Councils announce Christmas closures

By Connor Steel

GOSPORT AND Fareham Borough Councils have announced their plans for the upcoming Christmas period with opening times confirmed alongside support available for those who need emergency help over the 10-day period including New Year as staff enjoy a well-deserved holiday.

Gosport council will shut its Town Hall office building from 2pm on Christmas Eve (December 24). It will remain closed over the New Year holiday, reopening to the public at 9am on January 4, 2022, as has been the case in most years during the festive period.

An emergency out-of-hours line can be called on 0800 028 0835 for Gosport residents and anybody who needs support during the closure. It will be manned by limited staff with the ability to provide emergency help if needed. That could include problems such as domestic emergencies or safety measures.

In contrast, Fareham council will be closing its Civic Offices at 4pm on Christmas Eve, with the cash office shutting at 12pm this Friday. All services will reopen and return to normal hours at 8.45am on January 4, 2022 (Tuesday), including face-to-face meetings depending on Covid-19 guidelines.

Similarly an out-of-hours telephone message will be available for emergencies and to advise callers of the closure. If Fareham residents have any problems or queries as a matter of urgency, they are advised to call 0132 923 6100 to talk to a member of staff.

Both councils have confirmed that refuse and recycling services will remain unchanged despite three bank holidays over the 10-day closure. Bin collections will be carried out on their normal days to reduce disruption and avoid any confusion, with extra refuse likely.

Christmas tree collections will also be undertaken throughout January with Fareham residents asked to leave one tree per property by their recycling bin between the 10th and 21st. People in Gosport are requested to book their tree collection online or by phoning Streetscene.

If further advice or support – including general enquires – is needed please either phone the numbers on the websites or visit the offices in person. Both councils have wished all their residents a happy Christmas period.

PICTURED: Closed for Christmas Stock Image (Alarmy)