A clean, green and safe environment is a top priority for us. We manage and maintain a number of the District's parks, recreation grounds, closed cemeteries and green open areas. This can also be carried out in partnership with local Parish Councils and under agency arrangements with Derbyshire County Council.
Different types of open space require different levels of maintenance, so the frequency varies according to the location.
In areas such as closed cemeteries, public open spaces, play areas and grass verges you can expect the grass to be cut on average every two weeks between March and October, dependent on weather conditions. On vacant open area sites we will cut the grass at least once a month from March to October, again dependent on weather conditions.
Road safety is our main concern and at places where visibility is important we cut accordingly. Verges are cut on average twice every month between March and October.
We are also aware of our responsibilities towards increasing biodiversity, so we cut in a way that allows animals and wild flowers to enjoy their natural habitat, while still making sure safety is a priority.
If you are a Council tenant and are not physically capable of maintaining your own garden and have no family in the area you may be able to get assistance from us. Each case is determined on its own merits and you should contact us to arrange a visit. You can fill in a general enquiry form via our ‘Do it Online’ button and a member of staff will contact you to arrange an informal visit to assess your situation.
Tree Pruning and Hedge Cutting
We undertake a programme of cutting, pruning and conservation to maintain our trees, hedges and other aspects of the natural landscape. We trim hedges bordering the highway at least once a year, as well as the hedges of infirm council tenants. Trees will be examined regularly and maintenance work carried out as necessary. Health and safety of the public is a priority and also that of the natural environment.
If the tree is covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO), or is in a conservation area you must contact us before you do any work. Applications for work on trees in conservation areas usually take up to six weeks of receiving the application. Applications for work on trees covered by a TPO will be dealt within eight weeks of receiving the application. Our team of gardening experts provide a full range of services to keep your garden looking at its best. Please get in touch so that we can provide a quote to look after your garden, whether it is privately owned or rented.
- Hedge trimming
- Grass cutting
- Tree pruning and felling works
- Shrub and border maintenance
All work is undertaken to a professional standard so you can rely on us to look after your garden. You can request to be put on our assisted garden list by filling in a general enquiry form using the ‘Do it Online’ button.
The volume of music, and in particular the bass content which gives the distinctive "bass thump" in neighbouring properties. Please remember that the volume of music should decrease as the evening draws on.
We provide advice and treatment services covering a range of domestic pests such as rats, mice, fleas and wasps. This service is for domestic premises only and adheres to our Pest Control Policy (194kb). No treatment in commercial premises will be undertaken. Please click here for Pest Control informatino for residents.
The pest control service will be provided within the boundary of domestic premises only for the eradication of:
|Treatment||Timescale for appointment||Charge|
Rats inside your property
|1 working day||No charge|
|Rats outside your property||5 working days||No charge|
|Bed Bugs||5 working days||Standard Fee £46.23
Out of Hours Fee £60.45
|Cockroaches inside your property||5 working days||Standard Fee £46.23
Out of Hours Fee £60.45
|Fleas inside your property||5 working days||Standard Fee £46.23
Out of Hours Fee £60.45
|Mice inside your property||5 working days||No charge|
|Wasps||5 working days||£46.23|
|Advice and Guidance||2 working days||No charge|
If you need to pay for a treatment you can do so by debit card over the phone whilst you make an appointment for your treatment. Out of hours service is only available in emergency circumstances and is at the discretion of the Joint Assistant Director of Environmental Health. Every person requesting the service will be charged including Council tenants, private tenants, owner occupiers and landlords. Contact us for further advice.
Please see the information factsheet for dealing with pests such as invasive weeds like Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam and Giant Hogweed. If you think you have Japanese Knotweed or need help in identifying it, please see our factsheet.
Non Native Species
There are several key features to look out for which will help you distinguish between Asian hornets, and our native European hornet, Vespa crabro:
•The Asian hornet is smaller, with queens up to 30 mm, and workers up to 25 mm in length. European hornet queens can reach 35 mm
•A key feature of Asian hornets is its almost entirely dark abdomen except for the 4th segment which is yellow. European hornets, on the other hand, have a brown and yellow striped abdomen (see below)
•Whereas the legs of European hornets are dark, Asian hornets have bright yellow tips to their legs
•Asian hornets are only active during the day, unlike our native hornet which is most active at night