Community News 2022 12

Community News 2022 12

Winter roads info
When the wintry weather arrives, do you know how to find out 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 are treated during the day and night and we will 'pre-treat' before bad weather hits. Gritting continues 24 hours a day if necessary. They cover around 1,000 miles of road.

Secondary routes cover around 550 miles of road and are generally only treated in the daytime, 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.

To find out more please visit the Derbyshire County Council website.

See the bee
A thought-provoking anti-violence bee monument is now on a county-wide tour.

Originally made for Manchester, the 11ft tall monument was created using various weapons, including knives and firearms, seized from the city's streets.

While it's in Derbyshire, police officers will be on hand to give advice and answer any questions. The aim is to spread the anti-violence message across the county.

The visit follows the success of the knife angel's visit to Derbyshire, which is made by the same company and started some really key conversations in communities.

The bee will also be spreading its wings and its messaging to youngsters in a number of schools and colleges during its month-long trek across the county.

To find out more please visit the Derbyshire County Council website.

Apply now to our warm spaces fund
Are you part of a charity, voluntary organisation, or community group? Could you offer a warm space to people who need it with some help from us? You're invited to apply to our Warm Spaces Fund to help you get set up.

We've already had 63 applications totalling just over £51,000 and have now increased the fund by an extra £100,000 to provide even more support to people this winter.

Organisations can apply for up to £1,000 to open up warm places to create a safe, warm refuge for residents who are struggling to heat their homes during the colder months.

To find out more please visit the Derbyshire County Council website.

Safety alert on baby self-feeding pillows

An urgent warning about using or selling baby self-feeding pillows/prop feeders is being shared by our trading standards and public health teams.

Stop using or selling them immediately is the message, as they can seriously harm or even kill babies due to choking or aspiration pneumonia.

To find out more please visit the Government website.

Action on domestic abuse
If you are experiencing domestic abuse, help is available.

domestic abuse
Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline advisors can chat to you discreetly and provide you with emotional and practical support.

The helpline is open from 8am-10pm Monday to Friday. Call 08000 198 668 or text 07534 617 252.

The freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline is open 365 days a year – call 0808 2000 247.

For those who are in immediate danger, please do not hesitate to call 999.

To find out more please visit the Elm Foundation website.

A5004 'Long Hill' consultation
If you live near the A5004 'Long Hill' between Buxton and Whaley Bridge, we want to know what you think about proposals to improve safety along the 7½ mile stretch of road.

Funding for the proposals, worth around £2.5 million, has come from the Department for Transport's Safer Roads Fund to improve safety along the 50 most dangerous roads in the country.

You're also invited to attend a drop-in session at venues in Buxton and Whaley Bridge, with highways and road safety staff available to answer questions. There are two sessions to choose from:

Tuesday 6 December 2022 from 2:30pm to 8:30pm at the Pump Room, The Crescent, Buxton, SK17 6BH
Thursday 15 December 2022 from 2:30pm to 8:30pm at the Mechanics Institute, 27 Market Street, Whaley Bridge, SK23 7AA.
You can share your feedback and comments by completing the online questionnaire.

To find out more please visit the Derbyshire County Council website.

Lea Road reopens
If you live close to Lea Road, near Cromford – closed since January 2020 following a landslip – you'll be pleased to hear that it reopened last week.

Work to fix the road started in 2021 but had to stop in May 2021 as engineers found the landslip was still moving and had cracked a sewer pipe running underneath.

The pipe was mended and work was due to begin again in November 2021 when the road suffered a further collapse.

Engineers then found a new solution but needed formal permission from the Environment Agency, as it included building into the river bed.

A new stone wall has been built along the edge of the road using local materials. Overhanging vegetation has been removed and additional surface water drainage has been included to reduce flooding.

To find out more please visit the Derbyshire County Council website.

Shine A Light goes loco
Are you a railway enthusiast or history fan? Do you know someone who is?

Barrow Hill Shine A Light
Shine A Light – the spectacular large scale show lighting up Derbyshire's landmarks – will be at Barrow Hill Roundhouse on 8 and 9 December.

Barrow Hill Roundhouse has the last remaining working railway turntable in Europe and this is the first time that a projection like this has been done on a moving turntable and onto locomotives.

Tickets are £9, under 16s and concessions pay £6 and under 4s go free.

To find out more please visit the Live Tickets website.

Derbyshire health trust seeks governors
Do you know anybody who is motivated, enthusiastic and willing to engage with their local community?

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is looking for members of the public to stand in its governor elections.


represent the interests and views of local community members
hold non-executive directors to account for the trust's performance
act as an ambassador for the trust
attend meetings.
Governors are sought in Amber Valley, Derby, Erewash, High Peak and Derbyshire Dales.

The trust is keen for nominations to represent the diversity of its communities. Nominations close on 12 December.

Read more

Contact for members: email

Join us to find out more about East Midlands Devolution
A public consultation about Devolution for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Derby, and Nottingham is now live and runs until Monday 9 January 2023.

The deal, which offers the region a package of new powers and funding worth £1.14 billion, or £38 million a year over the next 30 years, has the potential to make a real difference to people's lives. Benefits include more and better jobs, better transport and skills training, more housing, and an enhanced greener environment.

This is the opportunity for everyone to have their say. You can also find out more about the new Devolution proposals at our Teams Live online public engagement meeting on Wednesday 7 December, 6pm - 7.30pm

These events are open to everyone across the area and it's your chance to hear about the proposals from local Council Leaders and Chief Executives and put your Devolution questions to the panel.

To join a meeting simply go to Have Your Say – East Midlands Devolution and click on the Teams Live meeting link before the start of each meeting.

You can also fill in the survey on this website and find out more information on the proposals, including FAQs.

To download free Microsoft Teams for your device go to Download Microsoft Teams Desktop and Mobile Apps | Microsoft Teams

Posted: Wed, 07 Dec 2022 11:05 by Sarah Kitchener

Tags: Community, Derbyshire County Council