From Wednesday (17 June) Wiltshire Council’s Registration Service will recommence face to face appointments for the registration of births at its Chippenham, Trowbridge and Salisbury offices.
The council is in the process of contacting all parents whose children were born in Wiltshire but have been unable to register their child due to the lockdown restrictions.
There is an inevitable backlog of Wiltshire births to be registered so the council asks people to bear with them. The council will contact people to make appointments so there is no need for people to call. Appointments cannot currently be made online. In accordance with registration guidance at this time, all babies born outside of Wiltshire will need to register their child in the district where the birth occurred.
From Monday 22 June 2020 the council will be able to arrange notices of marriage or civil partnerships for couples whose appointments were cancelled during lockdown. People should email firstname.lastname@example.org and the council will then contact the person to make an appointment. Appointments cannot currently be made online. New notice of marriage/civil partnership appointments can be made from 1 July 2020.
Please note that no date has been announced by Government as to when any ceremonies can recommence.
In line with General Register Office guidance and to adhere to social distancing rules, the council is having to restrict face-to-face registration appointments to people who are required to be there only. If this is difficult for anyone, they are advised to contact the council in advance to discuss arrangements for their appointment.
Cllr Richard Clewer, Deputy Leader of Wiltshire Council and Cabinet Member for Corporate Services said: “We really appreciate everyone’s patience while completing the arrangements to get our registration service fully back up and running. The safety of those visiting and that of our staff has always been our primary concern and we are now satisfied that everything is now in place.
“ We have a great team and they will be working hard to register the children who have been born during this unprecedented time.”