WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS
Closes Amid Foot And Mouth Fears
raft of emergency measures such as closing parks and diverting bus and
refuse services have been imposed to try and keep Warwickshire free of
foot and mouth diesase.
buses must stay away from Warwickshire farms.Contractors
have been ordered not to go on to farms to collect children in the
daily run to school.
under no circumstances are they to cross disinfection barriers set up
by farmers to stop the virulent disease getting onto their farms.
will be collected instead from the farm’s main entrance. A helpline
has been set up for parents if they need more information: 01926
Grant, cabinet member for education said:
some parts of the county, substantial numbers of pupils are
transported to school from farm premises.
are anxious to do all we can to prevent the spread of this dreadful
disease while maintaining normal school life for the pupils.
our prime concern is the continued safety of the children and we are
considering urgently whether any special transport arrangements are
necessary as a result of the instruction to contractors.”
the district councils, Government officials, emergency services and
farmers’ representatives agreed extra measures to prevent the risk
of infection spreading.
libraries, minibuses and other council vehicles have also been banned
from entering farms, and officials will stay away unless there are
of the public are also being urged to avoid unnecessary trips to
agricultural areas, and not to use public rights of way for the next
Hunter, director of Trading Standards said:
the moment Warwickshire is free of infection and to keep it that way
we need to do everything we can to support farmers to prevent any
spread of the disease.
and mouth disease is highly infectious and can be spread by direct
or indirect contact with infected animals and/or dispersed in the
animals most susceptible to the disease are cattle, sheep, pigs and
Food Standards Agency has advised that the disease has no
implication for the human food chain.”
refuse will not be collected from farms in Stratford district unless the
waste is left by the roadside.
contractors Biffa have been told not to go on farms until they are given
the all-clear from the Government.
farmer wishing to contact the district council about their domestic
rubbish arrangements should call 01789 260616.
North Warwickshire refuse collections from farms has also stopped.
Instead, rubbish sprayed with
disinfectant in bags or wheelie bins can be left on the main road by the
site entrance and weekly collections will be on the normal day.
and septic tank emptying from properties on agricultural land is also
suspended, unless council vehicles
can be disinfected when arriving and leaving the farm.
County Council will close all of its eight countryside recreation sites
from midnight tonight:
Kingsbury Water Park, near Tamworth; Alvecote
Priory Picnic Site, near Polesworth; Hartshill Hayes Country Park, near
Nuneaton; Ryton Pools Country Park, near Coventry; Draycote Water Country
Park, near Rugby; Ufton Fields Nature Reserve, near Leamington, which was
closed on Monday ;Burton Dassett Hills Country Park, near Banbury; The
Milcote to Long Marston Greenway near Stratford.
Recreation Manager, Mark Wilkinson said:
is with great reluctance that we have now decided to close all of our
eight countryside recreation sites which between them welcome 500,000
visitors a year.
we are resolved to take every action necessary to stop the spread of this
Notices telling members
of the public to stay off bridleways and footpaths near grazing land in
the Stratford area have also been posted.
Road, Stratford-upon-Avon - land north of Fisherman's car park,
between car park and caravan park entrance.
Hills, Stratford-upon-Avon on all access points.
Valley Walk - access at south of Recreation Ground
Weston-on-Avon, Welford at Cress Hill, Barton and Bidford.
markets have also been cancelled until further notice, with the first
casualty being the event in Stratford this Saturday.
Skett, of E G Skett & Co, who operate the Warwickshire's Farmers
Markets on behalf of Warwick District Council, said:
disease is very infectious and uncomfortable for animals. We need to be
doing everything we can to assist in eradicating it as soon as possible.
taking what may seem extreme measures of cancelling the market scheduled
for this weekend we will hopefully be able to minimise the period the
markets are unable to operate."
Dawkes, chairman of the market, added:
markets give people the chance to buy traceable, local foods and if ever
there was a time to support them, it will be as soon as the Warwickshire's
Farmers Markets are able to re-open for business."
[27 FEB 01] CHILDREN
ORDERED HOME IN FOOT AND MOUTH SCARE