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General Discussion / Re: Tis the Season to be Jolly - or maybe not!
« on: December 15, 2017, 08:37:48 PM »
Oh dear Fly hope you feel better soon young man xx

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Chesterfield Discussion / Re: First Snow
« on: December 15, 2017, 08:17:27 PM »
I remember the Paraffin Lamps. I also remember our wash basin pipe frequently being frozen in the mornings. Dad would put a small fire in a metal bucket near the pipe outside whilst we had the job of carrying hot water upstairs to pour down the wash basin. Windows iced over inside and we slept with an old Army Coat on the top of our bed clothes.
I'll bet the plumbers never stopped in bad weather.

Until we bought our first Terraced house I never knew really why the toilet was called 'The Throne'.
Outside loo in that property had a step up to the toilet itself.

The good old days were not always so 'good' but we were happy

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General Discussion / Tis the Season to be Jolly - or maybe not!
« on: December 15, 2017, 08:04:23 PM »
Not everyone enjoyed Christmas and to be honest since we don't have the children now ours is quieter and more relaxed.
Lunch out Christmas Eve. Park the car up ( ooppsss sorry I forgot we have a taxi so I can enjoy a tipple! )
Invited my uncle for Christmas Day lunch as he is living alone and not well.
Daughter comes to stay. Maybe one of our 'boys' will also be with us for lunch.
Later it's feet up with a bottle !!! ( does that read ok?  :-? ::) :)) )

For those of you who do not Celebrate Christmas I wish you Peace, Happiness and Love throughout the Season

Pam xx

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Chesterfield Discussion / Re: First Snow
« on: December 15, 2017, 02:53:07 PM »
Bransoj I agree with you and I couldn't see why they were panicking, it had given rain with some sleet. Bitterly cold though you must be made of strong stuff to venture out with socks!

Umpire I was but a Twinkle in my dads eye in 1947 but I have been told about it and as you say the streets in our village were also flanked by deep piled snow.

I cannot remember the year but possibly late 70's early 80's when I made my young daughter an igloo. Terrifically cold weather which after the snow it was cold the air was being frozen. You could see the ice particles if you looked up.

Interesting account of your father having to help with the grit lorries - whilst I certainly do not condone what has happened within the DWP these last years, I think there was a lot of practical sense in people having to help with the snow shifting in whatever way they could.
It is similar  to my account of my council workers staying in their own villages to clear pavements.

Does anyone actually know what happens now when workers are snowed off their outdoor work?

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Chesterfield Discussion / Re: First Snow
« on: December 13, 2017, 11:32:06 PM »
We were with a group of people in Newbold tonight for a Christmas meal - mass exodus as the snow came thick and fast.
I felt like Cinderella being rushed out for the taxi an hour early!!  :(

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Chesterfield Discussion / Re: First Snow
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:11:29 AM »
Agree with you bransoj.
Budgets are tight and the purse needs looking after at local councils.
I'm not sure when or why this has changed but as a child I remembrr my grandfather having a hand held snow plough for the pavements in our village.
Any council workers back then stayed in our village and cleared the paths.
Mind you the village is much larger now so would take longer.
I am not sureawhere they go now if their work is stopped through snow.
Snow wardens are asked for but response isn't good.
Also a lack of grit bins don't help these again come down to money!

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Chesterfield Discussion / Re: First Snow
« on: December 12, 2017, 10:51:46 PM »
It is known as 'Panic' these days!!. Couldn't beat coming home from school having tea and out for a snowball fight  ;)

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Chesterfield Discussion / Re: First Snow
« on: December 10, 2017, 09:34:04 PM »
We know weather forecasters can get it wrong but what has peed me off this time is that DCC and the Police have issued warnings along with various other organisations who have offered shelter for the homeless.
It has been taken very seriously.

In light of these warnings I have put precautions into place.
I don't care that we didn't get the deluge which we were told to prepare for.

Instead I have read posts with people moaning about the lack of gritters on their streets and pavements.
Then when the deluge didn't come they moan about that!!

The fact that we didn't get as much is a bonus as far as I am concerned  and I would rather be given the worst scenario - some moan for the sake of moaning.

I agree with you it does make the scenery so pretty but hard for some as you say.

We seem to have a Nation of moaners at times!!

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Politics / Re: brexit latest
« on: December 09, 2017, 01:34:33 PM »
Not sure if I heard this correctly on the news but a different Government can reverse it ? If that's correct it's been a load of wasted money.

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Chesterfield Discussion / Re: First Snow
« on: December 09, 2017, 11:00:51 AM »
Residents urged to take care as we gear up for snow
8 December 2017

Derbyshire residents are being urged to prepare for heavy snow which is forecast to fall across the county on Sunday, 10 December 2017.

The Met Office has reported that while some sleet and snow showers are expected in parts of the county on Saturday afternoon and evening, widespread heavy snow is expected to arrive during Sunday morning. Around 10cm is expected although in some parts of the county it could be as much as 15 to 20cm.

We're gearing up for the expected snowfall following the Met Office Amber Warning and has a number of measures in place to keep the county moving and ensure older and vulnerable residents are cared for and safe.

Our fleet of 36 gritters, which can all be fitted with snow ploughs when needed, are ready to work around the clock from six depots around the county and we have a stockpile of 27,000 tonnes of salt (generally referred to as grit).

Around half of the 3,500 miles of road that we're responsible for are on gritting routes, and major roads, known as primary routes, will be gritted first and where necessary ploughed, followed by secondary routes which include bus routes in residential areas and well-used main roads through housing estates and villages.

The gritting teams will be backed by a team of farmers and other contractors who are on standby to help clear roads where needed and a number of volunteer snow wardens will also be out helping to keep pavements and public spaces clear and safe.

Highways officers have warned road users not to assume that roads have been gritted when driving and to check our website for the latest updates.

Our frontline care staff are also making plans to ensure they can reach older and vulnerable people in the community, and extra staff have been drafted in to work on Sunday to help organise services.

We're preparing to:

use 4x4 vehicles to help health and social care staff reach residents in their homes
prioritise visits to ensure the most vulnerable receive the care they need
help other agencies, including those in the independent sector, reach their clients.
We're urging residents to be prepared and take some simple steps to make sure they stay safe and well during the cold snap and snowfall. These include:

ensuring you have enough medication you may rely on and other supplies, for example food and baby milk
keeping your home warm − your main living room should be between around 18 to 21C (65 to 70F) and the rest of your house at a minimum of 16C
being a good neighbour and checking on older neighbours and relatives.
Our Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Councillor Simon Spencer said:

"Latest forecasts suggest widespread snowfall across Derbyshire with at least 10cm or more on Sunday.

"Our gritting teams work extremely hard day and night to keep roads clear and make sure the county is safe and moving.

"It's not realistic to be able to grit every single road so we target our gritting on the roads that benefit the greatest number of people and the most important services.

"If the weather is as predicted on Sunday, we'd urge motorists not to make journeys unless absolutely necessary and use public transport where possible − but check services are running before you leave home.

"We'd also ask people to keep an eye on elderly and vulnerable neighbours.

"We'll be monitoring conditions closely and we're on standby to help co-ordinate emergency help, if conditions are severe, such as helping health and social care workers to keep services running where necessary, transporting heating fuel to elderly and vulnerable residents, taking emergency medication to residents in 4x4s and helping residents get to emergency medical and hospital appointments."


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Chesterfield Discussion / Re: First Snow
« on: December 09, 2017, 09:54:15 AM »
I have never shopped on Christmas Eve that I remember - maybe for ordered bread rolls from a baker but otherwise no.
It's done generally at the beginning of December.
As we don't have the children now I don't really buy much extra for Christmas food wise either.

DCC appear to be taking tomorrows coming snow quite serious actually from the email I have had, so just be aware!

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Chesterfield Discussion / Re: CCTV CAMERAS
« on: December 09, 2017, 09:33:44 AM »
Anyone who owns, operates, or is effectively in charge, of a CCTV system that covers an area that is accessible to the public, is required by law to be trained and qualified to SIA standards.

This means that they have to be aware of, and abide by, the letter of the law regarding your rights to access any recordings that you may be involved in, as well as your rights under the Data Protection Act.

Breaches of these rules are a criminal matter, and if you believe they have occurred then talk to a solicitor.
Tampering with video evidence always leaves a digital imprint on the records, and a court can require any licenced operator to provide the records as evidence in a hearing.

Yes - correct. Well said !

If you are serious about these allegations then you need to get advice from a legal professional, and not, with all due respect, the unqualified members of this forum.

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Chesterfield Discussion / Re: CCTV CAMERAS
« on: December 08, 2017, 08:27:26 PM »
Ombudsman ?

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Chesterfield Discussion / First Snow
« on: December 08, 2017, 07:45:01 AM »
Here we are flipping winds that cut through you and snow which came earlier than expected - looks like Sunday and Monday are going to be really bad days.  :-?
Super market shelves will be empty!  ::)
Shovels out!

Hope it doesn't stay too long.  :(

Stay safe if you are driving  (y)

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Chesterfield Discussion / Re: CCTV CAMERAS
« on: December 08, 2017, 12:43:20 AM »
It is the 'what can we do about it' that is the sticking point.
So - what actipn could a person take?

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