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DERBYSHIRE GOLD CARD HOLDERS - IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Gold Card holders are reminded to check validity dates on their cards as thousands are due to expire in the next few months. Gold Card is Derbyshire’s equivalent of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) which allows older and people with certain disabilities to travel free-of-charge, off-peak on local buses. It can also be used to get discounts at around 700 local shops and businesses and to borrow items from any Derbyshire or Derby city library. Most Gold Cards are valid for five years. Around 108,000 of the 185,000 cards currently in circulation will need renewing soon - with the majority expiring in September and October 2017. (see poster)
WOODLAND FESTIVAL - ELVASTON CASTLE COUNTRY PARK
Please find attached details of a Woodland Festival to be held at Elvaston Country Park on 23/24 September (click here) You can also download the flyer which contains a car parking discount voucher here
URGENT - VEHICLE BREAK-INS IN ETWALL
Could all residents please note that there has been an increase of vehicles being broken into in the Etwall area. The main areas are around Springfield Road, Egginton Road area. If anyone sees anything suspicious can they please report this to the police as soon as possible. The police need information from members of public to be able to act on it and see what trends are starting to happen
WHAT’S ON THIS SUMMER
Please find attached a document detailing What’s On in South Derbyshire over the Summer (click here)
Please find attached a notice regarding the Civic Amenity Refuse Service (click here)
EXPLORE AND DO MORE THIS SUMMER
A packed programme of activities has been lined up for the summer holidays at Rosliston Forestry Centre, giving people of all ages a chance to “have a go” as well as to watch the wildlife to be found on the site. Those looking to get back into pastimes as well as people who want to try something completely new are all catered for. A back to cycling course is part of the programme, helping those who have never ridden before or those trying to get back into cycling to have a go in a traffic-free environment. These evening sessions will build the confidence needed to ride a bike. ..
For more details please download the press release (click here)
URGENT - TELEPHONE SCAM!
Residents should be aware that a company called AB Solutions are calling residents in the area informing them their Council Tax Band has been reviewed upwards and that there is money owing. To make things worse they are quoting that their District Councillor (quoting their name) is aware of the situation. One family in Etwall on receiving this call was so worried that they paid money by phone.
If you get a call from AB Solutions please contact Action Fraud on 0300 1232040 reporting the incident. On no account get taken in!
JAPANESE KNOTWEED ADVICE
Please find attached a notice regarding Japanese Knotweed (click here)
FIRE SAFETY UPDATE FROM SDDC
Following the Full Council meeting, here is an update on fire safety in our buildings in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The Council does not own or manage any high rise properties over six stories or 18 metres high which house any of our tenants. In addition, the Council has not used Aluminium Composite Material for any cladding on refurbished or new build properties, as far as it is aware, on any of its tenanted properties. This has already been confirmed to the Communities Department at the Government. The Government is widening the checks required and we are of course complying with requests for information. This includes checking external wall insulation material and also low rise accommodation in the District. Any issues found will be dealt with.
To-date, no major concerns have been raised by the Fire Authority or any of our tenants following the London fire but clearly we will keep this under review. We are in regular contact with the Government for updates on the national situation.
Keith Bull, Head of Communications, South Derbyshire District Council
VACANCY FOR PARISH COUNCILLORS
Please find attached a notice regarding vacancies for two Parish Councillors (click here)
Please find attached details of some more SDDC planning consultations on Local Green Spaces, Affordable Housing and Design Guide (click here). These documents will be available at the Area Forum meeting on 12th June but there is also to be a consultation event at the Frank Wickham Hall on 13th July. We have until 7th August to make any comments
PLANNING APPLICATION FOR 120 DWELLINGS ON EGGINTON ROAD
Two outline planning applications have been received for the erection of up to 120 dwellings on land on Egginton Road. For further details please download the following notice here
CHARGES AT RECYCLING CENTRES
Charges for people taking building and demolition waste to Derbyshire County Council’s household waste recycling centres will start on Monday 3 April 2017. Government cuts mean our budget will be a third lower in 2018 than in 2010 and we need to find new ways of helping to pay Derbyshire’s £37.2m waste bill each year. The types of waste that will incur the new charges are concrete, mortar, rubble, hardcore and ceramics. The charge will be £3 per standard rubble sack and payment will be by card machine only to reduce security risks.
Full details of what items will be chargeable can be found on the attached leaflet