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Derbyshire Dales District Council is urging residents to report areas in the district where litter and dog fouling are causing a problem under a new campaign – ‘Don’t be a tosser – bin it!’

After a summer where high volumes of litter were seen across the district, the council is supporting community groups and individuals who are picking up litter and helping to keep it clean. But it’s not just litter, dog fouling continues to be an issue.

“Although 9 out of 10 dog owners pick up dog mess after their pets, that still leaves a significant number who don’t,” said Councillor Chris Furness, Chairman of the Community & Environment Committee at the District Council.

“We’re encouraging residents to help us by putting litter and dog mess in the bin and reporting problem areas to us.”

Community Development Officer, Emma Mortimer added:

“With the information from residents we will target those areas with the worst problems by patrolling and talking to dog owners to encourage responsible behaviour. We will support groups and individuals who want to help reduce the problem in their community by providing pink chalk-based spray paint to highlight dog mess and put up signs.

“To help encourage dog owners to pick up after their pets we are providing dog-mess bag dispensers on our land where we know there is a problem.”

Residents can report a litter or dog fouling hot spot via an online form.

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District councillors agreed last night (12 August) to provide extra funding to Freedom Leisure to enable the reopening of Derbyshire Dales leisure centres in Ashbourne, Matlock and Wirksworth with reduced hours and new Covid safety measures. View the meeting again on our YouTube channel. The actual reopening date and operating hours will be announced by Freedom Leisure after a period of mobilisation.

A fourth leisure facility operated on behalf of the council by Freedom – Bakewell Swimming Pool – will remain closed for a further two months after councillors heard that the small size of the facility made current social distancing requirements unworkable.

At the same meeting, councillors agreed to provide financial support to Serco to help the implementation of a new waste & recycling contract. The costs of the unavoidable impact of delays to the delivery of new refuse collection vehicles – associated with manufacturer shutdowns during Covid-19 – are being shared with Serco.  Read more >>

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Grey Bin Wednesday

…and Food Caddy

In other news the car number restrictions are longer in operation at the recycling centres 

 

 

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WATCH Extraordinary Council Meeting
Following the disruption of services since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, an Extraordinary Meeting of the District Council will be held on Wednesday 12 August to consider a report seeking approval for extra funding – requested by both Freedom Leisure and Serco – in order to reopen leisure centres here in the Derbyshire Dales and to fully implement the new waste & recycling contract. This meeting will be broadcast live on our YouTube channel.
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Bulky waste collections restarting
We now have the resources to re-start bulky waste collections, which were paused during the coronavirus lockdown.
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Last chance for Dales businesses to apply for Covid grants
The Government has announced that three Covid-19 business grant funds will close soon – so it’s the last chance for Derbyshire Dales companies to apply for support.
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WATCH virtual Planning Committee, 11 August
Our Planning Committee will meet again virtually on 11 August – and the meeting will be broadcast live on our YouTube channel from 6pm.
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Residents’ garden waste questions answered
With garden waste collections now operating to schedule across the Derbyshire Dales during the continuing coronavirus pandemic, local residents are being reminded there will be a charge for the service from April next year. More than half of all UK councils now charge residents for garden waste collections, including 39 of the 50 councils most similar to Derbyshire Dales District Council.
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Now hopefully with food caddy.

Note no additional garden waste will be taken beyond the usual bin (or 5 bags if you don’t have a bin).

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Grey Bin Wednesday

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I believe still not food caddy tomorrow to give extra capacity for garden waste. Note no additional garden waste will be taken beyond the usual bin (or 5 bags if you don’t have a bin).

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Grey Bin Wednesday

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Video: Please watch.

This weekend, a number of pubs across the county will re-open after almost 15 weeks of lockdown.

As much as we’d like it to be, the experience won’t be one we recognise.

Please remember that social distancing rules continue to apply. You may be expected to queue outside venues or at the bar once you are inside and provide your details at each premises you visit to assist with test and trace.

We all have a responsibility to stop the spread of Coronavirus so please maintain a distance of two metres from those around you.

In this short video, Chief Inspector Becky Webster and Mike Kay, Head of Licensing at Derby City Council, discuss the extra steps that licensed premises across Derbyshire have had to take.

Staff at the Holly Bush Inn in Makeney let us in for a glimpse behind the scenes, showing how the pub experience has massively changed to ensure people can visit safely – with new measures such as face shields for bar staff now in place.

Covid-19 still presents a significant and deadly threat to public health. People should continue to wash their hands regularly and maintain social distancing.

Please reconsider your plans if you arrive somewhere and establish that distancing isn’t achievable.

Be aware of how excess drinking and violent behaviour may impact the emergency services at this time.

Extra officers will be on patrol this weekend to make sure that people can enjoy the county’s pubs, clubs and restaurants safely.

We want everyone to have a good time, but please do so safely, responsibly, and with respect for the public health measures in place.

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Grey Bin Wednesday

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I believe not food caddy tomorrow to give extra capacity for garden waste. Note no additional garden waste will be taken beyond the usual bin (or 5 bags if you don’t have a bin).

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Grey Bin Wednesday

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All of the District Council’s political groups have signed up to a joint statement calling on central government to ensure that the needs of local communities are fully considered as coronavirus lockdown eases.

The statement – issued by the leaders of the Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat groups – calls on Secretary of State Robert Jenrick to review all strategies and regulations “to make sure that our communities are protected from uncontrolled excess visitor numbers that could contribute to a second wave of the virus”.

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The District Council’s 10 public toilets will reopen from 22 June on a restricted-hours trial basis between the hours of 11am and 3pm, ensuring the facilities can be operated and cleaned safely during the continuing coronavirus crisis. During this time they will be cleaned by council staff on three occasions and the situation will be reviewed after a two-week trial.

Bakewell stallmarket will also reopen on 22 June, with a maximum of 90 stalls and a new social distancing configuration including a one-way configuration for shoppers. The market’s opening hours will be reduced from 9.30am to 2pm while the coronavirus crisis continues.

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Pikehall Road Closure

Proposed road closure for Backhill Lane, Highway Lane Parwich from 6th to 10th July, 2 kilometres south of Pikehall Lane for BT Fibre installation

You can view the order on this link https://one.network/?tm=117370376

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I believe not food caddy tomorrow to give extra capacity for garden waste. Note no additional garden waste will be taken beyond the usual bin (or 5 bags if you don’t have a bin).

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Grey Bin Wednesday

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Appeal to residents as Dales prepares for garden waste collection to restart

Derbyshire Dales District Council is appealing for residents’ continued patience and understanding when garden waste collections restart from Monday 1 June.

To ensure that rounds are completed and some households don’t miss out, no additional garden waste will be taken over and above the usual bin-load.

No more than five sacks will be taken in a single collection from households that use compostable sacks rather than bins.

The District Council agreed at an Emergency Committee meeting last week to share the cost with contractor Serco of extra vehicles and staff needed to restart garden waste collections.

Since the end of March the collections have been suspended to enable reduced crews due to coronavirus impacts to prioritise household waste and recycling rounds.

A District Council spokesperson said: “We know our residents absolutely understand that we are still in an emergency situation and that the restarted garden waste collections can only work efficiently if the catch-up happens gradually. That’s why we are appealing to households to only put out for collection the amount of garden waste they would in normal circumstances, ensuring that the bin lid is properly closed. We cannot take any additional garden waste right now.”

Residents can check on their collection date using the online postcode calendar at http://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/whenismycollection

Food waste collections are currently fortnightly rather than weekly and will continue to happen with residents’ scheduled household waste collections.

 

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Blue Bin Thursday

One day late due to bank holiday. Don’t forget just blue bin. No green bin or food caddy collection.

https://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/coronavirus-bin-updates

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https://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/your-council/news-and-publications/latest-news/3080-garden-waste-collections-to-restart-from-1-june

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There is no collection on bank holiday Monday 25 May, so all collections are one day later than usual next week, including a Saturday collection on 30 May (for usual Friday rounds) Details of which containers to put out and can be found using the ‘when is my collection?‘ search facility.

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Grey Bin Wednesday

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Garden waste collections update
Garden waste collections could restart here in the Derbyshire Dales from 1 June if councillors approve recommendations being put to the District Council’s new Emergency Committee this Thursday (21 May).

The 6pm meeting will be broadcast live on our YouTube channel.

>> Read the full report here.

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Green Bin Debate

Our new Emergency Committee will meet for the first time next week to discuss measures that need to be put in place to enable garden waste collections to re-start in the district.

Green waste collections have been suspended during the lockdown to enable household waste and recycling collections to be prioritised due to the council’s waste and recycling contractor being impacted by coronavirus-related staffing issues.

Staff resources have been stretched not only by coronavirus shielding and self-isolation, but by social distancing requirements that mean bin crews are having to travel to locations in separate vehicles.

A report to next Thursday’s Emergency Committee – to be published on Monday – is likely to state that garden waste collections can only restart if the council is prepared to contribute towards the cost of additional agency staff.

The meeting will be broadcast live on the District Council’s YouTube channel.

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Parking Charges are Back

Parking charges to be reintroduced in the Dales

Charges will be reintroduced in Derbyshire Dales District Council’s pay and display car parks this weekend following the Government’s decision to relax coronavirus travel restrictions.

The District Council suspended charges at the start of the lockdown to help local residents to make any essential journeys during the early stages of the crisis.

Charges will apply again from this Saturday after the authority revealed it has lost around £375,000 in car parking revenues since suspending charges at the end of March. But Dales residents can continue to park for free 19 hours every day using their resident parking permit.

A Council spokesperson said: “Suspending charges was a step we wanted to take to help our residents in the first months of the crisis, but the Government’s decision to effectively open up the Dales to day trippers means we have to re-impose controls on our car parks, particularly the short stay car parks in our busy town centres.

“While we are currently appealing to anyone contemplating a trip to the Derbyshire Dales to think twice because of the potential impact on our communities and reduced local services, we have to accept that, like it or not, some people will travel. Indeed some of our car parks have been at capacity over the past two days.

“We hope that residents will understand that while we have done our best to support their essential journeys by making parking free during the lockdown to date, the resulting loss of income will have long term impacts on the Council’s finances and our ability to sustain the services we deliver for local people unless this situation is quickly addressed. Our stance is in accordance with actions being taken by other authorities in response to the Government’s new guidelines.”

While necessary work began today (Thursday) to put up signage and reconfigure the pay and display machines at around 50 car parks across the district, charges will not be enforced until Saturday, giving local people time to readjust.

 

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The Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council is asking would-be visitors to think twice before making a trip to one of the most beautiful regions in England.

The relaxation by the Government of coronavirus travel guidelines means many people who live both inside and outside the area may be contemplating a trip to the Dales’ visitor hotspots.

But the Council’s Leader Councillor Garry Purdy said: “While I totally understand the temptation to seek some respite from the constraints placed on all of us by the coronavirus crisis, my appeal to anyone considering a trip is not to focus so much on what you can now do but rather what you should do.

“Visiting the Dales right now will undoubtedly create tensions in our communities as well as placing pressure on our roads and emergency services, and, as a former police officer myself, I have a massive amount of sympathy for the policing job now facing the force.

“I am fortunate to represent an area of the Dales that includes Matlock Bath, which is a magnet for tourists at this time of year, but I am asking visitors to respect and protect the residents of Matlock Bath and all of the district’s many honeypot villages by staying away for now.

“We will welcome you back with open arms when this virus is properly under control – our leisure and tourism businesses, most of which continue to be closed, need your support in the long term. But, for now, please don’t put our already limited local services under unnecessary pressure.”

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Blue Bin Wednesday

Don’t forget just blue bin. No green bin or food caddy collection.

https://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/coronavirus-bin-updates

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Blue Bin Wednesday

Don’t forget just blue bin. No green bin or food caddy collection.

https://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/coronavirus-bin-updates

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It has been brought to our attention that many of our most vulnerable residents A088AD78-FF63-4AF1-889C-9D70151E2792may be missing out on essential support because they haven’t responded to a recent NHS letter, delivered to them as they are classed as being clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus.

Unfortunately, as a district council, we have no way of knowing who these residents are. Worse, some are likely to be difficult to reach via our usual communications channels. It would be much appreciated therefore if you could spread the word in your communities.

We have today launched a campaign urging family and friends to register for support on behalf of people who have received the NHS letter – anyone can do this online at www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

We’re also again encouraging anyone not classed by their GP or hospital clinician as being clinically extremely vulnerable, but still needing support, to register for help via the County Council’s Community Response Unit atwww.derbyshire.gov.uk/gethelp or call 01629 535091 Monday to Friday 9amto 5pm and Saturdays 9am to 1pm.

You can share our Facebook campaign post here or re-Tweet our Twitter post here. We are also issuing this to our e-newsletter database and to local media.

 

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I think we will get blue bins collected on Thursday. No Green garden bins or food caddies.

https://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/coronavirus-bin-updates

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Bin Collection Update

Bin collections update – Tuesday 14 April

A reminder that all waste collections are one day later than usual this week due to the bank holiday and our crews will be working this Saturday (18 April).

All household waste collections are again operating to schedule today.

Due to staffing and social distancing issues 3 of the usual 5 recycling rounds are operating today. Read more about today’s recycling rounds >> 

Please note that Serco aim to restart normal recycling collections from tomorrow (15 April) but do not currently have the resources to return for any collections missed already. They will collect additional recycling from tomorrow but please check how to present excess recycling so it is easily identifiable atwww.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/excessrecycling

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Normal recycling collections set to restart on 15 April

GOOD NEWS! From the middle of next week Serco aim to resume normal collections of recyclable waste here in Derbyshire Dales, although garden waste collections will remain temporarily suspended.

They will be taking as much excess recycling waste as they can, utilising the vans that are transporting staff to rounds to meet social distancing regulations. This will keep the recycling trucks operating for longer. Please note how to properly present any excess recycling on DDDC website at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/excessrecycling

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Grey bin and food caddy should be collected as normal today.

https://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/coronavirus-bin-updates

 

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Then latest news on bin collections can be found  here

From DDDC-
Recycling backlog
We are very conscious that some residents where recycling collections have been missed this week and last are getting concerned about when we might have capacity to react to the backlog as the coronavirus crisis continues to impact on this service.

Please be aware that a contingency plan will be announced very soon that seeks to address how recycling collections will happen during this emergency situation.

In the meantime our appeal to households is that you stockpile any recycling rather than being tempted to burn it – which is bad for the environment – or to dispose of it in any other way.

Your continued patience and understanding in these exceptional times is much appreciated.

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Bin Collection Update

Bin collections update – Wednesday 1 April
The bins situation today is that household waste collections continue as scheduled, but there are no garden rounds, food is being collected on the grey bin/black sack rounds and only one of the usual five recycling crews is out collecting.

Household waste collections remain a priority for our reduced crews.

More about today’s scheduled recycling rounds >

 

Looking at the website it looks like we won’t get a collection today

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Acute staffing issues caused by the coronavirus outbreak means bin collections in the Derbyshire Dales have been further impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Derbyshire Dales District Council announced on Tuesday that staff absences due to self-isolation measures meant garden waste collections would be suspended from Friday – but green waste is now suspended with immediate effect.

Some scheduled recycling collections also didn’t happen on Wednesday as bin crews prioritised general household waste collections.

The District Council does not have the resources to return for any garden and food waste collections missed to date this week.

Food waste will now be collected fortnightly – with household waste – rather than weekly.

Dales residents are being warned to expect further disruptions as the council’s contractor Serco have adopted the Government’s social distancing guidelines, meaning two rather than the usual three staff on each truck.

A full list of service changes due to the coronavirus outbreak is being updated regularly at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Derbyshire Dales District Council’s car parks remain open during the coronavirus outbreak for the benefit of local residents who are working from home or making essential visits as set out by Government.

However, on Tuesday evening (24 March) the council put up clear signage asking motorists if they needed to be there and to follow current Government coronavirus measures (poster attached).

Parking charges will be suspended temporarily until further notice.

A full list of service changes due to the coronavirus outbreak is being updated regularly at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Reporting Road Faults

Derbyshire County Council are promoting their Report a road faultonline form as the best way to report road issues such as potholes, damaged signs, etc.

There are a number of categories that can be reported  –

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This system will automatically direct your enquiry to the relevant team and allows resources to be directed in the most efficient and effective way practicable.

 

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In view of the recent weather this information from Derbyshire County Council may be of interest –

At the Liaison meeting scheduled for Monday 30th March 2020, commencing at 6pm, at County Hall, Matlock, the Economy, Transport and Environment Department will be presenting information on the subject of flooding.

The council would like to draw your attention to the information currently available on our website Reporting flooding

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Road Safety in Parwich

The Parish Council has again requested support from the highways Authority (Derbyshire County Council) to address a number of concerns raised by residents. This time we sought the support of our County Councillor Simon Spencer.

This reply was received from Councillor Spencer’s Office.

A link was also provided to the report on 20 mph limits to the Cabinet of Derbyshire County Council in January 2019.

 

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