Community News, Derbyshire County Council.

Information for local groups, societies, clubs, parish and town councils

17 June 2020

Be a safe shopper

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Shops and markets have started to re-open this week and we’re working with other councils to make changes to town centres to make them safer.

Some roads are being closed or made one way so that we can make pavements wider. We may also be taking out some on-street car parking bays to help with social distancing.

You can do your bit to help keep yourself and others safe too:

  • Remember to follow social distancing rules
  • Walk or cycle to where possible to reduce demand for car parking
  • Shop local where you can, town centres are expected to be busy

Remember where there are signs please follow them. Lets all do our bit to make sure shopping in Derbyshire is as safe as possible.

Nightingale care home welcomes first residents

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Our brand new state-of-the-art Florence Nightingale care home in Belper is ready to welcome its first residents.

Plans to open as a conventional care home to replace the Ada Belfield Care Home have been put on hold – the new home will temporarily be used exclusively for those who need to rest and isolate after suffering with coronavirus.

For now the care home is opening with 10 beds, with the potential to expand to 20. We hope the new home will provide those recuperating from coronavirus a comfortable setting to get back on their feet. Find out more here

Change to our recycling centre rules

HWRCVisitors can now bring the full range of household waste usually accepted to our recycling centres.

We’ve dropped the ‘essential waste only’ restriction but residents will still only be allowed in on certain days as we continue to follow social distancing.

Make sure you check the last number on your car registration plate, if it is even you can visit on an even numbered date. If it’s odd you can visit on an odd numbered date.

We’re asking you to wait a little bit longer before bringing vans and trailers. They often take longer to unload and this increases waiting times.

Remember you can check what the queues are like for each site before you travel with live information on our website

Thank you to everyone for your patience and for continuing to follow our golden rules. Find out more here


Help still available for those in need

As more people across Derbyshire return to work, vulnerable friends, family and neighbours could find themselves with little or no support.

Some of you may be told to stay at home and self-isolate by the new Government coronavirus test and trace service.

If you’re struggling and have no friends or family to call on, our Community Response Unit is still on hand taking requests to help the most vulnerable in Derbyshire.

We can help with essentials such as food delivery, fetching a prescription or just a simple phone call to help raise spirits.

You can register for help online or you can call us on 01629 535091. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm and 9am to 1pm on a Saturday. Find out more here


Praise for our trading standards officers

Our trading standards officers have been commended for their role in bringing a fraudster to justice.

Henry Lyttel, aged 29, of Ashbourne Road, Mackworth Village, near Derby, has received a two-year suspended jail sentence for making and selling fake military medals and supplying poppy pin badges following a successful prosecution by our trading standards team. Judge Bennett told Derby Crown Court he had been ‘very impressed with the thoroughness of the investigation at a time when trading standards are often criticised for a lack of ability and funding’ and that credit should also go to the county council for allowing their officers to continue with the investigation’


Scams Awareness Fortnight

Scams Awareness Fortnight runs from 15 – 28 June and this year’s campaign is focusing on the scams that opportunists have set up during the coronavirus pandemic. Our trading standards team is helping to highlight and combat these crimes.

People are being warned about possible scams by call, text or email in relation to the new NHS test and trace service. Genuine contact tracers will never ask for any passwords, bank details or pin numbers – any communication from them will be asking you to sign into the NHS test and trace website.

Scams include ones pretending to be from the government. You may get a text message saying the government has issued you a payment of £458 and you need to click on the link to claim it. Don’t as it’s a scam, as is any email supposedly from saying that you are to be fined for leaving your home more than once. Find out more here