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  •  28th May 2020
    Online poetry workshops at Creswell Crags Open or Close

    Poet in Residence, Hannah Cooper-Smithson, will release a new video and writing challenge every week in June.

    Creswell Crags, is best known for its prehistoric archaeology and caves, but it is also a source of creative inspiration: from Ice Age cave art to modern day writers. Now you can take part in a writing workshop inspired by Creswell Crags from home.

    Hannah Cooper-Smithson, who is working towards her PhD at Nottingham Trent University, has been the first ever Poet in Residence at Creswell Crags since January. She had hoped to run a series of workshops at the site, which would have included writing in its famous caves. However, Creswell Crags closed due to COVID-19 precautions on 17 March. However, Hannah still wanted to run the workshops, and has been hard at work designing an online version. Hannah Cooper Smithson

    Hannah says, “I’m delighted to be able to launch this series of workshops inspired by my time spent at Creswell Crags as Poet in Residence. I adapted these sessions from workshops I’d planned to deliver at the Crags, so that they can be available to you at home. Hopefully I’ve managed to capture the spirit of the Crags, so that you can be inspired by the combination of nature and heritage that makes the Crags so unique, and so special. I’ve designed the programme so that it can be completed from home, and you don’t need any previous experience of writing poetry. If you’ve ever wanted to take a poetry class, or if you’ve been writing poetry for years and are looking for some new inspiration, please get involved!”

    The series of four workshops will be launched on 1st June. Creswell Crags, which is run by a registered charity, recently warned that it is in danger of not re-opening due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 closure and loss of visitor income. Hannah is not charging for the workshops, but asks for a suggested donation of £5 to Creswell Crags via their JustGiving page and hopes that this will make a difference to the prospects of a site that means so much to so many people.

    Rebecca Morris-Buck, Communications and Programmes Manager at Creswell Crags said: “It’s been a delight having Hannah in residence with us since January. She’s become a member of our team and we’ll miss her when her residency is over. It’s a real shame that she couldn’t run her workshops in person, but we’re excited to be able to offer them online. Hannah is particularly keen to stress that poetry – and nature poetry especially – should be accessible to everyone, no matter whether you think of yourself as a poet or not. And that’s what we love about Creswell Crags: it has the power to move and inspire people from all walks of life. It’s also brilliant that Hannah is doing this to help us raise money, which is so important to our future prospects. We hope lots of people will participate in, and really enjoy, the workshops.”

    Access the online workshops and watch an introductory video here and the first workshop will go live on 1 June.

    You can also donate to Creswell Crags to help threm through this difficult period.

  •  18th May 2020
    Bolsover launches £32million new social housing building programme Open or Close

    We have set out an ambitious plan to deliver up to 400 new homes across the District over the next four years as part of our social housing building programme.

    The home building initiative, called Bolsover Homes, forms part of our Local Plan to achieve sustainable growth and create a prosperous and flourishing district. Houses at Hill top in Shirebrook

    After much scrutiny, we awarded a contract to local contractor, Robert Woodhead Limited that will see a new partnership formed to deliver the new homes. The investment will inject in the region of £32m into the local economy.

    The partnership will provide a collaborative approach to plan social housing to meet local needs, in the right places with the right mix of house types for families, older people and people with additional needs.

    The homes will be fit for the future, built to high sustainability standards, keeping bills low for tenants and reducing the carbon footprint of the District.

    Commenting on the partnership, Council Leader, Steve Fritchley said, “This new partnership is one of the biggest we have undertaken to date and signals our ambition to inject new life into the economy. By investing £32million it will help provide work for local companies and jobs for local people.

    “The properties will provide new, high quality affordable social housing right across Bolsover District and they will be built to the Lifetime Homes standard. This will ensure they contain features to make them easily adaptable for people with mobility issues, meaning that homes can be adapted to accommodate people’s needs instead of people having to move to an adapted property as they do now.”

    The first batch of homes are currently being planned and could start on site as soon as autumn 2020 with more in the pipeline in other locations right across Bolsover District.

    Robert Woodhead Limited are based just 10 miles from Bolsover. They have set a target to invest heavily in the local area by spending locally, sourcing 80% of subcontractors within 20 miles of sites. They have a strong track record in delivering high quality homes, having worked previously with us to deliver 103 homes, securing two awards along the way.

    Glenn Slater, Chief Visionary Officer at Robert Woodhead Ltd said, “Its fantastic news to secure this long term programme with Bolsover District Council. They are a forward thinking Local Authority with a clear plan that has communities, the environment and the local economy at its heart. This is very much aligned with how we work.

    “It's great that we can continue our relationship with Bolsover Homes for another 4 to 5 years, delivering much needed affordable homes for local people, by local people.”

    Furthermore, the commitment to a programme of work will enable the contractor to deliver significant social and added value. A range of apprenticeship and training opportunities will be created. This includes a specific focus on providing opportunities for people not in education, employment or training (NEET) boosting skills and providing jobs across the District.

     

  •  14th May 2020
    Potential Council Tax/Business Rates Scam Open or Close

    We have been alerted to a potential council tax and/or business rates scam. Customers receive an email like the image stating they are due a refund due to low income.

    Please note that the Government won’t make any direct requests to people regarding their council tax or business rates and if you receive an email like this please delete it straight away.Council Tax Scam

  •  4th May 2020
    Council re-instates green bin collections Open or Close

    Households across Bolsover District will start to receive green bin collections again from w/c 11 May 2020.

    The green bin collections were suspended at the end of March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This was to allow us to prioritise more resource on emptying black bins and mitigate the increasing risk of coronavirus impact on staff and residents.

    However, with staff levels returning to near normal we have decided to re-instate green bin collections. Householders are asked to:

    • Check when their collection dates are using their calendars or the ‘When is my bin collection’ tool
    • Note that no side waste will be collected.
    • Place any excess green waste into your green bin after it has been emptied.
    • Not put plastic bags in your green bin.

    Council Leader, Councillor Steve Fritchley said, “Our priority was to make sure black bins continued to be emptied during the current situation and we managed to achieve this. We now feel that we have adequate staffing levels to bring back the green bin collections and although it may take us a few collections to get back to normal, your continued patience during this difficult period would be appreciated.

    “It would also be really helpful if people can let their neighbours, families and friends know that the green bin collections are starting again. And I would also ask that you continue to show your support for our crews – I know they are very grateful for all the thank you notes you have left on the bins over the last month.”

    Residents can place items such as leaves, hedge and plant clippings, twigs, branches and prunings, grass mowings, weeds and cut flowers. They can also place cooked and raw food waste (peeling, bones, fish, bread, pasta, fruit, vegetables, etc) and pet bedding (i.e. rabbit hutch) into their green bins as part of the Councils efforts to improve recycling and composting across the area.

    The green waste is taken to a composting facility where it is then turned into valuable resource instead of sending it to landfill. Materials can be used for recycling or composting, with the rest of the waste being used to generate heat and power instead of it just going into the ground.

    Residents should check the waste and recycling calendars that where distributed before Christmas for their exact collection dates.

  •  24th April 2020
    Bolsover Postcards Open or Close

    Postcards from Bolsover

    Scroll through our Flickr gallery below, select a postcard to download and send to a friend.

    Postcards of Bolsover District
  •  20th April 2020
    Illegal waste collection - Don't let it happen to you Open or Close

    We have seen an increase in illegal waste collection and unlicensed waste collectors trying to take advantage of the current situation.

    If you use and unlicensed waste collector, your waste is likely to end up being fly tipped and it may be traced back you, in which case you will receive a £200 fixed penalty notice.

    If someone approaches you and offers to remove your waste for a fee or you arrange waste collection through social media, please CHECK that they have a valid waste carriers licence. If they don’t, DO NOT USE THEM and report them to us on 01246 242424 for advertising unlicensed waste collection. 

    We have issued two £200 fines over the past week to householders for failing in their duty of care to ensure they transfer waste onto someone who is authorised to carry it. Don’t let it happen to you.

  •  6th April 2020
    Be part of our 2021 Calendar Open or Close

    For the past two years we have produced a calendar that showcases Bolsover District and all we have to offer.

    Tourism attractions, wildlife, country parks, events and social gatherings have all been featured in the calendar and for 2021 we want you to be part it. In fact we are going one further this year and producing two calendars.

    The first will feature the District and showcase what we have to offer from tourist attractions to trails and buildings to events.Hay Bales Field

    The second will focus on images from our bygone days of town centres, people socialising in a specific place or a sporting competition.

    So why not get out with your camera (when you have chance to) and snap away across Bolsover District or have a look through your old photo albums for any images that show the District from years ago.

    Council Leader, Steve Fritchley said, “The first two calendars we did proved extremely popular as, as soon as they were available they had been snapped up by our residents. So we will be continuing and expanding the calendars for 2021 and want you to be part of it. Send us your snaps and we will pick the best twelve for each calendar and give you credit for them."

    We normally print 200 calendars, but for this forthcoming year we will print 500 of each and make them available in our Contact Centres from late November and they will be free to pick up. Please send any images to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  •  1st April 2020
    Council taking action with social distancing and Sports Direct complaints Open or Close

     

    Following a complaint received last week about Sports Direct and the lack of enforcement by the company on social distancing guidelines at their warehouse in Shirebrook, Council Leader Steve Fritchley requested that our Environmental Health department contact them to ensure the strict regulations where being adhered to.

    Since then, further reports have been circulating by the BBC and in local media outlets that when staff are leaving the warehouse they do so in large groups and are again not sticking to the social distancing guidelines.

    The Council Leader has requested that an inspection of the site be undertaken immediately to ensure that all guidelines are being observed and to provide advice and assistance where appropriate to staff working at the warehouse.

    Sport Direct have today (01/04/2020) issued all their agency staff with a new 4-day shift rota pattern to help protect them and reduce the amount of staff on site, which will also help aid with social distancing in the workplace. In addition, they have also:

    • provided free bottles of hand sanitisers for all staff to use,
    • are reviewing all areas of their business on a daily basis to ensure staff’s health and wellbeing is a priority,
    • spread out car parking as an additional precaution for spreading the virus
    • scheduled in a visit from our Environmental Health team on 2 April during the morning,
    • scheduled an independent Health and Safety inspection for the afternoon of 2 April.

    We’re also aware of reports that there have been gatherings of two or more people either on streets or in properties who again are not adhering to social distancing guidelines. This is a serious issue and one that everyone must take seriously as it could eventually affect you, your family and friends.

    The Safer Neighbourhood Teams, which include the Police and our CAN Rangers are actively patrolling the District and are enforcing the guidelines as and when they come across any such incidents.

    This blasé attitude of ‘it won’t affect me’ has to stop as we all have to do our bit to ensure we beat this global pandemic. This is common sense and people should only leave their home:

    • To shop for basic necessities or pick up medicine
    • To travel to work when you absolutely cannot work from home
    • To exercise once a day, alone or with members of your household

    X   Do not meet others, even friends or family

    So if you see or hear of any instances of this nature then please contact us immediately on 01246 242424 or the Police on 101 so the situation can be dealt with.

    If you are self-isolating, vulnerable or in need of assistance we are asking you to register with our Community Support Team so we can direct resources to those in need across Bolsover District. Contact us on 01246 242424 or complete our self-isolation form.

     

  •  16th March 2020
    Council Leader reassures residents over Coronavirus Open or Close

     

    Council Leader, Steve Fritchley has moved to reassure residents that we are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus and ensure essential services remain operational.

    Councillor Fritchley said, “The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff is our top priority. We will continue to monitor Public Health England advice and work closely with them and our other partners to monitor developments and communicate the latest guidance and advice to help prevent the virus from spreading.”

    In an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus and protect the public and our staff, we are planning a shut-down of non-essential services for four working days during the Easter week.

    The Easter period is traditionally a time when families are off together resulting in less of a demand for council services and the partial shut-down of services will help us restrict the spread of the virus and allow us to test our business continuity plans. These dates are subject to change depending upon the national picture and information from Public Health England.

    Services such as waste and recycling collections, benefit claims and payments, essential housing repairs, central control, contact centre and mobile wardens will continue to operate as normal, but other services such as leisure, planning and economic development will be suspended.

    Councillor Fritchley added, “The situation is fluid and is subject to change. But I want to reassure people not to panic, that we have a plan and are putting these plans into action by doing all we can to protect people. Essential services will continue so we can make sure the vulnerable are cared for and that critical frontline services are prioritised in the event that resources become stretched as a result of the Coronavirus.”

    We have also taken the additional steps of:

    • cancelling all formal and non-essential meetings and events;
    • continuing to work with our partners and stakeholders to mitigate the risks and ensure our business continuity arrangements are fit for purpose;
    • sharing information about good hygiene practices  directly with all employees;
    • ensuring that our facilities are cleaned more frequently.

    Regular updates will be published on our website as well as on our Bolsover TV channel and social media platforms.

     

    Q and A
    From Thursday 9 April at 5pm to Monday 20 April at 9am, the following applies but may be subject to change depending upon the national picture.

    Council Buildings
    All council buildings will be closed to the public. You can still telephone us on 01246 242424 for emergency.

    Services

    The following services will be operational during this period

    • Waste and Recycling – fully operational
    • Grounds maintenance – partially operational to deal with essential areas
    • Street cleansing – partially operational to deal with health and hygiene issues such as emptying town centre bins
    • Environmental Health – partially operational to deal with essential requests
    • Contact Centre – partially operationally and contact can only be made via telephone on 01246 242424.
    • Housing repairs – partially operational to deal with emergency repairs
    • Housing/Homelessness – partially operational to deal with emergency cases
    • Benefit claims and payments – partially operational to ensure any payments are made on time and any new urgent claims are dealt with.
    • Mobile Wardens – full operational
    • CAN Rangers – fully operational
    • Business parks – fully operational

    Leisure bookings

    All leisure bookings will be cancelled during this period. Our leisure staff will contact all those with bookings and alternative dates will be offered. 

    Our Go! Active leisure facility will be closed from 9pm on Thursday 9 April to 6am on Monday 20 April. The Easter Sports Splash holiday Scheme has been cancelled. For any party bookings an alternative date or a full refund will be offered. For all membership enquiries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Outreach Sports Sessions

    With immediate effect the follwoing outreach sports sessions have been cancelled:

    • Friday night Premier League Kicks sessions held at Castle Leisure Park from 5:30-6:30pm cancelled until further notice
    • Youth of Barlborough on Wednesdays 7 – 9pm, cancelled until further notice
    • Whitwell Youth Hub on Tuesdays 7 – 9pm, cancelled until further notice (venue closed)
    • Whitwell Pick n Mix 50+ Social Activity Hub on Tuesdays 10am – 12noon, cancelled until at least Tuesday 7 April.(venue closed)
    • Creswell family cycle rides - cancelled until further notice

    Benefit claims and payments

    All benefit claims and payments will continue as normal.

    What are we doing?

    Our Senior Management Team are meeting every 2-3 days to discuss operational requirements and national guidance to ensure our essential services are still operational and our business continuity plans are put into practice.

    Who to contact

    For more information, please visit:

    Advice

    Everyone is reminded to follow Public Health England advice to help prevent the spread of infection:
    Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds. Soap and water is the best way to do this.
    Wash your hands:

    • when you get to work or arrive at home
    • after you blow your nose, sneeze or cough (make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue and then bin it)
    • before you eat or handle food

     

  •  4th March 2020
    Council adopts new 13-year Local Plan Open or Close

    Our new local plan, which includes proposals for just over 5,000 new homes, was adopted at a Council meeting held on Wednesday 4 March 2020.

    Planning for the next 13 years the Local Plan for Bolsover District is billed as a major boost for the District in supporting, protecting and enhancing local communities and businesses and it shows where and how development will take place.

    By 2033, Bolsover District will be a growing district, undergoing an economic and visual transformation. The Local Plan will also put sustainable development at the heart of our ambitions for growth and will require developers to demonstrate their sustainability credentials before planning permission is granted. It includes:

    • 5,168 new homes. Almost 1,000 of which will be built close to Bolsover town centre and includes plans for a new town park, relocating and enlarging the existing infants school and creating a new community hub. And around 1,500 new homes for the Clowne Garden Village, with 20 hectares of new employment land and the expectation of approximately 2,750 jobs, a new primary school, substantial new park and multi-user trails and highway improvements.
    • 92 hectares of new employment land will be established which includes the regeneration of the former Whitwell Colliery site
    • support for the regeneration of the former Coalite site in a way that addresses the contamination and brings forward positive and job generating uses.
    • 7,000 (approx.) jobs will be created as part of these and wider plans for the District.
    • Protection for existing green spaces and measures to secure improvements to the quality of existing green spaces.
    • The establishment of a number of local transport improvement schemes to improve the local highway network and put in place walking and cycling networks.

    The Local Plan has been subject to several stages of public engagement during its preparation and then undergone a rigorous public examination led by an independent Inspector during 2019 before being adopted by at the meeting.

    Cabinet Member for Corporate Governance, Councillor Duncan McGregor said, “This plan is about revitalising, renewing and regenerating our district.

    “It means we can look ahead now with a clear plan of what development will take place and it supports our ambition to create growth in attracting new businesses, creating jobs and building new homes whilst also supporting the development of green infrastructure networks and protecting our heritage.

    “It has taken many years to pull together and we are delighted that the Planning Inspector has confirmed that the new Local Plan is sound. It has not been an easy process. We have debated for many months on the need for more houses and where these should be built and we acknowledge that some residents will be disappointed with the outcome, but the Inspector has vindicated our view on the scale of the developments proposed and where.

    “What we must do now is all work together as a community and make sure these plans are delivered sustainably and sensitively for the benefit of the District as a whole.”

  •  17th February 2020
    Coronavirus Information (COVID-19) Open or Close

    Information for the public on the outbreak of Coronavirus in China, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms.

    To read further information about the Coronavirus please see the detailed information on the Gov.UK  website.

  •  31st January 2020
    Family friendly cycle rides start again Open or Close

     

    Families who want to get out on their bikes more and enjoy the local countryside can do so as we are continuing our Sunday Family Bike Rides from Creswell.

    The rides are held on the fourth Sunday of every month and start from the Recreation Ground Car Park, Bluebell Walk, Creswell at 10am (please arrive a little earlier to sign in and limited free car parking is available).

    The next rides are scheduled for:

    • Sunday 23 February 2020
    • Sunday 29 March 2020
    • Sunday 26 April 2020

    The 13 mile (approx.) ride is generally flat and joins the Clowne Branch Line taking in some wonderful countryside views and wildlife spotting. It then heads towards Poolsbrook Country Park with a stop for refreshments (not suppled) before heading back to Creswell by the same route.

    The route is mainly off road but we do have to join the Branch Line at Creswell from the main road until the trail is completed (hopefully by end of April), and then cross a road into Poolsbrook.

    Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “These rides are a great way for families to exercise together, get some fresh air and enjoy our beautiful countryside. We are hoping as the weather starts to pick up more people will come and join us for these great family friendly cycle rides.”

    Participants are advised to wear suitable clothing for the weather, to ensure that their bike is in good working order and to wear a correctly fitting helmet. They are also recommended to carry a puncture repair outfit and a spare inner tube and pump. There are a limited number of bikes available for free hire and these must be booked in advance.

    Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult who will be fully responsible for them at all times.

    Booking places is not essential, but would be helpful and this can be done by contacting the Council’s Walking and Cycling Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on 01246 242358 (Monday – Thursday).

     

  •  31st January 2020
    Council employee gains national recognition for ‘Heat Heroes’ work with residents Open or Close

     

    On 29 January 2020, Edward Leddy Owen who works for both Bolsover and North East Derbyshire District Council’s picked up a ‘Heat Heroes’ award at the Houses of Parliament for his fantastic work helping residents in Derbyshire.

    The Heat Heroes Award Scheme is run by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action and supported by four Gas Distribution Networks – Cadent, Wales and West Utilities, Northern Gas Networks and celebrates the efforts the Heat Heroes have gone to in helping people who live in fuel poverty. The exceptional work Edward participated in across the Derbyshire districts was recognised at the prestigious event at the Houses of Parliament, where Edward was thanked for his efforts in making life changing improvements to residents in Bolsover and North East Derbyshire Districts. Eddy Leddy-Owen with his Heat Heroes Award

    Edward, the Home Improvement Co-ordinator at both authorities, has been working with local residents in conjunction with the Derbyshire County Council Healthy Homes team to improve the quality of life of residents, by providing new heating systems for their homes.

    Councillor Deborah Watson, Cabinet Member for Environmental Health at Bolsover District Council said, “Edward truly is a hero for the sterling work he carries out. We could not be more proud of his invaluable achievements. He has, and continues to, help struggling residents to keep their homes warm, which improves their quality of life and overall wellbeing.”

    He facilitated many new installations at resident’s homes, turning them from energy inefficient properties to being cost and energy saving premises, where the occupants could move away from living in fuel poverty. The work was undertaken with Cadent Gas, who deliver the fuel to homes and businesses through underground pipes. This network can deliver four times as much energy as electricity networks at peak times.

    Councillor Charlotte Cupit, Cabinet Member for the Environment at North East Derbyshire District Council said: “We are extremely proud of the work Edward has undertaken, helping some of the most vulnerable members of our society stay warm at home by making life changing improvements for them, work which he does on a daily basis and this award is a fitting tribute for him to be nationally recognised as a heat hero." 

     

  •  13th January 2020
    Taxi driver fined and banned for flouting licensing laws Open or Close

    A taxi driver who flouted the law by driving nearly 200 bookings despite not having a valid licence has been fined £1,582 and banned from driving for 12 months by Chesterfield Magistrates.

    Mr Chaudhry Shoaib Ur Raza from Ashfield had held a licence to drive hackney carriages and private hire vehicles issued by us, until it expired on 9 March 2019 as a result of errors with Mr Raza’s application to renew his licence. Despite making several attempts to contact him to resolve the problem Mr Raza continued to drive and take bookings. A  representative image of a taxi

    On 30 July 2019, we contacted Mr Raza to remind him that he was not legally permitted to drive his hackney carriage as his licence had expired. Mr Raza claimed he was only working in the office and not driving.

    However, operator records for 11 July 2019 to 12 August 2019 showed that the defendant had undertaken a total of 184 bookings during this period, more than half of which took place after he was warned on 30 July that such activity was unlawful.

    When interviewed under caution Mr Raza denied committing the offences but was unable to provide any explanation for the booking records and acknowledged that he was not insured to drive for hire and reward if unlicensed.

    Mr Raza was charged in respect of four sample journeys undertaken on 1, 3, 8 and 11 August, all of which took place within Derbyshire and on each occasion he did not hold a valid licence nor was the vehicle insured as a result.

    Mr Raza failed to attend both the original and sentencing court dates in December and January, but we proved him guilty in absence on all eight charges.

    He was awarded 6 points for four offences of driving without insurance, totalling 24 points and a driving disqualification for 12 months for the totting up of points.

    He also received a £300 fine for each offence and had to pay £350.00 costs and £32 victim surcharge, totalling £1,582.

    District Judge Taaffe decided to impose no separate penalties for the offences of driving without a taxi licence.

  •  3rd January 2020
    Council services receive high praise Open or Close

     

    Our waste collection and street cleansing services have been recognised as some of the best performing in the country.

    The refuse collection team were nominated in the ‘Best Performer’ and ‘Most Improved Performer’ in the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Performance Networks awards.

    The street cleansing service were also nominated for ‘Best Performer’ in the Street Cleansing category. Pictured is Presenter and Broadcaster Charlie Webster presenting the awards to Cllr Deborah Watson (centre) and Steve Brunt,  Head of Streetscene.

    Cabinet Member for Streetscene, Councillor Deborah Watson said, “It’s fantastic to be recognised for the big strides we have made within our waste and street cleansing teams. Staff have been working hard to ensure our residents benefit from top quality services and these awards show what we are doing is working.”

    The awards honour excellence in public services and are based on annual data that councils across the UK send to APSE every September.

    Our refuse team carries out 2.6 million domestic black, burgundy and green bin collections every year, collecting more than 32,934 tonnes of waste, of which 13,426 (41% approx.) is recycled or composted.

    The street cleansing team sweep and clean around 470 miles of roads every year on varying daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly and quarterly frequencies and empty 665 litter and pet waste bins each week.

     

  •  23rd December 2019
    Shirebrook and Langwith Junction PSPO Open or Close

     

    In October 2019 we commenced a period of Statutory and Public Consultation regarding the  need for a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Shirebrook and Langwith Junction.

    A PSPO is a provision, created by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which is intended to deal with persistent and unreasonable conduct by individuals in a public place which is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life.

    The aim is to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in public spaces. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour. Enforcement can be undertaken by council officers, police officers and PCSOs.

    In 2015 we made a PSPO which was successful in tackling anti-social behaviour in Shirebrook. When this expired we worked with the Police and the Bolsover Community Safety Partnership to review the need of the order, taking into account the latest reports of anti-social behaviour witnessed and reported to the police. As such some amendments were proposed to the previous order, including the introduction of a direction to leave.

    Following a period of statutory and public consultation we have now made a new order effective from 16 December 2019 which has introduced restrictions in the defined area.

     

  •  23rd December 2019
    Langwith and Whaley Thorns PSPO Open or Close

    In October 2019 we commenced a period of Statutory and Public Consultation regarding the need for a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Langwith and Whaley Thorns.

    A PSPO is a provision, created by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which is intended to deal with persistent and unreasonable conduct by individuals in a public place which is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life.

    The aim is to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in public spaces. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour. Enforcement can be undertaken by council officers, police officers and PCSOs.

    In 2015 we made a PSPO which was successful in tackling anti-social behaviour in Langwith. When this expired we worked with the Police and the Bolsover Community Safety Partnership to review the need of the order, taking into account the latest reports of anti-social behaviour witnessed and reported to the police. As such some amendments were proposed to the previous order, including the introduction of a direction to leave.

    Following a period of statutory and public consultation we have now made a new order effective from Monday 16 December 2019 which has introduced restrictions in the defined area. 

  •  20th December 2019
    Bin Collections (Christmas) Open or Close

    Bin Collections (Christmas)

    Bin Collections will change over the Christmas period, download one of the calendars below to find out more about collections in your area. To see which calendar relates to your area please read this document.

       

       bin calendar a   bin calendar b 

     

  •  13th December 2019
    Purse snatching Open or Close

    Shopping for Christmas can be busy and stressful.

    Our Community Safety Partnership is advising shoppers to be vigilant and watch out for pickpockets, keep bags zipped up and ensure wallets and purses are not visible. Never hang handbags on pushchairs or shopping trolleys.

    Don’t leave your shopping and other valuables on display in your car – keep them out of sight in the boot and make sure your car is secure.

    Please visit your local Contact Centre where you can obtain purse bells and a bank card signal blocker - two simple but effective products to protect your money against opportunist criminals.

    For more information on ways to stay safe, visit the Community Safety section. If you have any information relating to crimes in your area please contact Derbyshire Police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

  •  11th December 2019
    Elections Software Problems Open or Close

     

    We have been informed by our electoral registration software provider there has been a problem identified with the system we use to register people to vote.

    This means that some people who applied to register after the registration deadline of 26 November have received poll cards in error but will not be entitled to vote on Thursday.

    We have, and still are in the process of trying to contact these voters by email and telephone to inform them of the issue. If you are in doubt or unsure whether you can vote in the election on Thursday 12 December 2019 please contact our Elections Team on 01246 242422 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

     

     

     

  •  6th December 2019
    Prolific fly-tipper jailed for waste offences and fraud Open or Close

     

    On 2nd December 2019, Horace Piggott of Killamarsh, was given a two year prison sentence at Sheffield Crown Court after pleading guilty to multiple waste offences and fraud.

    The Council’s joint Environmental Enforcement Team carried out investigations alongside Rotherham Borough Council and brought a successful joint prosecution, as the fly tipping occurred over multiple authority boundaries. Fly Tipping

    During the council’s investigations, it became evident the scale of the operation was huge. The offences occurred over multiple counties, for a number of years. Piggott distributed leaflets in the Sheffield and Rotherham areas advertising a waste collection service under a false name and address. The waste was then subsequently collected and dumped at multiple sites across Sheffield, Rotherham and Bolsover. Homeowners who initially believed they were dealing with a legitimate business, which was properly authorised to deal with waste, were in reality, being subject to a fraudulent, illegal waste operation.

    Council officers retrieved evidence from the waste, obtained CCTV footage and interviewed witnesses proving that Piggott was responsible.

    In addition to the prison sentence, Piggott received a ten year criminal behaviour order making it a further offence for him to be involved in any waste activities, and further vehicles were seized from him linked to recent fly tipping. Rotherham Borough council had previously seized fifteen vehicles from Piggott suspected of being involved in organised fly tipping.

    Judge Thomas QC commented that Horace Piggott had shown a persistent disregard for the regulatory regime by continuing to fly-tip, despite already having a suspended sentence and being aware he was under investigation.

    Horace Piggott’s son, Deano Piggott, was given a 12 month community order with up to 15 days rehabilitation activity and 120 hours unpaid work, also for fly-tipping offences.

    Joanna Galvin was also sentenced to eight months imprisonment, which was suspended for 12 months with up to 15 days rehabilitation activity and 80 hours unpaid work for money laundering directly linked to the waste offences.

     

    The Council's Cabinet Member for Street Scene and environmental Health, Councillor Deborah Watson said, ““This was not a single occurrence, but rather an organised operation of fly tipping which continued over a number of years, and so we are extremely pleased with the sentence the culprit has received.

    “We hope that this serves as a warning to anyone not abiding by the law, that this authority will indeed use the full force of the law against these individuals and put an end to such criminal activity.”

     

    Councillor Martin Thacker, Leader of the Council said, “Fly-tipping is an offence which affects areas all over the country. NEDDC takes this very seriously, as it is a blight on the countryside, a dangerous hazard and costs tax payers money. We will not tolerate such acts. The Council is delighted by the outcome of this case.

    “There is no excuse to fly-tip. Our collaborative working with other authorities and agencies will serve as a stark message to those criminals that we will take robust enforcement action to ensure they are brought to justice.”

    Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director of Community Safety and Street Scene, Tom Smith, said: “This is a great result for all the staff that have been working hard on this case. The joint operation is one of the largest of its kind. Legitimate waste removal companies will have waste carriers licenses and a real business address. They will always offer receipts for the waste and be able to explain where it will be disposed. Where residents go for the cheap unofficial option to dispose of waste; they could also be committing an offence and can be prosecuted.”

    Residents can ensure their waste is disposed of correctly by asking the following questions of waste providers:

    Ask to see their waste carrier licence registration (provided by the Environment Agency). If they do not have waste carriers licence then do not allow them to take the waste.

    Ask for a waste transfer note / receipt or invoice with all relevant details as outlined the waste duty of care code of practice.

     

  •  6th December 2019
    Christmas gift boost for domestic abuse victims Open or Close

     

    Generous council staff have donated dozens of gifts to distribute to victims of domestic abuse this Christmas.

    Staff from Bolsover District Council, North East Derbyshire District Council and Rykneld Homes work with other agencies to support families and individuals whose homes and lives have been blighted by this form of emotional and physical abuse and Christmas time can be an especially challenging time for many. 

    By donating these gifts, staff hope to send a message of hope to those individuals and families: that their suffering is noticed, that people in the communities around them do care and most of all that there are agencies who can help them to overcome the difficulties they are facing.

     

    Whitwell Cricket Club also played its part by co-ordinating the collection of gifts from the Whitwell community. Pictured (from left): Council Solicitor Deborah Cartwright, Cllr Steve Fritchley, Leader of Bolsover District Council with Cllr Mary Dooley, Cabinet Member for Customer Services at Bolsover District Council with the collection of gifts.

    Bolsover District Council Leader, Councillor Steve Fritchley, said: “We are judged by our ability to care for the vulnerable in society and I am delighted that our staff and Whitwell Cricket Club have supported this campaign and provided so many gifts for those in need.”

    Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council, said: “For most of us, Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, filled with joy and celebration. But we know that for many others, this will simply not be the case. I’m therefore delighted we are able to donate these Christmas gifts to help bring a little festive cheer and let people know they are not alone.”

    Research suggests that as many as one in four women* and one in six men** experience domestic abuse at some point in their life and yet many victims or survivors do not even feel able to share their predicament with the colleagues, friends or family around them.

    Sometimes this is because of fear of reprisals if they disclose or even simply a sense of shame or self-blame.

    Some have to flee their homes, leaving behind precious or essential personal belongings.

    Many feel isolated or vulnerable and without basic support.

    • If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic abuse and you need advice or help, Derbyshire County Council’s emergency telephone number is 0800 198 668.

     

    N.B. Statistics from Refuge* and Living Without Abuse** charities.

     

  •  19th November 2019
    Adoption of the IHRA definition of Anti-Semitism Open or Close

    Bolsover District Council has formally adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of anti-Semitism. The definition is an important tool for public bodies to understand how anti-Semitism manifests itself in the 21st century, as it gives examples of the kind of behaviours which can constitute anti-Semitism.

    The definition states:

    “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed towards Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/ or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

    The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance has provided a number of examples of anti-Semitism in public life include, but are not limited to:

    • calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion
    • making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective - such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions
    • accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews
    • denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (for example gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War 2 (the Holocaust)
    • accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust
    • accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations
    • denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, for example by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour
    • applying double standards by requiring of it a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation
    • using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (for example claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or Israelis
    • drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis
    • holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel

    The definition was adopted on 13th November 2019 by BDC at its full council.

  •  19th November 2019
    Support for residents and businesses affected by flooding Open or Close

    Support for residents and businesses affected by flooding

    Advice from Derbyshire county council - https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/environment/flooding/flooding.aspx
    Emergency advice from Derbyshire prepared https://www.derbyshireprepared.org.uk/

     

  •  16th November 2019
    Show home launches in Shirebrook Open or Close

     

    The first show home on a new 200 home development in Shirebrook was launched this weekend at a special VIP event, by Council Leader, Cllr Steve Fritchley and Cllr Sandra Peake.

    The new development, Meadow View, by leading UK home builder, Keepmoat Homes, features a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes which are set within the picturesque surroundings and close to Shirebrook town centre. The opening of the site’s first show home - a three bedroom ‘Fern’ style house – is a landmark moment for the development and follows work which has already started. Cllrs Steve Fritchley and Sandra Peake open the new Keepmoat showhome in Shirebrook

    As part of this development Keepmoat Homes is engaging with local schools and education providers, such as Vision West Nottinghamshire College, by offering their construction students the opportunity to complete site based work experience placements.

    Speaking at the event Shaun Fielding, Regional Managing Director at Keepmoat Homes said, “At Keepmoat Homes we’re passionate about delivering long-term developments which have a tangible impact on the local community. We’re proud to be delivering much needed new homes in Shirebrook and it’s fantastic to have the Council here today to open our new show home.”

    Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Sandra Peake said, “Shirebrook is a friendly and pleasant place to live and I am pleased that to see the show home is now open. Hopefully these new homes will attract people to come and move to Shirebrook, which in turn will bring wider benefits for our town. These will provide good quality modern family homes for people within Bolsover District and further afield and hopefully it won’t be long before we start to see the first residents moving in.”

    For more information about the development visit the Keepmoat website.

     

  •  14th November 2019
    Barlborough food business prosecuted over pest infestation and poor hygiene standards Open or Close

    A food business in Barlborough has pleaded guilty in court and been fined £40,000 for food hygiene offences.

    On 10 January 2019, a council officer visited the Bridgehouse Garage in Barlborough and found that the business had an active pest infestation with food items being gnawed and rat droppings in the shop area.

    The situation was that bad, a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition notice was immediately served on Rana Forecourts Ltd, the food business operator to stop the sale of food. The food in the premises was immediately detained by the officer and all the affected food items were removed to a secure storage unit by the Council’s food safety team.

    On a subsequent visit to the premises by council officers, they had to remove a dead rat from the cashiers’ area.

    An Order for the Destruction of Food was then applied for and issued by Northern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on 21 January 2019, and costs of £3,270.50 were awarded to Bolsover District Council.

    The resulting food safety prosecution case was heard at Northern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court where the food business operator, pleaded guilty to all four charges.
    It was stated in mitigation that a temporary manager (who no longer worked for the business) had failed to follow procedures. The resulting sentence were fines totalling £40,000, costs of £1,790.82 and a victims’ fund surcharge of £170.

  •  5th November 2019
    Voting in the upcoming Parliamentary election Open or Close

    UK Parliamentary General Election – 12 December 2019

    A Parliamentary General Election will be held on Thursday 12 December 2019 to elect the Member of Parliament for the Bolsover Constituency.

    You will only be eligible to vote in this election if you are included on the Register of Electors.

    Hours of poll will be 7am to 10pm. If you are registered, you will shortly receive a poll card advising you where your designated polling station is.

     

    You can find out more about voting, postal votes and proxy voting by visiting our elections page here

  •  14th October 2019
    Active Bolsover District Awards 2019 Open or Close

     

    Talented athletes, volunteers and clubs from across Bolsover District were honoured for their achievements at our annual Active Bolsover District Awards ceremony.

    Held at Sports Direct HQ in Shirebrook, the event celebrated the active and sporting achievements of individuals and organisations over the past twelve months.Active Bolsover District Award winners 2019

    Amongst the winners was Jessica Holmes from Area 51 Martial Arts Club who has creating a welcoming environment for all ages. They regularly introduce new opportunities for a range of ages and abilities to engage in physical activities.

    The School Sport Organising Crew of the Year went to Glebe Junior School have worked effectively at lunchtimes to deliver activities to all 420 pupils at Glebe, ensuring that all children have a fun and energetic lunchtime on the courts each week. Alongside this, members of the crew have led a Change 4 Life Club on a Friday lunchtime with children who need extra encouragement to participate.

    Council Chairman, Councillor Tom Munro who presented the winners with their awards said, “We truly have a district full of spirited sports people and clubs and my admiration goes out to everyone who continually dedicates their time to their particular sport or organisation.

    “Sports development is a top priority for us and we continue to increase participation by putting on more and more activities and sports sessions to help support our athletes, coaches and clubs as much as we can.”

    The winners and runners-up where as follows:

    • Active Schools of the Year: Town End Junior School and Glebe Junior School
    • Disabled School Sports Leader of the Year: Kane Shelbourne
    • Mini Leaders: Corey Pledge and Blakley Radford Banks
    • Secondary School Sports Leader of the Year: Grace Nussey and the runner up: Reuben Lowe
    • Go! Active Coach of the Year: Jessica Holmes, Area 51
    • Sports Direct. Com Club of the Year: South Normanton Colts FC
    • Primary School Sports Organising Crew: Glebe Junior School
    • Secondary School Sport Organising Committee: Shirebrook Academy
    • Van Dyk’s Hotel Inclusive Project of the Year: Rhubarb Farm
    • Sporting Achievement through Adversity: Alice Smart
    • Personal Best: Travis Senior
    • Primary School Team of the Year: Creswell Junior School Swimming Team
    • Sports Direct.com Team of the Year: Oxcroft Ladies Bowling Team
    • Outstanding Project/Initiative of the Year: Town End Junior School – Feel Good Day and Glebe Junior School – Hobby Horse Club an the runner Up: Tibshelf Infant School – Whole School Sports Activity Day
    • Bolsover District Council Special Recognition: Bolsover District Bowls Development Group; Laura Martin, Monday night netball; Joe Mason, Louise Smalley Walk and Hayden Hudson
    • Adult Recognition of the Year: Melissa Chattaway
    • Primary Sportsperson of the Year: George Cooper and the runner up: Jack Ashmore Slack
    • U14 Sportsman of the Year: Lewes Shorthose and runner up: Jake Else
    • U14 Sportswoman of the Year: Eva Kirkwood and runner up: Isabelle Corbett
    • Young Sportsman of the Year: Charlie Baldwin and runner up: George Wilkinson
    • Young Sportswoman of the Year: Lucy Forrest
    • Bolsover District Council Disabled Sportsperson of the Year: Diana Reddy
    • Bolsover District Council Sportswoman of the Year: Izzie Coakley
    • Bolsover District Council Sportsman of the Year: Ronnie Cowan 
    • Bolsover District Council Change 4 Life: Eric Soar, Dorothy Davies and Clinton Phillips

     

  •  7th October 2019
    Fund launched to help businesses Open or Close

    We have re-launched our Business Growth Fund to help support business growth and create jobs across the area.

    £200,000 has been allocated and will be split into two schemes that can provide firms with grants of up to £500 (start-up) and £10,000 (business growth) towards project costs.

    The investment will help businesses across Bolsover District and has been specifically designed to support them with grants to help grow their business and create local jobs.

    Cabinet Member for Economic Development Councillor Liz Smyth said, “The majority of our district is made up of small and medium sized businesses, so they are the lifeblood of our economy.

    “We have a great entrepreneurial spirit in the area. People and businesses coming up with great ideas, new innovation and a willingness to succeed, so it’s important that we support them as much as possible.

    “That’s why we have re-launched the Business Growth Fund to allow us to support more businesses so that they can invest, grow and create the good quality well-paid jobs the people of Bolsover District deserve.”

    The funding can be used for a variety of projects that support businesses to:

    • Expand/grow
    • Diversify into new markets / Exporting
    • Relocate to premises within the District
    • Attract new investment
    • Become more carbon efficient
    • Improve productivity
    • Develop the local supply chain

    Applications for the funding are open and businesses should speak to the Council’s Economic Growth team to find out more information on the application process and eligibility criteria on 01246 242512 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  •  24th September 2019
    Business waste - know your responsibility Open or Close

    We are committed to reducing fly tipping and enviro-crime across our 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 Nick Clarke, Cabinet member for Environment Impact said, “Businesses need to wake up and realise we will not stand for any non-compliance in our district.

    “Our residents deserve to live in a clean and cared for environment - not one that’s been mindlessly littered due to inconsiderate business owners! There’s no excuse for treating our district like a giant dumping ground.

    “Any business failing to comply with their legal obligations concerning the disposal of waste, can rest assured that Bolsover District Council will actively pursue enforcement action against them”.

    We operate a waste collection service for businesses as well as commercial waste operators. To enquire about our commercial waste collection service or for further information and advice please call 01246 231111.

     

  •  24th September 2019
    National Customer Service Week Open or Close

    National Customer Service Week 7th – 11th October 2019

    National Customer Service Week recognises and celebrates excellent customer service. You can find out more about the services we offer, by visiting our offices on the dates below.

    South Normanton Contact Centre

    • Wednesday 9th October
      • 10am-3pm - Planning
    • Thursday 10th October
      • 9am–4pm - Housing and Community Safety
    • Friday 11th October
      • 9-11am - Benefits
      • 10am-12noon - Universal Credit drop in sessions with Citizens Advise Bureau
      • 1-4pm - Recycling

    Shirebrook Contact Centre

    • Monday 7th October
      • 9am-2pm - Property Services
      • 2-4pm - NG20
    • Tuesday 8th October
      • 9-11am - Benefits
    • Wednesday 9th October
      • 12-4pm - Recycling
    • Thursday 10th October
      • 10am-3pm - Planning
      • 10am-12noon – Universal Credit drop in sessions with Citizens Advise Bureau
    • Friday 11th October
      • 9am-4pm - Housing and Community Safety
      • 9am-12noon - Equality Officer

    Clowne Contact Centre

    • Monday 7th October
      • 10am-3pm - Planning
    • Tuesday 8thOctober
      • 9am-4pm - Housing and Community Safety
      • 10am-12noon - Universal Credit drop in sessions with Citizens Advise Bureau
    • Wednesday 9th October
      • 9-11am - Benefits
      • 11am-4pm - Property Services
    • Thursday 10th October
      • 9-11am - Benefits
      • 11am-4pm - Recycling
    • Friday 11th October
      • 10am-3pm - Planning
      • 12-3pm - Equality Officer

    Bolsover Contact Centre

    • Monday 7th October
      • 9-11am - Benefits
    • Tuesday 8th October
      • 10am-3pm - Planning
    • Wednesday 9th October
      • 9am-4pm - Housing and Community Safety
      • 10am-12noon - Universal Credit drop in sessions with Citizens Advise Bureau
    • Friday 10th October
      • 9am-12noon - Recycling

     

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

     

    How can you prepare your business for Brexit?

    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 follow this link or 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:

    • 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.
    • Look at ways of simplifying planning processes for new developments on the sites.
    • Prepare commercial design guidance to help inform the look and style of new buildings and landscapes.

    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.”

    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.”

    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.

     

  •  11th September 2019
    Dog PSPO Consultation Open or Close

    We are proposing to introduce new powers to tackle the issue of dog fouling and problematic dog behaviour across the District.

    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.

    We are 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.

    We would invite you to complete a questionnaire via the Ask Derbyshire website.

    The consultation will run until 6 October 2019. It is the intention that the consultation responses will help to finalise the wording of the Dog Management PSPO for us which will be approved and take effect at the end of October.

  •  9th July 2019
    Bolsover District voted best countryside place to live in UK Open or Close

     

    Bolsover District has been voted the best countryside place to live in the UK according to a survey from LABC Warranty.

    The survey which looked at 400 cities, regions and local authority areas for well-being and satisfaction evaluated three factors of overall wellbeing including life satisfaction, happiness and how worthwhile people felt about the things they do in their life.

    Bolsover District was voted the best countryside place to live in terms of life satisfaction and worthwhile. The findings have revealed that people who live in the countryside not only have higher levels of overall wellbeing but also have a higher life expectancy. Scarcliffe

    Council Leader, Councillor Steve Fritchley said, "We have been working hard to change people's perceptions of our District for the past few years. In 2011, according the 2011 Census we were voted the Satanic Capital of Britain, but in 2019 we are now the best place to live in the countryside, so it goes to show our hard work and promotion is starting to pay off. We've got loads of independent shops, tourist attractions, friendly locals, good community spirit and rolling countryside, so why wouldn't people want to come and live in our area."

    The survey placed Bolsover District as the second best place to live for overall satisfaction in the UK behind Rushmoor in Hampshire.

     

  •  4th July 2019
    New Tourism Deal set to boost Peak District and Derbyshire Open or Close

    The Prime Minister today has announced the UK’s first ever Tourism Sector Deal – providing a huge opportunity to boost tourism in the Peak District and Derbyshire. 

    The Peak District and Derbyshire’s valuable tourism industry is worth over £2.15 billion, attracting 40.45 million visitors each year and supporting over 28,000 jobs.

    By 2025 experts predict that there will be an additional 9 million overseas visitors to the UK – and the new Tourism Sector Deal identifies tourism as a leading industry for the Government’s future economic planning.

    The Tourism Sector Deal includes the creation of an independent Tourism Data Hub which will revolutionise the way data is collected – allowing organisations, including SMEs, to better understand activity and product preferences in their area so they can tailor their services as a result.

    It will also support the creation of 30,000 apprenticeships per year, in England, by 2025. A mentoring programme will support 10,000 employees as they enter tourism careers.

    In response to demand for improved infrastructure, the deal also aims to create 130,000 new hotel rooms – with 75% of these outside of London.

    The deal also outlines the government’s ambitions for the UK to become the most accessible destination in Europe for disabled visitors – aiming to increase the number of international disabled visitors by 33%.

    Developed in partnership with the British Tourist Authority and the industry, the sector deal forms part of the Government’s Modern Industrial Strategy supporting growth of the tourism sector.

    By 2025, the Tourism Sector Deal will:

    • More than double the size of the UK’s tourism industry to £268 billion
    • Grow those employed in the sector to 3.8 million
    • Deliver a 1% increase in productivity worth £12 billion
    • Make the UK the most successful destination in Western Europe

    Other commitments in the Tourism Sector Deal include:

    • A sum of £250,000 to improve broadband connectivity in conference centres across the UK for business visitors
    • Pilot of up to five new ‘tourism zones’, bringing businesses and local organisations together to establish a coordinated strategy for growth in their local visitor economy and a reduction in the impact of seasonality
    • Grow the number of Business Events and Conferences, helping to increase off-season visitors

    Jo Dilley, Managing Director of Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire, said: “This tourism sector deal is fantastic news for the Peak District and Derbyshire – highlighting the importance of one of our most valuable industries which is worth £2.15 billion to the local economy.

    “This deal ensures we can continue to compete internationally as a top destination for visitors, driving major economic growth across the area and helping us to make the Peak District and Derbyshire a truly world-class destination.”

    For more information on the Tourism Sector Deal, please visit www.visitbritain.org/tourism-sector-deal 

  •  2nd July 2019
    Public footpath restriction extended to prevent anti-social behaviour Open or Close

     Public footpath restriction extended to prevent anti-social behaviour

    On 29 July 2016 we took steps to restrict public footpath 18 rear of Sookholme Road in Shirebrook as local residents complained people congregated, drank alcohol and caused anti-social behaviour.

    An area of the footpath has now been fenced and gated off to prevent people from using it and causing a nuisance to local residents. An alternative route for pedestrians has been provided along Long Lane and Sookholme Road.

    The order came into force on 29 July 2016 for a period of 3 years.

    After a period of consultation the order has been extended for a further 3 years from 29th July 2019.

    The terms of the order are any person found on the ‘Restricted Area’ without the consent of the Council will be guilty of an offence under Section 67 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 which could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice with a £100 fine or a conviction and fine of up to £1,000.

    PSPO & Footpath 18 map

  •  18th June 2019
    Community mining mosaic brings hidden stories of Clowne to light Open or Close

    An intergenerational group of people have come together at Clowne Parish Church to create a new mosaic as tribute to the mining heritage of Clowne and the surrounding area. Clowne Miners Chapel (inside the church) has not been used for many years.

    Most residents of Clowne have a connection with mining in their families and Rector Bryony Taylor wanted to involve as many local people as possible in the refurbishment of the space to make it a fitting memorial to those who worked in local collieries and who lost their lives in disasters.

    Rector, Rev’d Bryony Taylor said, “We want to return the chapel to the community so that it is a space that provides a welcome, celebrates our mining heritage and offers the opportunity for prayer and reflection.”

    After a successful bid to Tesco Bags of Help and working in partnership with Junction Arts and artist Coralie Turpin, a wide variety of people gathered to share their memories of mining and create a design that can be enjoyed for generations to come. The design includes an image of a miner and a nurse. The nurse was inspired by Iris Pettitt (pictured), a parishioner who was working at the hospital in Worksop when the Creswell Colliery Disaster of 1950 happened, she treated the injured on that terrible day. Around the edge of the mosaic are smaller pictures of people’s hobbies and home life, including a picture of a whippet, a pigeon, a cornet (referencing brass bands) and even a pint of beer!

    These smaller pictures were taken to the housebound of our community so that although not able any longer to visit the church, they could still be part of this special project and make their contribution.

    The project was documented by Chesterfield College photography student, Sophie Marples.

    Rector, Rev’d Bryony Taylor said, “Our mining mosaic has a bible text about miners saying ‘hidden things they bring to light’ – that is what we are also doing with this mosaic – bringing into the light our memories and stories of mining in our district. We hope the images will call to mind people’s own family stories and enable them to pass them to the next generation.”

    The new mosaic is to be revealed in Clowne Parish Church at our Mining Festival on Saturday 22nd June – doors open at 10am, all are welcome to come and celebrate and remember the rich heritage of our district. A special celebration service will be held in church on Sunday 23rd June at 10am.

  •  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.

  •  13th June 2019
    Adventure Fest is back Open or Close

     

    Adventure seekers can experience the great outdoors at the annual Adventure Fest held at Pleasley Vale Outdoor Activity Centre – and it’s all free!

    Mountain biking, climbing, laser quest, KMXing, kayaking, canoeing, orienteering and a whole host of countryside activities will be on offer as we stage our annual Adventure Fest on Sunday 14 July 2019.

    Our Extreme Wheels Roadshow will also be there hosting activities such as BMX biking, skateboarding, BMX sidehacks and slacklining.

    Also making an appearance will be an Extreme Wheels demo rider, who will wow the crowds with some awesome tricks and stunts. The Adventure Fest is free and open to anyone aged 7 years and above.

    Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “This is a fantastic day out, it’s great fun and all the family can do this together while keeping fit and active and, best of all, it’s free!

    “We want to bring the great outdoors and all it has to offer right to your doorstep. So, no matter if you want to abseil off a rock or prefer a gentle paddle on the lake, we have it all.”

    Participants will also have the chance to take part in heritage and countryside activities as well as arts and crafts.

    Activities will run throughout the day starting at 10am and ending at 4pm. Participation is on a first come first served basis and some activities are time slotted, so please turn up early to ensure you can grab a spot on your favourite activity!

    A signed parent consent form for anyone under the age of eighteen is required to participate in the activities, which can be obtained, along with an information pack.

    Councillor Dooley added, “The event is great fun and gives you the chance to try activities that you may never have tried before. So why not round up your friends and family, get yourself down to Pleasley Vale and have a go at what’s on offer.”

    For more information please telephone 01623 812530.

     

  •  12th June 2019
    Nominations open for 2019 Active Bolsover District Awards Open or Close

    We are on the lookout for stars and unsung heroes of the sporting and physical activity world from the past year.

    Nominations for our 2019 ‘Active Bolsover District Awards’ are now open. Our aim is to showcase the impact physical activity and sport have on local communities and individuals whilst recognising and rewarding the top local sportsmen, women, volunteers and clubs from across Bolsover District.

    We have again teamed up with the Bolsover District School Sport Partnership to recognise the achievements and commitment of schools and young people. The categories are split into three sections – Community, Performance and Schools – and with 33 awards such as Change 4 Life, Active School, Young Sports Leader and Community Club/Group up for grabs, there is sure to be an award for you.

    Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “It never ceases to amaze me at what talented and committed individuals we have across our District.”

    This could be anyone from a top athlete to an individual who has dramatically changed how physically active they are and are seeing the benefits, to a club or team, a school volunteer or a sports leader who deserves to be recognised for their achievements and commitments during the past year (September 2018 - up to August 2019).

    “We have some excellent sports stars and young people in our district and some real stalwarts who basically live, breathe and eat sport so we want to help them celebrate their success, achievements and commitment. So, if you know someone who you think deserves to be recognised, then get in touch with us and nominate them for an award,” added Councillor Dooley.

    The deadline for nominations is 11 September 2019 with the awards ceremony taking place in October.

    Nomination forms can be picked up from our offices, by telephoning 01246 242366 or can be downloaded.

  •  11th June 2019
    Local Plan Inspector sets out main modifications for consultation Open or Close

    We are consulting on the Main Modifications to the Submitted Local Plan for the District that are necessary in the Local Plan Inspector’s judgement to make the Plan legally compliant and sound.

    We finished preparing our new Local Plan in April 2018 and following consultation in May and June, we submitted our Local Plan to the Government in August 2018. Following submission, Inspector Karen Baker DIPTP MA DIPMP MRTPI was appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out the independent Examination of the Local Plan for Bolsover District.

    As part of the Examination, the Inspector held Hearing Sessions between Tuesday 21 January and Wednesday 6 February 2019 with an additional and final session on Tuesday 12 March. Following the hearings, the Inspector has now identified a number of Main Modifications to rectify issues of legal compliance and/or soundness with the Local Plan.

    The Inspector is now inviting representations on the proposed Main Modifications and will take into account any comments received in relation to the supporting documents. Any representation made about the proposed Main Modifications should address the effect on the Plan’s soundness or legal compliance. However, it is not an opportunity to re-state points previously made, to raise new representations to the submitted Local Plan or to seek further changes to the Plan.

    Council Leader, Councillor Steve Fritchley said, “We are pleased to have reached this advanced stage of the Examination and look forward to receiving the Inspector’s concluding report after her consideration of the comments received during this consultation.

    “We have prioritised getting our new Local Plan in place so that we can provide certainty about where growth will take place to our communities, infrastructure providers and the development industry. Once adopted, the Local Plan for Bolsover District will provide a clear blueprint for how our District will grow and develop for the next fifteen years.”

    We have written to all those individuals and organisations who have previously registered for updates on the Local Plan for Bolsover District to notify them of the Inspector’s judgement on the Main Modifications that are necessary to make the Local Plan legally compliant and sound.

    The consultation will run for a six-week period until Monday 22 July 2019. All comments received will be sent to the Inspector for her consideration.

    Copies of the Main Modifications and accompanying documents, including the comment response forms are available to view on our websitee and at the Council’s offices and local libraries. The Main Modifications should be read in conjunction with the Publication Local Plan for Bolsover District (May 2018), which will also be available at the Council offices and libraries.

    Following this stage, the Inspector will submit her report to the Council. There is no set time period for this but practice indicates this can take on average around three-months, although the Inspector will endeavour to submit it as soon as practically possible. Following a period of fact-checking, we will be obliged by the Town and County Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 to publish the Inspector’s Report as soon as reasonable practicable.

    We will then prepare the Local Plan for adoption, implementing the recommendations set out in the Inspector’s Report.

  •  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
    Successful landlord event returns 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

  •  4th April 2019
    Help Rhubarb Farm gain much needed funding Open or Close

    Help Rhubarb Farm gain much needed funding

    Horticultural social enterprise Rhubarb Farm support some of the most vulnerable people in the community by offering work placements, training and volunteering opportunities to people with long-term issues.

    They have made it to the finals for The People’s Projects and have been featured on ITV’s Calendar.

    They have applied for funding for £33,339 to support their vital work.

    You can help them secure this by voting using this link

    A minute of your time could make a massive difference to this local charity.

    They estimate they need in excess of 5000 votes to win and your support would be so greatly appreciated!

    Thank you in advance.

    More info about Rhubarb Farm can be found here.

    More info about The People’s Project can be found here.

  •  2nd April 2019
    Barlborough Polling Station change of venue Open or Close

    Barlborough Polling Station change of venue

    Our Returning Officer was informed a few weeks ago that the premises usually used as a Polling Station in Barlborough were not available for the elections on 2nd May 2019. Accordingly alternative premises were sought.

    The Apollo Inn, High St, Barlborough was chosen because it provides DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) compliant premises which are separate from the main rooms in the pub and has a separate entrance for voters. It is common to use the rooms in pubs as Polling Stations and several other Polling Stations in the Bolsover are situated in pubs.

    Our Returning Officer is always looking for suggestions for alternative venues for Polling Stations so if you have a suggestion for future elections please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  •  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

  •  18th March 2019
    Vehicle lift for sale Open or Close

     

    Sealed bids are invited for the purchase of an omer vehicle lift. See pictures of the lift here.

    The lift is an above ground scissor lift with a lifting capacity of 24000 kgs.

    The purchaser will be responsible for removal and transportation of the lift from its current position at our Riverside Depot by Monday 1st April 2019.

    The lift is offered for sale on a sold as seen basis and the Council accepts no responsibility for any damage or subsequent repair costs incurred during removal or re-installation.

    Anyone wishing to view the lift should contact Tony Foster at Riverside Depot, telephone 01246 593055 to arrange.

    Offers to purchase the lift should be sent in a sealed envelope to arrive no later than 11.00am on Monday 25 March 2019 clearly marked with the words ‘LIFT SEALED BID’ to the following address:

    Mrs Sandy Williams

    Procurement Manager

    Bolsover District Council

    The Arc

    High Street

    Clowne

    Derbyshire

    S43 4JY

    Please include contact details including telephone number.   The successful bidder will be contacted by 4pm on 25 March 2019.  

     

  •  12th March 2019
    Dancing Flowers sculpture unveiled Open or Close

    Dancing Flowers Cllr Syrett Dennis Skinner DSC 6419 webA sculpture called the Dancing Flowers has been unveiled at Doe Lea in Derbyshire by local MP Dennis Skinner.

    The sculpture, is an arresting, anamorphic sculpture which, as you move past it, spells out the words Doe Lea and welcomes drivers to the area as they drive along the main A619 route.

    Designed by artist Anna Liu of artistic architects Tonkin Liu, the sculpture has flower stencils on the rear of it which have been designed by children from Bramley Vale Primary School.

    Doe Lea, once a thriving mining village was demolished in the early 80s with the closure of Glapwell and Bramley Vale pits and the collapse of the mining industry. Over the last few years the derelict site has been rebuilt with new, modern housing and the village has come alive again.
    At the official launch which celebrated re-birth of Doe Lea, Dennis Skinner said, “Once again Doe Lea is on the map”.

    The Dancing Flowers of Doe Lea Sculpture has been in development over several years and has involved a number of community organisations who have hosted various consultation events in and around the village.

    Planting of a wild flower meadow around the sculpture will also start in April/May 2019 using wild flower varieties native to the village and its surrounding areas. This will then be followed by the installation of a lighting scheme which will be designed to best illuminate the structure.

    Leader and local Parish Councillor, Ann Syrett said, “The sculpture is a gateway piece to the village of Doe Lea and is a fantastic example of how a local community can come together and shape the way their community is perceived by the wider world.

    “People from all generations have contributed, created and shared ideas to create a vibrant, exciting design that is a statement for the village, the parish of Ault Hucknall and Bolsover District as a whole.

    “Whilst at the launch word came through that the sculpture has been shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Awards (Royal Institute of British Architects). Fingers and flowers crossed!”

    The sculpture was selected from three possible commissions presented to the community. The project also provided an artist in residence (John Slemensek from BokehGO productions) in the village during 2016/17 that worked extensively with the young people and community to run workshops, hold community barbecues, facilitate sports activities and ultimately make a short film about the village that was shown at the Doe Lea Centre’s first ever film festival in 2018.

    The project has been wholly paid for through private sector developer funding secured through, Section 106 contributions from residential development in the village over the years. In addition to the sculpture, this funding has also supported such things as the Multi Use Games Area behind the Doe Lea Centre, the creation of the Mountain Bike Area across to the Stockley Trail and improved access for all between Doe Lea and Bramley Vale away from the busy road.

  •  11th March 2019
    Pre Elections Briefing Open or Close

     

    We are holding a further briefing session for prospective election candidates and agents for the forthcoming local elections (District and Parish) in May 2019.

    The briefing session will take place at 6pm on Wednesday 20th March 2019 in the Council Chamber at the District Council’s offices at the Arc in Clowne and will last approximately one hour.

    The briefing will be hosted by the Returning Officer, Dan Swaine and will cover the nomination process, key dates of the election timetable, the election campaign, polling day and arrangements for the verification and count of the votes. The SPOC (the single point of contact at the Police) will also be in attendance.

    The briefing is open to all candidates and agents. It will be relevant to all those standing again who require a refresh on the process.

    All potential candidates and elections agents are welcome to attend but are asked to contact the Electoral Services Team to register their interest either by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone on 01246 242422.

    Please can you circulate this amongst your colleagues or can you let us know who the candidates/agents may be and we can circulate the email to them.

    Sarah Sternberg

    Head of Corporate Governance and Monitoring Officer

     

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