Coronavirus: Changes to Darlington Borough Council services

As part of their response to the Coronavirus outbreak, DBC have had to scale back or suspend certain council services so others can keep going.

All council car parks are free with immediate effect until further notice.
The tip is closed until further notice.
The start of this year’s garden waste service will be delayed by at least a month to ensure our refuse collection services are not affected for as long as possible.
Our refuse and recycling collections will continue as normal for now.
Bulky waste collections have stopped with immediate effect.
We will be carrying out emergency highways and streetlight repairs only.
Dog waste bins won’t be emptied so please bag it and take it home to bin it.
Arboriculturalist (looking after trees) service stopped.
Gully clearing stopped unless essential.
Town centre mechanical sweepers stopped.
The land charges service will not be available for at least three weeks.
School crossing patrols are suspended with immediate effect.
Grass cutting and grounds maintenance will stop with immediate effect.
Parks will remain open to allow people the opportunity for their daily exercise but play areas will be closed. People must only exercise once every day, alone or with people from their household and stay at least two metres away from other people.
Day opportunities for those with learning disabilities stopped with immediate effect.
Learning and Skills buildings are closed but online resources are being produced.
Register office is open on an appointment only basis. People have 42 days to register a birth and only five to register a death. An online tool for registering a death is currently in development.
Essential housing maintenance only will be done.
Schools are issuing supermarket food vouchers in place of school meals. Please contact individual schools for more detail.
Planning applications are still being accepted but the committees are cancelled for now.

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