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, with £40K to fund the project.
£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.