16th January 2018Kick-start your career with a traineeship Open or Close
Young people aged 16 to 24 year-old across Bolsover District are being given the chance to gain work experience and training to help them get a job.
The initiative is part of our successful Trainee/Apprenticeship which offers help in writing a CV, interview practice, work placements and achieving qualifications in functional skills, Maths and English.
Council Leader Councillor Ann Syrett said, “It’s not easy for young people to get onto the work ladder so we want to help kick-start young people’s careers by offering them an insight into a variety of industries.
“There is no doubting that the range of skills you can acquire as a trainee - from hands-on work experience to skills essential in any job - will stand you in good stead for the future.”
The five-month unpaid traineeship programme, supported by Babington Business College, helps young people to become accustomed to life in the workplace that could lead to an apprenticeship with us.
To be eligible for the programme, young people must live in Bolsover District, have an interest in working across a variety of roles within the public sector and currently not in education, employment or training. Financial support to assist young people with their expenses may be available.
Rhianne Knightley, who has worked her way through the programme and is currently a Business Admin Apprentice at the Council said, “Being an Apprentice has allowed me to learn new skills and earn money at the same time! Completing my NVQ has also been made easier as I have physically done the tasks that I have to write and talk about.
“So far I have achieved a Level 2 in Business Administration and have just started my Level 3. As well as achieving my qualifications I feel that I have also acquired a lot of experience that will help me to keep moving forward.”
Once completed, the programme allows students to apply for an apprenticeship position at either Bolsover District Council or North East Derbyshire District Council.
Experience can then be gained in a variety of different roles including grounds maintenance, customer service, business administration and leisure.
12th January 2018Grow your business with council fund Open or Close
Businesses across Bolsover District can now tap into a fund to help them grow and create jobs.
The Business Growth Fund (BGF), which we have made available will provide grants between £1,000 and £10,000 towards project costs.
The BGF can provide grants, of up to 90% of eligible costs based upon the businesses ability to achieve economic growth and/or jobs growth within the District.
Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “We need to do all we can to support businesses and encourage job creation, so this fund is the latest in a long line of initiatives we are running to help local businesses succeed”.
“Local independent businesses contribute greatly to our economy and their viability is of high importance. That’s why we have committed to supporting them and I would encourage businesses who can demonstrate growth potential to contact us to see if they are eligible”.
The funding can be used for a variety of projects, which need to be completed by December 2018, including:
- Extending and improving premises;
- Apprentice costs directly related to business development/diversification;
- Marketing and website development to boost trade;
- Business growth expenditure (equipment, machinery);
- Business start-up costs.
John McMahon, Director of John McMahon School of Woodworking said, “The business advice and financial help we received from Bolsover District Council helped us grow to around 80 students on our books; nearly everyone who attends the beginner course gets addicted and keeps coming back.”
Applications for the funding are open and we would encourage businesses to speak to their Economic Growth team first before submitting an application form.
For further information telephone 01246 242512.
9th January 2018New empty properties matching service launched Open or Close
A new service to help bring empty properties back into use has been launched in Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire District.
Both Councils have joined forces to launch the service with the aim of reducing the number of empty properties across the area, bringing them back into use for the benefit of families and individuals.
The new system can be used for either landlords wishing to rent or sell their property and is completely free of charge.
Bolsover District Council Cabinet Member for Social Enterprise, Councillor John Ritchie said, “Demand for housing is increasing, so we want to do all we can to bring back into use any empty properties across the area. The longer a home is left empty the more likely it is to attract anti-social behaviour, to fall into disrepair and to become a source of anxiety to nearby residents. That’s why we are doing all we can to assist owners and landlords with returning their properties to use.”
All you need to do is register your empty property with the relevant council and they will advertise your property on their website for free. They will also put you in contact with people who may be interested in purchasing or renting it.
The property must be registered as being empty for more than six months and proof of ownership must be provided. If you are a landlord then proof that you are an accredited landlord must also be provided.
North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Bette Hill said, “We know how hard it is for people to get a mortgage or find a home that meets your needs. That’s why we are introducing this new service which will not only bring back into use an empty property, but also help people find a suitable home. It’s a win-win as far as we are concerned.”
4th January 2018Planning fee increases Open or Close
Planning fee increases
From 17 January 2018, the Government are introducing an increase of 20% on planning fees.
Regulations to introduce the 20% fee increase were made on 20 December 2017. Our planning fees will therefore increase from 17 January 2018. The new legislation is part of The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.
You can read more about the statutory instrument on the Government's legislation website.
15th December 2017Win cash for your old electricals Open or Close
Have you got any old, broken or unwanted electricals? Dig them out and take them to your local household waste recycling centre in the New Year for your chance to win one of fifteen £100 cash prizes.
From hair-dryers to hedge-trimmers, fairy lights to fridges and toasters to TVs, there’s a wide range of household appliances you can take to Derbyshire County Council’s recycling centres. And from 2 January, you can exchange them for a golden ticket – which means you could be quids in.
Simply ask for your golden ticket from a member of staff at any of the county council’s nine recycling centres, type in your unique ticket number online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/electric and find out if you’re an instant winner. The more items you recycle, the more tickets you’ll get.
The competition prizes are being funded by Advantage Waste Brokers – the contractor which works on behalf of the county council to collect and recycle electrical items taken to its recycling centres.
Electrical goods can be exchanged for a golden ticket at the following recycling centres:
- Ashbourne (Mayfield Road)
- Bolsover (Buttermilk Lane)
- Buxton (Waterswallows Road)
- Glossop (Melandra Road)
- Ilkeston (Manners Avenue Industrial Estate)
- Loscoe (Heanor)
- Newhall (Swadlincote)
- Northwood (Darley Dale)
- Stonegravels (Chesterfield)
All electrical appliances are accepted including:
- coffee makers
- electric toothbrushes
- electric garden equipment
- fairy lights
- fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers
- game consoles
- laptops, tablets and PCs
- music systems
- power tools
- sat navs
- slow cookers
- straighteners and hairdryers
- washers and dryers
For a full list of the other items you can take to the recycling centres and their locations visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentres
Please make sure all personal data has been removed from items such as laptops, mobile phones or tablets before you take them to a recycling centre.
14th December 2017Minister for Faith launches £1.26M project in Shirebrook Open or Close
Minister for Faith Lord Bourne launched a £1.26 million government investment in Shirebrook on Thursday 14 December 2017.
Bolsover received the grant from an initial £15 million allocation to Local Authorities from the Controlling Migration Fund (CMF) in July. A further £18 million was awarded to other successful Local Authorities in November, making a total of £33 million awarded so far.
The cash is being ploughed into Shirebrook, which over the last decade has seen an increase in the number of migrants settling to live and work in the NG20 area.
The two year investment will help improve access to public services, stage community events, improve the market square and ease the pressures on local services such as housing, schooling and health services resulting from recent migration.
The project, entitled ‘Building Resilience’ 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.
The project has seven strands across which the funds have been allocated:
- Community resilience
- Market Square Enlivenment
- Migrant community access
- Improve access and quality of private sector housing
- Social Norms and UK Laws
- Additional GP resources
- Healthy Workforce Programme
The dedicated ‘Building Resilience’ team is now in place to oversee delivery of the project and they are based within the District Council offices at Clowne.
Lord Bourne said “Over recent years Shirebrook has seen significant economic growth and is an example of the real benefits migration can bring to Britain. However, we recognise that population change in a short space of time can put pressure on local services. That’s why we are making funding available to support areas like Bolsover who have ambitious plans to ease pressures on services and also build stronger more integrated communities.
“Government’s £1.3 million extra support for Shirebrook will help them address some of the issues their communities care about most. Whether increasing provision of GP surgeries, tackling rogue landlords who make money form overcrowded properties or providing English classes - these initiatives will improve services for everyone while helping to bring communities together.”
Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Karl Reid added, “We’re delighted to be able to finally get this project off the ground and start putting into place tangible benefits that the local community will be able to see and benefit from.
“Our work will focus on what residents have told us are important to them, so together with our partners will use the funding to bring the community together in various ways including through events, making the most of our physical assets like the Market Square and tackling rogue landlords and improving access to health services.”
Mandy Chambers, Independent Chair of Bolsover Partnership added, “We are extremely happy that the Government has recognised the issues that our communities have been facing since 2015.
“And, it’s down to our excellent partnership working that they encouraged our application to the Controlling Migration Fund, success in securing this additional funding will bring major benefits to Shirebrook and surrounding NG20 areas”.
4th December 2017Investment Company prosecuted for waste and littering problems at Shirebrook properties Open or Close
Bravia Investments & Management Ltd has been fined for failure to comply with a Community Protection Notice issued earlier this year by the Council.
The notice was served on Bravia Investments & Management Ltd on 19th April 2017 by the Environmental Health service and the company was given until 2nd May 2017 to clear up the mess at the Former Café Spice premises in Shirebrook.
There have been ongoing problems within Shirebrook with littering, fly tipping and the condition/upkeep of premises which is having a detrimental impact on the local community.
So when the owner of the properties, failed to clear all litter and refuse from the area at 56 – 58 Patchwork Row in Shirebrook, we took them to court.
The defendant company did not attend or contact the court so on the 16th November 2017 after hearing the evidence, the magistrates found the defendant guilty and proceeded to serve the sentence.
Bravia Investments & Management Ltd was fined £1,000, ordered to pay £700 in costs and £155 compensation (which was to cover the costs incurred for removing the waste).
Councillor Brian Murray-Carr, portfolio holder for Community Safety and Street Services said, “The Council spends thousands of pounds each year keeping the environment clean and we are using new anti social behaviour powers to ensure landowners take responsibility for their own land”
22nd November 2017New Bolsover New Beginnings - First Phase Complete Open or Close
Phase one of the New Bolsover Model Village renovation project is now complete.
Handover took place earlier this November and we now have tenants settled in their newly renovated homes.
The £10million project being delivered by Woodhead Improve with support from their specialist heritage team Woodhead Heritage began last November. Woodhead Improve is carrying out essential repairs and restoring architectural features including windows and doors at the 194 Grade II listed properties.
The properties will also see their original features restored such as new cast iron rain water goods and re-pointing of brickwork and chimneys. In addition all 138 Council-owned properties will receive repairs to their roofs and internal thermal insulation.
New tenants, Miss Gemma Kennedy and Mr Sam Warwick moved from one property on the estate to another one completed in phase one at the end of
October and are delighted with their new home.
Miss Kennedy said, “I love the way the house still has its classic look outside but is totally modern on the inside. It will be much easier to decorate now and the new windows are amazing because they are better to clean compared to the old ones which were draughty and let the dirt in!”
Mr Warwick is really pleased with the insulation in the house and said, “We can’t believe how warm it is. We can have the heating on lower and the house retains the heat much better than our previous home, also you can’t hear any outside noise due to the quality of the insulation.”
Councillor Ritchie, who has been involved with the New Bolsover New Beginning project from the outset said, “I’m thrilled with the results so far and the completion of phase one is a huge milestone for the project.
“It’s always a pleasure to meet the tenants who will benefit from these life changing projects and I’m looking forward to seeing the next phases through to the end.”
31st October 2017Court slams rogue landlord for state of properties Open or Close
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.
13th October 2017Top sportspeople honoured at awards ceremony Open or Close
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
13th October 2017Party in the Dark Open or Close
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.
28th September 2017Joint crackdown on taxis hailed a success Open or Close
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.
18th September 2017Rural businesses funding boost Open or Close
Rural businesses are being encouraged to apply for funding to help them expand and diversify.
LEADER funding is available for businesses based in rural communities throughout Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire District Council areas. Grants of up to €200,000 are available for a maximum of 40% of the total project costs, with the minimum grant being £3,500.
The funding is currently available until March 2019 and to help businesses find out more the BNED LEADER Approach in conjunction with D2N2, are holding two events to provide businesses with advice and information on the funding and support available. Refreshments will also be provided.
The events will be held as follows:
- Tuesday 27 September 2017 from 5-7pm at Doe Lea Centre, Mansfield Road, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, S44 5PD, and
- Wednesday 28 September 2017 at Eckington Civic Centre, Market St, Eckington, Sheffield S21 4JG.
Please register for the event using Eventbrite or call 01246 217594 for more information.
14th September 2017Bolsover Model Village Heritage Open Day Success! Open or Close
New Bolsover Model Village engaged with the public in a successful Heritage Open Day on Sunday 10th September.
The Model Village opened its’ doors to the public to showcase the progress so far on the £10million Heritage Lottery Funded restoration and repair project taking place at the 194 Grade II listed properties.
The event saw hard hat tours run by main contractors Robert Woodhead Ltd, a heritage treasure trail around the village, a preview of a film documentary, ‘New Bolsover – the story so far’ and work created by local children from New Bolsover Primary School.
Also available, was a tour of The Pumpkin Patch, a community project based on the allotments adjacent to the New Bolsover Model Village, set up by Community Voluntary Partners.
One of the many highlights on the day was the parade of a banner created by locals under the watchful eye of digital textile artist, Karina Thompson who has been delivering the Banner & Banter project with the community and commissioned by Junction Arts.
The banner had been blessed a few days before the Open Day at a ceremony which took place at Bolsover Parish Church. Reverend Rachel Gouldthorpe blessed the banner after it was unveiled to locals, artists and restoration project partners who had been involved in its creation.
Artist, Emma Reynard, also commissioned by Junction Arts, showcased her large scale public realm artworks, as part of the Art on The Model project which was co-created with the input of residents from the local area. The artwork is displayed on the construction hoarding and metal window shutters to improve the outlook for residents, as well as share the unique heritage of The Model with interested visitors to the area.
Cora Glasser from Junction Arts says, ‘The event provided a great platform with which to showcase the amazing site-specific work made by local residents and pupils with our commissioned artists. The final artworks are testament to the wonderful volunteers involved and the community in which they serve.’
The event was supported by volunteers and Friends of New Bolsover who provided refreshments and a very warm welcome to all visitors and contributors.
6th September 20175 year housing land supply Open or Close
For the second year running, we have a five year supply of deliverable housing land as required by the Government..
Our planning committee approved the latest assessment at its recent meeting. This assessment identifies that just over 2,100 houses will be built in Bolsover District between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2022, a total that is greater than the amount required to be built during that period so proving we have a five year supply. Indeed, based on the assessment the total works out at just over eight years worth of supply.
As part of the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework, all planning authorities are required to identify sufficient deliverable sites to deliver the next five years of housing provision. Without this in place, our local plan policies can be treated as out-of-date and give developers a loophole for submitting applications for large scale developments outside settlement boundaries and where local communities may not want development to take place.
Planning Committee Chairman, Councillor Duncan McGregor said, “This latest five year supply assessment is important news for us and growth in Bolsover District. The Council has taken the necessary decisions to approve and stimulate growth in the right locations to ensure that we both meet the Government’s requirements but more importantly ensure our local communities feel in control of how their town or village grows.”
The five year housing supply assessment takes into account all housing sites that have gained planning permission along with those identified within the Consultation Draft Local Plan for Bolsover District.
For more information on the assessment, please click here
1st September 2017New homes signal growth for Bolsover Open or Close
Up to 212 new homes are set to be built on land off Mooracre Lane in Bolsover after the Council approved planning permission.
The proposal is for a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced 2, 3 and 4 bed properties with associated garaging, parking and infrastructure. The layout of the development will also seek to retain a large central green area and other open spaces to ensure it is in keeping with the local countryside.
To help reduce the impact on the existing junctions a central through road from Mooracre Lane to Rotherham Road will be constructed and funding for other off site road improvements agreed.
Approximately 10 hectares, the site is mostly agricultural use surrounded by hedgerows and is subject to a former outline planning permission for housing and industrial use.
The site has been allocated for residential development in the Council’s Consltation Draft Local Plan as it is deemed to be a sustainable site that could attract further growth in the area.
Council also heard that the developers had agreed to a S106 agreement that would see:
- 19 affordable houses being developed,
- £53k contribution towards a play area,
- a contribution of £513k towards the provision of edcuation places,
- a £37k contribution to bus services, and
- £93k contribution towards road network provision.
Applicants Keepmoat Homes must start the work within three-years and no developmnt can take place until the pre-commencement elements such as archaeological fieldwork have been completed on site.
29th August 2017Local electoral arrangements finalised for Bolsover District Council Open or Close
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
24th August 2017New Bolsover Model Village Heritage Open Day Open or Close
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.
27th July 2017LGBT Consultation Open or Close
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.
26th July 2017Partnership drive pays off Open or Close
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.”
10th July 2017£120k investment in empty properties Open or Close
Three empty houses in Carr Vale have been bought back into use thanks to a £120,000 investment.
The properties, located on Main Street in the village, had been empty for over a year, but thanks to a partnership between the landlord, the Council and Action Housing, they were passed to Action Housing on a 14 year lease and have now been transformed into 6 one-bedroom flats.
Cabinet Member for Social Enterprise, Councillor John Ritchie said, “When we first came to look at the houses six-months ago they were in dire need of repair and some TLC. And now we look at them today and they are fully refurbished and ready to move in to. This has to be good news for local people and the housing market.
“We don’t want to see boarded up houses or properties left empty for months or even years. So we are determined to work with landlords to make sure we have a good supply of properties available to rent for local people.”
The flats will now become available for the local housing market, which will meet a growing demand for this type of property in the village.
David Palmer, Action’s Head of Housing and Asset Development said, “Action Housing was really excited to work with Bolsover District Council to bring these empty properties back into use as much needed affordable housing.
“We are committed to working with our local authority partners to increase the supply of good quality affordable housing to help meet local housing needs, and we are looking forward to working with Bolsover Council on similar projects in the future.”
In addition to these properties we are also working with the owners of the Station Hotel in Creswell to refurbish it into 15 self contained flats that will not only bring back into use a derelict building but also improve the streetscape on Elmton Road.
10th July 2017Bigger helpings at Bolsover Food and Drink Festival Open or Close
Food lovers are in for a treat on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July as Bolsover Food and Drink Festival returns for a fourth year.
The popular event, which attracted over 6,000 visitors last year will once again fill the streets with culinary delights together with live music and street entertainment.
Bookings have been coming in since January with a wide variety of traders serving up all kinds of sweet and savoury morsels to enjoy at the event from our street food vendors or take home produce from specialist artisan producers together with a great selection of tasty tipples including several local real ales.
Award winning writer, cook book author and chef presenter, Richard Fox will be coming to Bolsover providing some tasty recipe ideas in our demonstration kitchen with opportunities to sample his creations. We also have a guest appearance from Chesterfield amateur cooks, Andy Reeves and Raechel Parker who were regional winners Channel 4’s My Kitchen Rules
There will be street performers, who have performed at events across the United Kingdom, most recently returning from Glastonbury providing their unique entertainment at the event together with live music over the two days.
“We’re expecting an even bigger selection of food and drink producers this year,” said Andrew Tristram, Bolsover Town Clerk. “Last year’s event was a huge success and this year looks like being our best ever with many new traders coming to the town, plus lots of entertainment and, of course, the sunshine!” he said.
“So it’s no surprise that stall holders have booked again, and this means we can expect an even bigger event this year. Look out for updates on our Facebook page.”
Bolsover Food and Drink Festival 2017 will take place in Bolsover Town Centre from 10am on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July and is free to visitors.
The event is organised by Old Bolsover Town Council.
30th June 2017HLF chief visits £10million project Open or Close
The Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Ros Kerslake, has been visiting Bolsover District Council’s £10m New Bolsover, New Beginnings project to see how it is progressing.
Ros and her colleagues enjoyed a brief presentation which outlined the history of the project and highlighted the achievements so far. She then went on a tour of the Model Village which included a visit to one of the community engagement projects called the Pumpkin Patch and a peek inside properties currently under refurbishment.
The Model Village is seeing major investment in the three-year project that is providing essential repairs and original architectural features restored.
Thanks to the help of the National Lottery players’, we are restoring and upgrading New Bolsover Model Village which was built by the Bolsover Colliery Company in 1891 to accommodate its workforce and is a lasting legacy to the coal mining industry which dominated life in the town from 1891 to 1993.
The project has also seen an innovative community development programme to encourage local people and participants alike to feel proud of their local area and appreciate its rich history.
Chief Executive of the HLF, Ros Kerslake OBE said. “I was delighted to get the chance to visit this visionary project, and to see how National Lottery players’ support is helping to preserve and important part of the UK’s coal mining heritage. New Bolsover represents a great example of how to successfully engage the local community in restoration and repair”.
Approx £10million is being spent on the project which is made up of £8million from Bolsover District Council’s Housing Revenue Account (HRA), £1.9million from Heritage Lottery Fund and £40k from Derbyshire County Council.
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “It’s great to see the Chief Executive of HLF so interested in our project and we look forward to welcoming her back as the scheme progresses. New Bolsover was a model of how to do things in the 19th century and, thanks to this inspirational project and National Lottery players, it will become a model of how to get the best out of historic properties in the 21st century.”
30th June 2017Cancer charity benefits from youngsters generosity Open or Close
The Teenage Cancer Trust is £3,700 better off thanks to the generosity of Bolsover District Youth Councillors.
Over the last year, Youth Councillors have been busy organising a range of fundraising activities at schools and in the community in support of the charity. This included bag packing at a local food store, raffles and tombolas, choir singing at Dobbie’s Store in Barlborough and guess the name of the teddy.
The Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Mary Dooley who was at the cheque presentation, praised the young people for their kindness and generosity.
She said, “The Youth Councillors have been very creative in coming up with ways to raise awareness and funds, taking time out of school and sacrificing their lunchtimes to raise money. The amount raised will go directly to Teenage Cancer Trust to help them continue to provide excellent care and support to young people fighting cancer.”
The Youth Council is made up of pupils from all secondary schools within the District and the Council award them a budget to spend on projects it identifies each year.
The aims of the Youth Council are to consult with young people to improve service delivery, engage young people in local democratic processes, help schools with the teaching of citizenship and develop a positive image of young people across Bolsover District.
For more information about Young Voice, please call Richard Gadsby on telephone 01246 242300.
22nd June 2017New campaign aims to show that Pinxton Girls Can Open or Close
Pinxton Girls Can, a new campaign which is aims to inspire local women to get active by championing the successes of people just like them, is launching in Pinxton.
A localised version of This Girl Can, the hugely successful national campaign led by Sport England, Pinxton Girls Can will focus on the village of Pinxton and aims to break down barriers to women getting active.
Dedicated campaign pages have been set up on Facebook and on Instagram at @PinxtonGirlsCan, and organisers are keen to hear from local women who have a story to share, need help to get active, or would be interested in becoming a Pinxton Girls Can ambassador.
To kickstart the campaign local women are also invited to a Party in the Dark, where participants will be able to enjoy music, quizzes and Bingo, as well as having the chance to try dance-based activities such as Zumba and Latin in Line in short manageable blocks – all whilst helping to raise money for a worthy local cause.
The Pinxton Girls Can ‘Party in the Dark’ will be held on Wednesday, July 12 at Pinxton Village Hall from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Tickets must be booked in advanced, and can be purchased for a suggested minimum donation of £5 each, with all proceeds going to charity.
Andrea Stone, Development Manager at Derbyshire Sport, said: “We want to break down the barriers that women face when they think about being active. We want to show them that women just like them are active, having fun, and making new friends, and that they can do it too.
“We also want to hear from them – what do they enjoy doing, what keeps them from being active, what are their fears, what would they like to do, and what support do they need.
“All the activities, personal stories and ambassadors that are shared through Pinxton Girls Can will be specific to the area, making this a very local campaign.”
To find out more, or share your own photos or stories, visit the Facebook page or follow the campaign on Instagram at @PinxtonGirlsCan
21st June 2017Sheffield City Region Appointment of Independent Members - Audit Committee Open or Close
The Sheffield City Region Combined Authority has an Audit Committee to promote excellence in governance and financial reporting.
The Committee currently has a vacancy for one or more Independent Members, and is seeking people with the necessary skills, enthusiasm and commitment to be a member of the Committee and to bring a fresh external perspective to its work.
The purpose of the Committee is to provide independent assurance of the effectiveness of:
- the governance arrangements of the Authority
- the Authority’s risk management framework
- the Authority’s financial management processes and the way this relates to the performance of services
The Committee meets four times a year although additional meetings may be called if there is urgent business to be considered. The successful applicant will need knowledge, skills and expertise of the public sector in respect of finance, audit and wider corporate governance.
Support and full access to the Authority’s learning and development programme of activities will be provided, however, no allowance shall be payable, as per the Authority’s policy on Committee Member Allowances, other than for travel and subsistence where applicable.
This position is not open to Members or employees of the Authority’s constituent councils and for the purpose of these appointments, a person is deemed ‘independent’ if the person is not (and hasn’t been for a minimum of 5 years) a member, co-opted member or officer of the Authority, is not a member, co-opted member or officer of a parish council for which the Authority is the principal authority, and is not a relative, or close friend, of a member, co-opted member or officer of the Authority.
Closing date: Friday 30th June 2017, by 4.00 pm
21st June 2017Fire Safety - Medium and High Rise Blocks Open or Close
Our first thoughts and deepest sympathies are for all those affected by recent events at the Grenfell Tower Block in West London, and to the members of the emergency services who responded to this tragic incident. The full details of what happened in London are not yet available and we would not want to speculate on the situation.
However, understandably there have been concerns about the risk to our own housing stock and to address this we are able to provide the following information.
We do not have any medium or high rise blocks of flats. However, as further information about the London fire becomes available, we will review the implications on all our housing stock.
We complete regular safety inspections of our sheltered housing schemes, including fire risk assessments which are carried out by a third party professional.
Some of the early concerns about Grenfell Tower are based around the type of cladding used. This is very different from the Rendered External Wall Insulation fitted by us to some properties. We use different materials and the method of installation is different.
In addition to housing stock, we also manage a portfolio of commercial premises, most notably Pleasley Vale Mills and The Tangent. These multi-tenanted properties have robust fire safety procedures in place which in recent years have been reviewed by the Fire Service. Fire Risk assessments are undertaken at relevant intervals by fire safety professionals and supported by frequent Health and Safety inspections and fire drills.
We will continue to provide information to Government who are collating data from across the country. We will review our practices in light of the event and are working to determine if we need to make any changes.
We trust that this provides all the necessary information to provide reassurance to tenants. However, please contact us if you need further information on 01246 242424.
15th June 2017Are your sporting achievements recognised? Open or Close
We’ve had the X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, but have you got what it takes to get nominated for the Bolsover District Sports Awards?
The search is on for the top sporting successes of the last year as the Bolsover Sports Awards aims to recognise and reward the top local sportsmen, women, volunteers, schools and clubs from across Bolsover District.
And this year, we have teamed up with the Bolsover District School Sport Partnership to include more emphasis on schools and young people. The categories are split into two sections – Community and Schools – and with 29 awards such as Sportsperson of the Year, School Team Achievements, Staff Volunteer and Team of the Year up for grabs, there is sure to be an award for you.
Nominations can be received from any individual, club or team involved in schools or sports organisations within Bolsover District and the nominee must be involved in a sport recognised by Sport England. Each category has qualifying criteria and must be based upon performances from September 2016 to August 2017.
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor John Ritchie said, “We’ve refreshed the award categories so we can recognise the important part schools and young people play in sport. You don’t have to be a world beater or have won every medal in your sport – as it is also about the enjoyment and contribution people make to sport in general that we want to recognise and say ‘well done’.
“So, if you know someone who has overcome the odds to play, dedicated their life to sport or is a member of your club and displayed an outstanding level of personal achievement, then we want to hear from you.”
The awards ceremony will take place in October and the winners of the Bolsover District Awards will be submitted for the Derbyshire Sports Awards.
The deadline for nominations is 8 September 2017. Eligibility criteria (4.67MB) and application forms (Community (247kb) and School (250kb)) will be sent to all sports clubs and schools in Bolsover District asking for nominations and they can also be picked up from our offices or by telephoning 01246 242366.
14th June 2017Business hub success leads to expansion Open or Close
We have unveiled plans for a £1million expansion of a Shirebrook business hub.
The Tangent Business Hub on Brook Park already provides 34 high quality business units which were constructed in 2012 at a cost of £4.7million. The project has been so successful that we have decided to expand the offering, introducing a new additional facility to meet a growing demand.
The investment will deliver seven brand new industrial units with roller shutter doors, ranging from 1,000 to 1,300 square feet and complimenting the existing managed workspace at The Tangent. The units will be licensed for B2 (general industrial), B8 (storage or distribution), B1b (research and development of products or processes) and B1c (for any industrial purpose) use.
The park itself offers plenty of car parking spaces as well as a cycling park for locally-based tenants and their work force who wish to commute by bike.
Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “We are very excited about the potential these additional units can bring to the Tangent and wider area.
“We have been overwhelmed by the support and interest we have received, not just from local businesses who are keen to move in, but also from bigger businesses who want to come to the Park.
“In spite of the economic uncertainty, the interest shown indicates that Bolsover District is a place to do business and where industry is growing.”
The construction work is being managed by Rider Levett Bucknall and the construction work undertaken by Robert Woodhead Limited and has now started with a completion date of November 2017.
12th June 2017Excellent standard retained for our services Open or Close
We have received national recognition for our very strong customer focused culture within and across the organisation.
An external audit of our services found that they are providing ‘excellent’ services to their local communities.
This year’s assessment had an emphasis on how we interact with customers and provides information, works with hard to reach and disadvantaged groups/individuals, promotes a culture of customer service and works with the wider community, all while continuing to benchmark performance and improve.
The Assessor spent time talking to customers, employees and managers and their report provides detailed feedback with many positive comments such as ‘the Council continues to show continued improvements in all of the services areas reviewed’ and that ‘there remains a very strong customer focused culture within and across the organisation’.
We first achieved the national Customer Service Excellence Standard back in 2011 and have successfully retained it since. From 2014, we have been subject to a number of annual inspections, the latest being in April 2017.
Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Brian Watson said, “This is great news. To continue to be recognised for providing good customer service - despite the cuts we have had to endure - shows we are performing well and put customers at the heart of what we do.
“We have always felt that consulting residents on our services and providing good customer service goes hand in hand and this is something we will continue to do and improve upon.”
The report also highlights that we are considered to be ‘compliance plus’ in three additional elements (hard to reach and disadvantaged focus, staff promote customer service culture and working with the wider community) to the one currently held for consultation and engagement.
Councillor Watson added, “We welcome external assessments as they give you an outside view of how we are actually performing and not how we think we are doing. What we will do now is look at the report in detail and make sure the plans we put into place continue to provide good quality services for our local communities.”
A copy of the summary report (1MB) is available to download.
7th June 2017National Clean Air Day Open or Close
On Thursday 15 June, the first ever National Clean Air Day (NCAD) will see local schools, hospitals, workplaces and communities across UK cities run events, and inspire local residents to act for
their own health and the health of local children.
The health impact or air pollution, equivalent to 40,000 premature deaths every year in the UK, is completely unnecessary and NCAD is all about giving everyone the tools and inspiration to reduce pollution now.
We are supporting the day raising awareness with our employees through facts and stories as well as highlighted the importance of clean air vi our social media platforms.
Everybody can have a positive impact on air quality and we would like to inspire staff/residents/employees/customers to understand the actions they can take to reduce air pollution, and limit its impact on their health and the health of others.
You can help by sharing a car to work, walk/take public transport to the shops, don't use your log burner until absolutely necessary or simply by switching off your engine whilst stationary.
Thursday 15 June will be a day of practical action, myth-busting and awareness-raising, so we can all breathe cleaner air. NCAD gives every school, hospital, workplace and housing estate free access to cutting-edge advice on avoiding and tackling urban air pollution, approved by health experts and academics.
All the information on how to get involved in NCAD is available from the NCAD website.
1st June 2017Whitwell Skate Park Opens Open or Close
Whitwell’s brand new skate park officially opened on Thursday 1 June 2017 with scores of youngsters enjoying the new facility.
Young people equipped with their bikes, scooters and skateboards took to the new park and were also treated to stunts and tricks from Bolsover District Council’s Extreme Wheels Roadshows Demo Riders.
The new Skate Park is concrete based with a variety of ramps and rails for users to test their skills and try out their tricks. Located on Bakestone Moor, it is free for anyone to use and is open on a daily basis from 9am to 8pm.
The skate park has been funded by Bolsover District Council, Viridor Credits, Whitwell Parish Council, Derbyshire County Council and built by Proludic.
Bolsover District and Whitwell Parish Councillor, Tom Munro said, “After months of refurbishment we are really excited to open this brand new facility. We have had young people chomping at the bit to use it ever since we started to refurbish it and from today’s attendance it looks like it will be a huge hit with them.
“We have worked very hard with our partners and local residents and have listened to the experts in planning and designing the new park to get a facility that people can enjoy and keeps them active – and I think we have achieved that.”
19th May 2017Joint Strategic Director Vacancies Open or Close
Our Strategic Alliance was formed in 2011 and since then it’s enabled us to reduce our costs and pool our expertise but both Councils continue to face significant challenges and we need to step up to these.
In Oct 2015, we appointed a new Chief Executive who works across the two Councils. With drive and ambition we have achieved a lot in that time and made the most of the opportunities arising from these arrangements. We’ve also made the most out of the opportunities that have come from our location and our relationships with key partners across the Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and the Sheffield City Region. We’re delivering, but there’s much more to be done.
This is a crucial time for the Strategic Alliance and we need leaders who can excel at moving forward our transformation and growth agenda and bring creativity and innovation to the challenges we are tackling. These leaders need a proven track record, but also a desire to grow and learn. You’ll be working with an ambitious and energetic Chief Executive who will demand results but will invest in your development. We’ve got members committed to change and who want to make sure we innovate to protect our services and continue to deliver.
It’s a time of change and we need two people who can adapt and who have the resilience to deliver. You’ll need political savvy and a high degree of self-awareness but the opportunities will ensure you are part of a leadership team that shapes the future of the two Councils. You’ll need ambition and passion and be able to cope in a fast paced environment. You’ll be offered flexibility to help shape your role and you’ll be at the heart of defining how the Strategic Alliance goes forward.
To view the job description and person specification, please visit Gatensby Sanderson website.
18th May 2017Council’s take lead with dog roadshows Open or Close
Dog owners across Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire District are being given the chance to have free wellbeing checks and urged to get their dog microchipped for free as part of a popular mobile pet checking unit which is touring the area in June.
We have joined forces with North East Derbyshire District Council to bring the PDSA Health Check Roadshow to the area from 13-16 June 2017.
The free wellbeing checks – which include weight, eyes, teeth, ears, coat condition and general fitness - are undertaken by an experienced veterinary nurse, who will also be able to provide information on the care of other popular pets. Dog owners who have puppies older than eight-weeks are also encouraged to bring it in for their first wellbeing check.
Our Dog Warden will also be on hand to provide free dog microchipping - something which normally costs around £15 – and is a legal requirement for all dogs.
Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Brian Murray-Carr, said “We are delighted that the Health Check roadshow will be coming to our part of the country again. They have been very popular in the past and provide not only dog owners with a valuable free service, but also give us the chance to talk to them about any concerns they have and any new initiatives we are bringing in.”
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 event.
We will also be offering advice about canine behaviour and responsible dog ownership – as well as handing out free poop scoop bags at each of the roadshow events.
North East Derbyshire District Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Environment, Councillor Michael Gordon said, “Owning a dog is a rewarding experience, but it is also a big responsibility and can often come with hefty bills. So we are urging as many dog owners as possible to visit the PDSA PetCheck vehicle to find out more about their dog’s health and take advantage of a free dog health MOT!”
The PDSA Health Check Roadshow will be touring the Districts as below:
- Tuesday 13 June – Peter Fidler Nature Reserve, Riverside Way, Bolsover S44 6GA (from 11am to 6pm)
- Wednesday 14 June – Sharley Park Leisure Centre, Market Street, Clay Cross S45 9LX (from 11am to 6pm)
- Thursday 15 June – Killamarsh Community Campus, Stanley Street, Killamarsh S21 1EL (from 11am to 6pm)
- Friday 16 June – Shirebrook Market Place, Shirebrook, NG20 8AA (from 9am to 4pm).
For more information call your local council – 01246 242424 (Bolsover) or 01246 231111 (North East Derbyshire).
16th May 2017Plans revealed to regenerate district Open or Close
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.”
10th May 2017Adventure Days Open or Close
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.
8th May 2017Girl Guides Charity Slide Open or Close
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.
4th May 2017Bolsover’s calendar girls to take on Bolsover Hill Races Open or Close
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.
28th April 2017From Blackwell Blight to B@Home Open or Close
Six properties have now been built on the former Blackwell Hotel site which, in recent years, has been an eyesore for local residents.
The development is the second to be progressed through the B@Home programme, which was procured through EEM Ltd. It’s a multi-million pound investment in new housing for us as we are working in partnership with Robert Woodhead Ltd over a four-year period.
The programme aims to deliver an anticipated 150 high quality, energy efficient homes, which will address local housing needs across the District. 13 properties have been built so far, with another eight on Fir Close in Shirebrook nearing completion and work is starting on a further 49 this year.
Built on the derelict site of the former Blackwell Hotel, the new development boasts five 2 bedroom houses and a 2 bedroom bungalow on the corner of Primrose Hill and Alfreton Road.
Work on the site began early last summer and was completed mid-April. Due to high demand, all of the properties were tenanted and occupied within one week of completion.
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor John Ritchie said, “This second stage development of council homes in our district is another step forward to achieving our goal of around 150 homes over four years.
“It’s not just about housing, 9 work experience students from Tibshelf Community School have worked on this Blackwell development.
"These students were studying for the WJEC Level 1 First Award in Construction in The Built Environment and have gained valuable first-hand experience on this site, also with 94% of subcontractor spend being within 40 miles of site, we are proving that we are delivering both social and economic benefits to our district.
“Being able to provide our residents with quality homes is a priority and if we can regenerate a derelict piece of land to improve the overall appearance of the area, then that is a bonus.”
Glenn Slater, Business Development Director at Robert Woodhead Ltd, said: “The B@Home partnership aims to create a positive impact on the District, not just by building new homes for local families, but in providing a wide range of work experience, training and job opportunities.
“What makes this development special is Bolsover District Council’s ability to take direct action to rapidly progress a run-down site and create six brand new family homes, which contribute to the local community, while creating an attractive streetscene.”
Rebecca Dermody, Head of Operations for EEM Ltd, said: “We always aim to develop frameworks which help our members achieve the best value, in addition to offering wider community benefits.
“B@Home is one of our flagship projects, which embodies all the values and vision we have for the frameworks we develop. It’s fantastic to see the second site completed on this project, and we look forward to watching the scheme progress further.”
20th April 2017Illegal burning lands Shirebrook man in court Open or Close
A Shirebrook man who admitted burning waste at his home has been ordered to pay £492 by Magistrates.
Chesterfield Magistrates found David Steers guilty of disposing of controlled waste at his home on Vale Drive, Model Village, Shirebrook and was ordered to pay a total of £492 consisting of costs of £290, fine of £182 and victim surcharge of £20.
In 2014, residents of Shirebrook Model Village had all received a letter advising them not to burn rubbish.
Back on 23 March 2016, our officers together with Derbyshire Constabulary, were undertaking evening patrols to identify illegal burning when they smelt a strong burning smell which they immediately identified as burning plastic.
They attended a fire burning with a significant amount of ash in the rear garden of Mr Steers property. When questioned, Mr Steers stated that he had ignited the fire to get rid of some old kitchen cupboards, bed-frame and a mattress.
Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Brian Murray-Carr said, “This individual had been warned previously about burning waste in his garden, so he had no excuse.
“We are delighted with the Courts decision and feel that the fine sends a clear message out to people – do not burn rubbish at your home that causes a nuisance or face the consequences!”
20th April 2017High Speed Broadband – Solutions for your Business Open or Close
Is your business missing out on the huge advantages of broadband due to poor connection speeds?
High speed broadband can help your business expand its customer base, adopt new technologies and increase growth while improving outputs and efficiency.
Join us for breakfast and find out more about how your business can benefit from adopting high speed broadband technologies and, specifically, the options available in your area.
Delivered as part of the Digital Growth Programme, this fully-funded informative breakfast seminar will offer a series of presentations aimed at bringing you fully up-to-date on new technology developments and the support that exists for businesses looking to upgrade and improve their current broadband connectivity.
Delegates will have the opportunity to understand the different connection types available - including fibre, 4G, wireless and satellite - and hear from the leading suppliers in these areas to understand the technologies available, before deciding on the best solution for your business. Find out more by visiting the e-business club website.
The D2N2 Digital Growth Programme is part funded by the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund.
11th April 2017B@HOME at Shirebrook and Tibshelf Open or Close
The first ground has been cut marking the start of a £6m investment in 49 new council properties in Shirebrook and Tibshelf. The Shirebrook development at Hilltop will redevelop 3.5 acres of land and to provide 37 properties ranging from 1 bed flats to 3 bedroom houses.
The Tibshelf development on Derwent Drive will see 12 new 2 bedroom houses built on 1.2 acres of land which is the site of a former garage site. Both developments form part of our B@Home Programme where we are working in partnership with Robert Woodhead Limited, the Homes and Communities Agency and EEM Ltd.
Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said: “We are delighted with our completed B@Home properties so far in Creswell, and the homes in Blackwell are on the verge of completion. “We have set the bar high with these quality properties so far and I’m sure these new developments in Shirebrook and Tibshelf will meet our high expectations and have a positive impact on our communities.
“We are investing in our district and are committed to rebuilding our housing stock and improving life in our communities.”
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor John Ritchie commented: “The B@Home partnership is proving to be extremely valuable to the district by providing not just high quality homes, but employment and apprentice opportunities as well.
“Local workers, contractors, suppliers and youngsters looking for a step up the ladder are all benefitting from our B@Home partnership with Robert Woodhead Limited.”
David Pearson, Project Manager for Robert Woodhead Limited, said: “The B@Home partnership has already proven to be successful, not just in the homes we have built, but in the impact we have had on the local community.
“So far we have already been able to offer 12 work experience opportunities to local students, and engaged with more than 1,200 young people to inspire them towards a career in construction. We will continue to work closely with the nearby schools and colleges to provide a range of opportunities, which we hope will inspire a generation of future construction workers.”
Pete Smith, Chief Executive of EEM Ltd, said: “It is our belief at EEM that we are not just procuring services for our members, but forging partnerships to deliver excellent results with truly measurable community impacts. The B@Home Partnership is a flagship programme for us, highlighting that construction is not just about the bricks and mortar, but the effect you can have on the surrounding community.”
The ground work has commenced and the project is expected to be completed by 2018.
11th April 2017Bolsover residents: have your say on new ward boundaries Open or Close
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Bolsover District to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.
An 10-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 19 June 2017. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Bolsover.
The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that Bolsover should have 37 councillors in the future, the same as the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent four three-councillor wards, twelve two-councillor wards and one one-councillor ward across the district.
The full recommendations for Bolsover and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.
At the same time, the Commission is consulting on a new pattern of wards for neighbouring North East Derbyshire District Council.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Bolsover and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations. Over the next ten weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved.
“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.
“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Bolsover and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government to local people.
“We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole district or just part of it.”
5th April 2017Young apprentices gain employment Open or Close
Two young apprentices who started life as trainees have now been given employment by the Council after successfully completing the Trainee and Apprenticeship Scheme.
William Bend and Donnovan Canning both started their traineeships in September 2015 in our leisure department and then went on to complete their Level 2 apprenticeship in Exercise and Fitness.
They are now both employed as Leisure attendants and are working at the newly opened Go! Active @The Arc leisure facility.
The Trainee and Apprenticeship Scheme, supported by Babington Group, paves the way for young people to gain full-time employment, future study or training. The 20-week scheme, aimed at 16-19 year olds who live in Bolsover District, will help improve their skills and increase their chance of gaining an apprenticeship by achieving qualifications in functional skills, Maths and English, whilst also giving them experience in a working environment. Financial support to assist young people with their expenses may be available.
We provide traineeship opportunities in a variety of roles including leisure, ICT, business admin, customer services, grounds maintenance and refuse. 29 trainees have gained work experience and received employability training and support with the Council since 2014; with 14 securing a 12-month apprenticeship and 64% of them progressing into employment or further training to date. So far, 11 apprentices have gained an NVQ level 2 in either Customer Service/Horticulture/sustainable waste Management or Exercise and Fitness. .
Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Karl Reid said, “We understand the difficulties young people go through to secure a job so we are giving them a chance to improve their skills and knowledge, by offering them our Trainee and Apprenticeship scheme.
“I would ask any young person to give it a go, as this is a fantastic step towards rewarding employment.”
William Bend said, “I started at the Council as a trainee and this gave me the confidence to apply for an apprenticeship and I’ve gained my NVQ and now I’m an employee, I can’t believe it! The staff are really supportive, I’m earning a wage and doing a job that I really enjoy.”
Donovan Canning said, “I’m loving it here. I particularly enjoy delivering the low impact circuit classes and teen/family fit classes. The best bit about my job is meeting new people.”
3rd April 2017Your district needs you Open or Close
We are on the lookout for residents who want to help shape the future of council services in Bolsover District and want to improve the lives of others in the local area?
We are asking for volunteers to be part of our Citizens’ Panel and Equality Panel, which meets 3 or 4 times a year and to complete a maximum of 6 questionnaires a year about council services and the local area.
If you live in Bolsover District and would like to attend Equality Panel meetings or become a Citizens’ Panel member, or both – please contact us on the numbers below or visit Ask Derbyshire and click on “Bolsover Panels Recruitment” to send us your details. Some travel costs will be paid to those who attend the Equality Panel.
29th March 2017Problem South Normanton property boarded up Open or Close
We have obtained a court order to board up a Council house in South Normanton after local residents were subjected to drug related activity and anti social behaviour.
The Closure Order, for Coronation Drive, South Normanton, was granted on 23 March 2017 from Northern Derbyshire Magistrates Court after the tenant and visitors subjected local residents and neighbours to continuous anti social behaviour (ASB) and distress.
Together with the Police, we were made aware of a number of incidents of anti social behaviour, alleged crime and drug taking from the property which affected local people’s quality of life. Numerous approaches were made by us to try and deal with the issues but the tenant in the property continued with their actions.
The Court granted the order as they believed that a person had engaged (and if the order wasn’t made) and was likely to engage, in disorderly, offensive or criminal behaviour at the property and the order was necessary to prevent the nuisance or disorder from continuing.
Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Councillor John Ritchie said, “This was a huge problem which was causing distress to local residents – distress that no-one should have to put up with. We knew we had to act as fast as we could to stamp out the problem so we had no hesitation in using the Closure Power legislation.
“It’s never nice for anyone to have to put up with anti social behaviour day and night and local residents of this area have had to put up with more than their fair share. But, they can now sleep easy at night and enjoy their homes, knowing that the problem has been sorted. This should also serve as a warning to others that we will not tolerate this type of behaviour and we will use whatever powers and action are appropriate and available to us.”
The Closure Order is for three-months and we can also apply for an extension of another three-months after this time. We will seek possession of the property during the three-months to ensure that the perpetrators are not able to continue with their behaviour in the future. It is an imprisonable offence if any person tries to enter the property.
23rd March 2017Community Protection Notice issued to Morrisons to clean up Sherwood Lodge site Open or Close
We have issued Morrisons with a Community Protection Notice (CPN) in an effort to try and clean up the Sherwood Lodge site in Bolsover.
Since the company purchased the site back in 2014, it has fallen into disrepair and has been the subject of repeated acts of vandalism and fires.
A CPN warning was issued to the landowner (Optimisation Developments Ltd) on 7 February 2017 and since that date the company have not acknowledged the contents of the warning notice or tried to resolve the situation.
Council officers along with partners from the Police and Fire Service undertook an inspection of the site and none of the conditions documented within the warning have been met, apart from the erection of signs advising security is on site.
As a result, the Community Protection Notice has been issued to the landowner today, which gives them 28 days to complete the work detailed on the notice. If they fail to do this they will face prosecution by the Council’s Legal Department and a potential fine of up to £20,000.
Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Councillor John Ritchie said, “We have tried and tried to speak to the company to get them to resolve the situation, but they do not return our calls or reply to our emails and letters, so we had no hesitation in using our legal powers and issuing this notice.
“The site is an eyesore and dangerous. We’ve had vandalism and fires and it is now a magnet in attracting anti social behaviour, so something has to be done – and soon! We want the company to make it safe immediately and then put plans forward for it to be developed for the benefit of the town as soon as possible.”
Date issued: 23 March 2017
23rd March 2017Telephone Survey - Barlborough and Clowne Open or Close
A household telephone shopping survey will commence on Monday 27 March undertaken by NEMS Market Research. NEMS will be telephoning residents of Barlborough and Clowne to ask questions them about their shopping and leisure habits.
NEMS only require 70 responses so the survey calls will end as soon as those responses are received.
The purpose of the survey is to inform a Retail and Town Centres Study being undertaken by consultants, Nexus, on behalf of Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council's. The Study will form an important part of the evidence base for each Council’s Local Plan.
If you require further advice or need to pass calls on please direct them to a member of the Planning Policy Team on 01246 242294/242290/242286/242292).
Date issued: 23 March 2017
28th March 2017Shirebrook woman sees £210 go up in smoke Open or Close
A Shirebrook woman who continually burnt waste at her home has been ordered to pay £210 by Magistrates.
Chesterfield Magistrates found Gemma Cooper guilty of disposing of controlled waste at her home on Field Drive, Model Village, Shirebrook and was ordered to pay a total of £210 consisting of costs of £150, fine of £40 and victim surcharge of £20.
In 2014, residents of Shirebrook Model Village had all received a letter advising them not to burn rubbish and in addition a specific letter was sent to Mrs Cooper as she continued to burn rubbish at her property.
Back on 1 March 2016, council officers and Derbyshire Constabulary where undertaking evening patrols to identify illegal burning and attended a large fire (covering approximately 3 square metres) burning in the rear garden of Mrs Cooper’s property.
The contents included household waste such as waste bin items, waste food, paper, cardboard, tins, plastics, wood and plastic bin liners and the products of the combustion led to the formation of noxious fumes close to a built up area.
On 21 March 2016, Mrs Cooper attended a PACE (Police and Criminal Evidence) interview at the Council Offices and admitted to burning waste on her land on 1 March 2016 and that she had allowed others to burn waste on her land.
Council officers consequently obtained information from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service that a fire engine and crew had been called out on eight occasions over a four-month period to reported burning incidents at Mrs Cooper’s property.
Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Brian Murray-Carr said, “This woman had been given plenty of warning, but continued to break the law and cause problems for her neighbours by setting fires.
“I am regularly contacted by members of the public who complain that we do not do enough to tackle the problems such as fires and burning waste in back gardens and this case demonstrates our commitment as a Council in dealing effectively with these type of problems together with other agencies.”
Date issued: 17 March 2017
28th March 2017Council Response to HS2 PHASE 2B – Route Refinement Consultation Open or Close
As Leader of Bolsover District Council I write to respond to the consultation. Whilst the District Council recognises that HS2 has the potential to bring economic benefits to northern Derbyshire and the East Midlands we remain concerned at the significant impact on our local communities. We are also concerned that there will be significant impact on our local economy and businesses.
During the period of consultation we have received representations directly from residents and businesses. On each occasion we have advised that these representations also be made directly to HS2. Additionally we have aimed to reflect the views and concerns expressed in these representations in our letter as follows.
It is clear that changes to the original 2013 consultation proposals have created significant concerns directly as a consequence of alterations to the main route and also as a consequence of a proposed spur line serving Sheffield and Chesterfield. During the recent period of consultation we received a number of letters regarding the proposals particularly the impact of the spur line in the Blackwell, Newton and Tibshelf areas. The District Council is concerned that HS2 will place significant blight on these areas which will impact negatively on property prices and create a lasting negative legacy. There were consistent themes in the representations that were made to the District Council regarding the spur line particularly around the impact on the countryside and the negative effect on house prices. Concerns were expressed that the compensation schemes do not reflect the negative impact that HS2 will have on property values. Representations were also made that the construction works and proposals to cross the M1 motorway will bring significant congestion to the area creating problems for businesses and residents. Concerns were also expressed that additional traffic will contribute to areas of poor air quality.
On this basis we urge that HS2 fully consider alternatives to the proposed spur line and look at the options available to use an alternative from the Toton Station that would still serve the South Yorkshire area. We believe this would present a more cost effective solution and significantly lessen the impact. If it is intended to continue with the proposals for the spur line then we would urge HS2 to strongly consider what mitigation can be put in place to negate the impact on our local environment and our communities.
The District Council is concerned that the proposed new route will have a serious impact on the key heritage assets within our area particularly Hardwick Hall and Bolsover Castle. These sites are key elements of our visitor economy and we are concerned that the proposals and the impact on our transport network, will significantly restrict the benefits these two internationally renowned sites bring. We are also concerned that longer term the environmental impact of HS2 will blight our area and negatively affect the appeal of our iconic heritage assets.
We are concerned that the spur line proposals will have a negative impact on the electrification of the Midland Main Line. We view the electrification as an integral part of the economic regeneration of northern Derbyshire. We would not wish to see HS2 negatively impact on the Midland Mainline proposals and we would seek assurances that despite rising costs HS2 will not restrict the Government’s ability to deliver other projects which are integral to our areas economic success.
Whilst we understand the HS2 proposals require safeguarding Bolsover District Council is currently in the process of developing its Local Plan. The timing of HS2 Phase 2b consultation has not assisted with this process as the route impacts negatively on sites within our district. As a consequence of this we have had ongoing dialogue with HS2 and we anticipate this dialogue will continue, because uncertainty does not assist us with strategic spatial planning.
In addition to the impact of HS2 proposals on our Local Plan process there are areas where the new route has direct impact on local businesses. An initial assessment of this impact evidences that approximately £350,000 worth of business rates could be lost as a result of the route should businesses choose to either end their operations or relocate outside of our district. It is clear that Government places strong emphasis on Councils growing their local economy with changes to Local Government financing likely to place reliance on the growth of business rates. It is, therefore, clear that HS2 proposals will have a significant negative impact on the Local Authority’s finances through loss of business rates. On this basis we urge that HS2 continue dialogue with the District Council so that the negative impacts on our businesses can be mitigated properly. Alternatively a change to the route would prevent a number of large employment sites from being directly affected.
We are also concerned that the direct impact and accumulated impact on the transport network during construction will not assist with the growth of our local economy. We urge HS2 to give full and proper consideration to how best to mitigate this impact on our local businesses.
If the proposals do go ahead we strongly urge HS2 to ensure that the Infrastructure Maintenance Depot at Staveley contains within it a satellite college linked to the High Speed Rail College at Doncaster. We want to ensure that this facility provides opportunities and employment for local people ensuring that they can benefit directly from HS2. We feel that without this local satellite college it is unlikely that the benefits of the Infrastructure Maintenance Depot for local people will fully materialise.
We note with concern that for Phase 1 (London/West Midlands) the Government announced a £30m funding package for a Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF). These funds will be available to residents and communities on the line of the route for investment in public projects, such as the refurbishment of local community centres, nature conservation and measures to support local economies and employment. We are concerned to date no details of this fund are yet available for Phase 2b of the project which includes the route through Derbyshire. We strongly urge that HS2 provide such a fund for our area and provide clear and simple mechanisms for our local communities and businesses to access it. We view this as a matter that HS2 needs to address quickly so communities and businesses can properly offset the impact.
In respect of the compensation available for householders and businesses affected we urge HS2 to ensure that residents and businesses are not unduly disadvantaged. We also urge that HS2 ensures consistency in the compensation given to residents so that those in rural areas have access to compensation which is consistent with those affected in urban areas.
In conclusion the District Council recognises the potential economic benefits that could result from the HS2 proposals. However we have very serious concerns regarding the impact on our local communities and businesses. We also have significant concerns about the impact of HS2 on our local environment and heritage assets that are an integral part of the uniqueness of Bolsover District. On this basis we would urge that HS2 give proper consideration to all the points within our letter and continue the dialogue with our communities, businesses and the Council to ensure alternative options are fully considered and the impact is properly managed and mitigated, should HS2 go ahead.
Councillor Ann Syrett
Leader of the Council