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Letter from Martin Thacker, MBE, Leader of NEDDC

Dear all,

The Council has recently updated the Residents/Communities section of the NEDDC website, with information about the Government's recovery plan and a range of other practical services.

A total of 5,928 people have now contacted us for support. We have made over 4,865 pharmacy deliveries and 85 food deliveries through our Community Support Team. If you know of anyone who still needs help and support they can complete the form on our website ( or call our Community Support Team on 01246 231111. The general trend we are seeing is a continuing fall in demand for support with food and a slight increase for pharmacy deliveries.

Rykneld staff are working hard to provide resources ahead of the Bank Holiday. They are delivering double the number of food boxes for DCC and have emergency supplies ready to deliver over the weekend if needed. Although lockdown is slowly easing there are still a number of very vulnerable residents who still need support. We remain committed to supporting the Parish Food Donation/Collection points for the foreseeable future to help our residents both directly and through our local foodbanks.

Engineers undertaking gas servicing are taking the opportunity to do other essential tasks and this week have connected 3 cookers and 2 washing machines for residents. Donations continue from Parishes and as a result of their efforts RHL have been able to provide a large selection of games, activities and jigsaws to the Lister and Beaufort mental health project. They were very grateful for the delivery.

With health and social care resources being stretched like never before because of the coronavirus crisis, care homes throughout the county have a number of vacancies they are looking to fill. If you know of someone looking for a career in care, there is more information on the attached. There is also information about a number of other vacancies in our District and further afield. If you know of someone currently out of work, or looking for a change of career, please pass on the details.

On the subject of jobs, you may have heard the recent announcement about the new Pick for Britain website, which has been launched by the Government to encourage people to help farmers with the picking of fruit and vegetables. We frequently update our Residents/Communities section with job vacancies published by Jobcentre Plus.

Residents will be pleased that green bin collections are back up and running. Derbyshire County Council is re-opening all nine of its recycling sites. Vehicles will only be allowed in on certain days though depending on their registration plates, so please check the details before you travel.

The Housing Minister has written to social housing residents to update them on the vital steps being taken to support them during the plan to reopen society. We have been asked to share the letter as widely as possible with residents, particularly those most vulnerable and harder to reach. The letter is attached.

After eight weeks of postponing public consultation on planning applications, respecting the fact that our residents have had more worrying things on their minds, we are this week restarting it. Applicants have been very understanding. Although their applications have been held back during lockdown we are now getting them moving again and hope that the public will again engage positively with us on the proposals that affect their neighbourhoods.

We have now introduced a charter , banning the release of sky-lanterns and helium balloons on our land (including Rykneld Homes), to help combat littering and the wider detrimental effects they have on the environment and to wildlife. We are committed to reducing the impacts of climate change in the District and this charter signals our intent to do as much as possible to help. We are pleased with the positive response from the public who have already expressed their support on social media.

You may find the attached five day meal planner useful, which has been compiled by Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust. Closer to home, Derbyshire County Council also has in-depth advice about healthy eating on their website and our Fitness Instructor Amy Dawson continues to inspire people to exercise at home. She's added some new workouts to her YouTube channel for people to try, regardless of age and ability. The attached Funding Newsflash may also be of interest to you and community groups in your Parish.

If you live in Calow, Walton or Holymoorside, you may have seen some new additions popping up around the villages! Scarecrows made to look like key workers - complete with PPE - have been appearing all over the place. There are some photos on our website, which show the amount of thought people have been putting into their creations and demonstrate the fantastic community spirit we have in the District.

Finally, I am pleased to provide a link to the latest edition of The NEWS. This edition is a coronavirus special that summarises the collective efforts to support the community and how we are preparing for a post COVID future.


Martin Thacker

Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, Leader of the Council
North East Derbyshire District Council
District Council Offices
2013, Mill Lane
S42 6NG

Posted: Fri, 22 May 2020 12:18 by Sara Atkinson

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