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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice.

Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.

Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our Coronavirus information page

We ask that all residents #StayHomeSaveLives – see a Message from the Leader of the Council


Message from Mayor of Castle Point Councillor Colin Riley

From July 4th new changes on lockdown come into place. Pubs, bars and restaurants are able to open subject to government guidelines.

We want our residents to enjoy themselves but it is important we all act responsibly.  

  • Stay alert and stay safe to help prevent spreading the virus.
  • Keep a safe distance from others  and continue to wash your hands regularly.

If you do go to the  pub, have fun but be sensible;show respect for others and do not do anything that puts you or other people at risk.

Do It Yourself Building Works


Consideration -

  • Most people have jobs which need doing around the home, especially if they have just moved in, or are redecorating.
  • We have to accept that many people have jobs during the day and need to do this DIY in the evenings and at weekends.

Neighbours -

  • Noise from neighbours can annoy, cause stress and generally affect the quality of life in a residential area. The best way forward is to avoid causing a problem in the first place.
  • However, this does not give them permission to annoy neighbours at all hours of the day and night. We all have to be reasonable to live together.
  • It is especially important if young children are involved; we seek to provide peace and quiet in the evenings.

Recommended restriction times:

Disturbances from DIY building and decorating can be minimised by keeping noisy activities to reasonable hours and by thinking about what type of activity you are doing.


Restricted Noisier Activity Times

Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 2pm
Weekdays 9am to 7pm

Noisy activities:

Hand Tools
Use of hammers and saws.

Power Tools
Normal hand-held power tools (drills, sanders etc)

Hires 'professional' equipment such as pneumatic hammers, cement mixers, large power saws and planers, compressors, generators etc. Use of this powerful type of equipment needs greater consideration, as it is identical to that used by professional builders and can be very noisy.

Party Wall and Floors
- Work on the party wall or floor between properties
- Wallpaper stripping or wall preparation
- Work on the floor, such as plumbing, rewiring and (especially) sanding

Working Practices

Have you got the right equipment?
Sometimes the more powerful equipment will actually help solve the noise problem.

Maintenance of Equipment
There is nothing worse than someone using an old piece of machinery that cannot cope with the job. It makes far more noise, and the job will often take much longer, than if you had the correctly maintained equipment.

The Radio
It seems most people want the radio on when they are doing DIY- it eases the burden!. Please keep the volume down, especially in the evenings.





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