24th March 2017Eckington Pool Re-Opens Open or Close
We are delighted to say that Eckington Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre will be fully open from 8am on Saturday 25 March 2017.
The refurbished facilities include an extended 50+ station gym, a new group exercise studio, soft play area, cafe and new ‘village’ change’ facilities, plus our 25m swimming pool which will incorporate public swim, inflatable fun sessions and swimming lessons. Our opening hours have also been extended to provide you with more opportunities to get fit and stay healthy. For more information on any of our activities please visit the centre and pick up a brochure or visit our website.
We will have public swim available on Saturday and Sunday this weekend and then our full pool timetable will start from Monday 27 March 2017.
If you have booked onto swimming lessons then these will also start from Monday 27 March 2017 and we will send you an email via the OnCourse system to confirm your new starting date.
Anyone who wishes to book exercise classes in our new studio can do so online, telephone 01246 217481 or face-to-face at reception, 7 days in advance of the class.
We apologise for any inconvenience the delay in opening the refurbished centre may have caused and hope that you will enjoy using the full range of facilities available to you.
15th March 2017Calling all budding rowers! Open or Close
Could you help us raise cash for our Chair’s Appeal in aid of the Weston Park Cancer Charity?
We’re holding a Rowathon on Thursday 6 April at our District Council Offices, Mill Lane, Wingerworth, and our three sports centres – Dronfield Sports Centre, Eckington Swimming Pool and Sharley Park Leisure Centre, Clay Cross - to raise cash for the charity.
Cllr Stephen Peters, Chair of North East Derbyshire District Council, said: “As my year as Chair draws to an end, it would be great to give my charity appeal one final push. I’d love to see as many people as possible sign up to the event, or sponsor someone they know to take part.”
Council staff will also be taking part in the challenge, which will run for a mammoth 12 hours (9am-9pm) at our leisure centres and during normal business hours (9am-5pm) at Mill Lane.
But don’t worry, you don’t have to row all day (unless you want to of course!). Just pick a time you’re comfortable with, get sponsored and start rowing! We’ve set a target to row 100 miles across all four sites.
To book your slot (15 minutes, 30 minutes or longer) contact the duty manager at your chosen leisure centre: Chris Mills, Dronfield – 01246 217217, Malcolm Reed, Sharley Park – 01246 217277 or Geoff Warburton, Eckington – 01246 217481.
Or Kelly Massey, Health and Wellbeing Development Officer, on 01246 217219, if you are interested in a Mill Lane slot.
Sponsorship forms will be sent out to you once you register to take part.
21st February 2017Stonebroom man accused of stalking Open or Close
A 22-year old man from Stonebroom who has been accused of stalking and making threats to life has received an interim injunction.
For the past 4-years, Corey Bryan of Shelley Grove, Stonebroom has engaged in stalking behaviour where he hacked into the victims email and Facebook account, changed passwords and made defamatory comments about the victim and their family.
He also hacked into the Facebook accounts of the victims friends, persistently called the victims landline (upwards of 200 times in a 2 hour period), followed them on occasions and indicated what they were doing and where they where, to unnerve them.
Our Community Safety Parrnership had been working closely with the Police on this issue and Bryan was arrested and cautioned in December 2016. A warning letter was issued to his parents, but despite this he carried on indirectly getting into the victims Facebook account.
On 8 February an interim injunction was issued that stated Bryan was :
- Not to use threatening, abusive or intimidating language or conduct that is likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress to the victim, and
- Not to contact the victim (including but not limited to electronic devises) either directly or indirectly.
The Judge also granted a power of arrest to be attached to this injunction due to the severity of the case and the suffering that the victim had gone through.
This is due for review by the courts in April 2017. Bryan’s parents were also served with a NOP (Notice to seek possession) due to the fact he resides there and they cannot control his behaviour.
Date issued: 21 February 2017
21st February 2017Residents urged to have their say on draft Local Plan Open or Close
Local residents and businesses from across North East Derbyshire District are being invited to have their say on our emerging Local Plan and how they want to see the area grow and develop up until 2033.
Councillors have agreed the general contents of the Consultative Draft Local Plan and supported the proposal to undertake a six-week consultation period in relation to it, which starts on Friday 24 February until Friday 7 April 2017.
The Plan sets out the overarching vision and objectives that will guide the development of the District together with our Spatial Strategy for where development should go. The strategy emphasises the importance of sustainable development, and balancing social, economic and environmental implications.
The draft document contains proposed allocations for large housing and employment sites. It also includes policies on a broad range of topics designed to deliver the growth the District needs whilst protecting the historic and environmental assets people value.
The key matters/options have been developed based on current guidance, the evidence we have collected and what people told us during previous consultation.
Cabinet Member with responsibility for the environment, Councillor Michael Gordon said, “A lot of hard work has gone into producing this document which must be in line with Government requirements and at the same time meet the needs of local people.
“We have a duty to ensure that enough land is identified to support growth and meet the development needs of the District in a sustainable way. The Local Plan will essentially be the blueprint for what development will take place across our District in the next fifteen years, so it is important that people come along, talk to us and have their say.
“The Local Plan Strategy sets out an ambitious, but deliverable plan to help develop a strong economic base whilst at the same time enhancing the District as a place to live, work and play.
“The plan is to create towns where people can walk or cycle to work, shop locally, where they offer a better balance between employment and housing and offer a more sustainable future for our local residents.”The draft Local Plan contains four strategic sites which are seen as areas that will deliver significant and substantial growth during the plan period.
- The Avenue
- Former Biwaters
- Markham Vale
- Land to south of Markham Vale, off Chesterfield Road, Duckmanton
We will also be writing to all those individuals and organisations who have previously expressed an interest in the Plan to notify them of this next stage of Local Plan consultation.
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 Plan. The dates, times and locations of these are:
- Friday 10 March 2017 - Clay Cross Social Centre, Main Hall from 4-7pm
- Monday 13 March 2017 - North Wingfield Community Resource Centre. From 4-7pm
- Tuesday 14 March 2017 - Dronfield Civic Centre, Main Hall from 4-7pm
- Monday 20 March 2017 - Killamarsh Sport Centre, Parish Function Suite from 4.30-7.30pm
- Wednesday 22 March 2017 - North East Derbyshire District Council Offices, Council Chamber from 3-7pm
- Thursday 23 March 2017 - Eckington Civic Centre, Main Hall from 4-7pm
- Friday 31st March – Shirland Village Hall from 4-7pm
Comments can be made during the consultation period and can be made online at www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk or on representation forms or in writing and by email. However, they must be returned to by 5pm on Friday 7 April 2017.
We will consider all representations received. This will feed into the next version of the Local Plan, which will set out proposals in their final form before they are submitted for Examination by an Independent Inspector. Consultation on this document is expected to take place in the autumn of 2017.
Copies of the consultation document, together with representation forms will be available from 24 February 2017 on our website, our main offices at Mill Lane and libraries across the District.
Date issued: 21 February 2017
17th February 2017Mortgage Scheme Launched Open or Close
We are working with Bolsover District Council to introduce a Local Authority Mortgage Scheme aimed at helping first-time buyers onto the housing ladder.
As part of the scheme we propose to help people who can afford mortgage repayments, but not a large deposit, to secure a house by providing an indemnity for up to 20% of the total value of the mortgage with the lender.
Our indemnity would only be called upon if the borrower failed to make the repayments or breached the terms of the mortgage and the property was sold at a loss.
The scheme has been launched and will allow first-time buyers to get a 95% mortgage on similar terms as a 75% mortgage but without the large deposit normally required.
A joint statement from Councillor John Ritchie (Cabinet Member for Housing at BDC) and Councillor Bette Hill (Cabinet member for Housing Strategy at NEDDC) , said: “This is a great scheme which helps first time buyers in Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire District get on the property ladder and, at the same time, contribute to the local economy. We are delighted to join forces with one of our local lenders to launch this scheme.”
“If you’re looking to establish your first home then this may be something that will help you do just that, with aspiring home owners able to access up to 95% loans. I would encourage anyone interested to visit their local Leek United Building Society branch and ask about LAMS mortgages.”
Clare Beardmore at Leek United, said: “LAMS has made the opportunity for first-time buyers to get onto the property ladder so much more realistic. We are delighted to be extending the scheme into Derbyshire in a partnership with Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire Councils, to assist homebuyers in our ‘heartland’.”
Under LAMS, almost 70 local authorities have now worked with mortgage lenders and supported 3,900 families and individuals to buy their first home during a time when it was virtually impossible to otherwise obtain a mortgage with a relatively small deposit.
Capita Asset Services works closely with local authorities and supports them in launching their scheme.
Hayley Sullivan, Associate Director at Capita Asset Services, said: “This scheme has been operating successfully in many parts of the UK for over five years and is still helping first time buyers to buy their first home with a lower deposit than usually needed. This innovative scheme has already helped over 3900 people or couples to buy their first home, is stimulating the local housing market and benefitting the wider economy.”
Only first-time buyers with a minimum five per cent deposit who can meet the repayments on a 95 per cent mortgage will be eligible for the council scheme. The potential buyer will also need to meet the normal criteria of the mortgage lender.
To find out more about LAMS, customers can call into their local Leek United branch or call the Society at the Head Office on 01538 380047 or at the Derby Branch on 01332 344708 or visit the website.
Date issued: 17 February 2017
Notes to Editors:
These products are offered in Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire areas are designed to assist first time buyers to purchase their home with as little as 5% deposit.
Applicants (or at least one of the applicants) must be first time buyers with a deposit of at least 5%. The applicant must purchase property within the postcode region of North East Derbyshire or Bolsover District Councils. There is a maximum loan size of £175,000 in North East Derbyshire District Council area and £150,000 in Bolsover District Council area.
16th February 2017Candidates and Agents Briefing Sessions for Derbyshire County Council Elections Open or Close
Dan Swaine, Deputy Returning Officer will be holding briefing sessions for potential Candidates and Elections Agents for the Derbyshire County Council Elections which are being held on Thursday 4 May 2017.
The sessions are open to both potential Candidates and Elections Agents covering the district areas of Bolsover and North East Derbyshire.
The briefing sessions will provide valuable information about the election process including the timetable, how to submit nominations, election agents, absent voting, polling day, the verification and count, election literature, election expenses and any other details.
The briefing sessions will take place on the following dates/times:
Saturday 18 March 2017 commencing at 10:00am at Bolsover District Council, The Arc, High Street, Clowne, Chesterfield, S43 4JY
Monday 20 March 2017 commencing at 6:00pm at North East Derbyshire District Council, District Council Offices, 2013 Mill Lane, Wingerworth, Chesterfield, S42 6NG
* Thursday 23 March 2017 this is now cancelled *
For more details or to confirm your attendance on one of the above dates, please contact Donna Hopkinson – Elections Manager on 01246 217058 or by email:
15th February 2017Get social with us Open or Close
We have launched a brand new Facebook page meaning you can keep up to date with what we are doing in even more ways!
The page will give an overview of our latest news, together with events and campaigns we are running and project updates that we are involved in. It will also feature photographs and videos from recent events and give you the opportunity to comment on our services.
The Facebook page is in addition to our existing Twitter, Instagram and Flickr sites that have been running for a while.
Cabinet Member for Information Technology, Councillor Jane Austen said, “Social networking shows no sign of slowing down.
“We have been looking at areas were we needed to broaden our communications and Facebook is one that is widely used - so it was a no-brainer for us. We can communicate with our customers more quickly and easier and will prove more appealing to people to interact with us, especially those who traditionally don’t tend to read newspapers or listen to local radio.”
14th February 2017Eckington Swimming Pool closes for refurbishment Open or Close
Eckington Swimming Pool will completely close for a month from 9pm on Friday 17 February 2017, as North East Derbyshire District Council continue with their £1.3million transformation programme.
Work to make the centre one of the best in the area, started in October. However, it will now be necessary to close the building completely as the contractors continue with the works. These will include the removal of the small pool, to allow for the refurbishment and extension of the gym from 30 to 50 stations and the provision of a new studio/multi use area.This extension will help the facility accommodate the ever-growing demand for health and fitness activities, meaning for the first time exercise classes will be held at the centre.
New and refurbished equipment will also be available in the gym, giving the users a better experience and more control over their workouts. The reception area will also be given a complete new look that will include a brand new cafe with poolside viewing area and a child focused soft play area. Finally, the changing facilities will be refurbished and turned into ‘universal changing rooms’ that will make them much more family friendly.
Following the modernisation works - which will be completed by mid-March - a new pool timetable will be introduced, meaning the facility will be open for general swimming throughout the week.
Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council, Cllr Graham Baxter MBE, said: “Health and wellbeing is hugely important and this modernised facility will give residents and visitors a much better space and new opportunities to be more active.
“Whilst other authorities are closing leisure centres or outsourcing them, we are bucking this trend and investing heavily in ours to make them sustainable and fit for the 21st century.”
Whilst the refurbishment works take place, casual users and those with membership passes, are welcome to use our two other centres – Dronfield Sports Centre or Sharley Park Leisure Centre, Clay Cross - or have their memberships frozen until the refurbishment is complete, if they get in touch with Eckington Swimming Pool before 20 February 2017.
Users are also asked to keep a look out on our website www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk and social media for updates or contact Eckington Swimming Pool direct on (01246) 217481.
Date issued: 14 February 2017
13th February 2017The Big Assembly attempts world record for largest online careers advice seminar Open or Close
Schools, young people, parents, careers advisors and employers from across the nation are invited at 08.45, on 7 March 2017 to take part in ‘The Big Assembly’ a live video stream to thousands across the UK wanting to find out more about apprenticeships and career options post 16.
The East and West Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, Workpays and GetMyFirstJob have created this ground-breaking event, with sponsorship from The National Apprenticeship Service and D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.
Employers including East Midlands Chamber, Boots, Toyota, Highways England, Nottingham City Homes, The BBC, Derry Building Services, Derby Homes, Busy Bees, Young Professionals, Nottingham City Homes, EMH Homes, Futures Housing Group, Nottingham City Council and Uniper have offered sponsorship and a selection of career based prizes for young people which will be awarded during the presentation including shadowing a CEO, being involved in a Boots product launch and much more.
Aiming to get over 5,000 log-ins and setting a new Guinness World Records title in the process, it promises to be an exciting and memorable event.
Introduced by Robert Halfon, the Minister for Apprenticeships, and combining commissioned films by and with apprentices plus live Q&A from expert advisors, the webinar will be focused on career options including apprenticeships.
To get involved pre-register to log on to the 30 minute online careers presentation at www.bigassembly.org.
Date issued: 8 February 2017
2nd February 2017Council recognised for excellent customer service Open or Close
Council recognised for excellent customer service
We are providing excellent customer service – and that’s official!
Our Contact Centre service has been awarded ‘Customer Service Excellence’ which is a government standard for service quality. The service which is based at our headquarters at Mill Lane, Wingerworth has been working towards gaining the standard over the last year.
The assessment is carried out by an external assessor who looks at the quality of the service provision provided, along with the culture of the organisation and the levels of customer satisfaction.
The service was also judged on its accessibility via the phone, internet and email, along with the quality of information provided to customers on the website. The assessment is quite rigorous with 57 different indicators being judged. The Assessor was particularly impressed with the quality of service across a range of different Council services and the high percentage of calls dealt with at first contact.
Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter, MBE said, “We are delighted to have gained this award. All our staff are dedicated and enthusiastic and this has been one of the major factors in our success.
“We know from our satisfaction surveys that we provide a good level of customer service at the Council but our Contact Centre has been working towards achieving the Customer Service Excellence standard to confirm this.
“Achieving the standard was one of our key priorities as part of our Corporate Plan. We pride ourselves on supporting the communities we serve and we will continue to improve our customer contact and make sure customers have access to good quality information."
Date issued: 2 February 2017
30th January 2017Refurbished Dronfield Sports Centre Gym Opens Open or Close
Get fit and keep active at refurbished Dronfield Sports Centre
Local communities and residents in North East Derbyshire can now benefit from £385,000 worth of improvements to Dronfield Sports Centre.
We invested the money to expand the extensive range of health and fitness activities offered to help meet the increasing demand for this type of activity.
The fitness suite has been completely refurbished with a new mezzanine floor installed above the previous fitness suite. This has allowed the number of stations to be increased from 58 to 75+.
Users of the facility will also have better access to one-to-one advice and tailored fitness programmes and with the majority of the equipment being replaced to give a better all round experience, there is nowhere in the region better to get fit and keep active.
We have also created a brand new studio/multi use space so more health and fitness classes can be provided such as aerobics, dance and interactive classes.
Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “We recognised the demand for health and fitness activities so we took the decision to invest now so we can meet and expand upon our customer’s needs.
“The new facility looks great and is one of the best in the area, so we hope people will enjoy using the latest equipment and modern facilities, all at excellent value for money prices.”
A new modernised fully air conditioned meeting room is also available for hire. Please contact the sports centre on 01246 217580 to book this.
Date issued: 30 January 2017
27th January 2017Coalite redevelopment progressing well Open or Close
Coalite redevelopment progressing well
Work on a multi-million pound regeneration project to transform the former Coalite site into a thriving business and residential area is progressing well.
The clean-up has been made possible due to grant funding of £2m from Derbyshire County Council and £5.8 m from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.
Work started on the site – which has lain derelict since 2004 – in November last year and has seen all the buildings, tanks and pipelines demolished. The below ground works have also started which involves excavating the soils and waste and then sorting and separating it so local bugs living in the soil are encouraged to naturally break down the pollutants.
The Environment Agency, Bolsover Land Ltd and the Council’s want to reassure local residents that all the work is being carried out under strict regulation and environmental permits to minimise, mitigate and manage any risks and ensure appropriate contingency measures are in place on site, after strong odours have been detected over the past couple of weeks.
Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “At last we are being able to improve this site you can see the changes on site every day as you drive past and it is remarkable to see what has been achieved in such a short period of time. However regenerating sites such as this mean that odours will be released into the atmosphere. These will be stronger at the start of the project as the ground is disturbed but should improve as work progresses.
“But we want to reassure our communities that we’re working with the Environment Agency and Bolsover Land Ltd to minimise these smells and have controls in place and are regularly monitoring the situation.”
The type of chemicals found on the site are extremely odorous which means that they can be detected in the air at extremely low concentrations. This means that even when they do not cause a risk to health, the odour from the chemicals still needs to be managed effectively as part of the redevelopment works. As part of this process, an odour assessment and an odour management plan were produced by the site operator prior to the works being started and the detection of an odour does not automatically indicate that there is a risk to the wider public via airborne contamination.
North East Derbyshire District Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “The remediation of the former Coalite site offers a tremendous opportunity to address this outstanding legacy of the District’s coal mining heritage and bring forward an exciting new development opportunity that will lead to hundreds of new jobs and houses in the local area.”
Once redeveloped the site will form a mix of business (potential to create up to 1,500 jobs) and residential (planning permission for up to 660 properties) with including a Local Centre, an area safeguarded for a school, a Neighbourhood Equipped Areas of Play (NEAP), a Local Equipped Area of Play (LEAP), a Riverside Park, a Local Habitat Area, Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems, footpaths, walkways, cycle paths and landscaping.
Nigel Lax, Development Director for Bolsover Land Limited said, “After four years of planning and working closely with the councils, D2N2 LEP and the Environment Agency, the works to clean up the site marks a key milestone to create hundreds of new jobs and homes.
“To ensure everyone is kept informed we’ve established a community liaison group of local residents, councillors and the Environment Agency. We have also set up a new website and newsletters are being distributed to over 12,000 properties in the local area.
“We’re sorry that there have been reports of increased odour levels and we are currently deploying odour suppressing techniques to reduce odour levels. We will also continue to monitor things closely with the Environment Agency to ensure there is no risk to the public. We are anticipating the odour levels will begin to decrease as we progress with the site’s clean-up.”
The site operator DSM Demolition Ltd has set up a 24/7 telephone number (07774 941 087) for the public to report any incidents or complaints about the site or the remediation works.
The Environment Agency have a 24 hour incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60 which residents can also call.
Date issued: 27 January 2017
23rd January 2017Holocaust Memorial Day 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 27th January. The date marks the liberation of the largest Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.
Every year a different theme is chosen. This year’s theme is "How can life go on? The focus is on the trauma suffered by those affected by genocide, the coming to terms of the past and moving forward. A full copy of the theme can be found here
For more information visit the Holocaust Memorial Day trust website here.
13th January 2017Raising awareness of online scams from non-existent charities Open or Close
We are teaming up with the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) to raise awareness of a scam which sees people being conned out of money for non-existent charities.
Fraudsters are believed to be using social media sites to encourage users to donate money to help to support animal welfare charities overseas that do not exist.
The NFIB has discovered that the criminal groups are often based in Spain or Cyprus and are using social media to target donors from the UK.
The money is then laundered from the UK to overseas and rather than be used to tackle animal cruelty it is simply used to support a criminal lifestyle in the sun. They will canvass for contributions through their existing social networks which will expand over time, attracting more donors.
Sometimes the article or post on social media may indicate the payments are for charitable organisation or a “worthy cause”. Sadly not in all instances are these genuine, and if any doubt please undertake your own due diligence.
Other signs to look for include:
- Genuine charities are registered with the Charity Commission and print their registration details on all documentation, collection bags, envelopes, electronic communications etc. Check these details exist and also contact the Charity Commission to confirm they are authentic. You can call them on their helpline 0845 300 0218 or by visiting charity-commission.gov.uk, where they have an online charity register.
- If the collection is for a charity you know is genuine, check the collection is authorised by asking the charity directly, using contact details from the phone book or a website that you know is genuine.
- Watch out for poor grammar and spelling in emails and other documents, including collection envelopes.
- Send your donation to the charity directly. This may mean going to a little more trouble, but at least you can be sure your donation will get to where it’s intended.
- If you have any concerns you can also gain further information from the government website - https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission/about
- If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk
If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk
For more advice around fraud, visit the dedicated Stamp out Fraud webpage at www.derbyshire.police.uk/stampoutfraud
Date issued: 13 January 2017
12th January 2017Coalite Remediation Works Update Open or Close
Work to decontaminate the former Coalite site is now well underway with good progress being made with most of the site now cleared of all buildings. Work commenced in November 2016 to prepare the site for the remediation works and to demolish the remaining structures. During this time, contractor has also been in the process of submitting information to obtain their environmental permit from the Environment Agency to allow them to commence the full remediation works. We have been involved in this consultation process in conjunction with Public Health England to ensure that all appropriate controls are put in place for this unique site.
21st December 2016Council disappointed with Secretary of State decision Open or Close
A decision by the Secretary of State to over-rule a Planning Inspectors decision has been met with disappointment from the Council.
An application for outline planning permission for the erection of 26 dwellings and garages (including 10 affordable units) on Narrowleys Lane in Ashover was rejected by our Planning Committee in December 2015.
A subsequent appeal was lodged by the applicant (Marsh Green Estates), whch was heard by the Planning Inpector on 24, 25 and 26 May and 9 June 2016 who recommended that the appeal be dismissed
But, on 12 July 2016, this appeal was recovered for the Secretary of State's own determination because it involves a proposal for residential development of over 25 units in an area where a a neighbourhood plan has been submitted to the local authority.
The Secretary of State formally overturned the decision and has now given permission for the development - which will be served from a single access onto Moor Road, and incorporate areas of public open space/play areas and the provision of pedestrian paths - to go ahead.
Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “We are very disappointed by this news and are currently reviewing the decision. We have a Planning Committee that has councillors serving on it who have been elected to represent their communities’ views.
“We listened to these views and based our decision on the facts, the information in front of us and our good local knowledge of the area, only for our decision to be overturned by the Secretary of State. As I said we are very disappointed in this decision.”
The decision may be challenged by making an application to the High Court to bring a statutory review under section 288 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.within six-weeks from 20 December 2016.
20th December 2016Who's Taking You Home Tonight? Open or Close
Would you like to get some free advertising over the festive period?
If so, you can be part of the campaign which is being implemented jointly by your local Council, the Police and the Community Safety Partnership ecouraging people to plan their journey home.
The aim of the campaign is to encourage those people going for a night out drinking to get home safely by planning how they will get home beforehand by pre-booking a licensed taxi or by putting the telephone number of one or two licensed operators in their phone or by copying the website that will be advertised on Peak FM into their phones.
Peak FM will promote the phone numbers of licensed taxis in their area via a radio campaign. The radio and Facebook boosts went live on the 5th December.
You can take part by attaching a magnetic sign to your licensed vehicle/s promoting the campaign.
The signs are available from your Licensing team at the Council Offices, 2013 Mill Lane, Wingerworth, Chesterfield, S42 6NG. The signs are round and measure 43cms across – they are quite flexible and will bend to fit vehicles.
Please call in or ring the Licensing team on 01246 217873 to reserve your signs. Supplies are limited and are being issued on a “first come, first served” basis.
5th December 2016Local business mentoring scheme Open or Close
Businesses from across north east Derbyshire can get the help and advice they need to grow their business through a new mentoring service.
We are helping the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub promote their smart matching service where clients (businesses/entrepreneurs) are matched with mentors with the right industry background and skills to support their needs.
Mentors are experienced volunteer business professionals, either running their own business or are key business figures, from a wide range of sectors and environments offering tailored 1:1 mentoring support.
Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration, Councillor Pat Kerry said, “Over recent years, business mentoring has become a recognised, valuable tool to help business owners become more successful, profitable and sustainable.
“So we want to help aid this process across our district and support upcoming businesses and entrepreneurs to get the right help and advice they might need to get started.”
If you are interested in becoming a mentor or wish to access a mentor and would like more information, please contact our Economic Growth team on 01246 217205/217204.
22nd November 2016Council Ward Boundaries Consultation Open or Close
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Bolsover District Council and North East Derbyshire District Council.
The consultation is the first stage of electoral reviews which will re-draw ward boundaries across both districts.
The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that each council should retain its current number of councillors. For Bolsover, that means 37 councillors should be elected to the council in future. And for North East Derbyshire, 53 councillors will continue to represent the area.
The Commission now needs information from local people and groups to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate councillors across both districts.
In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across the districts.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for North East Derbyshire and Bolsover District Councils. As we develop the recommendations for each council, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.
“If you have a view about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward, then we want to hear from you. And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary between communities in your area, then this consultation is for you. Alternatively, if you’re simply interested in the way your council is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say.
“Your views will make a difference.
“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of your district or just a small part of it.
“Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations for both councils in April 2017.”
Local people have until 30 January 2017 to submit their views. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found on the Local Government Boundary Commission for England website.
(Issued by Local Government Boundary Commission for England)
15th November 2016HS2 (High Speed Two), Phase 2b route announcement and consultations Open or Close
The Government has today (15th November 2016) announced its decision over the HS2 route from Crewe to Manchester and from the West Midlands to Leeds, (known as Phase 2b).
Full details of the route announcement and further consultations can be found on the website www.gov.uk/hs2.
14th November 2016North East Derbyshire’s Emerson retains title at 2016 Derby Telegraph Sports Awards Open or Close
Athlete Niamh Emerson was the toast of North East Derbyshire for the second year running as she retained her title of Young Sportswoman of the Year at last night’s (November 10) 2016 Derby Telegraph Sports Awards, held in Association with Derbyshire Sport and Champions UK.
The 17-year-old heptathlete was among the headline winners at the prestigious ceremony, staged at the Roundhouse in Derby, which brought together the leading contenders from across the county in elite and grass roots sport.
Amber Valley and Erewash AC member Niamh saw off stiff competition in her category from Chesterfield sprint hurdler Alicia Barrett, a finalist at the World Junior Championships, and Ashbourne’s Isobel Brown, a skiing competitor for Great Britain at the Youth Winter Olympics and World Junior Championships.
The Shirland teenager, who is on the Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS) programme, has put in some stellar performances to beat the British age group record twice in 2016, win a European Junior Championships heptathlon bronze medal and a Commonwealth Youth Games gold medal in high jump.
It has led many to compare her to outstanding past and present British heptathletes including Jessica Ennis-Hill, Katerina Johnson-Thompson and Denise Lewis.
“It’s really good to get the recognition for a second time and win what is a very prestigious award,” said Niamh. “This last year has been my best yet and I feel like I am getting better year on year. “I didn’t really expect to do as well as I did and get so many points, so that just made it even better. I’ll just keep training hard now to hopefully keep improving. “My top target is to qualify for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia in 2018. Qualifying is next year, which makes it a bit tougher, but I’ll give it my best shot.”
There was more cause for celebration in the Manager/Coach of the Year category where North East Derbyshire’s Alan Cooke was named as a runner-up to Mel Marshall, coach of Olympic gold medallist Adam Peaty. The former international table tennis player, from Lower Pilsley, has been coaching Chesterfield’s Liam Pitchford, who competed for Great Britain at this summer’s Olympics in the singles and team events.
The evening was hosted by television presenter and sports reporter Gary Newbon and weather presenter Emma Jesson and saw around 300 guests in attendance, with money raised for Rainbows Children's Hospice.
Full list of winners tabled:
Category Winner Runners Up Sportsman Adam Peaty Lewis White, Liam Pitchford Sportswoman Hollie Webb Caroline Povey, Sophie Baggaley Disabled Lewis White Phil Hogg, Ryan Taylor, Ryan Cowling Team Derbyshire’s Women Cricket Team Derbyshire Disabled Cricket Team, Swadlincote Swifts Coach Mel Marshall Alan Cooke, Gareth Pilkington Volunteer Matthew Dalley Helen Watts, Tracy Parker Community Long Eaton Parkrun Neville Hardy, Steve Summer Club PEAKSUP Darkstar, Glossop North End Service to Sport Lesley Sturgess Tim Sadler, Mark Hallows Junior Team M1 Racing Academy Denby Cricket Club U13s, Buxton Athletic Fell Runners Young Sportsman David Hong Cameron Orr, Gareth Griffiths Young Sportswomen Niamh Emerson Alicia Barrett, Isobel Brown Junior Sportsperson Ella Rush Charlie Ward, George Cooper, Archie Qualtrough
Pictured Niamh Emerson, Alicia Barrett and Isobel Brown, from left.
7th November 2016Coalite regeneration work starts Open or Close
We are delighted to say that work to clean-up of the former Coalite works site will start on Tuesday 8 November 2016.
Grant funding has been secured from Derbyshire County Council and D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership to the tune of £7.8m to help with the clean-up and this success would not have been possible without the hard work and support of all parties, particularly the elected members and officers of Bolsover and North East Derbyshire District Council's and Derbyshire County Council.
Bolsover Land Ltd, a joint venture between Marcol and St Francis Group, acquired the site in 2012 and the beginning of the remediation works marks a key milestone for the project and is a fantastic boost for the local community and wider area. Since the site was closed by the previous owners it has been a long road to get to this point.
The funding will help kick-start the regeneration of the site and it is felt that this will become a benchmark for how the public and private sector can work together to transform a large and challenging industrial site to create hundreds of new homes and jobs.
Close working between the councils and the Environment Agency will take place during the remediation process and in the next seven weeks works will include Asbestos removal, emptying, cleaning and purging of tanks and pipelines and demolition of above ground structures and tanks.
A community engagement plan will be produced which will include, regular community newsletters, updating the website and re-establishing the Community Liaison Group.
Market interest in the site remains strong, despite general economic uncertainty post Brexit and we very much look forward to updating you further throughout the remediation process and as and when firm interest in both operator and housebuilder interest is available.
Presentation - Former Coalite works
If you are having difficulty viewing the presentation, you can view it here.
7th November 2016BT payphone kiosk consultation Open or Close
BT are currently consulting on the proposed removal of a number of payphone kiosks across the District.
These payphones have been selected by BT because they have had no or very little use over the last 12-months. As part of the consultation notices have been placed on the kiosks affected by the proposals. The consultation ends on 16 December 2016.
7th November 2016Anglers Charity Donation Open or Close
A local cancer charity has benefitted from the goodwill of a group of anglers as they donated £350 from their charity angling matches.
The money has been donated to North East Derbyshire District Council’s Chairmans charity – Weston Park Cancer Charity – from Clay Cross Angling Association in conjuction with Marshalls Electrical.
They have been holding charity matches for the past 20 years and have always donated money to the Council Chair’s Appeal.
They held seven angling matches throughout 2016 at Wingerworth Lido and the Wallpond and this years winner was Martyn Jacques, based on an aggregate score of the matches.
Council Chair, Councillor Stephen Peters said, “The angling association have been very supportive of our charities over the years and I was delighted and thrilled to receive the £350 donation. The generosity of local community organisations such as this is essential in making sure we can continue to raise money in our fight against cancer.”
The money raised by the Council Chair for Weston Park Cancer Charity will fund various projects to enable the continued improvement of Weston Park Hospital, which is one of only a handful of specialist cancer hospitals in England and treats patients from all over South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire.
Picture Caption: Pictured is (left to right) Frank Bradley, Match Secretary, Steve Mellor, Cllr Stephen Peters Chair of Council, Mick Bluff of Marshalls Electrical and Martyn Jacques, overall winner.
4th November 2016Chair's Charity Auction Open or Close
Dozens of exciting lots will once again be going under the hammer, at our Chair’s annual charity auction.The auction takes place at our District Council Offices, Mill Lane, Wingerworth, on Monday 12 December, starting at 1pm in the Council Chamber. Money raised from the event will go to our Chair’s charity appeal in aid of the Weston Park Cancer Charity.Council Chair, Cllr Stephen Peters, said: “There are some great lots going under the hammer, so I’d encourage everyone to come along on the day and have some fun.“
Current lots are detailed here please keep checking the website for updates.
27th October 2016Winter Suspension For Green Bins Open or Close
Residents across North East Derbyshire District are being reminded that their green bin collections will be suspended during the winter months.
Green bin collections will stop from end of November 2016 and resume in March 2017. Suspension dates will differ dependent on where you live in the District, so please refer to bin calendars that will be delivered to your property during November 2016. The service is being suspended as demand from householders significantly falls over the winter period when people are less active in their garden.
There will be no change to the black and burgundy bin collections, but to help households with the extra waste generated over the festive period there will be extra black bin collections during this period.
On average around 10,000 tonnes of garden waste is collected at the kerbside each year, but past trends show that there is very little grass cutting, weeding or hedge trimming takes place in winter.
If residents do have jobs to do around the garden during the winter, this can be stored along with uncooked vegetable peelings in the green bin to be collected in the spring, or taken to their nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre. Residents are also reminded they can put their cooked food leftovers in their black bins during the green bin suspension period.
Staff who normally undertake green bin collections will be used in other areas such as street cleansing and grounds maintenance to enhance those services.
Waste and recycling collection calendars will also be delivered to households across the area during November informing residents of the collection arrangements for Christmas 2016 and throughout 2017.
The green bin collections will resume week in March 2017 and for more information on waste and recycling collections please refer to the calendars delivered to your household in November.
12th October 2016New academy has designs on urban communities Open or Close
Over 60 organisations and businesses gathered to attend the launch event, Urban Design- Its Not Just For Cities, Making Small Towns Great Places, of the Urban Design Academy (UDA) at North East Derbyshire District Council’s offices on Friday 30th September.
Delegates from across the public and private sector were treated to presentations from some of the key players in this field including Matthew Carmona ,Professor of Planning and Urban Design ,The Bartlett School of Planning, Kevin McGeough Head of Strategy and Placemaking, Ebbsfleet and David Rudlin Director of URBED( Urbanism Envrionment Design).
Topics discussed included landscape, community engament , community wellbeing and sustainable regeneration and how to make great places in areas of lower value.
Event chair Robert Huxford from the Urban Design Group said “This new Community Interest Company is a great innovation and will not only be a champion for good urban design but also provide a vehicle for sharing best practice, learning and training.”
Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Michael Gordon and UDA Board Chair said, “We set up the Urban Design Academy in 2010 but felt it would be better suited as a social enterprise, this allows the orgnaisation to operate across the UK , but any income generated is ploughed back into Derbyshire to benefit the local communities.
“The conference speakers were first class and gave a very interesting insight into how good urban design can positively affect peoples lives. It is up to local authorities, planning consultants, housebuilders and developers to make sure we put these ideas into practice for the benefit of our local communities.”
The UDA has four main aims:
- Understanding – the need that design quality is essential in creating sustainable palces
- Influencing – the public and provate sector to ue mechanisms to influence design standards
- Delvering – more great places and buildings are developed for everyone
- Striving – to translate latest academic research findings into practice to keep pushing the boundaries and always streaming for the latest academic advice available.
28th September 2016ICON athletes out to emulate Rio medallists Peaty and White Open or Close
Some of North East Derbyshire’s most talented sports stars have been handed leisure passes as part of the ICON programme that boasts summer Olympic and Paralympic medallists Adam Peaty and Lewis White as past and present recipients.
A total of 16 athletes have received the backing, which will allow them to improve their strength and conditioning in their chosen sport.
They were notified of that support as part of the North East Derbyshire District Sports Awards last night (September 26), held at the North East Derbyshire District Council offices in Wingerworth.
Several of the athletes will also be given a financial bursary package to assist with their training, equipment and travel costs, although the ICON panel has yet to meet to consider those individual applications.
All who have applied are tipped for further success in their respective sports and have either been selected to compete for Great Britain or a home nation, have won a national championship medal, are part of a recognised national development squad or club academy structure or are a member of the Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS).
Those who will receive leisure passes include athletes Caitlin Emerson (Shirland), Niamh Emerson (Shirland), Gabriel Gisborne (Dronfield), Tilly Simpson (Eckington) and Calli Thackery (Killamarsh) and swimmers Amy Bell (Killamarsh), Imogen Clark (Morton), Joshua Pemberton (Clay Cross) and Jessie Westnidge (Marsh Lane).
Also supported are cyclist William Gascoyne (Wingerworth) and Adam Morewood (Dronfield Woodhouse), boxer Jade Ashmore (Heath), fencer Matthew Cooper (Dronfield Woodhouse), cricketer Bess Heath (Holymoorside), skier Millie Wilkinson (Dronfield Woodhouse) and footballer Billy-Lee Dixon (Dronfield).
Cllr Graham Baxter, North East Derbyshire District Council’s Leader and Portfolio Holder for Leisure met athletes to hand over their leisure passes. He said, “Our talented athletes have to give up so much, make huge sacrifices and, in many cases, travel great distances to compete. Any help that North East Derbyshire District Council can give them to make their task that little but easier is no more than they deserve.”
We are among 10 local authorities across the county who are members of ICON, which was set up by Derbyshire Sport as part of the work to create a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympics in Derbyshire.
Since then, the programme has supported 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Caroline Povey (shooting), 2015 European Games gold medallist Abbie Wood (swimming) and 2016 Olympians Liam Pitchford (table tennis) and Molly Renshaw (swimming) in addition to swimming stars Peaty and White.
28th September 2016Sporting heroes honoured by council Open or Close
The top sportspeople from across North East Derbyshire District have been honoured for their talent and commitment at our annual Sports Awards ceremony.
Eight awards were presented to athletes, coaches and teams that recognised and celebrated their sporting successes and achievements in sport at all levels across North East Derbyshire.
The winners ranged from a UCI World Champion (Adam Morewood) and an English Boxing Champion (Jade Ashmore) to a Team GB table tennis coach (Alan Cooke) and a coach who dedicates his life to swimming (Chris Jones).
North East Derbyshire District Council’s Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “I have stood here for over 10 years now, watching talented athletes grow up, mature and become leading sports men and women in their field – and I’m still amazed at the amount, and quality of talent that we have here in North East Derbyshire.
“I would like to not only congratulate all the winners on their success, but everyone who was nominated for these awards as without them, sport in North East Derbyshire District would not be as good as it is today.”
The full list of winners are:
- Junior Sportsperson of the Year - Adam Morewood (Biketrials)
- Volunteer of the Year - Chris Jones (Dronfield Swimming Cub)
- Disabled Sportsperson of the Year - Billy–Lee Dixon (Football)
- Manager/Coach of the Year - Alan Cooke (Table Tennis)
- Young Sportsman of the Year - Samuel Jones (Rugby)
- Junior Team of The Year - Tupton Hall School U13s Girls Football Team
- Young Sportswoman of the Year - Niamh Emerson (Athletics)
- Sportswoman of the Year - Jade Ashmore (Boxing)
All the individual winners also received an annual leisure pass for the Council’s leisure facilities and will be submitted to the Derbyshire County Awards judging panel.
23rd September 2016Injunction order for nightmare neighbour Open or Close
A woman from Renishaw who had caused 10 years worth of hell to her neighbours has been hit with an Injunction Order and made to pay over £1,450 in costs.
Jill Johnson was issued with the 5 year Order by the County Court in Nottingham after they had heard she had subjected her neighbours to a continuous stream of anti social behaviour, which included using foul, abusive and insulting language and banging on the walls of the adjoining property.
We applied to the Court for the injunction after complaints from Johnsons neighbours and nearby residents had increased.
She would also try and get her neighbours into trouble by reporting fictitious noise nuisance, crime, animal and child cruelty and anti social behaviour to the authorities – all of which were investigated and unfounded.
The Council had also received complaints from local residents that Johnson had shouted at and verbally abused very young children for playing in the cul-de-sac where she lived.
Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Councillor Jeff Lilley said, “This is a case of one person making a communities lives a living hell – something which we simply will not put up with. We had tried to talk with the defendant and offer our help and assistance, but she just brushed this aside and continued with the abuse. So we took the decision that enough was enough and we would let the Courts deal with the matter.
“We are delighted with the Courts decision and the residents and communities in the area can now get on with their lives and enjoy the peace and quiet of their homes.”
31st August 2016£1.7m investment in leisure facilities Open or Close
We are injecting over £1.7m into two of our leisure centres, to create state of the art facilities for all to enjoy.
The investment will focus on both Dronfield Sports Centre and Eckington Swimming Pool and further promote our drive to increase participation in physical activity.
The investment in each facility is as follows:
Eckington Swimming Pool
- Extend the current health and fitness provision from 30 stations to 50 stations by creating a new gym space by removing the small pool provision and extending the current fitness suite into half of the existing small pool provision.
- Create a new studio/multi use space for health and fitness classes in the remaining half of the existing small pool provision.
- Create a child focused soft play area with new poolside viewing and vending area.
- Replace the existing male and female changing areas with ‘Universal Village’ changing facilities.
- Redesign the front of house reception and staffing areas.
- Refurbish the pool plant system
Work at Eckington is due to start on 31 October and is likely to last for three-months, with certain parts of the facility closed at different times.
Dronfield Sports Centre
- Extend the current health and fitness provision by the creation of a new mezzanine floor above the existing fitness suite increasing the total number of stations from 58 to 75 plus functional training facilities.
- Create a new studio/multi use space for health and fitness classes by removing the current sauna provision.
Work at Dronfield is due to start on 26 September and is likely to last for 10 weeks, with certain parts of the facility closed at different times.
Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “We have looked at the facilities currently available and undertaken a detailed analysis of what is popular and what is generating the most usage and income. There is a huge demand for health and fitness related activities and for us to be able to compete with private facilities then we must meet this demand. So we are investing in these areas to make sure our facilities are fit for purpose and fulfil what our customers want.”
There are nearly 500,000 attendances into Dronfield and Eckington leisure facilities each year and over 1,700 members who are benefitting from one of our membership schemes, with thousands more enjoying our structured health and fitness classes and casual swimming provision.
Councillor Baxter MBE added, “With a greater public awareness of physical activity and all the national campaigns to improve health and well being we feel that investing in our facilities will help the thousands of residents who exercise in them every day so they can continue to enjoy the latest equipment and modern facilities at value for money prices.”
25th August 2016Closure order on problem property Open or Close
We have obtained a Court Order to board up a rented dwelling in Eckington after local residents were subjected to suspected drug related activity and anti social behaviour.
The Closure Order was granted on 25 August from the Magistrates Court after the tenant subjected local residents and neighbours to continuous anti social behaviour (ASB) and distress.
Both ourselves and the Police had received a series of complaints about anti social behaviour and alleged crime from the property which affected local people’s quality of life. We, together with the property owners, Guinness Partnership, had tried on several occasions to talk to the individual to resolve the problems but the tenant refused all contact.
The Court granted the Order as they believed that the use of the premises has resulted in serious nuisance to members of the public and the Order is necessary to prevent the nuisance or disorder from continuing.
Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Councillor Jeff Lilley said, “We made several attempts to talk to the tenant and sort out the problems, but they simply would not talk to us. So, in the interests of the community, we obtained a Closure Order that will remove the problems completely and allow local people to sleep easy at night and enjoy their properties and quality of life.
“It’s simply not acceptable for people to do what they want with no regard for others and this should serve as a warning that we will not put up with crime and anti social behaviour of any type and we will take the toughest measures at our disposal to tackle the problem.”
Sgt James Shirley said, “Antisocial behaviour can ruin people’s lives, this is a great example of communities pulling together to stand up to ASB, and utilise the law to make the community better for all.”
The Closure Order is for three-months, but the Council can also apply for a three-month extension prior to the expiry of the Order and it is an offence if any person tries to enter the property.
18th August 2016Paper Caddy Thefts On The Rise Open or Close
Residents from across the District are being warned against the theft of paper caddies from their burgundy bins.
Over the past couple of months’ we have seen an increase in reports of caddies being stolen from bins. Residents have reported seeing people in a white van remove the caddies after the bins have been emptied, and then they try to sell them back to households on their doorstep.
Together with our burgundy bin refuse collection partner, HW Martin, we will now mark any replacement caddies with post codes, so if any caddies are stolen, they can track them better and see if there is a pattern to where they are being taken from and sold onto.
The burgundy bins have proved extremely popular with residents since their introduction in 2011 and the caddies are used to separate paper from other recyclable materials.
Residents can help reduce these thefts by taking in their bins as soon as possible after they have been emptied and if they see anything suspicious please contact the Council immediately on 01246 231111 or via our Online Forms section.
Date issued: 18 August 2016
18th August 2016Charity calendar on sale now for Chair’s Appeal Open or Close
Calendars showcasing the beautiful North East Derbyshire countryside are now on sale, in support of our Chair’s Appeal.
The 2017 calendar, produced by us, features stunning shots of some of the area’s best loved landmarks and landscapes, including a snow covered Shirland, the Flying Scotsman passing through New Tupton, swans on Wingerworth Lido, boats sailing on Ogston Reservoir, Renishaw Hall and jaw-dropping views over Ashover.
Council Chair, Councillor Stephen Peters, said: “We are so lucky our area has such amazing scenery and we’ve been able to capture some of it in this calendar. As well as enjoying a beautiful photo each month, anyone who buys the calendar will also get the satisfaction of knowing that they’ll be supporting a good cause.”
The calendars can be bought for £5* each – that’s a beautiful scene to enjoy for just under 42p for a whole month!
The calendars are available to buy now from North East Derbyshire District Council’s offices on Mill Lane, Wingerworth, from all three of our leisure centres – Dronfield Sports Centre, Eckington Swimming Pool and Sharley Park Sports Centre, Clay Cross or by contacting Claire Shacklady on 01246 217003.
*It costs 96p to produce each calendar. The remaining £4.04 will go to Weston Park Cancer Charity – North East Derbyshire District Council’s Chair’s Appeal for 2016/2017.
Date issued: 17 August 2016
8th August 2016Network Rail To Take Over Dronfield Car Park Open or Close
Network Rail To Take Over Dronfield Car Park
A public car park in Dronfield which has been managed and maintained by us for the past 30 years is set to go back into the ownership of Network Rail.
We leased Dronfield Railway Station car park from Network Rail to stop it being closed and falling into disrepair and currently pay Network Rail a lease fee of £1,000 per year, plus paying for maintenance costs.
Since taking it over, we have regularly maintained the 46 space car park and made it free to use for the public. Our foresight all them years ago, not only stopped the car park from being closed, but kept it in a good state of repair which has proved beneficial to the local community and rail passengers for the past 30-years.
Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “We took on the lease all those years ago to stop the car park being closed and provide a free public car park for our residents and visitors to the town.
“It’s cost us thousands of pounds every year to maintain and local groups have been asking us to spend more on the site, which we simply cannot do as it’s not our land. So we welcome Network Rail taking back responsibility for this car park and their land.
“We have always had a good long standing relationship with Network Rail and when Dronfield Station re-opened, we helped to promote the rail service and offered subsidies to help keep the service running – something which has benefitted local people and the town in general.”
It is understood that Network Rail will continue to use the area as a car park, but its usage may be restricted to rail passengers only.
Voluntary termination of the lease is currently in the hands of legal representatives, but it’s anticipated that the car park will be formally handed over in the next few months.
Date issued: 8 August 2016
8th August 2016Healthy Cities Network Member Open or Close
North East Derbyshire become latest member of Healthy Cities
We have become the newest member of a worldwide network committed to improving health in local areas.
An application, which showed a strong joint commitment to addressing health inequalities in the District of North East Derbyshire, was made by us on behalf of the multi-agency Healthy North East Derbyshire Partnership and approved by the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) UK Healthy Cities Network.
Healthy Cities, known as Healthy Communities in non-city areas, is a ground-breaking initiative that focuses on area-level political leadership, collaborative working and participatory processes to tackle the social determinants of health and health inequality through partnership-based planning and innovative projects.
Driven by the Derbyshire Healthy & Wellbeing Board, with Derbyshire County Council already holding Full Member Status on behalf of the County, it is anticipated that all district areas will become Associate Members by the end of the year.
Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter, MBE said, "I am delighted we have been awarded Healthy Community status. The issue of health and well-being is everyone’s business. It will mean we benefit from a range of shared learning opportunities offered by the Healthy Cities Network and we can really forge ahead with our partners to embed the health agenda into policies made for the District’s future across the board."
Within Europe, there are around 100 cities that are designated as members of the World Health Organisation (WHO) European Healthy Cities Network (including 14 in the UK) – and in addition, there are approximately 30 national Healthy Cities Networks involving more than 1400 cities and towns as members.
They will play an invaluable role in enabling cities and towns to access the latest UK and international learning and contribute their learning and experience to the developing pool of knowledge.
Becoming a Healthy Community means working together on the full range of factors which influence people's health including: a good start in life, higher educational attainment, improved employment prospects, better housing conditions, and good transport facilities.
The Council’s Lead Member for Community Safety, Equality & Diversity and Health, Councillor Jeff Lilley added, "Working with the community and other agencies to improve the general health and wellbeing of local people is at the heart of what we are doing and what we want to achieve as a key partner of the Healthy North East Derbyshire Partnership. Healthy Community status will add significant value to this work.”
Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health for Derbyshire County Council said, “We are pleased to welcome North East Derbyshire District Council to the Healthy Cities Network, as part of the County’s overall programme to tackle health and wellbeing issues.
“Through the work of the Local Health and Wellbeing Partnerships we will continue to put health high on the political and social agenda and to build a strong movement for public health at the local level. Membership will help us to develop innovative local action to addressing all aspects of health and living conditions, and provide the opportunity to promote extensive networking locally, between towns, districts, cities, across Europe and beyond.”
Date issued: 8 August 2016
26th July 2016Brass band festival set to delight fans Open or Close
Brass band lovers will be in for a real treat when we stage our 58th annual Brass Band Festival.
Dronfield Sports Centre is the venue for the event, which will see Dronfield (Genquip) Band, Shirebrook Miners Welfare (Unison) Band and The Matlock Band competing for the coveted T.H Hallworth Challenge Trophy and a top cash prize.
Money raised on the night from the sale of raffle tickets and plants, will go to our Chair’s Appeal in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
Councillor Stephen Peters, Chair of North East Derbyshire District Council, said: “This promises to be an exciting evening of entertainment and I’m delighted that money raised during the event will go to my chosen charity.
“Cancer is a disease which affects every one of us, either directly or indirectly, at some point in our lives, so any support given for Weston Park will be very gratefully received.”
Tickets are on sale now for the festival, which will take place on Saturday 24 September 2016.
The event starts at 7.30pm, with doors opening at 6.30pm.Admission is £4.50 or £3.50 for Senior Citizens.
The event has been sponsored by Alpha-Heating, Avonside Group, NEDDC Parks Section, Parsons Construction, Pulse Fitness, Rykneld Homes Ltd, Shacklocks, Tower Plumbing & Heating and WM Lee.
Tickets can also be purchased from Dronfield Sports Centre.
Date issued: 21 July 2016
15th July 2016Search is on for district's sports stars Open or Close
The search is on to find the stars and unsung heroes of the sporting world from across North East Derbyshire.
We are once again on the lookout for dedicated local sports people and their sporting successes from the past 12 months, so they can be recognised at our annual awards ceremony.
Our Annual Sports Awards help to recognise and celebrate the success of those involved in sport at all levels within the District.
There are 13 categories up for- grabs, including: Lifetime Achievement Award, Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, Disabled Sportsperson of the Year and Team of the Year.
Winners of the individual performer categories will receive a free annual membership to our leisure facilities to help with their training programme. All winners will also be put forward to be judged for the Derby Telegraph Sports Awards.
Each category has qualifying criteria and must be based upon performances from September 2015 to August 2016. Nominations can be received from any individual, club or team involved in schools or sports organisations within North East Derbyshire district and the nominee must be involved in a sport recognised by Sport England and must be submitted by the deadline of Friday 9 September 2016.
Nomination forms are available to complete on-line or by contacting Derbyshire Sport (Katie Crockett, Marketing Officer 01773 571224).
Date issued: 15 July 2016
15th July 2016ICON programme launched Open or Close
Are you a high-performing athlete ambitious to match the achievements of Olympians Adam Peaty, Liam Pitchford and Mollie Renshaw and Paralympian Lewis White?
If so, Derbyshire's ICON bursary programme, now open for 2016-17 applications, could help you reach the top, whatever your sport.
All four athletes are going to Rio this summer and have been financially supported by the scheme at one point or another during their careers.
They have also received free leisure passes in the district or borough where they train and been given valuable PR exposure.
Chesterfield ABC boxer Jade Ashmore, who won a silver medal at the British Championships in June and is now ranked second in Britain in the 51kg category, was on the ICON programme in 2015-16.
The 18-year-old, from Heath, North East Derbyshire, said: “The support that I have received from ICON this past year has helped me cover travel costs to and from squad and attending competitions all around Europe also kit expenses so I could get the training done.
“Not only did ICON help me financially, they also gave me access to a local leisure centre where I can carry on progressing and getting that step closer to achieving my goals of competing at the Olympics and being known as a world-class boxer.”
There were 127 athletes awarded bursaries totalling £23,150 on the 2015-16 ICON programme, run by Derbyshire Sport.
That was made possible by the contributions of all 10 Derbyshire local authorities, including Chesterfield Borough Council, North East Derbyshire District Council and Bolsover District Council, plus a number of business members from across the county.
Each successful applicant must live in one of the county's nine districts or compete for a Derbyshire-based club and must already compete at a high level to qualify.
All should already be representing their country or Great Britain, have won a national championship medal, or be part of a recognised development squad or a development squad aligned to a professional sports club, or have been selected for the Derbyshire Institute of Sport.
Their sport must be recognised by Sport England for an application to be successful. The closing date for applications is Friday September 9.
Date issued: 15 July 2016
15th July 2016Schools out for summer Open or Close
We’ve got a bumper load of boredom-busting activities taking place at our leisure centres this summer.
Our summer holiday programme runs from Monday 25 July to Sunday 28 August 2016, with fun in the pool and on dry land too.
There are lots of activities taking place for youngsters at Dronfield Sports Centre, Sharley Park Leisure Centre, Clay Cross and Eckington Swimming Pool.
From family swim sessions, synchronised swimming and aquafun (fun with floats and rafts), to football coaching, dodgeball, trampoline courses and junior gym sessions, we’ve got something for all ages and abilities.
For those who enjoy making a really big splash, our giant inflatable obstacle course will be in the pool on selected days at both Eckington Swimming Pool and Sharley Park Leisure Centre.
Or for youngsters celebrating their birthday, why not try one of our fun-packed party packages?
More information is on our leisure centre pages or contact the individual centres for details:
- Dronfield Sports Centre Tel: (01246) 217217
- Eckington Swimming Pool Tel: (01246) 217481
- Sharley Park Leisure Centre Tel: (01246) 217277
Please note: not all activities are running at all of the centres, so please check individual programmes for full details.
Date issued: 15 July 2016
1st July 2016Sheffield City Region Consultation Open or Close
A major consultation drive is being launched across the Sheffield City Region this week to ask all residents and businesses how the new powers the area will get under devolution should be used.
Public meetings are being held across the region – full details can be found on the Sheffield City Region website.
You can make your views known online, or on paper survey forms available at the public events.
The Sheffield City Region will get £1.3billion of extra funding over the next 30 years under the devolution deal, and powers will come to the region which are currently held in London. They include decision making on skills, transport and infrastructure, and creating jobs.
The region believes local leaders are better placed to make local decisions. As part of the deal, the region will have a directly-elected Mayor working closely with local authorities and business leaders.
Further details can be found on Sheffield City Region website – which has also been set up to give resident and businesses the chance to have their say.
Sir Steve Houghton, Chair of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, said: “I would urge everyone, every single resident and businessperson in the region, to have your say. This consultation is vitally important. For the first time ever we’ll be making our own decisions around investment in skills, transport and infrastructure. Don’t miss the boat!”
Date issued: 1 July 2016
Note To Editors – Sheffield City Region
Sheffield City Region encompasses more than 1.8 million people and approximately 700,000 jobs, and is comprised of the nine local authority areas of Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield.
Note To Editors – The Devolution Deal
In October 2015, local politicians and business leaders secured an in-principle deal with the Chancellor to transfer national powers and control over funding from national Government to the Sheffield City Region – as well as securing a massive £1.3billion additional cash boost over the next thirty years to deliver major regeneration, infrastructure and business growth schemes.
The deal marks another step in the journey that the Sheffield City Region has taken over the last five years in securing greater control over its own economic affairs. It enables the City Region to build on some of its world-class assets, including the Sheffield and Rotherham-based Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, aligning the new Doncaster-based National College for High Speed Rail with the new Institutes of Technology to help meet the wider set of national infrastructure challenges, major town centre improvement plans in Barnsley and the Enterprise Zones across the whole City Region.
The deal covers a range of themes including transport, skills, creating new jobs, inward investment and support to help local businesses export as well as committing to working with Government on new ways to incentivise local growth.
The deal was formally approved by the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority on Thursday 31 March 2016.
8th June 2016Brass band lovers set for real treat Open or Close
Brass band lovers are being urged to snap up tickets for a community brass band event as they are selling fast.
We are staging this top class music event at Dronfield Civic Hall on Saturday 25 June 2016 from 7pm. It will feature well-known local Dronfield Genquip Band and also include guest soloists from the world renowned Black Dyke Band.
What promises to be a fun filled evening includes music such as Enter of the Gladiators (Fucik), Trumpets Wild (Walters), Pomp and Circumstance (Land of Hope and Glory) (Elgar) and Grandfathers Clock (George Doughty), plus many more favourites that will make sure the audience is entertained.
Accompanying the band are guest soloists Richard Marshall (Cornet) and Gary Curtin (Euphonium) and Guest Music Director, Professor Nicholas Childs, all from the Black Dyke Band.
Throughout the day, approximately 30 young delegates from throughout the region will take part in workshops at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School hosted by the Black Dyke Band principal players and will then put their practice into an evening performance during the concert.
Tickets for this event are priced at £6 each and £4 for concessions and can be obtained from Dronfield Leisure Centre on 01246 217217 or Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School on 01246 412372.
Date issued: 8 June 2016
29th April 2016New homes for North Wingfield Open or Close
We have unveiled plans for a £5million scheme to build new homes in North Wingfield.
We are working with our strategic housing partner Rykneld Homes on proposals to create 50 new homes in the village.
The scheme is part of our long term plans to improve housing across the District – which include new build and refurbishment projects.
The proposed North Wingfield development will see homes on the Whiteleas Estate replaced with a new development of houses and bungalows on adjoining land.
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Betty Hill said, "This is a great opportunity for us to improve the quality of the housing we are able to provide.
“We are delighted to be able to offer our tenants the chance to move into brand new, modern homes within the heart of North Wingfield.
“This scheme is the latest in a long line of housing regeneration schemes we have been implementing with Rykneld Homes across the District. Our primary aim is to provide better quality and more modern homes for our tenants – and this redevelopment will do just that.”
Tenants and local residents affected by the plans were invited to two public consultation events to hear about the proposed plans and the help and support that will be made available and to establish the needs of the existing community and the impact of the proposals on the different tenures within the estate.
Councillor Hill added, “We have undertaken similar projects elsewhere in the District and we recognise that developments such as this affect people’s lives. We wanted to make sure our tenants and local residents in the area heard about the plans from us and had the opportunity to ask us any questions.”
Nigel Barker, Chair of Rykneld Homes, said: “Rykneld Homes in partnership with the District Council have built 161 new homes in the last three years. We have successfully delivered this whilst providing wide ranging support to tenants and residents affected by the work.
“This new scheme at North Wingfield continues the pattern of joint working and we look forward to being able to deliver more new homes for families in the District.
“We’re very proud of the hard work and commitment of all the staff at Rykneld. Rykneld are providing excellent quality homes as well as creating employment and economic growth through the investment in the area.”
Date issued: 29 April 2016
25th April 2016Forever Active Sessions Open or Close
A new day time activity aimed at getting the older generation across North East Derbyshire more active is being launched at Dronfield Sports Centre.
Forever Active will provide participants with the chance to play a variety of sporting activities with the aim of improving their overall wellbeing and a chance to socialise and meet new friends.
Held at Dronfield Sports Centre, the sessions are held every Thursday from 11.15am-12.45pm and are open to both males and females. Participants can play a variety of sports including badminton, short mat bowls, curling and short tennis with refreshments available.
The sessions are delivered by a Healthy Lifestyle Instructor and are free to Just Do More (JDM) and Super Saver members, otherwise standard concessionary and leisure pass prices will apply.
Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “A lot of focus is put on what activities are provided for young people, but our older generation are just as important. That’s why we have launched this new session that will provide participants with the opportunity to get involved, play sports and take part in exercise whilst giving them the chance to meet new people and enjoy a healthy social life.
“It doesn’t matter if you haven’t exercised in years or never before, our experienced coaches will be on hand to explain any rules and with all the equipment provided, all you need to do is turn up and participate!”
So come along and have a go, meet new people, have chat and a drink! For further information please call 01246 217217.
Date issued: 25 April 2016
22nd April 2016Former Coalite site set to be redeveloped Open or Close
We have granted outline planning permission to Bolsover Land Limited for a housing development on part of the former Coalite Smokeless Fuels site.
The site, which has lain derelict since 2004, received outline permission for a 660 dwelling scheme with associated ancillary uses, including a Local Centre, an area safeguarded for a school, a Neighbourhood Equipped Areas of Play (NEAP), a Local Equipped Area of Play (LEAP), a Riverside Park, a Local Habitat Area, Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems, footpaths, walkways, cycle paths and landscaping.
The site is approximately 28 hectares and comprises previously developed land (brown field) and green field land.
The previously developed part of the site – the area of the former Coalite Works to the southern side of the River Doe Lea – is subject to contamination as a result of the former manufacturing operations. The green field part of the site is currently in agricultural use which is classed as Grade 3 and, therefore, does not constitute Best and Most Versatile Agricultural Land.
As part of the conditions, before any development can begin a comprehensive remediation program and clean up of the contaminated land must be completed on the site.
The development is seen as a welcome proposal that will provide growth and help clean up part of the derelict former Coalite Works site and follows an earlier permission granted by Bolsover District Council to develop other parts of the former Coalite site for industrial use.
Date issued: 22 April 2016
5th April 2016Innovative project heard by MPs Open or Close
A project aimed at assisting young people into employment and preventing homelessness has been heard by an All Party Parliamentary group of MPs.
Officers from the Council presented the Ambition scheme (on behalf of the schemes partners) to Members of Parliament and Civil Servants at the House of Commons.
They highlighted how the innovative Ambition project is assisting young people aged 16 – 24 into employment and how it is also helping them with any housing issues they might have, preventing homelessness where possible.
They gave a presentation about the project to demonstrate how a holistic approach to these issues can transform the lives of young people, how these issues affect rural areas as opposed to large cities and the different solutions required in an area like North Derbyshire.
Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “It’s great that the issues we are faced with in our part of the world are being bought to ministers’ attention and heard on a national stage. The project has been a huge success to date and one that we feel should be used as a template for other areas to follow whose young people are faced with similar issues and problems.”
The All Party Parliamentary Coalfield Communities Group agreed to support the Council in inviting Marcus Jones MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Local Government)) who has responsibility for homelessness to North East Derbyshire to look at the project in more detail.
The Ambition project is run over five Local Authority areas; North East Derbyshire, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales and Bassetlaw with North East Derbyshire District Council taking the lead.
For further information please telephone 01246 217319.
Date issued: 5 April 2016
14th March 2016New legislation for dog owners Open or Close
Dog owners across Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire District are being reminded that new legislation will come into force on 6 April 2016, meaning that your pet must be micro-chipped in addition to wearing a collar and tag.
We have done a lot of work over the past few years to educate people and get them prepared for this change in the law, so it is important that dog owners are ready.
The new legislation will improve animal welfare by making it easier to return a stray dog to its owner and also will help to deter dog theft.
Owners will need to:
- Have their dog micro-chipped and registered on one of the authorised commercial databases available;
- Register the details of any new owner before they sell or give the dog away;
- Keep their contact details up-to-date on the microchip databases.
The microchip, the size of a small piece of rice, is inserted in between the dog’s shoulder blades and coded with the owner’s details. Any owner who does not comply could face fines of up to £500.
We provide a microchipping service in addition to most veterinary practices and to arrange for your dog to be microchipped, please contact the Dog Warden on 01246 231111. For a limited period only, if your dog wears a collar and tag inscribed with the owners details, we are able to microchip your dog free (on a first come first served basis).
Date issued: 14 March 2016
8th March 2016Cracking Easter Fun Open or Close
Youngsters are invited to join in the fun this Easter, at North East Derbyshire District Council’s leisure centres.
Our Easter holiday programme runs from 29 March to 8 April 2016, at Dronfield Sports Centre, Eckington Swimming Pool and Sharley Park Leisure Centre in Clay Cross.
There are lots of activities for youngsters to try their hand at, from Aquafun (fun with floats and rafts in the pool), kids’ scuba and crash course swimming lessons, to climbing, crafting and football.
At Dronfield Sports Centre, children who have a go on the climbing wall can also test their reaction speeds on our brand new Cardio Wall*
Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE, said: “We’ve got so much happening at all three of our leisure centres during the Easter holidays to keep youngsters entertained.
“Whether it’s splashing around in the pool or having fun on dry land, our activities all offer great value for money for all ages and abilities.”
People are asked to note that not all activities are running at all of the centres, so they should check individual programmes for full details.
More information can be found on our website www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/just-do-more or by contacting the individual centres for details: Dronfield Sports Centre 01246 217217, Eckington Swimming Pool 01246 217481, Sharley Park Leisure Centre 01246 217277.
Date issued: 8 March 2016
7th March 2016Council tax set in North East Derbyshire Open or Close
Residents in North East Derbyshire will see a below-inflation rise in their Council Tax bills this year, which is the equivalent of 4.5p a week for a Band A property.
Our Councillors have taken the difficult decision to increase their portion of the Council Tax by 1.95% in 2016/17 – the first rise since April 2013.
The increase was necessary to cover a shortfall in government grants, following another round of funding reductions to local Government, announced in the Local Government Finance Settlement in December 2015.
For next year, Central Government has cut the Councils Revenue Support Grant by £0.675m and has withdrawn its financial incentives to those Councils which do not increase Council Tax.
There are further cuts in Revenue Support Grant of £0.590m from April 2017 and £0.365m from April 2018. As part of its Localism Agenda the Government has made it clear that more costs will need to be picked up locally by authorities.
While the Council has taken action both to reduce its expenditure and to increase locally generated revenue, it is facing financial shortfalls of nearly £400,000 next year, rising to an identified shortfall of £1.9m in two years time.
Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter, MBE said: “The decision to raise Council Tax has been taken following detailed discussion between councillors who are very aware of how hard it is for already struggling households.
“We have, however, a legal responsibility to agree both a balanced budget where expenditure is fully funded by income and to continue to deliver a range of services that meet our legal obligations.
“We need to ensure that we have sufficient money available to collect our waste, to keep our towns and villages well maintained, to support our most disadvantaged residents and to fund our planning, leisure and economic development services.
“Having considered the position very carefully we came to the view that local residents would prefer to pay a little more to protect the services they receive.”
The authority agreed the rise at a meeting of the Full Council on Wednesday 2 March 2016. It means residents living in a Band A property will now pay £118.51 for 2016/17 – an annual rise of £2.27 – towards the cost of district council services, while people in a Band D property will pay £177.77 a year, an annual rise of £3.40.
In addition to North East Derbyshire District Council, the Council Tax bill is made up of four other precepts: Derbyshire County Council, parish councils, the Fire Authority and the Police Authority. The bill is split as below:
- Derbyshire County Council – 68 %
- Derbyshire County Council : Adult Social Care – 1%
- Parish Councils – 6 %
- Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner – 10 %
- Derbyshire Fire and Rescue – 4 %
- North East Derbyshire District Council – 11 %
Date issued: 7 March 2016
26th February 2016Councillors to debate Devolution Deals Open or Close
Our Council members are set to debate which one of two Devolution Deals they want to be part of at a Council meeting on Wednesday 2 March 2016.
Councillors will meet at 2pm on Wednesday 2 March 2016 to hear the background and details of the themes within each proposed Devolution Deal and decide which one to become a Constituent membership of and non constituent member of the other.
Two Devolution Deals have been tabled – one for the Sheffield City Region and the other for North Midlands - which would devolve powers and responsibilities currently held by the Government in London to a more local level.
The Council is being asked to choose between:
- a devolution deal already agreed with the Government for the Sheffield City Region, which would include an additional £900 million of funding to the city region over 30 years or
- a potential North Midlands deal, which is in the late stages of discussions ahead of an anticipated agreement from the Government. This deal would see a similar range of powers brought to Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
Both deals will mean local councils working together in a ‘combined authority’ which are groups of local councils in each local area who take control of more services from the Government in exchange for funding. Under Government proposals these authorities would be led by an elected mayor.
The services would include (but not limited to) skills, apprenticeships, housing, planning, transport and business support.
Council Leader Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “We have two options in front of us and we will make the decision on which one will bring the most benefits to our economy, the better prospects for employment and the funding that will be available to improve our infrastructure.
“We will debate this issue and come to a democratic decision on what is right for the people of North East Derbyshire. Whichever deal we decide to go with, we know this is only the start as there will be a huge amount of work to do to make sure we get the best deal possible.”
Date issued: 26 February 2016