11th September 2019Council broadens funding for local initiatives Open or Close
Following the launch of their new Council Plan, North East Derbyshire District Council has confirmed its commitment to supporting local communities by establishing community activities as key priorities and extending the eligibility to funding to more local groups.
Commissions for advice agencies and voluntary sector infrastructure support agencies will remain, recognising the assistance they provide to vulnerable and disadvantaged households within the District. In addition, to enable locally-led action, some budgets have now been re-aligned for constituted voluntary and community sector groups who can demonstrate where new projects contribute to the Council Plan priorities. The new Community Action Grants Fund will support up to £500 and will be available for projects which will start from April 2020, with several bidding rounds held per year.
Keen to promote local leadership within its younger generation, the Council has also established a Climate Change Small Grants Scheme for Schools that supports projects which help raise awareness of, and mitigate, climate change issues. Eleven schools have recently been awarded funding and the next bidding rounds will be publicised later in the year.
To support the priority to develop an Older People’s Strategy, the Council will also continue to publicise its funds for local Older Peoples Groups and luncheon clubs to help promote social engagement and share community information.
Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, Leader of the Council said “We are committed to working with our local communities to deliver the best possible services for residents within our district. By broadening the scope of our existing budgets, we are giving more organisations the opportunity to make a positive difference for our residents and the environment.
“We will soon be publicising the impact of the school Climate Change projects and look forward to launching the application guidance for the Community Action Grants later this year.”
9th September 2019Council’s commitment to Covenant confirmed and commended Open or Close
North East Derbyshire District Council has reconfirmed its support to the Armed Forces Community and has received a national award for its efforts.
At its Council meeting on Monday 9 September 2019 the Council’s Armed Forces Champion and Leader, Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant for Derbyshire.
The Covenant is an agreement between local authorities, charities and other agencies who meet at the Derbyshire Covenant Partnership to share best practice and identify services which benefit the Armed Forces Community within the county; supporting the Armed Forces Community is one of the pledges made in the 2019-2023 Council Plan.
Colonel John Wilson OBE DL, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director, then presented the Council with a Bronze Award from the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).
As an employer the Council provides additional support to reservists by offering an additional week’s paid leave for military training and will promote vacancies on the newly established Forces Families Jobs website.
Col Wilson said, “I am pleased to present this award to North East Derbyshire District Council which has demonstrated its commitment to advocating its support to defence and the Armed Forces Community and has aligned its values with the Armed Forces Covenant.”
Cllr Martin Thacker MBE said, “We are committed to developing our support to the Armed Forces Community and to celebrate and commemorate their efforts. We are currently working with our partners to develop initiatives which will be part of a new countywide Covenant Action Plan and arranging VE Day 75 Year Anniversary events for May 2020.
“We are proud to receive the Bronze Award in recognition of the support we provide to our own staff to enable them to provide their personal dedication to the country.”For latest information on the Council’s support to the Armed Forces Community please visit our website at www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/index.php/resident/armed-forces-community .
Pictured left to right: Cllr Thacker MBE Leader of the Council, Colonel John Wilson OBE DL, Cllr Huckerby Chair of the Council, Steve Lee, Partnerships team manager.
6th September 2019Clay Cross to benefit from the Government’s £3.6billion New Towns Fund Open or Close
Clay Cross has today been shortlisted as one of the 100 towns invited by the Government to submit a proposal to its £3.6billion New Towns Fund.
The announcement of which places where shortlisted for the fund was made by Local Government Secretary, the Right Hon. Robert Jenrick MP on Friday 6 September 2019.
The 100 places chosen for the shortlist include places with a proud industrial and economic heritage, but which have not always been able to benefit from economic growth as much as other areas.
Clay Cross is one of 33 places within the Midlands Engine area that have been chosen to become pioneers of Town Deals as part of the Government’s commitment to level up all regions by boosting productivity, skills and living standards.
Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, Council Leader said, “This is incredible news for Clay Cross and our wider District of North East Derbyshire. Working together as a team, we have managed to secure funding to help the continued improvement and regeneration of Clay Cross town centre, ensuring that we can build the right infrastructure and develop the skills we need for the future.”
The government will soon publish a prospectus that will help guide towns through the process and set the eligibility criteria for the funding. When this has been released, we will work with a range of partners in both the public and private sector, to develop their proposal for improving Clay Cross.
Once approved, new Town Deals will improve connectivity, provide vital social and cultural infrastructure and boost growth – with communities having a say on how the money is spent.
30th August 2019Pioneering schools project expands Open or Close
A pioneering project aimed at giving students a leg up the ladder in the construction industry, is expanding.
The Avenue School Challenge, which aims to help students find out more about the world of construction and improve their science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) skills, was set up by North East Derbyshire District Council and partners in autumn 2018.
However, thanks to the success of the pilot project, the council has now pledged to continue with the initiative for the next ten years.
Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council, said: “I’m delighted we have been able to help students find apprenticeships and work experience through this pioneering project.
“I’m also pleased we have been able to expand the scheme, so it can be of benefit to even more young people eager to carve out a career in construction.”
Pupils from Tupton Hall School and Parkside Community School took part in the pilot project, which included taking part in various ice-breaking and construction activities at our Wingerworth offices, as well as site visits, talks in school from industry professionals and a visit to Chesterfield College to create video CVs.
At the end of the scheme, the students then attended a special presentation evening, where they were presented with certificates and a CREST qualification – a widely recognised national award within the construction sector - for all their hard work.
In addition, four pupils were given apprenticeships and three students had work experience placements with Kier Living, who are building the first phase of houses on the Avenue site in Wingerworth and have been involved with the project from the start.
Four schools will now be involved in the Avenue School Challenge, when it is re-launched on 23 September 2019.
On this day, students from the schools will be invited to North East Derbyshire District Council’s Mill Lane offices in Wingerworth to join in construction related activities to develop team building and project management skills, in addition to interviewing professionals in the construction sector to find out what is involved in their job roles.
14th August 2019Council welcomes visitors from twin town Darmstadt-Dieburg Open or Close
North East Derbyshire District Council recently welcomed two visitors from North East Derbyshire’s German twin town of Darmstadt-Dieburg.
Council Leader, Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, presented them with two civic plates to show appreciation of the many years of twinning past and the many years still to come.
In 2023, North East Derbyshire will celebrate 60 years of twinning with the German town.
Council Leader, Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, said: “Most people are aware of the positive benefits of twinning. There has been an established link between North East Derbyshire and Darmstadt-Dieburg for a number of years. We are now exploring new and effective ways of twinning between our communities.”
Inge Eckmann and Franz Zoth, members of the Darmstadt-Dieburg Twinning Committee, attended our Council offices in Wingerworth to speak with Cllr Thacker about closer links between Darmstadt-Dieburg and North East Derbyshire and to discuss future projects.
Speaking after the presentation, Inge said: “We hope to keep with the idea of twinning and do more partnership activities in the future. We are very happy to have been welcomed so warmly.”
Cllr Thacker added he hoped links between schools could now be strengthened, perhaps through the use of technology such as Skype or Lync.
Pictured (from left): Franz Zoth and Inge Eckmann accepting the civic plates from Council Leader Cllr Martin Thacker MBE.
13th August 2019Food business operator prosecuted over poor hygiene standards Open or Close
A local food business operator in Eckington has pleaded guilty and been fined £1,129.37 for selling food items passed their use by date.
North East Derbyshire District Council visited Birkhill Stores in Eckington on 16 May 2019 and inspected the food contained within the refrigerators and found a number of food items were passed their use by date, including raw meats and ready to eat foods.
The food items were immediately seized by the officer. During the inspection, an employee asked the Council officer if the food items could be thrown away without the need for formal action or if the officer could alter the date they were putting on the formal documents.
The premises have been subject to two previous inspections within the last two years, which resulted in the food safety hygiene rating being reduced to one and a warning letter sent with regards to out of date food items.
The case was heard on 29th July at Northern Derbyshire Magistrates’’ Court when Mr M Vijayathas, the food business operator, pleaded guilty stating in mitigation that his employee had failed to follow procedures. The court imposed a band D fine to reflect the seriousness. He was fined £826 (reduced from £1240 for the plea) plus a Victim Surcharge of £82 and costs of £221.37, giving a total of £1129.37.
Councillor Charlotte Cupit, Cabinet member for the environment for North East Derbyshire District Council said:
“We have a zero tolerance policy on businesses who fail to comply with food safety regulations. The fact the premises had previously been inspected shows the disregard of the business owner and has duly been punished. We as a council actively inspect the businesses in the District to ensure our high standards are met. Food safety is an important issue and this prosecution is a clear message that poor hygiene standards and practises will not be tolerated and we aim to tackle and educate the owners at the source”.
9th August 2019Brass Band Festival all set to hit the right notes Open or Close
Three local brass bands are set to blow their own trumpets, snare the crowds and battle it out at Dronfield Sports Centre as they take part in North East Derbyshire District Council’s 61st Annual Brass Band Festival.
The bands – Bakewell Silver Band, Dronfield (Genquip) Band and Shirebrook Miners Welfare Band – will take centre stage and will be vying for this year’s T.H. Hallworth Challenge Trophy and top cash prize at the concert on Saturday 21st September 2019.
During the evening money will also be raised for the Council Chair’s Appeal in aid of local charity Sheffield Children’s Hospital PACT (Parents Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia).
Councillor Carol Huckerby, Chair of North East Derbyshire District Council said:
“We have some great local talent on show at this fantastic festival. There will be some top class musicians and performances for all the family to enjoy and is set to be an amazing evening, raising money along the way for a very worthy charity. I am hoping to raise money at the Festival to support the ‘Sheffield Children’s Hospital PACT (Parents Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia)’.
PACT is run by parents themselves and is passionate about being there for other parents and children who also face the same challenges of cancer and leukaemia. They do this by sharing their own experiences, offering emotional support and assistance, meals for parent so they don’t have to leave their child and offer accommodation close to the hospital. PACT does a marvellous job and I hope as a community we can all get behind them.
The Brass Band Festival is a long standing tradition in North East Derbyshire. I do hope that as many people as possible will join me at what should be a great evening that will help a really worthwhile cause”.
23rd July 2019Residents urged to have their say on Council Plan Open or Close
We are urging North East Derbyshire residents to have their say on our draft Council Plan, which sets out our aims and ambitions for the next four years.
The plan, which runs from 2019-2023, focuses on four main themes: Our Residents, Our Environment, Our Services and Our Economy.
Each theme has a number of priorities we will focus on, to deliver our vision for the District - that North East Derbyshire is clean and attractive, a place where people are proud to live and work, a place where people will prosper and a place where people will feel safe, happy and healthy.
Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council, said: “North East Derbyshire is brimming with history, culture and heritage that we need to protect and embrace.
“It is our responsibility to work with partners, towards a shared aspiration for North East Derbyshire to be the best area and the best Council.
“We value our heritage and all of the District’s key features such as areas of natural beauty and historical interest. That’s why we have put protecting our Green Belt, promoting our tourism assets, encouraging Neighbourhood Plans and reducing our carbon footprint at the heart of our plan.
“It’s vitally important we do all this whilst listening to what our local residents want and responding to their needs.”
There are a number of ways people can comment on North East Derbyshire District Council’s draft Council Plan 2019-2023.
In addition to the questionnaire, the draft plan can also be viewed in full on Ask Derbyshire.
The deadline for comments is Friday 23 August.
19th July 2019Council reassures Tupton residents over proposed housing development Open or Close
North East Derbyshire District Council has moved to reassure residents in Tupton that the development of Ankerbold Road will benefit the village and that local people’s concerns have been listened to.
Local Members raised issues with the development at the June Council meeting. Since then the Council has commissioned an independent review from a respected firm of solicitors with a wealth of experience in public sector law. Having reviewed all available information including representations from the area, the independent review has given the scheme a clean bill of health.
During the planning and pre planning process, the developer listened to local people’s worries about the number of dwellings allocated to the site and reduced the number of homes from 225 to 193, giving the site a more open feel and dedicating 15% of the development to public open space.
The site is due to make way for a new housing development that will see a mix of housing including a number of 2 and 3 bedroom bungalows, with 20% of the site being allocated for affordable homes. As part of the development the local community of Tupton will see a number of benefits including:
- Affordable homes to assist children and grandchildren of the people who live in and want to stay in Tupton.
- To help first time buyers get on to the property ladder. There will be a number of shared ownership properties and the site will be supported by the Help to Buy Scheme.
- The construction of bungalows will assist in filling a demand for local people with mobility needs, freeing up family homes in Tupton.
- The site will include a number of environmental benefits that will see greenways/pedestrian links throughout the site affording a natural play space for local families to enjoy. It will benefit from an increase in the biodiversity with bat and bird boxes with a range of other habitats being created for wildlife.
- During the five-year build programme the developer will target 60% of the total project spend within 20 miles of the site giving employment opportunities to local tradespeople.
- Approximately £1.38m will be invested in the village as follows:
- £74k in health care
- £216k in primary education
- £498k in secondary education
- £223k in post 16 education
- £371k in highways infrastructure
- Local companies will be targeted to undertake the maintenance of the landscaping shared spaces within the development.
- Employment opportunities for young people including work experience, placement positions, apprenticeships and careers events with local schools throughout the project.
18th July 2019Chair of council chooses Sheffield Children’s Hospital PACT as her chosen charity Open or Close
Our Chair of North East Derbyshire District Council Cllr Carol Huckerby paid a visit to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital PACT (Parents Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia) Friends. She has chosen to support PACT through her charitable appeal during her year in office.
PACT is run by parents themselves and are passionate about being there for other parents and children who also face the same challenges of cancer and leukaemia. They do this by sharing their own experiences, offering emotional support as well as much needed assistance, such as meals so that parents do not need to leave the side of their children. They also provide accommodation at the PACT house close to the hospital as well as family holiday breaks so that they can all recover after their children have undergone periods of treatment.
Cllr Huckerby met staff at the PACT house as well as nursing staff on the ward. Speaking of the visit, Cllr Huckerby said: “It was truly humbling to see the great work which PACT does for parents and families. Cancer is a terrible illness, but this is especially so for a child. I hope that the money we raise to support PACT during my year in office will help to highlight the importance of ensuring that these children and their families are supported, so that they can continue to live their lives with respect and dignity. “
18th July 2019Land owner prosecuted for failure to dispose of waste Open or Close
North East Derbyshire District Council has prosecuted a landowner in Eckington for failing to comply with a council notice requiring him to remove this accumulation of waste from his property in December 2018.
Mr Jeremy White was served with a legal notice under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 by the Environmental Enforcement team after officers found a large accumulation of black bags and other waste on his land which had attracted rats.
Officers found evidence in the waste prior to it being cleared and issued several fixed penalties to nearby residents and a business under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for contributing to it.
Mr White failed to comply with the notice requiring him to remove the accumulation, resulting in the Council having to clear it incurring significant costs. Mr White pleaded guilty for failing to comply with the notice at Chesterfield Magistrates court and was fined £660 in addition to paying the council’s costs of £1115.68.
North East Derbyshire District Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Charlotte Cupit said, “As a landowner you have a responsibility to maintain your land and keep it clear of fly tipping. As a council which aims to protect our resident’s safety, we will prosecute those who fail to comply. We want to keep our district free of fly tipping as it is a danger to the environment and an eyesore to all”.
12th July 2019Council puts name to Charter for British Sign Language Open or Close
North East Derbyshire District Council has signalled its commitment to people with hearing difficulties by signing up to all pledges in the British Sign Language Charter.
The British Deaf Association's Charter for British Sign Language encourages organisations to meet a number of pledges, and in doing so improve access to services, support equal opportunities and build good relations with the deaf community.
The charter was signed by the Council's Leader, Councillor Martin Thacker MBE - who himself grew up in the deaf community with deaf parents and learnt to sign at an early age.
It confirms the Council's commitment to 5 key pledges:
- ensuring access to information and services for deaf people,
- promoting learning and high quality teaching of British Sign Language (BSL),
- consulting with the deaf community on a regular basis,
- supporting deaf children and families, and
- ensuring staff working with deaf people can communicate effectively in BSL.
Councillor Thacker said: "This is something very close to my heart as both my parents are profoundly deaf and we as a Council are committed to doing all we can to support everyone who lives, works or visits our District.
"One in six people in the UK have some form of hearing loss and data shows this is more like one in five in our district. By signing this charter we have underlined our determination to further improve access to the services we offer to members of our deaf community."
8th July 2019Council takes action to combat climate change in north east Derbyshire Open or Close
We have declared a Climate Change emergency and given the go ahead for a wide range of tough-tackling measures intended to reduce the authority’s impact on climate change.
The actions, which go beyond what the government have set, include a push for the reduction in energy consumption and changes to how new and existing developments can become more sustainable.
The measures were approved at a meeting of the Council on Monday 8 July 2019 and had been put forward as part of the Council’s Transformation Programme which looks at improving the sustainability of the Council, delivering excellent services to the community, when and how they want them.
Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Charlotte Cupit said, “The ambition of this plan is to achieve an 80% carbon reduction measured against our 2014 baseline by 2030. This is an ambitious target but we have the right blend of skill and knowledge across the authority and by working with the local community, we are confident we will achieve it.
“And we’ve already started to make in-roads as we have been talking to schools and have eleven applications to our grant scheme to help them develop their own climate change initiatives.”
The approved measures will also see a reduction in the need to travel and a review of fleet management and young people in local schools will also be encouraged to develop ideas and plans that lead towards a carbon considerate culture.
We will also seek to work with partners and residents to minimise waste and increase recycling and through promotion of energy efficiency more environmentally friendly alternatives will be looked at within local communities and businesses.
Councillor Cupit added, “We need to reduce our reliance on climate damaging energy and change the way we operate so we utilise more renewable energy sources in a move to a lower carbon lifestyle.
“To do this we need to take a long hard look at ourselves. We need to reduce the amount of power we need by properly insulating our buildings, utilise the latest technologies and educate ourselves and others. Put simply, we need to be more careful with our use of resources by finding more efficient ways of doing things.”
The Plan will be a dynamic one that can change as new opportunities arise, but it will also be reviewed regularly with a comprehensive review undertaken annually for the lifetime of the plan.
14th June 2019Nominations set to open for Peak District and Derbyshire tourism awards Open or Close
Businesses that represent the best of the area’s tourism industry are set to be showcased and celebrated in the newly-launched Peak District & Derbyshire Tourism Awards.
Organised by Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire, the area’s official tourist board, the awards will recognise excellence and outstanding achievement in the Peak District and Derbyshire’s valuable tourism sector, which is worth over £2.15 billion, attracts 40.45 million visitors each year and supports over 28,000 jobs.
Nominations are open from 17th June to 4th August 2019, with local businesses encouraged to enter in 11 categories that celebrate different aspects of the visitor economy – from amazing visitor attractions and great accommodation providers to traditional pubs and unique experiences.
Winners from each category will automatically be put forward into the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2020, which represent the highest accolades in English tourism.
Supported by the University of Derby and the European Regional Development Fund, awards include ‘Hotel of the Year’, ‘Self Catering Accommodation of the Year’, ‘Pub of the Year’, ‘Visitor Attraction of the Year’ and ‘Experience of the Year’. Others champion ‘Accessible and Inclusive Tourism’ and ‘Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism’, shining a light on some of the most successful and committed tourism businesses in the area.
Entries will be judged by a panel of experts in the autumn. Those shortlisted will be informed in November 2019 and the winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony in early 2020.
Jo Dilley, Managing Director of Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire, said:
“The Peak District & Derbyshire Tourism Awards are a celebration of the visitor economy and the people who work across the area’s tourism sector to make it so successful.
“We look forward to honouring all the brilliant local businesses who continuously strive for excellence, ensuring visitors have the most rewarding and memorable experiences when they visit the Peak District and Derbyshire.”
The full list of categories is below:
- B&B and Guest House of the Year
- Hotel of the Year
- Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year
- Self Catering Accommodation of the Year
- Visitor Attraction of the Year
- Pub of the Year
- Experience of the Year
- New Tourism Business of the Year
- Taste of the Peak District & Derbyshire Award
- Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award
- Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award
For more details on the categories and to enter, please go to:
The Peak District & Derbyshire Tourism Awards are free to enter for current members of Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire. Non-members can enter at a fee of £75 plus VAT per category.
Applications open at 09:00 on 17th June 2019 and close at 23:59 on 4th August 2019. Entrants must be based in Derbyshire or within the Peak District National Park boundary, and must be part of the visitor economy.
28th May 2019Council tax text message fraud Open or Close
Please be aware some residents have received text messages stating they are due a council tax refund. Please do not click on the link. We have not sent any messages like this to our residents and are investigating this.
9th May 2019Local artisans invited to apply for place in ‘Inspired by the Peak District & Derbyshire marketplace’ at Chatsworth Country Fair Open or Close
Producers based in Derbyshire are invited to showcase, promote and sell their products and services to a potential audience of around 70,000 people at Chatsworth Country Fair this summer – thanks to an exciting opportunity offered by the area’s official tourist board.
After a successful launch at last year’s event, Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire (MPDD) is inviting local producers to apply for a place in the Inspired by the Peak District and Derbyshire Marketplace at one of England’s most spectacular annual outdoor celebrations.
Held at Chatsworth from 30 August – 1 September 2019, Chatsworth Country Fair showcases the best in traditional, British country pursuits, with spectacular showground entertainment, quality trade stands and fun for all the family.
MPDD is inviting producers based in Derbyshire to register an interest in exhibiting in the Inspired by the Peak District and Derbyshire Marketplace at the event, which will celebrate the fantastic variety of quality products made in the area.
The opportunity is open to small-to-medium-sized businesses – ranging from food and drink producers* to artists and craftspeople – and is part financially supported by the MPDD-led European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Growing and Developing the Visitor Economy in Derbyshire Project.
Businesses are asked to register an interest in exhibiting in the Marketplace by highlighting what they have to offer and why they would like to be selected, using the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inspired-by-the-peak-district-derbyshire-marquee-at-chatsworth-country-fair-19-tickets-61157711361
Applications are open from 31 May - 28 June 2019. Successful applicants will be notified in early July 2019. Stalls provided to successful applicants will be subject to a charge of £100 plus VAT per business.
Jo Dilley, Managing Director of Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire, said:
“We’re excited to offer this fantastic opportunity to a selection of producers based in Derbyshire, thanks to support from our ERDF project. Chatsworth Country Fair is widely regarded as the biggest and best event of its kind in the country – and offers a fantastic platform to reach a potential audience of thousands of people.
“Our Inspired by the Peak District & Derbyshire Marketplace provides a great opportunity to showcase your business, no matter how small, and whether you make fine food and drink, artwork or beautiful crafts, we’d like to encourage passionate local producers to apply for a place.”
The call to apply follows the successful launch of the Inspired by the Peak District and Derbyshire Marketplace at last year’s Chatsworth Country Fair, which saw a variety of local artisans ranging from whisky distillers to wood turners displaying and selling their products to thousands of visitors from across the UK.
Max Vaughan of White Peak Distillery, Ambergate, exhibited in the Inspired by the Peak District & Derbyshire Marketplace last year. He said:
“As a local SME, the opportunity to showcase our business and our recently-launched ‘Shining Cliff’ gin at the Marketplace was fantastic, especially as the cost to us to exhibit independently would’ve been prohibitive.
“As well as the large visitor attendance at Chatsworth Country Fair providing great exposure and an opportunity to sell our products, there is also a diverse range of other local / regional businesses exhibiting, some of which we now have ongoing B2B relationships and marketing collaborations with.”
For full details and to request an application pack, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inspired-by-the-peak-district-derbyshire-marquee-at-chatsworth-country-fair-19-tickets-61157711361
* Please note: Exhibiting perishable items is not recommended.
8th May 2019Landlord event is back after last year's success! Open or Close
We are holding our annual landlord event on 24 May 2019 and I would like to invite you to attend. Similar to previous events, there will be a number of speakers covering a variety of subjects, including; tax information for landlords, HMO licensing and various legislation updates. There will also be an opportunity to network with other landlords and representatives from various organisations, over a free lunch. Please see below for further details:
Venue: The Tangent Business Hub, Weighbridge Road, Shirebrook, NG20 8RX
Time: 10:30am – 14:00pm
Free Lunch and Free Parking on site
To register a place, please follow the link below:
26th March 2019Single Equality Scheme 2019-2023 Open or Close
The Council has launched its new Single Equality Scheme as part of its statutory duty under the Equality Act 2010.
We are committed to providing good quality services shaped by an understanding of the needs of different people and ensuring that how we deliver services promotes equality and fairness, and challenges inequality and discrimination in all its forms. We are also committed to ensuring equality as an employer.
This scheme builds on the achievements of the previous Single Equality Scheme 2015-2019, and sets out actions we will take to continue to deliver improved equality outcomes for everyone.
The objectives of our single equality scheme are:
- Everyone can access our services, facilities and information
- Decision making and services take into account the needs of residents and communities
- Discrimination, harassment and hate crime is not tolerated
- Our workforce and workforce policies, support equality
Please view a copy of the Council's Single Equality Scheme.
Please view the outcome document for the Single Equality Scheme 2015-2019
25th March 2019Gypsy and Traveller EIP Matters Open or Close
The Council was advised of the need to carry out a thorough search of potential sites for Gypsy and Traveller pitches. This was done and following consultation and public scrutiny before the Local Plan Examination Inspector, the Inspector has now written to the Council with her thoughts on how these sites should be dealt with in proposed modifications towards a sound Local Plan. The letter can be found here. The Council is pleased that it is not being required to allocate sites to meet the full need for pitches at this point in time. The Council accepts her findings and will agree with her the proposed modifications that will be the subject of further consultation in the summer.”
20th March 2019Closure order on problem properties Open or Close
Two problem properties in Tupton have been slapped with Closure Orders by North East Derbyshire District Council after local residents were subjected to suspected drug related activity and anti social behaviour.
A full Closure Order was granted for the property on Jackson Avenue and a partial Closure Order (meaning only the occupant can remain in the property) was granted for a property on Sales Avenue on 15 March 2019 from Chesterfield Magistrates Court for the use and supply of Class A drugs.
The Council, Rykneld Homes, Police and the Community Safety Partnership had received a series of complaints from local residents that the tenants and their visitors appeared to be drug dealing and were in a ‘drugged state’ in and around their homes. Their behaviour causes alarm and distress which has affected local people’s quality of life.
North East Derbyshire District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Councillor Jeff Lilley said, “This is the first time in Derbyshire two closure orders have been obtained simultaneously, so that shows how serious the problem is. The Closure Orders follow a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour, reports of drug supply and taking over recent months.
“The news of these Orders will be music to local residents’ ears as they can now get back to a normal life. A life without the fear of intimidation or constant anti social behaviour that has plagued them for so long.”
The Court granted the Orders as they believed that the use of the premises has resulted in serious nuisance to members of the public and the Orders are necessary to prevent the nuisance and/or disorder from continuing.
Councillor Lilley added, "These type of court actions do take time as we have to go through the proper legal processes, but it does show that we do listen to people and we do take action.
“I would like to thank all the residents’ and officers involved as without them we would not have had achieved this successful outcome.”
The Closure Order is for three-months, and will allow (property owner) possession of the properties and it is an offence if any person tries to enter the property.
19th March 2019Dronfield Manor Farm site set to be developed Open or Close
The former Area Housing Office site in Dronfield is set to be transformed into new homes.
North East Derbyshire District Council will bring the Manor Farm site back into use to provide a selection of two, three and four bedroom properties that meet the local areas housing need.
The site, will see the mix of 10 apartments and houses become available for people to move into from spring 2020.
North East Derbyshire District Council’s Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “The site has been derelict and an eyesore for some time, so it was a key site for us to bring back into use. This is an exciting development and the mix of homes to be provided has been influenced by local comments on the previous permission and a direct response to local housing need.”
One of the key aims for the Council is to provide opportunities for local people. Work on site is due to start in first part of this year and the development is expected to create construction and employment opportunities for local people and boost local trade.
Local Councillor for Dronfield, Christine Smith said, “This will be a fantastic development that will see good quality, modern and efficient homes for sale. To maximise the benefits to local companies, one of our key objectives is to make sure we create job opportunities for local people and ensure spend from the development is kept within the area wherever possible. This scheme will meet those objectives."
12th March 2019Council lends support to monthly running group Open or Close
North East Derbyshire District Council is supporting a new running group which meets every month on The Avenue site in Wingerworth.
Members of The Avenue 5K and 1,500m meet on the last Sunday of every month at Mill Lane, Wingerworth – opposite The Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve.
Participants can choose to run or walk 5km on The Avenue’s new footpaths. Children can also take part in a shorter 1,500m across the site.
Cllr Graham Baxter MBE, Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council, said: “It’s great The Avenue has now been transformed from one of the most contaminated sites in Europe to a cleaner, more scenic place where people can enjoy the great outdoors.”
The council is supporting The Avenue 5K and 1,500m group by offering free parking at our District Council Offices on Mill Lane.
Our reception is also open during the run for members to use our toilet facilities and enjoy refreshments.
The running group was set up in January and has seen membership slowly increase from 66 participants at the first event, to 76 during the latest run in February.
However, new members are always welcome to join in the timed runs, which start at 10am for the 1,500m and 10.15am for the 5km.
Anyone leaving their vehicle at NEDDC’s District Council Offices is kindly asked to make sure it is removed by 11.30am.
Cannon Events is organising the runs, which cost £4 for 16 years plus, or £3 for children up to 15 years old. (Refreshments are not included in the price) All children under 16 receive a medal for taking part.
There is more information on Cannon’s website www.cannonevents.co.uk
7th March 2019New café set to be installed at Dronfield Sports Centre Open or Close
Members and users of Dronfield Sports Centre will soon be able to re-fuel after their workout as plans are being prepared to install a café at the centre.
The Council’s Cabinet have agreed to the investment after a recent customer satisfaction survey revealed a need for a café in the facility.
The proposed café, which is currently being developed, will include a servery for hot and cold food and drinks including tea/coffee, shakes, smoothies and sandwiches, cooler displays with ‘Grab and Go’ options, a viewing area of the pool and a buggy park.
Dronfield Sports Centre has over 28,000 monthly visits and the Council see this as the next natural step in providing users with a place to relax and socialise after their workout.
Council Leader Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “We have invested heavily in Dronfield Sports Centre recently and it is now returning a profit for us which is great. But we cannot rest on our laurels and we need to keep investing, developing and listening to customer feedback to make sure what we offer is what our customers want.
“Although providing sports and fitness activities is our main priority, social isolation is a key concern for us so we see the café as a great community social place where people can come and meet for a chat and a cuppa.
1st March 2019Council agrees to investigate possible new leisure centre in Clay Cross Open or Close
We have agreed to explore plans to build a new leisure centre in Clay Cross.
We approved to undertake detailed investigations and surveys, develop a robust business case and secure investment from partners to assist in the redevelopment of Sharley Park Leisure Centre.
Refurbishing the existing Sharley Park Leisure centre was dismissed due to the operational difficulties, the age of the building and the costs associated with refurbishing the existing building.
So members of our Cabinet have agreed to the investment to start investigations into a possible new build leisure facility adjacent to the existing site.
A recent consultation exercise has also been carried out with stakeholders, users and members of the local community to see what they would like to see in a new leisure facility
Council Leader Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “Since 2011 we have invested approximately £2.4million at Dronfield and Eckington leisure centres and now we are focusing our efforts on creating a brand new leisure and health facility for people in and around Clay Cross.
“We have listened to what residents have said and want and we are all on the same page - we want a high quality 21st century community health facility and social hub for the town which promotes active lifestyles and helps bring local community services together that will complement the growth of the town in the years to come.”
Proposals for the new leisure centre could include a 25m pool and an additional learner pool, gym, four badminton court sports hall, soft play, café and village changing facilities.
Councillor Baxter added, “The cost of building a new leisure centre is significant, but this is something that we are committed to that’s why we need to undertake further studies and investigations to ensure the location of the site is correct and fits in with the wider plans for the town.”
25th January 2019Public land and services to be reviewed in Dronfield and Eckington Open or Close
We have recently received approval to move forward with a project that will review both the public sector land and buildings, as well as the provision of services, in the two towns of Dronfield and Eckington.
£40,000 has been received from Central Government through the One Public Estate (OPE) fund for the project.
The project aims to examine the use and location of publicly owned land and property in the two town centres, and to provide solutions that will eventually lead to that space being used in a more efficient and user-friendly way.
These recommendations will then form part of a development brief that will be used to secure a development partner, who will work with the Council to bring forward the recommended regeneration projects.
As part of the project, the communities of both Eckington and Dronfield will be consulted for their views on how they would like to see the spaces used, and these will then be taken on board to help inform the final document.
Councillor Graham Baxter MBE, Council Leader said, “This is fantastic news for the communities of Dronfield and Eckington. This is an opportunity for us to examine both town centres, and the publicly owned land and buildings there, to ensure they are maximised for the benefit of all.
“As a council, we recognise that a healthy, thriving town centre is vitally important for both a healthy economy and to act as a place for local people to meet and interact.”
The project will be a partnership project, between North East Derbyshire District Council, Derbyshire County Council, Eckington Parish Council and Dronfield Town Council, amongst others.
25th January 2019Change in law on household waste duty of care Open or Close
In 2019 new fines were introduced for breaches of the household waste duty of care – as a way to stop waste getting into the hands of unauthorised carriers, who may then resort to fly-tipping. This means if you pass waste to an unauthorised carrier then you may receive a £200 fixed penalty.
The council advises that you make all reasonable checks to ensure that anyone collecting your waste has a waste carrier licence, and obtain a waste transfer note. You should gather as much details as possible including vehicle registrations so that if the waste is found fly tipped the offender can be traced.
Householders can easily avoid falling victim to fly tippers by taking waste to their nearest Household Recycling Centre or pay a small fee for the Council’s Bulk Collection Service to take their waste away.
17th January 2019Potential Gypsy and Traveller site in Wingerworth no longer considered a suitable site Open or Close
North East Derbyshire District Council has agreed that a potential Gypsy and Traveller site in Wingerworth is no longer suitable for consideration in the current consultation due to highway issues.
We agreed that the Greenway site (Hunloke Estate) in Wingerworth is no longer suitable as planned works to the highway on a nearby housing development mean access to the site would not be possible.
The Inspector appointed to the Council by the Government has advised that she will continue to invite comments on the site until the close of the consultation period and the site will be included for discussion at the hearing sessions to be held between 13 and 15 March 2019.
Owned by North East Derbyshire District Council, the site was initially included in the consultation after discussions with Derbyshire County Council about potential Gypsy and Traveller sites. But since work on the Hanging Banks housing development has started the highway alignment works on this site means access to the proposed Gypsy and Traveller site is now not possible.
Councillor Michael Gordon, Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Environment said, “The site is opposite the Hanging Banks housing development and after we, as landowner were informed of this new information, we consulted with the highway authority and agreed that the site was no longer viable and have agreed the site should no longer be considered.
“We continually look at these sites and although it is unusual to change or amend material in current consultations, it’s not unusual for sites to fall out of consideration. So, in light of the new information we felt it would be in the best interests of the District and the Council to nclarify that the site is no longer suitable.”
The consultation is open until Friday 15 February 2019.
16th January 2019Cold calling Open or Close
Please be aware we have received reports of a company carrying out cold calling at Council homes in the North East Derbyshire and Bolsover areas and asking to inspect inside the property to check for damp and repair issues. The company claims to be working on behalf of either North East Derbyshire District Council, Bolsover District Council or Rykneld Homes. Neither of the Councils, nor Rykneld Homes, have arranged for a company to carry out such checks. All Council and Rykneld Homes staff carry identification badges and would have made an appointment before any such visit. For your own personal safety, it is important that you ask any caller to show you their proof of identity (all Council and Rykneld staff and contractors carry an ID card).
All of our staff are more than happy to show you their identification card before entering your home.
11th January 2019Local Landlords alerted to HMO property licensing changes Open or Close
We are alerting local landlords who manage houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) to important forthcoming HMO property licensing changes.
From 1st October 2018 all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO’s) with 5 or more occupiers living as 2 or more households, must have a HMO Licence from their local authority. Where a HMO is occupied by less than 5 people, it will not require a licence.
The Government have introduced this change to widen out the scope from the previous HMO licensing regime, which only applied to HMO properties of three storeys or above.
When assessing a licence application, the Council will consider the suitability and condition of the building for the number of proposed occupiers, as well as the suitability of the proposed licence holder. Applicants will need to demonstrate that fire safety arrangements are in place and adequate, and that the building has sufficient space and amenities. A list of required documents (such as current gas safety certificate and electrical installation condition report) will also need to be supplied for the application to be a valid one.
Landlords of relevant HMO properties must ensure that they submit an application for an HMO licence to the Council. Applications can be made by contacting the Joint Environmental Health Service for an application form. Guidance on making an application is also available on the Council’s website. There is an initial application fee of £496 with a further fee when the licence is granted of £111 making a total HMO licence fee of £607 (we are under a legal obligation to split the fee). The HMO licence will last for up to 5 years.
There are significant financial penalties for landlords should applications not be made and if they continue to operate the HMO after 1st October 2018. If landlords do not have a licence, or breach HMO licence conditions, they are committing a criminal offence.
Landlords of properties who are already licensed under the previous HMO licensing scheme do not need to re-apply until their current HMO licence is close to expiry.
For further information please contact Joint Environmental Health Service on 01246 217877.
4th January 2019Council launches new Empty Homes Service with E-on Open or Close
Whatever challenges you’re facing with getting your empty property back on track, we can help! North East Derbyshire District Council are working with E.ON to help deliver tailored solutions for owners of empty properties, to bring them back into use.
E.ON can offer you a free home survey, with no obligation. They will assess your property and you’ll get an action plan listing what needs to be done – then it’s up to you how you want to go ahead with any work. E.ON can project manage the work for you from start to finish – whether your home just needs a lick of paint or a complete renovation. Or, they can also support you through the process if you choose to do the work yourself. E.ON could offer flexible
payment options for any works carried out, to suit your individual needs and they also use trusted local (where possible) contractors who will carry out the works to a high standard. One resident has recently signed up to the service,
following years of struggling to bring their property back into use, they advised us that: ‘I’ve tried on a number of occasions to tackle the problems myself, but I’m no expert. Receiving support from E.ON has been a massive help’.
For free help and advice or to book a free home survey, call 0345 300 4389 or alternatively you can contact North East Derbyshire’s dedicated Empty Homes Officer on 01246 231111.
6th November 2018Dronfield housing complex future secured Open or Close
The future of a housing complex in Dronfield is set to be secured thanks to North East Derbyshire District Council and Rykneld Homes.
Negotiations are being finalised to buy the 79 flats at Hallowes Court on Cemetery Road from Equity Housing Association which had placed the development up for sale earlier year, with a number of the flats being vacant and facing an uncertain future.
We have now stepped in with an offer which will save the whole development and secure the future of much needed social housing in an area of very high demand.
The deal is scheduled to be finalised at the beginning of December and residents at Hallowes Court have already been notified of the planned change in ownership.
“Dronfield is an area of high demand for housing and we are delighted to be working to secure the future of this site,” said Cllr Graham Baxter MBE,Council Leader.
“Together with Rykneld Homes we have been holding talks with Equity Housing to look at the best possible outcome for residents at the scheme and the future of the flats going forward.
“I have met with residents to inform them about our plans and we very much look forward to Hallowes Court enjoying a long-term future, offering good quality rented accommodation in Dronfield.”
Once the sale is completed the flats will be owned and managed by Rykneld Homes – our strategic housing partner which manages its stock of 8,000 homes as well as owning its own properties.
Nigel Barker, Chair of Rykneld Homes, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming Hallowes Court to the Rykneld family. Rykneld Homes has been working with Equity Housing and the current residents to discuss our plans for the future of the site and we look forward to completing the purchase in December.”
26th October 2018Closure Order for Tupton property Open or Close
We have obtained a Closure Order to board up a rented dwelling in Tupton after local residents were subjected to suspected drug related activity and anti social behaviour.
The Closure Order was granted on 24 October 2018 from Chesterfield Magistrates Court after the tenant subjected local residents and neighbours to continuous anti-social behaviour (ASB) and distress.
Together with Rykneld Homes, the Police and the Community Safety Partnership, we had received a series of complaints about the tenants and their visitors with reported assaults and alleged crime from the property, which affected local people’s quality of life.
The Court granted the Order as they believed that the use of the premises has resulted in serious nuisance to members of the public and the Order is necessary to prevent the nuisance or disorder from continuing.
Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Councillor Jeff Lilley said, “The Closure Order follows a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour, reports of drug taking and alleged assault at the location over recent months.
"We listened to the concerns from residents regarding the problems the occupants and those visiting the flat have been causing and this closure will help prevent this behaviour from continuing.
“This would not have been possible however, without the assistance from the public in reporting these issues to us and we would urge our communities to continue to report matters to us so that robust action can be taken.”
The Closure Order is for three-months, and will allow Rykneld Homes possession under absolute grounds which is mandatory and it is an offence if any person tries to enter the property.
19th October 2018Scam Warning Open or Close
We have received a scam warning where a gentleman telphones a resident saying he is from Chesterfield Borough Council and he is doing some accounting work for North East Derbyshire District Council. He reports that there has been a “computer blip” and the customer has overpaid on their Council Tax Account and that the customer is entitled to a refund. Bank details are then requested. The caller identifies himself as David Carter.
The customer then receives a second phone call supposedly from their bank. The caller identifies himself as Jonathon Babbage, badge number RZ 264917 and states he is ringing from Chesterfield, Leicester. The phone number is 01246 0345 7345345. He reports that someone has tried to access the customer’s account.
Please be aware of any suspicious calls of this nature and do not give any personal details out.
9th August 2018Brass band festival set to hit right notes Open or Close
Three local brass bands are set to blow their own trumpets and battle it out at Dronfield Sports Centre as they take part in our 60th Annual Brass Band Festival.
The bands – Dronfield (Genquip) Band, Stannington Brass Band and Shirebrook Miners Welfare Band – will take centre stage and will be vying for this year’s T.H. Hallworth Challenge Trophy and top cash prize at the concert on Saturday 22 September 2018.
During the evening money will also be raised for the Council Chair’s Appeal in aid of local charity Chetserfield Royal Hospital.
Councillor Jacqueline Ridgway, Council Chair said, “We have three great bands on show and it promises to be an evening packed full of entertainment and great music.
“There will be some top class musicians on display and I would urge people to buy their tickets now so they can come along and enjoy the evening as well as helping to raise money for a very worthwhile local charity.”
This 60th annual festival will see the bands playing for prize money donated by Parsons Construction, WM Lee, Rykneld Homes, Pulse Fitness, Mount Building Services Ltd, Westleigh and Avonside Worksop Residential Roofing.
The concert is being held at Dronfield Sports Centre with the doors opening at 6.30pm and the festival starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are now available and priced at £5 for adults, £4 for senior citizens and they can also be purchased on the evening. Advanced sales and enquiries can be made by telephoning Donna Cairns on 01246 217045 or Dronfield Sports Centre on 01246 217217.
19th July 2018Temperatures set to increase again Open or Close
Temperatures across the East Midlands are expected to increase once again over the coming days – with the emphasis continuing to be on fine, dry and increasingly very warm or hot conditions.
*Update Tuesday 24 July
Temperatures across the East Midlands are expected to increase over the coming days – with the emphasis continuing to be on fine, dry and increasingly hot conditions.
The Met Office and PHE weather warning has stated: "There is a 90 percent probability of heatwave conditions between 0900 on Monday and 0900 on Friday in parts of England.
"Stay out of the sun. Keep your home as cool as possible – shading windows and shutting them during the day may help.
"Open them when it is cooler at night. Keep drinking fluids. If there's anybody you know, for example, an older person living on their own, who might be at special risk, make sure they know what to do."
The level three amber warning is issued when temperatures are predicted to hit 30 degrees during the day, and 15 degrees at night, for at least two consecutive days.
Weather-related advice can be found on the Met Office website."
Advice is to keep out of the sun between the hours of 11 am to 3 pm and stay indoors where possible. If you are outside please be vigilant, wear a hat and sunscreen and re apply every 30 minutes and have plenty of fluids.
From today (Thursday 19 July 2018), through the coming weekend and into early next week, daytime highs could reach the high 20s – and perhaps even exceed 30 Celsius.
However, our build of daytime heat looks set to coincide with higher humidity levels on Friday, bringing a thunderstorm risk south eastern parts of the region – and for a few locations here, some impacts could be possible.
In the heaviest showers and thunderstorms, some places could see 30mm of rain fall in an hour from slow-moving storms, which would likely bring flooding impacts, particularly if this amount of rain fell on an urban area.
As a result, a Met Office Yellow Warning for Thunderstorms has been issued that includes Rutland, much of Northamptonshire and parts of both Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.
This Warning is valid from 1400 until 2359 on Friday, bringing a Very Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts. These impacts mean we expect:
- A small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater.
- Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services, particularly during the evening rush hour.
- Spray and sudden flooding that could lead to difficult driving conditions with the possibility of road closures.
- A slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.
Of course, for many – the rainfall will be welcomed – although perhaps not in the large amounts that could fall in a short space time.
In addition to the Thunderstorm Warning on Friday, the Heat-health Watch has been updated this morning – and is now at Level Two across the East Midlands from 0000 on Friday until 0000 on Sunday. There is a 60% chance of hot and humid conditions, with temperatures likely to reach thresholds through this period, although somewhat less hot in coastal districts of Lincolnshire.
Weather-related advice can be found on the Met Office website.
23rd May 2018Residents’ views sought on sport and physical activity Open or Close
Residents in and around Clay Cross are to be asked their views on sport and physical activity.
North East Derbyshire District Council has appointed Strategic Leisure Ltd to find out local residents’ views so they can develop ideas for Sharley Park Leisure Centre, with the intention of getting more people physically active in and around the Clay Cross area.
Strategic Leisure will be speaking to residents, schools, clubs and organisations across Clay Cross to assess opinions on the existing facility, how it could be improved, and what additional activities the community would like to take part in.
Cllr Graham Baxter MBE, Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council, said: “Sharley Park is a popular and well used leisure centre.
“Keeping our communities fit and healthy is one of the council’s key priorities, so that is why we want to know if there is any more we can offer our existing customers, while attracting new ones to use the facility.”
Strategic Leisure will be in the area on 11 and 12 June 2018 and would like to hear residents’ views on how the physical activity offer in Clay Cross could be shaped to get more people involved.
Venue dates and times have yet to be confirmed, so residents are asked to keep checking the council’s website www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk and social media channels for updates.
In the meantime, anyone who would like to have their say can comment online now by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SharleyPark-NUser
The deadline for comments is Monday 13 August 2018.
Once the results have been analysed, they will be fed back to the Council for a decision to be made on what additional facilities/activities we may be able to offer.
26th April 2018Taxi driver faces disqualification over suspended licence Open or Close
A taxi driver who undertook 208 journeys whilst his licence was suspended has been fined £1,450 and faces a ban from driving.
Intikhab Alam, (47) of Joshua Road, Sheffield has held a private hire vehicle drivers licence with the Council since February 2016 and in line with our policy at the 18-month (half way) point of the licence he was required to submit information enabling a check of his DVLA driving licence to take place.
Three reminders were sent by post last summer, but Alam failed to respond, so we suspended his PHV driver's licence on 15 August until 29 August 2017 at which time the DVLA licence check had been undertaken.
It was then alleged that Alam had carried on working as a taxi driver despite being suspended. Council officials obtained his Operator's records and they confirmed that he undertook 208 journeys whilst suspended, all of which were therefore unlicensed.
When interviewed Mr Alam admitted undertaking the journeys and that his insurance would have been invalid because his licence was suspended.
Eight sample offences from the 208 journeys undertaken were issued for prosecution at Northern Derbyshire Magistrates Court in Chesterfield - four counts of driving a private hire vehicle without a licence and four of driving with no insurance.
In sentencing the Magistrates noted that he had undertaken the journeys knowingly, despite his licence suspension and for payment. Taking into account his guilty pleas he was sentenced to fines totalling £1,000, plus legal costs of £350 and a victims’ fund surcharge of £100 (total payable £1450). He was also issued with eight penalty points for each of the four insurance offences, leaving him facing disqualification from driving as a result.
Having heard an application for leniency based on exceptional hardship the Magistrates decided the offences merited a driving ban of six-weeks.
Councillor Graham Baxter MBE, Council Leader said, “This is a case of blatant disregard for the law. To carry on driving, especially when you are responsible for other people is an absolute disgrace and we are delighted with both the level of the fine and the disqualification from driving. Let this be a warning to others that unless you adhere to the procedures in place, we will use the full weight of the law against you.”
4th April 2018Excellence is standard at council Open or Close
Every one of our services is celebrating a great achievement after being recognised for its strong customer focused culture and partnership working.
We achieved this standard after an external assessment of our services found that we are providing ‘excellent’ services to our local communities.
Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, "This is excellent news. We have always worked hard as a council to improve both the quality and consistency of the services we provide to our customers and this formal recognition reflects our genuine commitment to putting our customer first."
The five main criteria of the Customer Service Excellence Standard are customer insight, organisational culture, information and access, delivery of services, timeliness and quality of services.
We were inspected against the standard’s 57 elements and achieved compliance plus in seven, compliance in 44, leaving only six that achieved partial compliance and further development.
The assessor visited us over a four-day period and reviewed evidence files, whilst also talking to a wide selection of people who work for us, including partners. They also spoke to customers and tenants and visited our Contact Centre and a Leisure Centre to ensure they got a full in-depth look at how we put the citizen at the heart of everything they do.
The assessor stated that “The Council has a high degree of awareness of its customers’ needs, across both residents and business customers” and “Information about services is good, regularly reviewed, used to promote services and make customers aware of what is available to them”.
Councillor Baxter MBE added “We have always felt that consulting residents on our services and providing good customer service goes hand in hand and this is something we will continue to do and improve upon. We will not rest on this achievement as we have already started to work on improving how people can access our services and new ways of informing them what we are doing on their behalf.”
29th March 2018Petcheck on tour Open or Close
Dog owners across North East Derbyshire District and Bolsover District are being given the chance to get their dog microchipped and receive pet health advice for free as a mobile pet checking unit is touring the area in April.
The two councils have joined forces with the PDSA Petcheck Roadshow again to offer dog wellbeing check-ups, nail clipping and ear cleaning and advice – all free of charge and undertaken by an experienced veterinary nurse.
In addition to the veterinary nurse, the Councils Dog Warden will also be on hand to provide free microchipping to dogs - something which has been compulsory for all dogs since 2016.
Our Dog Warden will also be offering responsible dog ownership advice, canine behavioural advice and giving out free poop scoop bags at each of the roadshows.
The Roadshows will take place at:
- The Hub, Shiners Way, South Normanton DE55 2AA on 24 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
- Kenning Park, Holmgate Road, Clay Cross S45 9PH on 25 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
- Hornthorpe Road, Eckington S21 4DS on 26 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
- Shirebrook Market Place, Market Street, Shirebrook NG20 8AA on 27 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
We have been running the roadshows for a number of years now and an average of 200 dogs receive free microchips and 120 receive free pet health checks during the course of the four days.
The Petcheck roadshow would also over to see any puppies for their first wellbeing check, but if they are younger than eight-weeks old, leave them at home with their mum and pop along for advice.
9th March 2018Degree level apprenticeships offer alternative to higher education Open or Close
Residents and businesses across North East Derbyshire are being given more choice when it comes to progressing their career and improving their workforce, thanks to the degree apprenticeships scheme.
The higher and degree level apprenticeships scheme, which gives a much wider choice of options for entering higher education in 2018 is now available, widening access to the professions and higher level technical skills.
And to help local residents and businesses, we are hosting a Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeship Marketplace event which will take place at our Council’s offices, Mill lane, Wingerworth S42 6NG on 30 April 2018 from 1pm to 6pm.
It will provide both residents and employers the opportunity to find out about the wide range of higher level and degree level apprenticeships that are already available – plus those that are being developed.
A range of opportunities are on offer including business, management, legal, engineering, architecture, food technology, health and social care and lots more.
Representatives from all of the local universities and college will be at the event to promote what they can offer residents as alternatives to going to university and employers can also learn what is available to increase their workforce skills.
Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “Recent changes to the apprenticeship landscape offer some fresh and exciting alternatives to traditional education pathways. The higher and degree apprenticeships provide the high-level technical skills that employers need and offer young people the opportunity to earn while they learn on courses that offer a high-quality alternative career path.
“Seeing the many opportunities now available is a very exciting prospect. More and more apprentices will be achieving the high-level skills our economy needs to compete; whilst employers benefit from employees with both the practical skills and degree level knowledge required in these professions. I would urge as many people and employers as possible to come along to this event and see what is available.”
Courses are available from Level 4 , which is equivalent to a Higher Education Certificate/Diploma, through to Level 7, which is equivalent to a Masters degree and takes between one and five years to complete.
You can gain your qualification, learn professional skills and progress your career – all whilst working.
28th February 2018Adverse Weather Conditions and Services - February 2018 Open or Close
Updated 16:23 (06/03/2018)
We aim to complete all missed black bins from last week by end of play on Wednesday 7 March 2018. Please leave your bin at the edge of your property for collection and no side waste will be taken. If your bin has not been collected by then please complete this form and we can investigate it.
We have received updated information form our Burgundy Bin contractors that they will aim to complete all missed burgundy bins from last week by end of play on Friday 9 March 2018. Please leave your bin at the edge of your property for collection. If your bin has not been collected by then please complete this form and we can investigate it.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Updated 14:52 (02/03/2018)
Our bin crews have been working hard over the past couple of days, despite treacherous weather and road conditions. They have collected as many bins as possible on their scheduled collections, where it has been safe to do so.
However, for some of the days we had to temporarily suspended our waste collection. This is not a decision that was made lightly but the working conditions deteriatored and the safety of the public and our workforce was our priority.
We understand that many of the main roads are clear but the majority of our work takes place on side streets which are unsafe for us to drive upon. Our collection vehicles weigh up to 32 tonnes and if this vehicle starts to skid on a crowded residential street lives would, undoubtedly, be put at risk.
If the forecast is correct and the thaw comes this weekend any missed black bins from 28 February – 2 March that have not already been collected by the end of today, then we would advise you to please leave it in an accessible place at the edge of your property from 6.30am on Monday (5 March) and we will collect it as soon as the road and weather conditions improve. All scheduled collections for w/c 5 March will take place as normal.
For any missed burgundy bins from 28 February – 2 March that have not already been collected by the end of today, please leave your bin in a safe position at the edge of your property and this will be collected as soon as possible.
Green bin collections are due to start again w/c 5 March 2018. To help us catch up with missed black bin collections we are diverting some of our crews from green bin collections. Figures from previous years have indicated that collection rates are low so if your green bin is not collected on your scheduled date please take this back to your property and present it on your next scheduled collection date, as our priority is to collect missed black bins.
All the above is of course weather dependent and we hope you appreciate and understand why some collections have been missed and we are working hard to collect any missed bins as soon as possible.
Updated 08:48 (02/03/2018)
All council buildings are open as normal. Our three leisure facilities are also open as normal. Bin collections are taking place where it is safe to do so and we advise you to put your bins out as normal if you are scheduled for a collection. We are experiencing a high volume of calls at present so you may get an engaged tone when you phone. Please hang up and try again later. If your query is not urgent please do not try and telephone us and get your answer via the website or our social media platforms.
For emergency housing repairs please contact Rykneld Homes.
For gritting, snow clearance and traffic information please vsit Derbyshire County Council website.
Updated 14:47 (01/03/2018)
We will be closing all council buildings at 3.30pm today to allow our staff adequate time to make a safe journey home before it gets dark. The latest weather and traffic information can be viewed via Derbyshire County Council website.
The forecast for tomorrow at present is currently a low probability for further significant snow, but the issue we have is the cold weather and a possibility of ice and strong cold winds. With this in mind, we are aiming to be open as normal tomorrow and we will assess each service area in the morning and decide whether normal service can be resumed or we continue with our Business Continuity arrangements.
For emergency housing repairs please contact Rykneld Homes.
For gritting, snow clearance and traffic information please vsit Derbyshire County Council website.
Updated 10:51 (01/03/2018)
We are experiencing a high volume of calls, some of which are for general enquiries. Unless it is an emergency please do not telephone us so we can ensure our resources are directed to those most in need. Thank you for your co-operation.
For emergency housing repairs please contact Rykneld Homes.
For gritting, snow clearance and traffic information please vsit Derbyshire County Council website.
Updated 10:08 (01/03/2018)
We are closing all three of our leisure facilities at Dronfield, Eckington and Clay Cross to allow our staff to get home safely. All swimming lessons and classes have been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. All bin collections (black and burgundy) have been cancelled and we are working on plans on how we will pick up those bins we have missed due to the weather.
Please telephone us for emergencies only as we are operating on a skeleton staff basis and only delaing with urgent issues.
Updated 07:27 (01/03/2018)
Bin collections will not take place today due to the ongoing severe weather conditions and the forecast for more snow this morning. We will try and pick up any missed bins as soon as we are able and it is safe to do so. Dronfield Sports Centre is open as normal and Eckington Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre will be open later this morning once we have an adequate quota of staff to operate the building. However, the Otter and Otter Pups lessons at Sharley Park LC and Dronfield SC have been cancelled this morning.
For emergency housing repairs please contact Rykneld Homes.
For gritting and snow clearance please vsit Derbyshire County Council website.
Updated 20:58 (28/02/2018)
At present our services will be operating as normal as possible tomorrow (01/03/2018) but this depends upon the weather overnight. We therefore advise you to look here and on our social media platforms for service updates or tel 01246 231111. Please contact our leisure facilities directly to see if they are open before travelling. Apologies for any inconvenience.
For emergency housing repairs please contact Rykneld Homes.
For gritting and snow clearance please vsit Derbyshire County Council website.
Updated 16:49 (28/02/2018)
Due to the adverse weather and driving conditions and more snow forecast for this afternoon we've taken the decision to close all council buildings and leisure facilities.
We have suspended all bin (black and burgundy) collections due to the adverse weather conditions and the forecast of more snow for the rest of the afternoon. We plan to operate a normal service tomorrow where possible and will endeavour to complete all missed bin collections by the end of the week. We apologise for any inconvenience caused but the safety of our crews is a priority to us.
For emergency housing repairs please contact Rykneld Homes.
For gritting and snow clearance please vsit Derbyshire County Council website.
23rd February 2018Taxi driver training to protect vulnerable passengers Open or Close
Passengers using taxi’s licensed by North East Derbyshire and Bolsover District Councils can be safe in the knowledge that all their drivers must now undertake mandatory safeguarding training.
The training is to improve public safety and identify potential risks to vulnerable adults and children. The training covers the following key areas:
- Understanding the need to protect vulnerable adults, young people and children
- Identifying possible victims of abuse and exploitation by understanding indicators of risk
- Identifying sources of advice and how to report concerns
- Understanding responsibilities in relation to personal safety and security
Councillor Michael Gordon, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Licensing at the Council said, “Everyone is becoming aware of the well-publicised issues relating to Child Sexual Exploitation. These are awful crimes, and we have a duty to assist the Taxi and Private Hire Trade and the public in tackling this issue and to protect those who are vulnerable. We need the help of taxi and private hire drivers and operators to identify those who commit these crimes and to identify vulnerable people who are at risk.”
In addition, Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Street services, Councillor Brian-Murray-Carr said, “Drivers need to command the highest level of confidence before they transport passengers – especially those who may be vulnerable. It is essential that we take seriously our responsibility to determine whether someone is a ‘fit and proper’ person to hold a licence.”
The decision to introduce the training was made following the publication of the Jay report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and the subsequent Casey report into Rotherham Council’s exercise of its functions on governance, children and young people, and taxi and private hire licensing.
Both reports indicated that licensed vehicles played a prominent role in the issues in Rotherham. As a key element of the local transport system, taxi and private hire drivers are well placed to identify vulnerable people who may need support.
The feedback received from the taxi trade so far has been overwhelmingly positive.
A Taxi driver attending one of the sessions, said, “I welcome this training which will help me to identify signs that someone may be vulnerable and in need of help.”
21st February 2018Draft Local Plan timetable agreed Open or Close
Following consultation on the draft Local Plan early last year, we have considered all the comments received alongside additional evidence and have prepared an updated version of the Plan.
The Publication Plan sets out the policies and proposals that we consider are the most appropriate for the area to meet the needs of the District up to 2034 and is the version we intend to submit to the Government for independent examination.
We are holding a six-week period of public consultation that runs from 21 February to 4 April 2018, and includes four public events.
- Clay Cross Social Centre, Market Street, Clay Cross, S45 9JE on Friday 9 March 2018 from 4.30pm – 7.30pm
- Dronfield Civic Centre (Main Hall), Civic Centre, Dronfield, S18 1PD on Tuesday 13 March 2018 from 4.30-7.30pm
- Eckington Civic Centre (Main Hall), Market Street, Eckington, S21 4JG on Thursday 15 March 2018 from 4.45-7.45pm
- Killamarsh Sports Centre (Parish Function Room), Community Campus, Stanley Street, Killamarsh, S21 1EL on Thursday 22 March 2018 from 4.45-7.45pm
Consultation responses at this stage must be set out in a specific way to address legal matters referred to as the ‘tests of soundness’. Put simply, we will ask people to consider two questions: Is the Local Plan legal? and is the Local Plan sound?
Cabinet Member for the environment, Councillor Michael Gordon said, “The Plan has been produced as a result of and in line with the Governments’ requirements and is the final opportunity for people to comment on the Local Plan before it is submitted for examination. All comments received at this stage will be sent to the independent Planning Inspector appointed by the Government to examine the Plan, so it is important that local residents come and talk to us at the events and express their views.”
More detail on how to comment is available on our Local Plan pages, at our main office and at libraries throughout the District. Officers will also be on hand at the public consultation events.
20th February 2018Green bin collections set to resume Open or Close
Households across the District are being reminded that their green bin collections are due to start again in early March 2018.
The green bin collections were suspended over the winter months as people are less active in the garden and there is little green waste being produced.
However, with spring on the horizon and people wanting to get back into their gardens the collections will start again.
Residents can place items such as leaves, hedge and plant clippings, twigs, branches and prunings, grass mowings, weeds and cut flowers. They can also place cooked and raw food waste (peeling, bones, fish, bread, pasta, fruit, vegetables, etc) into their green bins as part of our efforts to improve recycling and composting across the area.
Residents are also asked not to put any black or burgundy bin type wastes in their green bin to help avoid contamination.
The green waste is taken to a composting facility where it is then turned into valuable resource instead of sending it to landfill. Materials can be used for recycling or composting, with the rest of the waste being used to generate heat and power instead of it just going into the ground.
Depending upon which week your bin is collected they will start again on either 5 or 12 March 2018.
Residents should check the waste and recycling calendars that where distributed before Christmas for their exact start dates.
20th February 2018Councillors agree 1.9% council tax increase Open or Close
Councillors have taken the difficult decision to increase our share of council tax by 1.99% at a full council meeting on Monday 19 February 2018.
Councillors voted and agreed to the increase which will see households in Band D pay an extra £3.64 per year, or 7p per week.
While we have taken action both to reduce our expenditure and to increase locally generated revenue, we are facing financial shortfalls of just over £500,000 next year, rising to an identified shortfall of £2.157m by 2022.
Councillor Graham Baxter MBE, Leader of the Council said, "We have worked hard to mitigate the reduction in government grant by generating income wherever we can and we will continue to do this so the whole burden does not lie with local residents. No one wants to increase council tax if it can be avoided but the reduction in funding we receive combined with the increased costs for goods and materials have left us little choice.
“We have always said our number one priority is to protect jobs and frontline services and we have kept to this promise. We have invested heavily in our leisure facilities, improved our recycling services and contributed to the growth of our local economies, whilst still protecting jobs and delivering good quality services for the benefit of our residents.”
The extra revenue generated (approximately £111,489) will ensure the continuation of essential services such as waste collection and recycling, street cleaning and maintenance of towns and villages, support for our most disadvantaged residents and funds for our planning, leisure and economic development services.
We receive approximately 10% of residents council tax bill with the remaining 90% being distributed to four other precepts: Derbyshire County Council, parish councils, the Fire Authority and the Police Authority.
26th January 2018Holocaust memorial day 27 January Open or Close
Holocaust Memorial Day is a national day of commemoration to remember those who suffered during The Holocaust.
The day has evolved to remember other genocides including, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Each year Holocaust Memorial Day is observed on the 27 January. The date marks the liberation of the largest Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.
Every year a different theme is chosen. This year’s theme is “Words can make a difference – both for good and evil”. The theme explores how language has been used in the past, and how it is used in the present day. The impact of words during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, through propaganda used to incite, through slogans written in resistance, and through memoirs written to record and respond to what was going on.
A full copy of the theme can be found here
For more information, visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website here.
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.