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Casual Vacancies 3 Councillors

The Electoral Officer for Derbyshire Dales District Council has advised the above vacancies should be

filled by co-option.

Applications are invited from individuals interested in becoming members of the Parish Council.

If you would like further details please get in touch

To apply contact the Parish Clerk by email or post

at the address below.

Closing date

9.00am Monday 6th September 2021

Co-option will take place by interview at a Parish Council meeting to be held at More »

6.45pm on Monday 13th September 2021

Parish Clerk: John Rowe c/o 1 Devonshire Villas, Upperwood Road, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3PD.

Telephone: 07717137526

E-mail: clerk@middletonbywirksworth-pc.gov.uk » Less

Posted: Sun, 18 Jul 2021 09:02 by John Rowe

DDDC: Operational changes for bin collections from 26 July

We have received the following important update about temporary changes to bin collections from DDDC:

"These are the temporary operational changes put together by the District Council and Serco to help alleviate current bin collection disruptions. The changes will start from 26 July for a period of three months.

We apologise again for the inconvenience but the aim of this plan is to ensure that all 34,000 households in the Derbyshire Dales get the best possible waste collection service in the current emergency situation. More »

👉 There will be no food waste collections (we are currently the only authority in Derbyshire to offer a separate food waste collection service).

👉 Food waste should be put in household waste containers for the period of these emergency measures.

👉 To help us complete rounds no *excess* recycling will be collected - please contain recycling in your blue bin (*or* 2 blue bags + blue box for residents on a sack collection round who don't have a bin).

👉 During the emergency measures, if we don't manage to collect your waste within 4 days of its scheduled collection we won't be able to return until your next collection date.

👉 However, where we have missed an assisted collection or bins have been missed for a number of weeks we will do everything we can to get back to you. Continue to report any missed collections at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/missedcollection

👉 We're also looking to introduce mobile 'bring sites' to hotspot locations across the district on Saturdays - a waste truck where residents can bring excess recycling. More on this will follow later.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding.

Here's more background to the current issues, caused in part by a national shortage of drivers and also by new Covid isolations 👉 www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/wastemessage" » Less

Posted: Sun, 18 Jul 2021 09:01 by John Rowe

DDDC: Important waste & recycling message

The following media release has been received from Derbyshire Dales District Council:

We want Derbyshire Dales residents to be aware that we are back in an emergency situation with waste & recycling collections.

Residents' patience and understanding at the start of the pandemic when bin collections were disrupted due to staff absences caused by Covid isolations was much appreciated.

The staffing situation at our contractor Serco - caused in part by a national shortage of drivers and also by new Covid isolations - is now just as acute as it was in the early months of the pandemic. More »

It is therefore likely we will need to make some significant operational changes in the short term, which we will announce soon on all our communications channels. We invite anyone wishing to receive free email updates about waste issues to sign up at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/enewsreg

The driver shortage is a UK-wide problem affecting different contractors, agencies and many local councils, including neighbouring authorities across Derbyshire. Councils that run their own in-house waste service are also affected.

We continue to work hard with Serco to address the issues, but we need to be frank with residents in conceding there is no quick fix.

While Serco's crews are working extended hours and on Saturdays, unfortunately staff shortages mean continued disruption is likely in the short term.

It is well-documented that there is a desperate shortage of drivers nationally - estimated at more than 70,000 - a situation that has been described by the Road Haulage Association to be of "catastrophic proportions".

Covid-19 has delayed driver training and testing and it is a fact that some EU drivers have left the UK as a direct consequence of Brexit. Further exacerbating the situation is the increased demand for available drivers caused by the recent reopening of non-essential retail.

We sincerely apologise for issues that are currently out of our control. For the time being please leave out any missed containers.

Rather than calling us by phone to report a missed collection, please use the quick online report form at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/missedcollection- these reports go direct to Serco for action.

Finally, if you are an HGV driver looking to make a difference and for local work with regular hours, we'd love to hear from you at waste@derbyshiredales.gov.uk » Less

Posted: Tue, 13 Jul 2021 09:01 by John Rowe