Chesterfield Borough Council says following the latest Government guidance, it has taken further difficult, but responsible, decisions to change some of it's service provision.
Customer Service Centre and On The Move
Cllr Jean Innes, cabinet member for business transformation, said: “We are taking the difficult decision to close both the Customer Service Centre and On The Move housing options centre to customers from tomorrow (Tuesday 24 March) until further notice, in order to protect the safety of the public and our staff.
“We know that this is a worrying time and want to assure you that our council services can continue to be accessed through our other contact channels.”
Many of the council’s services can be accessed through using website forms which can be found at www.chesterfield.gov.uk/
The customer service call centre can also still be reached by calling 01246 345345 between 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.
If you are homeless and need urgent support, the homelessness service can be reached on 07870 277291.
If you need to apply for an emergency payment from the Derbyshire Discretionary Fund, you can call Derbyshire County Council directly on 01629 533399.
The authority are happy to accept copies of forms and documents online and encourage you to use this method to provide them with information. If you need support to do this, call 01246 345345.
Payments can be made online at www.chesterfield.gov.uk/pay or by using the automated telephone number 0345 602 0214. If you are unable to use these methods, contact the council on 01246 345345 and staff say they will do all they can to help.
The Market Hall Café and Artisan Market
In line with the latest Government guidance the council has today closed the Market Hall café until further notice.
The Chesterfield Artisan Market which was due to be held on Sunday 29 March is also cancelled. There will be no artisan markets in the town centre until further notice.
Housing repairs and safety checks
The council are currently only carrying out emergency repairs to council houses and when doing so the council’s staff will be following the Government’s guidance regarding social distancing. All other repairs are on hold until further notice.
Tenants can report their urgent repair needs by calling the repairs hotline for free on 0800 587 56 59 or by visiting the repairs page at the council website www.chesterfield.gov.uk/
Annual checks of your gas and electrical systems will continue, so it is important that if you are self-isolating because you have coronavirus symptoms or are in a vulnerable health category you advise staff before they enter your home.
All tenants will be asked a number of questions by the staff member who will be visiting you at home, this is to keep you and them safe.
The latest service related updates will be available on the council’s website www.chesterfield.gov.uk/