Our customer services team is back in the Gateway centres to help residents face to face with urgent council related enquiries. Safety is our priority and we have worked hard to make sure residents can safely visit Broughton Hub and the Gateway centres in Swinton, Eccles, Pendleton and Walkden.
We will limit the number of customers allowed in at any one time to keep everyone safe and priority will be given to transactions that cannot be carried out online or through the Spirit of Salford Helpline 0800 952 1000.
Sanitisers are available to all customers and employees, who will be wearing face masks, with floor walking staff wearing visors for extra protection. Staff and customers will use separate entrances and people will have to follow a queuing system. A one-way flow system is in place with floor markings reminding visitors to keep a two metre distance reinforced with bright yellow poster reminders! Sneeze screens (plastic dividers) have been put in place at the counters. Fabric furniture has been removed and replaced with plastic chairs and cleaning will be of a very high standard in line with recommendations from Salford Royal.
Gateway opening times are Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm, but we’ll continue to run digital appointments until 8pm so even when the customer service reception is closed, help is still available. This cloud chat service was set up during the pandemic when our staff continued to help customers over the phone and internet. They will work in bubbles so when they’re not working in the Gateways, they’ll continue to work at home, using telephony and online resources to help customers.
Not all services in the building are open and some other services in the buildings will re-open gradually over the coming months. Salford Community Leisure are planning to gradually and partially open a small number of libraries from this week. Four libraries will initially open, part-time - Height, Cadishead, Winton and Little Hulton. We are working with colleagues in Salford Community Leisure to see what can open, in terms of library provision in Gateways.