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Annual Newsletter 

Draycott Parish Council Annual Newsletter May 2021.

Due to COVID-19 and our committment to reducing paper we will no longer be delivering copies to each house in the parish.  Please contact the clerk if you would like to receive a paper copy

Previous newsletters:


The Annual Meeting of the Parish 2021 took place on 29th April 

The Annual Parish Meeting Community Booklet 2021   includes the Agenda, minutes from 2019 and all the community group updates

We encountered a number of technical issues at the meeting, below are all of the presentations / videos from the Committees and Community Groups which highlight what a wonderful place Draycott is

Community Groups

Draycott Parish Council

Previous Community Booklets

ACTION PLAN 2021 -22

The 2021-22 Draycott and Church Wilne Parish Council Action Plan was adopted at the meeting on 10 March 2020 – please read it to find out what we intend to accomplish on your behalf this year:Action Plan 2021-22

St Chad’s Water 

Social Distancing at St Chad’s Water LNR

Parts of the paths will not accommodate the social distance of 2 meters, so we would ask that you walk around the lake / paths in a clockwise motion.

Please take any litter and do poo bags home with you as bin collections on the site will be less frequent than usual.


Whilst we appreciate that St Chad’s is a lovely peaceful area that people wish to remember their loved ones at, please do not leave any flowers, plants or memorial items at St Chads (other than Memorial Benches) – the area is first and foremost a Nature Reserve (packaging and some flowers / plants may be harmful to the wildlife)


The car park barrier is in place and the gates will be opened from

  • 8am until 8pm from 1st April until 31st August and from
  • 8am until 7pm 1st September until 31st September
  • 8.30am until 4.30pm from 1st November until 31st March


By leaving deadwood and cut logs, the council can provide homes for many species of bug, insect, moss, fungi, lichens, and bird & bat nesting sites. It’s easy #climateaction too as deadwood locks up carbon for years.


There are a limited number of bins around St Chads Water, we have to pay for all rubbish collections, like all Local Nature Reserves we would encourage you to please take your litter home with you.


Click here for the Link to  Draycott in Bloom website

Click here for the Link to Draycott Village Fund Facebook page

Dog Poo Bags – Biodegradable

FREE BIODEGRADABLE DOG BAGS – are available from Draycott Off licence (Station Road), Suns News (Victoria Road) The One Stop Shop, and the Parish Rooms (Elvaston Street). Please note you must be a Draycott resident.


Crime and ASB figures dated from the 10th March-12th April;

Crime (6)

  • 10/3 Hopwell Rd Criminal damage
  • 18/3 Elvaston St, Burglary
  • 20/3 Hopwell Rd, Criminal damage
  • 26/3 Derby Rd, Theft
  • 24/3-7/4 Market St, Theft
  • 11/4 Walter St, Theft

ASB (8)

  • Mapleton Rd
  • Market St
  • Hopwell Rd
  • Wilne Rd x 2
  • Lime Grove
  • Gertrude Rd
  • Derby Rd

2 of the incidents were Covid related.



Burning of Waste – Smoke Pollution:

All households can have bonfires provided they do not regularly and adversely affect other households.  Action which causes localised pollution with a potential risk to health as a result of burning may be considered a nuisance.  If you are affected by such a nuisance you should consider contacting Erewash Borough Council Environmental Health Dept. at 01159 072244 or by emailing

There are some commercial businesses within Draycott which have exemption from certain regulations enforced by the Environment Agency which limit the means of disposing of larger volumes of waste as a business by using a D7 exemption, a link to which can be seen here:

If you become aware of emissions from any business which you believe are the result of burning anything other than plant-based materials (i.e. rubbers, plastics, oils etc. which often produce thick black and acrid smoke) or you believe the conditions of the exemption are not being adhered to such as importing of waste for burning you should contact the Environment Agency directly using their 24 hour incident hotline at 0800 807060 and also advise EBC of the action you have taken using their link above.

Traffic and parking Survey in Draycott – 2019

Please find below the links to the traffic and parking survey and subsequent meetings that were hosted by the council on residents behalf in September 2019

Minutes 20190912 Public Open Meeting Parking and Traffic (Approved)

Response from Highways Officers to both the Survey and Open meeting questions October 2019

Parking Consultation Survey Results – August 2019


Risley Educational Foundation


The Foundation offers educational grants to young people from 18-24 years who live, or parents live, in five local parishes including DRAYCOTT. For more details and an application form please contact the Clerk to the Trustees – Mrs E Warren on .

Afternoon Tea Dance on 16 May at Spondon Village Hall from 2-4pm Call the Rotary Club on 01332 875350 if you need transport


Details of local walks can be found by clicking the following link and looking at the section – ‘Details of lovely walks in Erewash’

Click on the link for Autumn Walks in Erewash

NEWS FROM EREWASH BOROUGH COUNCIL – Cllrs Tim Scott and Val Clare 4th May 2021

Information for voters

With the local elections now two days away, Erewash Borough Council has issued an information checklist for voters in the borough. Polling stations will be open from 7am-10pm as normal. However, they will operate differently to ensure the safety of everyone, and this may mean it will take longer to vote – please be prepared to wait in a socially distanced queue at busy times. A range of safety measures will be in place. These include that voters must wear face masks and are encouraged to take their own pencil/pen to mark their ballot paper. Hand sanitisers will be in place and polling station staff will be following safety advice. Anyone registered to vote should have received a card with details of their local polling station. The poll card gives electors their voter number and details of their polling station – or it will confirm details for those residents who have requested a postal vote. Anyone who has not received a card can call the Erewash election hotline on 0115 907 1190 or email When voting at a polling station, it is helpful to take the poll card with you. But anyone who doesn’t have it can still vote as long as they are registered. Anyone taking their poll card will be advised to take it home with them. Anyone who applied for a postal vote must complete it and send it in the envelope provided for it to be received before 10pm on Thursday 6 May. For those who left it too late to post back, they can drop it off at any polling station within Erewash or at either Long Eaton or Ilkeston Town Hall. The local elections on 6 May are to elect Derbyshire county councillors and a Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner. In Little Eaton, electors will also vote on their village’s Neighbourhood Plan while in the parish wards of Borrowash East and Borrowash West voters will be given ballot papers for Parish Council elections. Following the resignations of two Erewash borough councillors, by-elections are being held in Ilkeston’s Hallam Fields and Long Eaton’s Nottingham Road wards where voters will also be given ballot papers to elect new representatives. More information can be found on the elections pages of the Erewash Borough Council website.

Save time, do it online

Residents are being reminded that they can deal with a wide range of queries relating to council services via an online account. My Erewash enables people to view their council tax account, including what has been paid so far this year, submit queries and report issues such as fly-tipping. Updates to all requests are provided. Community Grants Scheme

Erewash Borough Council is once again offering help towards worthy causes across the borough through its Community Grants Scheme. Voluntary groups and organisations are being encouraged to apply now for up to £2,000 and the council is particularly keen to support projects and initiatives that are helping the local community. The grants scheme has helped hundreds of local groups and sporting organisations over the years and the release of the latest funds is to support all the vital charity and voluntary work that is going on right now in the area. The council wants to hear from as many organisations as possible ahead of the closing deadline of 5pm on Thursday 1 July 2021. Full details of the scheme and how to apply, can be found on the community grants page. Please also read the accompanying EBC Community Grants Funding Policy. Anyone wanting any further advice on how to apply can email  EBC’s Community Grants Scheme is unable to provide funding to any community group that has received a grant award within the last 12 months.

New Homes – Your views needed

A second round of public consultation on Erewash Borough Council’s proposed sites for new housing over the next two decades has been given the go-ahead. At an Extraordinary meeting of the council held on Thursday 25 March, councillors voted on a further exercise to get underway to ask the public for their views. Have your say on the Revised Options for Growth by taking part in the online consultation on the Erewash Borough Council website. A report going to the meeting shows that following last year’s 12-week consultation (extended to July 2020), the council has made some changes to its original preferred options for sites to meet the borough’s housing needs. The original proposals included building new homes on the Green Belt at four local sites – west of Acorn Way in Oakwood; adjacent to Cotmanhay Wood, Ilkeston; a site south-east of Kirk Hallam; and land north of Lock Lane, Sawley. However, it is recommended that Lock Lane is dropped from a new revised list of options for housing growth, with the council’s report saying no solutions have been found to development issues caused by the busy low level freight rail crossing near the site. This recommendation has been approved. Councillors were advised that another proposed Green Belt site would replace Lock Lane in the next round of consultation – a site on the borough’s boundary with Derby City north of Spondon alongside Spondon Wood. The report also outlines further proposed changes to the earlier preferred sites: An extension to the original development at Kirk Hallam, due to a now reduced area of housing capacity on four fields north of Cotmanhay and west of Cotmanhay Wood. The owner of land east of the Wood, which was also included in the original consultation, has said they do not wish to develop their land for housing. It says extension of the site south west of Kirk Hallam would sit alongside land within the proposed Kirk Hallam Relief Road and help with the go-ahead of that road. The brownfield Stanton Regeneration Site will remain as a proposal for a 1,000 home community south of Lows Lane. This follows the sale of half of the former Ironworks site to the north of Lows Lane for employment development. A report to the Extraordinary meeting says it is hoped a second consultation would lead to a full proposed Core Strategy by September this year and that initial house building would begin, at the earliest, by 2022/23. All relevant documents and full details of the sites can be found on the Core Strategy Review page of the EBC website. Printed copies can also be requested by calling 0115 907 2244. Responses can be submitted by email to  or by post to: Planning Policy, Long Eaton Town Hall, Derby Road, Long Eaton NG10 1HU.

Erewash in bloom returns

The time has come for people in Erewash to once again showcase their fantastic flower displays and gardens through an annual competition run by Erewash Borough Council. The hugely popular Erewash in Bloom crowns winners across a range of categories, all of which will help make Erewash bloomin’ marvellous this summer. The competition is online this year due to the fallout from coronavirus. Unlike previous years where judges visited the gardens of finalists, this time entrants can submit five photographs per category through an online entry form where photographs for each category can be uploaded. There are 11 categories for residents, community groups, businesses, and schools, with final judging by a virtual panel in August. The top three entrants in six of the categories, including best front garden and tallest sunflower, will receive cash prizes or vouchers. There will be certificates and trophies for the winners in the other five categories. The competition launched on Tuesday 27 April and entries will close on Friday 2 July. Entries can also be posted to: Erewash in Bloom, Merlin House, Merlin Way, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 4RA. Please include your name, contact details and which category you are entering. Many Thanks

DCC Report – (Cllr Robert A Parkinson) – 13th April 2021

Restructure of ETE and Community Services to become Place

Changes are being made to the structure of some of Derbyshire County Council’s Place based services.  ETE will be known as Place from 17 May, aligning with when Chris Henning, the new Executive Director of Place, joins the council.

The council has taken the opportunity to bring together more of the Place based services, to provide greater synergy in the way that it can respond to the needs of residents.  The intention is that Libraries and Heritage and Trading Standards will move to become part of Place in the autumn. Community Safety will remain in CCP.

The Place department will have three directors and there will be a balance of responsibilities across each of them as follows:

Environment and Transport Director with responsibility for:

  • environment – climate change, countryside service and heritage and conservation service
  • waste management – procurement and operations
  • transport – all aspects of operational transport services

Economy and Regeneration Director with responsibility for:

  • economic growth and development with regeneration and recovery, employment and skills, transport strategy
  • planning, highways DC and trading standards
  • major programme and projects – development and management
  • libraries and heritage services

Highways Director with responsibility for:

  • all aspects of the highways function
  • highways hub and customer engagement
  • flooding
  • emergency planning

Whilst the department transitions to these new arrangements and permanent appointments are made to the new director roles, the current director roles will be fulfilled as follows:

  • Joe Battye continues as Economy and Regeneration Director
  • Julian Gould continues as Acting Highways Director
  • Claire Brailsford commences as Acting Director Environment and Transport from 1 April

Don Gibbs, Director for Community Services retires from the council shortly and until these services transfer over to Place, alternative reporting arrangements have been put in place.

Council provides support for young people’s mental wellbeing

Derbyshire County Council has been given funding to provide training to education settings to look after young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

During the pandemic, students may have experienced a range of issues based on their experiences and the training course means teachers and education staff will be able to recognise, understand and help them cope.  It will also give them confidence to support their colleagues, parents and carers.

So far 157 educational staff from 95 educational settings have attended training with a further eight webinars planned for 2021, which it is hoped will reach a further 150 educational staff.  The £141,600 of government funding has been given to the county council to deliver ‘Wellbeing for Education Return’ courses and provide ongoing advice and support.  The council’s Children’s Services team has been working with schools, NHS England and other external partners to tailor locally the training materials.

The course is available to all state-funded education settings in Derbyshire, including academies, special schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision.

More care worker jobs are available with Derbyshire County Council

Members have been asked to help spread the word about positions that are available supporting some of Derbyshire’s most vulnerable residents.

Derbyshire County Council is offering flexible, long or short-term care worker contracts with a fast-track application process.

The county council wants to hear from people looking to work various hours including former carers who may consider a return to the profession, people aged 18 or over or retirees.

Recruits are needed to offer support to help older and disabled people lead dignified, fulfilled lives in our care homes.

Tasks would include helping people get washed and dressed, preparing light meals or snacks and supporting people to take their medication or offer personal care.

New starters, along with all other care staff, will have access to all the personal protective equipment they need to stay safe while doing their job in line with Government guidelines.

The council currently has vacancies in Swadlincote, West Hallam, Belper, Heanor, Eckington, Shirebrook, Staveley, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Ashbourne and Bakewell.

No previous experience is necessary as full training is given.

Positive beginning for county council’s Green Entrepreneurs Fund

More than 130 people from businesses and community groups across Derbyshire joined the virtual launch of Derbyshire County Council’s Green Entrepreneurs Fund – a £2m grant fund for organisations interested in developing and investing in green energy and carbon reduction schemes.

Businesses and organisations heard details about how they can apply for funding through the scheme being run in partnership with the University of Derby to help support green economic recovery across Derbyshire.

Find more information about the programme including application forms, timetable for grant funding and eligibility criteria.

Afternoon Tea Dance on 16 May at Spondon Village Hall from 2-4pm Call the Rotary Club on 01332 875350 if you need transportAfternoon Tea Dance on 16 May at Spondon Village Hall from 2-4pm Call the Rotary Club on 01332 875350 if you need transport

Erewash Valley Ramblers

Brian Marshall will be leading 3 Circular Walks from car park behind Draycott Fish Bar starting at 10-30am

Wednesday July 21st 2021 4 miles around Draycott and part of Derby Canal.
Wednesday August 4th 2021 4miles Draycott and Church Wilne.
Sunday September 26th 2021 7 miles Draycott, Ockbrook, and Hopwell.

All walks must be pre-booked by calling Brian on 01332 873849 – numbers are limited to 30 and test and trace will tracking will be utilised