Identify your community’s grot spot!
Following a national clean-up for the Queen’s birthday earlier this month, we are urging local residents to take inspiration from the event by identifying their local grot spots.
We want people to take pride in their community, not just now, but all year round, by identifying which areas have the most litter then get in touch with us to find out how we can support local communities in undertaking local litter picking events.
As well as loaning equipment, such as high visibility vests, litter picking tongs and rubbish bags, we will also pick up the litter collected.
Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Brian Murray-Carr said, “We spend an awful lot of time and effort in making our streets and countryside neat and tidy but we can’t be everywhere at once.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for communities to join together to make our towns and villages cleaner places to live and I’d encourage as many individuals, community groups and organisations as possible to take part.”
A national campaign was launched last year, to clean up Britain in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday on 21 April 2016 and we are hoping residents will carry on this good work by cleaning up their communities - with our help.
Date issued: 18 February 2015
Work Starts On New Contact Centre
Work on refurbishing our new Contact Centre in Bolsover has started.
The Contact Centre is due to be relocated from its current location in Sherwood Lodge to the former Natwest Bank property on Cotton Street.
Contractors Beauforts are undertaking a six-week refurbishment programme that will see the property transformed and become home to not only the Authorities Contact Centre, but also host JobCentre Plus and a public toilet that will be available for use from Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Councillor Terry Connerton said, “The start of works is a great sign. It will not only bring back into use an empty property but provide a central location for people to do their council business that is easily accessible for our customers.
“We are always looking at ways where we can join up our services with other public bodies and the inclusion of JobCentre Plus as a partner is a huge benefit as it will not only provide two major public services in one building but will also help us reduce our running costs.
“I would also like to reassure customers that there will be no change to the services provided and you will be able to do everything you did before at this new centre.”
The refurbishment works will be completed in March 2016 with the new Contact Centre due to open in April 2016.
In addition to the new Contact Centre the car park on Middle Street is being fully reinstated with a tarmac base and will be able to accommodate 32 vehicles.
Date issued: 15 February 2016
Palterton Solar Farm Is Refused
A proposed solar farm on land near Palterton has been refused planning permission by the Council.
The application was for 20,000 solar panels mounted to a maximum height of 2.5m above ground level that would be capable of generating approximately 5 MW of electricty per year on two open agricultural fields (10.76ha) off Rylah Hill.
Members debated the application at the Planning Committee on Wednesday 10 February but refused it due to the local visual impact on the countryside and the imapct on the important heritage assets that surround the area.
Councillors felt that the site was not suitable for such a development, would detract from the local conservation areas and would have detrimetal impact on the Grade I Heritage Assets of Bolsover Castle, Hardwick Hall and Sutton Scarsdale.
Date issued: 12 February 2016
Strategic Priorities Agreed For Draft Local Plan
We have agreed the next steps in how the District will be developed up until 2033 as we continue with our Local Plan preparation.
A six-week consultation exercise saw almost 1,000 comments put forward on how the District should be developed, the most appropriate levels of growth and where this should take place.
We have carefully considered all of the views put forward, together with a range of evidence and used them to inform the Preferred Strategic Options for our new Local Plan.
As a result, we have approved that the following elements will form the basis of the new Local Plan, which will cover up until 2033:
- A Housing Target of 240 homes a year (total 3,600 over the plan period);
- An Employment Target of between 80 and 100 hectares over the plan period;
- A Spatial Strategy based upon delivering growth in a sustainable and managed way, balancing the need to have a range of suitable development sites that can provide a viable supply in the short term and bring forward regeneration of key sites in the medium to longer term;
- Four Strategic Sites have been supported at Bolsover North, former Coalite site, Clowne North and former Whitwell Colliery site although further work is required to identify whether development is appropriate and/or viable on all or part of these large sites.
Further work is now taking place to produce a draft Local Plan based on these strategic priorities and we will be seeking local residents’ views on this next stage of plan development later in the year when consultation is scheduled in September 2016.
Planning Committee Chairman, Councillor Duncan McGregor said, “This Plan will essentially become our bible and guide any development in the District over the next 15 to 20 years.
“There’s been a lot of hard work involved to get us to this stage and the proposals put forward will form the next stage of our consultation. Once we have finalised this draft, we want as many people as possible to come and tell us what they think about these proposals and give us their views so these can then be incorporated into the final plan.”
Date issued: 12 February 2016