Council issues telephone scam warning to local residents
We are warning residents about scam phone calls being made in the council’s name.
We have been contacted by concerned residents who have received phone calls, where the caller claims to be from Bolsover District Council who they say are doing a shopping survey.
Cabinet Member for Community Cohesion, Councillor Karl Reid said, “We’ve had a number of reports from residents saying that a council representative has called saying they are from Bolsover District Council and they are doing a shopping survey.
“We’d like to make it perfectly clear that we would never make unsolicited phone calls of this nature. Our advice is to put down the phone on these scammers and report the call.
“These fraudsters pretend to be from a place of authority so that people will be less likely to question them. Luckily, this time around the people who have contacted us have realised this is a scam phone call and have hung up in good time.”
We hve reported this to Derbyshire County Council’s Trading Standards team who have a number of initiatives in place to help residents with all types of scams whether they are by post, cold calling, email or telephone.
Councillor Reid added, “We urge all residents to continue reporting any phone calls, letters or other scam material which will help Trading Standards investigations and enable them to take action.”
The council is also urging carers, families and friends of older or vulnerable residents to pass on this latest warning, look out for any signs that they may be a victim of scams and to report anything suspicious.
Residents who believe they have been scammed or who know someone who has, can get advice and report it to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.
More information about different types of scams, where to report them and other helpful advice can be found on Derbyshire County Council website.
Date issued: 29 July 2016
‘Oar’some job by school children
Thousands of school children have completed their very own Olympic challenge after rowing the distance from Bolsover to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
10,000 children from 44 schools from across Bolsover District and beyond completed 7,234.2 miles, (1,500 more miles than their original target of 5,830) over a five-month period.
The challenge saw the schools receive four rowing machines for two days each to row as far as they could and the schools who rowed the furthest were:
- Infant - Clowne Infant School - 161 miles
- Primary - Model Village Primary School (Shirebrook) - 243.2miles
- Junior - Tibshelf Town End - 255.5miles
- Secondary - Shirebrook Academy - 285miles
- Special - Stubbin Wood - 55.4miles
‘Row to Rio’ was launched back in February by Olympic Gold medal rower Zac Purchase and is a partnership between ourselves and Bolsover and District School Sport Partnership that aimed to run alongside the popular Five:60 programme which tackles inactivity and childhood obesity in schools.
Each of the schools who rowed the furthest where presented with a certificate and £50 sports voucher at special school assemblies.
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “This has been an amazing challenge and all the schools have really thrown themselves into it. It was great to see so many taking part from nursery children who couldn’t even reach the foot plate to secondary school pupils who really put there all into it.
“Tackling inactivity and childhood obesity is a national issue but by giving children challenges such as this to do it adds a fun element and is something they want to do rather than having to do it.
“My congratulations go to all of the schools involved and to all the children, staff and parents who have helped and supported this challenge.”
Date issued: 21 July 2016
Traveller Site in Bolsover
Update 19 July 2016 16:21
We are pleased to report that the unauthorised traveller site in Bolsover has now vacated the Sherwood Lodge and Town End car parks. We had put plans in place and were ready to serve a Direction notice requesting them to leave, however they left the District (under Police escort) of their own accord. Our Streetscene team are on site cleaning up any litter/waste left behind and we appreciate everyone's patience and assistance whilst the incident was dealt with. We are now looking at options to secure the site to try and prevent this happening again.
Yesterday (Sunday 17 July 2016) afternoon a large number of travellers set up camp on the Sherwood Lodge and Town End Car Parks in Bolsover.
We are liaising with Morrisons, who own the Sherwood Lodge site and the relevant agencies to apply for a Direction under the Criminal Justice and Public Order act to remove the travellers from this site. We have also spoken to the Police regarding the situation and we have increased the patrols of our CAN Rangers in this area.
We want to reassure people that we are doing everything within our powers to deal with the situation as quickly and as efficiently as the law will allow us.
Work progressing well on new £4million leisure facility
The first bricks of a £4million enhanced leisure facility at Clowne have been laid as work on the site progresses well.
Six months into a 12-month build programme to create the new Go! Active @ The Arc facility, the ground works, pool linings, steel frames and drainage have all been completed and now the lower level brick skins have started to be installed.
The new two-storey building is set to open in early 2017 and offers a significant enhancement on facilities currently available at Clowne Sports Centre.
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “It’s been great to see how the building work progresses week-by-week and we are really pleased with how it is going. The new facility will be modern and offer a range of top class facilities for all ages to enjoy, so we can’t wait for it to be finished and open to the public.”
The new facility is being built alongside our current Clowne Sports Centre and will include:
- 25m swimming pool and smaller teaching pool
- Water slide
- Sauna/steam room
- 100 station gym
- Group exercise rooms and a spinning studio
- Four badminton court sports hall
- Food and beverage offer
- Children’s ‘soft play’ zone
- Outdoor pitches
- Universal changing facilities
To help celebrate the new facility, the Council in partnership with Strategic Leisure Development Partner – Pulse - has launched a new 365 household membership scheme aimed at whole households getting engaged in health and fitness. For just £365 per year, a household (up to 6 persons – 2 parents/guardians and up to 4 children/family members) can enjoy a whole host of activities at the new facility. You can register your household details by visiting the Go! Active website.
Councillor Dooley added, “We want to create a family friendly facility, where people can be active, stay fit and have fun together and our 365 household membership does just that. It is only open for a limited time though so I would urge people to register their interest now to take advantage of this superb offer.”
Chris Johnson, Managing Director at Pulse, said, “As strategic leisure development partner we are delighted to be working with Bolsover District Council on this project. The work is progressing fantastically and we are confident that we will deliver a modern, sustainable facility that is accessible by everyone in the community - on time and within budget.”
The new facility is set to open its doors to the public in January 2017.
Date issued: 18 July 2016