Face to face enquiries and payment machines will be closed to the public at all Contact Centres during the above times, the Meet & Greet function at Clowne and the Call Centre telephone service will remain operational.
The session will be utilised to deliver refresher training on Mental Health Awareness.
The Barlborough Wind Farm Community Fund is committed to providing a one-time donation of £10,000 and £1,000 yearly, for the operating life of the wind farm, to be split equally between Barlborough Parish Council and Clowne Parish Council for good causes in the local community.
The Fund will allow groups to apply for grants up to £250. There will be four application rounds to apply to each year. Additional rounds may be established if not all the funding is allocated at each round. Please see the eligible criteria and application form.
Tourism’s value to the Peak District and Derbyshire economy exceeded all expectations in 2017 – rising by six per cent to £2.15 billion.
New research* released by official tourist board Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire reveals that the increase on 2016 was double the average annual rise of three per cent since 2011.
Annual visitor numbers rose to 40.45 million, an increase of more than 1.3 per cent, while the number of full time equivalent jobs supported by the visitor economy is up by almost 2.5 per cent at 28,630.
The latest figures also reveal a trend for more visitors to stay in non-serviced accommodation such as self-catering and at camping and caravanning sites, up by more than five per cent on 2016.
“This is excellent news for the Peak District and Derbyshire economy, and for everyone who lives, works and comes to stay here,” said Jo Dilley, Managing Director, Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire.
The significant rise in tourism’s overall value over the past year signals that our long-term policy to run innovative and targeted marketing, PR and social media campaigns to encourage more people to come and stay for longer and to spend more money here is really paying off.
“The latest figures also show that our efforts to attract more visitors at quieter times of the year to extend the season from February to November are also effective, with more people staying for three or four nights rather than two.”
The encouraging new data is also backed by new figures that reveal that the tourist board’s website, relaunched in January 2017, is also performing extremely well.
They show that, for the past six months, the site has consistently ranked in the top ten most visited sites for around 150 UK destinations, alongside such places as Manchester, Liverpool, Brighton, Bristol, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.
More than a million user sessions were logged between 20 February and 19 August, a rise of more than 37 per cent on the same period in 2017. The site now also outranks Trip Advisor when people enter the keywords Accommodation in the Peak District and Things to Do in the Peak District on Google.
In addition, the tourist board’s social media following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram has increased by 22 per cent in the past year from just under 75,000 in July 2017 to more than 92,000.
“When we relaunched our consumer website our main aim was to put visitors right at the heart of our planning and offer them a much better, more streamlined experience,” added Jo. “We’re delighted that, for the first time, we’re ranked in the top ten most visited UK sites out of about 150 UK destinations – previously the best position we’ve achieved has been 13th.
“It’s also great to see that our social media following has grown substantially over the past year, thanks to our emphasis on posting engaging, image-led content – particularly on Instagram, where our following has increased by 46 per cent.
“I’d like to thank everyone in the team for their hard work and commitment to putting the Peak District and Derbyshire where it belongs – as the UK and overseas visitors’ destination of choice, regionally, nationally and globally.”
Launched in 2008, the Awards are considered the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who is the best in the travel industry. The British Travel Awards is an independent organisation, verified by leading global business practitioners Deloitte. Votes will be accepted until midnight on Sunday September 30. Results will be announced at a special Gala Awards Night at Battersea Evolution, London on Wednesday November 28.
In 2018 the Pinxton and East Derbyshire Link of the Chernobyl Children Life Line continued their help to the unfortunate child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster with another group of 21 visitors to our area. The visiting group of 21 this year consisted of 2 boys and 18 girls with their leader interpreter.
During their time with us they had dental and optical checks done by local dentists and opticians who volunteered their time and the children along with their host families went on many visits around our region. This year the group set another milestone in their history by passing the 500 mark of visitors they have been able to bring to our area for respite. Although more than 30 years ago the problems from the radio active fallout left by the disaster still persists today with most of the population suffering in some way.
Unfortunately young children are so vulnerable, and living in such a severely contaminated environment every day, will inevitably cause them health problems, whether breathing the contaminated dust, eating the food grown on contaminated land or ingesting it in some other way. There is little or no choice and no escape from this invisible enemy as it lies on the land they live and grow their food on, slowly breaking down, taking not only decades but thousands of years before things get anything near to `normal`, but that’s not taking into consideration the long term effects on the populations gene pool or the environment.
No one knows the long term effects these radioactive isotopes will have, hence the disaster being labelled `the worlds biggest experiment`, and as such the world sits back watching and waiting for the changes to take place in the hope they will learn from this should such an horrific nuclear disaster happen again.
Although little can be done to reduce the effect of this widespread contamination the Pinxton and East Derbyshire Link of the Chernobyl Children Life Line have been giving hope to hundreds of unfortunate children who are all desperate to get away from the nuclear contamination for respite and a convalescing break.
For the past 23 years the Pinxton and East Derbyshire Link has raised the money to pay the travel costs for the children to come for a one month stay in our area. Whilst here the children stay with volunteer host families in their own homes enjoying a happy family environment whilst also having the benefits of eating a healthy diet of fresh food and breathing clean uncontaminated air, all in an effort to rejuvenate their much depleted immune systems. Whilst here, the children also receive dental checks and treatment along with eye tests where necessary.
The remainder of their time is spent with the family and the group visiting local places of interest or other organised events. Most of the children have had very little and just enjoy the friendship and hospitality of their new host family. All the hosts and their children mix together as one and support each other making one big family. At the end of their stay the children return home with a much rejuvenated immune system, improved health and many wonderful and exciting memories of the time they spent with their wonderful host family.
To enable us to give these children this wonderful opportunity in their lives the Chernobyl Children Life Line needs to find more volunteer host families who are able to open their hearts and their homes to give one of these unfortunate children, their opportunity of a lifetime.
Our group consists of very ordinary people from different backgrounds and you don’t have to be different, special or wealthy to host these unfortunate children. The children are various ages and are boys or girls to fit in with the family circumstances and each group is accompanied with a leader / translator in the event of any language difficulties. The whole experience is morally very rewarding and enjoyable for all those who take part. So if you think you could offer a child the opportunity of a lifetime and enjoy yourself at the same time why not consider hosting one of our children this summer.
Following the launch of its draft Masterplan and subsequent public consultation, Doncaster Sheffield Airport today (7th August 2018) revealed early results of the consultation which show overwhelming public support for the development plans and desire to see an East Coast Mainline station at the airport site delivered.
Over 90% of respondents expressed strong support for the objectives set out in the Masterplan including rail connectivity, with the airport receiving over 1,600 responses to the open consultation. Other standout highlights were 97% support for expansion to terminal building services to maintain the high standard of customer service and 96% support for proposals to deliver new employment developments to create up to 13,000 new jobs at the airport.
The Masterplan details the future development of the current site of the Airport and the projected growth extending out over the next 20 years, forecasting 4.7 million passengers and 70,000 tonnes per year. The Masterplan when fully realised will deliver £3.7bn to the local economy by 2037 including £900m construction investment and £159m to the region’s tourism economy.
At the launch of the Masterplan, the airport also published its Vision Plan to realise the airport and its site full potential as the major international gateway for the East side of the UK. With the delivery of an East Coast Mainline connected station at the site as envisaged in the Vision Plan, the passenger number growth would be more than doubled to 11.8 million by 2050, with a station becoming operational as early as 2024 – just 6 years’ time.
The consultation took place over an ten-week period between March and May, with over 1,600 responses received from the public, stakeholders and private and public sector organisation taking part. A total of 11 public consultation events were held, including exhibitions at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Sheffield Hallam University and several venues around South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire. The airport also visited a number of local schools speaking to over 1,500 school children on the Masterplan and potential careers in aviation.
The feedback received during the public consultation will ultimately inform the final Airport masterplan that will be released at the end of 2018. The full interim consultation summary report can be viewed here: www.flydsa.co.uk/masterplan
Details of the Masterplan 2018 - 2037
• Airport passenger numbers increases to 4.7 million per year by 2037
• Cargo operation increase to 70,000 tonnes per year by 2037
• Terminal size to double with increased facilities for passengers
• Up to 3000 new homes to be built on site with new retail, hotel and leisure complex
• 5.5 million sq ft of employment space
• £238 million boost to tourism economy for the region
• £3.7 billion GVA by 2037