A new service to help bring empty properties back into use has been launched in Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire District.
Both Councils have joined forces to launch the service with the aim of reducing the number of empty properties across the area, bringing them back into use for the benefit of families and individuals.
The new system can be used for either landlords wishing to rent or sell their property and is completely free of charge.
Bolsover District Council Cabinet Member for Social Enterprise, Councillor John Ritchie said, “Demand for housing is increasing, so we want to do all we can to bring back into use any empty properties across the area. The longer a home is left empty the more likely it is to attract anti-social behaviour, to fall into disrepair and to become a source of anxiety to nearby residents. That’s why we are doing all we can to assist owners and landlords with returning their properties to use.”
All you need to do is register your empty property with the relevant council and they will advertise your property on their website for free. They will also put you in contact with people who may be interested in purchasing or renting it.
The property must be registered as being empty for more than six months and proof of ownership must be provided. If you are a landlord then proof that you are an accredited landlord must also be provided.
North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Bette Hill said, “We know how hard it is for people to get a mortgage or find a home that meets your needs. That’s why we are introducing this new service which will not only bring back into use an empty property, but also help people find a suitable home. It’s a win-win as far as we are concerned.”
Planning fee increases
From 17 January 2018, the Government are introducing an increase of 20% on planning fees.
Regulations to introduce the 20% fee increase were made on 20 December 2017. Our planning fees will therefore increase from 17 January 2018. The new legislation is part of The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.
You can read more about the statutory instrument on the Government's legislation website.
Have you got any old, broken or unwanted electricals? Dig them out and take them to your local household waste recycling centre in the New Year for your chance to win one of fifteen £100 cash prizes.
From hair-dryers to hedge-trimmers, fairy lights to fridges and toasters to TVs, there’s a wide range of household appliances you can take to Derbyshire County Council’s recycling centres. And from 2 January, you can exchange them for a golden ticket – which means you could be quids in.
Simply ask for your golden ticket from a member of staff at any of the county council’s nine recycling centres, type in your unique ticket number online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/electric and find out if you’re an instant winner. The more items you recycle, the more tickets you’ll get.
The competition prizes are being funded by Advantage Waste Brokers – the contractor which works on behalf of the county council to collect and recycle electrical items taken to its recycling centres.
Electrical goods can be exchanged for a golden ticket at the following recycling centres:
- Ashbourne (Mayfield Road)
- Bolsover (Buttermilk Lane)
- Buxton (Waterswallows Road)
- Glossop (Melandra Road)
- Ilkeston (Manners Avenue Industrial Estate)
- Loscoe (Heanor)
- Newhall (Swadlincote)
- Northwood (Darley Dale)
- Stonegravels (Chesterfield)
All electrical appliances are accepted including:
- coffee makers
- electric toothbrushes
- electric garden equipment
- fairy lights
- fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers
- game consoles
- laptops, tablets and PCs
- music systems
- power tools
- sat navs
- slow cookers
- straighteners and hairdryers
- washers and dryers
For a full list of the other items you can take to the recycling centres and their locations visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentres
Please make sure all personal data has been removed from items such as laptops, mobile phones or tablets before you take them to a recycling centre.
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”.