Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Lothian Gardens play area

Last night the council received reports from concerned residents about a large number of youths who had climbed the fence and gate to access the Lothian Gardens play area.  This area is padlocked and closed as per Government regulations. The gathering of people in the Lothian Gardens has been reported to the police.
To help reduce the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID 19) please do not use the play areas or equipment. 
Inspection and maintenance of play equipment and safety surfaces is now suspended as the contractors are only dealing with emergency and essential works only.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Notice from Cllr Chilton - emergency safer public places


N O T I C E
GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION,
COVID-19 EMERGENCY SAFER PUBLIC PLACES
M E L B O U R N E

IN VIEW OF THE RECENT UPROAR REGARDING EMERGENCY ROAD LAYOUT PROPOSALS WHICH WERE PROPOSED FOR MELBOURNE, TO ENSURE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC COULD SAFELY PASS WITHIN THE 2-METRE RULING AS SHOPS AND BUSINESS REOPEN TO HELP THE ECONOMY, I QUOTE BELOW THE MESSAGE RECEIVED TODAY 23 JUNE 2020 FROM DERBYSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
BY MEANS OF CONFIRMATION, IN LIGHT OF A PROSPECTIVE GOVERNMENTAL CHANGE ON THE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDANCE AND BECAUSE OF THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OUR PROPOSALS FOR TEMPORARY TRAFFIC MEASURES WOULD HAVE IN MELBOURNE, WE HAVE TAKEN THE DECISION TO PUT THE IMPLEMENTATION ON HOLD.
OBVIOUSLY, IF THERE IS A CHANGE IN THE COVID MEASURES WE WILL REVIEW THE POSITION AND KEEP YOU INFORMED

UNDER GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION EMERGENCY MEASURES, THERE IS NOT THE NEED FOR CONSULTATION NOR THE TIME TO COMMUNICATE: ESPECIALLY IN THESE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES -  STAFF ARE WORKING REMOTELY.
HAVING RECEIVED NUMEROUS MAILINGS AND TELEPHONE CALLS, ALL ACKNOWLEDGED FULLY, I FORMALLY REQUESTED DERBYSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL AT THE WEEKEND TO PUT MATTERS ON HOLD, KNOWING THEY HAD A DUTY OF CARE UNDER THE LEGISLATION.  IT IS ON MY HEAD AS THE ELECTED MEMBER THAT THE COUNTY COUNCIL HAVE AGREED TO THIS ACTION.  SHOULD THERE BE A SECOND COVID WAVE, MEASURES WILL BE TAKEN IMMEDIATELY.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE, I SAW THESE TEMPORARY MEASURES, AS MELBOURNE’S OPPORTUNITY OF TRIALLING A ONE-WAY SYSTEM – REQUESTED BY MANY OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS – FREE OF CHARGE. THESE EMERGENCY PROPOSALS WERE TEMPORARY AS I TOLD MANY PEOPLE.  TO INSTALL A PERMANENT ONE-WAY SYSTEM, THE COUNTY COUNCIL WOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH A NUMBER OF PROTOCOLS – CONSULTATION, ADVERTISEMENTS IN THE PRESS, LEGAL ISSUES AND, OF COURSE,   AN AVAILABLE  B U D G E T.  I SINCERELY HOPE THE MELBOURNE TOWN TRAFFIC REVIEW WHICH HAS BEEN WORKED ON OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS IS NOT NOW IN JEOPARDY.        

… CLLR LINDA CHILTON


Friday, 19 June 2020

summer play scheme

This summer’s summer activities for schoolchildren in South Derbyshire have been cancelled due to social distancing restrictions.
The scheme was due to take place between the 27 July and 28 August and would have offered over 100 sessions across the District including 4 sessions in Melbourne.
There are plans to reschedule a number of these cancelled sessions, once restrictions are lifted, on evenings, weekends and during half term holidays.

Covid 19 emergency

Melbourne Parish Council has been informed by DCC that a temporary one-way scheme is to be put in place in  our village as part of measures to allow safe social distancing due to the Covid pandemic. As has been discussed at public events in the past, there are many reasons why Melbourne's street layout is a challenge, and whilst a permanent one-way system would address some issues, it would create others. This emergency scheme will allow Melbourne residents and visitors to assess the impact of a one-way system, and Melbourne Parish Council will consider all feedback received before deciding whether to press for either retention or removal in the future.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Domestic Abuse in Derbyshire

During lockdown the police have unfortunately seen a rise in Domestic Abuse calls, however support is still available for anyone suffering from Domestic Abuse in Derbyshire. Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Services are operating and you can contact them by telephone, email, text or chat online via their website: 
 
TEL: 08000 198 668 and you'll get help from someone close by.
If it's an emergency, call 999.
You can also email the support line giving a number you can be contacted safely at derbyshiredahelpline@theelmfoundation.org.uk

If you're deaf or hearing impaired, or unable to phone,
text the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Support Line tel: 07534 617252.
Emergency SMS - text: 999.
For the National Domestic Violence 24-hour help line tel: 0808 2000 247.

 

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. Tel: 999 and if it's 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'll 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 tel: 999 from a landline but are unable to speak you will be connected without being asked to enter 55.


Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Parish Council meetings

All members of the public are entitled to attend the meetings and are cordially invited by the Council to do so.  Time will be set aside prior to the published agenda to enable informal discussion to take place.

                 Agendas are posted on the Parish Council website                 www.Melbourneparishcouncil.org.uk

During the Coronavirus lockdown the Parish Council has agreed to hold  short virtual meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm, in line HM Government Covid-19 Regulations.
Any members of the public that wish to attend this meeting will need to contact the Parish Clerk at  Melbourneclerk.mpc@gmail.com to request an invitation. It will be helpful if you are able to submit comments or questions to the Clerk in advance of the meeting as due to the time constraints, it may not always be possible to speak unless invited to do so.