15 October – News from Derbyshire County Council – net zero Derbyshire, walk-in vaccinations, new walk and cycle route for Chesterfield, bus plan, stay warm, cash boost for culture, neurodivergent conditions.

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Derbyshire Now, Derbyshire County Council

Latest news in this edition:

Journey to net zero Derbyshire

With UN climate change conference COP26 scheduled to take place in Glasgow later this month, we’ve launched a social media campaign to highlight what we and our partners are doing to help tackle climate change.

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We’d love it if you could follow us on Facebook and Twitter and like and share our posts on what we're doing to help reduce our carbon footprint.

The campaign, called ‘Journey to net zero Derbyshire’, aims to:

  • highlight the council’s practical action on climate change
  • recognise green initiatives by individuals, community groups and businesses
  • dovetail with the national #onestepgreener campaign by encouraging nominations of ‘climate leaders’ in Derbyshire
  • inspire local people and organisations to reduce their carbon footprint.

It’s all part of our drive to reduce emissions generated by the county council to net zero by 2032 or sooner and help the rest of Derbyshire reduce carbon emissions generated within the county to net zero by 2050 or sooner. This is in line with national Government targets.

Net zero means reducing our carbon emissions right down to the lowest possible level and off-setting those that cannot be cut through measures such as planting more trees and other forms of habitat creation to absorb excess carbon from the atmosphere, making the overall net emissions zero.


Walk-in vaccination clinics

Walk-in vaccination clinics are held across the county, which means you don't need an appointment – you can just turn up.

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During the next few days the clinics are being held in Shirebrook, Dronfield, Long Eaton and Derby.

Or you can book an appointment if you prefer.

If you know someone who is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, please encourage them to go along. You can book an appointment through the national booking service.

​​​​​If you can't book online, you can call 119 free of charge. You can speak to a translator if you need to. 

If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, or are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can use textphone 18001 119 or the NHS 119 BSL interpreter service.


Chesterfield's new walk and cycle route

The government has awarded us just over £1.6 million to create a new route in Chesterfield for cyclists and those on foot.

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The route will go from the A619 junction with Holymoor Road, along Chatsworth Road and the existing Hipper Valley Trail, through Queen’s Park, past the train station and to the hospital and beyond by using Crow Lane and Wetlands Lane.

The plans for the route include improving existing sections by widening and resurfacing, to provide enough space for all users. They were agreed at a meeting of our council cabinet on Thursday.

And the plans have wide support amongst those who responded to a recent consultation.


Bus plan will seek improved services

We're asking the government for up to £105m for improvements to local bus services across the county.


We're working bus companies and other partners to produce the plan, and this was agreed at a meeting of our cabinet on Thursday.

Working with bus operators, district and borough councils, bus passenger groups, disability groups and other special interest organisations a consultation was held over the summer months, which asked the public what they wanted to see to improve bus services.

More than 2,000 people responded asking for buses to more areas, more affordable fares, more reliable and frequent services and real-time information at bus stops.

We'll be submitting our bid to the government by the end of this month asking for between £95m and £105m over a five-year period from 2022-23.


Stay warm and stay well this winter

Every winter vulnerable and older people become ill due to the cold. Many deaths and illnesses can be prevented by keeping homes warm and dry.

cosy stay warm older woman winter fireplace

If you think you'll struggle to stay warm and afford your energy bills this winter you can call Warmer Derby and Derbyshire on 0800 677 1332.

This free energy helpline offers impartial advice on how to stay warm at home, afford energy bills and be more energy efficient.

Householders across the county might be eligible for financial help with a new boiler, money off their energy bills, help with energy bill debt, or a home visit for more advice.

If you have a health condition that is made worse by the cold and you struggle to afford to heat your home, the Healthy Homes Project may be able to help or can direct you to other sources of support, on 01629 536919.


Cash to boost culture in the county

We're setting £1 million aside to boost culture and creative industries across Derbyshire.

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The funding, which will be earmarked from our Covid-19 Recovery Fund, will be used to deliver a series of initiatives drawn-up in partnership with the Culture, Heritage and Tourism (CHAT) Board.


The board is made up of local councils working alongside some of Derbyshire’s key visitor attractions, higher education providers and organisations such as Arts Council England, National Heritage Lottery Fund, Marketing Peak District and Derbyshire, Arts Derbyshire and Derbyshire Museums and Heritage Forum.


Neurodivergent conditions get support

If you're a parent or carer of a child with Autism, ADHD or another neurodiverse condition then there is information and support on hand on the Derbyshire Emotional Health and Wellbeing website.


New information has been added to support you whether you have concerns about a child, are waiting for an diagnosis or have a child who is already diagnosed with a neurodivergent condition.

The site contains local and national links and the resources are updated regularly.