More than 30 council buildings are to be shutdown as the coronavirus batters public services.
Thirteen children’s centres, five leisure centres and four community centres are among the buildings being closed across Stoke-on-Trent.
It follows the closure of museums, libraries and public toilets yesterday.
It has been revealed that Northwood Stadium; Stoke-on-Trent Gymnastics Centre, in Burslem; and the toilets at Hanley Bus Station will be closed from tonight.
The rest of the closures will come into force from tomorrow night.
The affected venues are:
- Blurton Children’s Centre;
- Burslem Children’s Centre;
- Crescent Children’s Centre, in Meir;
- Hanford Children’s Centre;
- Kingsland Children’s Centre, in Bucknall;
- Norton Children’s Centre;
- Stoke-on-Trent North Children’s Centre, in Chell Heath;
- Grange Children’s Centre, in Meir;
- Thomas Boughey Children’s Centre, in Shelton;
- Fenton Children’s Centre;
- Treehouse Children’s Centre, in Bentilee;
- Tunstall Children’s Centre;
- Westfield Children’s Centre, in Normacot;
- Burslem Contact Centre;
- Milton Youth Centre;
- Moorland Youth Centre, in Burslem;
- Meir Community Education Centre;
- Stanley Head Outdoor Education Centre;
- City Uth Centre, in Hanley;
- Liberty House youth offending service, in Hanley;
- Fenton Manor Sports Complex (the gym will remain open);
- Dimensions Leisure Centre (the gym will remain open);
- Wallace Sports and Education Centre, in Abbey Hulton;
- New Horizons Leisure Centre, in Chell;
- Fenton Community Centre;
- Goldenhill Community Centre;
- Smallthorne Community Centre;
- Sneyd Green Community Centre
- The Regent Centre, in Regent Road, Hanley;
- Duke Street Day Service, in Fenton;
- St John’s Day Service, in Abbey Hulton.
The closure list has been revealed as brown bin collections – which had just resumed for 2020 – have been suspended.
It is to allow crews to prioritise the collection of grey and blue bins.
But residents are being warned that those collections could also be disrupted over the coming weeks.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council leader Abi Brown said: “We are now in unprecedented times and we have moved to act responsibly and decisively to take necessary steps to protect residents, communities and our staff.
“We continue to work in a managed and proportionate way in response to the coronavirus. We ask people for their understanding while we continue to make very difficult decisions.
“We call on residents and communities to remain calm and stay safe, and for people to be kind and look out for each other. It is really important that the advice of the government, the NHS and Public Health England is followed.”