1 March – Community News from Derbyshire County Council – flood hardship fund, landslips damage to county roads, Food Waste Action Week,

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Help if you were affected by flooding

If your home or business has been affected by flooding last week you may be entitled to financial support.

flood Matlock Feb 2022

A number of homes and businesses in Derbyshire were affected following heavy rain which fell last week, closing some roads and causing local disruption.

In response we've set aside £20,000 to reinstate our Derbyshire Floods Hardship Funds for residents and businesses, which were first set up following floods in 2019.

If your home was directly affected by flooding, where water entered your property, you could get £104. If you run a business with 50 employees or less, and your premises were flooded, you could be eligible for £500.

Landslips damage to county roads

The A57 Snake Pass, in the north of Derbyshire, has closed after very heavy rainfall caused landslips on several sections of the road.

Snake Pass landslip

The ground has moved in three places along a mile-long section of the major route – including one area where the verge has dropped two metres.

Our highways officers are monitoring the situation but as the ground is still moving they're unable to come up with any final designs to repair the road until it's stable, which will depend on many things including the weather.

At this stage, a one-month closure between Glossop and Ladybower Reservoir is in place, but unfortunately it's too early to say when we'll be able to reopen the road.

In the meantime, we're maintaining local access for people who live there. Drivers are asked to follow the diversion route through Hathersage, Hope, Doveholes, Whaley Bridge, New Mills, Hayfield and Glossop and vice versa.

Another landslip, at Lea Road, near Cromford, which has closed the road since January 2020, is due to reopen in February 2023 but it could be sooner.

Food Waste Action Week 7-13 March

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Watch out for the UK’s second national Food Waste Action Week starting next Monday. We’ll be supporting this campaign to reduce food waste. 

County libraries will not close on my watch says council leader

Leader of Derbyshire County Council Councillor Barry Lewis has renewed his pledge to keep all libraries open across the county.

Councillor Lewis, who is also Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture, Tourism and Climate Change, reiterated his ‘no libraries will close on my watch’ statement after it was claimed that some of our libraries may close due to communities not coming forward to volunteer to run them.

National No Smoking Day

National No Smoking Day

March 9th is National No Smoking Day – a great time to quit for good!

Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health and if you're ready to quit for good then there's lots of support on offer.

NHS Smokefree has lots of top tips and advice on how to kick the habit for good. Find out more at https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree

You can get FREE stop smoking support through Live Life Better Derbyshire. It's a healthy lifestyles services that offers help to Derbyshire residents on a wide range of issues including stopping smoking, losing weight and getting more active.

Find out more at www.livelifebetterderbyshire.org.uk or call 0800 085 2299.

You can also download the FREE My Quit Route app. Full of useful support to help you stop for good.

Download it from the ORCHA website here