Planning & Building Control
Please be aware we have received reports of a company carrying out cold calling at Council homes in the North East Derbyshire and Bolsover areas and asking to inspect inside the property to check for damp and repair issues. The company claims to be working on behalf of either North East Derbyshire District Council, Bolsover District Council or Rykneld Homes. Neither of the Councils, nor Rykneld Homes, have arranged for a company to carry out such checks. All Council and Rykneld Homes staff carry identification badges and would have made an appointment before any such visit. For your own personal safety, it is important that you ask any caller to show you their proof of identity (all Council and Rykneld staff and contractors carry an ID card).
All of our staff are more than happy to show you their identification card before entering your home.
We are alerting local landlords who manage houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) to important forthcoming HMO property licensing changes.
From 1st October 2018 all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO’s) with 5 or more occupiers living as 2 or more households, must have a HMO Licence from their local authority. Where a HMO is occupied by less than 5 people, it will not require a licence.
The Government have introduced this change to widen out the scope from the previous HMO licensing regime, which only applied to HMO properties of three storeys or above.
When assessing a licence application, the Council will consider the suitability and condition of the building for the number of proposed occupiers, as well as the suitability of the proposed licence holder. Applicants will need to demonstrate that fire safety arrangements are in place and adequate, and that the building has sufficient space and amenities. A list of required documents (such as current gas safety certificate and electrical installation condition report) will also need to be supplied for the application to be a valid one.
Landlords of relevant HMO properties must ensure that they submit an application for an HMO licence to the Council. Applications can be made by contacting the Joint Environmental Health Service for an application form. Guidance on making an application is also available on the Council’s website. There is an initial application fee of £496 with a further fee when the licence is granted of £111 making a total HMO licence fee of £607 (we are under a legal obligation to split the fee). The HMO licence will last for up to 5 years.
There are significant financial penalties for landlords should applications not be made and if they continue to operate the HMO after 1st October 2018. If landlords do not have a licence, or breach HMO licence conditions, they are committing a criminal offence.
Landlords of properties who are already licensed under the previous HMO licensing scheme do not need to re-apply until their current HMO licence is close to expiry.
For further information please contact Joint Environmental Health Service on 01246 217877.
See Bolsover District as you have never seen it before in a book containing stunning aerial images shot from a drone.
The ‘Bolsover District from Above’ book is a 36-page collection of crystal-clear aerial images. It covers all 16 parishes in the District with a brief description of the area and its history and takes you on a journey showing off some of the District’s historical attractions, amazing architecture, town and village views as well as some beautiful countryside.
We commissioned the book as part of their drive to attract more tourists to the area and Cabinet Member for Media and Marketing, Councillor Steve Fritchley believes that readers can gain a new appreciation for Bolsover District’s beauty through this book.
He added, “We know we have some of the best historical attractions in the country and some amazing architecture – but we want to show this to the world and this book will do this.
“You get a whole different perspective of a place when you look down on it from the sky. By using aerial photography, we have been able to capture the District as perfect miniature models which clearly defines the relationship between the natural and man-made landscapes.
“Depending upon how well this book is received we may look to produce a series of these showing more of our unique and diverse district.”
Bolsover District from Above makes for the perfect Christmas gift and they’re available to purchase at our Contact Centres in Bolsover, Clowne, Shirebrook and South Normanton for just £5.99 with £1 of every sale going to the Council Chairman’s charity i-venture.
An exciting finish to the biggest schools bowls competition in the country finished with Whaley Thorns Jaguars being crowned Bolsover District Primary Schools Indoor Bowls Champions for the first time.
We staged the event in association with Bolsover District Bowls Development Group and over 100 pupils took part in the competition which saw 35 excellent games played before Whaley Thorns Jaguars beat Anthony Bek Saxons 13-7 in a keenly contested final.
The competition saw 20 teams from 11 schools participating. Each school received coaching and taster sessions in the weeks leading up to the competition from Council coaches and volunteer coaches from the Bowls Development Group to help them prepare for the competition.
Cabinet Member for Partnerships and Transformation, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “The children were fantastic and played some wonderful bowls. I must congratulate the winners, Whaley Thorns Community School, on what was a very exciting final, I’d also thank all those who partcipated and helped make the event such an enjoyable afternoon and a resounding success.”
Peter Turton, Chair of the Bowls Development Group said “Thank you to all the schools for taking part, the standard was competitive and hopefully some of those children will continue to play in the future, my congratulations to Whaley Thorns Jaguars on a well deserved victory.”
The schools that took part were: Anthony Bek Primary, Brockley Primary, Bolsover C of E Juniors, Glebe Juniors (South Normanton) Hodthorpe Primary, New Bolsover Primary, Palterton Primary, Shirebrook Model Village, Staveley Juniors, Whaley Thorns Community Primary and Whitwell Primary.
See photos from the event on our Flickr page.
If anyone of any age is interested in the work of the Bowls Development Group or in playing bowls recreationaly or comeptitively, then please telephone us on 01246 242362
We are on the lookout for budding presenters who have a passion for introducing and hosting to help present our forthcoming Bolsover DC TV channel.
The channel will be hosted on YouTube and will include a 15-20 minute film every month highlighting what we have been up to and also looking forward to what is coming up over the next month.
By presenting the channel this would act as the persons’ showreel and would showcase their talents and personality which could lead to further work in the TV industry.
Cabinet Member for Media and Marketing, Councillor Steve Fritchley said, “We want budding presenters or anyone with a talent for hosting to come forward and join us in this exciting new venture.
“We know we have some really talented people out there who just need that break and we are offering them a chance to showcase their talent as well improve their skills by working with our experienced team. Unfortunately we cannot offer any payment, but what it will do is help to showcase their talent and creativeness and put them in the shop window for further work.”
The channel, which is likely to be launched in February 2019, will also be updated regularly with videos of what we are doing, what projects we are involved in, tourism and business promotions, interviews with councillors and members of local communities and any events that are coming up.