Minister for Faith Lord Bourne launched a £1.26 million government investment in Shirebrook on Thursday 14 December 2017.
Bolsover received the grant from an initial £15 million allocation to Local Authorities from the Controlling Migration Fund (CMF) in July. A further £18 million was awarded to other successful Local Authorities in November, making a total of £33 million awarded so far.
The cash is being ploughed into Shirebrook, which over the last decade has seen an increase in the number of migrants settling to live and work in the NG20 area.
The two year investment will help improve access to public services, stage community events, improve the market square and ease the pressures on local services such as housing, schooling and health services resulting from recent migration.
The project, entitled ‘Building Resilience’ 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.
The project has seven strands across which the funds have been allocated:
- Community resilience
- Market Square Enlivenment
- Migrant community access
- Improve access and quality of private sector housing
- Social Norms and UK Laws
- Additional GP resources
- Healthy Workforce Programme
The dedicated ‘Building Resilience’ team is now in place to oversee delivery of the project and they are based within the District Council offices at Clowne.
Lord Bourne said “Over recent years Shirebrook has seen significant economic growth and is an example of the real benefits migration can bring to Britain. However, we recognise that population change in a short space of time can put pressure on local services. That’s why we are making funding available to support areas like Bolsover who have ambitious plans to ease pressures on services and also build stronger more integrated communities.
“Government’s £1.3 million extra support for Shirebrook will help them address some of the issues their communities care about most. Whether increasing provision of GP surgeries, tackling rogue landlords who make money form overcrowded properties or providing English classes - these initiatives will improve services for everyone while helping to bring communities together.”
Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Karl Reid added, “We’re delighted to be able to finally get this project off the ground and start putting into place tangible benefits that the local community will be able to see and benefit from.
“Our work will focus on what residents have told us are important to them, so together with our partners will use the funding to bring the community together in various ways including through events, making the most of our physical assets like the Market Square and tackling rogue landlords and improving access to health services.”
Mandy Chambers, Independent Chair of Bolsover Partnership added, “We are extremely happy that the Government has recognised the issues that our communities have been facing since 2015.
“And, it’s down to our excellent partnership working that they encouraged our application to the Controlling Migration Fund, success in securing this additional funding will bring major benefits to Shirebrook and surrounding NG20 areas”.
Bravia Investments & Management Ltd has been fined for failure to comply with a Community Protection Notice issued earlier this year by the Council.
The notice was served on Bravia Investments & Management Ltd on 19th April 2017 by the Environmental Health service and the company was given until 2nd May 2017 to clear up the mess at the Former Café Spice premises in Shirebrook.
There have been ongoing problems within Shirebrook with littering, fly tipping and the condition/upkeep of premises which is having a detrimental impact on the local community.
So when the owner of the properties, failed to clear all litter and refuse from the area at 56 – 58 Patchwork Row in Shirebrook, we took them to court.
The defendant company did not attend or contact the court so on the 16th November 2017 after hearing the evidence, the magistrates found the defendant guilty and proceeded to serve the sentence.
Bravia Investments & Management Ltd was fined £1,000, ordered to pay £700 in costs and £155 compensation (which was to cover the costs incurred for removing the waste).
Councillor Brian Murray-Carr, portfolio holder for Community Safety and Street Services said, “The Council spends thousands of pounds each year keeping the environment clean and we are using new anti social behaviour powers to ensure landowners take responsibility for their own land”
Phase one of the New Bolsover Model Village renovation project is now complete.
Handover took place earlier this November and we now have tenants settled in their newly renovated homes.
The £10million project being delivered by Woodhead Improve with support from their specialist heritage team Woodhead Heritage began last November. Woodhead Improve is carrying out essential repairs and restoring architectural features including windows and doors at the 194 Grade II listed properties.
The properties will also see their original features restored such as new cast iron rain water goods and re-pointing of brickwork and chimneys. In addition all 138 Council-owned properties will receive repairs to their roofs and internal thermal insulation.
New tenants, Miss Gemma Kennedy and Mr Sam Warwick moved from one property on the estate to another one completed in phase one at the end of
October and are delighted with their new home.
Miss Kennedy said, “I love the way the house still has its classic look outside but is totally modern on the inside. It will be much easier to decorate now and the new windows are amazing because they are better to clean compared to the old ones which were draughty and let the dirt in!”
Mr Warwick is really pleased with the insulation in the house and said, “We can’t believe how warm it is. We can have the heating on lower and the house retains the heat much better than our previous home, also you can’t hear any outside noise due to the quality of the insulation.”
Councillor Ritchie, who has been involved with the New Bolsover New Beginning project from the outset said, “I’m thrilled with the results so far and the completion of phase one is a huge milestone for the project.
“It’s always a pleasure to meet the tenants who will benefit from these life changing projects and I’m looking forward to seeing the next phases through to the end.”
A rogue landlord has been given a fine of £2,500 (allowing for his guilty plea) and issued with a four-year Criminal Behaviour Order following his failure to comply with a Community Protection Notice on a property in North Wingfield.
Our Environmental Health team received 11 complaints regarding waste accumulating at the front, side and rear of a property in North Wingfield owned by Martin Ambler.
Despite repeated requests to remove the waste, Ambler of Vincent Lane, Chesterfield failed to comply and was subsequently served with a Community Protection Notice in February 2017 requiring the waste to be cleared within 14 days.
Although the defendant contacted us and had a skip present at the property, there was still a large amount of waste left, which he failed to clear. We subsequently started court proceedings for failure to comply with the Community Protection Notice.
Despite the defendant pleading guilty, the Magistrates Court imposed the maximum fine (allowing for his guilty plea) and the Chair of the Bench stated that the ‘appalling nature of the offence justified this unusual step’.
The problems became so bad at properties owned by Ambler, that a neighbour considered selling their property and was too afraid to let their children play outdoors due to the presence of rats. A tenant of a different property was hospitalised as a result of the condition in which the property was let.
Both Councils received a large number of complaints about properties owned by Mr Ambler in relation to accumulations and housing conditions. Examples include lack of heating, faulty electrics, damp and mould and blood stained walls.
In addition to the prosecution, we also applied for a Criminal Behaviour Order which was granted.
Since 2015, 19 enforcement Notices had been served on Mr Ambler regarding properties and land under his ownership. Despite repeated requests to deal with issues and the use of enforcement Notices, Mr Ambler failed to act and the Chair of the Bench issued the Criminal Behaviour Order, stating that it was ‘both necessary and proportionate to prevent further such consequences’.
The Order is for four years and he was ordered not to:
- Store or dispose of any controlled waste on any land under his control.
- Burn any waste or instruct someone else to burn any waste
- Rent out any properties containing Category 1 hazards under the housing Act 2004.
And he was ordered to:
- Monitor and maintain all land under his control monthly, so that it is kept free from waste
- Monitor and maintain each property under his control annually to check for hazards under the Housing Act 2004. Once indentified to remove or reduce the hazard to an acceptable level as soon as reasonably practicable.
- To join and/or remain in an accredited landlord scheme.
If this Criminal Behaviour Order is breached, then the penalty is a custodial sentence.