NEDDC Parish Update from Cllr ME Thacker MBE 28.05.20
Our latest Community Support figures show we have now made over 5,790 pharmacy deliveries and 88 food deliveries. We have over 6,268 residents registered with our Community Support Team who continue to do a fantastic job in supporting our most vulnerable residents.
I am pleased to confirm that we are now working towards holding our first virtual Planning Committee on 30th June with a second scheduled for 28th July. Virtual Planning Committees require considerable preparation and managing due to the requirements for consultation and public participation. These aspects have been severely impacted upon during the Covid-19 pandemic however. With new legislation in place and technology available which enables the public to take part, we are now working to get them back up and running next month. I will keep you updated on this over the next few weeks.
Following a delay to the Local Plan Examination during the Covid-19 emergency, and in light of new Government planning guidance, the Planning Inspector has given advance notice that the Local Plan Examination should continue to the next consultations. The first step will be a focused consultation for three weeks from 2June, to update the housing land supply data. There will then be a wider public consultation on the Main Modifications to the Plan, which will allow communities and residents to have their say on the removal of three large previously allocated Green Belt sites. There is more information in the news release on our website.
Can I also bring the attached letter to your attention from Chief Superintendent Hayley Barnett, the Divisional Commander for North Division, Derbyshire Constabulary. The letter to Councillors gives a brief overview of what we can expect from our local police during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the policing role with regards to the current Government restrictions. It also sets out the most significant changes in the law, so please make some time to read both.
During these difficult times it is important we look after our mental health. Spotting signs something is not well in others could help save a life. A local Parish Councillor has set up a great source of help for motor bikers following the suicide of a friend last year. There is a dedicated free metal health support service which includes 1-1 chat (available through chat function) on www.mhmotorbike.com and Facebook page www.facebook.com/mhmotorbike .
I would also like to make you aware of the Rural Hardship Support Fund, which has been established to provide financial and mental health support to people living in rural Derbyshire who are struggling with the impact of Covid-19. There is more information in the attached document, so feel free to share this widely.
If you know of someone planning to restart their business, please let them know of the workplace health and safety advice we have available for them. The information sheets have advice for a number of different businesses to help them keep their staff and customers safe when they do re-open.
Additionally, local businesses who are small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, will be able to apply to recover the costs of paying Covid 19-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees. If you have friends or family who have local businesses who this may help, please signpost them to our website for more information.
With summer just around the corner and the weather warming up, the MET office has asked us to help promote their new Weather Ready campaign. Weather Ready is a public campaign, run in partnership with the Cabinet Office, providing expert advice to encourage people to prepare for severe weather throughout the year. It covers the themes of protecting our health and property. The summer one has tips for keeping cool and advice on hosepipes and hay fever.
Making the most of the improved weather, I am sure many families will be using paddling pools to keep children entertained. It is National Child Safety week from 1 – 7 June 2020, with homes and gardens being accident hot spots for children. With the NHS extremely busy, there are simple steps and tips we can take to ensure children are as safe as possible. This is especially true at the moment, as many parents face the difficult task of being a parent and working from home at the same time. The attached document has some great advice, tips and tricks to help our children stay safe.
As ever, I ask that Parish Clerks please circulate my message to Parish Councillors as quickly as possible, whilst you remain very welcome to put these updates on your Parish websites to help share the information across our communities.
Keep safe and well.
Cllr Martin Thacker MBE
Posted: Fri, 29 May 2020 08:00 by Charlotte Taylor