Community News 07

Community News 07

Major road resurfacing work continues

Did you know we've improved more than 80 roads across the county since May?

Our contractors are just finishing this surface dressing work which works to extend the life of roads by spreading a layer of bitumen followed by a layer of chippings, with loose chippings swept away later.

Next we're turning our attention to roads in need of more in-depth repairs as we prepare to resurface more than 110 roads this summer.

We've grouped the work together to make it more efficient, so that all the jobs in a particular area are carried out around the same time, starting with six roads in the north-west and north-east of the county.

Thanks for bearing with us while we carry out this important work to keep our roads in good condition. Visit the DCC website for more information.

Talk to Us
July is the Samaritan's annual Talk To Us month, reminding people that they are there to help.

Every July, Samaritans branches across the UK and Ireland hold local events to talk about the services they offer in their communities.

It's also a good chance to encourage everyone to have a conversation about mental health and wellbeing. Whether it is picking up the phone, dropping someone an email or having a chat over a cuppa, every conversation can make a difference.

Whatever you're going through, you can call the Samaritans free any time, from any phone, on 116 123.

Other help and advice is also available online at

NetZero Week

It's #Netzero week from 2 to 8 July. Net Zero is the world's answer to Climate Change and during the week the UK comes together to raise awareness about the issues and the actions we can all take to achieve this goal. We'll be supporting the week and sharing the social media. This page of their website has some useful idea on what we can do as individuals and provides answers to questions like:

Just how much can an A-rated electrical appliance save me in energy costs?
Cavity wall insulation. How much will it reduce my energy consumption?
How does avoiding fast fashion help tackle climate change?
How can a meat and dairy-free day reduce my emissions?
There are webinars aimed at businesses as well on topics such as energy reduction and sustainability. To find out more visit the net zero week website.

Combined Authority survey
Derbyshire County Council is working with three other councils in the East Midlands to bring decision making powers out of Westminster and more investment to the region.

The East Midlands has seen years of under-investment, compared to other areas of the country like Greater Manchester, and the opportunity to 'level up' has come from Government through their new offer of County Deals. Nine areas across the country have been chosen to explore the potential of a new agreement with Government with an announcement expected in the Autumn.

Derbyshire has teamed up with Nottinghamshire County Council, Derby City Council and Nottingham City Council to propose the creation of a Mayoral County Combined Authority for the East Midlands. This combined authority would bring more funding to the area to be spent on local needs like creating more jobs, improving transport and delivering better skills training.

It could see millions of pounds of new investment come to Derbyshire, making a real difference to people's lives.

The new authority, which will be focused on delivering the new powers given to the region by government rather than replacing the existing councils, could be led by an elected mayor.

If the proposals are approved by government the four councils will run a formal public consultation over the winter, but we are interested in your thoughts at this stage. Please complete our survey and visit regularly for further updates.

Protect yourself against scammers
We're urging older and vulnerable residents across Derbyshire to be on their guard against unsolicited phone calls claiming to be from a community alarm company.

Our Trading Standards officers have been made aware of several instances where the caller tries to get a resident to make a payment over the phone, telling them their existing alarm company has gone bust and they've taken over the contract.

Other examples of calls have claimed the resident's community alarm will be disconnected unless they pay up immediately or asking to update card payment details.

If you have any vulnerable or older people in your family or neighbourhood please let them know. You could save them from becoming a victim. Visit the DCC website for more information.

Can you help us trace the relatives of thirteen Markham miners?
Can you help trace the relatives of 13 miners who tragically lost their lives in the 1937, 1938 and 1973 accidents at Markham Colliery?

We would like to get in touch with the relatives of the men who are set to be commemorated with a life-size steel figure as part of the 'Walking Together' mining memorial. To find out more please visit the DCC website

Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay to visit Derbyshire

The Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay is coming to Derbyshire on Monday 11 July and calling at the Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath, the Recreation Ground, Bakewell and the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton.

The Queen's Baton Relay is travelling the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days, before culminating at the Opening Ceremony for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on 28 July 2022.

Posted: Thu, 07 Jul 2022 13:23 by Sarah Kitchener

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