9th January 2018New empty properties matching service launched Open or Close
A new service to help bring empty properties back into use has been launched in North East Derbyshire District and Bolsover District.
Both Councils have joined forces to launch the service with the aim of reducing the number of empty properties across the area, bringing them back into use for the benefit of families and individuals.
The new system can be used for either landlords wishing to rent or sell their property and is completely free of charge.
North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Bette Hill said, “We know how hard it is for people to get a mortgage or find a home that meets your needs. That’s why we are introducing this new service which will not only bring back into use an empty property, but also help people find a suitable home. It’s a win-win as far as we are concerned.”
All you need to do is register your empty property with the relevant council and they will advertise your property on their website for free. They will also put you in contact with people who may be interested in purchasing or renting it.
The property must be registered as being empty for more than six months and proof of ownership must be provided. If you are a landlord then proof that you are an accredited landlord must also be provided.
Bolsover District Council Cabinet Member for Social Enterprise, Councillor John Ritchie said, “Demand for housing is increasing, so we want to do all we can to bring back into use any empty properties across the area. The longer a home is left empty the more likely it is to attract anti-social behaviour, to fall into disrepair and to become a source of anxiety to nearby residents. That’s why we are doing all we can to assist owners and landlords with returning their properties to use.”
4th January 2018Planning fee increases Open or Close
Planning fee increases
From 17 January 2018, the Government are introducing an increase of 20% on planning fees.
Regulations to introduce the 20% fee increase were made on 20 December 2017. Our planning fees will therefore increase from 17 January 2018. The new legislation is part of The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.
You can read more about the statutory instrument on the Government's legislation website.
20th December 2017Christmas closedown information Open or Close
We would like to wish all our residents, partners and businesses of North East Derbyshire a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Please note our district offices will be closed from 12pm noon on Friday 22 December 2017 and will re open on Tuesday 2 January at 9 am.
In an emergency contact us on 01246 231111. You can also report problems such as abandoned vehicles, fly tipping, dog fouling noise complaints and more on our website homepage under 'do it online to save time' www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk
For more information on the opening times for our leisure centres please click here.
15th December 2017Win cash for your old electricals Open or Close
Have you got any old, broken or unwanted electricals? Dig them out and take them to your local household waste recycling centre in the New Year for your chance to win one of fifteen £100 cash prizes.
From hair-dryers to hedge-trimmers, fairy lights to fridges and toasters to TVs, there’s a wide range of household appliances you can take to Derbyshire County Council’s recycling centres. And from 2 January, you can exchange them for a golden ticket – which means you could be quids in.
Simply ask for your golden ticket from a member of staff at any of the county council’s nine recycling centres, type in your unique ticket number online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/electric and find out if you’re an instant winner. The more items you recycle, the more tickets you’ll get.
The competition prizes are being funded by Advantage Waste Brokers – the contractor which works on behalf of the county council to collect and recycle electrical items taken to its recycling centres.
Electrical goods can be exchanged for a golden ticket at the following recycling centres:
- Ashbourne (Mayfield Road)
- Bolsover (Buttermilk Lane)
- Buxton (Waterswallows Road)
- Glossop (Melandra Road)
- Ilkeston (Manners Avenue Industrial Estate)
- Loscoe (Heanor)
- Newhall (Swadlincote)
- Northwood (Darley Dale)
- Stonegravels (Chesterfield)
All electrical appliances are accepted including:
- coffee makers
- electric toothbrushes
- electric garden equipment
- fairy lights
- fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers
- game consoles
- laptops, tablets and PCs
- music systems
- power tools
- sat navs
- slow cookers
- straighteners and hairdryers
- washers and dryers
For a full list of the other items you can take to the recycling centres and their locations visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentres
Please make sure all personal data has been removed from items such as laptops, mobile phones or tablets before you take them to a recycling centre.
5th December 2017Overwhelming number vote in favour of new Neighbourhood Plan Open or Close
Residents in Holymoorside and Walton have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish.
It follows a referendum in which 94% of residents who voted, said they wanted North East Derbyshire District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan to help it decide planning applications in the area.
The Neighbourhood Plan – the first of its kind to be adopted in North East Derbyshire – is a new type of planning document which gives residents a greater say over how their community evolves.
It gives residents the power to decide where developments should go, what they should look like and which areas of land should be protected from development.
A steering group made up of councillors from Holymoorside and Walton Parish Council and members of the community, have prepared the plan over the past two years, which will run until 2033 – the same time as North East Derbyshire District Council’s Local Plan is scheduled to last until.
Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council, Cllr Graham Baxter MBE, said: "We are pleased to endorse the hard work that Holymoorside and Walton Parish Council has done over the last two years to prepare this plan and ensure that the views of the parish council and its residents about their environment can now be taken into account in our planning decisions.
“The Plan will fit in with our Local Plan to provide a clear and up-to-date picture of how development in Holymoorside and Walton Parish should take place.
“Our officers have worked alongside those preparing the Plan to make it the best it could be.”
The Neighbourhood Plan pays particular attention to things such as important views and local green spaces, heritage buildings and in particular protecting dry stone walls.
It also protects important community facilities and shops, protects existing employment uses and ensures housing development is of the right type and quantity.
After submission to North East Derbyshire District Council, the Plan was examined by an independent examiner. The examiner considered whether the plan met certain basic conditions set by Government and reported to the District Council. The council then agreed with his recommendation, to submit the Plan to a referendum.
The Plan will now be used by the District Council’s planning officers to help determine planning applications in the parish.
The Holymoorside and Walton plan is the first neighbourhood plan to be adopted in North East Derbyshire.
It is hoped that Ashover and Wingerworth will also have neighbourhood plans in place in the near future.Details of the Plan and the referendum result can be found on our website www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk under ‘Local Plan’
13th November 2017Telephone Problems Open or Close
We're experiencing problems with our telephone system and receiving calls.
Our contractors are aware and working to resolve the problem. We will be rebooting the system at 12noon, which could last up to 30 minutes.
We apologise for the inconvenience and are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. If your query is urgent, please complete our general enquiry form.
30th October 2017Court slams rogue landlord for state of properties Open or Close
A rogue landlord has been given a fine of £2,500 (allowing for his guilty plea) and issued with a four-year Criminal Behaviour Order following his failure to comply with a Community Protection Notice on a property in North Wingfield.
Our Environmental Health team received 11 complaints regarding waste accumulating at the front, side and rear of a property in North Wingfield owned by Martin Ambler.
Despite repeated requests to remove the waste, Ambler of Vincent Lane, Chesterfield failed to comply and was subsequently served with a Community Protection Notice in February 2017 requiring the waste to be cleared within 14 days.
Although the defendant contacted us and had a skip present at the property, there was still a large amount of waste left, which he failed to clear. We subsequently started court proceedings for failure to comply with the Community Protection Notice.
Despite the defendant pleading guilty, the Magistrates Court imposed the maximum fine (allowing for his guilty plea) and the Chair of the Bench stated that the ‘appalling nature of the offence justified this unusual step’.
The problems became so bad at properties owned by Ambler, that a neighbour considered selling their property and was too afraid to let their children play outdoors due to the presence of rats. A tenant of a different property was hospitalised as a result of the condition in which the property was let.
Both Councils received a large number of complaints about properties owned by Mr Ambler in relation to accumulations and housing conditions. Examples include lack of heating, faulty electrics, damp and mould and blood stained walls.
In addition to the prosecution, we also applied for a Criminal Behaviour Order which was granted.
Since 2015, 19 enforcement Notices had been served on Mr Ambler regarding properties and land under his ownership. Despite repeated requests to deal with issues and the use of enforcement Notices, Mr Ambler failed to act and the Chair of the Bench issued the Criminal Behaviour Order, stating that it was ‘both necessary and proportionate to prevent further such consequences’.
The Order is for four years and he was ordered not to:
- Store or dispose of any controlled waste on any land under his control.
- Burn any waste or instruct someone else to burn any waste
- Rent out any properties containing Category 1 hazards under the housing Act 2004.
And he was ordered to:
- Monitor and maintain all land under his control monthly, so that it is kept free from waste
- Monitor and maintain each property under his control annually to check for hazards under the Housing Act 2004. Once indentified to remove or reduce the hazard to an acceptable level as soon as reasonably practicable.
- To join and/or remain in an accredited landlord scheme.
If this Criminal Behaviour Order is breached, then the penalty is a custodial sentence.
30th October 2017Anglers net charity donation Open or Close
Two local charities have 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 Chair’s charities – Sheffield Hospitals Charity the Spinal Cord Injury Centre and the Elm Foundation – from Clay Cross Angling Association in conjuction with Marshalls Electrical.
They held seven angling matches throughout 2017 at Wingerworth Lido and the Wallpond and this years winner was Martyn Jacques, based on an aggregate score of the matches.
The Council Chair, Councillor Rosie Smith said, “I was overwhelmed by the angling associations genorisity and kindness in donating this money to my charities, which will certainly go a long way to helping a lot of people.”
The association has been holding charity matches for over 20 years and have always donated money to the Council Chair’s Appeal.
Picture Caption: Pictured is (left to right) Steve Mellor, Club Secretary, Martyn Jacques, competition winner, Council Chair, Cllr Rosie Smith and Frank Bradley, Match Secretary.
5th October 2017Sporting heroes honoured by council Open or Close
Ten athletes and clubs from across North East Derbyshire were honoured recently for their commitment to sport and the achievements they had made over the last 12 months at the Council’s annual Sports Awards.
The winners picked up their awards at a special ceremony held at our headquarters on Wednesday 4 October 2017 to recognise and celebrate the sporting successes of athletes and those involved in sport at all levels across North East Derbyshire.
The winners ranged from local swimming and running clubs to national heptathletes and a multiple bike trails world champion.
Council’s Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “It really is an honour and privelige to be able to recognise these individuals and teams for what they have done over the past year. We’ve got some amazing sporting talent and dedicated volunteers who make sport across our District what it is today – a huge success.
“My congratulations go to not only all the winners, but everyone else who was nominated or takes part in sport in whatever capacity.”
The full list of winners are below and the photographs can be seen via our Flickr site.
- Lifetime Achievement Awards - Richard Walker
- Sportsman of the Year – Matthew Cooper
- Sportswoman of the Year – Imogen Clark
- Service to Sport Award – Tom Dawson
- Community Award – Dronfield Diamonds
- Manager/Coach – Anthony Klenczar
- Club of the Year – Eckington Swimming Club
- Junior Team – Tupton Hall U14 Girls for Football/Cricket
- Young Sportswoman of the Year – Niamh Emerson
- Young Sportsman of the Year – Adam Morewood
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.
28th September 2017Joint crackdown on taxis hailed a success Open or Close
A recent crackdown on taxi vehicles at East Midlands Airport found over 85% of vehicles stopped met the required standards.
The regional enforcement campaign, included officials from Bolsover District Council and North East Derbyshire District Council, the Police and the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), saw spot checks carried out on over 140 vehicles, with 120 of these passing with flying colours.
All the vehicles from Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire that were checked were found to be satisfactory. However, 20 taxis from other areas did not reach the required standards.
Four of them received prohibitions for failing to have tyres that meet safety requirements. Two drivers were reported for not having road tax, and another was given a fixed penalty notice for having a tyre tread below the legal limit. Others were also warned about more minor defects such as broken bulbs.
Cabinet member with responsibility for Licensing, Councillor Michael Gordon said, “It’s very reassuring all the vehicles inspected from North East Derbyshire and Bolsover were found to be satisfactory. Public safety is our absolute priority and we hope this operation has helped spread this message among drivers of licensed vehicles. What we need now is for better and more stringent legislation from government to make sure taxis and those driving them are fit and proper for the safety of the public.”
Bolsover District Council's Cabinet Member for Licensing Councillor Brian Murray-Carr said, "This initiative highlights that the majority of taxi drivers take care of their vehicles and ensure they meet high standards when it comes to safety. It is very important to us and our partners that we participate in enforcement campaigns to identify those that don’t comply with the law and licensing requirements.
Inspector Ivan Odell from Leicestershire Police said: "Once again this was a highly successful operation and demonstrates the value of partner agencies working collaboratively and effectively to improve the safety of the travelling public. The vast majority of taxis and licensed vehicles were being operated safely and legally but this operation will be repeated and should serve as warning to those who choose to continue to operate outside the law."
Bill Harrison, DVSA enforcement delivery manager, said: “DVSA’s first priority is to protect the public from unsafe drivers and vehicles. Our frontline staff worked alongside their police and local authority colleagues, and used their powers to take some of these dangerous vehicles and drivers off of the road. The vast majority of taxis checked were safe, with properly licensed drivers, which was pleasing to see."
During the initiative, a vehicle which was not a taxi was also flagged up on Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology and found to have no road tax, no insurance, no MOT, and defects including illegal tyre tread. The driver also did not have a DVLA licence. The car was seized and the driver was reported.
18th September 2017Rural businesses funding boost Open or Close
Rural businesses are being encouraged to apply for funding to help them expand and diversify.
LEADER funding is available for businesses based in rural communities throughout Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire District Council areas. Grants of up to €200,000 are available for a maximum of 40% of the total project costs, with the minimum grant being £3,500.
The funding is currently available until March 2019 and to help businesses find out more the BNED LEADER Approach in conjunction with D2N2, are holding two events to provide businesses with advice and information on the funding and support available. Refreshments will also be provided.
The events will be held as follows:
- Wednesday 27 September 2017 from 5-7pm at Doe Lea Centre, Mansfield Road, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, S44 5PD, and
- Thursday 28 September 2017 at Eckington Civic Centre, Market St, Eckington, Sheffield S21 4JG.
Please register for the event using Eventbrite or call 01246 217594 for more information.
29th August 2017Local electoral arrangements finalised for North East Derbyshire District Council Open or Close
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for North East Derbyshire District Council.
Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals earlier this year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across North East Derbyshire.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that North East Derbyshire should be represented by 53 district councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent ten three-councillor wards, nine two-councillor wards and five one-councillor wards across the district.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across North East Derbyshire who took part in the review. The Commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during the consultation.
“We believe these recommendations deliver electoral fairness for voters as well as reflecting community ties throughout North East Derbyshire.”
Full details of the final recommendations are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk
The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the coming months. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2019.
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1525/1250 or email.
Notes to editors:
1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected and – separately - for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.
2. The electoral review of North East Derbyshire District Council is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is being carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.
3. Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/8906 or www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/east-midlands/derbyshire/north-east-derbyshire/_recache
29th August 2017Anti-Fracking protest causing problems for local villagers Open or Close
A five-month anti-fracking protest in the village of Danesmoor is continuing to cause problems for local residents, businesses and the environment.
The protest has been in situ since April 2017, but alongside the legitimate peaceful protests there are a number of activists, mostly from outside the county, who have been involved in serious criminal activities in the area including extensive criminal damage. There have been assaults of Police Officers, serious criminal damage, obstruction and intimidation and flying drones over the site without a licence which have resulted in over 30 arrests being made to date.
14 of these, from a number of different locations across the country, recently appeared in court and the majority are charged with trespassing or obstructing on land, namely Old Pit Lane, near PR Marriott, in June and July this year.
The activities of the protestors include obstructing vehicles entering or leaving local business premises and occasional ‘lock-ons’ where the activists lock themselves to each other, or to equipment using a lock-on device. The protestors at the camp are also filming the individuals and vehicles coming and going from several business premises in the area, including those that have no connection to the fracking industry, causing widespread intimidation.
Damage to several local businesses and the nuisance caused by the protestors intimidating their staff and customers, is harming trade in the area.
They have set up camp on Pilsley Road near several trade premises and they have caused damage to the field, fences and gates.
A Council spokesperson said, “We are working with the police and other agencies to make sure the protest remains as peaceful as possible. People have the right to protest, but they must do this within the laws of the land and in a way as to not disturb and cause harm to the local environment and community who live in the area.
“These ‘activists’ are causing more and more problems for the local community and causing damage not just to property but to people’s livelihoods as well - and this cannot and will not be tolerated. So, we are investigating these issues and exercising our powers to resolve these problems as quickly as possible so the legitimate protestors and local community can be left in peace.”
We are currently consulting on possible measures to restrict the behaviour of the camp occupants to legitimate peaceful protest only and details can be found on on our news pages.
24th August 2017Two week public consultation on PSPO Open or Close
We are currently undertaking a two-week consultation on a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) covering Danesmoor and parts of Clay Cross which could last for up to three-years.
After the end of the 2 weeks period, we will look at the response to the consultation alongside evidence that has already been collated by the police, and any new evidence that is submitted. This will be presented for a decision to made on whether the Order is granted.
The PSPO could be introduced in mid-September, which would allow for appropriate signage to be installed.
The consultation will prohibit certain activities in the area defined by the map below:
- Any behaviour which causes, or is likely to cause, obstruction or interference to any individual or business in the conduct of lawful activity (or similar);
- Any behaviour which causes, or is likely to cause, intimidation, harassment, alarm or distress to any person;
- The placing of tents, caravans or any other temporary structures on any open space; and
- Camping, whether within temporary tents/structures/vehicles or otherwise, on any open space.
- The recording or broadcast by any means of video/audio/photographic footage of any individual and/or their vehicle which causes, or is likely to cause, intimidation, harassment or distress.
14th August 2017Council and Police revving up to deal with nuisance bikes Open or Close
Nuisance motorcycles and quads are continuing to cause problems across North East Derbyshire District.
Residents have become increasingly frustrated and angry at some of the irresponsible antics of those riding these machines in and around neighbourhoods and causing damage to trails, paths and open spaces such as children’s parks and sports fields.
And together with the Police, we have vowed to target these individuals, via organised initiatives which include focusing on known hot spot areas and bringing the culprits to justice.
Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Councillor Jeff Lilley said, “We receive reports about pit bikes, scooters and quads plus mini motos being ridden at high speeds in places where they are a real threat to the public. The irresponsible antics of some riders and their disregard for the safety of the public, and themselves has to be stopped.”
The machines can often un-roadworthy, have no license plates or are being ridden by people not wearing a helmet.
Councillor Lilley added, “Our aim has to be to protect members of the public and combat the problems sensibly, but what we need is for people to inform us and give us names and addresses of those responsible so we can act and take action.”
Sgt James Shirley from Derbyshire Police is urging members of the public to put forward names of possible culprits. He added, “These people will then be visited and given advice, followed by any appropriate warnings. This is a community problem and the solution lies in a joined up public, council and police response."
Anyone with any information should contact the Police on 101 or the Council on 01246 231111.
27th July 2017LGBT Consultation Open or Close
The Government want to know more about the experiences that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have living in the UK.
They have produced a survey that asks about:
- your experiences of accessing and using public services in the UK
- any experiences of discrimination you may have faced throughout your life
You will be asked about your experiences at work, in education, in healthcare, and about your personal safety. We want to collect as much information as possible, but you don’t have to answer every question if you don’t want to. The survey is anonymous: no one will be able to tell who you are at any point.
24th July 2017Brass Band Festival comes to Dronfield Open or Close
Talented musicians will once again raise the roof when we stage our annual Brass Band Festival.
Dronfield Sports Centre is the venue for the 59th event, which will see Dronfield (Genquip) Band, Shirebrook Miners Welfare (Unison) Band and Stannington Brass Band competing for the coveted T.H Hallworth Challenge Trophy and a top cash prize.
Money raised on the night from the sale of plants and raffle tickets will go to our Chair’s Appeal in aid of the Derbyshire Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Service and Sheffield Hospitals Charity the Spinal Cord Injury Centre.
Councillor Rosie Smith, Council Chair said: “This promises to be a great night of music and entertainment. I hope to see as many people as possible in attendance, enjoying themselves and helping me raise money for my two charities.”
Tickets are on sale now for the festival, which will take place on Saturday 23 September 2017. The event starts at 7.30pm, with doors opening at 6.30pm. Admission is £5 or £4 for senior citizens.
The event has been sponsored by: Avonside Roofing, Gary Fletcher Surfacing Ltd, Nationwide Windows, Providence Maintenance and Electrical Services, Pulse Fitness, Rykneld Homes Ltd and WM Lee Ltd.
17th July 2017Sporting stars set to be recognised 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.
The North East Derbyshire District Council 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 2016 to August 2017. 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 8 September 2017.
Nomination forms are available to complete on-line or by contacting Derbyshire Sport (Katie Crockett, Marketing Officer 01773 571224).
7th July 2017Barking Mad Open or Close
Four noisy dogs have cost their owner over £584 in court fees after they caused a neighbourhood nuisance by continually barking.
We received complaints about dogs continuously barking at the property of Brenda Green (52) of Thirlmere Drive, Dronfield. We served her with an abatement notice requesting that the noise stop and be dealt with, but Green failed to act on this.
Further investigations by us found that Green’s four dogs - a Staffy cross Collie, a Jack Russell, a Staffy cross Alsatian and an American Bulldog – were still continually barking, sometimes for up to four hours at all times of the day and night.
Green, who failed to appear at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court in Chesterfield was found guilty under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and was handed a fine of £440 plus £100 costs and £44 victim surcharge, totaling £584.
Member with responsibility for the Environment, Councillor Michael Gordon said, “The noise caused by these dogs caused a great deal of disruption and distress to the local residents and neighbourhood. The owner had been warned on several occasions about the noise and the consequences of not complying with the abatement notice.
"This is a clear message we want to send to people that noise nuisances of any nature will not be tolerated.”
If you are experiencing noise issues please report them online.
27th June 2017Dronfield named Safest Place in East Midlands Open or Close
Dronfield has been named the ‘Safest Place in the East Midlands’ following a recent study.
The study, undertaken by Value Penguin, was based on a variety of crime metrics sourced from police.uk via UKCrimeStats across 44 East Midland post towns.
Dronfield received a score of 593 which considered both violent crime and property crime and was adjusted for population size. The town was ranked as:
- 1st - Small Town Safety Rank
- 1st - Overall Safety Rank
- 1st - Violent Crime
- 2nd - Property Crime
The postal towns with populations of at least 1,000 were included in the regional study and crime scores ranged from 593 to 3,891 (where a lower score indicates less crime).
Dronfield has a population close to 25,000 and has the lowest violent crime rate for a post town of its size (population 20,000 to 50,000) in all of England and Wales. The most recent policing priorities involve ticketing vehicles parked in white zig zag lines near schools and carrying out speed checks near schools and problem areas.
Council Leader and councillor for Dronfield North, Graham Baxter MBE said, “We are delighted to receive this accolade. Dronfield is a lovely town with lovely people and we have worked hard to make sure it is a safe place to live, work and play.
“It’s a tight knit community, where people know each other, say hello walking down the street and look out for each other. We’ve got some great amenities in the town, such as parks, train station and leisure facility, and I feel all this added together has contrinbuted to us receiving this title.”
The North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partntership have worked hard with partners to reduce crime in the area which included:
- targeted and specific crime prevention work in areas where people have suffered from crime,
- staged cracking crime events to help educate people,
- spoke directly to local residents about any concerns they may have,
- undertook a burglar alarm project and provided free burglar alarms to people in areas that were deemed as needing one, and
- staged diversionary activities for young people by providing activities such as Extreme Wheels Roadshows.
Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Councillor Jeff Lilley said, “To be ranked first in three out of the four categories is a great achievement. I think people do feel safe here as over the years we’ve worked with our partners to tackle problems head on as they occur.
“You can see that our targeted approach to tackling problem areas and hot spots has helped reduce both minor and serious crime offences and we will continue to work closely with our partners to make sure we provide a safe and pleasant community for the town’s residents.”
21st June 2017Sheffield City Region Appointment of Independent Members - Audit Committee Open or Close
The Sheffield City Region Combined Authority has an Audit Committee to promote excellence in governance and financial reporting.
The Committee currently has a vacancy for one or more Independent Members, and is seeking people with the necessary skills, enthusiasm and commitment to be a member of the Committee and to bring a fresh external perspective to its work.
The purpose of the Committee is to provide independent assurance of the effectiveness of:
- the governance arrangements of the Authority
- the Authority’s risk management framework
- the Authority’s financial management processes and the way this relates to the performance of services
The Committee meets four times a year although additional meetings may be called if there is urgent business to be considered. The successful applicant will need knowledge, skills and expertise of the public sector in respect of finance, audit and wider corporate governance.
Support and full access to the Authority’s learning and development programme of activities will be provided, however, no allowance shall be payable, as per the Authority’s policy on Committee Member Allowances, other than for travel and subsistence where applicable.
This position is not open to Members or employees of the Authority’s constituent councils and for the purpose of these appointments, a person is deemed ‘independent’ if the person is not (and hasn’t been for a minimum of 5 years) a member, co-opted member or officer of the Authority, is not a member, co-opted member or officer of a parish council for which the Authority is the principal authority, and is not a relative, or close friend, of a member, co-opted member or officer of the Authority.
Closing date: Friday 30th June 2017, by 4.00 pm
7th June 2017Take action on National Clean Air Day Open or Close
On Thursday 15 June, the first ever National Clean Air Day (NCAD) will see local schools, hospitals, workplaces and communities across UK cities run events, and inspire local residents to act for
their own health and the health of local children.
The health impact or air pollution, equivalent to 40,000 premature deaths every year in the UK, is completely unnecessary and NCAD is all about giving everyone the tools and inspiration to reduce pollution now.
We are supporting the day raising awareness with our employees through facts and stories as well as highlighted the importance of clean air vi our social media platforms.
Everybody can have a positive impact on air quality and we would like to inspire staff/residents/employees/customers to understand the actions they can take to reduce air pollution, and limit its impact on their health and the health of others.
You can help by sharing a car to work, walk/take public transport to the shops, don't use your log burner until absolutely necessary or simply by switching off your engine whilst stationary.
Thursday 15 June will be a day of practical action, myth-busting and awareness-raising, so we can all breathe cleaner air. NCAD gives every school, hospital, workplace and housing estate free access to cutting-edge advice on avoiding and tackling urban air pollution, approved by health experts and academics.
All the information on how to get involved in NCAD is available from the NCAD website.
19th May 2017Council's new Chair unveiled Open or Close
Councillor Rosie Smith has been elected as the youngest ever Chair of North East Derbyshire District Council. Cllr Smith (27), who represents Unstone Ward, was Vice Chair of the council for 2016/17. She took up her new role as Chair at NEDDC’s annual council meeting on Monday 15 May. As part of her role as Chair, she will be raising money for two charitable causes – Derbyshire Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Service and Sheffield Hospitals Charity the Spinal Cord Injury Centre.
Cllr Smith, whose consort will be her sister Caroline, said: “It’s a great honour to be elected as Chair of the council and a role I’m greatly looking forward to. “I’m also hoping to raise as much money and awareness as I can for my chosen charities during my year in office.”
Cllr Smith has chosen to raise money for Derbyshire Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Service because of the valuable work they do helping vulnerable women, men and children in our area. Derbyshire Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Service is a specialist and experienced provider of domestic abuse services. Its primary purpose is to support all victims of domestic abuse in the local area. It was established in 1985 when it opened its first refuge.
While Sheffield Hospitals Charity the Spinal Cord Injury Centre was chosen after Cllr Smith’s best friend suffered a spinal injury following a car accident and spent eight months in the centre. The Spinal Cord Injury Centre, based at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital, treats patients who have injured their spinal cord and is the second largest specialist centre in the country.
Each year over 8,500 patients visit the centre from across Derbyshire, Sheffield and South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. A number of events will now take place over the coming months to raise money for the two charities.
Keep checking our website www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk, social media and forthcoming issues of our residents’ magazine ‘the News' for updates.
- Cllr Jacqueline Ridgway, who represents Eckington South, has been elected as Vice Chair of the council for 2017/18.
Pictured (from left): Beth Porter, Assistant Fundraiser for the Sheffield Hospitals Charity, Council Chair, Cllr Rosie Smith and Helen Mitchell, Deputy Head of Service for Derbyshire Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Service
19th May 2017Joint Strategic Director Vacancies Open or Close
Our Strategic Alliance was formed in 2011 and since then it’s enabled us to reduce our costs and pool our expertise but both Councils continue to face significant challenges and we need to step up to these.
In Oct 2015, we appointed a new Chief Executive who works across the two Councils. With drive and ambition we have achieved a lot in that time and made the most of the opportunities arising from these arrangements. We’ve also made the most out of the opportunities that have come from our location and our relationships with key partners across the Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and the Sheffield City Region. We’re delivering, but there’s much more to be done.
This is a crucial time for the Strategic Alliance and we need leaders who can excel at moving forward our transformation and growth agenda and bring creativity and innovation to the challenges we are tackling. These leaders need a proven track record, but also a desire to grow and learn. You’ll be working with an ambitious and energetic Chief Executive who will demand results but will invest in your development. We’ve got members committed to change and who want to make sure we innovate to protect our services and continue to deliver.
It’s a time of change and we need two people who can adapt and who have the resilience to deliver. You’ll need political savvy and a high degree of self-awareness but the opportunities will ensure you are part of a leadership team that shapes the future of the two Councils. You’ll need ambition and passion and be able to cope in a fast paced environment. You’ll be offered flexibility to help shape your role and you’ll be at the heart of defining how the Strategic Alliance goes forward.
To view the job description and person specification, please visit Gatensby Sanderson website.
18th May 2017Council's take lead with dog roadshow Open or Close
Dog owners across Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire District are being given the chance to have free wellbeing checks and urged to get their dog microchipped for free as part of a popular mobile pet checking unit which is touring the area in June.
We have joined forces with North East Derbyshire District Council to bring the PDSA Health Check Roadshow to the area from 13-16 June 2017.
The free wellbeing checks – which include weight, eyes, teeth, ears, coat condition and general fitness - are undertaken by an experienced veterinary nurse, who will also be able to provide information on the care of other popular pets. Dog owners who have puppies older than eight-weeks are also encouraged to bring it in for their first wellbeing check.
Our Dog Warden will also be on hand to provide free dog microchipping - something which normally costs around £15 – and is a legal requirement for all dogs.
Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Environment, Councillor Michael Gordon said, “Owning a dog is a rewarding experience, but it is also a big responsibility and can often come with hefty bills. So we are urging as many dog owners as possible to visit the PDSA PetCheck vehicle to find out more about their dog’s health and take advantage of a free dog health MOT!”
We have been running the roadshows for a number of years now and an average of 200 dogs receive free microchips and 120 receive free pet health checks during the course of the event.
We will also be offering advice about canine behaviour and responsible dog ownership – as well as handing out free poop scoop bags at each of the roadshow events.
Bolsover District Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Brian Murray-Carr, said “We are delighted that the Health Check roadshow will be coming to our part of the country again. They have been very popular in the past and provide not only dog owners with a valuable free service, but also give us the chance to talk to them about any concerns they have and any new initiatives we are bringing in.”
The PDSA Health Check Roadshow will be touring the Districts as below:
- Tuesday 13 June – Peter Fidler Nature Reserve, Riverside Way, Bolsover S44 6GA (from 11am to 6pm)
- Wednesday 14 June – Sharley Park Leisure Centre, Market Street, Clay Cross S45 9LX (from 11am to 6pm)
- Thursday 15 June – Killamarsh Community Campus, Stanley Street, Killamarsh S21 1EL (from 11am to 6pm)
- Friday 16 June – Shirebrook Market Place, Shirebrook, NG20 8AA (from 9am to 4pm).
For more information call your local council – 01246 242424 (Bolsover) or 01246 231111 (North East Derbyshire).
4th May 2017Vandals target Eckington play area Open or Close
An Eckington play area has been targeted by mindless vandals who have caused in excess of £600 worth of damage to the facility.
During recent routine inspections by our staff to the Ash Crescent play area, damage was found to have been caused to safety chains and a basket swing which have rendered the basket swing out of order. It appeared someone had taken an angle grinder to the safety chain, and bolts and links had been removed from and bent on the basket swing. A discarded needle was also found at the foot of the basket swing.
Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “This is just mindless vandalism. We only have a certain amount of money to replace and repair equipment each year and once it has been spent, we will have no alternative but to temporarily close the recreation facilities if they are deemed unsafe.
“For this level of damage to be done, the culprits must be taking equipment onto the play area with the sole intention of causing damage and potentially causing harm to children. We would urge people to contact us straight away if they see anything.
“The actions of a few idiots are just spoiling it for the rest of the community who do take care of and enjoy the facilities we provide."
The Ash Crescent play equipment is owned by Eckington Parish Council and we inspect every play facility under our management once a month to check for faults or repairs and ensure the facilities are safe for people to use. These are checked to European Playground Standard EN1176 and EN1177.
If anyone witnesses any vandalism on any of our play facilities throughout the District, or finds discarded needles in public spaces, they should telephone 01246 231111.
20th April 2017High Speed Broadband – Solutions for your Business Open or Close
Is your business missing out on the huge advantages of broadband due to poor connection speeds?
High speed broadband can help your business expand its customer base, adopt new technologies and increase growth while improving outputs and efficiency.
Join us for breakfast and find out more about how your business can benefit from adopting high speed broadband technologies and, specifically, the options available in your area.
Delivered as part of the Digital Growth Programme, this fully-funded informative breakfast seminar will offer a series of presentations aimed at bringing you fully up-to-date on new technology developments and the support that exists for businesses looking to upgrade and improve their current broadband connectivity.
Delegates will have the opportunity to understand the different connection types available - including fibre, 4G, wireless and satellite - and hear from the leading suppliers in these areas to understand the technologies available, before deciding on the best solution for your business. Find out more by visiting the e-business club website.
The D2N2 Digital Growth Programme is part funded by the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund.
18th April 2017Local businesses urged to ‘Meet the Buyer’ for The Avenue development Open or Close
Local businesses and trades people are being invited to be part of the first phase of development on North East Derbyshire District Council’s national flagship regeneration scheme ‘The Avenue’.
The 98 hectare site off Mill Lane – which once housed coking works – has been cleaned-up ready for redevelopment in a joint project involving ourselves and Derbyshire County Council. After 15 years of remediation and preparation for development, new multi user trails are being prepared and 7,000 trees have been planted to create an impressive green infrastructure to compliment future housing schemes.
And now Kier Living, which has been contracted by the Homes and Communities Agency to build the first 260 homes at The Avenue, is looking for contractors to work on site with an anticipated start date of September 2017. And we, together with Derbyshire County Council are keen to ensure that local businesses and trades people have access to the contracts that will be available and have therefore organised a 'Meet the Buyer' event.
Construction contracts are going to be available in: Groundworks, Bricklaying, Carpentry, Cleaning, Ceramic Tiling, Electrical, Insulation, Landscaping, Metalwork, Painting/Decorating, Plastering, Screeding, Coving, Plumbing, Roofing, Scaffolding, Street Lighting, Windows and Doors. A document that sets out the requirements to work with Kier Living on the Avenue development has been published and contractors are strongly encouraged to read this before registering attendance.
Tradespeople and firms interested in finding out more can attend a free drop-in event from 1pm-6pmon Thursday 11 May 2017 at North East Derbyshire District Council offices, Mill Lane, Wingerworth, Chesterfield, S42 6NG (for sat nav, please go via A61 Wingerworth).
Key decision-makers and buyers from Kier will be on hand to talk to traders about opportunities and benefits following presentations from the company and Cohnstructionline.
Meetings will be short and informal, on a first-come first-served basis and anyone interested can register online.
Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Bette Hill, said, “We are delighted to be at a stage now where works can actually start. It is a huge development for us and has been 15 years in the making so we want as many local people, businesses and trades to benefit and be a part of it, so we would urge them to attend this event.”
Derbyshire County Council’s Strategic Director for Economy, Transport and Communities Mike Ashworth said: “This is a massive opportunity for local building trades with work expected to be available on-siet form September.
“The Avenue will bring much-needing housing, business premises and community facilities to the area and we look forward to seeing work finally starting on the ground.”
If you have any questions please contact:
11th April 2017North East Derbyshire residents: have your say on new ward boundaries Open or Close
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across North East Derbyshire to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.
A 10-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 19 June 2017. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across North East Derbyshire.
The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that North East Derbyshire should have 53 councillors in the future, the same as the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent ten three-councillor wards, nine two-councillor wards and five one-councillor wards across the district.
The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.
At the same time, the Commission is consulting on a new pattern of wards for neighbouring Bolsover District Council.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across North East Derbyshire and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations. Over the next ten weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved.
“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.
“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across North East Derbyshire and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government to local people.
“We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole district or just part of it.”
The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations for North East Derbyshire. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 19 June 2017:
The Review Officer (North East Derbyshire)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
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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.