Ockbrook & Borrowash Parish Council

Serving the people of Ockbrook & Borrowash

Clerk RFO: Sarah Kitchener
The Parish Hall, Church
Street, Ockbrook, Derbyshire
DE72 3SL

Tel: 01332 664100

  • Bare Lane Gym Equipment

    Bare Lane Gym Equipment

    Photograph showing the new gym equipment on Bare Lane

  • Spring flowers in Ockbrook

    Spring flowers in Ockbrook

    Spring flowers in Ockbrook taken March 2021

  • Flower display in Borrowash 2021

    Flower display in Borrowash 2021

    Flower display in Borrowash 2021

  • Flower planters in Borrowash

    Flower planters in Borrowash

    Flower planters in Borrowash

Ockbrook & Borrowash Parish Council provides your local services. We strive to make Ockbrook & Borrowash a better place to live, work and visit. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Parish Council meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month. There are no meetings in August or January.

The Parish office is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am - 12:00pm.

Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees £16.00

Tree + installation £24.00**

All Christmas trees must be pre-ordered and paid for before being picked up from the Parish hall or installed.

Please place orders by:

15th November to be available w/c 22nd November

22nd November to be available w/c 29th November

29th November to be available w/c 6th December

**installation includes removal w/c 10th January

The Ashbrook Centre, Borrowash will be open w/c 10th January for your old Christmas trees.

Please contact the Clerk on:

01332 664100/ 07860 702904


Proposed Feeder Bus Service – Information Update.

The Ockbrook and Borrowash Parish Council are in the final stages of putting together their business plan for the above project. Financial costings are in the final stages of completion. Once all public responses have been received, they will be submitted as part of our business plan to DCC, in order for them to apply to the Government for part of the £3.1 billion that is being made available to improve public transport services nationwide.

Details have already been made available of the route and schedule for the feeder service, but we would very much like to hear from volunteers to enable the Parish Council to operate a night service. Please contact the Parish Office for further details.

The Parish Council values public support in order to strengthen their case to obtain funding. Please do not hesitate to contact the Parish office for further information.

Sarah Kitchener

Clerk and RFO

Ockbrook and Borrowash Parish Council

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022




* THE PARISH CLERK ON 07860 702904 clerk@ockbrookandborrowashparishcouncil.gov.uk

* CLLR JANE WHITE ON 07393 291704 janecwhite@btinternet.com

* CLLR ANA-MARIA STEVENSON ON 07949 352388 anamaria.stevenson1@virginmedia.com

Our allotments are now full, if you would like to be added to the waiting list please contact the Clerk.

Ockbrook and Borrowash Parish Council Allotment Enquiry

Latest News

Community News 2021 12

Posted: Mon, 06 Dec 2021 10:30 by Sarah Kitchener

View live traffic cameras on our website

If you do need to travel and the weather looks bad, did you know that you can view live pictures from traffic cameras that we have across the county?

We have cameras at eight places in Derbyshire, or just outside, and the pictures on our website show the condition of each road. Each picture is updated at least every 20 minutes, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. More »

You might find them useful when bad weather hits and you're making decisions about whether to set out on a journey or not. Click here to find out more

Link road set to open by Christmas
Work needed to complete the construction of a new road linking Woodville and Swadlincote has resumed in a push to get the route open before Christmas.

We stepped in as principal contractor to co-ordinate the works after the previous contractor, North Midland Construction, went into administration bringing the project to a halt in early October.

We've reappointed firms that worked on the project previously under sub-contract to North Midland Construction. Pavement surfacing and work to prepare the road ready for surfacing has started, with work to lay the road surface starting this week.

Once the new surface is in place, road markings can be added and fencing installed along the new road. Landscaping will take place after Christmas once the road's open. Click here to find out more

New care home is taking shape
The foundation stone has been laid at a new, state-of-the-art care home we're building in Cotmanhay near Ilkeston.

Created on the site of the former Bennerley School, Bennerley Fields residential care home will have 40 bedrooms all with en-suite facilities.

To mark progress on the build, Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart laid a foundation stone on site.

The new development – which will cost in the region of £13million – will replace the ageing Hazelwood home on Skeavington's Lane which is no longer fit for purpose. Current Hazelwood residents will be given the option to move to the new development when it is completed.

The building work is being carried out by Wates Construction and the project is on target for completion next summer.

Letitia said that she and her team are excited about moving into Bennerley Fields and are embracing the changes ahead with positivity. Click here to find out more

Bird keepers told to house their birds
A number of cases of avian flu have now been confirmed across Britain, including one in Derbyshire.

If you keep birds you'll need to keep them housed from Monday 29 November as a legal requirement and follow strict biosecurity measures to limit the spread of bird flu, Defra has said.

Wild birds migrating to the UK from mainland Europe during the winter months can carry the disease and this can lead to cases in poultry and other captive birds.

We can all still consume properly cooked poultry products including eggs. Public health advice remains that the risk to human health from the virus is very low and food standards bodies advise that bird flu poses a very low food safety risk.

If you find a dead or sick bird, don't touch or pick them up. Instead report them to the relevant helpline on this link.

Praise for our leaving care service
Government inspectors have praised our 'passionate and skilled' workforce for showing 'ambition and determination to secure the best outcomes' for young people leaving our care.

Inspectors from Ofsted spent two days in October visiting us to review the quality and performance of our Leaving Care service. They also spoke to staff, partnership agencies and care leavers themselves.

The inspection focused on the service since the we brought it back in-house in 2019 – a move made with a 'determined focus by senior managers and elected members' which inspectors said had resulted in 'significant improvements' which are 'visible, tangible and sustained'.

They also said they were 'humbled by the amazing strength' of our care leavers.

The service currently supports 750 young people aged 16 to 25 – of which around 310 are aged 18 to 21 – who are preparing to leave foster care, children's homes, semi-independent accommodation or supported lodgings. Click here to find out more.

Stay well in Winter
Most of us will have already seen some snow and ice, so it's safe to say that winter is truly here. But while the snowy scenes look pretty, cold weather can cause serious issues for older and more vulnerable people.

Cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition.

That's why we've put together lots of advice and support around how to help you, and your family, stay well in winter.

Here's a few top tips:

*Check regularly on older neighbours and relatives
*If you're not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18C
*If you're eligible then get your free flu jab and Covid-19 booster
*draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts to keep your home warmer
*Have hot drinks regularly and try to have at least one hot meal a day
If you think you will struggle with heating costs this winter, then help may be available. Find out more about help with heating your home here » Less

Community News 2021 11

Posted: Thu, 18 Nov 2021 11:18 by Sarah Kitchener

Derbyshire County Council remembers
We marked Remembrance Day at County Hall with a service in remembrance of those who lost their lives while fighting for their country, including all fallen Derbyshire County Council officers. More »

A two-minute silence was observed and wreaths were laid at the memorial inside County Hall by council Civic Chairman Councillor Jean Wharmby, leading councillors and staff, union representatives and guests, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant Colonel John S Wilson OBE, The High Sheriff of Derbyshire Louise Potter, and consort to the Civic Chairman and Royal British Legion representative George Wharmby.

The silence began after the playing of the Last Post and finished with Reveille, followed by the names of all fallen council officers being read out by Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis.

Still time to have your say in our survey
If you haven't yet had your say in our annual survey we're asking you to do it now as the deadline approaches.

There's still time to take the wide-ranging survey which asks for your views on our services and on how our budget should be prioritised for the year ahead.

The Your Council Your Voice survey is an opportunity for you to tell us what you think about the services you use, how satisfied you are with them and which ones you think are the most important and why.

The survey, which closes on Sunday 28 November, also asks whether the Covid-19 pandemic has changed your opinion of the council and the services we provide, and if it has had an impact on your satisfaction with the way we run things.

If you take part you'll get the opportunity to enter a prize draw with one person winning £100 of shopping vouchers. Click here to find out more

Find out all about gritting on our roads
Every year our gritting teams gear up to help keep us all safe on the roads. Our aim is to make the roads in Derbyshire as safe as possible and to minimise any delays caused by bad weather.

Do you know which roads we grit? There's lots of info on our website, and a map which tells you when a road was last gritted.

We treat around half of the roads in the county, with our gritting routes split into primary, secondary and tertiary routes.

Primary routes, around 1,000 miles of road, are treated during the day and night and will be pre-treated before bad weather hits. Gritting continues 24 hours a day if necessary.

Secondary routes cover around 550 miles of road and are generally only treated in the day with the first run being completed by mid-morning. This helps overcome problems of parked cars getting in the way of gritter vehicles doing their job on residential roads at night.

When bad weather hits keep your eye on our social media channels, Facebook and Twitter and if main roads are closed you'll find out here.

Primary school applications open
Do you have a child who's due to start primary school in September next year? Parents can now apply for their child's infant, junior or primary school place.

Applications for children who were born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 will close at midnight on Saturday 15 January 2022.

Parents can also apply during the same period for junior school places for children born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 who are currently in Year 2 at an infant school and will transfer on to other schools in September 2022.

Applying online is quick and easy and allows parents to make changes to their application at any point up to the closing date. Anyone who applies online will receive an email to confirm their application has been received.

When completing the application form parents will be asked to list, in order of preference, the three schools they would most like their child to go to.

Parents who do not have access to the internet can Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190 to apply between 8am and 6pm on weekdays and 9.30am and 4pm on Saturdays. To find out more click here.

Planning for the future of Elvaston
A planning application for Elvaston Castle Country Park is to be submitted.

Detailed proposals to regenerate Elvaston Castle's historic grounds have been made available to view ahead of planning applications being submitted for the first phase of a £35m regeneration programme.

Final touches have been added to proposals to reverse decades of underinvestment and secure the future of the 321-acre Derbyshire estate, which includes the much-loved historic Grade II* Listed gardens which are the finest example of renowned 19th century gardener William Barron's work.

It follows a comprehensive public consultation exercise and many months of work with Elvaston Castle and Garden Trust, working with the National Trust. To find out more click here.

Safeguarding Adults Week 2021
It is National Safeguarding Adults Week this week.

During the week Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Board – which works to protect adults with care and support needs from abuse or neglect – will be running a social media campaign to make people aware of potential harms and where to go for help.

The posts will highlight things like scams, reaching out to lonely or isolated people, how to understand when friendships can be harmful, what to do if someone's mental health is suffering, and how to raise concerns about a person in a position of trust.

The week aims to make everyone aware of the role they play in safeguarding adults in Derbyshire, how to spot the possible signs of abuse, and the actions you can take if you spot any.

Watch a short film designed to help identify abuse or neglect.

DSAB has also produced a three-minute animation to help people to understand what good friendships are and when they might be harmful.

If you work with vulnerable adults in Derbyshire Click here to find out more

Awards to celebrate local businesses
Local businesses nominated for a Derbyshire Business and Enterprise Award were invited to a gala dinner and award ceremony which took place on Friday (12 November).

It's been a tough year for our business community and the awards, which took place at Derbyshire County Cricket Club were a celebration of local firms and the resilience they have shown in the last 18 months.

You can find out who was nominated on the East Midlands Chamber website.

The awards were held as part of the Derbyshire Festival of Business which aims to connect and support local organisations, while showcasing Derbyshire's extensive business capability to future clients, customers, and investors.

If you run a business in Derbyshire you may be interested in some of the FREE workshops and other events being held between now and March 2022. Click here to fid out more

Lowering the cost of Christmas

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Posted: Fri, 05 Nov 2021 12:38 by Sarah Kitchener

Bid success for green entrepreneurs
Two new carbon-cutting projects have become the first to get funding from our Green Entrepreneurs Fund as part of a countywide drive to help tackle climate change.

We launched the £2 million fund in partnership with the University of Derby in March to support green economic recovery across Derbyshire by offering financial assistance to businesses and organisations interested in developing and investing in green energy and carbon reduction schemes. More »

Now grants of £20,000 have been awarded to the following initiatives to help get them off the ground:

* Longcliffe Quarries – to install new inverter equipment at their Brassington site which will significantly reduce their energy consumption and is expected to cut their carbon emissions – by 40,000kg of carbon dioxide emissions and equivalent gases each year

* Hayfield Sustainable Transport – to develop software to help businesses in the area organise themselves into transport groups and operate Micro Car Clubs, on-demand shuttles, and shared e-cargo bikes.
In addition to grants for alternative energy, clean fuel, low carbon or carbon reduction schemes, we have also set aside a £100,000 training fund to support individuals to retrain with skills to enable them to enter the field of alternative energy. To find out more click here

It's firework season again
Nights are drawing in, Guy Fawkes' Night will soon be here, then Diwali and New Year's Eve. So here are some reminders about using fireworks properly and being considerate to other people in your area

* Buy fireworks from reputable retailers
* Read all the instructions before you light them
* Store fireworks properly, following all the safety instructions
* You're only allowed to use category F1, F2 or F3 fireworks at home, check before you buy
* Let your neighbours know in advance
* You must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except for:
1) Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight
2) New Year's Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am.
* Keep pets indoors away from noise
* Give outdoor pets extra bedding to burrow in
* Let near by farms and stables know
* Buy silent or low-noise fireworks if possible.
If you're planning to use fireworks this year stay safe and be considerate to neighbours and animals. Click here to find out more

Improving partnership working to reduce the number of children who come into care

We're working closely with a number of partners to look at ways to better support children and their families to reduce the number who need to come into care.

Initial feedback from partner agencies and our own social workers has shown that improvements to referrals, communication frequency and impact tracking could deliver significant benefits.

A pilot project is already underway in one locality area, working with one of our domestic abuse partners, to assess the potential benefits. Feedback and learning from the pilot will be used to shape further opportunities to work with other partners to improve inter-agency processes.

The pilot project is part of our Achieving Great Futures programme which is transforming our approach to working with children, their families and our partners to improve outcomes and the way we work.

We look forward to sharing feedback about the outcome of the pilot soon.

Organisations who would like to know more about the programme are welcome to get in touch – please email achieving.greatfutures@derbyshire.gov.uk

Thank you to everyone who has supported the work to date to help us reduce the number of children who come into care.

Vaccine booking system now open for 12 to 15-year-olds
If your child is aged 12-15 you can now use the national booking site to book their Covid-19 vaccination.

Covid-19 is usually mild in most children, but it can make some children unwell. One dose of a Covid-19 vaccine gives good protection against your child getting seriously ill.

Vaccinating children can also help stop the spread of Covid-19 to other people, including within schools.

Some children are being offered two doses if either:

* they live with someone who is more likely to get infections
* they have a condition that means they're at high risk from Covid-19.
Find out more, and book here

Click here for more NHS COVID information.

Could you foster Derbyshire children?

Why not join in our informal and relaxed online Talk Fostering event this month and find out more about it?

We need Derbyshire homes for Derbyshire children and are looking for people from all walks of life to become foster carers.

You can be single or in a relationship, married or in a civil partnership, LGBT+, any ethnicity, race, culture or religion, working or not, and either rent or own your home. All you need is a spare room and to be aged 21 or over.

You don't need any special qualifications, but all our foster carers are special people who care about and like children.

Potential foster carers can see the event on Tuesday 9 November from 6pm-7pm in Facebook and then join through Microsoft Teams.

Vaccine pop-up clinics
If you work with people in the Shirebrook area, please let them know about an up and coming Covid-19 vaccine walk-in clinic at Shirebrook Health Centre on Saturday 13 November from 9.30am-4.30pm.

1st, 2nd and booster dozes of Pfizer plus 2nd doses of AstraZeneca are available at the Patchwork Row health centre, no booking required.

Further pop-up Covid-19 vaccine clinics will take place at the health centre on December 11 and January 8. Click here to find out more

Sign up to receive info on main roads closed because of snow

Winter is on its way, did you know that you can sign up to receive emails from the council whenever snow or ice blocks main roads?

You'll get emails when we have to close roads, and then again as they are re-opened. Just visit our website and enter your email address.

Find out more information about Derbyshire by visiting www.derbyshire.gov.uk,

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