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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:

  1. Store or dispose of any controlled waste on any land under his control.
  2. Burn any waste or instruct someone else to burn any waste
  3. Rent out any properties containing Category 1 hazards under the housing Act 2004.

And he was ordered to:

  1. Monitor and maintain all land under his control monthly, so that it is kept free from waste
  2. 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.
  3. To join and/or remain in an accredited landlord scheme.

If this Criminal Behaviour Order is breached, then the penalty is a custodial sentence.

Team BD picked up their honours and medals from Bolsover District Council and the Bolsover District School Sport Partnership after an amazing year of sport across the District.

The top sportspeople from across Bolsover District gathered at the glitzy Bolsover District Annual Sports Awards ceremony which took place on Friday 6 October 2017 at Sports Direct in Shirebrook.

The Council and the Bolsover District School Sport Partnership joined forces to celebrate the achievements of top sportspeople, teams, club officials and volunteers from across the District and local schools over the past twelve months. The images from the awards ceremony can be seen on our Flickr site.Winners

Amongst the winners was Mark Waller (Sportsman of the Year) from Elmton who is a currently ranked 15th in the world of Para Badminton and he has represented his country at numerous overseas tournaments.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Craig Sadler from Whitwell Cricket Club. Craig has been involved in the club for 45 years undertaking many roles including playing, groundsman, fundraiser and committee member.
The Amblers Walking Group won the Active4Life Award and help organise regular walks across the District for people to spend time outdoors and engage in physical activity, with most walks attracting in excess of 30 people.

Council Chairman, Councillor Tom Munro presented the winners with their awards and said, “I am amazed at the sporting talent and dedication we have in our District. We have international stars playing and representing their country to volunteers who literally dedicate their life to a sport and a club – it is very humbling.

“It was another fantastic night that enabled us to honour the many people and clubs who make such an outstanding contribution to sport. Without them, we would not have the wide range of sporting talent we have across the district today. My congratulations go to not only the winners, but everyone who was nominated and takes part in sport.”

Edna Stevenson from Palterton Primary School picked up the School Staff Volunteer Award for her dedication in helping and supporting sporting and physical activity spanning 30 years.

A swimmer from Tibshelf picked up the Primary School Sportswoman of the Year. Molly Etherington who is currently ranked third in Britain in the 800m, is also a county winner in the 800m freestyle in Nottinghamshire, and came 2nd and 4th in the 200m and 400m freestyle at the East Midlands Championships.

John Barker, Partnership Development Manager for the Bolsover District School Sport Partnership said, “We are very lucky to have so many people who dedicate a lot of time and effort into making sure our children can play and enjoy sport and it is only fitting that we honour them and say thank you.

“Looking out across the auditorium tonight, it is incredible to see so many young talented athletes and I truly believe that one day we will see one of them representing us at the Olympic Games or going on to be a huge success in their chosen sport. Well done to everyone tonight.”

The 2017 winners were:

  • Community Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Rotary Club of Bolsover - Stewart Fox from South Normanton Colts Football Club
  • School Staff Volunteer of the Year - Edna Stevenson from Palterton Primary School
  • Community Young Sports Leader of the Year sponsored by Capital Refractories Ltd - Declan Fox from South Normanton Colts Football Club
  • Disabled School Sports Leader of the Year - Nathan Pid from Stubbin Wood School
  • Male School Sports Leader of the Year - Connor Davis from Shirebrook Academy
  • Female School Sports Leader of the Year - Rebecca Hattersley from Heritage High School
  • Community Manager/Coach of the Year sponsored by Capital Refractories Ltd - Zoe Spence from Shirebrook Gymnastics Club
  • Community Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Rotary Club of Bolsover - Craig Sadler from Whitwell Cricket Club
  • Primary School Sport Organising Crew of the Year – Palterton Primary School
  • Secondary School Sports Council/School Sport Organising Committee of the Year – Heritage High School
  • Community Active4Life Award - Amblers Walking Group
  • Community Award of the Year - Louise Smalley Walk and Area 51 Urban Academy
  • The Primary School Team of the Year - Pilsley Primary School
  • Secondary School Team of the Year – Shirebrook Academy and Frederick Gent School
  • Community Team of the Year – Whitwell Cricket Club 2nd Eleven
  • Community Club of the Year sponsored by HW Martin – Whitwell Cricket Club
  • Champion Schools of the Year Awards – Palterton Primary School (small), Whitwell Primary School (medium) and Glebe Junior School (large)
  • Primary Sportsman of the Year – George Cooper from Bolsover
  • Primary Sportswoman of the Year – Molly Etherington from Tibshelf
  • U14 Sportsman of the Year – Ben Madeley from Shirebrook Academy
  • U14 Sportswoman of the Year – Libby Brookes from Frederick Gent Community School
  • Junior Sportsman of the Year - Ryan Hopkinson from Shirebrook Academy
  • Junior Sportswoman of the Year - Lucy Forrest from Heritage High School
  • Disabled Sportsperson of the Year sponsored by Sports Direct UK - William Gamble
  • Sportsman of the Year sponsored by Sports Direct UK – Mark Waller
  • Sportswoman of the Year sponsored by Sports Direct UK – Sophie Baggaley

The Council and Bolsover District School Sports Partnership would also like to thank the following organisations/businesses who kindly sponsored awards.

  • Sports Direct
  • H.W Martin Limited
  • Capital Refractories Limited
  • The Rotary Club of Bolsover

 

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