Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from Kingston Council

An update on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation from Kingston Council.

With new guidance from the Government now impacting all of us in our everyday lives, Kingston Council is putting measures in place to make sure we’re supporting residents and keeping critical services running.

Parking for key workers

The Government has announced that it will cover the costs of providing free car parking to NHS staff working in hospitals during this unprecedented time. It comes as the Local Government Secretary has agreed local councils will also offer free car parking to all NHS workers and social care staff during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Kingston Council has created a new temporary parking permit, which can be used by staff of key organisations such as the emergency services and healthcare providers for their commute or any travel for work. This will provide essential parking across the borough and its car parks.

For more information on parking visit our website. 

Waste and recycling 

In addition, we have introduced changes to our waste and recycling services to ensure the essential service continues while we keep our staff safe. 

The following measures have been put in place to help our essential waste and recycling services to operate as smoothly as possible: 

  • The Household Reuse and Recycling Centre at Villiers Road is closed until further notice
  • No bulky waste collection requests are being taken
  • No requests for rubbish and recycling containers are being taken, except in exceptional circumstances
  • No new customers can sign up for the garden waste collection service
  • Existing customers of the garden waste service can re-subscribe, but only online

For more information on waste and recycling visit our website. 

Mayor engagements

Regrettably, due to the government's advice on limiting the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) the Mayor and/or Deputy Mayor will not be available to book for events for the foreseeable future. This page will be updated as soon as new engagements are able to be accepted again.

Register office

The Register Office is currently only open for death registrations. Birth registration appointments and Notice of Marriage appointments have been cancelled.

If the birth has not been registered within the required 42 days, please be assured that parents will not be penalised in these exceptional times. You may now apply for child or other benefits without the birth certificate. If you have a marriage or civil partnership ceremony booked, we will contact you to re-arrange.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] or 020 8547 4600.