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Today’s news from DDDC-

As Covid related staff absences continue to affect our crews we will be focusing on household waste collections as a priority at the moment.

Household waste rounds will continue as normal, but for the foreseeable future food waste collections will only take place alongside the household waste rounds.

Garden waste collections are suspended, together with food waste collections that would usually take place alongside garden waste rounds.

Recycling collections will take place where possible. Please leave out your recycling as crews will try to pick up recycling where they can once they have completed household waste rounds. However, if the crew have not visited by the end of the week that your recycling collection is due please put your recycling bins back in until your next recycling collection. Read more>

We apologise for this unavoidable situation and thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Wednesday Bin Update :(

This from Derbyshire Dales –

Increased and significant Covid related staff absences means our crews will be focusing on household waste collections as a priority at the moment.

Household waste rounds will continue as normal, but for the foreseeable future food waste collections will only take place alongside the household waste rounds.

Garden waste collections are suspended, together with food waste collections that would usually take place alongside garden waste rounds.

Recycling collections will take place where possible. Please leave out your recycling as crews will try to pick up recycling where they can once they have completed household waste rounds.

Additional recycling can be left out so long as it is presented according to this guidance on our website.

Christmas trees will be collected once garden waste rounds restart.

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A further drop in numbers of collection teams due to Covid means that, unfortunately, all Garden Waste and some Food Waste collections are cancelled this Thursday and Friday. Our apologies. Food Waste collections due to take place on Household Waste rounds will still go ahead.

Recycling collections will not running on Thursday on some streets in Darley Bridge, Darley Moor, Farley, Hackney, Matlock, Oker, Pikehall and Two Dales.

Booked Bulky Waste collections won’t take place Thursday or Friday and we won’t be able to take further bookings from tomorrow.

No bin deliveries will happen Thursday or Friday.

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Warning – Vaccine Scam

Please be aware of the following sent to us by Action Fraud. Please keep an eye on our vulnerable residents who may be taken in at this worry time:

As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud had received 57 reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said: 
“Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”

How to protect yourself:

In the UK, coronavirus vaccinations will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination. Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment.

The NHS will never:

  • ask for your bank account or card details
  • ask for your PIN or banking passwords
  • arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  • ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

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Christmas Waste Recycling

Recycle your real Christmas tree
We’ll recycle your real Christmas tree on your green/recycling day between Monday 4 January and Friday 29 January.

Simply place the tree at the edge of your property, making sure it’s cut down to no longer than 5ft. Please remove all decorations and the pot.

Christmas Cards

You can also recycle non-glitter Christmas cards and non-shiny wrapping paper in your blue bin or blue bag.

Excess Recycling

If you have excess recycling from the festive period, here’s how to present it.

Find out when your collections are with our online postcode search at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/whenismycollection

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Dales to move into Covid Tier 4
Central government has moved all of Derbyshire – including the Derbyshire Dales – into Covid Tier 4 from one minute past midnight tonight.

Three quarters of England’s population will be under the toughest Covid rules from Thursday after it emerged that 60% of UK coronavirus cases are now the new, more transmissible, strain of Covid-19.

Being in Tier 4 means we cannot leave or be outside of the place we are living unless we have a reasonable excuse. 

Read more including a link to the new rules in full >>

Festive period arrangements
A reminder that our phone lines and administrative offices are closed until Monday 4 January 2021. In the link below you can find a bin collection timetable, opening hours of our markets, and how to report stray dogs and a homeless emergency issue.
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Your Christmas ‘bubble’
Here’s what the Government’s new Covid Christmas restrictions mean if you live in a Tier 1, 2 or 3 area (Derbyshire Dales remains in Tier 3).

You may see a maximum of two other households (your ‘Christmas bubble’) on Christmas Day only, but you cannot see anyone from a Tier 4 area. Only form a bubble if you feel you absolutely need to.
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Christmas arrangements
A reminder that our phone lines and administrative offices are closed from 12 noon on Thursday 24 December, re-opening on Monday 4 January 2021. Listed below you can find a bin collection timetable, opening hours of our markets, and how to report stray dogs and a homeless emergency issue.
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The dates for the Mobile Library Service visitng Parwich have been changed to 18th Dec, 15th Jan and 12th Feb.

https://parwich.org/2020/11/25/mobile-library-service/

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Xmas Bin Collections

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PDNPA Survey

We have received this from the NationalPark Authority.

Can you help the Peak District National Park Authority to set policy for the future of the National Park?

Climate change. Nature recovery. Sustainable communities. Low carbon transport.

These are just a few of the big ticket challenges the National Park is facing. The planning process is vital in addressing such issues and works best when local authorities, local communities and developers work together creating effective partnerships to achieve positive outcomes. Planning matters, this is why when we produce plans and policies, we ask everyone to take part in the consultation.

We are currently reviewing the Peak District National Park Local Plan. It is a plan for the future development of the local area which we write and implement in close consultation with you. We use the planning policies we develop in the Local Plan to make decisions on the hundreds of planning applications we receive each year. To make the right decisions we need your help to decide what goes into the Local Plan and that will guide development in the National Park over the next 20 years.

Please complete the survey at https://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/planning/policies-and-guides/the-local-plan and find out more about the Local Plan review process, including timescales, background information and how to get involved.

Survey results will be published online. These will influence the next stage in the formal consultation, ‘Issues and Options’.

If you have any queries, please contact the policy team on policy@peakdistrict.gov.uk

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Mobile Library Service

*** Change of dates to 18th Dec, 15th Jan and 12th Feb ***

The Mobile Library Service will call at Parwich between 12:15 and 1:00pm on Friday 18th Dec, 29th Jan and 26th Feb.

The service is operating a `book and borrow’ system, which means customers need to phone to book an appointment on one of the numbers below, and will be able to pick up a maximum of 10 books.

Appointment times will last 5 minutes, and for the time being customers will not be able to select their own books by stepping onto the vehicle. Instead, they will be asked what type of books they like reading and a selection will be made for them so they can pick them up at their allotted time.

All returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours and customers will need to bring their own bag to pick up their books.

As the service is mornings only it will not be possible to visit all the usual stops, and new routes have been introduced. This will be reviewed over the coming weeks and months.

Customers affected by the changes can contact ask.library@derbyshire.gov.uk or call 01629 533444 to discuss receiving ahome library service during this period.

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DDDC December Parking

Free parking for 13th year throughout December

In anticipation of lockdown restrictions easing, Derbyshire Dales District Council is reintroducing free parking across the district for a month from 1st December.

In a scheme designed to boost trade, for the 13th year in a row it will be free to park in any District Council pay and display car park after 2pm throughout December.

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Lockdown 2
We’ve created a webpage with links to guidance about the new Lockdown 2 restrictions, Covid advice & support for local residents and businesses and any impacts on the services we provide for you.
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Be Firework Safe
A reminder that it’s set to be a different sort of Bonfire Night now we are in new Covid restrictions. It’s likely to mean more activity in gardens in the absence of organised displays – so please be #fireworksafe and be a good neighbour. You can only mark Bonfire Night with people in your own household or support bubble.
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Remembrance Sunday guidance
The Government has issued guidance that sets out how Remembrance Sunday activities can take place in line with new COVID-19 restrictions and requirements in England.
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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

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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”.

Read the full statement >>

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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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