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  •  20th April 2017
    Illegal 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 2017
    High 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 2017
    B@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 Im 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 2017
    Bolsover 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.”

    The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations for Bolsover. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 19 June 2017: The Review Officer (Bolsover) Local Government Boundary Commission for England 14th floor, Millbank Tower London SW1P 4QP, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., follow us on Twitter @LGBCE or have your say directly through the Commission’s consultation portal.

  •  5th April 2017
    Young 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. Donovan Caning in the new gym at Go! Active

    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.”
    If you would like to more information regarding traineeships or apprenticeship opportunities at either Bolsover or North East Derbyshire District Council please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.on 01246 242412 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.on 01246 217592.

  •  3rd April 2017
    Your 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.

    For further information about the Citizens’ Panel please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.on 01246 242300 and for more information about the Equality Panel, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.on 01246 242407.

  •  29th March 2017
    Problem 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 2017
    Community 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 2017
    Telephone 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 2017
    Shirebrook 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 2017
    Council 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.

    Yours faithfully

    Councillor Ann Syrett
    Leader of the Council

  •  28th March 2017
    Building Partnerships and Careers Open or Close

    This week is National Apprenticeship Week (6-10 March), run by the National Apprenticeship Service and celebrates the positive impact which apprenticeships can have on developing individuals, businesses and the wider economy and opening up career dreams for millions of people every year.

    One particular area which is seeing a surge of development in the UK is the construction industry, with the high demand for more housing being a key focus for many city and district councils. We are one such council, and we are building and regenerating our area.

    The B@Home partnership was launched last year between ourselves and Robert Woodhead Ltd through the Efficiency East Midlands (EEM) Ltd’s New Build Developer Framework to build more than 100 energy efficient homes in the local area in the next four years.

    And the initiative is very much about developing partnerships and delivering growth – not just to people needing to rent council properties, but also to construction apprentices who are gaining new skills, learning how to manage real-life situations on site and working together with all contractors on the B@Home development sites.

    Vision Apprentices, the apprenticeship arm of West Nottinghamshire College, is currently watching three of its apprentices develop carrying out maintenance work for us, and making the most of the opportunity to learn additional skills on the new build properties on the Fir Close development in Shirebrook, an area of derelict land, which will soon contain six two-bedroom houses and two one-bedroomed flats.

    Josh Gozzard, electrical apprentice, Tyler Griffiths, joinery apprentice and Jake Rawson, plumbing apprentice are all employed by us and already seeing the personal and career benefits of working on a live building site.

    Eighteen-year-old Jake, who lives in Alfreton, joined us two years ago as a plumbing apprentice. He attends West Nottinghamshire College’s construction campus one day a week.

    He said:

    “It’s great to be working on this kind of project. I’m learning lots of things I’ve never done before and it’s boosting my skills. On site you experience new levels of responsibility. I get my theory and some practical studies at college and then get to put it into real practice on site.

    “As an apprentice you get great hands-on experience and a head start into a career. I would really like to apply for a full-time job here at the council after qualifying.”

    All three apprentices are ready to get stuck in to the Fir Close development, after all having applied their trades at another B@Home site in Blackwell recently. Next week they will all work on ‘first fixing’ the new builds.

    David Pearson is Woodhead's project manager for the B@Home partnerhsip. He said:

    “Working with apprentices isn’t a new concept for Woodhead. Part of the reason we won the tender was based on the employment opportunities we can offer local apprentices, not just because we can deliver the building works.

    “We’re proud to support our local communities and often work with local schools and colleges to provide work experience opportunities, and always aim to use local suppliers and contractors for materials and services.”

    Josh Gozzard, 18, from Chesterfield said:

    “I’m really looking forward to doing all the first and second fixing for an entire house. It’s quite daunting to see a real-life site but also very exciting. I’m finding it interesting working with others on site. I’ll admit, I feel a lot slower than those who’ve worked in their trades for years, but I’ll get there! To still be able to study and be in paid work is amazing.”

    Cabinet member for housing, Councillor John Ritchie, said:

    “It’s a privilege to be part of this project with Woodheads and West Notts – long may it continue. Working with Woodheads is very reassuring as they have a good social conscience for working in partnerships and that’s been reflected in the award they won last week – the Building Communities award.

    “As a local authority we have a genuine and heartfelt commitment to take on apprentices and we have already agreed the key stages of construction where we know the apprentices are scheduled to come onto site. Tyler will be soon be involved in the installation of first floor joists, roof construction then internal studded walls and staircases.

    “This new build experience isn’t something we can normally offer apprentices as they’re usually involved in maintaining our council houses. This is a fantastic chance to test their skills in brand new homes.

    “Fir Close is due to be complete in August and then we can offer them further work on further new build sites across the District. They’re doing brilliantly so far, so we have every confidence in their flourishing skills.”

    Tyler Griffiths, 17, from Glapwell agrees that his skills are improving. He said:

    “Life working on site is definitely different. I learn so much about it at college but that’s under test conditions – this is the real thing. Working alongside other people is great and is improving my communication skills.”

  •  20th February 2017
    Councils plan to help first-time buyers on housing ladder Open or Close

    We are working with North East Derbyshire District Council to introduce a Local Authority Mortgage Scheme aimed at helping first-time buyers onto the housing ladder.

    As part of the scheme we propose to help people who can afford mortgage repayments, but not a large deposit, to secure a house by providing an indemnity for up to 20% of the total value of the mortgage with the lender. Our indemnity would only be called upon if the borrower failed to make the repayments or breached the terms of the mortgage and the property was sold at a loss. The scheme has been launched and will allow first-time buyers to get a 95% mortgage on similar terms as a 75% mortgage but without the large deposit normally required.

    A joint statement from Councillor John Ritchie (Cabinet Member for Housing at BDC) and Councillor Bette Hill (Cabinet member for Housing Strategy at NEDDC) , said: “This is a great scheme which helps first time buyers in Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire District get on the property ladder and, at the same time, contribute to the local economy. We are delighted to join forces with one of our local lenders to launch this scheme.” “If you’re looking to establish your first home then this may be something that will help you do just that, with aspiring home owners able to access up to 95% loans. I would encourage anyone interested to visit their local Leek United Building Society branch and ask about LAMS mortgages.” Clare Beardmore at Leek United, said: “LAMS has made the opportunity for first-time buyers to get onto the property ladder so much more realistic. We are delighted to be extending the scheme into Derbyshire in a partnership with Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire Councils, to assist homebuyers in our ‘heartland’.”

    Under LAMS, almost 70 local authorities have now worked with mortgage lenders and supported 3,900 families and individuals to buy their first home during a time when it was virtually impossible to otherwise obtain a mortgage with a relatively small deposit. Capita Asset Services works closely with local authorities and supports them in launching their scheme. Hayley Sullivan, Associate Director at Capita Asset Services, said: “This scheme has been operating successfully in many parts of the UK for over five years and is still helping first time buyers to buy their first home with a lower deposit than usually needed. This innovative scheme has already helped over 3900 people or couples to buy their first home, is stimulating the local housing market and benefitting the wider economy.” Only first-time buyers with a minimum five per cent deposit who can meet the repayments on a 95 per cent mortgage will be eligible for the council scheme. The potential buyer will also need to meet the normal criteria of the mortgage lender.

    To find out more about LAMS, customers can call into their local Leek United branch or call the Society at the Head Office on 01538 380047 or at the Derby Branch on 01332 344708 or visit the website. Date issued: 17 February 2017

    Notes to Editors: These products are offered in Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire areas are designed to assist first time buyers to purchase their home with as little as 5% deposit. Applicants (or at least one of the applicants) must be first time buyers with a deposit of at least 5%. The applicant must purchase property within the postcode region of North East Derbyshire or Bolsover District Councils. There is a maximum loan size of £175,000 in North East Derbyshire District Council area and £150,000 in Bolsover District Council area.

  •  17th February 2017
    Mortgage Scheme Launched Open or Close

    Councils plan to help first-time buyers on housing ladder

    We are working with North East Derbyshire District Council to introduce a Local Authority Mortgage Scheme aimed at helping first-time buyers onto the housing ladder.

    As part of the scheme we propose to help people who can afford mortgage repayments, but not a large deposit, to secure a house by providing an indemnity for up to 20% of the total value of the mortgage with the lender. Pictured are council officials, Leek United Building Society and Capita representatives at the launch of the scheme

    Our indemnity would only be called upon if the borrower failed to make the repayments or breached the terms of the mortgage and the property was sold at a loss.

    The scheme has been launched and will allow first-time buyers to get a 95% mortgage on similar terms as a 75% mortgage but without the large deposit normally required.

    A joint statement from Councillor John Ritchie (Cabinet Member for Housing at BDC) and Councillor Bette Hill (Cabinet member for Housing Strategy at NEDDC) , said: “This is a great scheme which helps first time buyers in Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire District get on the property ladder and, at the same time, contribute to the local economy. We are delighted to join forces with one of our local lenders to launch this scheme.”

    “If you’re looking to establish your first home then this may be something that will help you do just that, with aspiring home owners able to access up to 95% loans. I would encourage anyone interested to visit their local Leek United Building Society branch and ask about LAMS mortgages.”

    Clare Beardmore at Leek United, said: “LAMS has made the opportunity for first-time buyers to get onto the property ladder so much more realistic. We are delighted to be extending the scheme into Derbyshire in a partnership with Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire Councils, to assist homebuyers in our ‘heartland’.”

    Under LAMS, almost 70 local authorities have now worked with mortgage lenders and supported 3,900 families and individuals to buy their first home during a time when it was virtually impossible to otherwise obtain a mortgage with a relatively small deposit.

    Capita Asset Services works closely with local authorities and supports them in launching their scheme.

    Hayley Sullivan, Associate Director at Capita Asset Services, said: “This scheme has been operating successfully in many parts of the UK for over five years and is still helping first time buyers to buy their first home with a lower deposit than usually needed. This innovative scheme has already helped over 3900 people or couples to buy their first home, is stimulating the local housing market and benefitting the wider economy.”

    Only first-time buyers with a minimum five per cent deposit who can meet the repayments on a 95 per cent mortgage will be eligible for the council scheme. The potential buyer will also need to meet the normal criteria of the mortgage lender.

    To find out more about LAMS, click the link here orcustomers can call into their local Leek United branch or call the Society at the Head Office on 01538 380047 or at the Derby Branch on 01332 344708 or visit the website

    Date issued: 17 February 2017

    Notes to Editors:
    These products are offered in Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire areas are designed to assist first time buyers to purchase their home with as little as 5% deposit.

    Applicants (or at least one of the applicants) must be first time buyers with a deposit of at least 5%. The applicant must purchase property within the postcode region of North East Derbyshire or Bolsover District Councils. There is a maximum loan size of £175,000 in North East Derbyshire District Council area and £150,000 in Bolsover District Council area. 

  •  16th February 2017
    Candidates and Agents Briefing Sessions for Derbyshire County Council Elections Open or Close

    Dan Swaine, Deputy Returning Officer will be holding briefing sessions for potential Candidates and Elections Agents for the Derbyshire County Council Elections which are being held on Thursday 4 May 2017.

    The sessions are open to both potential Candidates and Elections Agents covering the district areas of Bolsover and North East Derbyshire.

    The briefing sessions will provide valuable information about the election process including the timetable, how to submit nominations, election agents, absent voting, polling day, the verification and count, election literature, election expenses and any other details.

    The briefing sessions will take place on the following dates/times:

    Saturday 18 March 2017 commencing at 10:00am at Bolsover District Council, The Arc, High Street, Clowne, Chesterfield, S43 4JY

    Monday 20 March 2017 commencing at 6:00pm at North East Derbyshire District Council, District Council Offices, 2013 Mill Lane, Wingerworth, Chesterfield, S42 6NG

    Thursday 23 March 2017 commencing at 6:00pm at Bolsover District Council, The Arc, High Street, Clowne, Chesterfield, S43 4JY

     For more details or to confirm your attendance on one of the above dates, please contact Donna Hopkinson – Elections Manager on 01246 217058 or by email:

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  •  10th February 2017
    Go! Active pool due to open Open or Close

    Go! Active pool due to open

    We are pleased to announce that our Go! Active facility will be fully open from Monday 13 February 2017.

    The pool area, flume, wet side changing facilities and thermal suite have all been fully completed and will all be available for public use from 12 noon on the above date. Please note that a revised timetable will be in operation due to the half-term holidays and this will be available later today on the Go! Active website.Go! active swimming pools and flume

    If you have booked onto swimming lessons then we will send you an email via the CoursePro system to re-arrange your new starting date. Anyone who wishes to book classes within the pool can do so on our Go! Active App or through our website 7 days in advance of the class.

    If you have signed up to a membership, then this has been extended to cover the period the full facilities are not available to you and will officially start from Monday 13 February 2017.

    The rest of our facilities - 100+ station state-of-the-art gym, two group exercise studios, the group cycling studio, soft play kingdom, four badminton court sports hall and Go! Fuel cafe – are open as normal. Please note normal charges apply to these areas.

    We apologise for any inconvenience the delay in opening the pool area may have caused and hope that you will enjoy using the full range of facilities available to you.

    Date issued: 10 February 2017

  •  8th February 2017
    Portraits of Tibshelf arts project celebration Open or Close

    Portraits of Tibshelf arts project celebration

    A community based project, Portraits of Tibshelf, funded by us through our Planning Policy for public art, which commenced early 2016 in collaboration with Mik Godley, a leading iPad artist, Composer, Jonathan Bates and the Black Dyke Band will celebrate its finale on 18th March 2017.

    The public art is linked to a new Keep Moat development at Mansfield Road Tibshelf and the project celebrates the unique history of the Tibshelf area with the help of Tibshelf Infant and Nursery schools, Tibshelf Junior School and Tibshelf Community School.

    The project has involved Mik, an art lecturer at Chesterfield college who has been creating amazing art on the iPad since 2010, and has gone on to produce a remarkable catalogue of stunning works from landscapes to personal portraits.

    Portrait of Tibshelf image

    Mik Godley said, "As an artist I have always looked to be able to express my work in different ways - but the arrival of the iPad opened up new and exciting avenues to do just that.

    I was initially given one and soon got hooked on the creative arts programmes. As the iPads developed, so did the sophistication of the software, and I was able to explore the different ways it could be used."

    Music for Mik's commission, composed by Jonathan Bates, a renowned young composer, will be performed by Black Dyke Band converted to a time lapse film of his unique art.

    It will develop on a multi-media screen before the audience at the finale premiere along with the help of the children from a number of local schools who will accompany the film with a percussion feature led by Simone Rebello, Director of Percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.

    A further film led by Martyn Harris of Absolute Video entitled 'A Tibshelf Tale' with music composed by Philip Sparke, one of the leading brass band composers in the world, will also be performed by Black Dyke at the event.

    Matt Black, ex Derbyshire Poet Laureate, is writing the narration in poetry and BBC Radio 2 presenter Frank Renton who will be the Compère and narrator for the film at the concert.

    The evening of film and music will commence at 7pm on Saturday 18th March at Tibshelf Community School.

    Tickets are available online, click here.

  •  27th January 2017
    Part opening of Go! Active Open or Close

    Part opening of Go! Active

    Our new Go! Active @The Arc leisure facility will part-open on Saturday 28 January 2017.

    Despite significant efforts to be fully operational the pool area will not be available for general use. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but we still have a wide range of activities planned.

    The brand new 100+ station state-of-the-art gym, the two group exercise studios, the group cycling studio and soft play kingdom will open as planned for people to look around and take part in the activities/taster sessions, along with the wide range of activities planned in the sports hall.

    We will still be offering tours of the facility, including the ability to view the pool area from the gym, to give you a taste of what is to come. A full timetable of all activities will be available on the day.

    If you have signed up to a membership this will be extended to cover the period the full facilities are not available to you.

    If you have booked onto swimming lessons then we will contact you to rearrange a new starting date. If you have booked onto exercise classes in the pool we will carry your booking forward for the week we do open and apologise for any inconvenience caused

    We will announce when the pool area of the facility will be opened in due course and this will be available on social media, our website and through the local media.

    Date issued: 27 January 2017

  •  27th January 2017
    Coalite redevelopment progressing well Open or Close

    Coalite redevelopment progressing well

    Work on a multi-million pound regeneration project to transform the former Coalite site into a thriving business and residential area is progressing well.

    The clean-up has been made possible due to grant funding of £2m from Derbyshire County Council and £5.8 m from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

    Work started on the site – which has lain derelict since 2004 – in November last year and has seen all the buildings, tanks and pipelines demolished. The below ground works have also started which involves excavating the soils and waste and then sorting and separating it so local bugs living in the soil are encouraged to naturally break down the pollutants. Regeneration work continuing at the former Coalite site

    The Environment Agency, Bolsover Land Ltd and the Council’s want to reassure local residents that all the work is being carried out under strict regulation and environmental permits to minimise, mitigate and manage any risks and ensure appropriate contingency measures are in place on site, after strong odours have been detected over the past couple of weeks.

    Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “At last we are being able to improve this site you can see the changes on site every day as you drive past and it is remarkable to see what has been achieved in such a short period of time. However regenerating sites such as this mean that odours will be released into the atmosphere. These will be stronger at the start of the project as the ground is disturbed but should improve as work progresses.

    “But we want to reassure our communities that we’re working with the Environment Agency and Bolsover Land Ltd to minimise these smells and have controls in place and are regularly monitoring the situation.”

    The type of chemicals found on the site are extremely odorous which means that they can be detected in the air at extremely low concentrations. This means that even when they do not cause a risk to health, the odour from the chemicals still needs to be managed effectively as part of the redevelopment works. As part of this process, an odour assessment and an odour management plan were produced by the site operator prior to the works being started and the detection of an odour does not automatically indicate that there is a risk to the wider public via airborne contamination.

    North East Derbyshire District Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “The remediation of the former Coalite site offers a tremendous opportunity to address this outstanding legacy of the District’s coal mining heritage and bring forward an exciting new development opportunity that will lead to hundreds of new jobs and houses in the local area.”

    Once redeveloped the site will form a mix of business (potential to create up to 1,500 jobs) and residential (planning permission for up to 660 properties) with including a Local Centre, an area safeguarded for a school, a Neighbourhood Equipped Areas of Play (NEAP), a Local Equipped Area of Play (LEAP), a Riverside Park, a Local Habitat Area, Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems, footpaths, walkways, cycle paths and landscaping.

    Nigel Lax, Development Director for Bolsover Land Limited said, “After four years of planning and working closely with the councils, D2N2 LEP and the Environment Agency, the works to clean up the site marks a key milestone to create hundreds of new jobs and homes.

    “To ensure everyone is kept informed we’ve established a community liaison group of local residents, councillors and the Environment Agency. We have also set up a new website and newsletters are being distributed to over 12,000 properties in the local area.

    “We’re sorry that there have been reports of increased odour levels and we are currently deploying odour suppressing techniques to reduce odour levels. We will also continue to monitor things closely with the Environment Agency to ensure there is no risk to the public. We are anticipating the odour levels will begin to decrease as we progress with the site’s clean-up.”

    The site operator DSM Demolition Ltd has set up a 24/7 telephone number (07774 941 087) for the public to report any incidents or complaints about the site or the remediation works.

    The Environment Agency have a 24 hour incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60 which residents can also call. For more information please see the latest newsletter here.

    Date issued: 27 January 2017

  •  23rd January 2017
    Holocaust Memorial Day Open or Close

    Holocaust Memorial Day

    Holocaust Memorial Day is a national day of commemoration to remember those who suffered during The Holocaust. The day has evolved to remember other genocides including, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

    Each year Holocaust Memorial Day is observed on the 27th January. The date marks the liberation of the largest Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.

    Every year a different theme is chosen. This year’s theme is "How can life go on? The focus is on the trauma suffered by those affected by genocide, the coming to terms of the past and moving forward. A full copy of the theme can be found here

    For more information visit the Holocaust Memorial Day trust website here

  •  13th January 2017
    Fraudsters target social media users for money for non-existent charities Open or Close

    Raising awareness of online scams from non-existent charities

    We are teaming up with the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) to raise awareness of a scam which sees people being conned out of money for non-existent charities.

    Fraudsters are believed to be using social media sites to encourage users to donate money to help to support animal welfare charities overseas that do not exist.

    The NFIB has discovered that the criminal groups are often based in Spain or Cyprus and are using social media to target donors from the UK.

    The money is then laundered from the UK to overseas and rather than be used to tackle animal cruelty it is simply used to support a criminal lifestyle in the sun. They will canvass for contributions through their existing social networks which will expand over time, attracting more donors.

    Sometimes the article or post on social media may indicate the payments are for charitable organisation or a “worthy cause”. Sadly not in all instances are these genuine, and if any doubt please undertake your own due diligence.

    Other signs to look for include:

    • Genuine charities are registered with the Charity Commission and print their registration details on all documentation, collection bags, envelopes, electronic communications etc. Check these details exist and also contact the Charity Commission to confirm they are authentic. You can call them on their helpline 0845 300 0218 or by visiting charity-commission.gov.uk, where they have an online charity register.
    • If the collection is for a charity you know is genuine, check the collection is authorised by asking the charity directly, using contact details from the phone book or a website that you know is genuine.
    • Watch out for poor grammar and spelling in emails and other documents, including collection envelopes.
    • Send your donation to the charity directly. This may mean going to a little more trouble, but at least you can be sure your donation will get to where it’s intended.
    • If you have any concerns you can also gain further information from the government website - https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission/about
    • If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

    If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk 

    For more advice around fraud, visit the dedicated Stamp out Fraud webpage at www.derbyshire.police.uk/stampoutfraud

    Date issued: 13 January 2017

  •  12th January 2017
    Coalite Remediation Works Update Open or Close

    Coalite Remediation Works Update

    Work to decontaminate the former Coalite site is now well underway with good progress being made with most of the site now cleared of all buildings.  Work commenced in November 2016 to prepare the site for the remediation works and to demolish the remaining structures.  During this time, contractor has also been in the process of submitting information to obtain their environmental permit from the Environment Agency to allow them to commence the full remediation works.  We have been involved in this consultation process in conjunction with Public Health England to ensure that all appropriate controls are put in place for this unique site.

    Date issued 12 January 2017

  •  12th January 2017
    Empty Properties Set To Be Transformed Open or Close

    Empty properties set to be transformed 

    Three properties in Carr Vale near Bolsover are set to be bought back into use thanks to a partnership between the landlord, Bolsover District Council and Action Housing.

    The properties, which are located on Main Street, have been empty for over a year, but with the agreement of the landlord, they have been passed to Action Housing on a 14 year lease that will see them transformed into 6 affordable dwellings. Pictured are council officials and Action Homes representatives outside one of the homes in Carr Vale

    The £120,000 refurbishment will see 6 x1-bedroom flats become available for the local housing market, which will meet a growing need for this type of property in the village.

    Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor John Ritchie said, “These properties have been empty for some time and local people are crying out for affordable housing in this area.

    “We have worked with Action Housing before and the quality of finish they provide will transform these houses. So it is a win-win for us – we remove an empty building and replace it with good quality, affordable housing for our residents.”

    The partnership arrangement with Action Housing helps to bring empty properties back into use, gives local people the housing they need and provides the landlord with a guaranteed income without the hassle of management costs and void time.

    Dave Palmer, Head of Development for Action Housing commented, “This is a great success both for Action Housing and for the local residents of Carr Vale. We are turning empty properties into much needed affordable accommodation which is exactly what the area needs. We are very excited about working closely with Bolsover District Council on similar developments in the future”.

    If you own an empty property or know of an empty property in your area please contact our Empty Property officer on 07970376942 to discuss if it can be bought back into use.

    Date issued: 12 January 2017

  •  12th January 2017
    Empty Properties Set To Be Transformed Open or Close

    Empty properties set to be transformed 

    Three properties in Carr Vale near Bolsover are set to be bought back into use thanks to a partnership between the landlord, Bolsover District Council and Action Housing.

    The properties, which are located on Main Street, have been empty for over a year, but with the agreement of the landlord, they have been passed to Action Housing on a 14 year lease that will see them transformed into 6 affordable dwellings. Pictured are council officials and Action Homes representatives outside one of the homes in Carr Vale

    The £120,000 refurbishment will see 6 x1-bedroom flats become available for the local housing market, which will meet a growing need for this type of property in the village.

    Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor John Ritchie said, “These properties have been empty for some time and local people are crying out for affordable housing in this area.

    “We have worked with Action Housing before and the quality of finish they provide will transform these houses. So it is a win-win for us – we remove an empty building and replace it with good quality, affordable housing for our residents.”

    The partnership arrangement with Action Housing helps to bring empty properties back into use, gives local people the housing they need and provides the landlord with a guaranteed income without the hassle of management costs and void time.

    Dave Palmer, Head of Development for Action Housing commented, “This is a great success both for Action Housing and for the local residents of Carr Vale. We are turning empty properties into much needed affordable accommodation which is exactly what the area needs. We are very excited about working closely with Bolsover District Council on similar developments in the future”.

    If you own an empty property or know of an empty property in your area please contact our Empty Property officer on 07970376942 to discuss if it can be bought back into use.

    Date issued: 12 January 2017

  •  5th January 2017
    New £4m Go! Active facility set to open Open or Close

    New £4million Go! Active facility set to open at end of January

    A £4million investment into the Go! Active @The Arc leisure facility in Clowne will be celebrated with a free open day when its doors are opened on Saturday 28 January 2017.

    The new facility - being built by Bolsover District Council in partnership with Pulse - will officially open at 10am with a free open day (up until 6pm) for customers to go along, have a look around and try out the activities, completely free of charge. two young boys swimming

    The free activities will include public swimming, aqua fun sessions, group exercise taster sessions, inductions for fitness suite members and ‘have a go’ sessions in the main sports hall.

    Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “This new facility has been long awaited by our local communities and families and I'm very excited for everyone to come and have a look around. It's such an impressive building; and with all the activities we have on offer there really is something for all of the family to take part in and enjoy.

    “We wanted the opening to be about our local communities. So rather than spending a fortune on a high profile celebrity, we thought the best way to celebrate, was to have a free open day where people can come along and try out the activities at no cost to them.”

    We have invested over £4million into the brand new Go! Active @The Arc facility, that will provide an extensive range of facilities for people to enjoy and become more active.

    The building features a 25m pool with six lanes, a learner pool, a 100+ station fully-equipped gym, two group exercise studios, a group cycling studio, a four badminton court sports hall, a soft play area, thermal suite, a cafe and outdoor pitches.

    Chris Johnson, Managing Director of Pulse said, “We are proud to be officially opening the new Go! Active later this month. As the council’s strategic leisure development partner our in-house teams have been working hard to create a truly modern and sustainable leisure centre that is fit for the entire community to come and use and we look forward to welcoming everyone through the doors as part of the celebrations.”

    The new facility has a range of membership deals on offer including the unbelievable 365 household deal where a household with up to 6 people can sign up to use the fantastic facilities on offer – that’s just £1 a day for the whole household!. Please register your interest and sign up at www.goactive.org.uk

    Date issued: 5 January 2017

  •  4th January 2017
    Active Lunch Challenge for the workplace Open or Close

    10-minute activity challenge issued to Bolsover’s workplaces

    A New Year campaign with a difference aims to spark hundreds more people across Bolsover into taking up an active lifestyle in 2017.

    The Active Lunch Challenge will help people to complete ‘bite size’ chunks of exercise of just 10 minutes in and around their working day.

    active lunch challenge

    Participants can then log their progress online, set personal targets and check their progress alongside their colleagues – with spot prizes for taking part providing even more of a motivation.

    “We know that not having enough time in the day presents the biggest barrier to people staying active every day,” said Rachael Dyer, Sport Development Officer for Derbyshire Sport, who run the challenge locally.

    “This is about encouraging people to make the most of their time at work especially during the lightest and brightest part of the day over lunch. By introducing small amounts of activity, it can help adults reach a recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week.

    “Whether that is a quick 10-minute walk to the shop at lunch or taking the stairs to see another colleague, it all counts. Just a little makes a big difference to your life.”

    The Active Lunch Challenge is the latest concept by the Derbyshire Workplace Challenge that has already helped more than 2,300 people get up from their desk chairs and get moving.

    More than 400 workplaces have signed up, with more than a quarter of people taking part describing themselves as inactive when started.

    Of those who have joined so far, 65 per cent of registrations are women with the national This Girl Can underlining the value of staying active.

    Bolsover workplaces to get involved include Waistwise in Clowne and Bolsover, Monition, near Whitwell, Walton Hospital, The Arc in Clowne and Bolsover District Council.

    The eight-week challenge begins on Wednesday January 4 and runs until February 28. It is free for employees, allowing them to log activity and support colleagues in company-wide, local and national challenges.

    It aims to tackle Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and help address Public Health England figures that show an estimated 40 per cent of people do not exercise enough.

    For full details, click here.

    4 January 2017
  •  3rd January 2017
    Jog into January Open or Close

    #JogIntoJanuary breaking down the barriers to getting active this New Year

    A campaign running across Derbyshire this New Year hopes to break down the barriers that prevent people from regularly getting active.

    #JogIntoJanuary will provide support to complete beginners, who often believe they are not fit enough, are too embarrassed or do not have enough time.

    Participants can choose from a host of groups up and down the county, from the High Peak in the north to Derby City and South Derbyshire in the south.

    The project is part of the JOG Derbyshire programme, run in partnership with Derbyshire Sport, that has already helped more than 4,000 people get on the move.

    Jog Into January 2017

    “Plenty of our members could not walk upstairs or run 30 yards without getting out of breath, were overweight and preferred the sofa rather than trying to be active, when they first started,” said JOG Derbyshire co-ordinator Cat Wynne.

    “But those who give it a go soon realise that they aren't judged and it isn't a race. They are among like-minded people and aren’t the odd one out.

    “There’s soon a realisation that getting together with others for what begins as walking interspersed with light jogging is actually fun, makes them feel good about themselves, gives them some 'me' time and helps them make new friends.”

    All #JogIntoJanuary sessions are low cost or free and are led by qualified jog leaders, who provide step-by-step instruction, from walking and first running steps to jogging a first 5k.

    Those who successfully attend for 10 weeks get a certificate to highlight their progress and those who go on to complete a parkrun or 5k event also get a medal.

    "Joining my local Jog into January has been one of the best decisions I have made for my health and wellbeing," said Deirdre Phelan, from the Jog Duffield group.

    "With small children, getting to a gym regularly was impossible, but #JogIntoJanuary taught me to jog, and gave me the confidence to run, something I thought I could never do.

    #JogIntoJanuary sessions have been arranged in Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derby City, the Derbyshire Dales, Erewash, the High Peak, North East Derbyshire and South Derbyshire.

    For full details and to see the full list of where you can get involved, click here.

    You can also find out more by contacting our Jog Derbyshire co-ordinators Cat Wynne (07557656201, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Luck Bartles (07971 808783, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

    3 January 2017
  •  23rd December 2016
    Christmas Opening Times 2016/17 Open or Close

    The offices are closed for the Christmas Bank Holiday from 12 noon, 23 December 2016 and will re-open on Tuesday the 3rd of January 2017 at 9.00 am.
    In the case of an emergency please call 01246 242295

    On our website you can make a payment, report a problem, find details of your refuse collection dates or find details of your nearest re-cycling site.

    For details of domestic waste, recycling, clinical and trade collections over the Christmas period:

    Domestic waste – You should have received a calendar detailing all refuse & recycling collections for 2016/17. Please refer to this or the online version here for details of collection day changes over Christmas & New Year.

    There will be no black bin collections 27th of December to 30th December.

    Recycling (Burgundy Bin) – Your recycling collections will continue on a fortnightly basis in line with the refuse & recycling calendar. Collection days will remain unchanged. :

    Clinical waste - You should have received a letter from the waste team informing of specific collection days.

    Trade waste – You should have received a letter from the trade waste team informing of specific collection days and allowed amounts of side waste to compensate for missed collection days. 

    We would like to take this opportunity towish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year!

  •  22nd December 2016
    David Howes Court Action Open or Close

    Taxi driver fined for using unlicensed vehicle

    A taxi driver who used an unlicensed vehicle has been found guilty by Chesterfield Magistrates Court, fined £540 and received 8 points on his licence.

    In February 2016, David Howes (33) of New Scott Street, Langwith was stopped by Derbyshire Police and was found to be using his private hire plates on an illegal cloned vehicle being driven without insurance. Stock image of a taxi

    As a result his vehicle licence was suspended from being used as a taxi, but in April 2016 he was witnessed by a Bolsover District Council official picking up a passenger in Shirebrook for payment.

    When challenged over his activities Mr Howes admitted carrying out private hire work without a licensed vehicle, meaning he committed an offence of allowing a vehicle to be used for private hire work without a licence and that his vehicle insurance was invalidated.

    At Chesterfield Magistrates Court on Wednesday 21 December 2016, Mr Howes pleaded guilty to five charges - one of using a vehicle without insurance and a further four relating to offences under the private hire legislation, which included failing to provide his operator records when requested and failing to keep proper records.

    Mr Howes was fined £233 for the insurance offence, £77 for the first private hire offence, £30 court victims surcharge and £200 towards Bolsover District Council’s legal costs (total £540).

    The Council is also part of a campaign aimed encouraging people going for a night out drinking to get home safely by planning how they will get home beforehand by pre-booking a licensed taxi or by putting the telephone number of one or two licensed operators in their phone.

    Date issued: 22 December 2016

  •  20th December 2016
    Who's Taking you Home Tonight? Open or Close

    Who's Taking you Home Tonight?

    Would you like to get some free advertising over the festive period?

    If so, you can be part of the above campaign which is being implemented jointly by your local Council, the Police and the Community Safety Partnership

    The aim of the campaign is to encourage those people going for a night out drinking to get home safely by planning how they will get home beforehand by pre-booking a licensed taxi or by putting the telephone number of one or two licensed operators in their phone or by copying the website that will be advertised on Peak FM into their phones.

    Peak FM will promote the phone numbers of licensed taxis in their area via a radio campaign.  The radio and Facebook boosts went live on the 5th December.

    You can take part by attaching a magnetic sign to your licensed vehicle/s promoting the campaign. 

    The signs are available from your Licensing team (Joint Bolsover and North East Derbyshire service) at the Council Offices, 2013 Mill Lane, Wingerworth, Chesterfield, S42 6NG. The signs are round and measure 43cms across – they are quite flexible and will bend to fit vehicles.

    Please call in or ring the Licensing team on 01246 217873 to reserve your signs. Supplies are limited and are being issued on a “first come, first served” basis.

  •  8th December 2016
    Shirebrook Lidl Store Approved Open or Close

    Lidl store gets approval for Shirebrook

    We have approved plans for a new Lidl store in Shirebrook that will create 40 new jobs for local people and provide a much needed regeneration boost for the town.

    The plans were approved by our Planning Committee on Wednesday 7 December 2016 and will see the transformation of land (1.01 hectare brownfield land) on Portland Road, previously earmarked for another supermarket development.

    The proposal is for a 1,424 sq.m store with 122 car parking spaces, associated soft landscaping and proposed vehicle calming measures on Portland Road and was welcomed by local residents with 34 letters of support being received.

    The new development is seen as a catalyst for future development, providing a new improved retail provision to the area and increasing employment opportunities for local people.

    Work on the development must start within three-years.

    Date issued: 8 December 2016

  •  2nd December 2016
    Dog mess problem highlighted in Pleasley Open or Close

    Dog mess problem highlighted in Pleasley

    A targeted campaign aimed at highlighting the problem of dog fouling at a countryside hot spot has recorded over 250 pieces of dog mess in the space of 200 yards.

    Over the past couple of weeks we have been working with Pleasley Wildlife Group and Derbyshire County Council Countryside Rangers to tackle dog fouling issues at Pleasley Pit Country Park. Dog fouling spray painted at Pleasley Pit Country Park

    One of the problems with dog mess is that its earthy colour tones make it difficult to spot against the ground. So the organisations have been on site spraying it a bright colour and leaving it in situ for the owners to consider when they pass it again. They have also been at the park talking to dog owners and people using the site to educate them on the dangers and what problems dog mess causes.

    Cabinet Member for the Enviroment, Councillor Brian Murray-Carr said, “Dog fouling is one of the scourges that we are faced with. But in reality there shouldn't be a problem - you own a dog, it eats, it poos, you clean it up. This bright white spray-paint will make this mess really obvious so the owners get the message that it is disgusting.

    “It’s a beautiful countryside park with some lovely walks that are used a lot by families and to see so much dog mess in such a concentrated area shows there is a huge problem. That’s why we have been on site talking to people and educating them on the dangers dog fouling can cause.”

    There are currently two dog bins available to use at both entrances to the park and whilst at the park, the Council’s Dog Warden also issued a Fixed Penalty Notice to a person who failed to clear up their dogs mess.

    Date issued: 2 December 2016

  •  22nd November 2016
    Council Ward Boundaries Consultation Open or Close

    Have your say on new council ward boundaries for two Derbyshire councils

    The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Bolsover District Council and North East Derbyshire District Council.

    The consultation is the first stage of electoral reviews which will re-draw ward boundaries across both districts.

    The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that each council should retain its current number of councillors. For Bolsover, that means 37 councillors should be elected to the council in future. And for North East Derbyshire, 53 councillors will continue to represent the area.

    The Commission now needs information from local people and groups to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate councillors across both districts.

    In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across the districts.

    Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for North East Derbyshire and Bolsover District Councils. As we develop the recommendations for each council, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.

    “If you have a view about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward, then we want to hear from you. And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary between communities in your area, then this consultation is for you. Alternatively, if you’re simply interested in the way your council is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say.

    “Your views will make a difference.

    “We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of your district or just a small part of it.

    “Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations for both councils in April 2017.”

    Local people have until 30 January 2017 to submit their views. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at the Local Government Boundary Commission for England website.

    Date issued: 22 November 2016 (issued by Local Government Boundary Commission for England)

  •  18th November 2016
    Bolsover trio are sporting heroes Open or Close

    Bolsover trio recognised at 2016 Derby Telegraph Sports Awards

    A trio of Bolsover sporting heroes were recognised for their excellence at last night’s (November 10) 2016 Derby Telegraph Sports Awards, held in Association with Derbyshire Sport and Champions UK.

    Sophie Baggaley left and Caroline Povey right sm

    Sophie Baggaley, George Cooper and Neville Hardy were category runners-up at the prestigious ceremony, staged at The Roundhouse in Derby, which brought together the leading contenders from across the county in elite and grass roots sport.

    England and Birmingham City Ladies goalkeeper Baggaley, from Newton, was runner-up in the Sportswoman of the Year category after a stellar year.
    She was beaten to the top prize by Belper hockey player Hollie Webb, who shot to national fame in the summer when her penalty stroke clinched victory for Great Britain in an exciting women's Olympic hockey final against the Netherlands.

    It was the finalé to a brilliant tournament out in Brazil for the former Belper Hockey Club player, who helped her British team-mates remain unbeaten throughout the tournament en route to a place at the top of the podium.

    Judges were so impressed with the contenders for the junior Sportsperson of the Year award that four made the final shortlist, but Bolsover cyclist Cooper was just edged out, having earlier won at district level.

    Runners up Archie Qualtrough Geroge Cooper and Charlie Ward with winner Ella Rush sm

    He was beaten to that prize by Ella Rush, from Hazelwood, near Belper, who was victorious after shooting to the top of the UK long jump rankings for her age and winning a national 200m title.

    “I was really pleased to be nominated as a finalist and it was really exciting to come to the awards night,” said the eight-year-old, Bolsover and District Cycling Club member. “I love mountain biking – it’s so much fun.”

    Proud dad Tim added: “George is particularly proud of winning the East Midlands Road Championship, where he was winning the race quite comfortably and the chain came off his bike with about 200m to go, so he jumped off the bike and ran with it.

    “It was a Chris Froome-style Tour de France finish, but I think Chris copied George, as he did it first!”

    Another to make the top three from the area in the Community Award was Hardy, who has volunteered extensively for 10 years at South Normanton Colts FC.
    He finished as a runner-up to the Long Eaton parkrun project, which just one year after starting now regularly hosts around 300 runners a week for a free Saturday morning 5k run.

    The evening was hosted by television presenter and sports reporter Gary Newbon and weather presenter Emma Jesson and saw around 300 guests in attendance, with money raised for Rainbows Children's Hospice.

    Full list of winners tabled:

    Category

    Sportsman

    Sportswoman

    Disabled

    Team

    Coach

    Volunteer

    Community

    Club

    Service to Sport

    Junior Team

    Young Sportsman

    Young Sportswomen

    Junior Sportsperson

    Winner

    Adam Peaty

    Hollie Webb

    Lewis White

    Derbyshire’s Women   Cricket Team

    Mel Marshall

    Matthew Dalley

    Long Eaton Parkrun

    PEAKSUP

    Lesley Sturgess

    M1 Racing Academy

    David Hong

    Niamh Emerson

    Ella Rush

    Runners Up

    Lewis White, Liam   Pitchford

    Caroline Povey,   Sophie Baggaley

    Phil Hogg, Ryan   Taylor, Ryan Cowling

    Derbyshire Disabled   Cricket Team, Swadlincote Swifts

    Alan Cooke, Gareth   Pilkington

    Helen Watts, Tracy   Parker

    Neville Hardy,   Steve Summer

    Darkstar, Glossop   North End

    Tim Sadler, Mark   Hallows

    Denby Cricket Club U13s, Buxton Athletic Fell Runners

    Cameron Orr, Gareth   Griffiths

    Alicia Barrett,   Isobel Brown

    Charlie Ward,   George Cooper, Archie Qualtrough

  •  16th November 2016
    Bowled over by Staveley Juniors Open or Close

    Staveley Juniors take district school bowls title

    An exciting finish to the biggest schools bowls competition in the country finished with Staveley Junior School being crowned Bolsover District Primary Schools Bowls Champions for the second successive year and their success has earned them the possibility of becoming champions of Derbyshire.

    Staged by the Council, association with Bolsover District Bowls Development Group, 95 pupils took part in the competition which saw each team play four games before Staveley Panthers beat Whaley Thorns Cougars 17 – 9 in a keenly contested final.

    Bowls Winners 2016

    The competition, which was the first of it’s kind in the country in 2012, saw 21 teams from 10 schools participating. Each school received coaching and taster sessions in the weeks leading up to the competition from Council coaches and volunteers from the Bowls Development Group to help them prepare for the competition.

    Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “This is the fourth year we have staged this competition and what a popular event it’s turning out to be!”

    “The children were fantastic and played some wonderful bowls. I must congratulate the winners, Staveley Junior School, on what was a very exciting final, I’d also thank all those who partcipated and helped make the event such an enjoyable afternoon and a resounding success.”

    President of British Crown Green Bowling Association, Peter Higham, said “The Bolsover District Bowls Development Group kindly invited me and my wife to the schools bowls competition at the Sports Centre in Clowne. From the outset, it was very clear that the game of bowls, generally, is alive and well.

    “The commitment from organisers, Bolsover District Council, school staff and parents was plain to see.

    “All those children taking part did so with incredible enthusiasm and the general standard of these young ones was very high. The concept of a competition to hone skills and develop a focused approach to any sport is to be commended. They are, indeed, a credit to their schools.

    Bowls Final 2016

    “I congratulate all those involved and wish this joint venture between bowls and schools continued success.”

    The Council and Bowls Development Group want to tap into the childrens enthusiasm and encourage more young people to play the sport by continuing an indoor junior bowls league in the New Year and staging a second Secondary Schools competition in March 2017. Hopefully this will result in an increase in the number of junior members playing at local bowls clubs.

    The schools that took part were: Anthony Bek Primary, Brockley Primary, Brookfield Primary, Hodthorpe Primary, Palterton Primary, Poolsbrook Primary, Shirebrook Model Village, Staveley Juniors, Whaley Thorns Primary and Whitwell Primary.

    If anyone of any age is interested in taking part or playing bowls, then please telephone Bolsover District Council on 01246 242362


    Date issued: 16 November 2016
  •  15th November 2016
    HS2 (High Speed Two), Phase 2b route announcement and consultations Open or Close

    The Government has today (15th November 2016) announced its decision over the HS2 route from Crewe to Manchester and from the West Midlands to Leeds, (known as Phase 2b).

    Full details of the route announcement and further consultations can be found on the website www.gov.uk/hs2.

  •  31st October 2016
    New Mining Memorial Unveiled Open or Close

    Local Community Unite to Open New Mining Memorial in Clowne

    Bolsover MP, Dennis Skinner has unveiled a new mining memorial in Clowne, Derbyshire to commemorate the men who lost their lives in the village’s Southfield Colliery between 1877 and 1929.

    Clowne, forms part of the Bolsover constituency and lies 9 miles north east of Chesterfield and 7 miles south west of Worksop. The village name derives from the Celtic word “Clun”, meaning “river”. In the 17th century Clowne was a rural farming community. Some buildings still stand from this date, notably the Anchor Inn and Sheridon's Yard which are now private residences. Inhabitants of Clowne typically worked in agriculture, or mined the shallow coal seams. Others were employed at the mill, which made candle-wick, sacking and sail-cloth. Dennis Skinner MP addressing the crowd at the unveiling of the mining memorial

    During the Industrial Revolution, Clowne grew exponentially, swallowing the tiny neighbouring villages of Hickinwood and Markland and becoming a colliery village. The sinking of the 1,000 feet deep mine, Southgate Colliery, in 1877 brought in workers from elsewhere. A major mining community emerged and the majority of the male population of the village worked in Southgate, or the other pits within close proximity. The men made up large proportions of the Whitwell and Oxcroft Collieries, with many also working at pits within a 5-6 mile radius, such as Markham, Bolsover, High Moor and nearby, Creswell. Around the 1970's some 75% of the male population worked at many of these collieries, or the small businesses that developed to service the same pits.

    At its peak, Southgate Colliery employed 400 men and produced 600 tons of coal per day. At the end of the 19th century, rows of Victorian terraced houses were built to house the mining families. This growth left its mark on the village, not just in the abundance of terraced housing, but in the old school which was built in 1895, the old village High Street and the railway. The Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway, which later became the Great Central and the Midland Railway ran right through the village.

    Unfortunately, the high rate of coal production in the area came at a price. There were various tragic accidents in the mines that took the lives of local workers including a large explosion at Markham. Various accidents at Southgate Colliery, including a fire in 1920, led to the loss of 39 lives between 1877 and 1929 before it was closed due to a severe flood.Clowne Historical Society, led by Allan Bailey, along with local business sponsors have created a memorial on Station Road in Clowne at the entrance to what was the Southgate Colliery site.

    The memorial consists of a renovated mining tub, originally used to transport coal, an information board containing information and photographs of the mine and a memorial plinth to commemorate the workers that lost their lives whilst working down the mine. The plinth was built with bricks from the original screening room at the site. The bricks were discovered in recent construction works by project sponsor, Penny Hydraulics Ltd who are based on the old Southgate Colliery site.

    The memorial was opened on Saturday 22nd October by Bolsover MP, Dennis Skinner. Born in Clay Cross, Derbyshire, Skinner is the third of nine children of coal miner Edward Skinner, who was sacked after the 1926 general strike. Skinner himself was a miner for over twenty years. The opening ceremony was well attended by members of the local community and supporters of the project. A number of local businesses contributed to the mining memorial including; lifting equipment manufacturer Penny Hydraulics Ltd; refractory linings supplier, Capital Refractories and metal wholesaler, Derim Steels. All of which reside on Station Road Industrial Estate, the old colliery site.

    Managing Director of Penny Hydraulics Ltd, Robin Penny comments, “Some Penny Hydraulics employees including myself, are ex-colliers, we are therefore delighted to be able to support the renovation of the mining tub and installation of the Clowne mining memorial which will help to ensure the importance of Clowne’s mining heritage is not forgotten.”

    Date issued: 31 October 2016 (issued by Penny Hydraulics)

  •  11th November 2016
    Technical Difficulties with Planning Applications Site Open or Close

    Please be aware that the planning applications site is currently experiencing technical difficulties and we will try to rectify this as soon as possible.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. http://planning.bolsover.gov.uk/online-applications/

  •  10th November 2016
    Theatre show focuses on cyber bullying Open or Close

    Theatre show brings internet safety and cyber bullying into the spotlight

    Internet safety and cyber bullying are being brought into the spotlight for youngsters as a theatre show tours primary schools in the area.

    The show by the Saltmine Theatre Company has been paid for by Derbyshire police and community safety partnerships for the area to help get the message to youngsters about how to stay safe online and the dangers of sharing personal information and photos. Blackwell Primary School students, alongside an actress from the Saltmine Theatre Company and Inspector Rob Bowns of the Vulnerability Unit for North Division

    Each performance has been targeted to eight to 11 year old pupils, is followed up by an educational workshop, where the children are encouraged to discuss the key messages behind the play.

    Parents receive a cyber safety leaflet which gives details about the initiative and provides useful information they can share with their child to encourage them to stay safe online.

    Chief Inspector Michelle Shooter, who is the lead for communities in North Division, said: “The internet and social media has become a large part of our daily lives, and children are embracing new technologies at a much earlier age. While this does come with many benefits, it is also increasingly important to ensure they know how to stay safe whilst online.

    “Children can make themselves vulnerable when they go online, and we hope that these performances in primary schools will help youngsters to understand the impact of cyber bullying and the importance of internet safety rules.”

    Among the schools taking part in Bolsover District was Blackwell Primary School and their headteacher, Rachel Boswell said, “The children really enjoyed the production and it gave a very important message that they then talked about in their classrooms afterwards. The parents were really positive too and we look forward to welcoming Saltmine back again.”

    Rachael Orrell, CEO at the Saltmine Theatre Company said: “Saltmine Theatre Company was delighted to work in partnership with Amber Valley and Bolsover Police and Community Safety Partnerships to tour Escape into primary schools. 

    “Over four weeks in September-October, Saltmine visited 18 Amber Valley schools and ten Bolsover schools, and performed to around 3,200 pupils. Following the success of this tour, further partnerships are being planned in 2017 to tour this show with its important, timely messages to Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire schools”.

    Councillor John Ritchie, Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said, “In this modern world where our young people are becoming more savvy with new technology, it is very important that we educate them on the dangers that lie unseen in cyber space. I fully support this project as an appropriate and engaging way of doing that.”

    You can find out more about the Saltmine Theatre Company and their ‘Theatre in Education’programme by visiting their website.

  •  7th November 2016
    Coalite regeneration work starts Open or Close

    Coalite regeneration work starts

    We are delighted to say that work to clean-up of the former Coalite works site will start on Tuesday 8 November 2016.

    Grant funding has been secured from Derbyshire County Council and D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership to the tune of £7.8m to help with the clean-up and this success would not have been possible without the hard work and support of all parties, particularly the elected members and officers of Bolsover and North East Derbyshire District Council's and Derbyshire County Council.  

    Bolsover Land Ltd, a joint venture between Marcol and St Francis Group, acquired the site in 2012 and the beginning of the remediation works marks a key milestone for the project and is a fantastic boost for the local community and wider area. Since the site was closed by the previous owners it has been a long road to get to this point.

    The funding will help kick-start the regeneration of the site and it is felt that this will become a benchmark for how the public and private sector can work together to transform a large and challenging industrial site to create hundreds of new homes and jobs. 

    Close working between the councils and the Environment Agency will take place during the remediation process and in the next seven weeks works will include Asbestos removal, emptying, cleaning and purging of tanks and pipelines and demolition of above ground structures and tanks. 

    A community engagement plan will be produced which will include, regular community newsletters, updating the website and re-establishing the Community Liaison Group.

    Market interest in the site remains strong, despite general economic uncertainty post Brexit and we very much look forward to updating you further throughout the remediation process and as and when firm interest in both operator and housebuilder interest is available.

    If you require any further information or would like to discuss the site, please do not hesitate to contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who is handling community consultation on 07809 140016.

    Date issued: 7 November 2016

  •  7th November 2016
    BT Payphone Kiosk Consultation Open or Close

    BT payphone kiosk consultation

    BT are currently consulting on the proposed removal of a number of payphone kiosks across the District.

    These payphones have been selected by BT because they have had no or very little use over the last 12-months. As part of the consultation notices have been placed on the kiosks affected by the proposals. The consultation runs for 42 days.

    Our Planning Department are responsible for collating public/community feedback on the proposals and can be contacted via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Date issued: 7 November 2016

  •  4th November 2016
    Dazzle Ships help pupils shine! Open or Close

    Dazzle Ships project inspires creativity in local youngsters

    An arts project titled HMS Hampshire/Dazzle Ships will reach its grand finale at a public celebration event and performance at the Post Mill Centre, South Normanton on 12 November 2016.

    The project, co-commissioned between us and Junction Arts began in May this year and engaged around forty year 9 and year 10 pupils from Frederick Gent Comprehensive School in South Normanton.

    The project, which was inspired by the commission of Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s brass band composition ‘The Final Voyage’ for HMS Hampshire’s last voyage in WW1 (1916) has captured the imagination of the creative youngsters.

    The pupils have designed and fabricated a 6ft wide 4ft 6" high mosaic for South Normanton Post Mill Centre, commemorating the centenary of the sinking of the HMS Hampshire on 5 June 1916 and they’ve also created two films, one is a visual ‘backing track’ to a new brass band composition and the other documents the activities during the project. A group of 15 pupils have also completed their Bronze Arts Award during the film making.

    Mosiac Dazzle Ships

    The art project looked at the “Dazzle” ships and the development of “Dazzle” design as a consequence of the sinking of HMS Hampshire. "Dazzle" was formally introduced in October 1917 after the Battle of Jutland, the loss of HMS Hampshire and the declaration of unrestricted u-boat war.

    The HMS Hampshire was carrying Lord Kitchener and a team of military and civil service advisors for his visit to Russia when it sank on 5 June 1916. The loss of the lives of Derbyshire miners, who were often stokers on board the WW1 ships, played an important element of the project and has engaged young people with their local history.
    Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “These pupils have gained knowledge about their local history, developed their artistic talents across a range of media and learnt new skills and techniques.

    “This type of project proves that youngsters are inspired by their local history and want to take pride in their community by creating this lasting mosaic and showcasing their film making skills.”

    The grand finale starts at 7pm at the Post Mill Centre in South Normanton and is open to the public. Refreshments are available.


    Date issued: 4 November 2016
  •  1st November 2016
    Aviva Fund - Vote for Creswell Heritage and Wellbeing Centre Open or Close

    Aviva Fund - Vote for Creswell Heritage and Wellbeing Centre

    As part of the refurbishment of Creswell Leisure Centre, we recently submitted a bid to the Aviva Community Fund on behalf of Elmton-with-Creswell Parish Council for up to £25,000 for the new Creswell Heritage and Wellbeing Centre.

    The element we are looking to fund is the Super Kitchen which is key to the centre's aspiration to promote health and wellbeing. The development of a purpose built community catering kitchen/cafe, which will allow the centre to provide much needed healthy eating support and learning, a ‘Super Kitchen’ (social eating space) and a food/catering based training programme’.

    We have got through to the voting round of the above fund and would be extremely grateful if you could vote for this project. You can cast 10 votes, which are free and it only takes a couple of minutes. We would also ask if you could share this link with your friends and family as well. Please note that voting ends on 18 November 2016.

  •  21st October 2016
    Green Bin Winter Suspensions Open or Close

    Winter suspension for green waste collections

    Residents across Bolsover District are being reminded that their green bin collections will be suspended during the winter months.

    Green bin collections will stop from end of November 2016 and resume in March 2017. Suspension dates will differ dependant on where you live in the District, so please refer to the bin calendars which will be delivered during November 2016. The service is being suspended as demand from householders significantly falls over the winter period when people are less active in their garden.

    There will be no change to the black and burgundy bin collections, but to help households with the extra waste generated over the festive period there will be extra black bin collections during this period. 

    On average around 10,000 tonnes of garden waste is collected at the kerbside each year, but past trends show that there is very little grass cutting, weeding or hedge trimming takes place in winter. green bins waiting for collection

    If residents do have jobs to do around the garden during the winter, this can be stored along with uncooked vegetable peelings in the green bin to be collected in the spring, or taken to their nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre. Residents are also reminded they can put their cooked food leftovers in their black bins during the green bin suspension period.

    Staff who normally undertake green bin collections will be used in other areas such as street cleansing and grounds maintenance to enhance those services.

    Waste and recycling collection calendars will be delivered to households across the area during November informing residents of the collection arrangements for Christmas 2016 and throughout 2017.

    The green bin collections will resume in March 2017 and for more information on waste and recycling collections please refer to the calendars delivered to your household.

    Date issued: 21 October 2016

  •  18th October 2016
    Bolsover ICON Athletes Open or Close

    Bolsover ICON athletes out to emulate Rio medallists Peaty and White

    Some of the Bolsover District’s most talented sports stars have been inducted onto the 2016-17 ICON programme that boasts summer Olympic and Paralympic medallists Adam Peaty and Lewis White as past and present recipients.

    A total of four athletes have shared £500 of backing, which they can use to help meet travel, equipment, coaching or competition costs in the coming 12 months.

    Each athlete has also been handed a leisure pass by Bolsover District Council, which will further help with their training. Winners of the ICON awards for 2016

    They received their bursaries at a celebration event at The Arc in Clowne last night (October 14) which formed part of the Bolsover District Sports Awards.

    All of the athletes are tipped for further success in their respective sports and have either been selected to compete for Great Britain or a home nation, have won a national championship medal, are part of a recognised national development squad or club academy structure or are a member of the Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS).

    Those to receive ICON backing include Sophie Baggaley, a 19-year-old footballer from Newton who plays in goal for Birmingham City Ladies FC, helping them finish in the top half of the Women’s Super League this summer.

    She has also been selected for the England Under-20 and Under-23 women’s squads, and in September attended a USA NTC World Cup Prep tournament in Los Angeles.

    Fellow recipient George Cooper is an eight-year-old cyclist from Bolsover who rides for Bolsover and District Cycling Club and this year won the National Mountain Biking Under-9s title.

    He has raced in the European Youth Tour of Assen in the Netherlands and one day dreams of being World Grand Tour rider or Olympic rider.

    Also being backed is Mark Waller, a 21-year-old para-badminton player from Elmton who this year competed in the para-World Championships and hopes to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

    The fourth athlete to be supported is Ellie Wheatley, a 16-year-old badminton player from Whitwell who has been selected to train as part of the England Performance Training (EPT) in Derby.

    Councillor Ann Syrett, Council Leader, met athletes to hand over their leisure passes. “Our talented athletes have to give up so much, make huge sacrifices and, in many cases, travel great distances to compete,” she said.

    “Any help that Bolsover District Council can give them to make their task that little bit easier is no more than they deserve.”

    Bolsover District Council is among 10 local authorities across the county who are members of ICON, which was set up by Derbyshire Sport as part of the work to create a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympics in Derbyshire.

    Since then, the programme has supported 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Caroline Povey (shooting), 2015 European Games gold medallist Abbie Wood (swimming) and 2016 Olympians Liam Pitchford (table tennis) and Molly Renshaw (swimming), in addition to swimming stars Peaty and White.

    Date issued: 18 October 2016

  •  17th October 2016
    Sports Awards 2016 Open or Close

    Top sportspeople honoured at awards ceremony 

    Dedicated and talented athletes, volunteers and clubs from across Bolsover District were honoured for their achievements at our annual Sports Awards ceremony.

    Nearly 100 people packed into our headquarters at Clowne to celebrate the sporting achievements of these individuals and organisations over the past 12-months.

    Sports Awards winners for 2016

    Amongst the winners was Jamie Caven (Sportsman of the Year) from South Normanton who is currently ranked 23rd in the world of darts - a great achievement considering he can only see out of one eye.

    The Junior Team of the Year was won by Anthony Bek Community Primary School Sportshall Athletics Team who won the Shirebrook schools cluster competition as well as the Bolsover District competition and then went on to represent the District and be crowned the Derbyshire county champions, at the first time of asking.

    The Community Award went to 79-year old Neville Hardy from South Normanton Colts FC who for the past 10-years has undertaken a variety of roles at the club including groundsman, caretaker and general handyman. You can view the photographs from the awards ceremony via our Flickr account.

    Council Chairman, Councillor Ken Walker who presented the winners with their awards said, “We have had everything from international stars playing darts and football to dedicated volunteers and coaches who help clean out toilets, put up nets and spend hours training other people. That’s the true spirit of sport and I think tonight has summed that up.

    “I have stood here for over 10 years now, watching talented athletes grow up, mature and become leading sports men and women in their field – and I’m still amazed at the amount, and quality of talent that we have here in Bolsover District and long may that continue.

    “My congratulations go to all the winners, but also everyone else who was nominated and spends time week-in week-out dedicating their life to a particular sport or organisation.”

    The 2016 winners were:

    • Community Award – Neville Hardy (South Normanton Colts FC) – Sponsored by Rotary Club of Bolsover
    • Manager/Coach of the Year - Ashley Rennison (North Derbyshire Chargers RUFC)
    • Club of the Year - South Normanton Colts Football Club
    • Junior Sportsperson of the Year - George Cooper (Bolsover & District Cycling Club) – Sponsored by HW Martin Limited
    • Young Sportswoman of the Year - Rebecca Johns (Athletics) – Sponsored by Capital Refractories Limited
    • Young Sportsman of the Year - Rowan Jones (various sports) - Sponsored by Capital Refractories Limited
    • Disabled Sportsperson of the Year - Mark Waller (Badminton)
    • Young Disabled Sportsperson of the Year - Bradley Dexter (Dressage)
    • Junior Team of the Year - Anthony Bek Community Primary School Sportshall Athletics Team – Sponsored by Junction Arts
    • Sportsman of the Year - Jamie Caven (Darts)
    • Sportswoman of the Year - Sophie Baggaley (Football) – Sponsored by Bolsover District School Sport Partnership

    Also on the evening the Bolsover District School Sports Partnership presented their awards for the school winners. These were as follows:

    • Champion Schools Large School Winner – Glebe Junior School
    • Champion Schools Medium School Winner – Anthony Bek Community Primary School
    • Champion Schools Small School Winner – Palterton Primary School

    We would also like to thank the following organisations/businesses who kindly sponsored awards.

    • H.W Martin Limited
    • Capital Refractories Limited 
    • The Rotary Club of Bolsover
    • Junction Arts

    Date issued: 14 October 2016

  •  13th October 2016
    Local Plan Consultation Open or Close

    Have your say on the new plan for development across Bolsover District  

    Local residents and businesses from across Bolsover District are being invited to have their say on our emerging Local Plan and how they want to see the area grow and develop up until 2033.

    Councillors at our Planning Committee (12 October 2016) unanimously agreed the general contents of the Consultative Draft Local Plan and supported the proposal to undertake a six week consultation period in relation to it.

    On Monday 31 October 2016, we will begin the six-week period of public consultation on the Consultative Draft Local Plan for the whole district.

    The Plan sets out the overarching vision and objectives that will guide the development of the district together with our Spatial Strategy for where development should go. The strategy emphasises the importance of sustainable development, and balancing social, economic and environmental implications.

    The draft document contains proposed allocations for large housing and employment sites. It also includes policies on a broad range of topics designed to deliver the growth the District needs whilst protecting the historic and environmental assets people value.

    The key matters/options have been developed based on current guidance, the evidence we have collected and what people told us during previous consultation.

    Planning Committee Chairman, Councillor Duncan McGregor said, “There has been a huge amount of work undertaken to get us to this stage and we are now ready to consult with the public to see what they think!

    “Growth is our main priority, but it has to be sustainable growth and growth that will enhance and improve our District for the benefit of local communities.

    “This is essentially the last informal consultation period whereby any comments we receive we can consider or act upon. So it is vitally important that people have their say because this will help shape our District for the next 15 to 20 years.”

    We will also be writing to all those individuals and organisations who have previously expressed an interest in its plan to notify them of this next stage of Local Plan consultation.

    During the six week period for comments, we will be running a series of staffed drop-in exhibition sessions, so that local people have an opportunity to come along and explore the proposals in the Plan. The dates, times and locations of these are:

    • Tuesday 8 November 206 - 4-7pm atShirebrook Leisure Centre, Park Road, Shirebrook, NG20 8JR
    • Thursday 10 November 2016 - 4-7pm at Barlborough Village Hall, High Street, S43 4ET
    • Friday 11 November 2016 - 3-6pm at Tibshelf Village Hall, High Street, Tibshelf DE55 5NU
    • Monday 14 November 2016 - 4-7pm at The Assembly Rooms, Hill Top Bolsover, S44 6NG
    • Thursday 17 November 2016 -  4-7pm at The Arc High Street, Clowne S43 4BH
    • Friday 18 November 2016 - 4-7pm at The Community Centre, The Square, Whitwell S80 4NN
    • Tuesday 22 November 2016 - 4-7pm at Creswell Social Centre Elmton Road Creswell S40 4BH
    • Thursday 24 November 2016 - 4-7pm at Pinxton Village Hall Kirkstead Close, NG16 6NA
    • Friday 25 November 2016 - 4-7pm at Postmill Centre, Market Close South Normanton DE55 2EJ

    Comments can be made during the consultation period and can be made online or on representation forms or in writing and by email. However, they must be returned to us by 5pm on Monday 12 December 2016.

    We will consider all representations received. This will feed into the next version of the Local Plan for Bolsover District, which set out proposals in our final form before Examination by an Independent Inspector. Consultation on this document is expected to take place in the summer of 2017.

    Copies of the consultation document, together with representation forms will be available from 31 October 2016 online and at the District’s four Contact Centres and seven libraries.

    Date issued: 13 October 2016

  •  12th October 2016
    Efficiency Plan Published Open or Close

    Efficiency plan published to secure government funding

    We have published a four year Efficiency Plan (151kb) that should secure a guaranteed minimum level of government funding for 2016-2020.

    The Plan - against the background of the challenges of reduced central government funding - sets out how we will continue our strategy of promoting economic growth and securing efficiencies in order to minimise the impact of reduced central funding upon local communities and residents.

    The Efficiency Plan describes a number of projects which are intended to secure cost savings or increased income streams including:

    • Work with partners to secure funding for investing in supporting local businesses and attracting new business to the area
    • Supporting a range of traineeship and apprenticeship schemes for young and other schemes to assist people to re-enter the employment market
    • Working with developers to strengthen business and housing development across the District
    • Promoting specific regeneration opportunities across the District
    • Improve access to sport and physical activity at the new Go! Active leisure facility in Clowne, which will increase income
    • Invest in new technology to speed up customer contact
    • Office rationalisation programme to make the best use of our assets
    • Effectively monitor vacancies across the Council.

    Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “We don’t see an end to the austerity measures for a number of years, so we must do all we can to reduce our spending and increase our income, whilst still providing good quality local services.

    “We’ve had well established plans and projects in place for a number of years now that focus on the growth of the District and transforming our services. But this Efficiency Plan puts it all into one place and makes a strong case for the funding we receive from the government.

    “However, what we mustn’t forget in all this is that the most important thing is the welfare of our communities and we must do everything within our power to continue to provide good quality services that benefit them and the District as a whole.”

    Date issued: 12 October 2016

  •  6th October 2016
    Power Supply Problems Open or Close

    Power Supply Problems

    The power has been restored and we have rebooted our server and all ICT systems. We are undertaking the necessary checks to make sure all systems are operating correctly, but please note that there may be some delay in us receiving some data as the systems ‘catch up’ after being rebooted.


     

    Power cables supplying our ICT and business systems were damaged today (Thursday 6 October 2016), meaning we currently do not have any power supply for our services. Western Power are aware and have stated that they anticipate the fix could take up to 10 hours.

    During this period you may experience some disruption to our ICT systems for which we apologise. We are working with Western Power to get the power supply reconnected and ensure our ICT and business systems are back up and running as soon as possible.

    Date issued: 6 October 2016 (18.55pm)

     

  •  5th October 2016
    Creswell Leisure Centre Plans Open or Close

    Plans revealed for Creswell Leisure Centre

    The future of Creswell Leisure Centre took a step closer to becoming reality after we revealed plans to turn it into a Wellbeing and Heritage Centre.

    The centre will be refurbished and will see the following activities included:

    • Retain fitness suite and one squash court
    • Remove pool to create a large flexible hall that can be used for a variety of activities/sports
    • Introduce technology and interactive equipment/games to get people more physically active
    • Soft play area
    • Mining heritage experience
    • Kitchen and coffee bar which supports healthy eating and includes a ‘super kitchen’.

    The refurbishment is expected to cost approximately £510k and we have been working with partners (Elmton-with Creswell Parish Council, Elmton with Creswell Big Local, Derbyshire County Council and Public Health) to raise the funds to transform the centre. Creswell Leisure centre

    We made the decision to cease the current operation at Creswell Leisure Centre following the announcement of a new enhanced £4million leisure facility in Clowne called Go! Active which is due to open in January 2017.

    Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “We have always said we would not just close the leisure centre, but make sure we provided Creswell with a sustainable and community focused facility that offers a range of activities that caters for the whole community – and we feel the new plans do just that.

    “This is a very exciting project and has been hailed as a ‘trailblazer’ scheme by community sector specialists working at a national level. It ticks a lot of the boxes in terms of healthy living and keeping people active whilst also highlighting the historical links to the mining industry and Creswell Crags.”

    The centre is due to close on Friday 2 December 2016 to allow the staff to transfer and be trained at the new Go! Active facility. The refurbishment is planned to start shortly after this date and is expected to last 16 weeks opening in April 2017.

    The management and operation of the new facility will be undertaken by a board of trustees and will also include an opportunity for a traineeship scheme that will help local young people gain valuable work experience whilst also studying for relevant qualifications.

    Local Member for Creswell, Councillor Duncan McGregor who has been instrumental in the plans said, “We are delighted with the proposals and are very excited about the transformation. We consulted with the local community on what they wanted to happen with the building and the plans put forward have taken these into account.

    “Technology and interactive equipment are massive at the moment and what all the young people want. So we have put a huge amount of time and effort into making sure this type of activity is included, but when not in use allows us to use the space for other activities.”

    Date issued: 5 October 2016

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