The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Bolsover District Council.
Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals earlier this year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Bolsover.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Bolsover should be represented by 37 district councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent four three-councillor wards, twelve two-councillor wards and one one-councillor ward across the district.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Bolsover who took part in the review. The Commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during the consultation.
“We believe these recommendations deliver electoral fairness for voters as well as reflecting community ties throughout Bolsover.”
Full details of the final recommendations are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk
The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the coming months. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2019.
Notes to editors:
1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected and – separately - for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.
2. The electoral review of Bolsover District Council is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is being carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.
3. Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at: www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/east-midlands/derbyshire/bolsover or https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/8905
New Bolsover Model Village will be taking part in Heritage Open Days festival of history and culture this September.
Heritage Open Days events take place every year and reflect the rich and diverse cultural heritage of England and its communities.
This year the Model Village will be offering a wide range of activities, demonstrations and tours around the village which is currently receiving a £10million restoration and repair of architectural features at the 194 Grade II listed properties.
One of the highlights on the day will be the presentation of a banner created by locals under the watchful eye of digital textile artist, Karina Thompson who has been delivering a Banner & Banter project.
The artist, employed by Junctions Arts and funded by the contractor Woodhead Ltd and the Heritage Lottery Fund, has engaged with the local community using the heritage of the Trade Union banners to strengthen the identity of the Model.
The Heritage Open Days festival takes place for four days in September and sees places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places, particular those normally closed to the public – and it’s all FREE.
New Bolsover Model Village will be opening their doors on Sunday 10th September 2017.
The Government want to know more about the experiences that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have living in the UK.
They have produced a survey that asks about:
- your experiences of accessing and using public services in the UK
- any experiences of discrimination you may have faced throughout your life
You will be asked about your experiences at work, in education, in healthcare, and about your personal safety. We want to collect as much information as possible, but you don’t have to answer every question if you don’t want to. The survey is anonymous: no one will be able to tell who you are at any point.
Our partnership working has paid off as Shirebrook is to receive a £1.26million investment from central government.
This government funding is the result of the ‘NG20 multi-agency’ team’s efforts to resolve the impact of a growing population.
Councillor Ann Syrett, Council Leader and instrumental in forming the group, said, “Shirebrook has borne the brunt of this population explosion and I’m pleased that the hard work of the NG20 team over the past couple of years has eased the pressure. This cash injection is the government’s recognition of that hard work and will go some way in enabling us to deal with some of the town’s infrastructure challenges”.
The cash comes from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Controlling Migration Fund and will be used on specific projects, mainly:
- Supporting a wide range of events in the local community.
- Providing additional resources at Shirebrook Academy and Shires Health Care.
- Supporting a healthy workforce program where blood pressure, health advice and much more will be on offer within the workplace.
- Working with the Town Council to improve the Market Square and community areas, and
- Supporting the improvement of standards in private rented housing and to tackle rogue landlords.
Councillor Syrett added, “I see the key areas being our schools and health services. They are especially feeling the strain of the increase in population; so we will be focusing on providing additional resources so they can deal with the extra patients and provide additional activities both within and after school.”
Mandy Chambers, Chair of Bolsover Partnership and the Shirebrook ‘NG20 Group’ said, “Securing funding for this ‘Building Resilience’ programme shows the strength of partnership working throughout Bolsover District. Our partners are committed to joint working for the benefit of local people and this is proof of how successful we can be when we pull together.”