Latest update from our District Councillor…

Further to my last update, I am pleased to tell you that the District Council will restart garden waste collections from the week commencing 1 June 2020. As soon as I have more details, I will be in touch again.

On another point, please do not forget that next week your bins will be collected a day later than usual – due to no collections taking place on the Bank Holiday Monday.

Finally, with the Bank Holiday upon us, the District Council wants to remind local people that children’s play equipment and public toilets in our market towns are all closed and off limits for safety reasons. Parks remain open to allow local people to exercise, but people are asked to maintain social distancing with others from outside of their household.

Please remember that charges have been reinstated on all car parks.

Enjoy your Bank Holiday and stay safe.

Colin Swindell
District Councillor for Winster and South Darley Ward
Derbyshire Dales District Council

Address: Laburnum Cottage, Well Street, Elton, Matlock DE4 2BY
Mobile: 07816 986 956

Please see below the latest update on services affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

Please read the information carefully as some services have changed or resumed since the last update. We hope you find this information useful and we will continue to keep you updated when things change or develop.

Please, where possible, pass this information on to your friends, family and neighbours to help keep them informed. We also continue to provide regular updates and information through email and the village website. To sign-up, please send your email address to Please get in touch if you need further details or to raise questions.

Government Guidance, Self-Isolating and Support

  • Government guidance has changed. Residents are asked to stay at home as much as possible to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, reduce pressure on our NHS and save lives. You should only go out for exercise or essential journeys. Limit contact with other people.
  • If you go out for exercise or essential journeys, only mix with people from the same household. You should always maintain a 2 metre distance from others.
  • You should work from home where possible. You should only travel to work if you cannot work from home and it is safe to do so. Avoid public transport and travel by car, bike or on foot.
  • Stay at home and isolate yourself if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of Coronavirus.
  • For full details on the government’s guidelines, visit
  • People with underlying health conditions or considered to be vulnerable from infection with Coronavirus should continue to self-isolate.
  • Elton residents who are self-isolating can get support by calling either Colin Swindell on 07816 986 956 or Carolyn Wilson on 01629 650 757. We will get one of our volunteers to assist.
  • Derbyshire County Council has set-up a Community Response Unit in partnership with other voluntary organisations. This unit aims to help with shopping, checking-in on people, collecting and delivering prescriptions and preparing meals. Register for help online at or call 01629 535 091.
  • For NHS advice on the symptoms of Coronavirus, how to prevent it spreading and advice on self-isolating, visit

Local Services Update

  • At the start of the lockdown, Derbyshire Dales District Council and Derbyshire County Council suspended nearly all non-essential services. Some of these services are set to resume and others are under review and will be restarted when the safety of staff and the public are not at risk, social distancing can be adhered to and staffing and resources are available.
  • Council offices remain closed to the public. If you need services, you should call the District Council on 01626 761 100 or County Council on 01629 533 190.
  • Help and support is still available for anybody struggling to meet their normal payments to Derbyshire Dales District Council, such as council tax. Please contact the Revenues Section preferably by email at call 01629 761188.
  • Derbyshire Dales District Council will be reinstating charges at all of their carparks from Saturday 16 May.
  • Derbyshire County Council has now reopened some of its countryside carparks, such as Cromford Meadows.
  • The collection of household waste and recycling is running to schedule. Food waste continues to be collected fortnightly along with your grey wheelie bin or black sacks
  • Garden waste collections are still suspended, but a committee of Councillors will decide next week whether to make additional funding available to hire agency workers to resume the service. We will keep you updated.
  • Household Waste and Recycling Centres are due to reopen to the public on Monday 18 May. Strict rules are in place about what waste can be deposited, when you can visit the sites and the types of vehicles being accepted. Please visit for details.
  • Derbyshire Dales District Council parks are open to allow local people to exercise but are asked to stick to government guidelines on social distancing. Tennis courts and multi-use games areas are now open again. Children’s play areas and public toilets remain closed.
  • Weekly markets in our towns remain suspended.
  • Elton Parish Council has begun meeting via ZOOM on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30pm. The public can request to join the meeting or submit questions and comments by emailing the Parish Clerk, Janice Jackson at
  • Elton Village Hall and Elton Church remain closed.
  • Elton Jubilee Field remains open for use to allow people and children to exercise. We ask everybody using the field to continue using common-sense, adhere to social distancing rules and be respectful of others. The children’s play equipment remains closed and not to be used.
  • Winster shop is open to the public with service at the front door. Please queue maintaining a 2 metres distance with other customers. Online orders for collection or delivery can be placed at or call 01629 650 683.
  • Winster Post Office remains open Monday to Saturday between 9am and 12:30pm

Please email or call me on 07816 986 956 if you need further details on the above points.

Best wishes and stay safe.

Colin Swindell
Written on behalf of Elton Parish Council

Derbyshire County Council are set to re-open their Household Waste and Recycling Centres from Monday 18 May 2020. Please see their message below.

Please read the following information carefully and in full. For further details, questions or comments, Elton and Gratton residents should contact their County Councillor, Simon Spencer, at 

Statement take from the Derbyshire County Council website…

The safety of site staff, residents and the wider community is the number one priority for us and new measures are being introduced at all of our sites so that users and staff can stick to social distancing rules to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and to help manage traffic.

These include a traffic control system based on odd and even number plates and limiting the number of vehicles on site at any one time.

To help the centres run smoothly users are being asked to follow these golden rules:

Our household waste recycling centres will reopen with restrictions in place from Monday 18 May – but residents are only advised to visit them if they have waste they cannot store safely at home.

The safety of site staff, residents and the wider community is the number one priority for us and new measures are being introduced at all of our sites so that users and staff can stick to social distancing rules to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and to help manage traffic.

These include a traffic control system based on odd and even number plates and limiting the number of vehicles on site at any one time.

To help the centres run smoothly users are being asked to follow these golden rules:

1. Only travel to your local recycling centre if it is essential because you can’t continue to store waste safely at home without it causing injury or harm. No other reason for the journey would be considered a legitimate purpose. Please use your kerbside bins and bulky waste services where possible or store until sites are operating as normal.

2. If your journey is essential then check which day you can access the recycling centres based on your vehicle number plate and please be prepared to queue as social distancing measures mean fewer vehicles will be allowed on site at any one time.

3. Vehicles will be allowed into recycling centres on certain days depending on whether the last number on their number plate is odd or even. Vehicles with 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 as the last number will be allowed in on even numbered dates in the month and those with 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be allowed in on odd numbered dates in the month.

4. Avoid taking excessive amounts of waste to keep vehicles moving in and out as quickly as possible to help reduce queue times. That means leaving vans and trailers at home for the time being.

5. Wear protective gloves, appropriate footwear and clothing and only bring what you can safely handle as staff will not be able to help you carry your waste as they normally would.

6. Keep the number of people on site to a minimum by travelling alone – unless you need another adult from your household to help carry your waste – stay at least 2 metres away from staff and other users and wash your hands when you get home.

7. Stay at home if you have had coronavirus symptoms in the last 14 days, are self-isolating or at high risk of contracting the virus.

Our recycling centres open 7 days a week from 8.30am-6pm in the following locations: Ashbourne, Bolsover, Bretby, Chesterfield, Glossop, Ilkeston, Loscoe, Northwood (Darley Dale) and Waterswallows – near Buxton.

They do not accept business or trade waste.

Parish Council Meetings to Resume from Thursday 14 May 2020

Parish Council Meetings to Resume from Thursday 14 May 2020

Parish Council meetings are set to restart on Thursday 14 May at 7:30pm.

Due to social distancing guidelines, the Parish Council cannot meet in person. A meeting will be held remotely via Zoom.

Members of the public are welcome to join the meeting and raise questions or comment on parish issues under the agenda item of ‘Public Participation’.

If you want to join the meeting will need to have access to Zoom and should email the Clerk, Janice Jackson, who will then forward them an invitation to join the meeting. You can email the Clerk at

If you cannot join the meeting but wish to raise a question or make a comment, please email it to the Clerk at the above email address and it will be raised at the meeting.

Parish Council meetings will continue to be held via Zoom until restrictions are lifted. Meetings will be held on first Thursday of the month at 7:30pm as usual.

Elton Parish Council

Post Office Outreach Services to Resume from 21 May 2020

Post Office Outreach Services to Resume from 21 May 2020

The Post Office Outreach service will resume from Thursday 21 May.

The facility is located in the Elton School House and will be open every Thursday between 12:30pm and 2:30pm. All the usual Post Office services will be provided.

When using the service, please try to follow the social distancing guidelines where possible and be respectful of others.

Elton Post Office Outreach Service

Do you feel like you haven’t left Elton in a long, long time?!

With most of us stuck at home, under lockdown or self-isolating, it might feel like it. You’re not the only one.

Believe it or not, there once was a man who chose never to leave his home village of Elton!

For a bit of light fun, entertainment and interest take a look at the online video called ‘The Derbyshire Recluse’.

The video is an ATV report filmed in 1975 about the late Elton resident Herlock Buxton.

Herlock lived and farmed in Elton all of his life. He loved Elton so much that he only left it once in his entire life at the age of 11.

ATV Today reporter John Swallow drops in to see him at his local pub to discover that the twentieth century has barely affected him. Not even the village whist drive can tempt him from his solitary existence!

Have a little look. Not only is it interesting and probably relevant to how you feel today, but there are some great scenes of Elton and The Duke of York back in 1975.

You can view The Derbyshire Recluse video online at –

Enjoy and stay safe.

Have you got spare food caddy liners?

Have you got spare food caddy liners?

A message from Colin Swindell, your District Councillor…

The Coronavirus outbreak has meant that the District Council has taken the decision to suspended the delivery of food caddy liners and garden waste sacks. This is to help them cope with the reduction in staffing and resources as well as prioritising efforts to collect general household waste and recycling.

The council are looking at ways to resume all waste services as soon as possible, but in the meantime, you might be able to help.

With deliveries suspended and people unable to get to the shops or council offices to buy more, some residents are running short.

Are you somebody who composts your food and garden waste? As a result, do you have rolls of food caddy liners and garden waste sacks that you are not using?

If so, you can help by giving them away for other residents to use.

You can leave your unwanted liners and sacks at my garden gate at Laburnum Cottage, Well Street, Elton. I will then pass them on to those people who are in short supply or have requested them.

Thanking you in advance.

Colin Swindell
District Councillor

Elton Remembers Supplement (May 2020)

Elton Remembers Supplement

Elton Remembers

For a long time, ‘Elton Remembers’ was just a printed copy in All Saints’ Church. In 2018, on the Centenary of the Armistice in 1918, it was published on the village website for all to see.

In anticipation of the 75th Anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day on Friday 8 May, Gratton resident Jonathan Snodgrass has, under the auspices of Elton Local History Group, led a small team which has produced a ‘Supplement’ to the booklet ‘Elton Remembers’.

This new ‘Supplement’ states:  “…there is a wider picture, which this Supplement is intended to paint.”  Its chapters include:

  • Call to Arms!
  • The Home Front.
  • In Memoriam

To view ‘Elton Remembers’, please click here.

To view the supplement to ‘Elton Remembers’, please click here.

We hope that you will find it an interesting read and that it may give pause for thought. We hope also that it will provide an opportunity for others to add to the story.

In contrast to our sombre remembrances each November, VE Day was a celebration (as well as being an exhausted relief). We hope, therefore, that people will read this account of our village wartime story, and it will enhance their VE Day.

Elton Parish Council is pleased to support Elton Local History Group and to circulate this addition to the history of our village. Both papers can be viewed on the village website, at all times.

Since the last update, very little has changed in the way of service provision and changes in the local community, but below are a few brief points and reminders which you might find helpful.

In the meantime, it is worth bearing in mind that the government is due to announce whether or not there will be any changes to the current rules around social distancing and self-isolation. This is due to take place this weekend. If there are changes and some restrictions are lifted, a further update will be provided to let you know how this might affect life and services in the local community.

Please remember that updates and notices are regularly posted on the village website

Updates, Reminders and Points for Clarification

1) Waste Collections

This Friday is a Bank Holiday to mark VE Day. Waste collection crews will be working throughout the Bank Holiday, so there will be no changes to your waste collections.

Please remember that garden waste collections are still suspended until further notice and food waste is being collected fortnightly along with your general household waste. Derbyshire Dales District Council and Serco have now resolved many of the problems they faced at the start of the outbreak and collections appear to be running to schedule. Discussion are now taking place to get garden waste and food waste collections back on schedule as well. As soon as I have more information I will let you know.

2) Household Waste & Recycling Centres

Derbyshire County Council is looking at ways it can reopen the household waste and recycling centres. This is taking some time as measures need to be in place to ensure social distancing measures can be applied, queuing traffic can be managed and that the removal and disposal of waste can take place. Again, as soon as I have further details, I will be in touch.

3) Bonfires

A reminder that Derbyshire Dales District Council is appealing to households to think of others and not light bonfires during the current coronavirus lockdown. The effects of bonfires at this time are likely to be much more serious and have a bigger impact. Coronavirus is known to cause serious respiratory problems, which could be made much worse if the sufferer is exposed to smoke from bonfires.

It is important to be especially considerate at this time, when people are confined to their homes and unable to escape unpleasant fumes. Bonfires can also become out of control or cause accidents, creating extra pressure on our already busy emergency services. The District Council will take enforcement action against any persistent offenders.

4) Clarification on Social Distancing, Testing and Lockdown Policy

A firm but polite reminder that the Parish Council nor your District Councillor have any powers to enforce social distancing restrictions or tell people how they should behave. In recent weeks, they have received a number of calls and emails complaining about people who appear to be breaching the guidelines on social distancing. Such complaints include people who appear to be visiting second homes, meeting with family and friends or out non-essential business.

The Parish Council can only encourage social distancing – not enforce it. The Parish Council has taken what steps it can to encourage people to follow the guidelines. This has been done in a balanced and considered way.

Social distancing measures are enforced by Derbyshire Police. They have the legal powers to disperse groups of people and send people home who should not be where they are. You can report any such issues to Derbyshire Police online at

Furthermore, people have been in touch with the Parish Council and District Councillor to comment and criticise government policy on dealing with Coronavirus and the lockdown policies, as well as enquire or comment on the process for testing for COVID-19. These issues are way above the responsibility of Parish or District Council and should be directed to your MP.

Stay safe.

Recycling rounds should be back to normal from tomorrow after some disruption caused by the coronavirus crisis. Crews will take excess recycling where capacity allows, but it needs to be presented properly please.

Additional material will be taken if placed at the side of your recycling container providing it is easily identifiable and suitably contained.

So please use transparent containers (such as stacker boxes) rather than black bags so that the content can be easily identified.

Any excess card, paper, magazines etc must be separated from other excess recycling, such as glass, plastics, cans, beverage cartons, aerosols and foil trays.

Flatten and where possible remove all staples and packaging tape from cardboard, removing all polystyrene and bubble wrap.

Pieces of cardboard that will not fit in your container can be flattened and placed next to the container for collection.

Large cardboard boxes should be flattened and broken down into smaller pieces no wider than 0.5m to fit the recycling compartment of our trucks.

Thanks and stay safe
Colin Swindell
District Councillor