Temperatures across the East Midlands are expected to increase once again over the coming days – with the emphasis continuing to be on fine, dry and increasingly very warm or hot conditions.
From today (Thursday 19 July 2018), through the coming weekend and into early next week, daytime highs could reach the high 20s – and perhaps even exceed 30 Celsius.
However, our build of daytime heat looks set to coincide with higher humidity levels on Friday, bringing a thunderstorm risk south eastern parts of the region – and for a few locations here, some impacts could be possible.
In the heaviest showers and thunderstorms, some places could see 30mm of rain fall in an hour from slow-moving storms, which would likely bring flooding impacts, particularly if this amount of rain fell on an urban area.
As a result, a Met Office Yellow Warning for Thunderstorms has been issued that includes Rutland, much of Northamptonshire and parts of both Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.
This Warning is valid from 1400 until 2359 on Friday, bringing a Very Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts. These impacts mean we expect:
- A small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater.
- Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services, particularly during the evening rush hour.
- Spray and sudden flooding that could lead to difficult driving conditions with the possibility of road closures.
- A slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.
Of course, for many – the rainfall will be welcomed – although perhaps not in the large amounts that could fall in a short space time.
In addition to the Thunderstorm Warning on Friday, the Heat-health Watch has been updated this morning – and is now at Level Two across the East Midlands from 0000 on Friday until 0000 on Sunday. There is a 60% chance of hot and humid conditions, with temperatures likely to reach thresholds through this period, although somewhat less hot in coastal districts of Lincolnshire.
Weather-related advice can be found on the Met Office website.
Residents in and around Clay Cross are to be asked their views on sport and physical activity.
North East Derbyshire District Council has appointed Strategic Leisure Ltd to find out local residents’ views so they can develop ideas for Sharley Park Leisure Centre, with the intention of getting more people physically active in and around the Clay Cross area.
Strategic Leisure will be speaking to residents, schools, clubs and organisations across Clay Cross to assess opinions on the existing facility, how it could be improved, and what additional activities the community would like to take part in.
Cllr Graham Baxter MBE, Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council, said: “Sharley Park is a popular and well used leisure centre.
“Keeping our communities fit and healthy is one of the council’s key priorities, so that is why we want to know if there is any more we can offer our existing customers, while attracting new ones to use the facility.”
Strategic Leisure will be in the area on 11 and 12 June 2018 and would like to hear residents’ views on how the physical activity offer in Clay Cross could be shaped to get more people involved.
Venue dates and times have yet to be confirmed, so residents are asked to keep checking the council’s website www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk and social media channels for updates.
In the meantime, anyone who would like to have their say can comment online now by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SharleyPark-NUser
The deadline for comments is Monday 13 August 2018.
Once the results have been analysed, they will be fed back to the Council for a decision to be made on what additional facilities/activities we may be able to offer.
Every one of our services is celebrating a great achievement after being recognised for its strong customer focused culture and partnership working.
We achieved this standard after an external assessment of our services found that we are providing ‘excellent’ services to our local communities.
Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, "This is excellent news. We have always worked hard as a council to improve both the quality and consistency of the services we provide to our customers and this formal recognition reflects our genuine commitment to putting our customer first."
The five main criteria of the Customer Service Excellence Standard are customer insight, organisational culture, information and access, delivery of services, timeliness and quality of services.
We were inspected against the standard’s 57 elements and achieved compliance plus in seven, compliance in 44, leaving only six that achieved partial compliance and further development.
The assessor visited us over a four-day period and reviewed evidence files, whilst also talking to a wide selection of people who work for us, including partners. They also spoke to customers and tenants and visited our Contact Centre and a Leisure Centre to ensure they got a full in-depth look at how we put the citizen at the heart of everything they do.
The assessor stated that “The Council has a high degree of awareness of its customers’ needs, across both residents and business customers” and “Information about services is good, regularly reviewed, used to promote services and make customers aware of what is available to them”.
Councillor Baxter MBE added “We have always felt that consulting residents on our services and providing good customer service goes hand in hand and this is something we will continue to do and improve upon. We will not rest on this achievement as we have already started to work on improving how people can access our services and new ways of informing them what we are doing on their behalf.”
A taxi driver who undertook 208 journeys whilst his licence was suspended has been fined £1,450 and faces a ban from driving.
Intikhab Alam, (47) of Joshua Road, Sheffield has held a private hire vehicle drivers licence with the Council since February 2016 and in line with our policy at the 18-month (half way) point of the licence he was required to submit information enabling a check of his DVLA driving licence to take place.
Three reminders were sent by post last summer, but Alam failed to respond, so we suspended his PHV driver's licence on 15 August until 29 August 2017 at which time the DVLA licence check had been undertaken.
It was then alleged that Alam had carried on working as a taxi driver despite being suspended. Council officials obtained his Operator's records and they confirmed that he undertook 208 journeys whilst suspended, all of which were therefore unlicensed.
When interviewed Mr Alam admitted undertaking the journeys and that his insurance would have been invalid because his licence was suspended.
Eight sample offences from the 208 journeys undertaken were issued for prosecution at Northern Derbyshire Magistrates Court in Chesterfield - four counts of driving a private hire vehicle without a licence and four of driving with no insurance.
In sentencing the Magistrates noted that he had undertaken the journeys knowingly, despite his licence suspension and for payment. Taking into account his guilty pleas he was sentenced to fines totalling £1,000, plus legal costs of £350 and a victims’ fund surcharge of £100 (total payable £1450). He was also issued with eight penalty points for each of the four insurance offences, leaving him facing disqualification from driving as a result.
Having heard an application for leniency based on exceptional hardship the Magistrates decided the offences merited a driving ban of six-weeks.
Councillor Graham Baxter MBE, Council Leader said, “This is a case of blatant disregard for the law. To carry on driving, especially when you are responsible for other people is an absolute disgrace and we are delighted with both the level of the fine and the disqualification from driving. Let this be a warning to others that unless you adhere to the procedures in place, we will use the full weight of the law against you.”
Dog owners across North East Derbyshire District and Bolsover District are being given the chance to get their dog microchipped and receive pet health advice for free as a mobile pet checking unit is touring the area in April.
The two councils have joined forces with the PDSA Petcheck Roadshow again to offer dog wellbeing check-ups, nail clipping and ear cleaning and advice – all free of charge and undertaken by an experienced veterinary nurse.
In addition to the veterinary nurse, the Councils Dog Warden will also be on hand to provide free microchipping to dogs - something which has been compulsory for all dogs since 2016.
Our Dog Warden will also be offering responsible dog ownership advice, canine behavioural advice and giving out free poop scoop bags at each of the roadshows.
The Roadshows will take place at:
- The Hub, Shiners Way, South Normanton DE55 2AA on 24 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
- Kenning Park, Holmgate Road, Clay Cross S45 9PH on 25 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
- Hornthorpe Road, Eckington S21 4DS on 26 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
- Shirebrook Market Place, Market Street, Shirebrook NG20 8AA on 27 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
We have been running the roadshows for a number of years now and an average of 200 dogs receive free microchips and 120 receive free pet health checks during the course of the four days.
The Petcheck roadshow would also over to see any puppies for their first wellbeing check, but if they are younger than eight-weeks old, leave them at home with their mum and pop along for advice.