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In preparation for discussion about Pump Hill at the Parish Annual meeting on the 16th of May residents may wish to visit the site at around midday on Sunday the 13th of May during the Village Maintenance Day. The Clerk will be present to either answer or note questions and to record your views.

It is hoped that this will give people an opportunity to think about how they would like the area to be used and maintained in the future.

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Upper Dove Flood Alert

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency. 

Flood Alert in force: Upper Dove.
Flooding is possible for: Low-lying land and roads between Izaak Walton and Rocester on the River Dove and between Carsington Dam and Mayfield on the Henmore Brook.

Be prepared.
Watercourses within the Upper Dove catchment, including the Henmore Brook are rising in response to overnight and this morning’s rainfall. We will see that levels will continue to rise throughout this morning and may remain high for the remainder of today (Monday 2nd April). There may be flooding to low lying land and roads in the area. Remain vigilant as further rain is expected throughout today, which may lead to further flood risk. We will continue to monitor river levels in this location. At the time of this statement, no flooding of properties is expected and no warnings are expected to be issued. Take care near areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions and the GOV.UK website.

To check the latest information for your area
* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/033WAF315

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 208015.

* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

* Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.

What you should consider doing now

* Monitor local water levels and weather conditions.

* Get ready to act on your flood plan if you have one.

* Move your car or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.

* Prepare a flood kit of essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, home insurance documents, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.

* Check that you know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies.

* In rural locations, farmers should consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely to flood.

* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.

* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you’ve been in contact with it.

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What a great improvement! Big thank you to the Community Payback Team and the Parish Council.

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Historic Farm Building Grant

We have received this from the Peak Park:

Peak District National Park to share in £2 million pilot scheme to restore historic farm buildings
 The Peak District National Park is taking part in a £2 million pilot scheme to help farmers and land managers to restore historic farm buildings.

It is one of five National Parks to pilot the Historic Building Restoration Grant, which aims to save some iconic English farm buildings from falling out of use. The pilot is a partnership between Historic England, Natural England and the Peak District, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Dartmoor and Northumberland National Parks.

Peak District National Park advisors will be working with farmers and land managers to determine which buildings are most suitable to receive grants offering 80 per cent towards the cost of restoration. This could include roof repair, weatherproofing or other restoration works, allowing a building to be used again for farming purposes.

Sarah Fowler, chief executive of the Peak District National Park, said: “We are delighted that the significance of our traditional buildings is recognised in this scheme. Particularly in upland areas, these historic buildings are vulnerable to falling out of use. We look forward  to working with farmers and land managers to help them restore buildings that contribute so much to the landscape character of the National Park.We hope that this pilot scheme will be a success and will build a case for future funding to conserve more of these important buildings.”

Lord Gardiner, Defra minister for National Parks, said: “The British countryside, including those historic farm buildings that dot some of our most iconic landscapes, is a truly precious natural asset. I am delighted that we are able to open this new set of grants supporting the restoration of traditional farm buildings.”

Sir Laurie Magnus, chairman of Historic England, added: “Historic England warmly welcomes this scheme and its endorsement of the value and importance of traditional farm buildings. The partnership approach being piloted by Historic England, Natural England and upland National Parks will be of immense value in helping owners to maintain and conserve these buildings and to retain their significance for future generations.”

 

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