30 April – News from Derbyshire County Council – Use your vote, get a covid test, grants for green entrepreneurs, WIN a compost bin.

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Use your vote on Thursday 6 May

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Election day is Thursday 6 May. Make sure you don't miss out on having your say to elect a new county council for the first time in four years.

Polling stations across the county will be open from 7am to 10pm as 254 candidates stand across 61 divisions, contesting all 64 Derbyshire County Council seats.

If you're voting in person, you may notice some measures will be in place to keep you and staff working in polling stations safe and protected. These include the use of screens where necessary, hand sanitising stations and in some places marshals who will help with social-distancing should queues form.

Measures in place may slightly differ from venue to venue, but all polling stations will have been fully risk-assessed to ensure they are Covid-secure.

If you had planned to vote in person but find on the day that you have to self-isolate, go away for work, or become ill you can apply for an emergency proxy vote by 5pm on Thursday 6 May by contacting your district or borough council.

Counting starts on 7 May at 10am and results will start to be declared across the county after that, with a final declaration expected later in the afternoon of 7 May 2021.

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If you're keen to get the latest results as they're declared you can register for alerts.

Sign up for regular result alerts via email and find other information on our dedicated election pages including a list of candidates and which parties they represent in each area.

You can also keep track of events on 7 May 2021 by following us on Twitter or Facebook.

Our website will be regularly updated on 7 May 2021 so you can also follow the results.


All the ways you can get a covid test

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If you're symptom free you can get a Covid test by visiting one of our community testing centres, ordering tests online or picking up a test kit from your local pharmacy.

You can also collect rapid test kits from community testing centres that you and your family can use at home.

One in three of those with Covid-19 do not have any symptoms, meaning that they could be passing on the virus to anyone they meet.

Alongside the vaccine rollout, regular testing will help with plans to re-open society and the economy by identifying people who may not know they have the virus. This will help to prevent them from passing it on to others.

Find information about our community testing sites. You can order kits from the government website. If you want to collect from a local pharmacy find out which pharmacies are taking part in the scheme.

If you have symptoms please get a test via the government's website

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Grants for Green Entrepreneurs

If your business is interested in developing and investing in green energy and carbon reduction schemes then we want to hear from you.

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Small and medium-sized businesses across Derbyshire are being invited to apply for grant funding to support new initiatives as part of our £2m Green Entrepreneurs Scheme.

Businesses in Derbyshire with up to 250 staff and micro-businesses with up to 10 staff are invited to apply for the grants.


Your chance to WIN a compost bin

Got the gardening bug during the lockdowns? Home composting is at the heart of good gardening – it cuts your waste and can save you money.

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So as this week is National Gardening Week, why not turn over a new leaf and have a go at composting your garden and food waste? We want to help and so we’re giving away three compost bins to get you started. For your chance to be one of the three winners please send the answer to the following question to recycling.competitions@derbyshire.gov.uk

Q: About what percentage of the waste in your bin could be composted?

You’ll find the answer and more composting information here

The competition is open to Derbyshire residents only – see our full competition rules here The prizes are 330 litre compost bins but if you prefer a smaller 220 litre one please state this in your entry. The closing date is Friday 14 May 2021. If you are not a winner Derbyshire Now eNews readers can still benefit from special offers on compost bins


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