Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2019/20
Notice of the conclusion of the audit for Annual Governance and Accountability Return for year ended 31 March 2020
COVID 19 VIRUS
- Community Hall Closure - Cllrs have reviewed the most recent government advice and have made the decision to close the Community Hall with effect from 20/03/20, until further notice.
- All UPC Playgrounds will reopen on 18/07/20. Please observe the guidance click here. Thank you for patience & your cooperation.
- Update from NEDDC
On Wednesday, I joined all other Derbyshire Council Leaders in urging the Prime Minister<https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/news-events/news-updates/news/leaders-urge-prime-minister-tier-2-for-derbyshire.aspx> to put the impact on our fragile hospitality sector at the core of Government's thinking over the tiering system and to ask for Derbyshire to be placed in Tier 2.
The news therefore will come as a real disappointment I'm sure to many of us and particularly so after a reduction in case numbers across the district.
We will continue to urge Government for a review of our restrictions at the earliest possible opportunity in order to move down the tiers and do whatever else we can to support and be a voice for our businesses and residents affected by the restrictions.
However, to keep everyone safe and help us to move out of Tier 3, we are urging everyone to continue showing their resolve and keep up their hard work to stay safe and reduce the spread of the virus.
While we are pleased our three Leisure Centres will be allowed to re-open when lockdown ends on Wednesday 2 December, some activities, such as group exercise classes, unfortunately won't be allowed to take place.
Please therefore keep a look out on our website, social media and the Centres' Facebook pages for updates.
There is also information on the Government's website about what you can and can't do in Tier 3<https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know#very-high-alert>, so please make sure you are aware of the rules.
I'd also urge everyone to follow the Government's advice<https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family> if they choose to get together with others between 23 and 27 December.
I would echo the message<https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/news-events/news-updates/news/health-director-urges-caution-over-christmas-as-derbyshire-to-enter-tier-3.aspx> from Derbyshire's Director of Public Health, Dean Wallace, in urging residents to be cautious about the risk of spreading Coronavirus when rules are relaxed at Christmas.
We all want nothing more than to be with those we love at this special time of the year, but please remember to carefully weigh up the risks before meeting other people, follow the rules and stay safe.
Just a reminder that for businesses affected by the pandemic we have grants available to help, whether they were forced to close or able to stay open, so if you know of anyone struggling, please urge them to visit our website<https://www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/business-advice> for more information. We also have links to other organisations and funding they might find useful.
We are also continuing to support our most vulnerable residents through this second wave of infection, and are ready to provide pharmacy and food supplies if required, so please remind people they can fill in the form on our website or give us a call if they need help.
I'll be in touch again with further updates on our response to the pandemic and on other issues.
In the meantime, please continue to do all you can to help us slow down the spread of the virus - wash hands, cover face, make space #DoitforDerbyshire.
Cllr Alex Dale
Leader of the Council
- NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR PARISH OF UNSTONE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council due to the non attendance of Jonathon Elliott. If by 17 December, 2020 (14 days excluding Dies Non, after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below or by email to email@example.com by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option. If an election is called, a poll cannot currently take place until 6 May 2021 as a result of the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 and the Coronavirus Act 2020. The Government has indicated that the situation will be kept under review and if safe to do so, further legislation will be laid that will permit casual vacancy elections and referendums to be held sooner than 6 May 2021. If this is the case a revised notice will be published. Dated 27 November, 2020 Sarah Sternberg Returning Officer District Council Offices 2013 Mill Lane Wingerworth Chesterfield Derbyshire S42 6NG
- PUBLIC SPACE PROTECTION ORDER has come into force, if you are a dog owner find out what this means to you here.
- POLICE UPDATE -It is now possible for you to get in touch with the Police in a range of different ways, to report non-emergencies.
If you don’t want to speak to someone on the phone, you can send us a message on social media, use our website, or speak to a call handler on Live Chat.This will then free up our call handlers to answer the phones to those that would prefer to physically speak to someone.
Our team of helpful call handlers are here for the people of Derbyshire 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The links you can use to get in touch digitally are Facebook: Send a message to us on www.facebook.com/derbyshireconstabulary Twitter: Send a direct message to our contact centre via www.twitter.com/derpolcontact Website: Use our online forms and Live Chat by visiting www.derbyshire.police.uk Our website houses a number of online forms, where you can report a crime, road traffic incident, anti-social behaviour, apply for licenses and firearms certificates, as well as use ‘Your Area’, where residents can find out more about, and contact, their local Safer Neighbourhood Teams. If you can, please consider contacting us digitally, so our call handlers are free to speak to those that don’t have any access to the internet to do so. Please note, in the case of an emergency, you should always phone 999.I will also like to bring this to the attention of more vulnerable members of the community we have recently had some incidents across Unstone and Dronfield area about fraudulent phone calls pretending to be from the police and asking for bank details and requesting sums of money and also asking you to call 999 and giving them code words. I must stress that we DONT EVER ASK FOR ANY BANK RELATED INFORMATION OR ACCOUNT DETAILS.
- DRONFIELD WELL BEING GROUP is a mental health peer support group, it was established in Spring 2020 with the aim of providing a safe environment to support people affected by mental health issues. Please click here for further details
- AUDIT - Notice of conclusion of Audit for 2018/19 please click here
- PEAK UPDATE - the latest updates are available on the Peak website: http://www.peakliaison.co.uk/
- ROAD CLOSURES - Town End Apperknowle 1st-5th February 2021, for gas works.
- NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH. The local police are promoting the Neighbourhood Watch scheme, and are currently looking for people to set up neighbourhood watch schemes in the area , as the village only has one scheme running at the present time. Grants may be available to cover costs. Further details are available on:https://www.derbyshireneighbourhoodwatch.co.uk/
- THE MOBILE LIBRARY SERVICE - Sheffield Road Unstone - future dates TBC.
- ACTION GRANTS, Derbyshire County Council are offering grants of up to £10K, for the benefit of local communities, find out more at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/action.
- DERBYSHIRE ALERT - Is a website/community network that is free to register on and allows partner agencies such as Neighbourhood Watch, Action Fraud, Fire and Rescue Service etc to send alerts out,regarding local crime information, appeals, updates to crimes, crime prevention advice etc to registered users. Members of the public can register to receive alerts, their contact details are recorded it allows the police to send alerts to specific areas and send appeals to specific groups such as residents with working cctv, residents with dash cams, dog walkers etc. It also gives the user the ability to feedback information to the police and information about specific areas. Please visit www.derbyshirealert.co.uk.for further info.
- CARE LINE BEFRIENDING SERVICE - (http://www.ageconcernchesterfield.org.uk/careline.php providing a free telephone befriending service to older people who are socially isolated or lonely, trained volunteers ring up to three times a week for a friendly chat or potentially arranging help if needed.
- VOLUNTEERS WANTED, do you have a spare few hours to help to return the Telephone Boxes within the Parish to their former glory? If so please contact the Clerk via the Contact Us page or Tel: 07341 850210.
- DERBYSHIRE CONNECT - Shopping Bus Service, for more information please click here
- USE IT OR LOSE IT - LOCAL BUS SERVICES . The No.14 & 15 bus routes are currently under review, help to safeguard the future of these routes by using the service
- SCAM ALERT - for news on the latest scams from DCC, please visit firstname.lastname@example.org
- DEFIBRILLATOR - Unstone Parish Council have installed a defibrillator machine at the Fred Hopkinson Memorial Hall on Crow Lane in Unstone, it is located next to the main entrance doors. In case of emergency contact 999 for the access code