16th January 2019Cold Calling Open or Close
Please be aware we have received reports of a company carrying out cold calling at Council homes in the North East Derbyshire and Bolsover areas and asking to inspect inside the property to check for damp and repair issues. The company claims to be working on behalf of either North East Derbyshire District Council, Bolsover District Council or Rykneld Homes. Neither of the Councils, nor Rykneld Homes, have arranged for a company to carry out such checks. All Council and Rykneld Homes staff carry identification badges and would have made an appointment before any such visit. For your own personal safety, it is important that you ask any caller to show you their proof of identity (all Council and Rykneld staff and contractors carry an ID card).
All of our staff are more than happy to show you their identification card before entering your home.
11th January 2019Local Landlords alerted to HMO property licensing changes Open or Close
We are alerting local landlords who manage houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) to important forthcoming HMO property licensing changes.
From 1st October 2018 all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO’s) with 5 or more occupiers living as 2 or more households, must have a HMO Licence from their local authority. Where a HMO is occupied by less than 5 people, it will not require a licence.
The Government have introduced this change to widen out the scope from the previous HMO licensing regime, which only applied to HMO properties of three storeys or above.
When assessing a licence application, the Council will consider the suitability and condition of the building for the number of proposed occupiers, as well as the suitability of the proposed licence holder. Applicants will need to demonstrate that fire safety arrangements are in place and adequate, and that the building has sufficient space and amenities. A list of required documents (such as current gas safety certificate and electrical installation condition report) will also need to be supplied for the application to be a valid one.
Landlords of relevant HMO properties must ensure that they submit an application for an HMO licence to the Council. Applications can be made by contacting the Joint Environmental Health Service for an application form. Guidance on making an application is also available on the Council’s website. There is an initial application fee of £496 with a further fee when the licence is granted of £111 making a total HMO licence fee of £607 (we are under a legal obligation to split the fee). The HMO licence will last for up to 5 years.
There are significant financial penalties for landlords should applications not be made and if they continue to operate the HMO after 1st October 2018. If landlords do not have a licence, or breach HMO licence conditions, they are committing a criminal offence.
Landlords of properties who are already licensed under the previous HMO licensing scheme do not need to re-apply until their current HMO licence is close to expiry.
For further information please contact Joint Environmental Health Service on 01246 217877.
6th December 2018Whaley Thorns Jaguars Roar their way to success! Open or Close
An exciting finish to the biggest schools bowls competition in the country finished with Whaley Thorns Jaguars being crowned Bolsover District Primary Schools Indoor Bowls Champions for the first time.
We staged the event in association with Bolsover District Bowls Development Group and over 100 pupils took part in the competition which saw 35 excellent games played before Whaley Thorns Jaguars beat Anthony Bek Saxons 13-7 in a keenly contested final.
The competition saw 20 teams from 11 schools participating. Each school received coaching and taster sessions in the weeks leading up to the competition from Council coaches and volunteer coaches from the Bowls Development Group to help them prepare for the competition.
Cabinet Member for Partnerships and Transformation, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “The children were fantastic and played some wonderful bowls. I must congratulate the winners, Whaley Thorns Community School, on what was a very exciting final, I’d also thank all those who partcipated and helped make the event such an enjoyable afternoon and a resounding success.”
Peter Turton, Chair of the Bowls Development Group said “Thank you to all the schools for taking part, the standard was competitive and hopefully some of those children will continue to play in the future, my congratulations to Whaley Thorns Jaguars on a well deserved victory.”
The schools that took part were: Anthony Bek Primary, Brockley Primary, Bolsover C of E Juniors, Glebe Juniors (South Normanton) Hodthorpe Primary, New Bolsover Primary, Palterton Primary, Shirebrook Model Village, Staveley Juniors, Whaley Thorns Community Primary and Whitwell Primary.
See photos from the event on our Flickr page.
If anyone of any age is interested in the work of the Bowls Development Group or in playing bowls recreationaly or comeptitively, then please telephone us on 01246 242362
22nd November 2018New book celebrates beauty of Bolsover District Open or Close
See Bolsover District as you have never seen it before in a book containing stunning aerial images shot from a drone.
The ‘Bolsover District from Above’ book is a 36-page collection of crystal-clear aerial images. It covers all 16 parishes in the District with a brief description of the area and its history and takes you on a journey showing off some of the District’s historical attractions, amazing architecture, town and village views as well as some beautiful countryside.
We commissioned the book as part of their drive to attract more tourists to the area and Cabinet Member for Media and Marketing, Councillor Steve Fritchley believes that readers can gain a new appreciation for Bolsover District’s beauty through this book.
He added, “We know we have some of the best historical attractions in the country and some amazing architecture – but we want to show this to the world and this book will do this.
“You get a whole different perspective of a place when you look down on it from the sky. By using aerial photography, we have been able to capture the District as perfect miniature models which clearly defines the relationship between the natural and man-made landscapes.
“Depending upon how well this book is received we may look to produce a series of these showing more of our unique and diverse district.”
Bolsover District from Above makes for the perfect Christmas gift and they’re available to purchase at our Contact Centres in Bolsover, Clowne, Shirebrook and South Normanton for just £5.99 with £1 of every sale going to the Council Chairman’s charity i-venture.
21st November 2018New YouTube channel looking for presenters Open or Close
We are on the lookout for budding presenters who have a passion for introducing and hosting to help present our forthcoming Bolsover DC TV channel.
The channel will be hosted on YouTube and will include a 15-20 minute film every month highlighting what we have been up to and also looking forward to what is coming up over the next month.
By presenting the channel this would act as the persons’ showreel and would showcase their talents and personality which could lead to further work in the TV industry.
Cabinet Member for Media and Marketing, Councillor Steve Fritchley said, “We want budding presenters or anyone with a talent for hosting to come forward and join us in this exciting new venture.
“We know we have some really talented people out there who just need that break and we are offering them a chance to showcase their talent as well improve their skills by working with our experienced team. Unfortunately we cannot offer any payment, but what it will do is help to showcase their talent and creativeness and put them in the shop window for further work.”
The channel, which is likely to be launched in February 2019, will also be updated regularly with videos of what we are doing, what projects we are involved in, tourism and business promotions, interviews with councillors and members of local communities and any events that are coming up.
14th November 2018We are prepared to save a life! Are you? Open or Close
Together with Community Save a Life Scheme (CSALS) and Virtual College, we launched “Prepared to Save a Life”, a national campaign in Parliament on October 30th 2018.
With our support, the Derbyshire charity, Community Save a Life Scheme (CSALS) teamed up with Virtual College to create a free online course open to everyone in the UK!
The Prepared to Save a Life Campaign was launched in Parliament to draw the attention and support of Members of Parliament, Peers and Government Health Ministers.
Dr Cheryle Berry MBE, trustee of CSALS, commented: “Today in the UK, every 7 minutes someone will have a heart attack and 180 people will die. 1 in 5 adults will witness someone collapse who needs immediate first aid, the majority of people do not act. We think, with more support, we can make a difference.”
In order to raise awareness of the need to learn emergency first aid, the Council and CSALS broke the Guinness World Record for the largest first aid lesson in 2016, when 1,795 local residents and schoolchildren undertook a first aid lesson on Chesterfield Football Club’s pitch at the Proact Stadium!
However, in order to achieve the ambition of having a life saver on every street corner, the programme needed to be accelerated, and that’s where Virtual College came in.
Rod Knox, Virtual College’s Founder and Chief Executive said, “We wanted to get on board and help CSALS, so we pledged to donate time, expertise and technical infrastructure to help increase the number of people taking part in the campaign - Prepared to Save a Life.”
The course consists of a number of online modules including CPR, choking, and bleeding, and takes only around an hour to complete. On successful completion of the course each learner receives a printable certificate. The Prepared to Save a Life model aims to engage both individuals as well as businesses, with organisations able to join a Roll of Honour when 80% of their people have completed the course.
How to get involved
The team have set an ambitious, but achievable national target of training 250,000 people in basic lifesaving skills, within a year of launching the new online solution.
Council Chairman, Councillor Tom Munro commented, “We will continue our support for CSALS, and hope that you will join in and help us reach the target! I urge you sign up to the FREE, bite-sized online course that provides basic skills for all which could be lifesaving.”
To sign up to the free online course visit www.virtual-college.co.uk/prepared
15th October 2018Community and school sports stars honoured at awards ceremony Open or Close
A whole host of community and school stars picked up their honours and medals from Bolsover District Council and the Bolsover District School Sport Partnership after an amazing year of sport across the District.
The top sportspeople from across Bolsover District gathered at the glitzy Bolsover District Annual Sports Awards ceremony which took place on Friday 12 October 2018 at Sports Direct in Shirebrook.
The Council and the Bolsover District School Sport Partnership joined forces to celebrate the achievements of top sportspeople, teams, club officials and volunteers from across the District and local schools over the past 12-months.
Amongst the winners was U14 Sportsman of the Year, Finlay Preece from Bolsover who has achieved some excellent performances this academic year, both on the cycling track and on the athletics track.
Community Team of the Year went to Whitwell Cricket Club 1st Eleven who won the league title and on six occasions they bowled the opposition out for fewer than 100 and four of the clubs bowlers finished in the top 15 in the league.
South Normanton colts FC Committee won the Community Award of the Year. The committee ensure they continue to meet the standards of a FA Charter Standard Development Club and have built relationships in the community and surrounding areas to integrate into the local community.
Bolsover District Council Chairman, Councillor Tom Munro presented the winners with their awards and said, “It was another fantastic night that enabled us to honour the many people and clubs who make such an outstanding contribution to sport. Without them, we would not have the wide range of sporting talent we have across the district today. My congratulations go to not only the winners, but everyone who was nominated and takes part in sport.
“I am amazed at the sporting talent and dedication we have in our District. We have international stars playing and representing their country to volunteers who literally dedicate their life to a sport and a club – it is very humbling.”
Nyah Horsley, a former pupil from Palterton Primary School, won the Primary Sportswoman of the Year award after she was crowned the District cross country champion for the 4th year in a row.
As part of the evening John Barker, former Partnership Development Manager (PDM) for the Bolsover District School Sports Partnership was presented with the Service to Sport Physical Activity award. John retired at the end of the academic year and was PDM for the last 13 years, taking the partnership from strength to strength with his main driving force being his passion and utter belief that Sport and Physical Activity can and does make a real difference to young people.
The 2018 winners were:
- Community Volunteer of the Year - Lynda Hall
- School Staff Volunteer of the Year - Allyson Elliott
- Disabled School Sports Leader of the Year - Daniel Taylor
- Secondary School Sports Leader of the Year - Dalton Cooper
- Young Sports Leader/Sports Coach of the Year - Declan Fox
- Primary School Sports Organising Crew - Palterton Primary School
- Community Award of the Year - South Normanton Colts FC Committee
- Active Schools of the Year
- Morton Primary School
- Duckmanton Primary School
- Town End Junior School
- Palterton Primary School
- Infant Active Shool of the Year
- Tibshelf Infant and Nursery School
- Sporting Achievement through Adversity - Ruby Gunn
- Primary School Team of the Year - Brockley Primary School – Basketball Team
- Secondary School Team of the Year - Shirebrook Academy – Boccia Team
- Community Team of the Year - Whitwell Cricket Club 1st Eleven
- Community Junior Team of the Year - South Normanton Colts FC U14s Girls
- Community Club of the Year - South Normanton Colts FC
- Outstanding Achievement of the Year - U11 Girls District Football Team
- Primary Sportsman of the Year - George Cooper
- Primary Sportswoman of the Year - Nyah Horsley
- U14 Sportsman of the Year - Finlay Preece
- U14 Sportswoman of the Year - Hannah Moody
- U14 Disabled Sportsperson of the Year - Lucy Taylor
- Young Sportsman of the Year - Thomas Parsons
- Young Sportswoman of the Year - Rebecca Johns
Together with Bolsover District School Sports Partnership, we would also like to thank the following organisations/businesses who kindly sponsored awards.
- Sports Direct
- H.W Martin Limited
- Express Coaching Services
- Purpose Media
9th October 2018Response to poor air quality reports Open or Close
Over the weekend there has been extensive publicity nationally and locally regarding poor air quality in Bolsover District. Reports in the media have given the impression that an air quality problem has been identified throughout the Bolsover District Council area, which is not the case.
The problem relates to a stretch of around 200m of footpath adjacent to the A38 between Junction 28 of the M1 and Carter Lane East in South Normanton. There are no dwellings affected by this.
The Government had previously identified the A38 from the M1 junction to the Bolsover District Council boundary as being potentially above the limit for nitrogen dioxide as set out in the EU Ambient Air Quality Directive but that it was expected to fall below the limit by 2021. In March 2018 we were issued with a Ministerial Direction after the Government was challenged in the High Court by the environmental group, Client Earth.
We were required to look at all possible measures that could bring about compliance with the EU limit sooner than 2021. The work done by us concluded that there were no measures that could reasonably be implemented that would bring about compliance any sooner. However, the work done on behalf of the Council found that there were no areas where the public would be exposed to a nitrogen dioxide concentration above the EU limit except for the 200m length of footpath referred to above, but that compliance for this footpath was unlikely to be achieved until 2023 and not 2021 as previously suggested by the Government’s screening model.
It is as a result of this piece of work that the Government are now requiring us to undertake a further study to determine whether there are any steps that could be taken to achieve compliance sooner, given that there is an additional two years to implement any such measures. We have already started this work which will be undertaken in accordance with the Government guidance.
It is worth noting that whilst we have a statutory duty to assess and take steps to bring about an improvement in air quality where necessary, this only relates to sensitive properties such as houses or schools. We are not required to assess air quality in open spaces such as footpaths beside busy roads where there are no houses, for example. The work the Government are requiring us to undertake is additional to our normal local air quality management duties.
We operate an extensive network of nitrogen dioxide monitors at 30 strategic locations throughout the District and without exception the annual mean nitrogen dioxide concentration has been below the UK air quality standard at all locations every year since 2013.
14th September 2018Community spirit at Bolsover Model Village open day Open or Close
New Bolsover Model Village enjoyed a fun filled day of community activities on Saturday 8th September.
The day of three parts was a celebration of heritage, culture and wonderful community spirit.
The day began with a grand opening of the new community house by Chairman, Councillor Tom Munro who said, “It is hoped that this house will become a self-funded sustainable community hub that will bring the community together over many years to come.
“We will work together with the Friends of the New Bolsover and the residents over the coming months to ensure the success of this community house at 126 New Bolsover.”
The Model Village also played host to a Heritage Open Day, which is a national day where events take place to reflect the rich and diverse cultural heritage of England and its communities.
On offer was a wide range of activities, films, demonstrations, and tours around the village which is currently receiving a £10million restoration and repair of architectural features at the 194 Grade II listed properties funded by us and Heritage Lottery Fund.
Construction Company, Robert Woodhead Limited provided hard hat tours and entertainment for the children in their craft tent whilst Junction Arts showcased their community film documentary, exhibited local children’s work and launched ‘Whisper’s from the Model’, a project capturing the creativity of local children.
The Friends of New Bolsover provided the third element of the day with welcoming friendly faces, entertainment, food and refreshments which made this a community event to remember! The Heritage Craft Group provided an impressive display of their crafts and had a hands on activity producing a mosaic for the new community house.
Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “The event was enjoyed by all who attended and we would like to thank all of the funding organisations, without whom this event wouldn’t have taken place and a big thank you to the Friends of New Bolsover for playing such wonderful hosts.
“We hope that you enjoy the new community house and that it brings together Bolsover District residents near and far. After all, this restoration project is not just about bricks and mortar but something much more solid - that is long lasting friendships!”
For further information please contact Kim Wyatt, Project Manager, New Bolsover, Bolsover District Council on 01246 242288.
31st August 2018Local plan for Bolsover District submitted for examination Open or Close
Our Local Plan has today (Friday 31 August 2018) been submitted to the Secretary of State for Examination.
This is in accordance with the Planning Committees resolution of 18 April, 2018 and Chair of Planning Committee Tom Munro said, “As Chair of the Planning Committee, I feel privileged to oversee the submission of the Local Plan for Bolsover District to the Secretary of State for examination. I would like to thank not only the Planning Policy team for all their hard work, but also to thank all of the Members of the Planning Committee and the Local Plan Steering group, past and present, who made such important contributions in taking the hard decisions that were needed to bring the Plan to this position.
“The matter is now in the hands of the Planning Inspectorate and I look forward to our Examination and the formal adoption of the Local Plan in the future.”
Whilst the matter is now in the hands of the Planning Inspectorate, we will be continuing to review all of the representations and where possible consider if minor alterations to the plan and further discussions can help to resolve any outstanding issues.
Formal notification will also be given to everyone on the Local Plan database who has requested to be told of the submission of the Plan. More details along with the full evidence base are available on our Local Plan pages.
Over the next three weeks the Planning Inspectorate will seek to appoint an Inspector who will be responsible for considering the Plan and setting the timescale and nature of the hearings to be held into the Plan.
Further updates will appear on our website as matters progress.
30th August 2018Council gives locals platform to show off their talent Open or Close
We are giving local performers a platform to show-off their skills in the first Bolsover District Talent Showcase.
If you’re a budding singer, dancer, choir, poet, magician, comedian or have a totally unique act, then this is your chance to show off your talent.
Held on Friday 19 October 2018 in the Sports Direct Auditorium in Shirebrook, the event is open to anyone and starts at 7.30pm.
Entrants chosen to perform will be given a time slot to show off their talent to the audience.
Council Chairman, Councillor Tom Munro said, “We know we have got talent out there and hopefully this show will give people the platform to show off what they can do. And you never know, we could help launch successful careers for many aspiring singers, writers or dancers.”
Throughout the evening, fundraising will also be undertaken for the Council Chairman’s chosen charity i-venture, which offers opportunities for learning and personal growth to young people from across Bolsover District.
Tickets to sit in the audience are priced at £3 for adults with under 16s free and can be purchased on the evening.
15th August 2018STEP Programme launched for 2018/19 Open or Close
Interested in becoming a sports coach? Keen to develop sporting opportunities in your community? Already volunteer at a local sports club and want to develop your knowledge further? Then take a look at our latest Sports Training and Education Programme.
Our Sports Training and Education Programme for 2018/19, more commonly known as STEP has been finalised and includes a wide variety of coaching courses essential for anyone involved in sport.
The programme includes a number of workshops which are being hosted at our Offices in Clowne, PASS Centre in Pinxton and Tibshelf Sports Pavilion.
The first course is Emergency Aid on Tuesday 9 October and is open for people to book onto now. Also included on the programme is Safeguarding and Protecting Young Children, Coaching the Next Generation How to coach Fundamentals. All courses are delivered by qualified tutors and are all three-hours in duration.
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “The courses are a must for anyone involved in sport and provide opportunities for individuals to develop their knowledge, keep up to date with any changes and share good practice.
“The more people who are qualified across the area, the better, as it will help us sustain and create additional sporting opportunities within the District. So, we want to encourage and support as many individuals as possible to become volunteers, sports leaders and coaches.”
Workshop attendees will receive a certificate of attendance as well as a resource pack or handouts, containing further information and useful contacts.
Details of all courses, venues and application forms can be found in the STEP booklet or for further information please telephone 01246 242365.
19th July 2018Temperatures set to increase again Open or Close
Temperatures across the East Midlands are expected to increase once again over the coming days – with the emphasis continuing to be on fine, dry and increasingly very warm or hot conditions.
*Update Tuesday 24 July
Temperatures across the East Midlands are expected to increase over the coming days – with the emphasis continuing to be on fine, dry and increasingly hot conditions.
The Met Office and PHE weather warning has stated: "There is a 90 percent probability of heatwave conditions between 0900 on Monday and 0900 on Friday in parts of England.
"Stay out of the sun. Keep your home as cool as possible – shading windows and shutting them during the day may help.
"Open them when it is cooler at night. Keep drinking fluids. If there's anybody you know, for example, an older person living on their own, who might be at special risk, make sure they know what to do."
The level three amber warning is issued when temperatures are predicted to hit 30 degrees during the day, and 15 degrees at night, for at least two consecutive days.
Weather-related advice can be found on the Met Office website."
Advice is to keep out of the sun between the hours of 11 am to 3 pm and stay indoors where possible. If you are outside please be vigilant, wear a hat and sunscreen and re apply every 30 minutes and have plenty of fluids.
From today (Thursday 19 July 2018), through the coming weekend and into early next week, daytime highs could reach the high 20s – and perhaps even exceed 30 Celsius.
However, our build of daytime heat looks set to coincide with higher humidity levels on Friday, bringing a thunderstorm risk south eastern parts of the region – and for a few locations here, some impacts could be possible.
In the heaviest showers and thunderstorms, some places could see 30mm of rain fall in an hour from slow-moving storms, which would likely bring flooding impacts, particularly if this amount of rain fell on an urban area.
As a result, a Met Office Yellow Warning for Thunderstorms has been issued that includes Rutland, much of Northamptonshire and parts of both Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.
This Warning is valid from 1400 until 2359 on Friday, bringing a Very Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts. These impacts mean we expect:
- A small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater.
- Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services, particularly during the evening rush hour.
- Spray and sudden flooding that could lead to difficult driving conditions with the possibility of road closures.
- A slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.
Of course, for many – the rainfall will be welcomed – although perhaps not in the large amounts that could fall in a short space time.
In addition to the Thunderstorm Warning on Friday, the Heat-health Watch has been updated this morning – and is now at Level Two across the East Midlands from 0000 on Friday until 0000 on Sunday. There is a 60% chance of hot and humid conditions, with temperatures likely to reach thresholds through this period, although somewhat less hot in coastal districts of Lincolnshire.
Weather-related advice can be found on the Met Office website.
26th June 2018Clowne North planning application approved Open or Close
Our Planning Committee today resolved to approve the 'Clowne North' application subject to conditions and various contributions to local infrastructure and we will now refer the application to the Secretary of State to determine whether the application will be ‘called in’ for further consideration.
The application was: Outline Planning Application with All Matters Reserved for mixed use development including up to 24ha of employment land (B1, B2, B8), up to 1800 residential dwellings, green infrastructure, educational and recreational uses, a retirement village, neighbourhood centre, hotel, restaurant, health and care, and leisure uses, demolition of existing Station Road Industrial Estate where applicable, demolition of dwelling/outbuilding as applicable, and construction of new link road with in-principal points of access.
15th June 2018Go wild and free at the Adventure Fest! Open or Close
Go wild and grab a taste of the great outdoors as our Adventure Fest is back.
Held on Sunday 22 July 2018 at Pleasley Vale Outdoor Activity Centre, the Adventure Fest is free and open to anyone aged 7 years and above. It will include activities such as mountain biking, climbing, laser quest, KMXing, kayaking, canoeing, orienteering and a whole host of countryside activities.
Our Extreme Wheels Roadshow will also be there hosting activities such as BMX biking, skateboarding, BMX sidehacks and slacklining.
Also making an appearance will be an Extreme Wheels demo rider, who will wow the crowds with some awesome tricks and stunts.
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “This is a fantastic day out, it’s great fun and all the family can do this together while keeping fit and active and, best of all, it’s free!
“We want to bring the great outdoors and all it has to offer right to your doorstep. So, no matter if you want to abseil off a rock or prefer a gentle paddle on the lake, we have it all.”
Participants will also have the chance to take part in heritage and countryside activities as well as arts and crafts.
Activities will run throughout the day starting at 10am and ending at 4pm. Participation is on a first come first served basis and some activities are time slotted, so please turn up early to ensure you can grab a spot on your favourite activity!
A signed parent consent form for anyone under the age of eighteen is required to participate in the activities, which can be obtained, along with an information pack here.
Councillor Dooley added, “The event is great fun and gives you the chance to try activities that you may never have tried before. So why not round up your friends and family, get yourself down to Pleasley Vale and have a go at what’s on offer.”
For more information and to download an information pack click here.
15th June 2018New town centre guides launched Open or Close
Four new free guides showcasing the town centres of Bolsover, Clowne, Shirebrook and South Normanton have been launched aimed at encouraging more people to visit.
We have produced the guides as part of its tourism drive to attract more people to the area and explore the many historical attractions, shopping experiences and countryside that’s available in the District.
The guides highlights some attractions for visitors, be it Bolsover Castle, Creswell Crags and Hardwick Hall, to Willow Tree Family Farm, Peter Fidler Reserve, Harlesthorpe Dam and or the Archaeological Way.
Cabinet Member for Media and Marketing, Councillor Steve Fritchley said, “Our towns and surrounding villages are great places to live and visit. We have so much history, culture and beautiful scenery that even those of us who have lived here for many years can always find something new and exciting to do.
“This is the first of many ideas we have to try and improve our town and village centres. As a council we need to make the most of what we have got. We need to promote the area more and showcase what we have to offer which will then hopefully attract more people to visit us and spend money in our town centre shops and businesses.”
These useful guides will provide visitors and residents alike with great ideas on where to visit and what to do in our district and will be available from local attractions, cafes, libraries, council offices and shops. To download a copy click here.
4th June 2018Facebook page Open or Close
Our website is our main means of communication, so we have decided to remove our corporate Facebook account to drive more people to visit our website to get their information.
It’s not a case of removing a way people can get information about us, we are just changing the way people access it. We don’t advertise on Facebook and the information we post is all on our website so we are simply reducing duplication and allocating our resources more strategically so we can concentrate on making the website a better and easier experience for the end user and explore other ways of communicating with our communities.
We want to make the website a hub where people can go and get all the information about us as well as their community and we will be refreshing and revamping our site over the coming months.
If you have contacted us via Facebook, you can still do this through the Do It Online section of our website.
31st May 2018Stray dog found in Bolsover Open or Close
Our Environmental Enforcement Team have collected a stray dog in Bolsover today (31 May). The dog is currently in our kennels where it will be looked after.
30th May 2018Stray dog found in Whitwell Open or Close
Our Environmental Enforcement Team have seized a stray dog in Whitwell today (30 May). It did not have a collar or tag but has been chipped, although we believe it is not up to date. We have taken him to the kennels where it will be looked after.
30th May 2018Redevelopment of Bolsover site a step closer Open or Close
We have resolved to approve plans for the redevelopment of the Sherwood Lodge site in Bolsover, subject to conditions.
The three-hectare site has been vacant for over four years and the proposed redevelopment will see physical regeneration of this key landmark site in Bolsover’s town centre with the introduction of a new foodstore, retail terrace and additional car parking.
The proposals are expected to create around 200 jobs as well as reducing the need to travel elsewhere to shop by bringing more shopping choice for the residents and visitors to the town.
The Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Duncan Mcgregor said, “A balanced decision had to be taken with regard to the wider public benefits. The deteriorating condition of the site has resulted in a negative impact of the town and redevelopment will bring about significant benefits for our residents and the town.
“There are conditions which need to be met by the developers and we are working with them to find the best solution for all parties.”
You can view the planning committee report containing all the deatils via our E-Agenda system.
23rd May 2018New Cabinet to lead Bolsover Council Open or Close
Our ruling administration has named its new Cabinet for the forthcoming year – with two new figures joining the senior political leadership of the authority.
As we look to promote the District as a business and tourist destination, more emphasis is being placed on growth, marketing and attracting visitors.
The Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett has overall responsibility for policy and strategic planning. Councillors Duncan McGregor and Hilary Gilmour are the new members on the Cabinet, with the former also becoming the Deputy Leader.
The Cabinet (Executive) – the ruling group responsible for guiding the Council in agreeing policy and making sure it achieves its aims and objectives – has eight councillors on it.
The cabinet members and their responsibilities are as follows:
• Councillor Ann Syrett – Council Leader, Policy and Strategic Planning
• Councillor Duncan McGregor – Council Deputy Leader and Corporate Governance
• Councillor Steve Fritchley – Town Centre Renewal, Media and Marketing
• Councillor Brian Watson – Finance and Resources and Sustainable Energy
• Councillor Hilary Gilmour – Housing and Community Safety
• Councillor Brian Murray-Carr – Street Scene
• Councillor John Ritchie – Property and Commercial Services
• Councillor Mary Dooley – Partnerships and Transformation
The Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “The Cabinet has done a great job over the past year in directing the authority and also investing in the District.
“We need to continue to invest for the future, attracting businesses and providing efficient services for our residents. One of the priorities this year is to improve our publicity to attract more tourists into the area; we will also continue to work to protect our environment and move towards being a low carbon authority.
“If we are to succeed then we need to make bold decisions – which as a group we have never been afraid to do. It won’t be easy as we have still got to make savings, but I feel we have the right blend of knowledge, skill and experience in our Cabinet to achieve our aims.”
The remaining 29 councillors will serve on the Scrutiny Committees and act as a 'watchdog' with powers to call in and challenge Cabinet decisions and service plans and have a major responsibility to hold Cabinet to account for its actions.
16th May 2018Polish Heritage Day Success Open or Close
A Polish Heritage Day which took place at Shirebrook Village Hall on Bank Holiday Sunday has been hailed a success.
The aim of the event was to increase the understanding of the rich, diverse community which Shirebrook is known for.
The event, which was funded by a partnership project, entitled ‘Building Resilience’, saw a heavy footfall throughout the day, with the Village Hall and carpark heaving with the local community who came out with their friends and families to enjoy the variety of stalls, traditional polish folk crafts, exhibitions, a live polish rock band “Sors” and even a free BBQ, which on one of the hottest days of the year was more than welcomed by the visitors.
The Building Resilience project is being managed by Shirebrook Forward NG20 which was formed by Bolsover Partnership and is a multi-agency group whose aim is to focus on working positively with the local community to bring about benefits and improvements.
We received £1.26 million government investment in Shirebrook last year which formed part of the allocation to Local Authorities from the Controlling Migration Fund (CMF).
The event was supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Manchester and the Polish Community Association in Shirebrook who worked in partnership with Shirebrook Forward NG20 and were heavily involved in the organisation of the successful event.
2nd May 2018New Local Plan published Open or Close
We have today published our new Local Plan in advance of submitting it to the Secretary of State.
Work started on the Local Plan in October 2014 and there have been three periods of public consultation about what it should contain and how it should plan for development across Bolsover District through to 2033. In addition to this feedback, we have surveyed and investigated, in detail, key issues affecting the District and have developed the substantial evidence base necessary to prepare a sound Local Plan that meets national planning policy requirements.
Councillors at the Planning Committee (18 April 2018) unanimously agreed the Publication Local Plan for Bolsover District and that following the required six-week consultation period, the Local Plan and any representations received will be submitted to the Secretary of State for formal examination.
Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, ““We have valued our community’s involvement in each step of our Plan’s creation. Local people have had an opportunity to help shape the future of the communities in which they live and work. However, their views and ideas have also had to be considered against government guidance and a wide ranging evidence base informing us of what could be achieved.
“We feel Bolsover District is a special place. It has significant environmental, historic and cultural assets. It has an important strategic location with excellent transport links, and a range of employment sites which have seen significant growth in recent years.”
We have also worked with adjoining authorities, other advisory bodies and the Planning Inspectorate to ensure that the Plan is based on sound evidence.
Planning Committee Chairman, Councillor Duncan McGregor said, “The Plan sets out a vision for Bolsover, as a growing district undergoing an economic and visual transformation by the end of the Plan period in 2033, encompassing economic, environmental and social improvements. Overall, the Plan will provide for the development and growth needed to ensure that the District progresses in a positive and successful manner.
“Our Plan is underpinned by seeking to achieve sustainable development, which retains the District’s distinctive identity whilst providing the growth that is needed for the District to prosper and flourish. This means that the right amount and type of homes are needed in the right places; with the right infrastructure in place to support all residents. We believe that this Plan is the most appropriate strategy for the future development of the District.”
We have written to all those individuals and organisations who have previously expressed an interest in the Plan to notify them that they have completed the preparation of the Local Plan and to alert them to this formal period of consultation prior to submission of the Local Plan to the Secretary of State.
During the six-week period for comments, a series of staffed drop-in exhibition sessions will be held, so that local people have an opportunity to come along and explore the proposals in the Local Plan.
There will be evening events in the District’s nine largest settlements on the following dates, all taking place between 4pm and 7pm:
- Friday 11th May – Clowne: The Arc, High Street
- Tuesday 15th May – Whitwell: Community Centre, Portland Street
- Thursday 17th May – Shirebrook: Leisure Centre, Park Road
- Tuesday 22nd May – Creswell: Social Centre, Elmton Road
- Thursday 24th May – Pinxton: Village Hall, Kirkstead Road
- Tuesday 29th May – Barlborough: Village Hall, High Street
- Friday 1st June – Tibshelf: Village Hall, High Street
- Monday 4th June – Bolsover: Assembly Rooms, Hill Top
- Wednesday 6th June – South Normanton: The Post Mill Centre, Market Street
There will also be a district wide event for those who are unable to attend their closest evening events:
- Saturday 19th May – District Wide Event: The Arc, High Street, Clowne 10am-2pm
However, people must specifically state why the Local Plan does not meet the national soundness tests or why it has not been prepared in the correct legal manner. Comments should be returned to the Council by 5pm on Friday 15 June 2018 to be duly made.
Following this stage, we plan to submit the Local Plan for Bolsover District, together with the representations received, to the Secretary of State in July 2018. The examination by an Independent Inspector is expected to take place in November 2018 with Adoption of the Local Plan expected during 2019.
Copies of the Publication Local Plan for Bolsover District, together with representation forms are now available at our four Contact Centres and seven libraries.
24th April 2018National Finals beckon for Bolsover U11 Girls! Open or Close
A representative team of girls from Bolsover District emerged victorious in an ESFA Regional tournament on Saturday last, at St Graves Park, Sheffield.
The Under 11 girls, spearheaded by Captain Jess Rich, played two rounds of matches against Chesterfield, Gainsborough and District, and South Derbyshire. Without their usual goalkeeper, the girls managed to draw level at the top of the table with South Derbyshire, and did not concede any goals! A penalty shoot-out saw Bolsover win 2-1, and sparked off memorable celebrations.
Their victory has qualified them to go forward to the Premier League’s U11 National Finals on Saturday 9th June at Liverpool FC’s training academy.
Team Manager Clare Hayes, who is the School Games Organiser for the Bolsover District School Sport Partnership, commented, ‘I am so proud of the girls. Their attitude to training left me feeling confident before the tournament but they really surpassed themselves and can look forward to a great day out in Liverpool in a few weeks time. I would like to thank Shane Turner for supporting me in getting the girls this far.’
Bolsover District School Sport Partnership have received funding in the form of a bursary from the English Schools’ FA for the third consecutive season from the English Schools’ FA to run representative teams in both U11 girls and boys.
The School Sport Partnership have received a bursary to support them with transport to Liverpool, and will be hiring a bus for all the players and supporters.
29th March 2018Petcheck on tour Open or Close
Dog owners across Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire District are being given the chance to get their dog microchipped and receive pet health advice for free as a mobile pet checking unit is touring the area in April.
The two councils have joined forces with the PDSA Petcheck Roadshow again to offer dog wellbeing check-ups, nail clipping and ear cleaning and advice – all free of charge and undertaken by an experienced veterinary nurse.
In addition to the veterinary nurse, the Councils Dog Warden will also be on hand to provide free microchipping to dogs - something which has been compulsory for all dogs since 2016.
Our Dog Warden will also be offering responsible dog ownership advice, canine behavioural advice and giving out free poop scoop bags at each of the roadshows.
The Roadshows will take place at:
- The Hub, Shiners Way, South Normanton DE55 2AA on 24 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
- Kenning Park, Holmgate Road, Clay Cross S45 9PH on 25 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
- Hornthorpe Road, Eckington S21 4DS on 26 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
- Shirebrook Market Place, Market Street, Shirebrook NG20 8AA on 27 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
We have been running the roadshows for a number of years now and an average of 200 dogs receive free microchips and 120 receive free pet health checks during the course of the four days.
The Petcheck roadshow would also over to see any puppies for their first wellbeing check, but if they are younger than eight-weeks old, leave them at home with their mum and pop along for advice.
26th March 2018Council is meeting housing challenge head on Open or Close
With the Government’s ambition to see a new generation of council housing built, we are ahead of the game and tackling this issue head on by investing millions of pounds into building new properties.
In excess of £12 million is being spent on two projects aimed at reducing the housing problem and providing good quality, modern council houses and family homes for market sale.
In 2015, we embarked upon our B@Home project with Robert Woodhead Ltd to build 100 council houses over four-years, a 2% increase on their overall housing stock. The programme has already seen 33 new homes built in Creswell, Shirebrook, Tibshelf and Blackwell with a further 37 under construction in Shirebrook.
We are well on our way to achieving a target of 100 new homes by March 2019 and are now looking at potential sites to ensure future generations have the ability to live in good quality affordable homes within the District.
Cabinet Member for Housing Councillor Mary Dooley said, “Instead of sitting back and not dealing with the problem, we did something about it. We have always been bold in putting our money where our mouth is and the delivery of 33 homes already shows that.
“These homes are not the ‘shoeboxes’ delivered by some housebuilders in recent years. But are large, high quality, family homes which meet the lifetime homes standard meaning they’ll be suitable for all stages of a tenant’s life.”
These new Council houses are all let on secure tenancies, at an affordable rent and for the first time include one bedroom houses, large four bedroom houses and fully adapted bungalows to directly meet the housing need in the District.
We also agreed to build a further 28 new homes across eight sites, including for the first time, the delivery of high quality family homes for sale on the open market, through Dragonfly Development Ltd.
We established Dragonfly Development Ltd in 2017 to enable it to become more financially self-sufficient by developing commercial opportunities which make it less reliant on government funding.
The company’s first developments have received planning permission and use council land at South Normanton and Pinxton, with work due to start soon. The developments will see 10 properties at Meadow Lane, South Normanton and 10 properties at Park Lane, Pinxton which will be available to buy towards the end of 2018.
Cabinet Member for Social Enterprise, Councillor John Ritchie said, “Council funding is drying up and the private sector are not delivering at present. They buy up areas and land bank it for the future, but this does not help our local communities. So, we have to think outside the box, be imaginative and more business-minded, that’s why we have set up this company.
“Not only are we building good quality homes that we can then sell on the open market, but any profit that is made can then be re-invested to provide more high-quality developments and help secure the Council’s financial future.”
28th February 2018Adverse Weather Conditions and Services - February 2018 Open or Close
Updated 16:23 (06/03/2018)
We aim to complete all missed black bins from last week by end of play on Wednesday 7 March 2018. Please leave your bin at the edge of your property for collection and no side waste will be taken. If your bin has not been collected by then please complete our missed bin form and we can investigate it.
We have received updated information from our burgundy bin contractors that they will aim to complete all missed burgundy bins from last week by end of play on Friday 9 March 2018. Please leave your bin at the edge of your property for collection. If your bin has not been collected by then please complete our missed bin form and we can investigate it.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Updated 14:52 (02/03/2018)
Our bin crews have been working hard over the past couple of days, despite treacherous weather and road conditions. They have collected as many bins as possible on their scheduled collections, where it has been safe to do so.
However, for some of the days we had to temporarily suspended our waste collection. This is not a decision that was made lightly but the working conditions deteriatored and the safety of the public and our workforce was our priority.
We understand that many of the main roads are clear but the majority of our work takes place on side streets which are unsafe for us to drive upon. Our collection vehicles weigh up to 32 tonnes and if this vehicle starts to skid on a crowded residential street lives would, undoubtedly, be put at risk.
If the forecast is correct and the thaw comes this weekend any missed black bins from 28 February – 2 March that have not already been collected by the end of today, then we would advise you to please leave it in an accessible place at the edge of your property from 6am on Monday (5 March) and we will collect it as soon as the road and weather conditions improve. All scheduled collections for w/c 5 March will take place as normal.
For any missed burgundy bins from 28 February – 2 March that have not already been collected by the end of today, please leave your bin in a safe position at the edge of your property and this will be collected as soon as possible.
Green bin collections are due to start again w/c 5 March 2018. To help us catch up with missed black bin collections we are diverting some of our crews from green bin collections. Figures from previous years have indicated that collection rates are low so if your green bin is not collected on your scheduled date please take this back to your property and present it on your next scheduled collection date, as our priority is to collect missed black bins.
All the above is of course weather dependent and we hope you appreciate and understand why some collections have been missed and we are working hard to collect any missed bins as soon as possible.
Updated 10:45 (02/03/2018)
South Normanton Contact Centre is now open as usual for public use.
Updated 08:44 (02/03/2018)
All council buildings, except South Normaton Contact Centre are open as normal. Our Go! Active leisure facility is also open as normal. Bin collections are taking place where it is safe to do so and we advise you to put your bins out as normal if you are scheduled for a collection. We are experiencing a high volume of calls at present so you may get an engaged tone when you phone. Please hang up and try again later. If your query is not urgent please do not try and telephone us and get your answer via the website or our social media platforms.
For emergency housing repairs please telephone 01246 242295. For boiler repairs please see this guidance.
For gritting and snow clearance and the latest traffic information please vsit Derbyshire County Council website.
Updated 14:46 (01/03/2018)
We will be closing all council buildings at 3.30pm today to allow our staff adequate time to make a safe journey home before it gets dark. The latest weather and traffic information can be viewed via Derbyshire County Council website.
The forecast for tomorrow at present is currently a low probability for further significant snow, but the issue we have is the cold weather and a possibility of ice and strong cold winds. With this in mind, we are aiming to be open as normal tomorrow and we will assess each service area in the morning and decide whether normal service can be resumed or we continue with our Business Continuity arrangements.
For emergency housing repairs please telephone 01246 242295. For boiler repairs please see this guidance.
For gritting and snow clearance and the latest traffic information please vsit Derbyshire County Council website.
Updated 10:49 (01/03/2018)
We are experiencing a high volume of calls, some of which are for general enquiries. Unless it is an emergency please do not telephone us so we can ensure our resources are directed to those most in need. Thank you for your co-operation.
For emergency housing repairs please telephone 01246 242295. For boiler repairs please see this guidance.
For gritting and snow clearance and the latest traffic information please vsit Derbyshire County Council website.
Updated 09:29 (01/03/2018)
Our Go! Active facility is now closed to allow staff the chance to drive home safely. All classes and swimming lessons have been cancelled for today. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Our Contact Centres at Bolsover, Clowne and Shirebrook are currently open but we are operating on a skeleton staff basis, so we advise people unless they have an emergency not to come to the buildings or telephone us.
All bin collections (black and burgundy) have been cancelled and we are working on plans on how we will pick up those bins we have missed due to the weather.
Updated 08:45 (01/03/2018)
We have had over 200+ call outs regarding heating systems not working with the majority due to freezing condensates.
The majority of combination boilers are fitted with a buoy system which allows residents to bypass the frozen condensate until it unfreezes. However in most cases residents seem to have forgotten they have them or how to operate them.
If you contacts us regarding their heating/hot water not working please refer to your Repairs Handbook (that all tenants should have) as there is a script within the keyfax repairs diagnostic system that explains this in more detail.
Updated 07:37 (01/03/2018)
Bin collections will not take place today due to the ongoing severe weather conditions and the forecast for more snow this morning. We will try and pick up any missed bins as soon as we are able and it is safe to do so. Our Go! Active leisure facility is open as normal.
For emergency housing repairs please telephone 01246 242295.
For gritting and snow clearance please vsit Derbyshire County Council website.
Updated 20:55 (28/02/2018)
At present our services will be operating as normal as possible tomorrow (01/03/2018) but this depends upon the weather overnight. We therefore advise you to look here and on our social media platforms for service updates or tel 01246 242424. Please contact our Go! Active leisure facilty directly on 01246 242 365 to see if they are open before travelling. Apologies for any inconvenience.
For emergency housing repairs please telephone 01246 242295.
For gritting and snow clearance please vsit Derbyshire County Council website.
Updated 16:49 (28/02/2018)
Due to the adverse weather and driving conditions and more snow forecast for this afternoon we've taken the decision to close all council buildings and leisure facilities.
We have suspended all bin (black and burgundy) collections due to the adverse weather conditions and the forecast of more snow for the rest of the afternoon. We plan to operate a normal service tomorrow where possible and will endeavour to complete all missed bin collections by the end of the week. We apologise for any inconvenience caused but the safety of our crews is a priority to us.
For emergency housing repairs please telephone 01246 242295.
For gritting and snow clearance please vsit Derbyshire County Council website.
23rd February 2018Taxi driver training to protect vulnerable passengers Open or Close
Passengers using taxi’s licensed by Bolsover and North East Derbyshire District Councils can be safe in the knowledge that all their drivers must now undertake mandatory safeguarding training.
The training is to improve public safety and identify potential risks to vulnerable adults and children. The training covers the following key areas:
- Understanding the need to protect vulnerable adults, young people and children
- Identifying possible victims of abuse and exploitation by understanding indicators of risk
- Identifying sources of advice and how to report concerns
- Understanding responsibilities in relation to personal safety and security
Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Street services, Councillor Brian-Murray-Carr said, “Drivers need to command the highest level of confidence before they transport passengers – especially those who may be vulnerable. It is essential that we take seriously our responsibility to determine whether someone is a ‘fit and proper’ person to hold a licence.”
In addition, Councillor Michael Gordon, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Licensing at North East Derbyshire District Council said, “Everyone is becoming aware of the well-publicised issues relating to Child Sexual Exploitation. These are awful crimes, and we have a duty to assist the Taxi and Private Hire Trade and the public in tackling this issue and to protect those who are vulnerable. We need the help of taxi and private hire drivers and operators to identify those who commit these crimes and to identify vulnerable people who are at risk.”
The decision to introduce the training was made following the publication of the Jay report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and the subsequent Casey report into Rotherham Council’s exercise of its functions on governance, children and young people, and taxi and private hire licensing.
Both reports indicated that licensed vehicles played a prominent role in the issues in Rotherham. As a key element of the local transport system, taxi and private hire drivers are well placed to identify vulnerable people who may need support.
The feedback received from the taxi trade so far has been overwhelmingly positive.
A taxi driver attending one of the sessions, said, “I welcome this training which will help me to identify signs that someone may be vulnerable and in need of help.”
21st February 2018Council Tax increase agreed Open or Close
We have increased our share of council tax by 2.99% for 2018-2019.
Councillors met on Wednesday 21 February 2018 and agreed the rise, which works out as a £4.97 increase for Band D households, equating to 9.5 pence per week.
With a budget requirement of £12.285m for next year, the extra £106,710 raised from this increase will help us continue to deliver good quality and efficient services such as leisure, waste and recycling and business growth and develop our partnership working to get best value from our services.
We have managed reductions in government grants since 2010 and need to find a funding shortfall of £1.183m up until 2022.
Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “The decision has not been taken lightly and we have had some lengthy debates about it. Tough decisions have got to be made, but we have financial plans in place that show we are planning for the future, that we are a responsible Council and that we will continue to do our best to protect jobs and services.
“Since the austerity measures were introduced, we have taken a pro-active and well-managed approach of investing in our services to maximise income. Our Go! Active leisure facility, B@Home council house building programme and extension to the Tangent Business Hub are just three prime examples of where we invest in schemes so we can reap the long-term benefits.”
We are the billing authority, but only receive around 10pence of every pound of Council Tax collected, with the remaining 90pence going to the County Council, the Police and Fire authorities, Town and Parish Councils.
20th February 2018Green bin collections set to resume Open or Close
Households across the District are being reminded that their green bin collections are due to start again in early March 2018.
The green bin collections were suspended over the winter months as people are less active in the garden and there is little green waste being produced.
However, with spring on the horizon and people wanting to get back into their gardens the collections will start again.
Residents can place items such as leaves, hedge and plant clippings, twigs, branches and prunings, grass mowings, weeds and cut flowers. They can also place cooked and raw food waste (peeling, bones, fish, bread, pasta, fruit, vegetables, etc) into their green bins as part of our efforts to improve recycling and composting across the area.
Residents are also asked not to put any black or burgundy bin type wastes in their green bin to help avoid contamination.
The green waste is taken to a composting facility where it is then turned into valuable resource instead of sending it to landfill. Materials can be used for recycling or composting, with the rest of the waste being used to generate heat and power instead of it just going into the ground.
Depending upon which week your bin is collected they will start again on either 6 or 13 March 2018.
Residents should check the waste and recycling calendars that where distributed before Christmas for their exact start dates.
14th February 2018Sports Awards nominations open Open or Close
We are on the lookout for the stars and unsung heroes of the sporting world from the past year.
Nominations for our 2018 ‘Bolsover District Sports Awards’ are now open where the aim is to recognise and reward the top local sportsmen, women, volunteers and clubs from across Bolsover District.
Once again we have teamed up with the Bolsover District School Sport Partnership to include more emphasis on schools and young people. The categories are split into two sections – Community and Schools – and with 33 awards such as Sportsperson of the Year, School Sport Organising Crew, Young Sports Leader and Lifetime Achievement Awards up for grabs, there is sure to be an award for you.
This could be anyone from a top athlete, coach, club or team, a school volunteer or Sports Leader who deserves to be recognised for their achievements and commitments during the past year (September 2017- up to August 2018).
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor John Ritchie said, “We have opened the nominations early to give people more time to put forward their choices and tell us why they feel a person or a team deserves to be recognised.
“These awards are our way of saying ‘well done’ and ‘congratulations’. You don’t have to be a world beater or have won every medal in your sport – as it is also about the enjoyment and contribution people make to sport in general that we want to acknowledge. So, if you know someone who you think deserves to be recognised, then get in touch with us and nominate them for an award.”
The deadline for nominations is 7 September 2018 and the awards ceremony will take place in October 2018.
Application forms will be sent to all sports clubs and schools in Bolsover District asking for nominations and they can also be picked up from the Council’s offices, by telephoning 01246 242366 or can be downloaded - Community Nomination Form - Schools and Young People Nomination Form - Eligibility criteria.
13th February 2018Final timetable agreed for draft Local Plan Open or Close
As part of the continuing development of a new Local Plan for Bolsover District, the Council has produced a new draft Local Development Scheme setting out milestones for the final stages in the development of the new Local Plan.
This follows a meeting with and advice from the Planning Inspectorate and the draft new Local Development Scheme contains the following key dates.
NEW DATES (2018)
Publication Local Plan Agreed
End of April 2018
This cannot take place sooner due to the need to complete a full Sustainability Appraisal of the Publication Draft Local Plan
May – June 2018
Statutory 6 weeks required by law
3rd week in July 2018
Assuming no significant changes are required to the Plan
Based on Planning Inspectorate Advice suggesting 12 week Minimum – Could be longer but this is in PINS’s hands
Based On Planning Inspectorate advice suggesting a year from submission
Allows for August and summer holidays
:* Subject to Planning Inspectorate time tabling
Planning Committee Chairman, Councillor Duncan McGregor said, “A great deal of work has gone into getting the Local Plan to this stage and we are now putting the final touches to the draft Local Plan ready for consultation. The plan is designed to drive growth, investment and how our District will look over the next 15 years.
“The new Local Development Scheme will provide clarity for local residents and communities on the last stages leading up to the adoption of the new Local Plan, including when consultation and participation to help shape the final version of the Local Plan will take place.
“After this consultation on the LDS, we will consider any comments and make any changes before adopting the new Local Development Scheme.”
1st February 2018Invest Bolsover website launched Open or Close
We have launched a new investment website to give companies, businesses and potential investors the information they need at the touch of a button.
The Invest Bolsover website is simple and easy to navigate with just four main headings – Bolsover District; Funding; Investment Opportunities; and Contacts.
The site includes an interactive mapping tool so potential investors or businesses can look at what sites are available for development, their suitable uses and latest planning information, with links of who to contact for more information.
More detail, new development sites and forthcoming events will be added to the site as they become available.
Cabinet Member for Efficiency and Business Development, Councillor Steve Fritchley said, “This website reflects our commitment to growing the local economy. Business and investors don’t want to trawl through mountains of paperwork and words to find a suitable site, they want to click a few buttons and have the information presented so they can then follow up any interest – and that’s what our website does.
“This is the first part of our marketing strategy to lift the area and build a good, sound solid economic base so more companies are attracted to the District, which in turn will help create more jobs for local people.”
26th January 2018Holocaust memorial day 27 January Open or Close
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 27 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 “Words can make a difference – both for good and evil”. The theme explores how language has been used in the past, and how it is used in the present day. The impact of words during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, through propaganda used to incite, through slogans written in resistance, and through memoirs written to record and respond to what was going on.
A full copy of the theme can be found here
For more information, visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website here.
16th January 2018Kick-start your career with a traineeship Open or Close
Young people aged 16 to 24 year-old across Bolsover District are being given the chance to gain work experience and training to help them get a job.
The initiative is part of our successful Trainee/Apprenticeship which offers help in writing a CV, interview practice, work placements and achieving qualifications in functional skills, Maths and English.
Council Leader Councillor Ann Syrett said, “It’s not easy for young people to get onto the work ladder so we want to help kick-start young people’s careers by offering them an insight into a variety of industries.
“There is no doubting that the range of skills you can acquire as a trainee - from hands-on work experience to skills essential in any job - will stand you in good stead for the future.”
The five-month unpaid traineeship programme, supported by Babington Business College, helps young people to become accustomed to life in the workplace that could lead to an apprenticeship with us.
To be eligible for the programme, young people must live in Bolsover District, have an interest in working across a variety of roles within the public sector and currently not in education, employment or training. Financial support to assist young people with their expenses may be available.
Rhianne Knightley, who has worked her way through the programme and is currently a Business Admin Apprentice at the Council said, “Being an Apprentice has allowed me to learn new skills and earn money at the same time! Completing my NVQ has also been made easier as I have physically done the tasks that I have to write and talk about.
“So far I have achieved a Level 2 in Business Administration and have just started my Level 3. As well as achieving my qualifications I feel that I have also acquired a lot of experience that will help me to keep moving forward.”
Once completed, the programme allows students to apply for an apprenticeship position at either Bolsover District Council or North East Derbyshire District Council.
Experience can then be gained in a variety of different roles including grounds maintenance, customer service, business administration and leisure.
12th January 2018Grow your business with council fund Open or Close
Businesses across Bolsover District can now tap into a fund to help them grow and create jobs.
The Business Growth Fund (BGF), which we have made available will provide grants between £1,000 and £10,000 towards project costs.
The BGF can provide grants, of up to 90% of eligible costs based upon the businesses ability to achieve economic growth and/or jobs growth within the District.
Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “We need to do all we can to support businesses and encourage job creation, so this fund is the latest in a long line of initiatives we are running to help local businesses succeed”.
“Local independent businesses contribute greatly to our economy and their viability is of high importance. That’s why we have committed to supporting them and I would encourage businesses who can demonstrate growth potential to contact us to see if they are eligible”.
The funding can be used for a variety of projects, which need to be completed by December 2018, including:
- Extending and improving premises;
- Apprentice costs directly related to business development/diversification;
- Marketing and website development to boost trade;
- Business growth expenditure (equipment, machinery);
- Business start-up costs.
John McMahon, Director of John McMahon School of Woodworking said, “The business advice and financial help we received from Bolsover District Council helped us grow to around 80 students on our books; nearly everyone who attends the beginner course gets addicted and keeps coming back.”
Applications for the funding are open and we would encourage businesses to speak to their Economic Growth team first before submitting an application form.
For further information telephone 01246 242512.
9th January 2018New empty properties matching service launched Open or Close
A new service to help bring empty properties back into use has been launched in Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire District.
Both Councils have joined forces to launch the service with the aim of reducing the number of empty properties across the area, bringing them back into use for the benefit of families and individuals.
The new system can be used for either landlords wishing to rent or sell their property and is completely free of charge.
Bolsover District Council Cabinet Member for Social Enterprise, Councillor John Ritchie said, “Demand for housing is increasing, so we want to do all we can to bring back into use any empty properties across the area. The longer a home is left empty the more likely it is to attract anti-social behaviour, to fall into disrepair and to become a source of anxiety to nearby residents. That’s why we are doing all we can to assist owners and landlords with returning their properties to use.”
All you need to do is register your empty property with the relevant council and they will advertise your property on their website for free. They will also put you in contact with people who may be interested in purchasing or renting it.
The property must be registered as being empty for more than six months and proof of ownership must be provided. If you are a landlord then proof that you are an accredited landlord must also be provided.
North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Bette Hill said, “We know how hard it is for people to get a mortgage or find a home that meets your needs. That’s why we are introducing this new service which will not only bring back into use an empty property, but also help people find a suitable home. It’s a win-win as far as we are concerned.”
4th January 2018Planning fee increases Open or Close
Planning fee increases
From 17 January 2018, the Government are introducing an increase of 20% on planning fees.
Regulations to introduce the 20% fee increase were made on 20 December 2017. Our planning fees will therefore increase from 17 January 2018. The new legislation is part of The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.
You can read more about the statutory instrument on the Government's legislation website.
15th December 2017Win cash for your old electricals Open or Close
Have you got any old, broken or unwanted electricals? Dig them out and take them to your local household waste recycling centre in the New Year for your chance to win one of fifteen £100 cash prizes.
From hair-dryers to hedge-trimmers, fairy lights to fridges and toasters to TVs, there’s a wide range of household appliances you can take to Derbyshire County Council’s recycling centres. And from 2 January, you can exchange them for a golden ticket – which means you could be quids in.
Simply ask for your golden ticket from a member of staff at any of the county council’s nine recycling centres, type in your unique ticket number online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/electric and find out if you’re an instant winner. The more items you recycle, the more tickets you’ll get.
The competition prizes are being funded by Advantage Waste Brokers – the contractor which works on behalf of the county council to collect and recycle electrical items taken to its recycling centres.
Electrical goods can be exchanged for a golden ticket at the following recycling centres:
- Ashbourne (Mayfield Road)
- Bolsover (Buttermilk Lane)
- Buxton (Waterswallows Road)
- Glossop (Melandra Road)
- Ilkeston (Manners Avenue Industrial Estate)
- Loscoe (Heanor)
- Newhall (Swadlincote)
- Northwood (Darley Dale)
- Stonegravels (Chesterfield)
All electrical appliances are accepted including:
- coffee makers
- electric toothbrushes
- electric garden equipment
- fairy lights
- fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers
- game consoles
- laptops, tablets and PCs
- music systems
- power tools
- sat navs
- slow cookers
- straighteners and hairdryers
- washers and dryers
For a full list of the other items you can take to the recycling centres and their locations visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentres
Please make sure all personal data has been removed from items such as laptops, mobile phones or tablets before you take them to a recycling centre.
14th December 2017Minister for Faith launches £1.26M project in Shirebrook Open or Close
Minister for Faith Lord Bourne launched a £1.26 million government investment in Shirebrook on Thursday 14 December 2017.
Bolsover received the grant from an initial £15 million allocation to Local Authorities from the Controlling Migration Fund (CMF) in July. A further £18 million was awarded to other successful Local Authorities in November, making a total of £33 million awarded so far.
The cash is being ploughed into Shirebrook, which over the last decade has seen an increase in the number of migrants settling to live and work in the NG20 area.
The two year investment will help improve access to public services, stage community events, improve the market square and ease the pressures on local services such as housing, schooling and health services resulting from recent migration.
The project, entitled ‘Building Resilience’ is being managed by Shirebrook Forward NG20 which was formed by Bolsover Partnership and is a multi agency group whose aim is to focus on working positively with the local community to bring about benefits and improvements.
The project has seven strands across which the funds have been allocated:
- Community resilience
- Market Square Enlivenment
- Migrant community access
- Improve access and quality of private sector housing
- Social Norms and UK Laws
- Additional GP resources
- Healthy Workforce Programme
The dedicated ‘Building Resilience’ team is now in place to oversee delivery of the project and they are based within the District Council offices at Clowne.
Lord Bourne said “Over recent years Shirebrook has seen significant economic growth and is an example of the real benefits migration can bring to Britain. However, we recognise that population change in a short space of time can put pressure on local services. That’s why we are making funding available to support areas like Bolsover who have ambitious plans to ease pressures on services and also build stronger more integrated communities.
“Government’s £1.3 million extra support for Shirebrook will help them address some of the issues their communities care about most. Whether increasing provision of GP surgeries, tackling rogue landlords who make money form overcrowded properties or providing English classes - these initiatives will improve services for everyone while helping to bring communities together.”
Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Karl Reid added, “We’re delighted to be able to finally get this project off the ground and start putting into place tangible benefits that the local community will be able to see and benefit from.
“Our work will focus on what residents have told us are important to them, so together with our partners will use the funding to bring the community together in various ways including through events, making the most of our physical assets like the Market Square and tackling rogue landlords and improving access to health services.”
Mandy Chambers, Independent Chair of Bolsover Partnership added, “We are extremely happy that the Government has recognised the issues that our communities have been facing since 2015.
“And, it’s down to our excellent partnership working that they encouraged our application to the Controlling Migration Fund, success in securing this additional funding will bring major benefits to Shirebrook and surrounding NG20 areas”.
4th December 2017Investment Company prosecuted for waste and littering problems at Shirebrook properties Open or Close
Bravia Investments & Management Ltd has been fined for failure to comply with a Community Protection Notice issued earlier this year by the Council.
The notice was served on Bravia Investments & Management Ltd on 19th April 2017 by the Environmental Health service and the company was given until 2nd May 2017 to clear up the mess at the Former Café Spice premises in Shirebrook.
There have been ongoing problems within Shirebrook with littering, fly tipping and the condition/upkeep of premises which is having a detrimental impact on the local community.
So when the owner of the properties, failed to clear all litter and refuse from the area at 56 – 58 Patchwork Row in Shirebrook, we took them to court.
The defendant company did not attend or contact the court so on the 16th November 2017 after hearing the evidence, the magistrates found the defendant guilty and proceeded to serve the sentence.
Bravia Investments & Management Ltd was fined £1,000, ordered to pay £700 in costs and £155 compensation (which was to cover the costs incurred for removing the waste).
Councillor Brian Murray-Carr, portfolio holder for Community Safety and Street Services said, “The Council spends thousands of pounds each year keeping the environment clean and we are using new anti social behaviour powers to ensure landowners take responsibility for their own land”
22nd November 2017New Bolsover New Beginnings - First Phase Complete Open or Close
Phase one of the New Bolsover Model Village renovation project is now complete.
Handover took place earlier this November and we now have tenants settled in their newly renovated homes.
The £10million project being delivered by Woodhead Improve with support from their specialist heritage team Woodhead Heritage began last November. Woodhead Improve is carrying out essential repairs and restoring architectural features including windows and doors at the 194 Grade II listed properties.
The properties will also see their original features restored such as new cast iron rain water goods and re-pointing of brickwork and chimneys. In addition all 138 Council-owned properties will receive repairs to their roofs and internal thermal insulation.
New tenants, Miss Gemma Kennedy and Mr Sam Warwick moved from one property on the estate to another one completed in phase one at the end of
October and are delighted with their new home.
Miss Kennedy said, “I love the way the house still has its classic look outside but is totally modern on the inside. It will be much easier to decorate now and the new windows are amazing because they are better to clean compared to the old ones which were draughty and let the dirt in!”
Mr Warwick is really pleased with the insulation in the house and said, “We can’t believe how warm it is. We can have the heating on lower and the house retains the heat much better than our previous home, also you can’t hear any outside noise due to the quality of the insulation.”
Councillor Ritchie, who has been involved with the New Bolsover New Beginning project from the outset said, “I’m thrilled with the results so far and the completion of phase one is a huge milestone for the project.
“It’s always a pleasure to meet the tenants who will benefit from these life changing projects and I’m looking forward to seeing the next phases through to the end.”
31st October 2017Court slams rogue landlord for state of properties Open or Close
A rogue landlord has been given a fine of £2,500 (allowing for his guilty plea) and issued with a four-year Criminal Behaviour Order following his failure to comply with a Community Protection Notice on a property in North Wingfield.
Our Environmental Health team received 11 complaints regarding waste accumulating at the front, side and rear of a property in North Wingfield owned by Martin Ambler.
Despite repeated requests to remove the waste, Ambler of Vincent Lane, Chesterfield failed to comply and was subsequently served with a Community Protection Notice in February 2017 requiring the waste to be cleared within 14 days.
Although the defendant contacted us and had a skip present at the property, there was still a large amount of waste left, which he failed to clear. We subsequently started court proceedings for failure to comply with the Community Protection Notice.
Despite the defendant pleading guilty, the Magistrates Court imposed the maximum fine (allowing for his guilty plea) and the Chair of the Bench stated that the ‘appalling nature of the offence justified this unusual step’.
The problems became so bad at properties owned by Ambler, that a neighbour considered selling their property and was too afraid to let their children play outdoors due to the presence of rats. A tenant of a different property was hospitalised as a result of the condition in which the property was let.
Both Councils received a large number of complaints about properties owned by Mr Ambler in relation to accumulations and housing conditions. Examples include lack of heating, faulty electrics, damp and mould and blood stained walls.
In addition to the prosecution, we also applied for a Criminal Behaviour Order which was granted.
Since 2015, 19 enforcement Notices had been served on Mr Ambler regarding properties and land under his ownership. Despite repeated requests to deal with issues and the use of enforcement Notices, Mr Ambler failed to act and the Chair of the Bench issued the Criminal Behaviour Order, stating that it was ‘both necessary and proportionate to prevent further such consequences’.
The Order is for four years and he was ordered not to:
- Store or dispose of any controlled waste on any land under his control.
- Burn any waste or instruct someone else to burn any waste
- Rent out any properties containing Category 1 hazards under the housing Act 2004.
And he was ordered to:
- Monitor and maintain all land under his control monthly, so that it is kept free from waste
- Monitor and maintain each property under his control annually to check for hazards under the Housing Act 2004. Once indentified to remove or reduce the hazard to an acceptable level as soon as reasonably practicable.
- To join and/or remain in an accredited landlord scheme.
If this Criminal Behaviour Order is breached, then the penalty is a custodial sentence.
13th October 2017Top sportspeople honoured at awards ceremony Open or Close
Team BD picked up their honours and medals from Bolsover District Council and the Bolsover District School Sport Partnership after an amazing year of sport across the District.
The top sportspeople from across Bolsover District gathered at the glitzy Bolsover District Annual Sports Awards ceremony which took place on Friday 6 October 2017 at Sports Direct in Shirebrook.
The Council and the Bolsover District School Sport Partnership joined forces to celebrate the achievements of top sportspeople, teams, club officials and volunteers from across the District and local schools over the past twelve months. The images from the awards ceremony can be seen on our Flickr site.
Amongst the winners was Mark Waller (Sportsman of the Year) from Elmton who is a currently ranked 15th in the world of Para Badminton and he has represented his country at numerous overseas tournaments.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Craig Sadler from Whitwell Cricket Club. Craig has been involved in the club for 45 years undertaking many roles including playing, groundsman, fundraiser and committee member.
The Amblers Walking Group won the Active4Life Award and help organise regular walks across the District for people to spend time outdoors and engage in physical activity, with most walks attracting in excess of 30 people.
Council Chairman, Councillor Tom Munro presented the winners with their awards and said, “I am amazed at the sporting talent and dedication we have in our District. We have international stars playing and representing their country to volunteers who literally dedicate their life to a sport and a club – it is very humbling.
“It was another fantastic night that enabled us to honour the many people and clubs who make such an outstanding contribution to sport. Without them, we would not have the wide range of sporting talent we have across the district today. My congratulations go to not only the winners, but everyone who was nominated and takes part in sport.”
Edna Stevenson from Palterton Primary School picked up the School Staff Volunteer Award for her dedication in helping and supporting sporting and physical activity spanning 30 years.
A swimmer from Tibshelf picked up the Primary School Sportswoman of the Year. Molly Etherington who is currently ranked third in Britain in the 800m, is also a county winner in the 800m freestyle in Nottinghamshire, and came 2nd and 4th in the 200m and 400m freestyle at the East Midlands Championships.
John Barker, Partnership Development Manager for the Bolsover District School Sport Partnership said, “We are very lucky to have so many people who dedicate a lot of time and effort into making sure our children can play and enjoy sport and it is only fitting that we honour them and say thank you.
“Looking out across the auditorium tonight, it is incredible to see so many young talented athletes and I truly believe that one day we will see one of them representing us at the Olympic Games or going on to be a huge success in their chosen sport. Well done to everyone tonight.”
The 2017 winners were:
- Community Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Rotary Club of Bolsover - Stewart Fox from South Normanton Colts Football Club
- School Staff Volunteer of the Year - Edna Stevenson from Palterton Primary School
- Community Young Sports Leader of the Year sponsored by Capital Refractories Ltd - Declan Fox from South Normanton Colts Football Club
- Disabled School Sports Leader of the Year - Nathan Pid from Stubbin Wood School
- Male School Sports Leader of the Year - Connor Davis from Shirebrook Academy
- Female School Sports Leader of the Year - Rebecca Hattersley from Heritage High School
- Community Manager/Coach of the Year sponsored by Capital Refractories Ltd - Zoe Spence from Shirebrook Gymnastics Club
- Community Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Rotary Club of Bolsover - Craig Sadler from Whitwell Cricket Club
- Primary School Sport Organising Crew of the Year – Palterton Primary School
- Secondary School Sports Council/School Sport Organising Committee of the Year – Heritage High School
- Community Active4Life Award - Amblers Walking Group
- Community Award of the Year - Louise Smalley Walk and Area 51 Urban Academy
- The Primary School Team of the Year - Pilsley Primary School
- Secondary School Team of the Year – Shirebrook Academy and Frederick Gent School
- Community Team of the Year – Whitwell Cricket Club 2nd Eleven
- Community Club of the Year sponsored by HW Martin – Whitwell Cricket Club
- Champion Schools of the Year Awards – Palterton Primary School (small), Whitwell Primary School (medium) and Glebe Junior School (large)
- Primary Sportsman of the Year – George Cooper from Bolsover
- Primary Sportswoman of the Year – Molly Etherington from Tibshelf
- U14 Sportsman of the Year – Ben Madeley from Shirebrook Academy
- U14 Sportswoman of the Year – Libby Brookes from Frederick Gent Community School
- Junior Sportsman of the Year - Ryan Hopkinson from Shirebrook Academy
- Junior Sportswoman of the Year - Lucy Forrest from Heritage High School
- Disabled Sportsperson of the Year sponsored by Sports Direct UK - William Gamble
- Sportsman of the Year sponsored by Sports Direct UK – Mark Waller
- Sportswoman of the Year sponsored by Sports Direct UK – Sophie Baggaley
The Council and Bolsover District School Sports Partnership would also like to thank the following organisations/businesses who kindly sponsored awards.
- Sports Direct
- H.W Martin Limited
- Capital Refractories Limited
- The Rotary Club of Bolsover
13th October 2017Party in the Dark Open or Close
Us Girls Can, a campaign which aims to inspire local women to get active by championing the successes of people just like them, is launching in Whitwell.
A localised version of the This Girl Can national campaign, led by Sport England, Us Girls Can is supported by Street Games and will focus initially on the village of Whitwell and aims to break down barriers to women getting active.
To kickstart the campaign local women, 16 years old and over, are invited to a Party in the Dark, where participants will be able to enjoy music, quizzes, mock-tails and pizza as well as having the chance to try activities such as Zumba, Tai Chi, Dance, Meditation, Boxing for Fitness and Yoga all in short manageable 20 minute blocks.
Come and have a go with no fear of judgement and no pressure. All you need is comfortable clothing, trainers and a bottle of water. Parking is available at the Centre. Whilst all activities are in bite size chunks we advise participants with any known medical conditions to ensure that they are OK to take part.
Please read the following medical questions before proceeding with your booking:
1. Are you pregnant?
2. Have you ever had epilepsy? (Strobe lighting may be used)
3. Have you ever had heart trouble?
4. Do you have chest pains?
5. Do you ever have spells of dizziness or feel faint?
6. Have you ever had high or low blood pressure?
7. Have you ever had high cholesterol?
8. Have you ever had asthma, chronic bronchitis or any other chest related illness?
9. Do you have severe headaches or migraines?
10. Is there any history of heart disease in your immediate family?
11. Are you recovering from a recent illness, operation or injury?
12. Have you any medical condition that we should be aware of?
13. Are you presently taking any form of medication?
Please note: If you answered YES to any question 1-13, you are advised to seek medical advice/approval before taking part in this event.
Please note photographs and possibly video footage of the event will be taken on the evening which may be used to promote future events and physical activity in Bolsover District. Participants are also encouraged to take their own photos/video and share these on social media to show that Us Girls Can. By booking a place at the event you are confirming that you are happy for images/footage of you to be taken and used in this way.
28th September 2017Joint crackdown on taxis hailed a success Open or Close
A recent crackdown on taxi vehicles at East Midlands Airport found over 85% of vehicles stopped met the required standards.
The regional enforcement campaign, included officials from Bolsover District Council and North East Derbyshire District Council, the Police and the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), saw spot checks carried out on over 140 vehicles, with 120 of these passing with flying colours.
All the vehicles from Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire that were checked were found to be satisfactory. However, 20 taxis from other areas did not reach the required standards.
Four of them received prohibitions for failing to have tyres that meet safety requirements. Two drivers were reported for not having road tax, and another was given a fixed penalty notice for having a tyre tread below the legal limit. Others were also warned about more minor defects such as broken bulbs.
Cabinet Member for Licensing Councillor Brian Murray-Carr said, "This initiative highlights that the majority of taxi drivers take care of their vehicles and ensure they meet high standards when it comes to safety. It is very important to us and our partners that we participate in enforcement campaigns to identify those that don’t comply with the law and licensing requirements.
North East Derbyshire District Council’s member with responsibility for Licensing, Councillor Michael Gordon said, “It’s very reassuring all the vehicles inspected from North East Derbyshire and Bolsover were found to be satisfactory. Public safety is our absolute priority and we hope this operation has helped spread this message among drivers of licensed vehicles. What we need now is for better and more stringent legislation from government to make sure taxis and those driving them are fit and proper for the safety of the public.”
Inspector Ivan Odell from Leicestershire Police said: "Once again this was a highly successful operation and demonstrates the value of partner agencies working collaboratively and effectively to improve the safety of the travelling public. The vast majority of taxis and licensed vehicles were being operated safely and legally but this operation will be repeated and should serve as warning to those who choose to continue to operate outside the law."
Bill Harrison, DVSA enforcement delivery manager, said: “DVSA’s first priority is to protect the public from unsafe drivers and vehicles. Our frontline staff worked alongside their police and local authority colleagues, and used their powers to take some of these dangerous vehicles and drivers off of the road. The vast majority of taxis checked were safe, with properly licensed drivers, which was pleasing to see."
During the initiative, a vehicle which was not a taxi was also flagged up on Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology and found to have no road tax, no insurance, no MOT, and defects including illegal tyre tread. The driver also did not have a DVLA licence. The car was seized and the driver was reported.
18th September 2017Rural businesses funding boost Open or Close
Rural businesses are being encouraged to apply for funding to help them expand and diversify.
LEADER funding is available for businesses based in rural communities throughout Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire District Council areas. Grants of up to €200,000 are available for a maximum of 40% of the total project costs, with the minimum grant being £3,500.
The funding is currently available until March 2019 and to help businesses find out more the BNED LEADER Approach in conjunction with D2N2, are holding two events to provide businesses with advice and information on the funding and support available. Refreshments will also be provided.
The events will be held as follows:
- Tuesday 27 September 2017 from 5-7pm at Doe Lea Centre, Mansfield Road, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, S44 5PD, and
- Wednesday 28 September 2017 at Eckington Civic Centre, Market St, Eckington, Sheffield S21 4JG.
Please register for the event using Eventbrite or call 01246 217594 for more information.
14th September 2017Bolsover Model Village Heritage Open Day Success! Open or Close
New Bolsover Model Village engaged with the public in a successful Heritage Open Day on Sunday 10th September.
The Model Village opened its’ doors to the public to showcase the progress so far on the £10million Heritage Lottery Funded restoration and repair project taking place at the 194 Grade II listed properties.
The event saw hard hat tours run by main contractors Robert Woodhead Ltd, a heritage treasure trail around the village, a preview of a film documentary, ‘New Bolsover – the story so far’ and work created by local children from New Bolsover Primary School.
Also available, was a tour of The Pumpkin Patch, a community project based on the allotments adjacent to the New Bolsover Model Village, set up by Community Voluntary Partners.
One of the many highlights on the day was the parade of a banner created by locals under the watchful eye of digital textile artist, Karina Thompson who has been delivering the Banner & Banter project with the community and commissioned by Junction Arts.
The banner had been blessed a few days before the Open Day at a ceremony which took place at Bolsover Parish Church. Reverend Rachel Gouldthorpe blessed the banner after it was unveiled to locals, artists and restoration project partners who had been involved in its creation.
Artist, Emma Reynard, also commissioned by Junction Arts, showcased her large scale public realm artworks, as part of the Art on The Model project which was co-created with the input of residents from the local area. The artwork is displayed on the construction hoarding and metal window shutters to improve the outlook for residents, as well as share the unique heritage of The Model with interested visitors to the area.
Cora Glasser from Junction Arts says, ‘The event provided a great platform with which to showcase the amazing site-specific work made by local residents and pupils with our commissioned artists. The final artworks are testament to the wonderful volunteers involved and the community in which they serve.’
The event was supported by volunteers and Friends of New Bolsover who provided refreshments and a very warm welcome to all visitors and contributors.
6th September 20175 year housing land supply Open or Close
For the second year running, we have a five year supply of deliverable housing land as required by the Government..
Our planning committee approved the latest assessment at its recent meeting. This assessment identifies that just over 2,100 houses will be built in Bolsover District between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2022, a total that is greater than the amount required to be built during that period so proving we have a five year supply. Indeed, based on the assessment the total works out at just over eight years worth of supply.
As part of the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework, all planning authorities are required to identify sufficient deliverable sites to deliver the next five years of housing provision. Without this in place, our local plan policies can be treated as out-of-date and give developers a loophole for submitting applications for large scale developments outside settlement boundaries and where local communities may not want development to take place.
Planning Committee Chairman, Councillor Duncan McGregor said, “This latest five year supply assessment is important news for us and growth in Bolsover District. The Council has taken the necessary decisions to approve and stimulate growth in the right locations to ensure that we both meet the Government’s requirements but more importantly ensure our local communities feel in control of how their town or village grows.”
The five year housing supply assessment takes into account all housing sites that have gained planning permission along with those identified within the Consultation Draft Local Plan for Bolsover District.
For more information on the assessment, please click here
1st September 2017New homes signal growth for Bolsover Open or Close
Up to 212 new homes are set to be built on land off Mooracre Lane in Bolsover after the Council approved planning permission.
The proposal is for a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced 2, 3 and 4 bed properties with associated garaging, parking and infrastructure. The layout of the development will also seek to retain a large central green area and other open spaces to ensure it is in keeping with the local countryside.
To help reduce the impact on the existing junctions a central through road from Mooracre Lane to Rotherham Road will be constructed and funding for other off site road improvements agreed.
Approximately 10 hectares, the site is mostly agricultural use surrounded by hedgerows and is subject to a former outline planning permission for housing and industrial use.
The site has been allocated for residential development in the Council’s Consltation Draft Local Plan as it is deemed to be a sustainable site that could attract further growth in the area.
Council also heard that the developers had agreed to a S106 agreement that would see:
- 19 affordable houses being developed,
- £53k contribution towards a play area,
- a contribution of £513k towards the provision of edcuation places,
- a £37k contribution to bus services, and
- £93k contribution towards road network provision.
Applicants Keepmoat Homes must start the work within three-years and no developmnt can take place until the pre-commencement elements such as archaeological fieldwork have been completed on site.