Dundee City Council is closing its recycling centres and lifted charges for motorists using the city’s four multi-storey car parks.
In its latest coronavirus update, the council has made the following changes from today:
- Introduction of free parking at multi storey car parks and Shore Terrace
- Household waste recycling centres to close
- Closure of all play areas and communal equipment, including outdoor gym areas
- Taxi testing has ceased
The council’s statement said: “In order to support key workers the city, all four city centre multi-storey car parks and Shore Terrace surface car park will be free to use from tomorrow.
“The four multi-storey car parks are Greenmarket, Olympia, Bell Street and Gellatly Street. Please park responsibly, avoid parking dangerously and in disabled bays unless you are a blue badge holder.
“Our recycling centres at Baldovie and Riverside will also close today until further notice.
“These measures will help to ensure that we all follow stay at home guidance and reduce social contact to limit the spread of coronavirus.
“We would ask residents to please hang on to any bulky waste until the sites reopen and not be tempted to fly tip.
“Our play areas and communal equipment have closed. Parks themselves and green spaces will be open for exercise and should be used in line with Government guidance to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.”
Grant support is also now available to help businesses deal with the impact of Covid-19. This is being administered by local authorities on behalf of the Scottish Government. Eligible ratepayers should apply here, alternatively call 01382 431203.
Dundee City Council leader, Councillor John Alexander, said: “This is a very fast-moving situation, the likes of which we have never seen in our lifetimes.
“But we must follow the latest Government advice to slow the spread of Coronavirus and reduce the number of people who get sick or die as a result.
“We have robust contingency plans in place, and these are evolving to reflect the changing circumstances. I’m heartened – but not at all surprised – by how quickly the city as a whole has mobilised to support those most in need.
“I would urge everyone to follow the stringent advice set out by both the UK and Scottish Government. These restrictions are in place for our safety and to let the essential services continue to work as effectively as is possible.
“It’s important to recognise the continued commitment shown by all those working day-to-day across a range of services – the NHS and public sector, volunteers, essential retail and supply chain, to name but a few – to mitigate the impact of this outbreak.
“Our city, our country, is very different right now. In the last 24 hours we have gone into what is effectively being called lockdown.
“I know this decision has not been done lightly, so again, please follow the latest government advice and play your part, so we can do ours.
“It’s a time of great anxiety for us all. Be kind and look out for our loved ones, and in time we will get through this.”