Community News 2020 10

Community News 2020 10

Ready for winter
When it snows, make sure you're in the know.

Sign up for our snow updates to make sure you get the latest information about affected services or road closures when bad weather hits.

Our team of gritters are on standby to help keep Derbyshire's roads clear of ice and snow when needed, with 35 gritting lorries – which can all be fitted with ploughs – now stationed at five highways depots around the county.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for details of when our gritters are due to go out and find out where they have been using our interactive gritting map.

We've stockpiled around 25,000 tonnes of grit for the winter season and parish and town councils have been filling their 1,250 grit bins for local residents to spread salt on pavements in their local communities. We also provide 803 grit bins across the county. Visit the Derbyshire County Council website for more information.

Take our residents' survey
Have your say about the services we provide for you in our Your Council Your Voice survey.

We're encouraging Derbyshire residents to give their views including on how we should spend our budget

We're asking you to list your top and bottom three priorities from a list of council services, with an opportunity to give additional information about why you've ranked services as high or low priority.

We also want your ideas for saving money and raising additional revenue.

The survey runs until Sunday 13 November 2022.

You'll get the opportunity to enter a prize draw with one person winning £100 of shopping vouchers.

Visit the Derbyshire County Council website for more information.

Have your say on the A61
There's still time to give your views on our consultation about the A61.

We want your thoughts on options to help manage traffic growth, emissions and congestion on the A61 Derby Road between Chesterfield and Clay Cross.

If you live near the route or use it for commuting, business, school runs, shopping, and leisure then please fill in our 10-minute online survey.

Do you keep birds?

If you have chickens or any other captive birds you'll want to keep them safe from bird flu.

The risk of migratory wild birds infecting domestic birds with avian flu rises as winter approaches, so you'll want to be extra-vigilant in caring for them by sticking to strict biosecurity standards.

Visit the Derbyshire County Council website for more information.

Queen's Green Canopy
Derbyshire's been gifted with six trees from the Queen's Green Canopy 'Tree of Trees'.

The Queen's Green Canopy, a nationwide tree-planting initiative launched by Her Majesty to mark her Platinum Jubilee, made the announcement at a ceremony held on Monday (3 October) in London.

The six Derbyshire recipients are among more than 300 organisations set to receive, or have dedicated in their name, one of the trees from the 'Tree of Trees', which stood in front of Buckingham Palace at the height of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London in June.

The Derbyshire recipients who will have a tree dedicated to them are:

Alfreton Park School, Alfreton
Buxton Mountain Rescue Team, Buxton
Derbyshire Children's Homes
Derbyshire Federation of Women's Institutes, Derby
Landmarks College, Eckington
The Royal School for the Deaf, Derby.
The hornbeam trees will be planted at an event at Shipley Country Park later this month and will form a coppice, to be called The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Coppice, Derbyshire, in memory of Her Majesty.

The six trees were secured for the county by the Derbyshire Lieutenancy which is also funding a seventh tree, a copper beech, to sit in the centre of the new coppice – so there will be a tree to represent each decade of Her Majesty's historic 70-year reign.

To find out more please visit the Derbyshire County Council website

Win tickets to see Shine a Light
Shine A Light, a spectacular night-time display of light and sound Derbyshire's heritage and history of innovation is back.

And this year it's bigger and better than ever with events at four iconic venues, kicking off at:

Cromford Mills, home of Sir Richard Arkwright's first mill complex, in the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, on 27 & 28 October 2022
our very own Elvaston Castle Country Park on 19 & Sunday 20 November 2022
Barrow Hill Roundhouse, the last surviving railway roundhouse near Chesterfield, on 8 and 9 December 2022
Bess of Hardwick's Elizabethan country house Hardwick Hall, near Chesterfield, on 17 and 18 February 2023
We've got one family ticket (2 adults + 3 children) up for grabs at each venue.

For your chance to win one family ticket please answer this question: How many venues will host Shine A Light?

Fill in the form with your contact details and answer. Closing date Monday 24 October.

Win tickets to see 'Shine A Light'

To find out more please visit the website.

Look out for energy bill scam text messages
Action Fraud, the national fraud and cyber fraud crime reporting centre, has received reports about fake text messages pretending to be from the government.

The texts say that the recipient is "owed" or "eligible" for an energy bill discount as part of the Energy Bill Support Scheme. The links in the emails lead to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal people's personal and financial information.

Please help to spread the word that people do not need to apply for the scheme, it happens automatically, and they will not be asked for their bank details.

Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to 7726. Phone providers can then investigate the origin of the text and arrange to block or ban the sender, if it's found to be malicious.

To find out more please visit the website.

Let's Chat

Following on from Derbyshire County Council's 'Let's Chat' Derbyshire campaign an indoor version of the campaign has now been developed for the winter months.

The Let's Chat campaign aims to encourage people to connect and reduce social isolation by having conversations about how they're feeling. It's also a chance to promote information about mental health and wellbeing including national and local support available.

Derbyshire County Council would like to hear from any organisations and venues who are interested in taking part in the indoor campaign.

If you would like to support us then you can express your interest using the link below.

To express your interest in participating in the indoor campaign please fill out the form here, or contact

Carry on repairing - new repair cafes opening across the county

Since our last update we've had a flurry of information about other repair cafes operating across the county and we've added them to our list

The latest additions are in Derby, Stanley Village near Ilkeston and Woodville. All of the repair cafes help to cut waste, build repair skills and save people money. These are vibrant community events as well with cafes and often book sales, plant swaps and other activities going on at the same time.

Items the repairers tackle can include small electricals such as toasters, hairdryers, lamps, radios and headphones. Clothing, garden tools, bikes, computers, hand tools and small items of furniture can also be considered for repair. Repairs are free of charge but donations are welcome to support the running of the café or other charitable causes.

Goods that are beyond repair can be taken to our household waste recycling centres.

If your group fancies setting up a repair café in your area, or you know of someone who may want to get one off the ground grant money may be available to help get it started through our Derbyshire Grants

To find out more please visit the Derbyshire County Council website

Posted: Mon, 17 Oct 2022 10:01 by Sarah Kitchener

Tags: Community