UPDATE: 10 April 2020
We’d like to reassure our clients that we continue to operate during the current pandemic.
Our current approach to work is as follows, and we continue to keep this under review to ensure we adhere to government requirements and advice from our professional institute (CIEEM):
- Office based work tasks will be carried out at home. All our team have the equipment and resources they need to work remotely from home, and we have long held a flexible approach to working hours and locations; disruption should be minimal.
- Site based field work is an essential part of our business activity and cannot be done at home. It will therefore continue to take place (with relevant precautions e.g. travelling alone and maintaining 2m distance from co-workers / client representatives) unless/until the advice changes again.
We implemented this approach on 23 March, at the start of the ‘lockdown’, and it has recently (9 April) been endorsed in a letter from Defra to CIEEM. In summary the letter states:
“During this time of unprecedented disruption, the UK Government is not asking all businesses to shut, indeed it is important for business to carry on…
“Ecologists and environmental professionals should therefore be able to continue with outdoor work, including ecological surveying and supervision, where they can continue to follow Public Health England guidelines… Work that does not require travel, such as desk-based surveys and report writing, should be completed from home where possible.
“We recognise that the cessation of environmental survey works would risk causing later delays in the development sector. We would like to thank CIEEM and other environmental professional associations for offering advice to help their members adhere to Government guidelines whilst going about their important work.”
We therefore intend to continue fulfilling our survey schedule to the best of our abilities, and will aim to limit any impact on producing timely report outputs.
If you have any questions regarding our approach to the issue please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Urban Edge Environmental Consulting Ltd
Unit 5 | Westergate Business Centre
Westergate Road | Brighton | BN2 4QN
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