News & Information


DLHR Community Support Group  

During the Coronavirus crisis, local support for the residents of Dethick, Lea, Holloway and Riber is available from the DLHR Community Support Group. Anyone who is self-isolating or in need of any help with shopping, prescription collection, help with pets and fuel deliveries etc, can contact the group. Click here for more information.


COVID-19 Derbyshire Community Response Unit 

Derbyshire Community Response Unit 

The Derbyshire Community Response Unit is now ready to take requests for assistance from members of the community who don’t have friends or family able to help them. Help is available for people across the county if they are:

  • Self-isolating because either themselves or a member of the household is at risk
  • Struggling to meet basic needs because of financial, social or health restrictions
  • Pregnant
  • Have underlying health conditions
  • Aged 70 or over.

Click here if you need help

If you want to volunteer

Individuals, community groups, voluntary organisations and businesses can volunteer to join the Derbyshire Community Response Unit. Click here for details.


Parish Council Meetings

Due to the Coronavirus, all meetings are being held via video conference. Members of the public can still join the meeting. All that you need to do is provide the Parish Clerk with your email address and you will be sent a link to join the meeting 10 minutes before it starts. Click here for more information. Upcoming meetings are as follows:-

  • Annual Parish Council Meeting – Wed. 6th May 2020 – 7.00pm

*** Note: The Annual Parish Meeting scheduled for Wed. 6th May 2020 – 6.30pm has been CANCELLED. This is because legislation does not allow it to be held remotely***

Click here for Agendas and Minutes.


Coronavirus – Support for People and Businesses (From HMRC)

The following informatuon was received from HMRC on 20/3/20: The Chancellor announced further measures to support people and businesses through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19. The Chancellor’s statement can be found at GOV.UK. Updated guidance for employers, businesses and employees is available at:


Coronavirus – Advice and support (From DCC)

Derbyshire County Council has provided guidance and support for residents, employers and businesses. The Derbyshire business emergency relief fund has also been launched. For more information visit the DCC website. Click here for details.


Coronavirus – Advice for Businesses (From AVBC)

The following informatuon was received from Amber Valley Borough Council on 20/3/20: Business support, advice and guidance is available and posted here. This includes direct links to other support agencies. This website is updated frequently and you are encouraged to access the available guidance and support, including information relating to accessing business loans, grants and financial support for the self-employed.   This is evolving daily, so please check back regularly. Businesses are invited to complete the online form to allow AVBC to keep you informed and to contact you, and cascade further information and support, including business grants as soon as these become live. Click here for details.

Information received 3/4/20:  Claim the Government Business Grant – Now Open. The Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund is now open. Click here for details and make a claim.


Temporary Closure of  Play Area – Lea Recreation Ground

Play Area at Lea Recreation Ground

As part of the Government’s response to the Coronavirus, all play areas have been closed. This includes the Parish Council play area at Lea Recreation Ground on Holt Lane. However, the recreation ground itself will remain open.


Temporary Road Closure: Littlemoor Lane, Riber

We have received detail from DCC of a proposed road closure for Littlemoor Lane, Riber from 14th-17th April 2020. Click here for more information.


Undesignated Footpaths

Undesignated Footpaths

As a follow up to last month’s article in the parish magazine regarding undesignated footpaths, a map has been prepared showing three suggested routes in Lea. These are shown on a downloadable map as A-B, C-D and E-F. If you walk any of these paths, or have walked them in the past, please contact any parish councillor, or the parish council, so that this can be recorded. Click here to download the map.


Closure of Lea Road (Between Lea Bridge & Cromford)

Update 2/3/20

Lea Road (Lea Bridge to Cromford) will be closed to all traffic including cyclists and pedestrians week commencing 9th March and 16th March 2020. Contractors will be on site during that time drilling test bores.

Update 28/2/20

Following a meeting on 28/2/20 with several of the businesses operating in the parish area and with the officer in charge of the work on this repair, the following statement has been made available: –

Following the results of the Ground Investigation, it is the intention of Derbyshire County Council to fully explore the possibility of opening Lea Road to vehicle traffic on a temporary basis in advance of the main works to repair the road.

It will not be possible to be specific about the timing of this until the results of the Ground Investigation (which has been awarded) have been analysed.

In the best possible case, single lane running under signal control over the worst affected area may be feasible by the end of April however if that is not possible the repairs necessary will be carried out over the Summer/Autumn period.

Meanwhile there will be improved signage provided for visitors to the area on all the main approaches.

About the Road Closure:

Lea Road is closed between Lea Bridge and Cromford due to a landslip. Click here for details. Diversions are in place. For details of all roadworks and road closures across the county, click here to access the One Network portal.  The photos below show the current situation at Lea Road.

Lea Road Photo 1Lea Road Photo 2


Community Speedwatch

In response to concerns about vehicles speeding on roads through our villages, the parish council has worked with Derbyshire Constabulary to set up a Community Speedwatch group. Click here to find out more about Community Speedwatch. Also, click here for the latest update from the Speedwatch group.


Wildflower Area – Lea Recreation Ground

A wildflower area is planned for Lea Recreation Ground (near the upper picnic table). This will require an area of grass to be left unmown so it can thrive, look attractive and attract pollinators and other insects and wildlife. Look out for it in 2020/2021!


Neighbourhood Plan 

The Dethick, Lea and Holloway Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to Amber Valley Borough Council and is now available on their website, together with the accompanying documents. Click here to access the documents. For more information click here to visit the Village Website.


Time Swap – Swap time not money!

Time Swap is an initiative that encourages local communities to help each other by sharing time and talents. As a Time Swap member you can earn ‘time’ by doing things in your community that you enjoy, or are good at, to help other people. You can then spend that time on getting help from other people with something that you find difficult or someone in your community could teach you a new skill.  Click here for more information


Useful Links – Click on image below to access website

Link to Amber Valley Borough Council Website

Link to Derbyshire County Council Website

Link to GOV UK Website