We have received a scam warning where a gentleman telphones a resident saying he is from Chesterfield Borough Council and he is doing some accounting work for North East Derbyshire District Council. He reports that there has been a “computer blip” and the customer has overpaid on their Council Tax Account and that the customer is entitled to a refund. Bank details are then requested. The caller identifies himself as David Carter.
The customer then receives a second phone call supposedly from their bank. The caller identifies himself as Jonathon Babbage, badge number RZ 264917 and states he is ringing from Chesterfield, Leicester. The phone number is 01246 0345 7345345. He reports that someone has tried to access the customer’s account.
Please be aware of any suspicious calls of this nature and do not give any personal details out.
Three local brass bands are set to blow their own trumpets and battle it out at Dronfield Sports Centre as they take part in our 60th Annual Brass Band Festival.
The bands – Dronfield (Genquip) Band, Stannington Brass Band and Shirebrook Miners Welfare Band – will take centre stage and will be vying for this year’s T.H. Hallworth Challenge Trophy and top cash prize at the concert on Saturday 22 September 2018.
During the evening money will also be raised for the Council Chair’s Appeal in aid of local charity Chetserfield Royal Hospital.
Councillor Jacqueline Ridgway, Council Chair said, “We have three great bands on show and it promises to be an evening packed full of entertainment and great music.
“There will be some top class musicians on display and I would urge people to buy their tickets now so they can come along and enjoy the evening as well as helping to raise money for a very worthwhile local charity.”
This 60th annual festival will see the bands playing for prize money donated by Parsons Construction, WM Lee, Rykneld Homes, Pulse Fitness, Mount Building Services Ltd, Westleigh and Avonside Worksop Residential Roofing.
The concert is being held at Dronfield Sports Centre with the doors opening at 6.30pm and the festival starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are now available and priced at £5 for adults, £4 for senior citizens and they can also be purchased on the evening. Advanced sales and enquiries can be made by telephoning Donna Cairns on 01246 217045 or Dronfield Sports Centre on 01246 217217.
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.
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.
*Update Tuesday 24 July
Temperatures across the East Midlands are expected to increase over the coming days – with the emphasis continuing to be on fine, dry and increasingly hot conditions.
The Met Office and PHE weather warning has stated: "There is a 90 percent probability of heatwave conditions between 0900 on Monday and 0900 on Friday in parts of England.
"Stay out of the sun. Keep your home as cool as possible – shading windows and shutting them during the day may help.
"Open them when it is cooler at night. Keep drinking fluids. If there's anybody you know, for example, an older person living on their own, who might be at special risk, make sure they know what to do."
The level three amber warning is issued when temperatures are predicted to hit 30 degrees during the day, and 15 degrees at night, for at least two consecutive days.
Weather-related advice can be found on the Met Office website."
Advice is to keep out of the sun between the hours of 11 am to 3 pm and stay indoors where possible. If you are outside please be vigilant, wear a hat and sunscreen and re apply every 30 minutes and have plenty of fluids.
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.
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.”