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Temporary Traffic Regulation Order 15th November 2020

Note: The closure is in the Parish of Croxden but the diversion route also goes through the Parishes of Denstone and Rocester.

NOTICE is hereby given that the Staffordshire County Council on 10 November 2020 made an Order the effect of
which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding in that length of Combridge Lane in Combridge from its junction
with Hollington Road for a distance of 80 metres in a southerly direction unless the vehicle is being used in connection
with the works; or unless the vehicle requires access to premises on the length of road or is being used for police, fire
brigade or ambulance purposes.

An alternative route for traffic is available via Combridge Lane, Old Uttoxeter Road, B5030 Woodseat Level, Station
Road, Red Hill, Hollington Road and vice versa. For more information, visit: https://one.network/?tm=118469841.
The order will come into operation from 08:00 hours on 15 November 2020 and the said works will
commence on or as near as practicable to that date. It is anticipated that the works will be completed
by 16:30 hours on the same day.

The Order will remain in force for a period of 18 months, or until the BT Pole replacement works, which it is proposed to
carry out on or near the road have been completed, whichever is the earlier.

From the NHS: An update on the restarting of NHS dental services in the Midlands

Almost all dental practices are now open to provide face to face care and 90% are able also to offer aerosol-generating (AGP) procedures (anything involving the use of powered instruments like drills or scalers). There are also currently 93 Urgent Dental Care Centres across the Midlands providing urgent care for those patients who do not have access to a regular dentist or whose dentist is not yet offering the full range of services.

We know that people are concerned about difficulties being experienced at present in accessing dental services and, in particular, about whether or not any further lockdown measures will affect this. Patients should be reassured that dentists have been trained and equipped to manage patients safely during the pandemic and that most practices will continue to stay open during any future national or local lockdown. Accessing urgent medical or dental care remains important and it would only be less essential or routine appointments that may need to be cancelled if restrictions were imposed e.g. on non-essential travel.

All people who have an urgent dental care need should have access to treatment. Due to the infection control and social distancing measures in place the capacity for dental practices to see patients is currently still very restricted and likely to remain so. Current enhanced infection control measures also include the requirement for each surgery to be left for up to an hour between patients prior to deep cleaning following an AGP procedure. The management of urgent patients and those in vulnerable groups is the priority. There is no restriction on the provision of routine dental care but, in many cases, practices will be prioritising the most vulnerable patients. This means that some regular attenders with good oral health are likely to have to wait for routine appointments.

AGP or aerosol-generating procedures are anything involving the use of high-speed drills and include simple procedures such as a scale and polish, previously provided as part of a routine check-up. Where these procedures cannot be avoided enhanced PPE is required and other strict safety measures need to be put in place.

In many cases you can expect to have to speak to a dentist by phone or video consultation first prior to being seen in the dental surgery – especially when you have an urgent dental problem. Dental practices can prescribe antibiotics or painkillers if needed and this can be done by phone.

Our advice for people seeking NHS dental care is as follows:
People should continue to contact their local dental surgery by phone for advice on dental care and treatment. Out of surgery hours patients should contact NHS 111. Patients are still expected to pay normal dental charges (unless exempt) but should not be charged extra. NHS patients should not be told that they can only access care privately. In some cases you may have to wait longer than normal for an appointment for treatment (particularly for AGP procedures) as dentists will be prioritising the most urgent cases.

If you do not have a regular dentist or have not recently accessed NHS Dental care then please contact NHS 111. It is often quicker and easier to use the online system rather than phoning. You will then be directed to a dental practice who can assess you by phone and if needed you will be offered face to face care at a practice with capacity to see you. This may be an urgent dental centre.

Anyone who feels unwell or has any Covid -19 symptoms or is self-isolating following contact from NHS Test and Trace should not visit their normal surgery even if they have a confirmed appointment. It is important for patients to be honest about whether they are symptomatic or have been asked to self-isolate. Dedicated urgent dental centres continue to operate where symptomatic or self-isolating patients needing urgent care can be seen and treated.

Community Speed Watch Training

Would you like to become a member of the Community Speed Watch team to help combat speeding in the village?

Training will take place at Denstone College on the 7th October 2020 at 1.30pm.
If you are interested in taking part in the training to become part of the Community Speedwatch team, please contact Russ Whitehurst on 07768402671

New Accessible Website Now Available

This web site will be changing soon and the new site is NOW available at denstonevillage.uk.

The new site should be a lot easier to use on tablets and mobile phones, and should also be more accessible, e.g. to those who have limited vision.

We will be developing and improving the site and initially there will be omissions where pages are only partially complete. Please let us know if you notice any errors such as incorrect links, and also if you would like to supply information or photos to put on the site. Thanks!

New Volunteering Roles in Staffordshire

Volunteering in Staffordshire has never been so easy!

Do It – Staffordshire’ enables you to sign up to be a ‘Staffordshire Volunteer’ and find local volunteering roles that match your interests.

Here are some volunteer roles you could register your interest in today:
• Local Litter Picker- Join a small group of volunteers for organised litter picks to help keep your local area clean.
• ICT Buddy – Help improve peoples computer skills so they have the skills they need to get ready for employment.
• Reading Helper – Work on a 1-1 basis with children. Talking, reading and playing games to improve their confidence and self esteem.
• Volunteer Mentor – This role is for anyone who would like to support children and young people at a difficult point in their lives, to offer support, advice and guidance.

#iWill Grants available in Staffordshire

#iWill is a UK-wide campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many 10 to 20 year-olds as possible by the year 2020. Through collaboration and partnership it is spreading the word about the benefits of youth social action.

Right now, 4 in 10 young people aged between 10 and 20 get involved in activities that make a positive difference to others or the environment. But we know that almost twice as many want to. They just need the chance.

We also know that young people themselves benefit from taking social action: it develops their employability skills, boosts their further and higher education options, and increases their well-being.

It’s a win-win – for young people and communities.

Click this link for more details

Staffordshire County Council – Covid recovery Fund

Funding is available for:
• Projects about community recovery, to help get activity going again or adapt to the ‘new normal’
• Existing volunteer/community groups who need support to keep going
• Support to keep helping people get through the crisis
View pdf for details

Ellastone Mobile Post Office

The Mobile Post Office at Ellastone is starting up again from Monday 6th July 2020
It is open Monday and Thursday 9.30am – 11.30am in the Parish Hall, Church Lane Ellastone.
Please feel free to make use of the service.

Notice of appointment of date for the exercise of public rights

Click here to see the pdf.

Denstone Diary Newsletter 2020

Click here to see the pdf version of Sue Edmonds’ colourful annual publication, of which you should already have received a hard copy if you live in the village. (Please be patient while the file loads.)

“Staffordshire Means Back to Business – Covid-19 information for economic stakeholders”

County council launches new programme for start-up businesses

There is a silver-lining to the particularly dark cloud that is Covid-19.

Following the 2008 recession, Staffordshire saw a significant increase in the number of brand-new start-up businesses, and all the intelligence suggests that this may well happen again following the Covid-19 outbreak.It is the case that sadly not all businesses will survive the pandemic, but what we can do is make sure that we’re here for those entrepreneurial-minded individuals that need the push that Covid-19 gave them to set up for themselves.

The county council’s ‘Staffordshire Start-Up Programme’ is for those individuals and aims to help 200 new businesses set up each year for the next three years.

Delivered by the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce on behalf of Staffordshire County Council, it’s an online programme of support and mentoring about how to set up a business, but with a particular focus on overcoming the challenges brought about by the current crisis.
…Continued — Read the open letter to all stakeholders from the Leader of SCC

Coronavirus and Other Information Links from Staffordshire CC

https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Newsroom/Staffordshire-Newsroom.aspx
https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Health-wellbeing-and-leisure/Healthy-Lifestyles/Coronavirus.aspx
“Stay connected” service also provides e-updates on huge range of topics – https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Customer-Alerts/Customer-Alerts.aspx

Little Ships for Dunkirk – Photos

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Brown Bin Collection

The brown bin collection restarted on Monday 20th April. They ask that you wash the handles of your bins with soap and water after putting them out, so as to protect everyone.

Denstone Community Support Group – COVID-19 – Leaflet

This leaflet was distributed to all households in the area and is extremely useful. Note that a few things have changed since the leaflet was produced. Click picture to view larger (and the right way round!).
COVID Support Leaflet

Free Delivery/Collection Offer from Denstone Farm Shop

Denstone Meadow Newsletters

Sue Edmonds’ January newsletter is now available on the Denstone Meadow page where you can also see her previous newsletters. These are full of beautiful photos as well as interesting information.

Bus Shelter Mural

The Denstone Art Group has done a fantastic mural to decorate the bus shelter in the middle of the village!

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Bus Shelter Finished

Mobile Post Office/Mobile Library Service

Post Van
The Mobile Post Office Van has (again) changed the time for attending the village. It will still be on the Village Hall car park every Monday but will now be there from 9.30am to 10.30am.

Please use this as much as possible, as the more it is used the more chance we have of having it more than one day a week. The Post Office Van offers the following services

• Letter/parcel postage
• Personal banking services like cash withdrawal
• Savings
• Insurance services

If you have any questions regarding this please do not hesitate to contact Julie Sadler, the Parish Clerk, on 01335 324692 or email her at js.denstonepc@gmail.com

Also, there is a mobile library service that visits every third Wednesday 1.15 – 2.15pm.

They always have quite a good selection of books, including large print and audio books. You can also request specific books from the main Library to be brought onto the Mobile for the next visit.
It is linked to Uttoxeter Library, so books borrowed from the Mobile can be returned to the main Library and vice-versa.

Denstone Voluntary Car Scheme

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Supported by the Parish Council and Staffordshire County Council, this door-to-door scheme is being re-launched to help residents in the Parish who are without access to a private car and are also unable to use public transport due to infirmity, age or disability.

Passengers will pay a fare to the volunteer driver in accordance with set charges based on mileage and generally in line with public transport costs.

If you need to get to the Doctor, Dentist or Optician, or have a hospital appointment, we will try to help. For non-local visits to hospitals we will need 48 hours notice except in an emergency. The service will operate between 8.30am and 6.00pm on weekdays only.

The scheme depends on volunteer drivers and the more we have the greater the coverage and the wider the spread to volunteer time. Do you have a car and a few hours a month to help support our neighbours to feel less isolated?

For more details and to register your interest in either using the scheme or volunteering please contact the Coordinator:
Roy Smith,
2 Jasmine Cottages, Oak Road, Denstone.
01889590426 (H) 07891553778 (M)
marsharoy@hotmail.com

Thank you

Facebook Page Change

The “Denstone Neighbourhood Plan” Facebook Page has now been renamed the “Denstone Voice”. This page was used for discussion and public participation during the production of the Neighbourhood Plan, but since the completion of the NP in August 2016 it has been used for more general Denstone-related matters. Please feel free to use it to post anything to do with Denstone – e.g. events, questions, photos, videos, etc.

Parish Council Complaints Procedure

Click here to view pdf document.

Denstone Parish Council – Revised Standing Orders etc.

The PC has produced revised versions of its Standing Orders and a protocol for public participation in meetings.
Click here to view.

Denstone Village Hall

Village Hall Poster

Click image above to see full-size poster and click here for information about the Village Hall and how to book your event.

Alton Towers

Click here to see the latest Alton Towers newsletter.

Staffordshire Police Newsletter – June 2019

Click here to find the latest news from Staffordshire Police, including the current update on the Policing Plan priorities.

Corporate Communications
Staffordshire Police
01785 234864