A number of essential frontline services will continue to be delivered, Birmingham City Council have confirmed, including social workers, care workers and refuse collectors. The council confirmed the move is to “meet the needs of the people of Birmingham”.
Ian Ward, leader of the council, said: “The Queen was very much the ultimate public servant and the sadness felt across the city is a clear indication of this.
“As a sign of respect and in recognition of her unparalleled reign, on the day of her funeral, there are some council-operated venues and settings that will not be open as usual.
“But we want to reassure people that essential services will continue to be provided. One example is our social workers, who will be continuing their work supporting communities, families and individuals as they do throughout the year, day in, day out, as well as care workers in residential homes and domiciliary care.
“We’ll also be continuing to support rough sleepers and the homeless as well as collecting waste and doing things like emergency repairs to highways and housing. The teams delivering all services that continue on Monday are dedicated public servants, committed to supporting the people they serve, for which I and everyone else at the council is very appreciative of.”
Birmingham city council have confirmed refuse collection will continue normal operations. Residents due to have their bins picked up on the day should present them in the standard way.
Guidance on the eventuality of the Queen’s death was first shared with chief executives of councils in March this year by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities.
Government guidance to councils, however, does not specify whether councils should proceed with planned meetings and events.
It follows the same approach set out in the public national mourning guidance, which states: “There is no obligation on organisations to suspend business during the national mourning period.
“Depending on the nature and location of their business and the tone of planned events, some businesses may wish to consider closing or postponing events, especially on the day of the state funeral, however this is at the discretion of individual businesses.”
Below is a list of confirmed closures:
All visitor centres at parks and the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park will be closed, but parks themselves remain open as places of thought and reflection.
Department for Education guidance is that schools should close in order for staff and children to mark the historic occasion.
Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre will be closed as will Sparkhill Pool. Linden Road Swimming Pool and Colmers Artificial Turf Pitch will also be closed.
All golf courses operated by Mytime Active (Boldmere, Cocks Moors Woods, Harborne Church Farm, Hatchford Brook, Lickey Hills and Pype Hayes) will be closed.
Council Wellbeing Centres will be closed in Handsworth, Kingstanding, Nechells, Saltley, Shard End, Small Heath, Stanhope.
Sessions scheduled at the Gymnastics and Martial Arts Centre (GMAC) have been cancelled.
The following will be open from 3pm until their usual closing time: Beeches Pool and Fitness Centre, Billesley Tennis Centre, Cocks Moor Woods Leisure Centre, Erdington Leisure Centre, Fox Hollies Leisure Centre, Stechford Leisure Centre and Wyndley Leisure Centre.
All council community centres will be closed.
The Register Office will open but operate a reduced service. We do not book weddings on Mondays, so none are affected.
Cemeteries and crematoria
Cemeteries and crematoria will open but operate a reduced service. Cemeteries will be open for their usual times of 8.30am to 7pm.
We are honouring bookings already made in cemeteries/crematoria but are giving funeral directors/the bereaved the opportunity to reschedule without charge if they feel it is inappropriate to have their occasions on the day of Her Majesty’s funeral.
All council libraries will be closed.
Public council meetings
All public council meetings are suspended until the period of mourning ends. Services will resume as normal on Tuesday 20 September.
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