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Arts Development To Fire Communities Imagination

A brand new strategy that aims to increase arts and cultural activity across Bolsover District and inspire people to get involved has been agreed.

The Arts Development and Public Art Strategy 2016-2020 (5.37MB) highlights the importance of developing arts and cultural activities for people to take part in and enjoy and also aims to raise the awareness of the important role they play in society and local communities. Carr Vale Sculpture

The Strategy places emphasis on arts contributing to good planning, which can in turn lead to pleasant, attractive and distinctive places.

Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “We have consulted with a wide range of people and organisations to get to this point and we now have a plan that will guide our arts development over the next four years.”

The Strategy has three main strands to it:

  • Unique places and spaces – using the arts to help make the District an attractive place to live, work and visit, attracting developers to invest in the area.
  • Effective growth through partnerships – work with a wide range of partners at local, regional and national level to raise additional funding and plan projects with impact.
  • Inspiring arts for all – increase access to high quality arts.

Councillor Dooley added, “We have always been a progressive authority in terms of providing arts and cultural activities within our local communities from our world renowned Festival of Brass to the Food and Drink Fayre in Bolsover.

“As you can see, the arts is not just about the opera or galleries, it’s so much more than that. It’s about creating events, projects or schemes that fire people’s imagination, that help create distinct communities and that improve people’s skills and learning experiences.”

Arts and culture also contributes greatly to the local economy and national research has shown that for every £1 spent by local authorities on arts, grant aid and partnership working brings in another £4 (arts development UK local authority spending survey 2013).

Date issued: 8 April 2016

New Contact Centre due to open in April 

Residents in Bolsover town are set to get a new Contact Centre as we are relocating our current office onto Cotton Street.

The Contact Centre will be relocated from its current location in Sherwood Lodge to the former Natwest Bank property on Cotton Street and will be open from 9am on Tuesday 19 April 2016.

The property has been refurbished and will give customers the chance to make face-to-face enquiries about council services, make automated payments and will also be home to JobCentre Plus as well.

The current Contact Centre will close at 5pm on Friday 15 April and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday 19 April 2016. During the day’s closure (Monday 18 April 2016) residents and customers can still access council services and make automated payments, at our three other Contact Centres in Clowne, Shirebrook and South Normanton or use the website.

Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Councillor Terry Connerton said, “We are delighted with the new property and can’t wait for it to open. It’s in the perfect location, right in the heart of the town and brings back into use an empty property.

“There will be no change to the service provided as customers will be able to do everything they currently can at Sherwood Lodge, but with the added benefit of also having JobCentre Plus under the same roof as well.”

Phil Higginson, Midland Shires District Manager said, “We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with Bolsover District Council. The co-located model of working not only protects public funds, by delivering an efficient service, but much more importantly delivers a synergy of all local services for the benefit of the local community. We believe this an excellent model of future working that meets DWP’s vision for 2020. ”

Date issued: 7 April 2016

Castle Leisure Park set for refurb

A Bolsover sports and leisure park that has been subject to continuous acts of vandalism and anti social behaviour is set to get a makeover.

We are to invest over £70,000 in Castle Leisure Park that will see the current All Terrain Pitch (ATP) replaced with a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and repairs undertaken to the other buildings and facilities. castle leisure park entrance, sign and all terrain pitch

Over the years, the site has seen its hot water cylinder and pipes stolen, the ATP vandalised and the ‘carpet’ ripped up, fencing damaged and cricket pavilion vandalised.

The initial refurbishment will include:

  • Conversion of the ATP to a tarmac MUGA
  • Dry rot treatment in cricket pavilion
  • Reinstatement of hot water to football changing rooms.

Further works have also been identified to bring the rest of the facilities up to standard as part of a five-year plan.

By changing the ATP to a MUGA means that the facility will be available on a ‘free to use’ basis for the local community and especially attract the younger elements of the community allowing them access to fitness facilities.

Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “Over the years the site has been subjected to a continual stream of vandalism that has rendered some of the facilities unusable. Our aim is to continue to provide leisure and sporting facilities on this site and this refurbishment will help us do that in a sustainable manner.

“This investment is much needed and will improve the facilities and also provide local people with the chance to use the MUGA free of charge. It will also tie in very nicely with the huge investment we are making in the refurbishment of the Model Village.”

The site currently plays host to a floodlit 5-a-side ATP, 2 x football pitches and a pavilion, a cricket pitch and pavilion and 2 x bowling greens and pavilion.

The investment is subject to our Call In procedure.

Date issued: 5 April 2016

Innovative project heard by MPs

A project aimed at assisting young people into employment and preventing homelessness has been heard by an All Party Parliamentary group of MPs.

Officers from North East Derbyshire District Council (lead authority for the project) presented the Ambition scheme (on behalf of the schemes partners) to Members of Parliament and Civil Servants at the House of Commons.

They highlighted how the innovative Ambition project is assisting young people aged 16 – 24 into employment and how it is also helping them with any housing issues they might have, preventing homelessness where possible.

They gave a presentation about the project to demonstrate how a holistic approach to these issues can transform the lives of young people, how these issues affect rural areas as opposed to large cities and the different solutions required in an area like North Derbyshire.

North East Derbyshire District Council’s Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “It’s great that the issues we are faced with in our part of the world are being brought to ministers’ attention and heard on a national stage. The project has been a huge success to date and one that we feel should be used as a template for other areas to follow whose young people are faced with similar issues and problems.”

The All Party Parliamentary Coalfield Communities Group agreed to support the Council in inviting Marcus Jones MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Local Government)) who has responsibility for homelessness to visit North East Derbyshire to look at the project in more detail.

The Ambition project is run over five Local Authority areas; Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, North East Derbyshire and Bassetlaw with North East Derbyshire District Council taking the lead.

For further information please telephone 01246 217319.

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