Crich Parish Council

Serving the people of Crich Parish

Clerk RFO: Carolyn Jennings
Glebe Field Centre, Glebe
Field Close, Crich, Matlock
Derbyshire DE4 5EU

Tel: 01773 853928

Chair's Newsletter - July 2020

The Parish Council, like many organisations, has had to change the way it operates since lockdown started in March. One of the changes we have had to make is to the way we hold meetings. At the moment the government is allowing local councils to hold meetings by video call, and we are using Zoom. We still have to allow the public to attend. Our next meeting is scheduled for 7th September, either at the Glebe or by Zoom. If we are still unable to meet in person, you can find details of how to join our Zoom meeting on the Crich Parish Council website.

In accordance with the government's instructions, we had to close the public toilets on Bowns Hill, Crich, at the start of lockdown and we are not in a position to re-open them as yet. This is because the Parish Council does not have the resources to reasonably mitigate some of the risks of the Covid-19 virus. This was a very difficult decision to make but the Council cannot operate facilities that compromise public safely.

Similarly, we had to close the playground and the gym equipment on Crich Recreation Ground. Again, we are unable to re-open these yet because we simply don't have the resources to manage them in a Covid-secure way. This was another decision that we didn't take lightly. We do understand why parents want the playground equipment to be accessible over the summer, but we have to put the health of the community first.

I should like to pay tribute to our Parish Clerk, Carolyn Jennings, whose workload has increased considerably during the pandemic. She has kept up to date with all of the changes required to how we do things, and made sure that the Council keeps in line with all of the government announcements.

I should also like to thank the volunteers in the Crich Area Covid-19 Mutual Aid Network for all of their great work in helping the elderly and vulnerable through the last few difficult months. Their efforts have been greatly appreciated by those who have needed their help. We are very lucky to live in a community where so many people are prepared to give up their time to help others.

Cllr. Margaret Lane
Chair of Crich Parish Council

Posted: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 10:08 by Carolyn Jennings

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