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I’m sure many of you, like me, were looking forward to joining with others to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day this year. The authority is controlled by the Conservative Party, who won control in the May 2017 local council election. In the 2005 elections, her seat was uncontested. Effectively it will be a hub for coordinating efforts across Derbyshire and ensuring people are well and safe.

Of course, these public events and gatherings are sadly cancelled or on hold at least, due to the coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean we can’t mark this historic, important and poignant occasion safely from our own homes, doorsteps, gardens and sofas. With the bank holiday weekend upon us, we would normally be preparing to welcome visitors to our county with open arms. “The floods in November affected many farms in the county and I am delighted to see that farmers are able to apply for funding to help them put right the damage caused. By using our site you agree that we can store and access cookies on your device. Leader's blog Council leader Barry Lewis talks about a boost to Derbyshire's economy. Read our cookie policy. It’s difficult to know when life will return to what we considered normal before the coronavirus began to affect every aspect of our lives. You can also come along to any Derbyshire County Council meetings which take place five times a year, usually on a Wednesday afternoon, at its headquarters in Matlock. The latest message from Derbyshire County Council Leader, Councillor Barry Lewis. Derbyshire County Council. I’ve always had a strong idea of what community spirit means to me and I see it all the time when I’m out and about and meeting with dozens of people every week in my role as Council Leader.
As cases climb higher in the UK the experience from elsewhere tells us there will be increasing challenges and we must be ready for them, so I want to reassure you that Derbyshire is ready to face this, working with partners across the public, private and voluntary sector including charities large and small. Derbyshire County Council Leader, Councillor Barry Lewis, has welcomed the Government’s announcement of funding for farmers affected by flooding. Councillor Lewis said he had been inspired by the many examples of Derbyshire Spirit among staff in all departments – and also in communities across the county. The Farming Recovery Fund is available from the Government. Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis. Derbyshire County Council – leader's blog. It has never been more important for us to come together, to work with other agencies and colleagues in district and boroughs to support each other to provide the support and care that people need during this time.

We’re here at County Hall in Matlock to explore how we can all work together to help tackle climate change. Read our cookie policy. We use cookies on our website. More than 150 people have gathered from organisations ranging from local businesses to housing developers, councils and other public bodies – which is really great. We have started the call for volunteers for the Community Response Unit. We’ve also set aside an initial £1m coronavirus fund to help support vulnerable residents and affected businesses, and have welcomed the Government creating a £500m hardship fund, which local authorities will be able to tap in to. “This is an unprecedented situation and we are doing everything we can to support the people of Derbyshire. Council position. We will pull out all the stops, financial or otherwise, to ensure we can support communities, charities and groups in any way we can that in turn support our residents.

Climate change is an issue which faces us all and everyone needs to play a part if Derbyshire is to become a net zero carbon county in line with Government targets by 2050. “I am truly humbled by the many, many examples of our staff who are working incredibly hard to make sure we continue to deliver vital services to our communities across Derbyshire. The Covid-19, global pandemic has arrived in our communities triggering the largest peacetime response ever mobilised – not just here in Derbyshire, or nationally – but globally. See our openness at meetings information for details of how to do this. We’ve now launched our COVID-19 Community Response Unit which is already working to bring agencies across the county together to support residents and businesses as they tackle this virus and its effects.

Cllr Ford was named Leader at a Full Council meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2018. We get it. The seven-day infection rate in North East Derbyshire jumped from 136 to 166 in the same period, with cases rising to 169 from 138. However the situation changes over the next few weeks and months I’m sure people will still need help and support. Read more inspiring stories of staff, key workers and communities who are spreading the Derbyshire Spirit. But we need to be sensible – and if everyone swarms to those honeypot locations such as Matlock Bath, Bakwell, Monsall Head and Ladybower, to name but a few, it will make effective social distancing nigh on impossible, putting everyone at risk.

He has represented the Willington and Findern ward on South Derbyshire District Council since May 2003 and is also a Derbyshire County Councillor for Repton and Willington. By using our site you agree that we can store and access cookies on your device. We look forward to welcoming you then. Among other things, staff are working in our Community Response Hub delivering food parcels and medication to shielded residents, have volunteered to work extra hours in our care homes and are making sure our buildings are clean to avoid spreading the virus. They are Glossop and Charlesworth, Alfreton and Somercotes, and Eckington and Killamarsh. Huge efforts by staff who have stepped up to support vulnerable people across Derbyshire during the coronavirus outbreak have been hailed by council leader Barry Lewis. A key part of what we are trying to do is to reassure people that during these extraordinary times, when every sinew of community effort needs to be stretched to ensure our communities, residents and vulnerable people get the support they need, that we are working together as a community. This declaration shows information relating to business, property, contracts or organisation membership.
“For some local groups a small donation may make the difference to that organisation making it through this pandemic. One final thing we are doing is working closely cross party, perhaps in an unprecedented way in Derbyshire, and discussions with the Leader of the Labour Group Cllr Paul Smith have been excellent and this should absolutely be the way political parties work when facing a crisis of this nature – together but with real challenge and real support to direct the efforts of the county council. “The carers I am working alongside are inspirational, treating residents with such dignity and respect, and really caring for their wellbeing. Acts of kindness from stranger to stranger, neighbour to neighbour and group to group. You can view the councillor's recent expenses claims. The blog of the leader of Derbyshire County Council, Councillor Barry Lewis.

He has been Leader of the Conservative Group since 2014 and became Leader of Derbyshire County Council in May 2017 also serving as Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership Culture and Tourism. We have established the “Covid-19 Community Response Unit” that will bring agencies and volunteers across the county together and support residents and businesses as they tackle the infection and its effects. So, although we can’t mark VE Day 75 with parades and public events, I know the Derbyshire Spirit will be evident as we all have our own celebrations at home – join the two-minute silence, take part in the national toast and even have a sing-a-long from our doorsteps. Farmers who have already repaired the damage caused by the flooding should keep records of all relevant evidence, including receipts and before and after photos. People falling over themselves to help each other out and go the extra mile to make sure everyone is kept as safe and protected as possible and has what they need. Leader's blog. Council Leader welcomes £2m Government support for flood-affected farmers. Sadly, this year it’s quite the opposite. That’s why we must continue to work closely together, be flexible, be patient and look out for each other and our neighbours. There’s lots of information about VE Day 75 on our website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/VE75 so why not take a look. The county council is already taking steps towards becoming carbon neutral and we’ll do all we can to support other businesses and organisations across the county to do the same. Despite some restrictions being relaxed, this year it’s not business as usual and things are still far from normal. He has been joined in his praise by the leader of the Labour group on the council Councillor Paul Smith.

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