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New housing measures will come into force in England, Scotland and Wales on 14 December.
The Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland and Wales have agreed to bring in new measures to help protect poultry and captive birds, following a number of cases of avian influenza in both wild and captive birds in the UK.
Government Chief Veterinary Officers are encouraging bird keepers to use the next 11 days to prepare for new housing measures, including taking steps to safeguard animal welfare, consult their vet and where necessary put up additional housing.
Whether you keep just a few birds as pets or thousands, from 14 December onwards you will be legally required to keep your birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. We have not taken this decision lightly, but it is the best way to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease.
Poultry and captive bird keepers are advised to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns. They can help prevent avian flu by maintaining good biosecurity on their premises, including:
· housing or netting all poultry and captive birds
· cleansing and disinfecting clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing
· reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and using effective vermin control
· thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting housing at the end of a production cycle
· keeping fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all points where people should use it, such as farm entrances and before entering poultry and captive bird housing or enclosures
· minimising direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds
Register your birds
We encourage all keepers to register their birds with us so we can contact you quickly if there is a disease outbreak in your area and you need to take action.
If you have more than 50 birds, you are legally required to register your flock within one month of their arrival at your premises. If you have less than 50 birds, including pet birds, you are still strongly encouraged to register.
Find out how to register your birds.
Poultry and captive bird keepers and members of the public should report dead wild birds to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 (option 7), and keepers should report suspicion of disease to APHA on 03000 200 301. Keepers should familiarise themselves with our avian flu advice.
Public Health England advise the risk to public health from the H5N8 and H5N2 strains of bird flu is very low.
The Food Standards Agency has said that on the basis of the current scientific evidence, avian influenza poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.
1 December 2020
Fusion Lifestyle, West Devon Borough Council and South Hams District Council are pleased to announce that leisure facilities at Meadowlands Leisure Centre, Parklands Leisure Centre, Ivybridge Leisure Centre, Dartmouth Leisure Centre, Quayside Leisure Centre*, Totnes Leisure Centre and Dartmouth Indoor Pool will open again on Wednesday 2 December.
The area is under Tier 2 restrictions and the centres will be operating under new government guidelines. The gyms and swimming pools at the centres will be open and will also be offering group exercise, outdoor and indoor sports. All junior activities for under 18’s, and activities for those with disabilities are unaffected.
The centres will continue to operate in line with government safety guidelines and those planning to visit will be required to book and pay online, minimising contact required at the centre and allowing for the track and trace process to be implemented. Gym users will be asked to arrive ready to work out, and swimmers with their costumes under their clothes, ready to go. These measures, combined with meticulous cleaning routines, are designed to keep customers safe and offer complete confidence to use the facilities and classes when they return to the centre.
The importance of exercise was emphasised by Prof Whitty at ukactive’s Nation Summit this year, saying “As we come out of the COVID crisis, it’s very important we try to get people who’ve got out of the habit of regular exercise back into a situation where they’re doing so, and encourage others who’ve taken up exercise in a way they previously hadn’t to continue to do so.”
Speaking about the importance of being physically active at all ages, he added: “It is central to a happy and healthy old age that people continue to exercise. It is also extremely important to provide opportunities for those with mental or physical disabilities to be physically active”.
Anthony Cawley, Director of Operations at Fusion said, “We can’t wait to welcome the community back from 2nd December to enjoy keeping fit and healthy. Keeping active has never been more important and we are ready to open our doors. We will continue to offer our Fusion at Home service for those unable to get to a centre to everyone can continue to enjoy their regular fitness fixes.”
Fusion Lifestyle is keeping South Hams and West Devon residents active throughout the second set of national restrictions with a choice of classes now available on YouTube.
South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils have supported Fusion Lifestyle, the charity that runs many of our local leisure centres, throughout the pandemic to ensure local people can continue to enjoy vital access to fitness facilities. Staying active plays an important role in physical and mental wellbeing.
With the second national restrictions in force, all sports centres have had to close. However, the Fusion team have now launched a range of live and on-demand classes to make it easier for members and all local people to stay active. Classes are led by the experienced Fusion fitness instructors and are suitable for all ages and abilities.
For those missing their regular sessions or looking to try something new, the team will be live streaming classes through Fusion’s YouTube channel. These live classes can be accessed by all residents with no charge. If you cannot make the exact times for the live classes, they will be saved on the YouTube channel and also uploaded to Fusion At Home for Fusion members to use at any time.
Fusion membership charges have been frozen for one month for all Fusion members. Members will also continue to be able to access Les Mills online sessions until the end of December 2020.
Cllr Jonathan Hawkins, South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Staying active is crucial for our health and wellbeing. I am delighted that the team at Fusion are here to help local people to keep moving. The range of different classes available means there is something for everyone, whether you are looking to improve posture, need a gentle chair-based class or want to really work up a sweat.”
Cllr Tony Leech, West Devon Borough Council’s Lead Member for Wellbeing, said: “I am delighted that these at-home sessions have been made available for local people. Most of the classes need no equipment, so you really can just turn-on to turn-up and have a go. I hope existing Fusion members will make the most of what is on offer and that many more local people will take the chance to get moving with the support of the Fusion team.”
Anthony Cawley, Director of Operations at Fusion Lifestyle, said: “There has never been a more important time to look after the health and wellbeing of our communities and we want to make sure our members and local residents have the opportunity to benefit from our expert led classes while our centres are closed. The offers and additional activities we are supplying to our members will help them keep active both physically and mentally.”
The classes available include:
Pilates for All
This is a mat work-based class designed to increase core stability, strength, flexibility. It will improve mental focus and reduce stress. Pilates for all is for everyone to work within their own fitness levels, taking options to increase or decrease the workout as required.
Equipment needed: a mat if you have one, if not grab a towel
Yoga for All
Yoga for all is for everyone from beginner to the experienced yoga participant. Through simple movements and postures, this class focuses on boosting physical and mental wellbeing whilst promoting an increase in strength, flexibility and balance.
Equipment needed: a mat if you have one, if not grab a towel
A mixed impact aerobic workout, fun and easy follow. Aerotone gives you a cardio workout with strength and conditioning, offering two workouts in one.
Equipment needed: a mat if you have one, if not grab a towel and light weights or a resistance band
HITT (High Intensity Interval Training)
A High intensity interval training-based class. A challenging workout, designed to improve your aerobic capacity, metabolism and cardio endurance. HIIT workouts alternate between high intense bursts and periods of less intense activity or rest.
Equipment needed: a mat if you have one, if not grab a towel or two as this will get sweaty!
A non- impact strength and endurance class. Easy to follow with simple but effective exercises. Pump classes are a great way to burn calories and get fast results. Beginners and experienced participants enjoy a pump workout, as the participant determines the intensity with their own weight selection.
Equipment needed: a mat if you have one, if not grab a towel and ideally a bar with weights or dumbbells
A martial arts-based workout, with moves and stances from various martial arts. Suitable for all, enjoy the empowering experience and learn the basic moves. Easy to follow offering a great different cardio experience.
Equipment needed: a mat if you have one, if not grab a towel
A gentle aerobics class with Latin and international music. Salsa and Flamenco styles of movement at a slower pace for beginners and mature movers.
Equipment needed: None
A gentle stretch class for mature movers or those just returning to exercise. Mature stretch aims to enhance posture, increase mobility, flexibility and improve our general feeling of wellbeing.
Equipment needed: a mat if you have one, if not grab a towel. A yoga strap if available and a hand towel
This focuses on evidence-based programming for people with specific medical conditions. A gentle low impact program of light cardiovascular work, functional strength and mobility. (There will be chair based options available).
Equipment needed: No equipment needed unless you may need to take chair-based options, you will need a chair
Gentle Postural Pilates
A very gentle Pilates class for beginners to help with posture, alignment and core stability using Pilates based methods.
You will need a mat if you have one, if not grab a towel.
To access the classes, all you need to do is subscribe to Fusion’s YouTube channel at: https://bit.ly/36syRxX
Alternatively, members can log into their Fusion at Home account.
Avian influenza (bird flu) identified in wild birds in South West of Englan
The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed that routine monitoring has detected the H5N8 strain of avian influenza in a very small number of wild birds in Gloucestershire, Devon and Dorset.
Wild geese near Stroud in Gloucestershire and swans near Dawlish in Devon have tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8. In addition, a wild goose near Weymouth in Dorset has tested positive for H5N8 (pathogenicity yet to be determined). Birds were tested posthumously and were found to have been infected with the strain of avian influenza virus which is currently circulating in wild birds in Europe.
The Chief Vets from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have urged bird keepers to maintain and strengthen their farm biosecurity measures in order to prevent further outbreaks of avian influenza in the UK. The advice follows a decision to raise the risk level for avian influenza incursion in wild Birds in Great Britain from ‘medium’ to ‘high’ last week.
There have been a number of confirmed reports of avian influenza in wild birds including geese and swans in the Netherlands and northern Germany in recent weeks. These wild birds are all on the waterfowl flyway from breeding grounds in western Russia, where the H5N8 strain was reported in poultry in mid-October.
Wild birds migrating to the UK from mainland Europe during the winter period can spread the disease to poultry and other captive birds. All bird keepers and members of the public are being urged to prevent direct or indirect contact with wild birds.
Public Health England (PHE) advises that the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency advises that avian influenzas pose a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.
Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss said:
“An H5N8 strain of avian influenza has been confirmed in wild geese in Gloucestershire, swans in Devon and a wild goose in Dorset. It is important now more than ever that bird keepers ensure they are doing all they can to maintain and strengthen good biosecurity on their premises to ensure we prevent further outbreaks.
“Public Health England has confirmed that the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency advises that bird flu poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers.
“We ask that people continue to report findings of dead wild birds so that we can investigate the extent of infection.”
Dr Gavin Dabrera, Consultant in Acute Respiratory Infections at PHE said:
“To date, there have been no human cases of infection with influenza A(H5N8) confirmed by the WHO and the risk to public health is very low.
“Our advice regarding contact with wild birds remains the same – make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap after coming into contact with any animal and do not touch any sick or dead birds.”
A Food Standards Agency spokesperson said:
“We advise that, on the basis of the current scientific evidence, avian influenzas pose a very low food safety risk for UK consumers.
“Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, remain safe to eat.”
Wild birds migrating from mainland Europe during the winter period can spread the disease to poultry and other captive birds. There are some simple measures that all poultry keepers, whether they are running a large commercial farm, keeping a few hens in their back garden, or rearing game birds, should take to protect their birds against the threat of avian flu.
· Keeping the area where birds live clean and tidy, controlling rats and mice and regularly cleansing and disinfecting any hard surfaces
· Cleaning footwear before and after visits
· Placing birds’ feed and water in fully enclosed areas that are protected from wild birds, and removing any spilled feed regularly
· Putting fencing around outdoor areas where birds are allowed and limiting their access to ponds or areas visited by wild waterfowl
· Where possible, avoid keeping ducks and geese with other poultry species.
Further information on how to help prevent the spread of the disease can be found on gov.uk.
Issued: 15 October 2020
If you are required by law to self-isolate because you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID- 19, and you are on a low income, you may be supported through a payment of £500, which would be administered by your local Council.
For people who are facing hardship because they have been contacted by NHS Track and Trace and are required to self-isolate for 14 days, the Government has launched a grant to support scheme.
If you are working, and on a low income, and are unable to work from home, you may be eligible to claim the grant worth £500.
Cllr Tony Leech, West Devon Borough Council’s Lead Member for health and wellbeing said: “These grants will help support people most at risk of financial hardship and provide a degree of security for those needing to self-isolate. There are a range of other measures that the Council may be able to offer households who are finding things difficult, so if you are experiencing difficulties, please make contact with us.
Cllr Jonathan Hawkins, South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for health and wellbeing added: “It is looking like there is a challenge ahead of us all, we must help to control the COVID virus and stop it spreading. This payment will enable those people who would otherwise not be able to afford to self-isolate, protect others and play their part.”
You can apply for the Test and Trace Support Payment of £500, if you meet the following criteria:
• You are over 16 and have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace on or after 28 September 2020.
• You are employed or self-employed.
• You cannot work from home and will lose income as a result.
• You are currently receiving at least one of the following benefits:
• Universal Credit,
• Working Tax Credit,
• Income-based Employment and Support Allowance,
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance,
• Income Support,
• Housing Benefit and/or
• Pension Credit.
If you fail to comply with the Test and Trace isolation rules – not self-isolating following a positive test result for COVID-19, or if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and instructed to self-isolate because you are a contact of someone who has had a positive test result – you could face a fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, it will also be an offence to knowingly provide false information about your close contacts to NHS Test and Trace. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in a fine of up to £10,000.
If you are facing financial hardship, please get in touch with your local council who may be able to help or signpost you in the direction of an organisation who can support you. You can find your local Councillor through the Council’s website:
South Hams www.southhams.gov.uk/article/3703/Town-Parish-Councils
West Devon www.westdevon.gov.uk/article/3703/Town-Parish-Councils
You can find out more information on the Councils webpages:
South Hams www.southhams.gov.uk/test-and-trace-payments
West Devon www.westdevon.gov.uk/test-and-trace-payments
Have you and your children been vaccinated against flu yet, this year?
If not, see the following link for information about various vaccines :- https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
Across South Hams and West Devon, some of the Councils’ leisure centres have been able to open and some have been able to provide limited facilities.
This has left many residents trying to understand what the challenges are for the provider Fusion Lifestyle, and why some centres can open and others can’t.
Both councils appreciate how frustrating this must be, but would like to reassure users that they are doing everything they can to help the facilities to be up and running as quickly as possible.
Fusion Lifestyle, the Councils’ contractor, have now made it possible for current members at any one of the closed centres, to use any of the open centres from this Thursday. In addition to this, any member wanting to reactivate a membership and move it from a closed to an open centre can do so with immediate effect.
Across the South Hams and West Devon from Tuesday 1 September, there will be four centres open, offering access to four gyms and three pools. These facilities allow customers to access a variety of activities in multiple locations.
While most businesses have been supported in some way by Central Government, leisure providers have not received any funding, other than the furlough scheme and the availability of loans. The Covid-19 pandemic and a lack of central government support have created very challenging conditions for all leisure providers.
Throughout the lockdown, Fusion for example, has continued to maintain the centres to safeguard them whilst they have been closed. Many of their staff were also on the furlough to protect the organisation’s viability.
This is a national issue, the industry predicts that usage figures are likely to be about 60% down on usual after reopening, and 40% down by the end of the financial year. Some of that may be due to social distancing, but there might also be concern from some users who do not feel comfortable exercising indoors.
COUNCILS TAKE ACTION
Both Councils recognised that they have to do something, West Devon offered Fusion a £97,000 support package and South Hams provided £88,000. In September, they will be undertaking a strategic review of their financial position and the impact of the Covid crisis. By then the Councils will also know if any support has been forthcoming from Central Government for the leisure industry.
The Councils also continue to lobby MPs and Central Government for funding. They are supporting the #SaveLeisure campaign launched by Community Leisure UK urging the UK Government to commit relief funding to enable the full reopening and recovery of the public leisure sector.
Conversations continue on a daily basis about the facilities that remain closed and users are urged to keep in close contact with both Fusion and the Councils’ social media feeds for updates.
South Hams, West Devon and Fusion would like to thank users for their patience and welcome their continued support.
Anthony Cawley, Director of Operations for Fusion Lifestyle Said: “We know our leisure facilities are really important for the health and well-being of the local community and we have been working in partnership with South Hams District Council and West Devon District Council to get them open again as soon as they are safe and viable to do so.
“We are continuing to review our plans for the remaining facilities and will open these when they are safe and viable to do so. We hope the residents of Devon will bear with us whilst we implement our reopening plans and they can soon enjoy their centres once again.”
FAQ’s from Fusion Lifestyle
We feel that the current opening hours provide a good opportunity for customers to maximise use of the centre and for us to run the most efficient model possible. We have based the financial projections on these opening times, we can review these on a monthly basis and discuss as part of the monthly client meeting, reviewing customer demand and operational affordability.
We are now managing more communication at a contract level, with General Managers and the Business Manager (Peter King) responding to customer feedback and complaints. The centres have started to post local content to social media channels and respond to customer comments being received, the centres are also reacting to comments collected from the user experience survey (TRP) and feedback via the website, whilst also dealing with customers on a face to face in the centres. These changes are helping to react to customer feedback faster and keep customers informed on all aspects of the service.
We will provide an updated communication plan with the next messages to be released.
Members with a live status will be able to access other centres from Thursday this week. Any customer wanting to reinstate a membership from a closed centre can do so with immediate effect by contacting the chosen centre e.g. A Meadowlands member can start using Parklands, members wishing to stay on freeze can do so until their home centre reopens.
We are now operating the core service of the membership entitlement and believe that we are able to provide the key activities to justify the full membership subscription.
We have also introduced some new cost effect memberships such as gym and swim for just £30 a month The centre team are on hand to help all customers to select a different membership type based on the customer’s needs. From the 1st September we will have 4 centres open, offering access to 4 gyms and 3 pools, which allows customers to access a variety of activities in multiple locations.
Swim School Membership
We are currently working through the best options to reinstate a swim school offer and have just launched the new family swim activities that have been well received.
We are updating the website today regarding an updated swim school message, we hope to be in a position to start offering some swimming lesson by the end of September as yet this is not confirmed but is our ultimate aim.
The process is still in the proposal stage and gaining feedback from staff, Union reps and key Fusion team members, we anticipate releasing updates to staff where we have a definitive outcome in the next few weeks, whilst other job families will continue to be under collective consultation until the proposal is finalised and an outcome is decided. Whilst the collective consultation is ongoing, we will start to offer individual consultations for those roles with a definitive outcome.
Sports & Community Development Service
The staff structure and proposal for this service is under review and as yet a proposal is due in the fourth coming weeks. W are making contact with block bookers and hires to see what individual requirements may be and start to plan if there is a way to integrate these back into the centre whilst also provide the key benefits to members. We are in the process of discussing with local swim clubs water space required, operating in the COVID safe environment and reviewing potential water space outside of the existing operating hours (8am – 8pm Mon – Fri and 8am to 4pm Sat – Sun). The exercise referral programme is currently on hold as a scheduled activity, yet customer can still access and use the centres outside this programme.
Ivybridge Leisure Centre
On Monday 3 August Ivybridge Leisure Centre opened, this included the reopening of the new six lane swimming pool with the retractable roof and sundeck, which has been recently completed, and the dry-side fitness activities and gym.
Quayside Leisure Centre
On Monday 10 August, Quayside Leisure Centre, Kingsbridge opened with just the dry-side fitness activities and the gym in the centre at Kingsbridge.
Dartmouth Leisure Centre
This centre will remain closed for the next 2 months and the current funding package from the Council will cover mothballing costs. Conversations with the Dartmouth Pool Trust are taking place with Fusion.
Totnes Leisure Centre,
Fusion are also the operator of Totnes Leisure Centre, however they are contracted by Tadpool and not the District Council, as such any decision on reopening remains between those two parties. Fusion have agreed to open the full centre on 1st September, Tadpool Trust have provided mothball costs for July and start costs to open the centre, with ongoing financial input up until March’21 to the value of £79k
Parklands Leisure Centre,
On Monday 17 August Parklands Leisure Centre, Okehampton opened with dry activities and wet to follow later in the week
Meadowlands Leisure Centre,
Tavistock will remain closed for the next 2 months.