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Staff message update regarding the fire at County Hall

29 July 2022

Update Monday 1 August:

First of all, thank you to everyone for your fantastic professionalism and efforts since the fire at County Hall last Thursday, it has been very much appreciated.

Currently, we are setting up a system to work through Group Managers / Team Managers to get any outstanding ICT equipment / personal belongings out of the building either Monday afternoon or Tuesday.

Your Group Manager / Team Manager will be in touch with you to make arrangements about how your belongings will be returned to you.

Thank you once again for your patience.


 

Update at 5.45pm (Friday):

Following advice from the police and fire service, this is a message relating to the collection of essential or urgent personal possessions that you may need for the weekend e.g. medication, phone, wallet, house/car keys.

It is not a message about getting access to County Hall to reclaim your IT equipment, we will be advising on this next week.

We are pleased to announce that the Council has safely taken back control of County Hall following advice from the police and fire services and arrangements for people to collect personal belongings are due to take place from Saturday 30 July.

Those colleagues who have personal belongings are asked to come to County Hall lower car park where there will be two mobile vans with CSC staff who will take down your details and the location of your belongings. A nominated person will then go into the building to collect possessions and bring them to you.

Please be aware there are no facilities on site and you may have to wait to be reunited with your belongings. You will be asked to check items once received.

Staff should report to County Hall between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 30 July.


 

Update at 3.05pm

Following advice from the police and fire service, this is a message relating to the collection of essential or urgent personal possessions that you may need for the weekend e.g. medication, phone, wallet, house/car keys.

It is not a message about getting access to County Hall to reclaim your IT equipment, we will be advising on this next week.

We are currently liaising with the Police and Fire Service to gain access to the building, and we are developing safe procedures to enable us to collect essential or urgent items.

We have a further Risk meeting at 4.30pm today (Friday) and we’ll update colleagues again here following the meeting.

Thank you for your patience.


 

Update at 10.30am

This is a message to council staff, especially those who left work laptops behind at County Hall and therefore do not have access to the staff intranet news.

First of all, we hope everyone is okay.

Staff are urged to work from home if possible or an alternative base until further notice. If you would like clarification on this, please speak to your line manager.

Please don’t worry if you do not have equipment to work at the moment.

You can go back to County Hall to collect your car if you have your keys – please do not come if your keys are in the building. You can collect cars from both the upper and lower car parks.

We’re currently working with the police and fire service to make arrangements for people to get urgent/personal items out of the building if they are needed over the weekend.

We will be updating this message over the next couple of hours, please check back here for further information soon.

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