- Community Response Unit launched to help those in need
Derby County Council Community Response Unit is now ready to take requests for assistance from members of the community who don’t have friends or family able to help them. Help is available for people across the county if they are:
- Self-isolating because either themselves or a member of the household is at risk
- Struggling to meet basic needs because of financial, social or health restrictions
- Have underlying health conditions
- Aged 70 or over.
Volunteers from over 200 different organisations will be able to help with shopping, fetching prescriptions or offering a befriending service. Volunteers could be asked to help with food shopping and delivery, checking up on people who are isolated with a phone call or online help to prevent loneliness and check whether there is anything they need, or collecting and delivering prescriptions.
How to get help
Residents needing help should visit the Community Response Unit information on their website or phone 01629 535091. At this stage the phone line will only be available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturdays 9am to 1pm.
- Staying safe from scammers during the coronavirus outbreak
Derbyshire County Council trading standards team is urging residents to be extra vigilant and keep themselves safe from scammers during the coronavirus outbreak.
The advice can be found on their website at https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/news-events/news-updates/news/staying-safe-from-scammers-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.aspx
- World War I Commemorations
The Parish Council invites you to provide ideas and suggestions as to how the end of the First World War might be marked. See details.
- New Charges at Household Waste Recycling Centres
Charges for people taking building and demolition waste to Derbyshire County Council’s household waste recycling centres will start on Monday 3 April 2017.
Government cuts mean their budget will be a third lower in 2018 than in 2010 and they need to find new ways of helping to pay Derbyshire’s £37.2m waste bill each year.
The types of waste that will incur the new charges are concrete, mortar, rubble, hardcore and ceramics. The charge will be £3 per standard rubble sack and payment will be by card machine only to reduce security risks. Full details of what items will be chargeable can be found on the attached leaflet or at http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/wastecharges
- Geary Lane Temporary Closure
Part of Geary Lane in Bretby will be closed on 10th April 2017 to allow BT Openreach works. Details of the alternative route and how to get further information can be found HERE.
- Help Recycling Efforts and You Could Win £££s
Have you got any broken or unwanted electricals? Dig them out and take them to your local household waste recycling centre in the New Year for your chance to win one of fifteen £100 cash prizes. From hair-dryers to hedge-trimmers, fairy lights to fridges and toasters to TVs, there’s a wide range of household appliances you can take to one of Derbyshire County Council’s recycling centres. And from 2 January until 19 February, you can exchange them for a golden ticket which could win you a cash prize of £100. The competition and campaign is being funded by Advantage Waste Brokers – the contractor which works on the council’s behalf to collect and recycle electrical items taken to recycling centres.
Find out more: www.derbyshire.gov.uk/electric
- Key Activities / Events
Please find below a list of some key activities/events taking place in South Derbyshire over the next few weeks:
24th November – Farmers Market – The Delph, Market Square, Swadlincote, 9am – 2pm
25th November – Christmas Lights Switch On – The Delph, Market Square, Swadlincote, 5pm onwards
25th November – Sharpes Christmas Craft Fair – Sharpes Pottery, West Street, Swadlincote, 10am – 8pm
26th and 27th November – Festive Fair – Swadlincote Ski Centre, Sat = 11am – 7pm, Sun = 12 – 6pm
27th November – Christmas Market – Mercia Marina, Findern Lane, Willington, 10am – 4pm
2nd December – Melbourne Christmas Lights Switch On, 5pm onwards
7th December – Bamfords Valuation Day, Sharpes Pottery, Swadlincote, 2.30pm – 4pm
10th December – 2 Walks from Rosliston Forestry Centre, Footloose Walk = 5 Miles 10am and Mince Pie and Mulled Wine Walk = 1.45pm.
- Trusted Traders
Derbyshire County Council have issued an update on their Trusted Trader scheme (pdf).
- Home Security
Derbyshire Police have issued some crime prevention advice (jpg):
- Recycling, Compost and Refust Services
South Derbyshire District Council has issued an update on these services (pdf):
- Not sure? Don’t open the door
Derbyshire Police have created a document to help prevent doorstep crime. It contains tips on what to look out for, and how to keep safe. Click here to open it (pdf):
- Parish Council Vacancies
There are vacancies for FOUR Parish Councillors.
Anyone who wishes to apply for one of the positions, or who would like further information, please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council.
Incidents of fly-tipping increased across the UK by 20% last year, but South Derbyshire has bucked this trend and incidents decreased by 3% in 2013/14. This is the seventh consecutive year that incidents have reduced in the District.
However, even one incident is one too many. The Councils Clean Team try to ensure the swift removal of fly-tipped waste to prevent it being added to. Our Safer Neighbourhood Wardens investigate incidents to track down those responsible as well as using surveillance cameras and warning signs at fly-tipping hot-spots to tackle the problem.
But the problem will continue if residents and businesses are not alert to the risks of illegal waste operators. Council officers have come across a number of recent incidents where residents have been approached by people claiming to be legitimate waste carriers with an offer to remove waste on the cheap. After the money has been paid and the waste taken away it has then been fly-tipped and when the incidents have then been investigated, officers have traced the waste back to the householder who have not got a record of who took their waste. In these cases the householders have broken the law by not making sure that their waste has been taken by a legitimate operator.
To stop this happening, environmental regulators give the following advice:
- Never accept an offer from someone you don’t know to dispose of waste for payment.
If you are approached then pass details onto the Councils Safer Neighbourhood Wardens (01283 595765) who can investigate if they are a registered waste carrier. To carry out a search they need to know the name of the business or individual who approached you and the registration number of their vehicle.