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NEDDC Leader’s Briefing – November 2022

NEDDC Leader’s Briefing – November 2022

Welcome to my latest Leader's Briefing.

Only one month to go until Christmas, and the next edition will be my last Leader's Briefing of the year!

We recently commemorated Remembrance Day at our Mill Lane offices and leisure centres and I really hope the commemoration events went well at parishes across the district.

If you live in the district, hopefully you have now received your copy of our residents' magazine 'the NEWS'.

This edition has lots of news and features, including about Killamarsh Active which is now up and running (we've also got the library open in the building now), also news about what else is happening at our leisure centres, as well as some of our key achievements in recent months.

A big feature in the magazine is on the cost of living, so please take a look at this and also the information on our website, and encourage others to do the same.

We feel the best way of supporting our residents and businesses is by offering practical advice on reducing energy usage, while also maintaining the heat we need to keep ourselves warm.

There are some really good features in there and a huge amount of work is going on at the council and with Rykneld Homes to support our residents.

If you know of anyone who needs specific support, please ask them to get in touch with us. We are standing ready to help as much as we possibly can.

On the theme of energy efficiency, we are running a consultation with the other district and borough councils, and county council, around energy efficiency improvements to homes. More information about this is on our website, together with how you can take part in the consultation.

Moving on to other news, you may have seen we've recently suspended green bin collections for the winter months – as we always do. In the north, the last green bin collection was week ending 11 November, while in the south, the last collections were the week ending 18 November.

In March, the collections will restart. More information on our website.

Myself and our Deputy Leader Cllr Cupit, recently spent a day shift each with the refuse teams.

It absolutely poured it down on my shift, but fortunately Cllr Cupit had a fairly dry day.

It was a fantastic experience and made me really grateful for the work they do day in, day out keeping our bins emptied, and what a mess we would be in without them.

I want to say a really big thank you to all of our refuse team and street scene services for all they do to keep the district looking clean and tidy.

A particular thank you to the teams who looked after Charlotte and myself and we'll be back out again before too long!

Last week I was also able to spend the morning with our leisure staff at Dronfield to understand a bit more about their work and see how they are getting on. It was great to be able to see behind the scenes and see what goes in to keeping our leisure centres running like well oiled machines. Huge thanks to all the colleagues who took the time to talk to me and explain a bit more about what they do.

We are doing a range of these back to the floor sessions over the coming weeks to get to grips with what our staff are doing in terms of the services they deliver.

As I've mentioned in previous briefings, we are taking a number of tough actions on fly-tipping and littering.

We've had some high-profile prosecutions. We've seized and crushed a vehicle, issued hefty fines, increased the amount we're allowed to set the fines at to the maximum possible and used hidden CCTV in well-known fly-tipping hotspots to catch the perpetrators.

We recently had a successful prosecution of £300 to a waste collector for failing to provide the correct documentation for collecting and disposing of waste.

This is a useful reminder that if you pay someone to collect your waste, you MUST check they have the correct documentation, or you could be liable yourself.

Recently myself, Cllr Ruff and Steve Lee, attended an armed forces event at the National Memorial Arboretum to collect our gold award.

We are one of only 550 employers in the country out of about seven million to be awarded the gold award as part of the MOD's Employer Recognition Scheme within the Armed Forces Covenant. This is to celebrate all the work we do to support the Armed Forces community and reservists who work for the council.

A big thank you to our Armed Forces champion Cllr Martin Thacker, as well as Steve Lee, for driving this forward and thank you to the Armed Forces community for their support with our application.

You will be aware that the Chair of the Council, Cllr Diana Ruff, is raising money for the Armed Forces Charity SSAFA.

Cllr Ruff will be hosting a 70s themed Christmas disco at Shirland on 2 December for her charity appeal, so please take a look on our website for how you can get your tickets.

Following the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen's Green Canopy Scheme has continued.

It was King Charles' view the scheme ought to continue and we were pleased to have been invited along with the other district and borough councils to plant eight trees in Shipley Country Park as a special copse in memory of the Queen.

It was great to see local organisations, like Landmarks College in Eckington, honoured as part of the event too.

It's a big Derbyshire ambition to plant a million trees over the next few years, so this is going a small way to achieve that and for a really good cause in memory of our late Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

Please keep looking on our website for more information, particularly about the cost of living, and everything I've covered in this briefing, and also keep a look out on our social media channels too.

I look forward to speaking with you next month, where I'll be talking a bit more about Christmas!

Best wishes


Posted: Thu, 24 Nov 2022 17:46 by Emma Smith

Tags: News