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  •  12th November 2019
    Relief for residents as council works with Derbyshire Constabulary to obtain closure order for Arcam House Open or Close

    The premises Arcam House is a former public house on Draycott Road, North Wingfield. Residents in the area were subjected to anti-social behaviour from tenants from the four flats in the main building and two flats from the converted outbuilding.

    The Council responded quickly to complaints from residents regarding the aggressive behaviour, witnessing drug misuse and threatening language used by the tenants and served a number of Community Protection Warnings, Notices and a Fixed Penalty Notice.

    The property, managed by landlord My Space Housing solutions, was found to be in severe disrepair when the Council officers entered the premises and showed the landlord had failed to deliver on the residents’ concerns and had not issued warnings to the tenants as had been agreed with the Council.

    The Court was critical of My Space Housing Solutions, noting a lack of ownership by them. The Magistrates were of the view that an organisation such as MySpace should not have permitted for such behaviour to continue and escalate, resulting in a significant waste of public money. The Court accepted the evidence put before it by the Crown Prosecution Service and made a closure order on the property.

    Councillor Martin Thacker Leader of the Council said: “Council Officers, with partner agencies, have worked tirelessly to obtain the correct outcome for our residents on this case.

    We have fought to ensure this behaviour from landlords and tenants will not be tolerated in our district. As such, we have served a Community Protection Warning upon Myspace Housing Solutions to make sure any further issues are resolved effectively, and residents do not have to encounter such issues in the future.”

    This successful outcome through close partnership working should mean tenancies will be ended within the next three months enabling the property to be secured before My Space begin renovation work to restore fixtures and fittings within the property and making good the area, which the Court invited them to do.

  •  11th November 2019
    Council leading way in accessibility for people with disabilities Open or Close

    North East Derbyshire District Council, who led the field in making its council services accessible to all, is in discussions with a national disability organisation to produce an access guide for people with disability visiting our area, as well as undertaking an audit of the council’s own access provision for local residents.

    At Monday’s (November 11) council meeting, Leader, Councillor Martin Thacker said: “As an active advocate on access for people with disability I want to build on the work we have already embarked upon following the signing of the British Sign Language Charter. NEDDC is the first district council to sign the charter in the UK that commits to improving access for deaf residents.”

    He added that the Council was seeking to further develop an understanding of the wider issues of disability access for people with both physical and sensory issues.

    The council has had preliminary discussion with AccessAble to carry out an audit for people with disabilities. The organisation has wide expertise on accessibility and will be able to assist the Council in identifying areas to address in the Council’s own buildings and for visitors to North East Derbyshire.

    AccessAble, originally called DisabledGo was set up in 2000 by Dr Gregory Burke as a result of his own experience as a user of a wheelchair and a walker with a disability.

  •  11th November 2019
    Pair sentenced in puppy farm case Open or Close

     

    A former licensed dog breeder and her father have been sentenced following one of the worst cases of animal mistreatment ever seen by our officers.

    At Chesterfield Magistrates Court on Monday 4 November 2019, Sansha Lamb (39) of Draycott Place, Dronfield and her father Peter Lamb (70) of Ashford Road, Dronfield Woodhouse, were sentenced for nine offences of failing to ensure the welfare needs of dogs and also for a further two counts each of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs between January 2 and January 9 2019.

    Sansha Lamb also pleaded guilty to breeding dogs without a licence between July 2018 and January 2019.

    Following complaints about the welfare of animals, environmental health officers from North East Derbyshire District Council together with RSPCA officers and a vet raided the puppy farm at Unstone House, Whittington Lane, Unstone, on January 9.

    They found kennel floors and walls covered in excrement, a yard filthy with faecal excrement and dogs whose fur was matted with faeces and urine.

    In total, 25 mistreated dogs and puppies were found, including the decomposing body of a pug-type bitch, which had been dead for some time.

    Many were emaciated or lean in addition to being covered in faeces and urine and riddled with lice, with skin lesions, infections and parasites. Some were also lame or injured and had been traumatised by their mistreatment.

    Although Sansha Lamb had been the holder of a licence to breed puppies, she ignored warnings after visits to the site and a letter specifically reminding her that her licence had expired and to continue breeding would be an offence.

    At Monday’s hearing, District Judge Jonathan Taaffe sentenced Sansha Lamb to 16 weeks of custody suspended for two years, with a 16 week curfew.

    She was also ordered to pay £1,000 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

    Peter Lamb was sentenced to a 12 month community order with a 12 week curfew with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

    He was also ordered to pay £1,000 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

    In addition, Sansha Lamb was banned from keeping animals for life and Peter Lamb was banned from keeping dogs for five years.

    Speaking after the sentencing, North East Derbyshire District Council Leader, Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, said: “This is undoubtedly one of the worst cases of animal mistreatment ever seen by our officers.

    “Tighter regulations were introduced by central government last October to address the illegal puppy farms industry, giving councils greater powers to clamp down on the criminals who operate them.

    “So when cases like this are brought to our attention, the public can be assured that the Council will do all it can to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice and the animals are protected from further harm.”

    All the dogs involved in this case have since been successfully rehomed.

     

  •  8th November 2019
    Flooding information Open or Close

     Sand bagging information

    Although the Council does not have a statutory duty to provide assistance in the event of flooding, it recognises that many residents look to the Council for emergency assistance in times of crisis. The Council therefore aims to provide a limited number of free filled sandbags/or gel sacks where there is an immediate risk of flooding. This is in line with the Derbyshire wide free sandbag policy and is based on a suitable assessment of risk, taking into account:

    • Whether the property has been flooded before
    • The source of the potential flood
    • How far the water is from entering the residential property  

    Full details and to keep updated on the latest travel information please see the travel page for information on the roads: https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/transport-roads/roads-traffic/road-closures/road-closures.aspx

    Information on the flooding of the rivers (which are expected to peak 8/11/19 PM / afternoon) can be found on the Environment Agency website here: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings?location=north+east+derbyshire

    Weather advice from the Met Office here: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/forecast/gcqyzejgj

    The Environment Agency Emergency Flood Helpline on 0345 9881188 which is a 24 hour service.

     

     Emergency out of hours contact numbers:

    Emergency Housing Repairs 

    FREEPHONE: 08000 121 621
    ALL AREAS: 01246 217536

    Derbyshire out of hours Duty Team (including Homelessness): 08456 058 058 

    Road closures Full details on the roads: https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/transport-roads/roads-traffic/road-closures/road-closures.aspx

    Flood warnings Environment Agency website here: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings?location=north+east+derbyshire

    Weather advice From the Met Office here: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/forecast/gcqyzejgj

    The Environment Agency Emergency Flood Helpline on 0345 9881188 which is a 24 hour service.

     

     

  •  4th November 2019
    Eckington leisure centre gets investment boost Open or Close

    North East Derbyshire District Council has continued to follow up on its pledge to reduce carbon emissions and improve its leisure facilities by investing £200,000 into the Eckington Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre.

    The money will be spent on refurbishing the aging parts of the facility and insulating and re-roofing the building. The investment will make significant improvements to both the life of the building and thermal efficiency of the centre.

    Cabinet member for Partnerships and Leisure, Cllr Lewis said: “We are delighted to get this work underway. We are committed to deliver on our Carbon Reduction Plan, and have set clear aims where we can not only invest in our facilities and improve them for the wellbeing of the people who use them, but also consider the environmental impact and ensure the building is as efficient as possible.

    This investment will improve the facilities ability to retain heat, cut running costs and reduce carbon emissions. Acting now ensures we can make a positive environmental impact whilst improving the facility for our community for years to come”.

    Work is set to commence on 11 November 2019 and be completed early in the New Year. We apologise for any inconvenience caused whilst works take place, however, only minimal disruption is expected. Please contact the centre directly on 01246 217481 with any further queries.

  •  28th October 2019
    Local groups shine at Voluntary Sector Awards Open or Close

     

    Organised by the Volunteer Centre: Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire, the annual Voluntary Sector Awards have become a key event to recognise the hard work of volunteers and groups working for the benefit of the local area.

    North East Derbyshire District Council have proudly supported the Awards since they commenced in 2013, and this year sponsored the Organisation of the Year Award for groups with an income of between £25,000 and £100,000.

    With an impressive shortlist of nominees including the Sexual Abuse & Incest Line, Age Concern and Monkey Park, the winners on the night were Deaf & Hearing Support. Awards for nine other categories were also presented on the night.

    The Award was presented by Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, Leader of the Council, said: “Every nominee at the ceremony should be applauded for their dedication as the community is much richer for their presence.

    I am especially pleased for Deaf & Hearing Support whose tireless work to enable those with hearing impairments to participate fully in all walks of life makes such a difference to many people. The Volunteer Centre has once again organised an excellent event which showcases the best of the community spirit in our local area.”

    For the full list of winners, nominees and photographs visit the Volunteer Centre website http://chesterfieldvc.online/the-awards/

     

  •  25th October 2019
    Council jobs fair set to boost residents and businesses opportunities Open or Close

    North East Derbyshire District Council is hosting a jobs fair event at Sharley Park Leisure Centre on 7 November to help local people find work.

    The jobs fair will host a number of local and national businesses who have vacancies in many areas including apprentices, carers, construction, engineers, hospitality, local government, security and support workers to name but a few.

    One of the renewed Council Plan’s objectives is to attract and retain skilled jobs within our friendly rural district. This is one of many initiatives planned to help both businesses attract new, local, hungry talent, and for residents to have opportunities and access to jobs and work.

    Councillor Thacker, Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council said: “We are delighted to present this opportunity to our businesses and residents. It enables us to recruit local and talented individuals, whilst supporting and developing local businesses. We want to work with our residents helping them find the right vacancies and careers for them, and are extremely passionate about helping our people work together and network with each other to create a fantastic, thriving and productive community”.

    The jobs fair has already seen many businesses sign up to attend and promote their vacancies. Rykneld Homes, Casa and Peak Edge Hotel, Central Medical Services, Exclusive Security, Clee Hill Plant Hire, Bombardier, HR Go, Vision for Education, Inspire Design and Development, Search Consultancy (Warehouse / delivery vacancies), apprentice and traineeships from Enable, Complete Care Chesterfield and CS2 transport have signed up and will be attending, with over 150 vacancies already available.

    Businesses wishing to have a free stand at the fair are urged to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible to book their place.

    The jobs fair will open at 10 am until 12 pm on 7 November 2019 at Sharley Park Leisure Centre, Clay Cross.

  •  9th October 2019
    Climate Change Small Grants Scheme for Schools Fund Open or Close

    North East Derbyshire District Council has followed on from declaring a climate emergency in the summer by actively helping fund local school projects.Deer Park Lane Wingerworth

    As part of the Climate Change Small Grants Scheme, Deer Park school in Wingerworth was awarded £250 towards an Eco Project, which includes the purchasing of water butts to improve water efficiency and recycling bins and storage to improve recycling at the school.

    Eleven schools from around the District have received funding from the Council to support their forward thinking and environmentally friendly ideas.

    The cheque was presented by Councillor Diana Ruff to Ben Bentley; Chair of Governors, Mr Simon Beardall; Head Teacher, Mrs Vicky Western-Taylor; Teaching Assistant, and the two oldest and the two youngest pupils at the school.

    The grant scheme was established by North East Derbyshire District Council in recognition that local communities must work in partnership to tackle environmental challenges we are facing. Tackling Climate Change is one of the key aims of the Council, and wanted to support local, young people, to make a difference for the future.

    Ensuring we can take steps to securing a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future for our next generations are key aims of the Council and these objectives are part of the Council’s 2019-2030 Climate Change Plan.

    Head teacher of Deer Park school, Mr Beardall said, “We are delighted to have been awarded the grant from North East Derbyshire District Council to help us begin our work on Climate Change. It has been our pupils here at Deer Park that first brought our attention to this important issue through our work on values and caring for others and our world. I am delighted that our local council can support our work and projects around Climate Change.”

    Cabinet member for the Environment Cllr Cupit also said: “We are delighted to support our local schools in helping tackle climate change. By educating our children about the importance of recycling, sustainable living and thinking about the effects our lives have on future generations we can help do our bit as a district to become cleaner and greener. The projects we are supporting are great initiatives and exactly what we are aiming for with the Council’s Climate Change Plan.”

    Photo: Left to Right – BACK - Mr Simon Beardall; Head Teacher / Cllr Diana Ruff / Mrs Vicky Western-Taylor; Teaching Assistant / Ben Bentley; Chair of Governors

    FRONT - The two oldest and the two youngest pupils at the school.

  •  25th September 2019
    Historic moment as council signs British Sign Language Charter Open or Close

    North East Derbyshire District Council has shown its commitment to the deaf community, by becoming the first district council in the UK to sign up to 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 North East Derbyshire District Council’s Leader, Councillor Martin Thacker MBE - who himself grew up in the deaf community with deaf parents and learned to sign at an early age.

    It marks an historical moment for local government, as North East Derbyshire District Council is the first district council in the UK to sign up to the charter and is leading the way in improving access to services and equal opportunities for the deaf community.

    Councillor Thacker, said: "This marks an historical moment for local government, as North East Derbyshire District Council is the first district council in the UK to sign up to the charter and is leading the way in improving access to services and equal opportunities for the deaf community.

    “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."

    Agnes Dyab, BDA Chair from the British Deaf Assocation, said: “Today BDA is celebrating the signing of the BSL Charter for the first District Council in the UK to take place, and in the same week as the International Week of the Deaf that incorporates the UN International Day of Sign Languages that took place on Monday.

    “Every day Deaf and DeafBlind people face significant barriers in our lives to communicate in sign language, where often those who do not empathise with us, may not realise how much they are depriving us from access in the community and take for granted with their own language.

    “I believe from this day forward, we can work together to take down the barriers so that we no longer have no sense of belonging in the wider community and are able to participate as equal citizens.”

  •  25th September 2019
    Local hero Jack Parrott gets garden makeover by Love Your Garden Open or Close

     The Love Your Garden team at ITV visited local hero and war veteran Jack Parrott, 97 of Grassmoor to give his garden a makeover and make it more accessible.

    Jack Parrott Garden

    The Love Your Garden Team sought clever ways to create raised beds and patio size greenhouses to allow Jack once again to indulge in his life-long love of gardening.

    A D-Day veteran Jack was awarded France’s highest honour, the Legion d’Honneur at a special ceremony in 2019, recognised for his role in Normandy during World War Two.

    Jack served with the Sherwood Foresters before joining the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) where he was responsible for the distribution of supplies to units in the field.

    In the programme Alan Titchmarsh and his team mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day by remodelling Jack’s garden with the creation or raised beds, colourful flower displays and a fitting wall mural of military aircraft flying over Derwent Dam for Jack to enjoy.

    The team also surprise Jack at his local park in Grassmoor. He had been taken out on a vintage motorcycle which arrived at Barnes Park, where Jack was greeted by all his family and friends alongside the Love Your Garden Team and servicemen. A tree was planted by Jack to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, in honour of the Allied Forces who took part in the D-Day landings.

    North East Derbyshire District Council's Leader, Councillor Martin Thacker MBE said: “It is fantastic to see local hero, Jack getting his garden re-designed by the Love Your Garden Team. It is important for heroes like Jack to be further recognised for their lifelong efforts for this country and our county. We are extremely proud of Jack and couldn’t be more pleased that this amazing garden make over means he can now enjoy spending time outside in his garden again”.

    The programme was aired on ITV on 24 September 2019 at 8 pm and can be viewed again on catch-up services.

     

  •  24th September 2019
    Dronfield Genquip Band crowned winners of the 61st Brass Band Festival Open or Close

    Brass bands battled it out recently in the North East Derbyshire Brass band Festival, filling Dronfield Sports Centre with fantastic notes and renditions that left the audience delighted! The bands were given a standing ovation for their fantastic efforts but only one could be crowned winner.

    The audience was treated to fantastic melodies and superb musical arrangements. Dubbed ‘the best Brass Band Festival yet’, the bands delighted their fans and everyone present.

    In a close fought contest, Dronfield Genquip Band pipped everyone to the post being crowned overall winners with Shirebrook Miners Welfare Band coming second and Bakewell Silver Band finishing third.

    During the event money was raised for the Chair of North East Derbyshire District Council’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 had a fantastic array of talent on show at the Festival. We were treated to an incredible evening of brass which wowed the audience all evening. Congratulations to all who took part and a special thanks to everyone who donated to my charity while in office this year. I was overwhelmed by the generosity and cannot thank everyone enough for their support.

    I would also like to thank our sponsors, whose kind support has once again helped us to hold the festival and to maintain the rich heritage and significance of brass bands to our district. My gratitude and appreciation go to Bolsover Land ltd, who this year kindly sponsored the festival’s second prize, the NEDDC’s shield.

    My gratitude also goes to Avonside, Alpha Heating, A-Rock Construction, Buildbase, Nationwide Windows, Bamford Doors, Parsons, Shacklocks, St Modwen Homes, Sustainable Building Services (UK ltd), WM Lee, Rykneld Homes and Xn leisure, whose kind generosity made all the difference”.

  •  23rd September 2019
    How can you prepare your business for Brexit? Open or Close

     

    Brexit will have immediate consequences for how businesses trade and operate. We all need to understand, what this means and prepare accordingly.

    The Chamber of Commerce are providing support sessions to businesses who may be affected by different elements of regulation change due to Brexit.

    These sessions are open to all businesses in the Bolsover and North East Derbyshire District. For more information please contact the Chamber’s Policy team on 0333 320 0333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    If you can’t attend the sessions above, please use the links below if your business involves the following, as you will need to take action:
    • export goods to the EU
    • import goods from the EU
    • transport goods by road
    • export animals or animal products
    • export services to the EU

    This is not an exhaustive list, for more information and to get ready for Brexit and check what you need to do, please visit www.gov.uk/brexit

     

  •  20th September 2019
    Manufacturing Zone Progress Open or Close

    Work has now started on bringing six key development sites across north Derbyshire into use to help regenerate the area and provide a jobs boost.

    In January 2019, the government announced a £220k windfall to local councils across northern Derbyshire to help look at ways to accelerate growth across key manufacturing sites.

    The sites include Clowne North, The Avenue, Coney Green, Egstow Park, Callywhite Lane and the Staveley and Rother regeneration corridor.

    The region has a long and cherished history of manufacturing, something which all the partners involved want to build upon and make it easier for businesses to set up or expand.

    Three key strands had been identified to move the project forward, which consultants have now been appointed to lead on and they will report back their findings in spring 2020:

    • o A Mobility Strategy that will look at innovative and sustainable ways of allowing people to get to and from the new jobs to be created on the sites.
    • o Look at ways of simplifying planning processes for new developments on the sites.
    • o Prepare commercial design guidance to help inform the look and style of new buildings and landscapes.

    North East Derbyshire District Council Leader, Councillor Martin Thacker MBE said, “The different strands will help us focus our minds on what is needed to bring it all to fruition. These are exciting times for north Derbyshire and this zone will help us fast-track growth and development in the area.”

    Bolsover District Council Leader, Councillor Steve Fritchley said, “Regeneration and development are key to the success of the area, but it’s important that we have the right development in the right place. The design guidance will not only make sure we have this but also make sure we build on our strengths and support existing and new businesses.”

    Councillor Tricia Gilby, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “Coupled with regeneration already happening in Chesterfield, the project will look at key ways we could develop sites in Staveley. We look forward to seeing how the regeneration will benefit our residents and businesses.”

    Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development County Councillor Tony King, said, “Derbyshire County Council are leading on the mobility strategy looking for new, better and easier ways for people to access the jobs on these sites.”

    D2N2   Chief Executive Sajeeda Rose said,”D2N2 is the spark in the UK’s growth engine. Government is keen for this project to demonstrate lessons learned that can be used here and elsewhere in the country. The Zone will help us drive forward and deliver on our ambitions for growth across northern Derbyshire.”

    The work is being undertaken jointly by Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire County and North East Derbyshire councils along with D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership

  •  19th September 2019
    Council seeks successful prosecution of dog owners guilty of animal cruelty Open or Close

    On Monday 16th September Miss Sansha Lamb and her father Mr. Peter Lamb appeared at Chesterfield Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

    Both defendants pleaded guilty to nine offences of failing to ensure the welfare needs of dogs in their care were met, and a further two offences of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs in their care.

    Following complaints from members of the public, North East Derbyshire District Council Environmental Health officers executed a warrant at Unstone House in assistance with two RSPCA officers on January 9 2019.

    In various outbuildings at the property of a total of 24 live dogs, bitches and puppies as well as the decomposing body of a deceased pug bitch.

    The filthy conditions in which the animals were found, and the appalling physical condition of the animals themselves were so bad, the vet ordered the immediate removal of them all in order to prevent further suffering.

    There was further evidence at the property that Sansha Lamb had continued to be involved in the breeding and sale of puppies since the expiry of her licence, which expired in December 2017.

    When the dogs were examined at the veterinary surgery, many of the dogs were covered in faeces and urine, were emaciated and suffering from malnutrition, and many of the dogs had lice infestations causing skin conditions.

    The deceased pug was found to have died from a combination of lung disease, caused by breathing high levels of urine related ammonia and starvation.

    All dogs have successfully since been rehomed. Due to the serious nature of the offences District Judge Tadd said he would adjourn the case for the Probation Service to prepare reports on the defendants before he would consider their sentences.

    North East Derbyshire District Council Leader, Martin Thacker MBE said, “Tighter regulations were introduced by central government last October to address the illegal “puppy farms” industry, giving councils greater powers to clamp down on the criminals who operate them. This Council fully intends to reflect the desire of residents to use such powers to bring justice to those individuals showing heartless disregard for the welfare needs of animals used in this way. Those individuals can expect the Council to take the most robust enforcement action in response”.

    If Miss Sansha Lam and Mr Peter Lamb are convicted of these offences, the court has the power to disqualify each defendant from keeping or being involved with the breeding of dogs as well as to impose up to 51 weeks imprisonment for each defendant.

    The sentencing hearing is listed at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court at 2pm on 4 November 2019.

  •  18th September 2019
    Business waste - know your responsibility Open or Close

    North East Derbyshire District Council is committed to reducing fly tipping and enviro-crime across the District. To help us do this, we want businesses to be able to prove how they dispose of their waste.

    Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, businesses have a legal responsibility to pay for waste generated by your business, and you must keep waste transfer notes for a period of up to two years.

    We are actively out in the District and attending businesses to liaise with them on procedures and to check they are complaint with the law. We may ask the business to produce waste transfer notes to prove that there are proper arrangements in place (an annual contract or individual receipts which describe what was collected and who collected it) for the correct disposal of waste. If a business is unable to produce waste transfer notes it may be liable for a £300 fixed penalty.

    Businesses must always comply with the law and must not:

    • Take waste home and dispose of it with domestic waste
    • Take it to the domestic/household waste facility (local tip) and dispose of it with household waste
    • Allow an unauthorised person(s) to collect it and dispose of it without providing your business with a waste transfer note.
    • Burn the waste.

    Councillor Charlotte Cupit, Cabinet member for the Environment said “We take enviro crime and fly tipping extremely seriously. We are actively working with businesses in the District to ensure they are compliant with the law, understand what is expected from them and are operating correctly. We will not tolerate any business that doesn’t comply with the law and not disposing of waste correctly. Businesses must ensure they take responsibility for their actions and ensure waste is disposed correctly”.

    The Council operates a waste collection service for businesses as well as commercial waste operators. To enquire about the Council’s commercial waste collection service or for further information and advice please call 01246 231111.

  •  17th September 2019
    Dronfield school benefits from climate change grant Open or Close

    North East Derbyshire District Council has shown its commitment to helping tackle Climate Change by helping Dronfield Henry Fanshawe school develop new environmentally friendly initiatives with a grant of £500.DHFS school cheque

    The cheque was presented by the Council Leader, Martin Thacker to Mr Cooper; Head Teacher, Mr Pickles; Assistant Head Teacher and students at the school Natasha and Anita.

    The grant will now enable the school to see through one of their recycling projects and expand other projects they are working on to help combat Climate Change.

    Cllr Thacker, Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council said “By working together with local schools in the District we can take steps together to work on valuable, local initiatives with the schools, to help secure a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future for our next generations. These are important, key aims for the Council and are part of the Council’s 2019-2030 Climate Change Plan.”

    Head teacher of Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School, Mr Cooper said, “Thanks to North East Derbyshire District Council for the grant to help one of our recycling projects. Special thanks also goes to the student leadership team who drove the grant application and for their commitment, drive and passion to make a difference and ensures we all have a future planet that we can live in harmony with.”

    The students who were presented with the cheque said “Thanks so much for the funding which will give us the chance to expand the school’s Climate Change projects and get more students involved. The school is very lucky to have students who dedicate their time to these projects that will make a difference and help with Climate Change.”

    Pictured (Left to Right) Anita - Student Leadership Team / Cllr Thacker / Natasha – Student Leadership Team / Mr Pickles – Assistant Head Teacher / Mr Cooper – Head Teacher.

  •  17th September 2019
    Consultation open for comment on proposed dog fouling PSPO Open or Close

    The Council is proposing to introduce new powers to tackle the issue of dog fouling and problematic dog behaviour across the District.

    The Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular geographical area that is detrimental to the local communities' quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

    The Council is consulting on whether there is a need for a Dog Management PSPO across the district which would require, amongst other things that people clean up after their dog immediately, that dogs are excluded from certain areas, such as children's play areas, that there is a limit on the amount of dogs one person may have under their control and that any one in charge of a dog should have the means to pick up any faeces. Breaching a PSPO is a criminal offence and enforcement officers can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice if appropriate to do so or recommend commencement of legal proceedings. 

    You can find out more information and submit your comments on the Ask Derbyshire website. Closing date for commens is 6 October 2019.

  •  11th September 2019
    Council 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 2019
    Council’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.Armed forces presentation 

    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 2019
    Clay 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 2019
    Pioneering 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.

    More follows………….

    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.

    • Any schools who would like more information about the project should contact Jane Weston, Employment and Skills Officer, NEDDC, on 01246 217205, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  •  14th August 2019
    Council 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.Darmstadt Dieburg visit

    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 2019
    Food 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 2019
    Brass 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”.

    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 £7 for adults, £5 for concessions and they can also be purchased on the evening. Advanced sales and enquiries can be made by telephoning the Council’s Governance Team on 01246 217391 (email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Dronfield Sports Centre on 01246 217217.

  •  23rd July 2019
    Residents 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.

    They can fill in the questionnaire online via the Ask Derbyshire website or by requesting a paper copy, large print or other format by contacting Debbie Whitehead, Improvement Officer, on (01246) 217018 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    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 2019
    Council 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 2019
    Chair 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 2019
    Land 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 2019
    Council 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:

    1. ensuring access to information and services for deaf people,
    2. promoting learning and high quality teaching of British Sign Language (BSL),
    3. consulting with the deaf community on a regular basis,
    4. supporting deaf children and families, and
    5. 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 2019
    Council 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 2019
    Nominations 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:

    www.visitpeakdistrict.com/industry/events/tourism-awards

    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 2019
    Council 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 2019
    Local 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 2019
    Landlord 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:

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/landlord-event-tickets-60515906706

  •  26th March 2019
    Single 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 2019
    Gypsy 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 2019
    Closure 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 2019
    Dronfield 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.manor farm devt

    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 2019
    Council 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

  •  1st March 2019
    Council 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 2019
    Public 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 2019
    Change 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 2019
    Potential 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 2019
    Cold 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 2019
    Local 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 2019
    Council 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 2018
    Dronfield 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 2018
    Closure 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 2018
    Scam 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 2018
    Brass 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.

     

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