For the past two years we have produced a calendar that showcases Bolsover District and all we have to offer.
Tourism attractions, wildlife, country parks, events and social gatherings have all been featured in the calendar and for 2021 we want you to be part it. In fact we are going one further this year and producing two calendars.
The first will feature the District and showcase what we have to offer from tourist attractions to trails and buildings to events.
The second will focus on images from our bygone days of town centres, people socialising in a specific place or a sporting competition.
So why not get out with your camera (when you have chance to) and snap away across Bolsover District or have a look through your old photo albums for any images that show the District from years ago.
Council Leader, Steve Fritchley said, “The first two calendars we did proved extremely popular as, as soon as they were available they had been snapped up by our residents. So we will be continuing and expanding the calendars for 2021 and want you to be part of it. Send us your snaps and we will pick the best twelve for each calendar and give you credit for them."
Following a complaint received last week about Sports Direct and the lack of enforcement by the company on social distancing guidelines at their warehouse in Shirebrook, Council Leader Steve Fritchley requested that our Environmental Health department contact them to ensure the strict regulations where being adhered to.
Since then, further reports have been circulating by the BBC and in local media outlets that when staff are leaving the warehouse they do so in large groups and are again not sticking to the social distancing guidelines.
The Council Leader has requested that an inspection of the site be undertaken immediately to ensure that all guidelines are being observed and to provide advice and assistance where appropriate to staff working at the warehouse.
Sport Direct have today (01/04/2020) issued all their agency staff with a new 4-day shift rota pattern to help protect them and reduce the amount of staff on site, which will also help aid with social distancing in the workplace. In addition, they have also:
- provided free bottles of hand sanitisers for all staff to use,
- are reviewing all areas of their business on a daily basis to ensure staff’s health and wellbeing is a priority,
- spread out car parking as an additional precaution for spreading the virus
- scheduled in a visit from our Environmental Health team on 2 April during the morning,
- scheduled an independent Health and Safety inspection for the afternoon of 2 April.
We’re also aware of reports that there have been gatherings of two or more people either on streets or in properties who again are not adhering to social distancing guidelines. This is a serious issue and one that everyone must take seriously as it could eventually affect you, your family and friends.
The Safer Neighbourhood Teams, which include the Police and our CAN Rangers are actively patrolling the District and are enforcing the guidelines as and when they come across any such incidents.
This blasé attitude of ‘it won’t affect me’ has to stop as we all have to do our bit to ensure we beat this global pandemic. This is common sense and people should only leave their home:
- To shop for basic necessities or pick up medicine
- To travel to work when you absolutely cannot work from home
- To exercise once a day, alone or with members of your household
X Do not meet others, even friends or family
So if you see or hear of any instances of this nature then please contact us immediately on 01246 242424 or the Police on 101 so the situation can be dealt with.
If you are self-isolating, vulnerable or in need of assistance we are asking you to register with our Community Support Team so we can direct resources to those in need across Bolsover District. Contact us on 01246 242424 or complete our self-isolation form.
Our new local plan, which includes proposals for just over 5,000 new homes, was adopted at a Council meeting held on Wednesday 4 March 2020.
Planning for the next 13 years the Local Plan for Bolsover District is billed as a major boost for the District in supporting, protecting and enhancing local communities and businesses and it shows where and how development will take place.
By 2033, Bolsover District will be a growing district, undergoing an economic and visual transformation. The Local Plan will also put sustainable development at the heart of our ambitions for growth and will require developers to demonstrate their sustainability credentials before planning permission is granted. It includes:
- 5,168 new homes. Almost 1,000 of which will be built close to Bolsover town centre and includes plans for a new town park, relocating and enlarging the existing infants school and creating a new community hub. And around 1,500 new homes for the Clowne Garden Village, with 20 hectares of new employment land and the expectation of approximately 2,750 jobs, a new primary school, substantial new park and multi-user trails and highway improvements.
- 92 hectares of new employment land will be established which includes the regeneration of the former Whitwell Colliery site
- support for the regeneration of the former Coalite site in a way that addresses the contamination and brings forward positive and job generating uses.
- 7,000 (approx.) jobs will be created as part of these and wider plans for the District.
- Protection for existing green spaces and measures to secure improvements to the quality of existing green spaces.
- The establishment of a number of local transport improvement schemes to improve the local highway network and put in place walking and cycling networks.
The Local Plan has been subject to several stages of public engagement during its preparation and then undergone a rigorous public examination led by an independent Inspector during 2019 before being adopted by at the meeting.
Cabinet Member for Corporate Governance, Councillor Duncan McGregor said, “This plan is about revitalising, renewing and regenerating our district.
“It means we can look ahead now with a clear plan of what development will take place and it supports our ambition to create growth in attracting new businesses, creating jobs and building new homes whilst also supporting the development of green infrastructure networks and protecting our heritage.
“It has taken many years to pull together and we are delighted that the Planning Inspector has confirmed that the new Local Plan is sound. It has not been an easy process. We have debated for many months on the need for more houses and where these should be built and we acknowledge that some residents will be disappointed with the outcome, but the Inspector has vindicated our view on the scale of the developments proposed and where.
“What we must do now is all work together as a community and make sure these plans are delivered sustainably and sensitively for the benefit of the District as a whole.”
Council Leader, Steve Fritchley has moved to reassure residents that we are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus and ensure essential services remain operational.
Councillor Fritchley said, “The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff is our top priority. We will continue to monitor Public Health England advice and work closely with them and our other partners to monitor developments and communicate the latest guidance and advice to help prevent the virus from spreading.”
In an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus and protect the public and our staff, we are planning a shut-down of non-essential services for four working days during the Easter week.
The Easter period is traditionally a time when families are off together resulting in less of a demand for council services and the partial shut-down of services will help us restrict the spread of the virus and allow us to test our business continuity plans. These dates are subject to change depending upon the national picture and information from Public Health England.
Services such as waste and recycling collections, benefit claims and payments, essential housing repairs, central control, contact centre and mobile wardens will continue to operate as normal, but other services such as leisure, planning and economic development will be suspended.
Councillor Fritchley added, “The situation is fluid and is subject to change. But I want to reassure people not to panic, that we have a plan and are putting these plans into action by doing all we can to protect people. Essential services will continue so we can make sure the vulnerable are cared for and that critical frontline services are prioritised in the event that resources become stretched as a result of the Coronavirus.”
We have also taken the additional steps of:
- cancelling all formal and non-essential meetings and events;
- continuing to work with our partners and stakeholders to mitigate the risks and ensure our business continuity arrangements are fit for purpose;
- sharing information about good hygiene practices directly with all employees;
- ensuring that our facilities are cleaned more frequently.
Regular updates will be published on our website as well as on our Bolsover TV channel and social media platforms.
Q and A
From Thursday 9 April at 5pm to Monday 20 April at 9am, the following applies but may be subject to change depending upon the national picture.
All council buildings will be closed to the public. You can still telephone us on 01246 242424 for emergency.
The following services will be operational during this period
- Waste and Recycling – fully operational
- Grounds maintenance – partially operational to deal with essential areas
- Street cleansing – partially operational to deal with health and hygiene issues such as emptying town centre bins
- Environmental Health – partially operational to deal with essential requests
- Contact Centre – partially operationally and contact can only be made via telephone on 01246 242424.
- Housing repairs – partially operational to deal with emergency repairs
- Housing/Homelessness – partially operational to deal with emergency cases
- Benefit claims and payments – partially operational to ensure any payments are made on time and any new urgent claims are dealt with.
- Mobile Wardens – full operational
- CAN Rangers – fully operational
- Business parks – fully operational
All leisure bookings will be cancelled during this period. Our leisure staff will contact all those with bookings and alternative dates will be offered.
Outreach Sports Sessions
With immediate effect the follwoing outreach sports sessions have been cancelled:
- Friday night Premier League Kicks sessions held at Castle Leisure Park from 5:30-6:30pm cancelled until further notice
- Youth of Barlborough on Wednesdays 7 – 9pm, cancelled until further notice
- Whitwell Youth Hub on Tuesdays 7 – 9pm, cancelled until further notice (venue closed)
- Whitwell Pick n Mix 50+ Social Activity Hub on Tuesdays 10am – 12noon, cancelled until at least Tuesday 7 April.(venue closed)
- Creswell family cycle rides - cancelled until further notice
Benefit claims and payments
All benefit claims and payments will continue as normal.
What are we doing?
Our Senior Management Team are meeting every 2-3 days to discuss operational requirements and national guidance to ensure our essential services are still operational and our business continuity plans are put into practice.
Who to contact
For more information, please visit:
Everyone is reminded to follow Public Health England advice to help prevent the spread of infection:
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds. Soap and water is the best way to do this.
Wash your hands:
- when you get to work or arrive at home
- after you blow your nose, sneeze or cough (make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue and then bin it)
- before you eat or handle food