Message from Cllr Alex Dale - Leader of NEDDC
Welcome to my monthly Parish Update.
Could I start by thanking all of you, for your continued hard work within our communities during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.
You will be aware that COVID-19 cases are increasing in Derbyshire alongside the national trend. Whilst the numbers of cases are not as great as those areas currently in local lockdown, we are seeing a sharp and continued increase alongside other Derbyshire Districts. I would like to urge you to stay vigilant, adhere to Government advice and stay safe. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please book a test. It is essential that we continue to get this message out to the public as it is key to our success in getting the spread of infection under control.
We constantly keep our website up-to-date with the latest announcements from the Government, changes in advice and how to use the new NHS COVID-19 app so please do visit our homepage where the information can be found www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk.
The Strategic Co-ordinating Group continues to meet to ensure preparedness across all agencies. A series of sub-groups are also working on issues such as economic recovery plans alongside the second wave response work, which includes our Environmental Health Teams, Test and Trace and regulatory enforcement of new regulations. With the days drawing in, we are now also looking at ensuring we are prepared for the winter. This includes a review of our Business Continuity Plans to ensure we have resources in the right place to deal with multiple issues if they occur i.e. COVID-19, winter weather (flooding and snow), Brexit arrangements etc.
The local recovery from the first wave of the virus is progressing well. We have made information available on our website on how to claim for self-isolation payments when asked to self-isolate by the test and trace teams. Details of what is available and what you need to provide is available at https://www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/test-and-trace-support-payment.
Staying with local recovery, I am delighted to announce the receipt of a £500,000 grant from the Government as part of the Clay Cross Town Deal initiative. Activity will be seen very soon in Clay Cross as projects get underway in the town, as a condition of the £500,000 funding is that projects need to be completed by 31 March 2021. This means the Council can kick-start some of the proposed schemes for Clay Cross which were highlighted in the recent consultation and are part of the emerging Clay Cross Town Investment Plan - due to be submitted to Government for consideration later this month.
By the way, did you know the Council has been extremely busy the last few months working on a variety of projects and have some great achievements to shout about.
Some of our recent achievements and schemes to help our staff, residents and businesses can be found below:
· Council backs national litter picking campaign with loaned kit and waste removal
On 30 September we were successful in our bid to receive £575,000 to deliver home improvements to 115 properties in our district by investing £5k into each one which will be having external wall insulation fitted. The project will be delivered by Rykneld Homes and when finished, will total more than £1m worth of investment into making our properties more energy efficient and reducing their carbon footprint. This is part of the Governments Green Grant Scheme (details are on our website) we are assisting home owners to access national schemes that offer between £5,000 to £10,000 towards major home energy efficiency measures. This will be a great help for residents to not only save money, but the environment too.
On the subject of the environment, myself and Deputy Leader, Cllr Charlotte Cupit, have been out and about in the district recently, visiting our Streetscene staff in the south, where we helped out with a litter pick in Holmewood.
The Council backed the Keep Britain Tidy - Clean September initiative and we also supported last month's Recycle Week, with regular social media posts to encourage people to think about what they throw away.
I'm pleased we have been able to help residents find jobs, apprenticeships and training, through our virtual jobs fair on 30 September. The event saw us team up with Chesterfield Borough and Bolsover District Council to provide hundreds of employment opportunities across Derbyshire - a great example of partnership working in power! We had a fantastic response to those vacancies, with many employers from across the region taking part and over 33,000 people saw and engaged with our posts.
Our Chair, Cllr Pat Antcliff is encouraging residents and businesses to pledge to take part in Memory Walks throughout this September and October. Please support her if you are able to raise funds and awareness of Alzheimer's.
I would also like to let you know about a fantastic initiative we have secured which is coming to Clay Cross between 7th October and 4th November called Beat the Street. This will turn the town into a giant game where participants from schools, local communities and even yourselves can take part in the game. It encourages people to get active - safely whilst building community relations and winning prizes by visiting the 22 beat box locations across the town to gain points. For more information about this and a map of the beat box locations please visit our website: https://www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/community/beat-the-street-clay-cross.
With Remembrance Sunday little over a month away we are working closely with the Derbyshire Local Resilience Forum to identify how local communities can safely commemorate this important date. I have attached the recently updated Events Industry Forum guidance for outdoor events which you and your local groups and churches may find useful should you be planning to hold a Remembrance Service. The document identifies the considerations which need to be made in order that any public gathering adheres to the national social distancing regulations.
Finally, a quick reminder for Elected Members and Parish Clerks that our next District/Parish Liaison Group meeting takes place on Friday 9 October at 4pm, so please look out for Zoom details arriving in your inbox.
Cllr Alex Dale
Leader of the Council
North East Derbyshire District Council
District Council Offices
2013, Mill Lane
Posted: Tue, 06 Oct 2020 13:50 by Sara Atkinson