Our partnership working has paid off as Shirebrook is to receive a £1.26million investment from central government.
This government funding is the result of the ‘NG20 multi-agency’ team’s efforts to resolve the impact of a growing population.
Councillor Ann Syrett, Council Leader and instrumental in forming the group, said, “Shirebrook has borne the brunt of this population explosion and I’m pleased that the hard work of the NG20 team over the past couple of years has eased the pressure. This cash injection is the government’s recognition of that hard work and will go some way in enabling us to deal with some of the town’s infrastructure challenges”.
The cash comes from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Controlling Migration Fund and will be used on specific projects, mainly:
- Supporting a wide range of events in the local community.
- Providing additional resources at Shirebrook Academy and Shires Health Care.
- Supporting a healthy workforce program where blood pressure, health advice and much more will be on offer within the workplace.
- Working with the Town Council to improve the Market Square and community areas, and
- Supporting the improvement of standards in private rented housing and to tackle rogue landlords.
Councillor Syrett added, “I see the key areas being our schools and health services. They are especially feeling the strain of the increase in population; so we will be focusing on providing additional resources so they can deal with the extra patients and provide additional activities both within and after school.”
Mandy Chambers, Chair of Bolsover Partnership and the Shirebrook ‘NG20 Group’ said, “Securing funding for this ‘Building Resilience’ programme shows the strength of partnership working throughout Bolsover District. Our partners are committed to joint working for the benefit of local people and this is proof of how successful we can be when we pull together.”
Three empty houses in Carr Vale have been bought back into use thanks to a £120,000 investment.
The properties, located on Main Street in the village, had been empty for over a year, but thanks to a partnership between the landlord, the Council and Action Housing, they were passed to Action Housing on a 14 year lease and have now been transformed into 6 one-bedroom flats.
Cabinet Member for Social Enterprise, Councillor John Ritchie said, “When we first came to look at the houses six-months ago they were in dire need of repair and some TLC. And now we look at them today and they are fully refurbished and ready to move in to. This has to be good news for local people and the housing market.
“We don’t want to see boarded up houses or properties left empty for months or even years. So we are determined to work with landlords to make sure we have a good supply of properties available to rent for local people.”
The flats will now become available for the local housing market, which will meet a growing demand for this type of property in the village.
David Palmer, Action’s Head of Housing and Asset Development said, “Action Housing was really excited to work with Bolsover District Council to bring these empty properties back into use as much needed affordable housing.
“We are committed to working with our local authority partners to increase the supply of good quality affordable housing to help meet local housing needs, and we are looking forward to working with Bolsover Council on similar projects in the future.”
In addition to these properties we are also working with the owners of the Station Hotel in Creswell to refurbish it into 15 self contained flats that will not only bring back into use a derelict building but also improve the streetscape on Elmton Road.
Food lovers are in for a treat on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July as Bolsover Food and Drink Festival returns for a fourth year.
The popular event, which attracted over 6,000 visitors last year will once again fill the streets with culinary delights together with live music and street entertainment.
Bookings have been coming in since January with a wide variety of traders serving up all kinds of sweet and savoury morsels to enjoy at the event from our street food vendors or take home produce from specialist artisan producers together with a great selection of tasty tipples including several local real ales.
Award winning writer, cook book author and chef presenter, Richard Fox will be coming to Bolsover providing some tasty recipe ideas in our demonstration kitchen with opportunities to sample his creations. We also have a guest appearance from Chesterfield amateur cooks, Andy Reeves and Raechel Parker who were regional winners Channel 4’s My Kitchen Rules
There will be street performers, who have performed at events across the United Kingdom, most recently returning from Glastonbury providing their unique entertainment at the event together with live music over the two days.
“We’re expecting an even bigger selection of food and drink producers this year,” said Andrew Tristram, Bolsover Town Clerk. “Last year’s event was a huge success and this year looks like being our best ever with many new traders coming to the town, plus lots of entertainment and, of course, the sunshine!” he said.
“So it’s no surprise that stall holders have booked again, and this means we can expect an even bigger event this year. Look out for updates on our Facebook page.”
Bolsover Food and Drink Festival 2017 will take place in Bolsover Town Centre from 10am on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July and is free to visitors.
The event is organised by Old Bolsover Town Council.
The Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Ros Kerslake, has been visiting Bolsover District Council’s £10m New Bolsover, New Beginnings project to see how it is progressing.
Ros and her colleagues enjoyed a brief presentation which outlined the history of the project and highlighted the achievements so far. She then went on a tour of the Model Village which included a visit to one of the community engagement projects called the Pumpkin Patch and a peek inside properties currently under refurbishment.
The Model Village is seeing major investment in the three-year project that is providing essential repairs and original architectural features restored.
Thanks to the help of the National Lottery players’, we are restoring and upgrading New Bolsover Model Village which was built by the Bolsover Colliery Company in 1891 to accommodate its workforce and is a lasting legacy to the coal mining industry which dominated life in the town from 1891 to 1993.
The project has also seen an innovative community development programme to encourage local people and participants alike to feel proud of their local area and appreciate its rich history.
Chief Executive of the HLF, Ros Kerslake OBE said. “I was delighted to get the chance to visit this visionary project, and to see how National Lottery players’ support is helping to preserve and important part of the UK’s coal mining heritage. New Bolsover represents a great example of how to successfully engage the local community in restoration and repair”.
Approx £10million is being spent on the project which is made up of £8million from Bolsover District Council’s Housing Revenue Account (HRA), £1.9million from Heritage Lottery Fund and £40k from Derbyshire County Council.
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “It’s great to see the Chief Executive of HLF so interested in our project and we look forward to welcoming her back as the scheme progresses. New Bolsover was a model of how to do things in the 19th century and, thanks to this inspirational project and National Lottery players, it will become a model of how to get the best out of historic properties in the 21st century.”