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Latest news update from Derbyshire County Council

by Andrew Auld

Community News from DCC

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

18 May 2020

New safety measures introduced at recycling centres


Our household waste recycling centres have re-opened (Monday 18 May) – but only for waste that you cannot continue to store safely at home.

Please use your kerbside bins and bulky waste services run by your local and district borough council as you would normally do. And if you’re planning to visit one of our centres, check out these golden rules before you travel:

  • Only travel to your local recycling centre if it is essential because you can’t continue to store waste safely at home without it causing injury or harm.
  • Check which day you can access our recycling centres based on the last number on your vehicle registration plate – if it’s an odd number, you can visit on odd numbered days of the month and if it’s even you can visit on even numbered days.
  • Avoid taking excessive amounts of waste and please don’t bring vans or trailers.
  • Please be prepared to queue as social distancing measures mean fewer vehicles will be allowed on site at any one time.
  • Wear protective gloves, appropriate footwear and clothing and only bring what you can safely handle. Staff can’t carry your waste as they normally would.
  • Visit on your own – unless you need another adult from your household to help carry your waste.
  • Stay at least 2 metres away from staff and other users and wash your hands when you get home.
  • Stay at home if you have had coronavirus symptoms in the last 14 days, are self-isolating or at high risk of contracting the virus.

Find out more here.


Countryside sites re-open

Last week we re-opened car parks at our countryside sites.

This decision was also made in line with the latest government guidance on coronavirus which eased restrictions on visiting parks and daily exercise.

However the following facilities will remain closed:

  • Toilets
  • Shops, cafes and visitor centres
  • Ice cream vans and concessions
  • Play equipment and outdoor gym equipment
  • Hire of all terrain mobility scooters and bikes

It is important visitors follow social distancing rules and stay at least 2 metres away from anyone not in their household. We also urge visitors to take litter home with them and keep dogs on leads at all times.

If our sites become too crowded for social distancing to be carried out then visitor numbers might have to be restricted.

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding, we all have a role to play in keeping Derbyshire safe.

New care home to help residents through pandemic

Ada Belfield

Our brand new state-of-the-art Ada Belfield care home in Belper is to be used to help support Derbyshire residents through the coronavirus pandemic.

The new care centre will temporarily be called the Florence Nightingale Home and is now almost complete and getting ready to take its first residents.

The care centre – which is part of a larger £10m development that includes a new library for the town – will initially be used to exclusively accept patients discharged from hospital who need to rest, recuperate and isolate after suffering from coronavirus but aren’t yet ready to go home.

Plans to open it as a conventional care home are temporarily on hold in the short term while we support the wider healthcare system, and then afterwards ensure residents of the existing Ada Belfield home can be safely transferred to the new home in the coming months. Find out more here

Action Grants still up for grabs


Action Grants are still up for grabs to support community groups, clubs and charities but hurry as the closing date for the final round is 31 May 2020. For some groups the money could help them to get back on their feet when the coronavirus pandemic is over. The grants are mostly up to £500 but there are a small number of £5,000 and £10,000 grants also available in the final round as well. There are four categories to apply to – community safety, youth activity, physical activity and sport and community activity. Please note that there are no £500 grants left in the community activity category. The grant application process is quick and easy and we aim to give you a decision within four weeks of the closing date.

Where grants have been awarded in previous rounds for activities that were due to take place this year but have been cancelled due to the pandemic the money can be carried over until 2021. Find out more here

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