We have agreed to a raft of plans and ideas that will help regenerate our town centres and breathe new life into the District.
The work, which forms part of the Regeneration Frameworks for the District has prioritised one major project in each of the four market towns of Bolsover, Clowne, Shirebrook and South Normanton and three cross cutting projects which benefit the whole of the District.
The following town centre projects become priorities, which are seen as key to future regeneration:
- Bolsover – mixed use development on the Sherwood Lodge site
- Clowne – new highway route through the town centre, pedestrian and public realm improvements
- Shirebrook – remodel the market place, including public realm redesign to create more multi-functional space
- South Normanton – redesign and re-establish the market place as a heart of the town.
For the whole district we have prioritised a programme of shop front enhancements, a gateway project for towns and villages improving promotion and signage and to promote the Robin Hood line as an excellent means of sustainable transport that can help support both business and leisure opportunities.
In addition it was agreed to trial a Town Team in South Normanton which will help promote the area and eventually become independent and self sustaining.
Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “These projects will have a significant economic impact on each of these town centres. While we are initially proposing to focus on our four market towns, the action plan is adaptable and we will take advantage of any new opportunities where a positive economic impact can be achieved.
“We are now working with our partners to identify funding opportunities to get these schemes off the ground as soon as possible.”
We have previously consulted with local communities and stakeholders on the detailed studies and draft plans for taking the Regeneration Frameworks forward as a catalyst for further investment and regeneration.
Councillor Syrett added, “We must make our District more resilient and attractive so we will also be targeting empty properties, promoting our strong tourist attractions and marketing our key development sites to bring in inward investment.
“What is important though is to make sure these plans do not just sit on a shelf and gather dust. We must make sure we put them into action so we can help regenerate and improve our town centres.”
Want to kick-start your weekends by experiencing exciting and adventurous activities? Then look no further than our ‘Adventure Days’.
Held every Saturday from 13 May to 30 September 2017 at Pleasley Vale Outdoor Activity Centre, Adventure Days are open to anyone aged 7 years and above.
They offer a wide range of supervised ‘come and have a go’ exciting activities for all to take part in. Activities may include canoeing, kayaking, archery, orienteering and climbing plus much more.
The sessions are delivered at Pleasley Vale Outdoor Activity Centre, starting at 10am and ending at 1pm and anyone aged under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.
There are limited places and participation is on a first come first served basis, so to avoid disappointment register your place in advance to ensure you can grab a spot on an adventurous activity!
For more information please telephone 01623 812530.
Guides from Holymoorside are celebrating after successfully sliding the ‘Flume’ 100 times to complete a mile to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and celebrate the Unit’s 100th birthday this year.
Members of the 1st Holymoorside Unit, aged between 10 years and 14 years old raised £139 and were supported by family and friends as they completed the Mile for Macmillan challenge at Go! Active @The Arc leisure facility in Clowne on Thursday 4 May 2017.
The group are one of over 4,000 Girlguiding Midlands units to join forces with Macmillan as part of a new charity partnership to raise £72,000 for people affected by cancer this year.
One girl said that it had been a really fun way to help people who were poorly and needed a Macmillan Nurse. Another said ‘We all had to go down the flume until we had done a total of one hundred times even though we only needed to do it 97 times , but it is our one hundredth birthday so we did three more to celebrate that as well.’
Gill Ball, Leader at the Unit said: “We had great fun supporting Macmillan in this way and getting the local community aware of our activities for such a good cause. All money raised will help fund vital Macmillan services in local communities right across Derbyshire so that no one has to face cancer alone.”
Pippa Lock Partnership Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support says, “I’d like to thank all the girls from the Holymoorside Unit for taking the time to support Macmillan. We hope everyone involved enjoyed Mile for Macmillan and will keep supporting them as they try and raise much needed funds for people affected by cancer throughout 2017.”
Girlguiding is the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women, giving all girls the opportunity to grow in confidence and discover their potential.
Every year Girlguiding Midlands offers a host of exciting opportunities for girls and young women to go on an adventure – from international trips and art extravaganzas to sleepovers in zoos and theme parks and science investigation days.
For more information about how to join Girlguiding– the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK – visit their website. They have leadership and non –leadership opportunities for adults as well as programmes for the girls.
Members of the Bolsover WI will be taking part in the Bolsover Hill Race on Sunday 21 May. They are hoping to enter a team of 12 walkers all wearing a specially made fancy dress costume inspired by the Calendar Girls.
The race involved a series of 1 mile races where people can walk, run or cycle up a one mile course starting at Villas Road and finishing at Castle Street. There are prizes for the fastest male and female in both the running and cycling categores, plus a prize for best fancy dress – with a special children’s race for those who wanted to walk up the Hill with mum and dad.
Sue Coulton, 65 from Bolsover volunteered at the first Bolsover Hill Race last year. Later that year she and members of the WI attended a talk at the Proact Stadium, from the real Calendar Girls. It was this which inspired them to take part in the event this year.
Sue said, “I think listening to the girls and how they came up with the calendar really made us think of what we could do to support a charity. In effect they inspired us to take on the Hill Race, though we are not as brave as them and won’t be taking our kit off. We’re really looking forward to taking part and will be using some appropriately placed Sunflowers on our outfits to mark what the girls did.”
Entry to the Hill Race costs only £10 for adults, with a free place for Under 12s for every paying adult. All profit from the event will go to the NGS Macmillan Unit Appeal, at Chesterfield Royal Hospital
Sue has a personal reason for wanting to take part, she added, ‘It’s so important to have a new cancer treatment closer to home. I lost my daughter to cancer when she was only 12, and we had to travel every day to Weston Park for treatment. It was really hard, so I know that by having this unit near to us is going to make such a huge difference.”
The running race was sponsored by Great Bear Distribition. If you would like to run, walk or cycle the Bolsover Hill Race, sign up online.