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Have your say on powers for region

A major consultation drive is being launched across the Sheffield City Region this week to ask all residents and businesses how the new powers the area will get under devolution should be used.

Public meetings are being held across the region – full details can be found on the Sheffield Region Devolution website. You can make your views known online, or on paper survey forms available at the public events.

The Sheffield City Region will get £1.3billion of extra funding over the next 30 years under the devolution deal, and powers will come to the region which are currently held in London. They include decision making on skills, transport and infrastructure, and creating jobs.

The region believes local leaders are better placed to make local decisions. As part of the deal, the region will have a directly-elected Mayor working closely with local authorities and business leaders.

Further details can be found on the Sheffield Region Devolution website which has also been set up to give resident and businesses the chance to have their say.

Sir Steve Houghton, Chair of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, said: “I would urge everyone, every single resident and businessperson in the region, to have your say. This consultation is vitally important. For the first time ever we’ll be making our own decisions around investment in skills, transport and infrastructure. Don’t miss the boat!”
Date issued: 1 July 2016

Note To Editors – Sheffield City Region
Sheffield City Region encompasses more than 1.8 million people and approximately 700,000 jobs, and is comprised of the nine local authority areas of Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield.

Note To Editors – The Devolution Deal
In October 2015, local politicians and business leaders secured an in-principle deal with the Chancellor to transfer national powers and control over funding from national Government to the Sheffield City Region – as well as securing a massive £1.3billion additional cash boost over the next thirty years to deliver major regeneration, infrastructure and business growth schemes.

The deal marks another step in the journey that the Sheffield City Region has taken over the last five years in securing greater control over its own economic affairs. It enables the City Region to build on some of its world-class assets, including the Sheffield and Rotherham-based Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, aligning the new Doncaster-based National College for High Speed Rail with the new Institutes of Technology to help meet the wider set of national infrastructure challenges, major town centre improvement plans in Barnsley and the Enterprise Zones across the whole City Region.

The deal covers a range of themes including transport, skills, creating new jobs, inward investment and support to help local businesses export as well as committing to working with Government on new ways to incentivise local growth.

The deal was formally approved by the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority on Thursday 31 March 2016.

Housing investment for Shirebrook

Plans to build 35 new council properties on land at Hill Top in Shirebrook have taken another step forward as initial feasibility works have been undertaken and approved.

The development will see 1.41ha of land developed and include 35 properties ranging from 1 bed flats to 3 bedroom houses with 0.2ha of land being made available for open space.

The development, which will form part of our B@Home Programme where we are working in partnership with Woodhead Living, will see in excess of £4m invested in Shirebrook and provide much needed housing on an under-utilised piece of land.

Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “Rebuilding our communities is a priority and by regaining control over our housing stock will enable us to cater for the needs of our residents.

“Where land is available and not being used to its full potential, we need to be thinking how it can benefit the local community.

“We looked at the market demand and the local housing needs and this project clearly demonstrates that what we are doing meets this demand and confirms we are committed to investing in Shirebrook.”

Contracts are now due to be drawn up and the project is expected to be completed by 2018.

Date issued: 27 June 2016

Creswell sing their way to success!

Creswell Junior School hit the right note with the judges as they scooped the 2016 title of Bolsover District Council School Choir Festival Champions.

The 25 strong choir wowed the audience and the judge with their harmonies and their innovative routines to scoop the top prize at our annual School Choir Festival held at the Heritage High School in Clowne on Wednesday 15 June 2016. The choir won a trophy, £500 and the chance to perform alongside Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir for their Christmas Concert at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield in December.

Creswell Junior School winners 2016 LR

The school sang two songs - Disney Medley and When I Grow Up - and really engaged with and kept the audience entertained throughout.

It is one of the biggest school choir festivals in the East Midlands saw over 1,300 children representing 26 schools from across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, with hundreds of friends and family cheering them on.

Cabinet Member for Leisure, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. said, “I’m amazed at some of the talent we have. We had some great harmonies and individual performances that you could see everyone in the audience singing along to and tapping their feet to the beat. Congratulations to Creswell on winning the competition but also a massive well done to everyone who took part in a really enjoyable day.”

Runners-up were Nottingham High School Junior Department who won a plaque and £250 and Creswell Junior School also won the trophy for the highest placed school within Bolsover District.

Steven Roberts was adjudicator for the day and he is Musical Director of Sing Live UK, one of the country’s largest independent adult singing organisations as well as Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir. He is also an adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals and regularly adjudicates throughout the United Kingdom as well as being a music mentor for Music for Youth.

Steven said, “The standard this year has been exceptionally high and is the best we have seen. We had some great song choices and lovely engaging performances that touched people’s emotions. Well done to everyone involved.”

Date issued: 15 June 2016

Shirebrook Brass Festival 2016

Brass band lovers are set for a real treat as Shirebrook hosts their Festival of Brass over a weekend in July.

First up are the world famous Fodens Brass Band who will perform a concert at Shirebrook Leisure Centre, Park Road, Shirebrook on Saturday 9 July 2016. brass musicians

Organised by Bolsover District Council and Shirebrook Town Council, this unique concert, which starts at 7pm, will see them perform a whole host of music including Bernstein’s “Candide Overture”, Monti’s “Czardas”, Mancini’s “Moon River”, “Fanfare and Flying Theme from E.T”., “Autumn Leaves”, Wagner’s “Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla” plus much more.

Featured soloists include Mark Wilkinson (cornet), David Thonton (Euphonium), Richard Poole (Soprano Cornet), John Barber (Trombone) and Mark Landon (Percussion).

Tickets for this event are on sale now priced at £12 adults and £10 concessions and can be purchased from Shirebrook Leisure Centre on 01623 748313 as well as Shirebrook Town Council office on 01623 742475.

Following this, on Sunday 10 July, the second Shirebrook Music Festival will take place at Shirebrook Leisure Centre starting at 12 noon. This popular and highly enjoyable brass band entertainment contest will feature many bands of all calibre performing throughout the day.

Entry to the Shirebrook Entertainment Festival is £2 on the door.

Date issued: 8 June 2016

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