Our ruling administration has named its new Cabinet for the forthcoming year – with two new figures joining the senior political leadership of the authority.
As we look to promote the District as a business and tourist destination, more emphasis is being placed on growth, marketing and attracting visitors.
The Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett has overall responsibility for policy and strategic planning. Councillors Duncan McGregor and Hilary Gilmour are the new members on the Cabinet, with the former also becoming the Deputy Leader.
The Cabinet (Executive) – the ruling group responsible for guiding the Council in agreeing policy and making sure it achieves its aims and objectives – has eight councillors on it.
The cabinet members and their responsibilities are as follows:
• Councillor Ann Syrett – Council Leader, Policy and Strategic Planning
• Councillor Duncan McGregor – Council Deputy Leader and Corporate Governance
• Councillor Steve Fritchley – Town Centre Renewal, Performance Media and Marketing
• Councillor Brian Watson – Finance and Resources and Sustainable Energy
• Councillor Hilary Gilmour – Housing and Community Safety
• Councillor Brian Murray-Carr – Street Scene
• Councillor John Ritchie – Property and Commercial Services
• Councillor Mary Dooley – Partnerships and Transformation
The Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “The Cabinet has done a great job over the past year in directing the authority and also investing in the District.
“We need to continue to invest for the future, attracting businesses and providing efficient services for our residents. One of the priorities this year is to improve our publicity to attract more tourists into the area; we will also continue to work to protect our environment and move towards being a low carbon authority.
“If we are to succeed then we need to make bold decisions – which as a group we have never been afraid to do. It won’t be easy as we have still got to make savings, but I feel we have the right blend of knowledge, skill and experience in our Cabinet to achieve our aims.”
The remaining 29 councillors will serve on the Scrutiny Committees and act as a 'watchdog' with powers to call in and challenge Cabinet decisions and service plans and have a major responsibility to hold Cabinet to account for its actions.
A Polish Heritage Day which took place at Shirebrook Village Hall on Bank Holiday Sunday has been hailed a success.
The aim of the event was to increase the understanding of the rich, diverse community which Shirebrook is known for.
The event, which was funded by a partnership project, entitled ‘Building Resilience’, saw a heavy footfall throughout the day, with the Village Hall and carpark heaving with the local community who came out with their friends and families to enjoy the variety of stalls, traditional polish folk crafts, exhibitions, a live polish rock band “Sors” and even a free BBQ, which on one of the hottest days of the year was more than welcomed by the visitors.
The Building Resilience project is being managed by Shirebrook Forward NG20 which was formed by Bolsover Partnership and is a multi-agency group whose aim is to focus on working positively with the local community to bring about benefits and improvements.
We received £1.26 million government investment in Shirebrook last year which formed part of the allocation to Local Authorities from the Controlling Migration Fund (CMF).
The event was supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Manchester and the Polish Community Association in Shirebrook who worked in partnership with Shirebrook Forward NG20 and were heavily involved in the organisation of the successful event.
A representative team of girls from Bolsover District emerged victorious in an ESFA Regional tournament on Saturday last, at St Graves Park, Sheffield.
The Under 11 girls, spearheaded by Captain Jess Rich, played two rounds of matches against Chesterfield, Gainsborough and District, and South Derbyshire. Without their usual goalkeeper, the girls managed to draw level at the top of the table with South Derbyshire, and did not concede any goals! A penalty shoot-out saw Bolsover win 2-1, and sparked off memorable celebrations.
Their victory has qualified them to go forward to the Premier League’s U11 National Finals on Saturday 9th June at Liverpool FC’s training academy.
Team Manager Clare Hayes, who is the School Games Organiser for the Bolsover District School Sport Partnership, commented, ‘I am so proud of the girls. Their attitude to training left me feeling confident before the tournament but they really surpassed themselves and can look forward to a great day out in Liverpool in a few weeks time. I would like to thank Shane Turner for supporting me in getting the girls this far.’
Bolsover District School Sport Partnership have received funding in the form of a bursary from the English Schools’ FA for the third consecutive season from the English Schools’ FA to run representative teams in both U11 girls and boys.
The School Sport Partnership have received a bursary to support them with transport to Liverpool, and will be hiring a bus for all the players and supporters.
We have today published our new Local Plan in advance of submitting it to the Secretary of State.
Work started on the Local Plan in October 2014 and there have been three periods of public consultation about what it should contain and how it should plan for development across Bolsover District through to 2033. In addition to this feedback, we have surveyed and investigated, in detail, key issues affecting the District and have developed the substantial evidence base necessary to prepare a sound Local Plan that meets national planning policy requirements.
Councillors at the Planning Committee (18 April 2018) unanimously agreed the Publication Local Plan for Bolsover District and that following the required six-week consultation period, the Local Plan and any representations received will be submitted to the Secretary of State for formal examination.
Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, ““We have valued our community’s involvement in each step of our Plan’s creation. Local people have had an opportunity to help shape the future of the communities in which they live and work. However, their views and ideas have also had to be considered against government guidance and a wide ranging evidence base informing us of what could be achieved.
“We feel Bolsover District is a special place. It has significant environmental, historic and cultural assets. It has an important strategic location with excellent transport links, and a range of employment sites which have seen significant growth in recent years.”
We have also worked with adjoining authorities, other advisory bodies and the Planning Inspectorate to ensure that the Plan is based on sound evidence.
Planning Committee Chairman, Councillor Duncan McGregor said, “The Plan sets out a vision for Bolsover, as a growing district undergoing an economic and visual transformation by the end of the Plan period in 2033, encompassing economic, environmental and social improvements. Overall, the Plan will provide for the development and growth needed to ensure that the District progresses in a positive and successful manner.
“Our Plan is underpinned by seeking to achieve sustainable development, which retains the District’s distinctive identity whilst providing the growth that is needed for the District to prosper and flourish. This means that the right amount and type of homes are needed in the right places; with the right infrastructure in place to support all residents. We believe that this Plan is the most appropriate strategy for the future development of the District.”
We have written to all those individuals and organisations who have previously expressed an interest in the Plan to notify them that they have completed the preparation of the Local Plan and to alert them to this formal period of consultation prior to submission of the Local Plan to the Secretary of State.
During the six-week period for comments, a series of staffed drop-in exhibition sessions will be held, so that local people have an opportunity to come along and explore the proposals in the Local Plan.
There will be evening events in the District’s nine largest settlements on the following dates, all taking place between 4pm and 7pm:
- Friday 11th May – Clowne: The Arc, High Street
- Tuesday 15th May – Whitwell: Community Centre, Portland Street
- Thursday 17th May – Shirebrook: Leisure Centre, Park Road
- Tuesday 22nd May – Creswell: Social Centre, Elmton Road
- Thursday 24th May – Pinxton: Village Hall, Kirkstead Road
- Tuesday 29th May – Barlborough: Village Hall, High Street
- Friday 1st June – Tibshelf: Village Hall, High Street
- Monday 4th June – Bolsover: Assembly Rooms, Hill Top
- Wednesday 6th June – South Normanton: The Post Mill Centre, Market Street
There will also be a district wide event for those who are unable to attend their closest evening events:
- Saturday 19th May – District Wide Event: The Arc, High Street, Clowne 10am-2pm
However, people must specifically state why the Local Plan does not meet the national soundness tests or why it has not been prepared in the correct legal manner. Comments should be returned to the Council by 5pm on Friday 15 June 2018 to be duly made.
Following this stage, we plan to submit the Local Plan for Bolsover District, together with the representations received, to the Secretary of State in July 2018. The examination by an Independent Inspector is expected to take place in November 2018 with Adoption of the Local Plan expected during 2019.
Copies of the Publication Local Plan for Bolsover District, together with representation forms are now available at our four Contact Centres and seven libraries.
Dog owners across Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire District are being given the chance to get their dog microchipped and receive pet health advice for free as a mobile pet checking unit is touring the area in April.
The two councils have joined forces with the PDSA Petcheck Roadshow again to offer dog wellbeing check-ups, nail clipping and ear cleaning and advice – all free of charge and undertaken by an experienced veterinary nurse.
In addition to the veterinary nurse, the Councils Dog Warden will also be on hand to provide free microchipping to dogs - something which has been compulsory for all dogs since 2016.
Our Dog Warden will also be offering responsible dog ownership advice, canine behavioural advice and giving out free poop scoop bags at each of the roadshows.
The Roadshows will take place at:
- The Hub, Shiners Way, South Normanton DE55 2AA on 24 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
- Kenning Park, Holmgate Road, Clay Cross S45 9PH on 25 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
- Hornthorpe Road, Eckington S21 4DS on 26 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
- Shirebrook Market Place, Market Street, Shirebrook NG20 8AA on 27 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
We have been running the roadshows for a number of years now and an average of 200 dogs receive free microchips and 120 receive free pet health checks during the course of the four days.
The Petcheck roadshow would also over to see any puppies for their first wellbeing check, but if they are younger than eight-weeks old, leave them at home with their mum and pop along for advice.