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NEXT UP: Growth Scrutiny Committee (Wednesday 15th July 10am)

 


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The latest advice, help and guidance from us on the coronavirus, for residents and businesses in the District. We are updating this section regularly and as and when we receive pertinent information.

Below is a timeline of what actions we have taken and advice given since 17 March 2020.


 (15/07/200

 

Face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England - The government has announced that face coverings will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July 2020. Under the new rules, people who do not wear a face covering will face a fine of up to £100, in line with the sanction on public transport and just as with public transport, children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt. The liability for wearing a face covering lies with the individual. Should an individual without an exemption refuse to wear a face covering, a shop can refuse them entry and can call the police. The police have formal enforcement powers and can issue a fine. This is in line with how shops would normally manage their customers and enforcement is of course a last resort.

Eat Out to Help Out registration - Restaurants and other establishments serving food for on-premises consumption can now register for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

You can register if your establishment:

  • Sells food for immediate consumption on the premises;
  • Provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals; and
  • Was registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7 July.

Registration will close on 31 August.


(11/07/20)

Go Active - We will be reopening our Go! Active leisure facility from Saturday 25 July 2020. Activities will be limited to adhere to government guidance and social distancing guidelines and will need to be pre-booked.


(10/07/20)

Next phase of reopening - The government has outlined the measures that will allow outdoor pools to reopen from Saturday 11 July and indoor gyms, swimming pools and sports facilities to reopen from Saturday 25 July, ensuring millions of people can get back into more sport and fitness activities.

They have also outlined that beauticians, tattooists, spas, tanning salons and other close-contact services can also reopen from Monday 13 July.

Performing arts can now take place outdoors from Saturday 11 July with a socially distanced audience present. The government will also work with the sector to pilot a number of small indoor performances with a social distanced audience to help inform plans about how best to get indoor venues back up and running.

Free advice to small firms - The Recovery Advice for Business scheme, supported by the government and hosted on the Enterprise Nation website, will give small firms access to free, one-to-one advice with an expert adviser to help them through the coronavirus pandemic and to prepare for long-term recovery.


 (06/07/20)

 

DUWC Shirebrook - The Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre (DUWC) office in Shirebrook is now open again. Mon to Fri 9-11.30am and Mon-Wed 1-4pm. Telephone 01623 748161 or email.

Travel exemptions - On Saturday 4 July the government's travel advice changed, with exemptions for travelling to certain countries and territories that no longer pose a high risk for British travellers. The government continues to advise against non-essential international travel, except to countries and territories listed. You can also read the full guidance for British people travelling overseas during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hairdressers reopening - Also on Saturday 4 July, Britain’s hairdressers and barber shops were back open for business. You can read the guidance for people who provide close contact services (e.g. hairdressers and barbers).

£1.57 billion support package for cultural and heritage organisations - Britain’s globally renowned arts, culture and heritage industries will receive a world-leading £1.57 billion rescue package to help weather the impact of coronavirus. The money, which represents the biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture, will provide a lifeline to vital cultural and heritage organisations across the country hit hard by the pandemic. It will help them stay afloat while their doors are closed. Funding to restart paused projects will also help support employment, including freelancers working in these sectors.


 (03/07/20)

 

Playgrounds and Outdoor Gyms - We have put together some practical advice and guidance as we get ready to re-open our playgrounds and outdoor gyms.

Aesthetic Clinics - When Government Departments recently formulated the upcoming phase of relaxing lockdown, they considered businesses providing beauty/cosmetic treatments and concluded that they should remain closed. We also understand a Parliamentary Cross-Party Committee has also recently made a similar recommendation. It has been confirmed that ‘Beauty Salons’ will not be allowed to open on 4 July 2020.

‘Beauty salon’ is not defined in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 as amended. This matter has been discussed within Derbyshire Trading Standards and we have also taken the views of the wider Trading Standards/Environmental Health community into consideration. Many colleagues have been approached by aesthetic clinics across the country and the overwhelming opinion is that they fall within the definition of ‘beauty salon’. We therefore advise that, in our view, such clinics must remain closed. This is consistent with the advice that other authorities have given to businesses in their areas.

Nevertheless, we understand that the fact that this matter is open to interpretation is not helpful to businesses seeking clarity. We are aware that colleagues have contacted the Government’s Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) for guidance on this matter. OPSS have provided guidance for Trading Standards/Environmental Health on the interpretation of the Regulations on other matters throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

There will be further announcements from the Government when they consider that Beauty Salons may open again. Any Derbyshire based business can obtain advice and information from us. Please complete our business advice request form and we will respond to you: If you complete this form and provide your email address, we will also notify you when we are made aware of any changes in the situation.

 

Self-isolation lifted for lower risk countries - Passengers returning or visiting from certain destinations, which pose a reduced risk to the public health of UK citizens, including Spain and Italy, will no longer need to self-isolate when arriving in England. Passengers returning to or visiting England from certain destinations including Germany, France, Spain and Italy, will no longer need to self-isolate on arrival from 10 July 2020. The FCO will set out exemptions for a number of destinations from its global advisory against ‘all but essential’ international travel, with changes coming into effect on 4 July 2020. In addition, all passengers, except those on a small list of exemptions, will still be required to provide contact information on arrival in the UK. Further guidance will follow.

Employee return-to-work tool - A tool has been developed to help employees in England easily assess if they can return to work. The tool guides employees through questions that may influence their ability to go back to work safely. Employers can share this tool with employees to aid discussion on how employees can return to work safely.

 


 (30/06/20)

 

Business and Planning Bill - The proposed Business and Planning Bill is currently passing through Parliament and had its second reading in the House of Commons yesterday. If this bill is enacted then it may have an impact on your business over the next fifteen months. We have produced some extra information that people will need to be aware of.


(25/06/20)

Business opening advice - We have produced an advice/guidance sheet for businesses advising them how to re-open safely.


(23/06/20)

 Lockdown Restrictions Relaxed - From Saturday 4 July:

  1. Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines.
  2. Two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures. 
  3. People can now enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites to help the visitor economy.
  4. In order to begin restoring the arts and cultural sector, guidance on some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres.

Following a review, where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission.


 (19/06/20)

 

 

UK alert level moves to Level 3 - The Joint Biosecurity Centre has recommended that the COVID-19 alert level should move from Level 4 (A COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation; transmission is high or rising exponentially) to Level 3 (A COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation). The Chief Medical Officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have reviewed the evidence and agree with this recommendation to move to Level 3 across the UK.

Working safely tool - To help employers reopen their businesses safely, a new tool to identify the most relevant guidance for your business has been launched. The guidance highlighted will help you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce. Employees can also use this guidance to check what their workplace needs to do to keep people safe.

 


(17/06/20)

 

Bolsover Castle - English Heritage are delighted to confirm that Bolsover Castle will reopen from Saturday 4th July. To help keep everyone safe when they reopen they’re putting in place compulsory advance booking which will limit visitor numbers and introducing a number of other safety and social distancing measures. Please see their website for more details.


(16/06/20)

Discretionary Grant Scheme - We have allocated the monies available for this scheme and as a result it is now closed, pending receipt of any additional funds.


(15/06/20)

Contact Centres - In line with government guidance, we have re-opened our four Contact Centres at Bolsover, Clowne, Shirebrook and South Normanton. Social distancing measures are in place along with hand sanitisers. Please only visit if your query is essential.


(14/06/20)

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Update - From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant for their normal hours not worked. When claiming the grant for furloughed hours employers will need to report and claim for a minimum period of a week. Further guidance on flexible furloughing and how employers should calculate claims has been published.

Travel guidance for employees - To support businesses with employees returning to work from the Monday 15th June, the Department for Transport has developed resources for employers.

The above sets out some steps employers can take to help provide a safe return to work for employees on the transport network, including encouraging active travel, and travel outside peak hours.

New support for high streets - The High Streets Task Force has announced new training, expert advice and online resources for high streets in England today. The High Streets Task Force will provide access to cutting-edge tools, training, information and advice for high streets across England as part of the government’s efforts to get shops back in business safely from 15 June.

This support is open to local councils and all organisations involved with high streets and will include free access to online training programmes, webinars, data and intelligence on topics including recovery planning and coordination, public space and place marketing.

Re-opening places of worship - From Saturday 13 June 2020 places of worship will be permitted to open for individual prayer. Please follow the latest guidance available, which includes information on Covid-19 risk assessments that should be carried out prior to re-opening.


 (12/06/20)

 

 

Housing Repair Service - We have continued to provide an emergency and essential repairs service, gas servicing and carried out void works since the lockdown measures were introduced. Over the last few weeks we have restarted carrying out external works to reduce the back log of works and we are looking at restarting internal works and inspections to reduce the back log of works.

From 15-26 June 2020 our we will continue raising inspections and informing tenants that the Repairs Co-ordinators are not carrying out visits at this time. However they will contact the tenant if deemed essential. We will continue to raise emergencies and essential repairs only which will be schedule in and our repairs section will continue to carry out internal and external works to reduce the backlog of works.

From 29 June 2020 onwards we will raise inspections and inform tenants that the Repairs Co-ordinators are resuming visits in date order so there may be a delay in response times. All repairs may take longer to complete than normal due to changed working practices during Covid pandemic. Online Repairs system and self-service facility will reopen following above guidance.

This may be subject to change as Government guidance and work backlogs are reduced.


 (10/06/20)

 

 Universal Credit and Covid-19 - A new website has been launched to provide clear, factual information on employment and benefits support with advice on housing, furlough, sick pay and self-employment, alongside advice and FAQs for employers, those already claiming and those making a new claim.

Non-essential retail - Shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June, thanks to continuing progress in meeting the 5 tests. High street retailers and department stores, including book shops, electronics retailers, tailors, auction houses, photography studios, indoor markets, and shops selling clothes, shoes and toys, will be allowed to open their doors again provided they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines set out by the government in May. Employers should also display a notice visibly in their shop windows or outside their store to show their employees, customers and other visitors that they have followed this guidance.


 

 

(09/06/20)

Contact Centres - Our Contact Centres in Bolsover, Clowne, Shirebrook and South Normanton are set to re-open on Monday 15 June. Please only visit us if your query is urgent or essential. Otherwise please use this website or telephone 01246 242424.


(05/06/20)

Face coverings - As per the government's recent announcement, wearing face coverings on public transport will be mandatory in England from Monday 15 June. Key points to note:

  • The new guidance refers to face coverings - not surgical masks - which you can easily make at home.
  • Exemptions will be made for very young children, the disabled and those with breathing difficulties.
  • You can be refused travel if you don’t comply and could be fined. Alongside transport operators, this will be enforced by the British Transport Police, as necessary

Business Advice Sheets - We have put together some information advice sheets for businesses, retailers, takeaways, etc that set out some simple steps and rules.


 (04/06/20)

Planning guidance Ministerial Statement - You can download the guidance on the Government’s Ministerial Statement regarding construction site working hours during the response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.


(03/06/20)

Business Growth and Recovery Grant FundWe have allocated £200,000 to provide grants to local businesses looking to grow or start-up. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, £25,000 of the fund has now been ring-fenced to offer grants of up to £500 for those businesses looking to implement measures to re-open safely, or looking to implement new ways of doing business due to being affected by the virus.


(01/06/20)

Discretionary Grant - The Government have awarded us £620,000 to provide a Discretionary Grant to local small and micro sized businesses that may have been ineligible for other COVID-19 funding and need support with ongoing fixed property costs. The grant process is open for a limited time period.


(30/05/20)

Job Schemes - The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme has been extended - with those eligible able to claim a second and final grant capped at £6,570. In addition, the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, including improved flexibility to bring furloughed employees back part time in July, and a new taper requiring employers to contribute modestly to furloughed salaries from August has been announced. Please read the full detailsull details of the announcement, which includes a new factsheet for both schemes.


 (29/05/20)

Lockdown adjustments - From Monday 1 June

  1. Nurseries and other early years settings and reception, year one and year six in primary schools will reopen in a safe way;
  2. Outdoor retail and car showrooms, where social distancing is generally easier, will reopen; and
  3. Up to six people will be able to meet outside (in parks, gardens and other private outdoor space) - provided those from different households continue strictly to observe social distancing rules by staying two metres apart.

Please note that those who have been asked to shield themselves should continue to do so. Further social distancing guidance will follow in the coming days - please visit the governments Coronavirus FAQs page for updates.

From Monday 15 June

  1. Secondary schools will begin to provide some face-to-face contact time for years 10 and 12; and
  2. The government intends to reopen other non-essential retail - but only provided the five tests are still being met and shops have been made Covid secure.

(28/05/20)

Test and Trace - The new NHS Test and Trace service has been launched today across England. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.


 (27/05/20)

Physical Activity Survey - The survey aims to better understand how physical activity levels may have been affected during the Covid-19 pandemic across Derbyshire. There is a chance to win £50 shopping voucher.


(26/05/20)

Cyber Crime and Fraud - Cyber crime is on the increase during Covid-19. In this latest update the focus is on Business Email Compromise (BEC) which is a form of phishing attack.


(25/05/20)

Reopening Retail Premises - The government have set out a timeline for retail to reopen from 1st June and guidance has been published for how to operate safely to protect staff and customers

  • Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers. As with garden centres, the risk of transmission of the virus is lower in these outdoor and more open spaces. Car showrooms often have significant outdoor space and it is generally easier to apply social distancing.
  • All other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, will be expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines, giving them three weeks to prepare.
  • Businesses will only be able to open from these dates once they have completed a risk assessment, in consultation with trade union representatives or workers, and are confident they are managing the risks. They must have taken the necessary steps to become COVID-19 secure in line with the current Health and Safety legislation.

 


(22/05/20)

Health measures at borders - New health measures at the UK border have been announced to guard against a second wave of coronavirus infections. They include 14 days self-isolation for anyone entering the UK, bar a short list of exemptions. The arrangements are due to come into effect on 8 June.


 (21/05/20)

Animal Welfare - We have updated our information sheet regarding trading and practices from businesses with animal undertakings.

Household Recycling Centres - With the bank holiday approaching and people traditionally tidying their houses and gardens, please make sure you check the latest information on household recycling centres.


(20/05/20)

Pick for Britain: MidlandsAs you may have recently heard a new ‘Pick for Britain’ scheme was launched and to address the fact that we are likely to only have about a third of our normal labour force for this year's harvest. As such, we will need to rely on British workers to lend a hand to help bring that harvest home. Opportunities are available across the UK for those seeking a second job, particularly those that are furloughed.

Social Distancing Guidance - There is loads of guidance on the GOV.UK website about coronavirus and social distancing in different scenarios.

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme - The maximum loan size available through the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme has been extended from £50 million to £200 million. Loans under the expanded scheme will be made available to large businesses affected by coronavirus from next week. Changes also mean companies receiving help through CLBILS and the Bank of England’s Coronavirus Corporate Financing Fund will be asked to agree to not pay dividends and to exercise restraint on senior pay.

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme - The recently announced Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will go live from Tuesday 26 May, when a new online service will be launched for small and medium-sized employers - with fewer than 250 employees - to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees. Employers will receive repayments at the relevant rate of SSP that they have paid to current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020. Full guidance is now available.


 (19/05/20)

 Discretionary Business Grants Scheme - The Government has published its guidance for councils regarding the Discretionary Business Grants Scheme. This grant is aimed at small businesses who were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund. Councils across Derbyshire are working together to agree a scheme which is fair, consistent and reflects the criteria stipulated within the guidance. Within the next few weeks this scheme and the grant application process will be published on our website. In accordance with the Government’s guidance we anticipate that the first discretionary grant payments will be received by eligible businesses in early June.


(15/05/20)

Animal welfare - Information regarding trading and practices from businesses with animal undertakings

Community Partners Update - An update on groups, services and projects that can be of help to all during the current situation.


(14/05/20)

Creswell Crags - A statement regarding the easing of COVID-19 ‘lockdown’ from Creswell Heritage Trust Executive Director, Paul Baker.

Armed Forces Charities - Extra funding to support frontline Armed Forces charities across the UK has been anounced.


(13/05/20)

 Coronavirus Business Trade Up Date - A summary of the Prime Ministers update address to the nation on 10 May 2020 regarding the current lockdown, movement and business activity restrictions to control the transmission and spread of Coronavirus is as follows:

  • Only the businesses that are not on the restricted premises list can operate until the legislation is changed, so those that have been restricted must remain closed (except garden centres).
  • All businesses must undertake a coronavirus risk assessment and implement control measures to prevent the transmission and spread of coronavirus.
  • The restrictions for other businesses may be lifted 1 June 2020 as long as transmission rates for coronavirus remains below the expected level (less than 1%).
  • In anticipation of restrictions being lifted as of 1 June 2020, businesses must start to prepare for a safe return to its undertaking by completing a risk assessment.  

Business Support in Safe Return to Work - Please ensure you adhere to the control measures that we expect our businesses to have in place. 

  • Businesses that fall under the Health and Safety remit of the Council will be emailed a coronavirus questionnaire that they are expected to complete if they plan to start trading on 1st June 2020 (providing the restrictions are lifted and the legislation amended).  If you do not receive one within the next 7 days please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request one.
  • In conjunction with the risk assessment questionnaire there is a coronavirus daily checklist that businesses can use to ensure safe working practices are being adhered to once they start trading.

 

Garden bonfires advice - We have produced some guidance on having garden bonfires during the current situation.

Pregnant women and new mums workouts - Sport England have teamed up with ukactive to launch a series of online workouts to help pregnant woman and new mums be physically active at home.


(12/05/20)

Household Recycling Centres - Household waste recycling centresousehold waste recycling centres (which are managed by Derbyshire County Council) will reopen with restrictions in place from Monday 18 May – but residents are only advised to visit them if they have waste they cannot store safely at home.

Working safely guidance - The government has issued new guidance to help businesses in the UK to get back up and running and workplaces operating as safely as possible.

Job Retention Scheme - The government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October.


 (11/05/20)

Social distancing and face masks updates - The government have issued updates on social distancing guidelines and on making and wearing face coverings.

Green Bin Collections - Households across Bolsover District will start to receive green bin collections again from this week. Please check your bin calebdar or use our 'When is my bin collection' tool to find out when your scheduled collections are.


(07/05/20)

Bolsover TVIn conversation... is our new segment on Bolsover TV where we talk to people about issues affecting Bolsover District. Watch as Council Leader Steve Fritchley talks about isolation and the importance of community groups within society.

Illegal Waste - There has been an increase in illegal waste collection and unlicensed waste collectors trying to take advantage of the current situation. Your waste is likely to end up fly tipped if it is collected by an unlicensed waste collector and may be traced back you, in which case you will receive a £200 fixed penalty notice. If someone approaches you and offers to remove your waste for a fee or you arrange waste collection through social media, please CHECK that they have a valid waste carriers licence. If they don’t, DO NOT USE THEM and report them to us on 01246 242424 for advertising unlicensed waste collection. Two £200 fines have been paid this week by householders for failing in their duty of care to ensure they transfer waste onto someone who is authorised to carry it. Don’t let it happen to you.

Five Ways to Wellbeing - Family guide for ideas as to fun activities to encourage children and adults to engage in the Five ways to wellbeing whilst you are social distancing and self-isolating.


(06/05/20)

Business Advice Sheets - We have put together some information advice sheets for businesses, retailers, takeaways, etc that set out some simple steps and rules.

Self Employment SupportApplications for the Government's Self-Employed Income Support scheme (SEIS) will open on 13th May. Check your eligibility today using their online toolThose who are eligible will be able to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their average trading profits up to a maximum of £7,500 (equivalent to three months’ profits), paid in a single instalment covering 3 months, and capped at £7,500 altogether. This is a temporary scheme, but it may be extended.


(05/05/20)

Green Bin Collections - Households across Bolsover District will start to receive green bin collections again a week from today (12 May 2020). The green bin collections were suspended at the end of March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This was to allow us to prioritise more resource on emptying black bins and mitigate the increasing risk of coronavirus impact on staff and residents. However, with staff levels returning to near normal we have decided to re-instate green bin collections. Householders are asked to check when their collection dates are using their calendars or the ‘When is my bin collection’ tool


(04/05/20)

Bolsover TV - The lastest episode of Bolsover TV has been aired which looks at how the Sewing Room from Shirebrook and Castle Sewing Hub in Bolsover are making face masks and scrub bags for the local community and hospitals, we take a look back at what the Council has done over the past twelve months, inactive families at two schools get a £1,000 boost, we catch up with Glapwell Cricket Club to see how they are coping in the current climate and community groups and charities can get funding to help deal with Covid-19.

Connect Bolsover Small Grants Scheme - Charities, Parish Councils and community organisations operating within Bolsover District can now apply for a grant of £200 - £1,000. The grant can be used to help deliver projects/services that meet ‘Connect Bolsover’ criteria. As a priority, we wish to support organisations that are already established and delivering essential services to vulnerable and/or isolated residents within Bolsover District.


(01/05/20)

Green Bin Collections - We are delighted to announce that we will be re-introducing green bin collections from w/c Monday 11 May. As this is only 10 days away, we politely ask that you please share this information with friends, family and neighbours please. Please use your calendar to check when your collection dates are and there will not be any side waste allowed.

Skills Toolkit - A Skills Toolkit has been launched which enables people who are unemployed or furloughed to develop their workplace and digital skills. The website groups training in to ‘beginner’, ‘intermediate; and ‘advanced’ courses and takes the learner to the relevant training provider offering this. All training courses are FREE.

Community Update - A useful list of what is available, when and where from. 

Business against Scams - More people are working from home than ever. Increased stress, less opportunities to talk to colleagues and a different working environment are all things that criminals are using to their advantage to commit fraud. This website provides tips and information on how to protect yourself against a variety of common business related frauds.

Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Fund - The Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund is an interim replacement for the Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP) and is open for enquiries on 1 May 2020.

Managing children's behaviour - Our Parenting Practioner has put together a document giving helpful tips and advice to manage children's behaviour during lockdown.


 (30/04/20)

Business Support - Over £7bn in grants has been paid to small businesses in England to help them deal with coronavirus. We still have a number of businesses who are eligible and 

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have not yet applied! Contact us on 01246 242490 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have received a letter and not done anything about it.

Refuse Operatives - Our bin men have been overwhelmed by the public support they have received during the current pandemic. Residents and communities have come out to clap them as they go about their work, taped messages to bins showing their support and sent letters in highlighting their appreciation for the work they have been doing. Thank you all for your kindness and support as this means the world to our bin men.


(29/04/20)

VE Day - The government announced today revised plans to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May in a manner consistent with the current measures to contain the spread of coronavirus. The new programme will allow members of the public to remember and give thanks to the Second World War generation from the safety of their own homes. To find out more about how they can take part, members of the public can visit 75 VE Day website.


(28/04/20)

Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan - To help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus, the bounce back loan scheme has been intriduced. The key details of the loan are below:

  • The scheme will go live from Monday 4th May 2020 and cash will be released within days for eligible businesses.
  • Businesses can borrow between £2,000 and £50,000.
  • The Government will guarantee 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.
  • Loan terms will be up to 6 years.
  • The Government will work with lenders to agree a low rate of interest for the remaining period of the loan.
  • The scheme will be delivered through a network of accredited lenders.

Dads and Daughters Skills Challenge - Women In Sport want to encourage families to try and make the most of this unprecedented time at home so, inspired by their Daughters and Dad Active and Empowered project, they’re challenging daughters and dads to hone their skills together at home. They’ve created six challenges based on six key sports kills: kicking, catching, underarm throw, bouncing, overarm throw, jumping.


(27/04/20)

Sports Clubs Funding - Sports clubs across Bolsover District can now access a fund that provides grants between £300 and £10,000 to deliver immediate funding to those organisations which deliver sport and physical activity which are most in financial need.

Cuppa RoutineFour simple exercises you can do in the kitchen in the time it takes to boil the kettle.


(23/04/20)

Citizens Advice Bureau Update - The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) have provided an update on their services and they have added extra advisers to their telephone lines and also introduced a webchat feature to their website, for access to advice.

Planning Services - A reminder that our planning service has been reviewed due to the coronavirus pandemic and we would ask everyone to consider the following before making any planning submissions:

  1. Our staff are working from home where possible and so any paper planning applications or other correspondence submitted to us is likely to be subject to significant delays. To help us maintain the service during this time please ensure all planning applications are submitted electronically via the Planning Portal and requests for pre-planning application advice and any other enquiries should only be submitted electronically via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;
  2. All planning decision notices will only be issued electronically.
  3. We will make every attempt to keep as many planning services as possible operating but cannot be certain of the staff and resources we will have available. We will not be able to see customers who call into the reception.
  4. The planning committees in April and May have been cancelled.

 


(22/04/20)

 Exercise Habits Changing - New research has shown that the majority of adults in England think exercise is now more important than ever, with walking proving the most popular activity.


(21/04/20)

 Business Grants - 40% of businesses in Bolsover District who were sent a letter advising them they are entitled to a business grant have not yet responded to us. If you've had a letter please get in touch with us asap on 01246 242490 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

HIIT 2 Class - Emma and Dawn take you through your paces in the second of the series of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) classes for you to do at home. Visit Bolsover TV and scroll down to the leisure section.

Coronavirus – Burning and Garden Bonfires - With the current Government advice for people to stay at home, we are providing extra advice on garden bonfires and the burning of waste to keep our residents safe during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Residents across the District are being asked to think of others and not light bonfires during the current pandemic. It is important to be especially considerate at this time, when people are confined to their home and unable to escape unpleasant fumes. Bonfires can also become out of control or cause accidents, creating extra pressure on the already busy emergency services.

We understand that the changes to collection services and the closure of recycling centres may create a storage issue for some residents. Where possible, residents are urged to consider other methods of dealing with garden waste, such as composting, or bagging up the green waste and storing until the current emergency is over.

The Coronavirus is known to cause serious respiratory illnesses. Therefore, we will continue to investigate complaints about smoke nuisance during this period, including visits where appropriate. If someone is found to be causing a nuisance by burning, they could be issued with a Community Protection Notice (CPN). Failing to obey a CPN carries the possibility of criminal sanctions and can lead to seizure and forfeiture of items, default works and recovery of costs and / or a fine of up to £2,500.

Any other types of waste besides garden waste (e.g. household waste or packaging) cannot be burned at any time. This is an offence under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act (1990) and if prosecuted carries penalties of up to 5 years imprisonment and / or an unlimited fine. If you are experiencing nuisance from the burning of waste, please contact our Joint Environmental Health Service on: 01246 242424.

Cyber Crime - Please visit the Safer Derbyshire website for more information on cyber crime and how to stay safe online during Covid-19.


(20/04/20)

Bolsover TV - The lastest episode of Bolsover TV has been aired which includes an update from Council Leader, Steve Fritchley on the Community Support Team.

NNDR Grant Scam - We have been made aware of a suspected fraudulent application for a NNDR grant. A company was contacted from someone stating they were from the HMRC and they asked for their details – business rate account number, bank details etc. Please do not give these details out over the phone as we (or the HMRC) would never request details like this over the telephone. We are thoroughly checking every form we receive as well as contacting businesses to ensure the details are correct against the details we hold (not the ones provided to us) to verify the bank account numbers. To be clear once again we (or the HMRC) would never ask for bank details over the telephone, so please do not give these out.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - The governments scheme is now open for applications. Employers can now go online to claim cash grants worth up to 80% of wages, capped at £2,500 a month per worker. 5,000 HMRC staff will operate the scheme, which is expected to help thousands of firms across the UK.

Illegal Waste - There has been an increase in illegal waste collection and unlicensed waste collectors trying to take advantage of the current situation. Your waste is likely to end up fly tipped if it is collected by an unlicensed waste collector and may be traced back you, in which case you will receive a £200 fixed penalty notice. If someone approaches you and offers to remove your waste for a fee or you arrange waste collection through social media, please CHECK that they have a valid waste carriers licence. If they don’t, DO NOT USE THEM and report them to us on 01246 242424 for advertising unlicensed waste collection. Two £200 fines have been paid this week by householders for failing in their duty of care to ensure they transfer waste onto someone who is authorised to carry it. Don’t let it happen to you.

Green Bin Collections - Our green bin collections are suspended which will help to minimise the spread of the virus from our operations and protect our staff. We recognise that during this 'lockdown' people still want to get into their gardens to keep them neat and tidy. Therefore during this suspension garden waste including grass clippings can be placed in your black bin but more substantial garden waste such as branches, hedge clippings, etc should be stored in your green bin or if you do not have room retained until the green bin suspension is lifted. Alternatively you could look to home composting, which is the most environmentally-friendly way of dealing with kitchen and garden waste, plus it produces compost that can be used as an excellent soil improver.

Community Support Team - Our Community Support Team have helped thousands of people across Bolsover District. Form delivering food parcels, collecting medication or just offereing a friendly voice at the end of the telephone to people affected by the Covid-19 virus. For people who are self-isolating or in need of assistance we are asking you to register with our Support Team so we can direct resources to those in need across Bolsover District. Contact us on 01246 242424 or complete our self-isolation form.

Support Line - Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new telephone-based support line for local people who are experiencing increased distress or anxiety during the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The new service, staffed by mental health professionals, is also intended to support people who are experiencing a reduction in their usual mental health care services, as a result of changes that have been made by the NHS to support the pandemic. The support line, which will initially be available between the hours of 9am – midnight every day of the week, can be contacted by calling 0300 790 0596. The line is open to Derbyshire residents of all ages.

 


(17/04/20)

Fitness Class - Shannon and Emma are back with a 20-minute Core class that you can take part in at home. Visit Bolsover TV and scroll down to the leisure section.

Are you getting all the nutrients you need? - In times of crisis it’s essential we look after ourselves, and a healthy diet is a crucial part of staying fit. Most of us get a good helping of nutrients from the food we eat, but there are a few we’re at risk of under-consuming.


 (16/04/20)

Fitness Class - Shannon and Dawn take you through the second in the series of their Legs, Bums and Tums classes that you can do at home. Visit Bolsover TV and scroll down to the leisure section.


 (15/04/20)

Garden and bonfires - We issued a statement on Friday 9 April (see below) requesting that residents think of others and not light garden or bonfires during the current pandemic. This information is still applicable and the Fire Service have now issued the following statement in support of our actions:

 

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is calling for people to consider their neighbours and their own safety ahead of having a controlled burn/bonfire.

As we spend more time in our gardens during the Covid-19 pandemic, smoke from a garden fire can cause a nuisance to neighbours, not to mention present a potential fire risk.

Please follow your local authorities’ guidelines before having a controlled burn/bonfire and ensure you follow this important safety advice:

  • Be considerate of your neighbours – reconsider having a bonfire in your garden.
  • If you do decide to have a bonfire, situate it away from sheds, hedges and fences, making sure nothing is overhanging.
  • Do not leave your bonfire unsupervised.
  • Don’t use accelerants such as petrol to start a fire.
  • Consider what you are burning. Smoke from plastic can be toxic.
  • Contact the Fire Control team on 01332 861800 to avoid Firefighters being called out unnecessarily.

 


(14/04/20)

Job Retention Scheme - The government have updated their Job Retention Scheme following feedback. Check to see who is covered and how to claim wage costs

Fitness Class - Join Shannon and Ruth as they perform a Low Impact Circuit class that you can take part in at home. Visit Bolsover TV and scroll down to the leisure section. 


(09/04/20)

Leaders Update - Council Leader, Steve Fritchley has given an update on Council services and how they are being affected by Covid-19 on Bolsover TV.

Coronavirus – No Burning or Garden Bonfires - With the current Government advice for people to stay at home, we are providing extra advice on garden bonfires and the burning of waste to keep our residents safe during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Residents across the District are being asked to think of others and not light bonfires during the current pandemic. It is important to be especially considerate at this time, when people are confined to their home and unable to escape unpleasant fumes. Bonfires can also become out of control or cause accidents, creating extra pressure on the already busy emergency services.

We understand that the changes to collection services and the closure of recycling centres may create a storage issue for some residents. Where possible, residents are urged to consider other methods of dealing with garden waste, such as composting, or bagging up the green waste and storing until the current emergency is over.

The Coronavirus is known to cause serious respiratory illnesses. Therefore, our Environmental Health Service will continue to investigate complaints about smoke nuisance during this period, including visits where appropriate. If someone is found to be causing a nuisance by burning, they could be issued with a Community Protection Notice (CPN). Failing to obey a CPN carries the possibility of criminal sanctions and can lead to seizure and forfeiture of items, default works and recovery of costs and / or a fine of up to £2,500.

Any other types of waste besides garden waste (e.g. household waste or packaging) cannot be burned at any time. This is an offence under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act (1990) and if prosecuted carries penalties of up to 5 years imprisonment and / or an unlimited fine. If you are experiencing nuisance from the burning of waste, please contact our Joint Environmental Health Service on: 01246 242424.

 

Green Bin Collections - We had to take the difficult decision to suspend green bin collections to minimise the spread of the virus from our operations and protect our staff. We recognise that during this 'lockdown' people still want to get into their gardens to keep them neat and tidy. Therefore during this suspension garden waste including grass clippings can be placed in your black bin but more substantial garden waste such as branches, hedge clippings, etc should be stored in your green bin or if you do not have room retained until the green bin suspension is lifted. Alternatively you could look to home composting, which is the most environmentally-friendly way of dealing with kitchen and garden waste, plus it produces compost that can be used as an excellent soil improver.

 


(07/04/20)

Drainage Wet Wipes

 

Drainage Issues - Can you please ensure you only flush toilet paper down your toilet and not baby wipes or kitchen roll. This is the disgusting mess our drainage operatives have to deal with. A situation that can so easily be avoided. We advise wipes to be placed in the black bin unless you are self-isolating or showing any Covid-19 symptoms then the wipes should be double bagged and only placed out for collection when a minimum of 72 hours has passed, if the bin collection is sooner than this the bag should be safely stored until the next collection day. Please pass this message onto friends and family. 

 

 


(06/04/20)

Bolsover TV - The lastest episode of Bolsover TV has been aired which includes an update from Council Leader, Steve Fritchley on services and what we are doing as a Council.

Princes Trust - £5million Enterprise Relief Fund will offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business.


(03/04/20)

Fly Tipping - Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, county councils have closed many waste disposal sites to the public. As a result, there has been an increase in illegal waste collection and unlicensed waste collectors trying to take advantage of the situation. Your waste is likely to end up fly tipped if it is collected by an unlicensed waste collector and may be traced back you, in which case you will receive a £200 fixed penalty notice. If someone approaches you and offers to remove your waste for a fee or you arrange waste collection through social media, please CHECK that they have a valid waste carriers licence. If they don’t, DO NOT USE THEM and report them to us for advertising unlicensed waste collection. Two £200 fines have been paid this week by householders for failing in their duty of care to ensure they transfer waste onto someone who is authorised to carry it. Don’t let it happen to you.

Domestic Abuse Silent Solution - If you ring 999 from a mobile but it is not safe for you to speak, Silent Solution is a system the police use to assess and respond to your call.  

  • Ring 999 and if it is not safe to respond to the BT operator when they ask what service you want, stay connected.
  • If the operator hears any suspicious noise you will be transferred to the police.
  • If nothing is heard you may be asked to press 55, this will connect you to a police call handler, listen carefully to their questions and instructions so that they can assess your situation and arrange for assistance.
  • This system means that the police can respond to genuine emergencies when people are in danger, and accidental or hoax 999 calls do not distract them.
  • Accidental 999 calls from a landline are less likely so if you call 999 from a landline but are unable to speak you will be connected without being asked to enter 55

Government Leaflet - The Government are sending a paper copy of this leaflet to all UK residents and it will start landing on doorsteps from today. 

Personal Searches - All personal search appointments have been cancelled and we will not be making any future appointments until staff and visitors are able to return to the offices in Clowne. As an alternative we are able to email the usual print out of the Register that personal search companies receive upon arrival at their appointments. 

CON29 and LLC1 - We have been notified by Derbyshire County Council that they will be unable to provide the CON29 highway information during this period. As a result we will be unable to return search results until such time as the County Council staff return to work. For the LLC1 replies we do not have access to all of the records that we check the register against due to staff working from home. We are therefore unable to provide full guaranteed search results. We will provide the information that we have access to and once we return to the office we will endeavour to resolve any outstanding issues as soon as possible. If anyone has any questions regarding the above please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 (02/04/20)

Business Rates Grants - Provide your bank details online here

D2N2 PPE Campaign - D2N2 is putting its support behind the PPE4NHS campaign and is asking businesses across the region to donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the fight against Coronavirus. In addition to widely reported shortages of PPE within the NHS, the Care and Charity sectors are also finding it difficult to source adequate items of PPE in order to safeguard vulnerable members of society.

Freedom of Information Requests - In order to maintain key services, as well as support our most vulnerable residents and staff, we have had to divert many of our resources including our officers. This reallocation means that we may not be able to respond to requests for information made under The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Environmental Information Regulation (EIR) or Data Protection Act (DPA) within the statutory timescales. We will of course endeavour to respond to these requests as soon as possible, and would like to thank you for your patience during this time. If you have any queries please contact our Performance Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


(01/04/20)

Social Distancing and Sports Direct - Following reports of groups of people congregating across the District and staff at the Sports Direct warehouse in Shirebrook leaving in groups, Council Leader, Steve Fritchley has requested an inspection of the site so advice can be given to staff about social distancing. Read more.

Sport England - A £195 million fund is being made available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.


(31/0320)

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) - CAF have launched a £5m emergency grant programme to support small charities during the Covid-19 crisis.

Redundancies - D2N2 are providing a redeployment triage service for employees affected by coronavirus redundancies.

Green Bins - Green bin collections have been suspended from today to allow us to put more resource into emptying black bins and to reduce the risk and spread of coronavirus amongst our employees. Can you please help and spread the word of this decision with any family and friends who live in Bolsover District?


(30/03/20)

Green Bin Suspension - From today, green bin collections will be suspended. This is to allow us to prioritise more resource on emptying our black bins and mitigate the increasing risk of Coronavirus impact on our staff. You are advised to put food waste in your black bins during this temporary suspension period. We also ask that you present your black and burgundy bins for collection by no later than 6am on collection day as timings of collections are likely to change (i.e. when the vehicle normally arrives on streets) given we have placed extra resource in our black bin rounds. Please continue to recycle as much waste as possible through your burgundy bins.

Sport England Join the Movement - Sport England have launched a Join the Movement campaign to keep people active with tools and advice to exercise while spending more time at home.

WhatsApp Service - The UK Government has today launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp:

  • The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services.
  • This will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well as helping ensure people stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.
  • The GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service is an automated ‘chatbot’ service which will allow the British public to get answers to the most common questions about coronavirus direct from government.
  • The service will provide information on topics such as coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases in the UK, advice on staying at home, travel advice and myth busting.
  • The service will also allow the government to send messages to all opted-in users if required.
  • To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.

(27/03/20)

Job Retention Guidance Update - The government have updated their Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance, with specific reference to National Insurance and pension contributions for furloughed workers.

Business and Retail Restrictions - New regulations have come into force restricting non-essential businesses from opening to help tackle coronavirus and additional guidance for food businesses too.

Go! Active - To help you stay active and keep fit whilst at home we have added four classes to our Bolsover TV station for you to take part in at home. 


(26/03/20) 

Financial Support for Residents and Businesses during Covid 19 - We recognise that in these unprecedented times our residents and businesses will need support. We have therefore introduced measures on Council Tax Support and Business Rates to try and ease some of the pressures you may be experiencing during this time.  

Employment Opportunities/Redundancies - Any employers in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire making redundancies or offering employment opportunities are being asked to co-ordinate this through Futures For You

Business Support Website - Following questions and issues raised by businesses a new FAQ section has been added to the government website about what business support is available.

Community Support Team - We are spearheading a major push to help provide advice and support to people affected by the Covid-19 virus and have set up a Community Support Team. For people who are currently self-isolating or in need of assistance we are asking you to register with our Support Team so we can direct resources to those in need across Bolsover District. Contact us on 01246 242424 or complete our self-isolation form.

Green Bin Suspension - From w/c 30 March 2020 green bin collections will be suspended. This is to allow us to prioritise more resource on emptying our black bins and mitigate the increasing risk of Coronavirus impact on our staff. You are advised to put food waste in your black bins during this temporary suspension period. We also ask that you present your black and burgundy bins for collection by no later than 6am on collection day as timings of collections are likely to change (i.e. when the vehicle normally arrives on streets) given we have placed extra resource in our black bin rounds.

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Testing - On 25 March the Government announced that MOT testing for cars, vans and motorcycles will be suspended from 30 March due to the Covid 19 outbreak and all vehicles requiring an MOT on or after that date will receive a six month extension to their MOT. As a result, and to reduce the risk of the spread of Covid 19 we will cease to undertake Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle compliance inspections from 26 March 2020 until further notice. At the present time, as part of our Covid 19 restrictions, the Licensing Authority will only accept applications for vehicle licences on-line. Each application must be accompanied by the V5 registration document or proof of purchase, the application fee and a current valid insurance document for the vehicle. Applications will be checked to ensure they have a current MOT certificate. All vehicles will be required to complete a full Certificate of Compliance inspection at their next inspection in six months’ time. We would remind all vehicle proprietors that it will be a condition of your vehicle licence that the vehicle is maintained in a roadworthy condition and this is paramount to ensure continued public safety during these difficult times.


(25/03/20)

Small Business Grant Funding - We are currently setting up our systems for paying out the Small Business Grant FundingThis will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs; the grant will be paid out to all eligible businesses automatically. There is no need for any business to apply if they are eligible as we will be making the payments as soon as possible.

Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles - Taxis and private hire vehicles can continue to work. But the advice is absolutely clear - people should stay at home if possible. That is the way to save lives and protect our NHS. The public should avoid travel unless absolutely essential. The only reasons to leave our houses are set out in the government guidance. Clearly if absolutely necessary to travel by taxi or private hire vehicle, best efforts should be used to follow the guidance as far as is practically possible, including washing your hands as soon as you get home.

Waste and recycling collections – Waste and recycling collections will continue as normal. However, we will regularly assess the situation depending upon staffing levels.

Grass cutting - Non-essential grass cutting will not take place. Sight-lines required for safe highways will continue to be cut. We will monitor this service as required to keep people safe. This will be kept under review.

Fly tipping - We will continue to remove waste where it is excessive or hazardous.

Clinical Waste Collection - This will continue to be collected from households receiving medical health care in their home.

Street Cleansing (Litter\Animal Bins) - The emptying of dog waste bins and street litter waste bins will continue according to demand. The service will be flexible depending on how full the bins are.

Transport - Hackney carriages and taxis will continue to be tested to meet our licensing arrangements to maintain public safety.

Burials and interments – These are continuing as planned.

Emergencies - For example, fallen trees will be attended to on a case-by-case basis.

 


(24/03/20)

Business Grants - The Derbyshire Emergency Relief Fund is now in place and an initial £1million has been allocated to support the County’s smallest businesses. Businesses with nine or fewer employees and sole traders will now be able to apply online for up to £500 in emergency support to help to cover the initial hardships that companies might have as a result of the pandemic.

Housing Repairs - Our housing repairs are only carrying out emergency work and gas commissions. all other work including gas servicing, internal/external works, voids, welfare works and capital works have been suspended until further notice.

Making a complaint - Because we are implementing our COVID-19 contingency actions, we may be unable to provide responses to your complaints within our corporate timescales. We are committed to ensuring this service continues to be delivered. This is only a temporary measure and staff have been relocated to home based working to provide this service where possible. If you wish to make a complaint, please submit it electronically, via the website or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contacting Us - We're very busy at present dealing with enquiries. If you need to contact us for issues like benefit claims, waste services, housing repairs, etc then please do not telephone us. Either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us or visit the relevant sections of our website and we'll deal with your query as quickly as we can.

Boris Johnson address to the nation - Read what Boris Johnson said in his address to the nation. You should now only leave your house if:

  • You’re shopping for basic necessities.
  • For one form of exercise per day.
  • Any medical need or care for a vulnerable person.
  • You’re traveling to/from work, only if necessary.

 

Business Rates - Updated information regarding Business Rates and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on our business rates.

 


(23/03/20)

 Waste and Recycling collections - Our waste and recycling teams are continuing as normal at present. This will be kept under constant review depending upon staffing levels.

Personal Searches - All personal search appointments have been cancelled and we will not be making any future appointments until staff and visitors are able to return to the offices in Clowne. As an alternative we are able to email the usual print out of the Register that personal search companies receive upon arrival at their appointments. 

CON29 and LLC1 - We have been notified by Derbyshire County Council that they will be unable to provide the CON29 highway information during this period. As a result we will be unable to return search results until such time as the County Council staff return to work. For the LLC1 replies we do not have access to all of the records that we check the register against due to staff working from home. We are therefore unable to provide full guaranteed search results. We will provide the information that we have access to and once we return to the office we will endeavour to resolve any outstanding issues as soon as possible. If anyone has any questions regarding the above please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Rents - We will not be sending out rent statements at year end this financial year. Should you have an urgent need for a statement or if you have any queries regarding your rent account please contact the Rents Department on 01246 593065.

Planning Services - We have reviewed the planning service that we can offer and we would ask everyone to consider the following before making any planning submissions:

  1. Our staff will be working from home where possible and so any paper planning applications or other correspondence submitted to us is likely to be subject to significant delays. To help us maintain the service during this time please ensure all planning applications are submitted electronically via the Planning Portal and requests for pre-planning application advice and any other enquiries should only be submitted electronically via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;
  2. All planning decision notices will only be issued electronically.
  3. We will make every attempt to keep as many planning services as possible operating but cannot be certain of the staff and resources we will have available. We will not be able to see customers who call into the reception.
  4. The planning committees in April and May have been cancelled.

 

Premises across Bolsover District - As a result of a number of complaints from members of the public about premises remaining open, we will take a zero tolerance approach to any bars, pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms, museums, spas, massage parlours, bingo, concert halls, casinos, betting shops, indoor skating rinks, swimming pools and leisure centres flouting the requirement to close (other than for takeaways) and will not hesitate to prosecute if necessary. Anyone found guilty could face an unlimited fine on conviction.

Derbyshire Alert - We have had reports of a new trend for coronavirus-related frauds. Please register for Derbyshire Alerts to receive the latest news.

Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre - An update (Polish version) on what services are still available and they are giving telephone helpline advice and making appointments as necessary


(21/03/20)

Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) - This scheme opens for applications today and can provide facilities of up to £5m for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cashflow.


(20/03/20)

Business - Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19)


(19/03/20)

 Go! Active Closure - We have taken the decision to close our Go! Active leisure facility to coincide with the school closures. The leisure facility will close from 9pm on Friday 20 March until further notice. Read more.

Business Rates Update - The Chancellor announced in last week’s Budget that the current 50% retail discount would be increased to 100% for 2020-21 and expanded to include all occupied retail, leisure and hospitality premises. Guidance is provided on the types of use that will be eligible for the discount. Broadly they are hereditaments that are being used for the following purposes:

  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues,
  • for assembly and leisure; or
  • as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.

 Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Update - An update from CAB on what servcies they are currently offering.


(17/03/20)

 

Council Leader, Steve Fritchley has moved to reassure residents that we are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus and ensure essential services remain operational.

Councillor Fritchley said, “The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff is our top priority. We will continue to monitor Public Health England advice and work closely with them and our other partners to monitor developments and communicate the latest guidance and advice to help prevent the virus from spreading.”

In an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus and protect the public and our staff, we are planning a shut-down of non-essential services for four working days during the Easter week.

The Easter period is traditionally a time when families are off together resulting in less of a demand for council services and the partial shut-down of services will help us restrict the spread of the virus and allow us to test our business continuity plans. These dates are subject to change depending upon the national picture and information from Public Health England.

Services such as waste and recycling collections, benefit claims and payments, essential housing repairs, central control, contact centre and mobile wardens will continue to operate as normal, but other services such as leisure, planning and economic development will be suspended.

Councillor Fritchley added, “The situation is fluid and is subject to change. But I want to reassure people not to panic, that we have a plan and are putting these plans into action by doing all we can to protect people. Essential services will continue so we can make sure the vulnerable are cared for and that critical frontline services are prioritised in the event that resources become stretched as a result of the Coronavirus.”

We have also taken the additional steps of:

  • cancelling all formal and non-essential meetings and events;
  • continuing to work with our partners and stakeholders to mitigate the risks and ensure our business continuity arrangements are fit for purpose;
  • sharing information about good hygiene practices  directly with all employees;
  • ensuring that our facilities are cleaned more frequently.

Regular updates will be published on our website as well as on our Bolsover TV channel and social media platforms.

Q and A
From Thursday 9 April at 5pm to Monday 20 April at 9am, the following applies but may be subject to change depending upon the national picture.

Council Buildings
All council buildings will be closed to the public. You can still telephone us on 01246 242424 for emergency.

Services

The following services will be operational during this period

  • Waste and Recycling – fully operational
  • Grounds maintenance – partially operational to deal with essential areas
  • Street cleansing – partially operational to deal with health and hygiene issues such as emptying town centre bins
  • Environmental Health – partially operational to deal with essential requests
  • Contact Centre – partially operationally and contact can only be made via telephone on 01246 242424.
  • Housing repairs – partially operational to deal with emergency repairs
  • Housing/Homelessness – partially operational to deal with emergency cases
  • Benefit claims and payments – partially operational to ensure any payments are made on time and any new urgent claims are dealt with.
  • Mobile Wardens – full operational
  • CAN Rangers – fully operational
  • Business parks – fully operational

Leisure bookings

All leisure bookings will be cancelled during this period. Our leisure staff will contact all those with bookings and alternative dates will be offered.

Our Go! Active leisure facility will be closed from 9pm on Thursday 9 April to 6am on Monday 20 April. The Easter Sports Splash holiday Scheme has been cancelled. For any party bookings an alternative date or a full refund will be offered. For all membership enquiries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Outreach Sports Sessions

With immediate effect the follwoing outreach sports sessions have been cancelled:

  • Friday night Premier League Kicks sessions held at Castle Leisure Park from 5:30-6:30pm cancelled until further notice
  • Youth of Barlborough on Wednesdays 7 – 9pm, cancelled until further notice
  • Whitwell Youth Hub on Tuesdays 7 – 9pm, cancelled until further notice (venue closed)
  • Whitwell Pick n Mix 50+ Social Activity Hub on Tuesdays 10am – 12noon, cancelled until at least Tuesday 7 April.(venue closed)
  • Creswell family cycle rides - cancelled until further notice

Benefit claims and payments

All benefit claims and payments will continue as normal.

What are we doing?

Our Senior Management Team are meeting every 2-3 days to discuss operational requirements and national guidance to ensure our essential services are still operational and our business continuity plans are put into practice.

Who to contact

For more information, please visit:

Bolsover District Council
NHS
Public Health EnglandPublic Health England
Advice

Everyone is reminded to follow Public Health England advice to help prevent the spread of infection:
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds. Soap and water is the best way to do this.
Wash your hands:

when you get to work or arrive at home
after you blow your nose, sneeze or cough (make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue and then bin it)
before you eat or handle food

 

 

 


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We are holding a further briefing session for prospective election candidates and agents for the forthcoming local elections (District and Parish) in May 2019.

The briefing session will take place at 6pm on Wednesday 20th March 2019 in the Council Chamber at the District Council’s offices at the Arc in Clowne and will last approximately one hour.

The briefing will be hosted by the Returning Officer, Dan Swaine and will cover the nomination process, key dates of the election timetable, the election campaign, polling day and arrangements for the verification and count of the votes. The SPOC (the single point of contact at the Police) will also be in attendance.

The briefing is open to all candidates and agents. It will be relevant to all those standing again who require a refresh on the process.

All potential candidates and elections agents are welcome to attend but are asked to contact the Electoral Services Team to register their interest either by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone on 01246 242422.

Please can you circulate this amongst your colleagues or can you let us know who the candidates/agents may be and we can circulate the email to them.

Sarah Sternberg

Head of Corporate Governance and Monitoring Officer


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There are several types of elections that have an impact upon local government. These are Local government elections (parish, district, county); Parliamentary (General) elections and European Parliament elections.

To vote in any type of election you must be registered to vote.

Tender Contracts contacts

  • Tel: Sandy Williams 01246 242424
  • Email: 
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