Warrington Borough Council is reassuring residents that everything possible is being done to continue the delivery of essential services.

Full waste collection services are currently running for all residents and will be maintained at the same level for as long as possible.

In addition, Warrington’s Community Recycling Centres – in Gatewarth, Woolston and Stockton Heath – remain open. However, these sites will be playing a key role in supporting the waste team to manage residual waste, so residents are asked to only use these sites if absolutely necessary.

The council’s bereavement services are also operating normally, while staff continue to carry out essential street scene services, including the maintenance of grass verges near highways and sports pitches. It is important that maintenance to sports pitches continues, as allowing them to fall into a degraded state would risk huge costs and delays in bringing them back into use, once they are reopened to the public in the future.

Essential pest control services continue to operate, and planned highway maintenance will continue.

Cleaning of key buildings is also being maintained, including those schools which are having to remain open during this period.

Parks and open spaces are currently open to support appropriate exercise, with residents urged to respect the direction of the government and not gather in groups larger than two, maintain social distancing and above all, stay safe.

In line with government advice, all bowling greens, play areas and outdoor gyms in Warrington are now closed to the public.

Warrington Borough Council Leader, Cllr Russ Bowden, said: “We know how important our essential services such as waste collection and highways maintenance are to local people. I want to assure everyone that we are doing all we can to maintain these services and keep them running as smoothly as possible during this difficult time.

“Due to a larger number of people remaining at home, there will be more cars parked in residential areas. Please help us by making every effort to ensure access to our waste collection vehicles is not blocked so we can continue to collect all waste.

“We will continue to update you on our efforts to protect our most essential services along with our work to maintain critical social care and public health services for our most vulnerable people.”

For the latest information on coronavirus in Warrington, please visit warrington.gov.uk/coronavirus