolation.  We would ask that you assist as mush as you can by maximizing the amount you can recycle and reducing the general waste that goes in your grey bin.  Thank you for all your support on this.

The council is having to make difficult choices based on priority need during the COVID 19 pandemic, the primary objective is to support the STAY ALERT, CONTROL THE VIRUS, SAVE LIVES instruction, please accept our apologies if the changes during this period cause any inconvenience.

The latest information on the Lytham Recycling Centre can be found on the Lancashire County Council website here.