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.
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.
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
Us Girls Can, a campaign which aims to inspire local women to get active by championing the successes of people just like them, is launching in Whitwell.
A localised version of the This Girl Can national campaign, led by Sport England, Us Girls Can is supported by Street Games and will focus initially on the village of Whitwell and aims to break down barriers to women getting active.
To kickstart the campaign local women, 16 years old and over, are invited to a Party in the Dark, where participants will be able to enjoy music, quizzes, mock-tails and pizza as well as having the chance to try activities such as Zumba, Tai Chi, Dance, Meditation, Boxing for Fitness and Yoga all in short manageable 20 minute blocks.
Come and have a go with no fear of judgement and no pressure. All you need is comfortable clothing, trainers and a bottle of water. Parking is available at the Centre. Whilst all activities are in bite size chunks we advise participants with any known medical conditions to ensure that they are OK to take part.
Please read the following medical questions before proceeding with your booking:
1. Are you pregnant?
2. Have you ever had epilepsy? (Strobe lighting may be used)
3. Have you ever had heart trouble?
4. Do you have chest pains?
5. Do you ever have spells of dizziness or feel faint?
6. Have you ever had high or low blood pressure?
7. Have you ever had high cholesterol?
8. Have you ever had asthma, chronic bronchitis or any other chest related illness?
9. Do you have severe headaches or migraines?
10. Is there any history of heart disease in your immediate family?
11. Are you recovering from a recent illness, operation or injury?
12. Have you any medical condition that we should be aware of?
13. Are you presently taking any form of medication?
Please note: If you answered YES to any question 1-13, you are advised to seek medical advice/approval before taking part in this event.
Please note photographs and possibly video footage of the event will be taken on the evening which may be used to promote future events and physical activity in Bolsover District. Participants are also encouraged to take their own photos/video and share these on social media to show that Us Girls Can. By booking a place at the event you are confirming that you are happy for images/footage of you to be taken and used in this way.
A recent crackdown on taxi vehicles at East Midlands Airport found over 85% of vehicles stopped met the required standards.
The regional enforcement campaign, included officials from Bolsover District Council and North East Derbyshire District Council, the Police and the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), saw spot checks carried out on over 140 vehicles, with 120 of these passing with flying colours.
All the vehicles from Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire that were checked were found to be satisfactory. However, 20 taxis from other areas did not reach the required standards.
Four of them received prohibitions for failing to have tyres that meet safety requirements. Two drivers were reported for not having road tax, and another was given a fixed penalty notice for having a tyre tread below the legal limit. Others were also warned about more minor defects such as broken bulbs.
Cabinet Member for Licensing Councillor Brian Murray-Carr said, "This initiative highlights that the majority of taxi drivers take care of their vehicles and ensure they meet high standards when it comes to safety. It is very important to us and our partners that we participate in enforcement campaigns to identify those that don’t comply with the law and licensing requirements.
North East Derbyshire District Council’s member with responsibility for Licensing, Councillor Michael Gordon said, “It’s very reassuring all the vehicles inspected from North East Derbyshire and Bolsover were found to be satisfactory. Public safety is our absolute priority and we hope this operation has helped spread this message among drivers of licensed vehicles. What we need now is for better and more stringent legislation from government to make sure taxis and those driving them are fit and proper for the safety of the public.”
Inspector Ivan Odell from Leicestershire Police said: "Once again this was a highly successful operation and demonstrates the value of partner agencies working collaboratively and effectively to improve the safety of the travelling public. The vast majority of taxis and licensed vehicles were being operated safely and legally but this operation will be repeated and should serve as warning to those who choose to continue to operate outside the law."
Bill Harrison, DVSA enforcement delivery manager, said: “DVSA’s first priority is to protect the public from unsafe drivers and vehicles. Our frontline staff worked alongside their police and local authority colleagues, and used their powers to take some of these dangerous vehicles and drivers off of the road. The vast majority of taxis checked were safe, with properly licensed drivers, which was pleasing to see."
During the initiative, a vehicle which was not a taxi was also flagged up on Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology and found to have no road tax, no insurance, no MOT, and defects including illegal tyre tread. The driver also did not have a DVLA licence. The car was seized and the driver was reported.