COVID-19 Changes to services

West Suffolk Council is prioritising essential services:

Bins and waste

Garden Waste Collection Service


  • Suffolk recycling centres are now open. For the time being this is only for essential waste or recycling that cannot be stored safely at home or disposed of through other legitimate routes. You must book a time slot online to deposit waste at your local recycling centre. Please do not go to a recycling centre without a booking.
  • Community recycling points - some textile banks are closed but glass and newspaper bank remain open. See Recycling and recycling centres.

Building control

Car parks

Leisure centres

Following the Government’s announcement (9 July) that leisure centres may reopen from 25 July, West Suffolk leisure centres are adding the final touches to their plans to welcome users back safely. (added 13 July 2020)

More information:


  • Brandon, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Mildenhall and Newmarket markets are all open under coronavirus safety measures including social distancing. Clare market returns on 18 July. Please use the hand sanitisers available and observe the required spacing.
  • Several market traders continue to offer delivery services visit our West Suffolk markets website. (updated 2 July)  

Moyse's Hall Museum and West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village

Moyse’s Hall Museum and West Stow Anglo Saxon Village are now open.

Parks and open spaces

Following Government instructions on delaying the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, the 200 play areas the council maintains across West Suffolk are all open.

  • Parks and open spaces: Abbey Gardens, Nowton Park, Brandon Country Park, West Stow Country Park and East Town Park in Haverhill are open daily for visitors.
  • Please remember:
    • keep two metres apart, but where this isn’t possible keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’, this means keeping to guidelines set out by Government such as wearing a mask
    • two households of any size will be able to meet indoors or outside.
    • people from multiple households can meet outside in groups of up to six - but two households can meet regardless of size.

Building closures

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Last updated:

26 August 2020 9:38 AM