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31 December 2020

Give Kingston the best start to 2021

See in the New Year safely at home
Kingston continues to see an increase in COVID-19 cases, and the hospital is now treating more patients than it did at the peak of the first wave in April. It is critical that every resident does what they can to reduce the spread, and the best way to do this is to stay at home.

1 in 3 people do not have any symptoms. This means you could be spreading COVID-19 without realising it, which is easier than ever with cases of the new variant increasing in London and across the country.

The best thing you can do is act as though you have COVID-19 and keep contact with others to a minimum.  

Kingston Schools Reopening

We are following Government guidance to ensure all schools in Kingston are able to reopen safely. 

The current situation is:
  • All primary schools will open from 4 January
  • Secondary schools will have a phased return 11 January
  • Special schools will open to all pupils from 4 January 
This is based on the Government's contingency framework that puts restrictions on some primary schools (including nursery schools) in areas where there are high rates of infection.

Kingston Council has raised its concerns about the reopening of primary schools, particularly as schools in surrounding boroughs remain closed for the majority of children even though they have lower COVID-19 infection rates.


For secondary schools, a phased return has been planned, prioritising those in Years 11 and 13, as well as vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. 

GP Services this weekend

Local hospitals and the ambulance service are extremely busy at the moment.

For those who need urgent medical help, the NHS has put on extra services over the New Year’s bank holiday weekend.

Please only call 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency.
 
You can contact your GP between 8am - 8pm to speak to a clinician who will offer an appointment if you need one. This may be a telephone, video or face to face appointment.

For non-urgent medical assistance, call 111.

You can also speak to your local pharmacist for non-urgent health advice.

Recycling your natural Christmas trees

Old Christsmas trees
Real Christmas trees will be collected from households over a two-week period from Monday 18 January 2021.

Remember to remove all decorations, tree pots, etc., and place your tree as close to the front boundary of your property as possible, making sure that it is visible from the road without blocking access or the pavement.

Not only does fly tipping clutter our streets, it's illegal

Cleaner, Greener Kingston logo with recycling symbol, a bee, some trees and playground equipment
We aim to remove fly tipping from public spaces within 24 hours of it being reported to us. We will always try to investigate who left the material with a view to taking action against them.

Recently a fly tipper was traced and fined £400 for leaving waste in the Broadoaks area. 

Examples of fly tipped material we have removed recently include;
  • rubble and tyres
  • mattresses
  • sofas and carpet
  • fridges and washing machines.
If material is left on private land, it is the responsibility of the owner or occupier to have it cleared, however we may investigate further if it becomes a persistent problem. 

Help keep Kingston clean and green by reporting fly tipping at 
www.kingston.gov.uk/fly_tipping

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