NEDDC Leader's Parish Update, 8th February 2021
It's now four weeks since the country entered its third national lockdown, and while the Coronavirus continues to dominate all of our lives, I wanted to use this update to highlight some of the other work we are doing as a Council.
As you may have already seen, we have been in talks with Killamarsh Parish Council for the past year to look at ways of improving the health and wellbeing offer to local residents.
I'm therefore delighted that, while talks on the detail continue, it has been agreed in principle that the District Council will take over the running of Killamarsh Sports Centre.
This will bring a number of benefits to existing and new users alike, such as investment in the facility, together with our many years of experience in running leisure centres.
There will be more information in the next issue of our residents' magazine 'the NEWS', so please make some time to have a read when it lands on doormats next month.
On the subject of leisure, I'm proud we have been able to support the national vaccination effort by turning Sharley Park Leisure Centre into a Covid-19 vaccine site.
Although there are many more now, at the time, the Centre was one of only two sites which were the first in the County to be converted from public spaces to carry out the vaccination programme.
This is an amazing achievement for all concerned, and I'd just like to once again thank everyone involved for making this possible, as well as our staff who continue to support the vaccination programme there.
We have now launched the next round of our Community Action Grants Scheme, with funding up to £500 available for groups in the District.
The deadline for applications is 31 March, so please help to spread the word to anyone or any groups you think could benefit.
We continue to work hard to administer the Covid-19 support grants for businesses, so if you know of anyone who might benefit, please direct them to the information on our website.
Staying on the subject of grants, I'm really delighted to let you know that we have been awarded a further £1M from the Government to spend on improving council homes in the district by installing external wall insulation on them to improve their energy efficiency and reducing their CO2 emissions by an incredible 216 tonnes per year. This will go a long way to helping with our carbon emissions and climate change targets and comes following a previous £550k grant we received late last year which has helped us to refurbish and insulate over 100 homes in Mickley. Keep a look out on our website for more updates on this really exciting news.
Also, you may know that we now have a dedicated Covid-19 support team to protect public health on the front line by offering support and guidance to residents and businesses in the District.
Over the next few months, the team will be focussing on supporting businesses and providing advice on being Covid compliant. There is also information for businesses on how to make their premises Covid-safe on our website.
I was pleased to hear that the Beat the Street game, which took place in Clay Cross, was such a success with so many people taking part and getting active. It's more important than ever that we do all we can to keep physically and mentally well.
Congratulations must go to our apprentice Abdul Hakim on his national Coach Core award. This is a great example of how someone with determination and a drive to succeed can go on to great things and I'm so pleased the Council have been able to support Abdul.
Finally, can I thank all of you for everything you are doing on behalf of your communities and for continuing to deliver excellent services to our residents and businesses, despite the many challenges we continue to face due to Covid-19.
Please continue to stay safe and if you have any queries on any of the issues raised in this email, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Cllr Alex Dale
Leader of the Council
North East Derbyshire District Council
Posted: Mon, 08 Feb 2021 09:29 by Charlotte Taylor