Thursday 21st December 2017

Urgent matters will continue to be dealt with as usual in Tendring over Christmas and New Year as most frontline services will be maintained for residents.

Tendring District Council (TDC) will be delivering its essential front line services and will deal with emergencies over the Christmas period but will be closing its offices from 4pm on Friday December 22 until they reopen again fully from 8.45am on Tuesday January 2.

Residents will be able to contact the Council's Control Centre on 01255 222022 for all emergencies and it will be available 24/7.

TDC Leader Neil Stock said: "It is our aim to offer the majority of our frontline services to our residents across the District throughout the festive period.

"We will deal with all urgent matters which require immediate attention during that time."

Waste and recycling collections will be managed in the normal way so as to reduce the impact on homes and the Council, working with its contractor Veolia Environmental Services, will keep disruption to a minimum.

The majority of people will get their collections two days after they would normally take place between December 25 and January 5, and then a day after from January 8 to January 12.

All collections will be back to normal on the week starting Monday January 15.

Residents are asked to put their refuse and recycling out for collection on the boundary of their property before 7am on the day of collection.

Michael Talbot, TDC's Cabinet Member for Environment, said that everything possible has been done to ensure residents get their one collection each week, albeit two days after it would normally be collected for the last week of December and first week of January - and one day later in the second week of January.

"We have had to take into account waste and recycling tipping arrangements with Essex County Council as we cannot make a collection if the sites are not open to receive the materials," he added.

"If we work together we can help to keep the District's streets as clean and tidy as possible over the festive period." he added.

TDC's Dog Warden and pest control will run a weekend and bank holiday service and all the Council's recycling bank sites will be open over the festive season which allows residents to recycle their glass bottles, cans, textiles and paper.

Free disposal and recycling of all household waste is available at Essex County Council's Recycling Centres.

For full details of all other services - such as sports and leisure facilities - visit the Council's website, and click on Christmas and New Year Services and Opening Times.

The website also has all the exact details of when waste and recycling collections will take place.