Our Environmental Enforcement Team have seized a stray dog in Whitwell today (30 May). It did not have a collar or tag but has been chipped, although we believe it is not up to date. We have taken him to the kennels where it will be looked after.
We have resolved to approve plans for the redevelopment of the Sherwood Lodge site in Bolsover, subject to conditions.
The three-hectare site has been vacant for over four years and the proposed redevelopment will see physical regeneration of this key landmark site in Bolsover’s town centre with the introduction of a new foodstore, retail terrace and additional car parking.
The proposals are expected to create around 200 jobs as well as reducing the need to travel elsewhere to shop by bringing more shopping choice for the residents and visitors to the town.
The Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Duncan Mcgregor said, “A balanced decision had to be taken with regard to the wider public benefits. The deteriorating condition of the site has resulted in a negative impact of the town and redevelopment will bring about significant benefits for our residents and the town.
“There are conditions which need to be met by the developers and we are working with them to find the best solution for all parties.”
You can view the planning committee report containing all the deatils via our E-Agenda system.
Our ruling administration has named its new Cabinet for the forthcoming year – with two new figures joining the senior political leadership of the authority.
As we look to promote the District as a business and tourist destination, more emphasis is being placed on growth, marketing and attracting visitors.
The Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett has overall responsibility for policy and strategic planning. Councillors Duncan McGregor and Hilary Gilmour are the new members on the Cabinet, with the former also becoming the Deputy Leader.
The Cabinet (Executive) – the ruling group responsible for guiding the Council in agreeing policy and making sure it achieves its aims and objectives – has eight councillors on it.
The cabinet members and their responsibilities are as follows:
• Councillor Ann Syrett – Council Leader, Policy and Strategic Planning
• Councillor Duncan McGregor – Council Deputy Leader and Corporate Governance
• Councillor Steve Fritchley – Town Centre Renewal, Media and Marketing
• Councillor Brian Watson – Finance and Resources and Sustainable Energy
• Councillor Hilary Gilmour – Housing and Community Safety
• Councillor Brian Murray-Carr – Street Scene
• Councillor John Ritchie – Property and Commercial Services
• Councillor Mary Dooley – Partnerships and Transformation
The Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “The Cabinet has done a great job over the past year in directing the authority and also investing in the District.
“We need to continue to invest for the future, attracting businesses and providing efficient services for our residents. One of the priorities this year is to improve our publicity to attract more tourists into the area; we will also continue to work to protect our environment and move towards being a low carbon authority.
“If we are to succeed then we need to make bold decisions – which as a group we have never been afraid to do. It won’t be easy as we have still got to make savings, but I feel we have the right blend of knowledge, skill and experience in our Cabinet to achieve our aims.”
The remaining 29 councillors will serve on the Scrutiny Committees and act as a 'watchdog' with powers to call in and challenge Cabinet decisions and service plans and have a major responsibility to hold Cabinet to account for its actions.
A Polish Heritage Day which took place at Shirebrook Village Hall on Bank Holiday Sunday has been hailed a success.
The aim of the event was to increase the understanding of the rich, diverse community which Shirebrook is known for.
The event, which was funded by a partnership project, entitled ‘Building Resilience’, saw a heavy footfall throughout the day, with the Village Hall and carpark heaving with the local community who came out with their friends and families to enjoy the variety of stalls, traditional polish folk crafts, exhibitions, a live polish rock band “Sors” and even a free BBQ, which on one of the hottest days of the year was more than welcomed by the visitors.
The Building Resilience project is being managed by Shirebrook Forward NG20 which was formed by Bolsover Partnership and is a multi-agency group whose aim is to focus on working positively with the local community to bring about benefits and improvements.
We received £1.26 million government investment in Shirebrook last year which formed part of the allocation to Local Authorities from the Controlling Migration Fund (CMF).
The event was supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Manchester and the Polish Community Association in Shirebrook who worked in partnership with Shirebrook Forward NG20 and were heavily involved in the organisation of the successful event.