26th March 2019Single Equality Scheme 2019-2023 Open or Close
The Council has launched its new Single Equality Scheme as part of its statutory duty under the Equality Act 2010.
We are committed to providing good quality services shaped by an understanding of the needs of different people and ensuring that how we deliver services promotes equality and fairness, and challenges inequality and discrimination in all its forms. We are also committed to ensuring equality as an employer.
This scheme builds on the achievements of the previous Single Equality Scheme 2015-2019, and sets out actions we will take to continue to deliver improved equality outcomes for everyone.
The objectives of our single equality scheme are:
- Everyone can access our services, facilities and information
- Decision making and services take into account the needs of residents and communities
- Discrimination, harassment and hate crime is not tolerated
- Our workforce and workforce policies, support equality
Please view a copy of the Council's Single Equality Scheme.
Please view the outcome document for the Single Equality Scheme 2015-2019
25th March 2019Gypsy and Traveller EIP Matters Open or Close
The Council was advised of the need to carry out a thorough search of potential sites for Gypsy and Traveller pitches. This was done and following consultation and public scrutiny before the Local Plan Examination Inspector, the Inspector has now written to the Council with her thoughts on how these sites should be dealt with in proposed modifications towards a sound Local Plan. The letter can be found here. The Council is pleased that it is not being required to allocate sites to meet the full need for pitches at this point in time. The Council accepts her findings and will agree with her the proposed modifications that will be the subject of further consultation in the summer.”
20th March 2019Closure order on problem properties Open or Close
Two problem properties in Tupton have been slapped with Closure Orders by North East Derbyshire District Council after local residents were subjected to suspected drug related activity and anti social behaviour.
A full Closure Order was granted for the property on Jackson Avenue and a partial Closure Order (meaning only the occupant can remain in the property) was granted for a property on Sales Avenue on 15 March 2019 from Chesterfield Magistrates Court for the use and supply of Class A drugs.
The Council, Rykneld Homes, Police and the Community Safety Partnership had received a series of complaints from local residents that the tenants and their visitors appeared to be drug dealing and were in a ‘drugged state’ in and around their homes. Their behaviour causes alarm and distress which has affected local people’s quality of life.
North East Derbyshire District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Councillor Jeff Lilley said, “This is the first time in Derbyshire two closure orders have been obtained simultaneously, so that shows how serious the problem is. The Closure Orders follow a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour, reports of drug supply and taking over recent months.
“The news of these Orders will be music to local residents’ ears as they can now get back to a normal life. A life without the fear of intimidation or constant anti social behaviour that has plagued them for so long.”
The Court granted the Orders as they believed that the use of the premises has resulted in serious nuisance to members of the public and the Orders are necessary to prevent the nuisance and/or disorder from continuing.
Councillor Lilley added, "These type of court actions do take time as we have to go through the proper legal processes, but it does show that we do listen to people and we do take action.
“I would like to thank all the residents’ and officers involved as without them we would not have had achieved this successful outcome.”
The Closure Order is for three-months, and will allow (property owner) possession of the properties and it is an offence if any person tries to enter the property.
19th March 2019Dronfield Manor Farm site set to be developed Open or Close
The former Area Housing Office site in Dronfield is set to be transformed into new homes.
North East Derbyshire District Council will bring the Manor Farm site back into use to provide a selection of two, three and four bedroom properties that meet the local areas housing need.
The site, will see the mix of 10 apartments and houses become available for people to move into from spring 2020.
North East Derbyshire District Council’s Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “The site has been derelict and an eyesore for some time, so it was a key site for us to bring back into use. This is an exciting development and the mix of homes to be provided has been influenced by local comments on the previous permission and a direct response to local housing need.”
One of the key aims for the Council is to provide opportunities for local people. Work on site is due to start in first part of this year and the development is expected to create construction and employment opportunities for local people and boost local trade.
Local Councillor for Dronfield, Christine Smith said, “This will be a fantastic development that will see good quality, modern and efficient homes for sale. To maximise the benefits to local companies, one of our key objectives is to make sure we create job opportunities for local people and ensure spend from the development is kept within the area wherever possible. This scheme will meet those objectives."
12th March 2019Council lends support to monthly running group Open or Close
North East Derbyshire District Council is supporting a new running group which meets every month on The Avenue site in Wingerworth.
Members of The Avenue 5K and 1,500m meet on the last Sunday of every month at Mill Lane, Wingerworth – opposite The Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve.
Participants can choose to run or walk 5km on The Avenue’s new footpaths. Children can also take part in a shorter 1,500m across the site.
Cllr Graham Baxter MBE, Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council, said: “It’s great The Avenue has now been transformed from one of the most contaminated sites in Europe to a cleaner, more scenic place where people can enjoy the great outdoors.”
The council is supporting The Avenue 5K and 1,500m group by offering free parking at our District Council Offices on Mill Lane.
Our reception is also open during the run for members to use our toilet facilities and enjoy refreshments.
The running group was set up in January and has seen membership slowly increase from 66 participants at the first event, to 76 during the latest run in February.
However, new members are always welcome to join in the timed runs, which start at 10am for the 1,500m and 10.15am for the 5km.
Anyone leaving their vehicle at NEDDC’s District Council Offices is kindly asked to make sure it is removed by 11.30am.
Cannon Events is organising the runs, which cost £4 for 16 years plus, or £3 for children up to 15 years old. (Refreshments are not included in the price) All children under 16 receive a medal for taking part.
There is more information on Cannon’s website www.cannonevents.co.uk
7th March 2019New café set to be installed at Dronfield Sports Centre Open or Close
Members and users of Dronfield Sports Centre will soon be able to re-fuel after their workout as plans are being prepared to install a café at the centre.
The Council’s Cabinet have agreed to the investment after a recent customer satisfaction survey revealed a need for a café in the facility.
The proposed café, which is currently being developed, will include a servery for hot and cold food and drinks including tea/coffee, shakes, smoothies and sandwiches, cooler displays with ‘Grab and Go’ options, a viewing area of the pool and a buggy park.
Dronfield Sports Centre has over 28,000 monthly visits and the Council see this as the next natural step in providing users with a place to relax and socialise after their workout.
Council Leader Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “We have invested heavily in Dronfield Sports Centre recently and it is now returning a profit for us which is great. But we cannot rest on our laurels and we need to keep investing, developing and listening to customer feedback to make sure what we offer is what our customers want.
“Although providing sports and fitness activities is our main priority, social isolation is a key concern for us so we see the café as a great community social place where people can come and meet for a chat and a cuppa.
1st March 2019Council agrees to investigate possible new leisure centre in Clay Cross Open or Close
We have agreed to explore plans to build a new leisure centre in Clay Cross.
We approved to undertake detailed investigations and surveys, develop a robust business case and secure investment from partners to assist in the redevelopment of Sharley Park Leisure Centre.
Refurbishing the existing Sharley Park Leisure centre was dismissed due to the operational difficulties, the age of the building and the costs associated with refurbishing the existing building.
So members of our Cabinet have agreed to the investment to start investigations into a possible new build leisure facility adjacent to the existing site.
A recent consultation exercise has also been carried out with stakeholders, users and members of the local community to see what they would like to see in a new leisure facility
Council Leader Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “Since 2011 we have invested approximately £2.4million at Dronfield and Eckington leisure centres and now we are focusing our efforts on creating a brand new leisure and health facility for people in and around Clay Cross.
“We have listened to what residents have said and want and we are all on the same page - we want a high quality 21st century community health facility and social hub for the town which promotes active lifestyles and helps bring local community services together that will complement the growth of the town in the years to come.”
Proposals for the new leisure centre could include a 25m pool and an additional learner pool, gym, four badminton court sports hall, soft play, café and village changing facilities.
Councillor Baxter added, “The cost of building a new leisure centre is significant, but this is something that we are committed to that’s why we need to undertake further studies and investigations to ensure the location of the site is correct and fits in with the wider plans for the town.”
25th January 2019Public land and services to be reviewed in Dronfield and Eckington Open or Close
We have recently received approval to move forward with a project that will review both the public sector land and buildings, as well as the provision of services, in the two towns of Dronfield and Eckington.
£40,000 has been received from Central Government through the One Public Estate (OPE) fund for the project.
The project aims to examine the use and location of publicly owned land and property in the two town centres, and to provide solutions that will eventually lead to that space being used in a more efficient and user-friendly way.
These recommendations will then form part of a development brief that will be used to secure a development partner, who will work with the Council to bring forward the recommended regeneration projects.
As part of the project, the communities of both Eckington and Dronfield will be consulted for their views on how they would like to see the spaces used, and these will then be taken on board to help inform the final document.
Councillor Graham Baxter MBE, Council Leader said, “This is fantastic news for the communities of Dronfield and Eckington. This is an opportunity for us to examine both town centres, and the publicly owned land and buildings there, to ensure they are maximised for the benefit of all.
“As a council, we recognise that a healthy, thriving town centre is vitally important for both a healthy economy and to act as a place for local people to meet and interact.”
The project will be a partnership project, between North East Derbyshire District Council, Derbyshire County Council, Eckington Parish Council and Dronfield Town Council, amongst others.
25th January 2019Change in law on household waste duty of care Open or Close
In 2019 new fines were introduced for breaches of the household waste duty of care – as a way to stop waste getting into the hands of unauthorised carriers, who may then resort to fly-tipping. This means if you pass waste to an unauthorised carrier then you may receive a £200 fixed penalty.
The council advises that you make all reasonable checks to ensure that anyone collecting your waste has a waste carrier licence, and obtain a waste transfer note. You should gather as much details as possible including vehicle registrations so that if the waste is found fly tipped the offender can be traced.
Householders can easily avoid falling victim to fly tippers by taking waste to their nearest Household Recycling Centre or pay a small fee for the Council’s Bulk Collection Service to take their waste away.
17th January 2019Potential Gypsy and Traveller site in Wingerworth no longer considered a suitable site Open or Close
North East Derbyshire District Council has agreed that a potential Gypsy and Traveller site in Wingerworth is no longer suitable for consideration in the current consultation due to highway issues.
We agreed that the Greenway site (Hunloke Estate) in Wingerworth is no longer suitable as planned works to the highway on a nearby housing development mean access to the site would not be possible.
The Inspector appointed to the Council by the Government has advised that she will continue to invite comments on the site until the close of the consultation period and the site will be included for discussion at the hearing sessions to be held between 13 and 15 March 2019.
Owned by North East Derbyshire District Council, the site was initially included in the consultation after discussions with Derbyshire County Council about potential Gypsy and Traveller sites. But since work on the Hanging Banks housing development has started the highway alignment works on this site means access to the proposed Gypsy and Traveller site is now not possible.
Councillor Michael Gordon, Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Environment said, “The site is opposite the Hanging Banks housing development and after we, as landowner were informed of this new information, we consulted with the highway authority and agreed that the site was no longer viable and have agreed the site should no longer be considered.
“We continually look at these sites and although it is unusual to change or amend material in current consultations, it’s not unusual for sites to fall out of consideration. So, in light of the new information we felt it would be in the best interests of the District and the Council to nclarify that the site is no longer suitable.”
The consultation is open until Friday 15 February 2019.
16th January 2019Cold calling Open or Close
Please be aware we have received reports of a company carrying out cold calling at Council homes in the North East Derbyshire and Bolsover areas and asking to inspect inside the property to check for damp and repair issues. The company claims to be working on behalf of either North East Derbyshire District Council, Bolsover District Council or Rykneld Homes. Neither of the Councils, nor Rykneld Homes, have arranged for a company to carry out such checks. All Council and Rykneld Homes staff carry identification badges and would have made an appointment before any such visit. For your own personal safety, it is important that you ask any caller to show you their proof of identity (all Council and Rykneld staff and contractors carry an ID card).
All of our staff are more than happy to show you their identification card before entering your home.
11th January 2019Local Landlords alerted to HMO property licensing changes Open or Close
We are alerting local landlords who manage houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) to important forthcoming HMO property licensing changes.
From 1st October 2018 all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO’s) with 5 or more occupiers living as 2 or more households, must have a HMO Licence from their local authority. Where a HMO is occupied by less than 5 people, it will not require a licence.
The Government have introduced this change to widen out the scope from the previous HMO licensing regime, which only applied to HMO properties of three storeys or above.
When assessing a licence application, the Council will consider the suitability and condition of the building for the number of proposed occupiers, as well as the suitability of the proposed licence holder. Applicants will need to demonstrate that fire safety arrangements are in place and adequate, and that the building has sufficient space and amenities. A list of required documents (such as current gas safety certificate and electrical installation condition report) will also need to be supplied for the application to be a valid one.
Landlords of relevant HMO properties must ensure that they submit an application for an HMO licence to the Council. Applications can be made by contacting the Joint Environmental Health Service for an application form. Guidance on making an application is also available on the Council’s website. There is an initial application fee of £496 with a further fee when the licence is granted of £111 making a total HMO licence fee of £607 (we are under a legal obligation to split the fee). The HMO licence will last for up to 5 years.
There are significant financial penalties for landlords should applications not be made and if they continue to operate the HMO after 1st October 2018. If landlords do not have a licence, or breach HMO licence conditions, they are committing a criminal offence.
Landlords of properties who are already licensed under the previous HMO licensing scheme do not need to re-apply until their current HMO licence is close to expiry.
For further information please contact Joint Environmental Health Service on 01246 217877.
4th January 2019Council launches new Empty Homes Service with E-on Open or Close
Whatever challenges you’re facing with getting your empty property back on track, we can help! North East Derbyshire District Council are working with E.ON to help deliver tailored solutions for owners of empty properties, to bring them back into use.
E.ON can offer you a free home survey, with no obligation. They will assess your property and you’ll get an action plan listing what needs to be done – then it’s up to you how you want to go ahead with any work. E.ON can project manage the work for you from start to finish – whether your home just needs a lick of paint or a complete renovation. Or, they can also support you through the process if you choose to do the work yourself. E.ON could offer flexible
payment options for any works carried out, to suit your individual needs and they also use trusted local (where possible) contractors who will carry out the works to a high standard. One resident has recently signed up to the service,
following years of struggling to bring their property back into use, they advised us that: ‘I’ve tried on a number of occasions to tackle the problems myself, but I’m no expert. Receiving support from E.ON has been a massive help’.
For free help and advice or to book a free home survey, call 0345 300 4389 or alternatively you can contact North East Derbyshire’s dedicated Empty Homes Officer on 01246 231111.
6th November 2018Dronfield housing complex future secured Open or Close
The future of a housing complex in Dronfield is set to be secured thanks to North East Derbyshire District Council and Rykneld Homes.
Negotiations are being finalised to buy the 79 flats at Hallowes Court on Cemetery Road from Equity Housing Association which had placed the development up for sale earlier year, with a number of the flats being vacant and facing an uncertain future.
We have now stepped in with an offer which will save the whole development and secure the future of much needed social housing in an area of very high demand.
The deal is scheduled to be finalised at the beginning of December and residents at Hallowes Court have already been notified of the planned change in ownership.
“Dronfield is an area of high demand for housing and we are delighted to be working to secure the future of this site,” said Cllr Graham Baxter MBE,Council Leader.
“Together with Rykneld Homes we have been holding talks with Equity Housing to look at the best possible outcome for residents at the scheme and the future of the flats going forward.
“I have met with residents to inform them about our plans and we very much look forward to Hallowes Court enjoying a long-term future, offering good quality rented accommodation in Dronfield.”
Once the sale is completed the flats will be owned and managed by Rykneld Homes – our strategic housing partner which manages its stock of 8,000 homes as well as owning its own properties.
Nigel Barker, Chair of Rykneld Homes, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming Hallowes Court to the Rykneld family. Rykneld Homes has been working with Equity Housing and the current residents to discuss our plans for the future of the site and we look forward to completing the purchase in December.”
26th October 2018Closure Order for Tupton property Open or Close
We have obtained a Closure Order to board up a rented dwelling in Tupton after local residents were subjected to suspected drug related activity and anti social behaviour.
The Closure Order was granted on 24 October 2018 from Chesterfield Magistrates Court after the tenant subjected local residents and neighbours to continuous anti-social behaviour (ASB) and distress.
Together with Rykneld Homes, the Police and the Community Safety Partnership, we had received a series of complaints about the tenants and their visitors with reported assaults and alleged crime from the property, which affected local people’s quality of life.
The Court granted the Order as they believed that the use of the premises has resulted in serious nuisance to members of the public and the Order is necessary to prevent the nuisance or disorder from continuing.
Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Councillor Jeff Lilley said, “The Closure Order follows a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour, reports of drug taking and alleged assault at the location over recent months.
"We listened to the concerns from residents regarding the problems the occupants and those visiting the flat have been causing and this closure will help prevent this behaviour from continuing.
“This would not have been possible however, without the assistance from the public in reporting these issues to us and we would urge our communities to continue to report matters to us so that robust action can be taken.”
The Closure Order is for three-months, and will allow Rykneld Homes possession under absolute grounds which is mandatory and it is an offence if any person tries to enter the property.
19th October 2018Scam Warning Open or Close
We have received a scam warning where a gentleman telphones a resident saying he is from Chesterfield Borough Council and he is doing some accounting work for North East Derbyshire District Council. He reports that there has been a “computer blip” and the customer has overpaid on their Council Tax Account and that the customer is entitled to a refund. Bank details are then requested. The caller identifies himself as David Carter.
The customer then receives a second phone call supposedly from their bank. The caller identifies himself as Jonathon Babbage, badge number RZ 264917 and states he is ringing from Chesterfield, Leicester. The phone number is 01246 0345 7345345. He reports that someone has tried to access the customer’s account.
Please be aware of any suspicious calls of this nature and do not give any personal details out.
9th August 2018Brass band festival set to hit right notes Open or Close
Three local brass bands are set to blow their own trumpets and battle it out at Dronfield Sports Centre as they take part in our 60th Annual Brass Band Festival.
The bands – Dronfield (Genquip) Band, Stannington Brass Band and Shirebrook Miners Welfare Band – will take centre stage and will be vying for this year’s T.H. Hallworth Challenge Trophy and top cash prize at the concert on Saturday 22 September 2018.
During the evening money will also be raised for the Council Chair’s Appeal in aid of local charity Chetserfield Royal Hospital.
Councillor Jacqueline Ridgway, Council Chair said, “We have three great bands on show and it promises to be an evening packed full of entertainment and great music.
“There will be some top class musicians on display and I would urge people to buy their tickets now so they can come along and enjoy the evening as well as helping to raise money for a very worthwhile local charity.”
This 60th annual festival will see the bands playing for prize money donated by Parsons Construction, WM Lee, Rykneld Homes, Pulse Fitness, Mount Building Services Ltd, Westleigh and Avonside Worksop Residential Roofing.
The concert is being held at Dronfield Sports Centre with the doors opening at 6.30pm and the festival starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are now available and priced at £5 for adults, £4 for senior citizens and they can also be purchased on the evening. Advanced sales and enquiries can be made by telephoning Donna Cairns on 01246 217045 or Dronfield Sports Centre on 01246 217217.
19th July 2018Temperatures set to increase again Open or Close
Temperatures across the East Midlands are expected to increase once again over the coming days – with the emphasis continuing to be on fine, dry and increasingly very warm or hot conditions.
*Update Tuesday 24 July
Temperatures across the East Midlands are expected to increase over the coming days – with the emphasis continuing to be on fine, dry and increasingly hot conditions.
The Met Office and PHE weather warning has stated: "There is a 90 percent probability of heatwave conditions between 0900 on Monday and 0900 on Friday in parts of England.
"Stay out of the sun. Keep your home as cool as possible – shading windows and shutting them during the day may help.
"Open them when it is cooler at night. Keep drinking fluids. If there's anybody you know, for example, an older person living on their own, who might be at special risk, make sure they know what to do."
The level three amber warning is issued when temperatures are predicted to hit 30 degrees during the day, and 15 degrees at night, for at least two consecutive days.
Weather-related advice can be found on the Met Office website."
Advice is to keep out of the sun between the hours of 11 am to 3 pm and stay indoors where possible. If you are outside please be vigilant, wear a hat and sunscreen and re apply every 30 minutes and have plenty of fluids.
From today (Thursday 19 July 2018), through the coming weekend and into early next week, daytime highs could reach the high 20s – and perhaps even exceed 30 Celsius.
However, our build of daytime heat looks set to coincide with higher humidity levels on Friday, bringing a thunderstorm risk south eastern parts of the region – and for a few locations here, some impacts could be possible.
In the heaviest showers and thunderstorms, some places could see 30mm of rain fall in an hour from slow-moving storms, which would likely bring flooding impacts, particularly if this amount of rain fell on an urban area.
As a result, a Met Office Yellow Warning for Thunderstorms has been issued that includes Rutland, much of Northamptonshire and parts of both Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.
This Warning is valid from 1400 until 2359 on Friday, bringing a Very Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts. These impacts mean we expect:
- A small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater.
- Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services, particularly during the evening rush hour.
- Spray and sudden flooding that could lead to difficult driving conditions with the possibility of road closures.
- A slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.
Of course, for many – the rainfall will be welcomed – although perhaps not in the large amounts that could fall in a short space time.
In addition to the Thunderstorm Warning on Friday, the Heat-health Watch has been updated this morning – and is now at Level Two across the East Midlands from 0000 on Friday until 0000 on Sunday. There is a 60% chance of hot and humid conditions, with temperatures likely to reach thresholds through this period, although somewhat less hot in coastal districts of Lincolnshire.
Weather-related advice can be found on the Met Office website.
23rd May 2018Residents’ views sought on sport and physical activity Open or Close
Residents in and around Clay Cross are to be asked their views on sport and physical activity.
North East Derbyshire District Council has appointed Strategic Leisure Ltd to find out local residents’ views so they can develop ideas for Sharley Park Leisure Centre, with the intention of getting more people physically active in and around the Clay Cross area.
Strategic Leisure will be speaking to residents, schools, clubs and organisations across Clay Cross to assess opinions on the existing facility, how it could be improved, and what additional activities the community would like to take part in.
Cllr Graham Baxter MBE, Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council, said: “Sharley Park is a popular and well used leisure centre.
“Keeping our communities fit and healthy is one of the council’s key priorities, so that is why we want to know if there is any more we can offer our existing customers, while attracting new ones to use the facility.”
Strategic Leisure will be in the area on 11 and 12 June 2018 and would like to hear residents’ views on how the physical activity offer in Clay Cross could be shaped to get more people involved.
Venue dates and times have yet to be confirmed, so residents are asked to keep checking the council’s website www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk and social media channels for updates.
In the meantime, anyone who would like to have their say can comment online now by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SharleyPark-NUser
The deadline for comments is Monday 13 August 2018.
Once the results have been analysed, they will be fed back to the Council for a decision to be made on what additional facilities/activities we may be able to offer.
26th April 2018Taxi driver faces disqualification over suspended licence Open or Close
A taxi driver who undertook 208 journeys whilst his licence was suspended has been fined £1,450 and faces a ban from driving.
Intikhab Alam, (47) of Joshua Road, Sheffield has held a private hire vehicle drivers licence with the Council since February 2016 and in line with our policy at the 18-month (half way) point of the licence he was required to submit information enabling a check of his DVLA driving licence to take place.
Three reminders were sent by post last summer, but Alam failed to respond, so we suspended his PHV driver's licence on 15 August until 29 August 2017 at which time the DVLA licence check had been undertaken.
It was then alleged that Alam had carried on working as a taxi driver despite being suspended. Council officials obtained his Operator's records and they confirmed that he undertook 208 journeys whilst suspended, all of which were therefore unlicensed.
When interviewed Mr Alam admitted undertaking the journeys and that his insurance would have been invalid because his licence was suspended.
Eight sample offences from the 208 journeys undertaken were issued for prosecution at Northern Derbyshire Magistrates Court in Chesterfield - four counts of driving a private hire vehicle without a licence and four of driving with no insurance.
In sentencing the Magistrates noted that he had undertaken the journeys knowingly, despite his licence suspension and for payment. Taking into account his guilty pleas he was sentenced to fines totalling £1,000, plus legal costs of £350 and a victims’ fund surcharge of £100 (total payable £1450). He was also issued with eight penalty points for each of the four insurance offences, leaving him facing disqualification from driving as a result.
Having heard an application for leniency based on exceptional hardship the Magistrates decided the offences merited a driving ban of six-weeks.
Councillor Graham Baxter MBE, Council Leader said, “This is a case of blatant disregard for the law. To carry on driving, especially when you are responsible for other people is an absolute disgrace and we are delighted with both the level of the fine and the disqualification from driving. Let this be a warning to others that unless you adhere to the procedures in place, we will use the full weight of the law against you.”
4th April 2018Excellence is standard at council Open or Close
Every one of our services is celebrating a great achievement after being recognised for its strong customer focused culture and partnership working.
We achieved this standard after an external assessment of our services found that we are providing ‘excellent’ services to our local communities.
Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, "This is excellent news. We have always worked hard as a council to improve both the quality and consistency of the services we provide to our customers and this formal recognition reflects our genuine commitment to putting our customer first."
The five main criteria of the Customer Service Excellence Standard are customer insight, organisational culture, information and access, delivery of services, timeliness and quality of services.
We were inspected against the standard’s 57 elements and achieved compliance plus in seven, compliance in 44, leaving only six that achieved partial compliance and further development.
The assessor visited us over a four-day period and reviewed evidence files, whilst also talking to a wide selection of people who work for us, including partners. They also spoke to customers and tenants and visited our Contact Centre and a Leisure Centre to ensure they got a full in-depth look at how we put the citizen at the heart of everything they do.
The assessor stated that “The Council has a high degree of awareness of its customers’ needs, across both residents and business customers” and “Information about services is good, regularly reviewed, used to promote services and make customers aware of what is available to them”.
Councillor Baxter MBE added “We have always felt that consulting residents on our services and providing good customer service goes hand in hand and this is something we will continue to do and improve upon. We will not rest on this achievement as we have already started to work on improving how people can access our services and new ways of informing them what we are doing on their behalf.”
29th March 2018Petcheck on tour Open or Close
Dog owners across North East Derbyshire District and Bolsover District are being given the chance to get their dog microchipped and receive pet health advice for free as a mobile pet checking unit is touring the area in April.
The two councils have joined forces with the PDSA Petcheck Roadshow again to offer dog wellbeing check-ups, nail clipping and ear cleaning and advice – all free of charge and undertaken by an experienced veterinary nurse.
In addition to the veterinary nurse, the Councils Dog Warden will also be on hand to provide free microchipping to dogs - something which has been compulsory for all dogs since 2016.
Our Dog Warden will also be offering responsible dog ownership advice, canine behavioural advice and giving out free poop scoop bags at each of the roadshows.
The Roadshows will take place at:
- The Hub, Shiners Way, South Normanton DE55 2AA on 24 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
- Kenning Park, Holmgate Road, Clay Cross S45 9PH on 25 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
- Hornthorpe Road, Eckington S21 4DS on 26 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
- Shirebrook Market Place, Market Street, Shirebrook NG20 8AA on 27 April 2018 - 9am to 4pm
We have been running the roadshows for a number of years now and an average of 200 dogs receive free microchips and 120 receive free pet health checks during the course of the four days.
The Petcheck roadshow would also over to see any puppies for their first wellbeing check, but if they are younger than eight-weeks old, leave them at home with their mum and pop along for advice.
9th March 2018Degree level apprenticeships offer alternative to higher education Open or Close
Residents and businesses across North East Derbyshire are being given more choice when it comes to progressing their career and improving their workforce, thanks to the degree apprenticeships scheme.
The higher and degree level apprenticeships scheme, which gives a much wider choice of options for entering higher education in 2018 is now available, widening access to the professions and higher level technical skills.
And to help local residents and businesses, we are hosting a Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeship Marketplace event which will take place at our Council’s offices, Mill lane, Wingerworth S42 6NG on 30 April 2018 from 1pm to 6pm.
It will provide both residents and employers the opportunity to find out about the wide range of higher level and degree level apprenticeships that are already available – plus those that are being developed.
A range of opportunities are on offer including business, management, legal, engineering, architecture, food technology, health and social care and lots more.
Representatives from all of the local universities and college will be at the event to promote what they can offer residents as alternatives to going to university and employers can also learn what is available to increase their workforce skills.
Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “Recent changes to the apprenticeship landscape offer some fresh and exciting alternatives to traditional education pathways. The higher and degree apprenticeships provide the high-level technical skills that employers need and offer young people the opportunity to earn while they learn on courses that offer a high-quality alternative career path.
“Seeing the many opportunities now available is a very exciting prospect. More and more apprentices will be achieving the high-level skills our economy needs to compete; whilst employers benefit from employees with both the practical skills and degree level knowledge required in these professions. I would urge as many people and employers as possible to come along to this event and see what is available.”
Courses are available from Level 4 , which is equivalent to a Higher Education Certificate/Diploma, through to Level 7, which is equivalent to a Masters degree and takes between one and five years to complete.
You can gain your qualification, learn professional skills and progress your career – all whilst working.
28th February 2018Adverse Weather Conditions and Services - February 2018 Open or Close
Updated 16:23 (06/03/2018)
We aim to complete all missed black bins from last week by end of play on Wednesday 7 March 2018. Please leave your bin at the edge of your property for collection and no side waste will be taken. If your bin has not been collected by then please complete this form and we can investigate it.
We have received updated information form our Burgundy Bin contractors that they will aim to complete all missed burgundy bins from last week by end of play on Friday 9 March 2018. Please leave your bin at the edge of your property for collection. If your bin has not been collected by then please complete this form and we can investigate it.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Updated 14:52 (02/03/2018)
Our bin crews have been working hard over the past couple of days, despite treacherous weather and road conditions. They have collected as many bins as possible on their scheduled collections, where it has been safe to do so.
However, for some of the days we had to temporarily suspended our waste collection. This is not a decision that was made lightly but the working conditions deteriatored and the safety of the public and our workforce was our priority.
We understand that many of the main roads are clear but the majority of our work takes place on side streets which are unsafe for us to drive upon. Our collection vehicles weigh up to 32 tonnes and if this vehicle starts to skid on a crowded residential street lives would, undoubtedly, be put at risk.
If the forecast is correct and the thaw comes this weekend any missed black bins from 28 February – 2 March that have not already been collected by the end of today, then we would advise you to please leave it in an accessible place at the edge of your property from 6.30am on Monday (5 March) and we will collect it as soon as the road and weather conditions improve. All scheduled collections for w/c 5 March will take place as normal.
For any missed burgundy bins from 28 February – 2 March that have not already been collected by the end of today, please leave your bin in a safe position at the edge of your property and this will be collected as soon as possible.
Green bin collections are due to start again w/c 5 March 2018. To help us catch up with missed black bin collections we are diverting some of our crews from green bin collections. Figures from previous years have indicated that collection rates are low so if your green bin is not collected on your scheduled date please take this back to your property and present it on your next scheduled collection date, as our priority is to collect missed black bins.
All the above is of course weather dependent and we hope you appreciate and understand why some collections have been missed and we are working hard to collect any missed bins as soon as possible.
Updated 08:48 (02/03/2018)
All council buildings are open as normal. Our three leisure facilities are also open as normal. Bin collections are taking place where it is safe to do so and we advise you to put your bins out as normal if you are scheduled for a collection. We are experiencing a high volume of calls at present so you may get an engaged tone when you phone. Please hang up and try again later. If your query is not urgent please do not try and telephone us and get your answer via the website or our social media platforms.
For emergency housing repairs please contact Rykneld Homes.
For gritting, snow clearance and traffic information please vsit Derbyshire County Council website.
Updated 14:47 (01/03/2018)
We will be closing all council buildings at 3.30pm today to allow our staff adequate time to make a safe journey home before it gets dark. The latest weather and traffic information can be viewed via Derbyshire County Council website.
The forecast for tomorrow at present is currently a low probability for further significant snow, but the issue we have is the cold weather and a possibility of ice and strong cold winds. With this in mind, we are aiming to be open as normal tomorrow and we will assess each service area in the morning and decide whether normal service can be resumed or we continue with our Business Continuity arrangements.
For emergency housing repairs please contact Rykneld Homes.
For gritting, snow clearance and traffic information please vsit Derbyshire County Council website.
Updated 10:51 (01/03/2018)
We are experiencing a high volume of calls, some of which are for general enquiries. Unless it is an emergency please do not telephone us so we can ensure our resources are directed to those most in need. Thank you for your co-operation.
For emergency housing repairs please contact Rykneld Homes.
For gritting, snow clearance and traffic information please vsit Derbyshire County Council website.
Updated 10:08 (01/03/2018)
We are closing all three of our leisure facilities at Dronfield, Eckington and Clay Cross to allow our staff to get home safely. All swimming lessons and classes have been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. All bin collections (black and burgundy) have been cancelled and we are working on plans on how we will pick up those bins we have missed due to the weather.
Please telephone us for emergencies only as we are operating on a skeleton staff basis and only delaing with urgent issues.
Updated 07:27 (01/03/2018)
Bin collections will not take place today due to the ongoing severe weather conditions and the forecast for more snow this morning. We will try and pick up any missed bins as soon as we are able and it is safe to do so. Dronfield Sports Centre is open as normal and Eckington Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre will be open later this morning once we have an adequate quota of staff to operate the building. However, the Otter and Otter Pups lessons at Sharley Park LC and Dronfield SC have been cancelled this morning.
For emergency housing repairs please contact Rykneld Homes.
For gritting and snow clearance please vsit Derbyshire County Council website.
Updated 20:58 (28/02/2018)
At present our services will be operating as normal as possible tomorrow (01/03/2018) but this depends upon the weather overnight. We therefore advise you to look here and on our social media platforms for service updates or tel 01246 231111. Please contact our leisure facilities directly to see if they are open before travelling. Apologies for any inconvenience.
For emergency housing repairs please contact Rykneld Homes.
For gritting and snow clearance please vsit Derbyshire County Council website.
Updated 16:49 (28/02/2018)
Due to the adverse weather and driving conditions and more snow forecast for this afternoon we've taken the decision to close all council buildings and leisure facilities.
We have suspended all bin (black and burgundy) collections due to the adverse weather conditions and the forecast of more snow for the rest of the afternoon. We plan to operate a normal service tomorrow where possible and will endeavour to complete all missed bin collections by the end of the week. We apologise for any inconvenience caused but the safety of our crews is a priority to us.
For emergency housing repairs please contact Rykneld Homes.
For gritting and snow clearance please vsit Derbyshire County Council website.
23rd February 2018Taxi driver training to protect vulnerable passengers Open or Close
Passengers using taxi’s licensed by North East Derbyshire and Bolsover District Councils can be safe in the knowledge that all their drivers must now undertake mandatory safeguarding training.
The training is to improve public safety and identify potential risks to vulnerable adults and children. The training covers the following key areas:
- Understanding the need to protect vulnerable adults, young people and children
- Identifying possible victims of abuse and exploitation by understanding indicators of risk
- Identifying sources of advice and how to report concerns
- Understanding responsibilities in relation to personal safety and security
Councillor Michael Gordon, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Licensing at the Council said, “Everyone is becoming aware of the well-publicised issues relating to Child Sexual Exploitation. These are awful crimes, and we have a duty to assist the Taxi and Private Hire Trade and the public in tackling this issue and to protect those who are vulnerable. We need the help of taxi and private hire drivers and operators to identify those who commit these crimes and to identify vulnerable people who are at risk.”
In addition, Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Street services, Councillor Brian-Murray-Carr said, “Drivers need to command the highest level of confidence before they transport passengers – especially those who may be vulnerable. It is essential that we take seriously our responsibility to determine whether someone is a ‘fit and proper’ person to hold a licence.”
The decision to introduce the training was made following the publication of the Jay report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and the subsequent Casey report into Rotherham Council’s exercise of its functions on governance, children and young people, and taxi and private hire licensing.
Both reports indicated that licensed vehicles played a prominent role in the issues in Rotherham. As a key element of the local transport system, taxi and private hire drivers are well placed to identify vulnerable people who may need support.
The feedback received from the taxi trade so far has been overwhelmingly positive.
A Taxi driver attending one of the sessions, said, “I welcome this training which will help me to identify signs that someone may be vulnerable and in need of help.”
21st February 2018Draft Local Plan timetable agreed Open or Close
Following consultation on the draft Local Plan early last year, we have considered all the comments received alongside additional evidence and have prepared an updated version of the Plan.
The Publication Plan sets out the policies and proposals that we consider are the most appropriate for the area to meet the needs of the District up to 2034 and is the version we intend to submit to the Government for independent examination.
We are holding a six-week period of public consultation that runs from 21 February to 4 April 2018, and includes four public events.
- Clay Cross Social Centre, Market Street, Clay Cross, S45 9JE on Friday 9 March 2018 from 4.30pm – 7.30pm
- Dronfield Civic Centre (Main Hall), Civic Centre, Dronfield, S18 1PD on Tuesday 13 March 2018 from 4.30-7.30pm
- Eckington Civic Centre (Main Hall), Market Street, Eckington, S21 4JG on Thursday 15 March 2018 from 4.45-7.45pm
- Killamarsh Sports Centre (Parish Function Room), Community Campus, Stanley Street, Killamarsh, S21 1EL on Thursday 22 March 2018 from 4.45-7.45pm
Consultation responses at this stage must be set out in a specific way to address legal matters referred to as the ‘tests of soundness’. Put simply, we will ask people to consider two questions: Is the Local Plan legal? and is the Local Plan sound?
Cabinet Member for the environment, Councillor Michael Gordon said, “The Plan has been produced as a result of and in line with the Governments’ requirements and is the final opportunity for people to comment on the Local Plan before it is submitted for examination. All comments received at this stage will be sent to the independent Planning Inspector appointed by the Government to examine the Plan, so it is important that local residents come and talk to us at the events and express their views.”
More detail on how to comment is available on our Local Plan pages, at our main office and at libraries throughout the District. Officers will also be on hand at the public consultation events.
20th February 2018Green bin collections set to resume Open or Close
Households across the District are being reminded that their green bin collections are due to start again in early March 2018.
The green bin collections were suspended over the winter months as people are less active in the garden and there is little green waste being produced.
However, with spring on the horizon and people wanting to get back into their gardens the collections will start again.
Residents can place items such as leaves, hedge and plant clippings, twigs, branches and prunings, grass mowings, weeds and cut flowers. They can also place cooked and raw food waste (peeling, bones, fish, bread, pasta, fruit, vegetables, etc) into their green bins as part of our efforts to improve recycling and composting across the area.
Residents are also asked not to put any black or burgundy bin type wastes in their green bin to help avoid contamination.
The green waste is taken to a composting facility where it is then turned into valuable resource instead of sending it to landfill. Materials can be used for recycling or composting, with the rest of the waste being used to generate heat and power instead of it just going into the ground.
Depending upon which week your bin is collected they will start again on either 5 or 12 March 2018.
Residents should check the waste and recycling calendars that where distributed before Christmas for their exact start dates.
20th February 2018Councillors agree 1.9% council tax increase Open or Close
Councillors have taken the difficult decision to increase our share of council tax by 1.99% at a full council meeting on Monday 19 February 2018.
Councillors voted and agreed to the increase which will see households in Band D pay an extra £3.64 per year, or 7p per week.
While we have taken action both to reduce our expenditure and to increase locally generated revenue, we are facing financial shortfalls of just over £500,000 next year, rising to an identified shortfall of £2.157m by 2022.
Councillor Graham Baxter MBE, Leader of the Council said, "We have worked hard to mitigate the reduction in government grant by generating income wherever we can and we will continue to do this so the whole burden does not lie with local residents. No one wants to increase council tax if it can be avoided but the reduction in funding we receive combined with the increased costs for goods and materials have left us little choice.
“We have always said our number one priority is to protect jobs and frontline services and we have kept to this promise. We have invested heavily in our leisure facilities, improved our recycling services and contributed to the growth of our local economies, whilst still protecting jobs and delivering good quality services for the benefit of our residents.”
The extra revenue generated (approximately £111,489) will ensure the continuation of essential services such as waste collection and recycling, street cleaning and maintenance of towns and villages, support for our most disadvantaged residents and funds for our planning, leisure and economic development services.
We receive approximately 10% of residents council tax bill with the remaining 90% being distributed to four other precepts: Derbyshire County Council, parish councils, the Fire Authority and the Police Authority.
26th January 2018Holocaust memorial day 27 January Open or Close
Holocaust Memorial Day is a national day of commemoration to remember those who suffered during The Holocaust.
The day has evolved to remember other genocides including, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Each year Holocaust Memorial Day is observed on the 27 January. The date marks the liberation of the largest Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.
Every year a different theme is chosen. This year’s theme is “Words can make a difference – both for good and evil”. The theme explores how language has been used in the past, and how it is used in the present day. The impact of words during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, through propaganda used to incite, through slogans written in resistance, and through memoirs written to record and respond to what was going on.
A full copy of the theme can be found here
For more information, visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website here.
9th January 2018New empty properties matching service launched Open or Close
A new service to help bring empty properties back into use has been launched in North East Derbyshire District and Bolsover District.
Both Councils have joined forces to launch the service with the aim of reducing the number of empty properties across the area, bringing them back into use for the benefit of families and individuals.
The new system can be used for either landlords wishing to rent or sell their property and is completely free of charge.
North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Bette Hill said, “We know how hard it is for people to get a mortgage or find a home that meets your needs. That’s why we are introducing this new service which will not only bring back into use an empty property, but also help people find a suitable home. It’s a win-win as far as we are concerned.”
All you need to do is register your empty property with the relevant council and they will advertise your property on their website for free. They will also put you in contact with people who may be interested in purchasing or renting it.
The property must be registered as being empty for more than six months and proof of ownership must be provided. If you are a landlord then proof that you are an accredited landlord must also be provided.
Bolsover District Council Cabinet Member for Social Enterprise, Councillor John Ritchie said, “Demand for housing is increasing, so we want to do all we can to bring back into use any empty properties across the area. The longer a home is left empty the more likely it is to attract anti-social behaviour, to fall into disrepair and to become a source of anxiety to nearby residents. That’s why we are doing all we can to assist owners and landlords with returning their properties to use.”
4th January 2018Planning fee increases Open or Close
Planning fee increases
From 17 January 2018, the Government are introducing an increase of 20% on planning fees.
Regulations to introduce the 20% fee increase were made on 20 December 2017. Our planning fees will therefore increase from 17 January 2018. The new legislation is part of The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.
You can read more about the statutory instrument on the Government's legislation website.
20th December 2017Christmas closedown information Open or Close
We would like to wish all our residents, partners and businesses of North East Derbyshire a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Please note our district offices will be closed from 12pm noon on Friday 22 December 2017 and will re open on Tuesday 2 January at 9 am.
In an emergency contact us on 01246 231111. You can also report problems such as abandoned vehicles, fly tipping, dog fouling noise complaints and more on our website homepage under 'do it online to save time' www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk
For more information on the opening times for our leisure centres please click here.
15th December 2017Win cash for your old electricals Open or Close
Have you got any old, broken or unwanted electricals? Dig them out and take them to your local household waste recycling centre in the New Year for your chance to win one of fifteen £100 cash prizes.
From hair-dryers to hedge-trimmers, fairy lights to fridges and toasters to TVs, there’s a wide range of household appliances you can take to Derbyshire County Council’s recycling centres. And from 2 January, you can exchange them for a golden ticket – which means you could be quids in.
Simply ask for your golden ticket from a member of staff at any of the county council’s nine recycling centres, type in your unique ticket number online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/electric and find out if you’re an instant winner. The more items you recycle, the more tickets you’ll get.
The competition prizes are being funded by Advantage Waste Brokers – the contractor which works on behalf of the county council to collect and recycle electrical items taken to its recycling centres.
Electrical goods can be exchanged for a golden ticket at the following recycling centres:
- Ashbourne (Mayfield Road)
- Bolsover (Buttermilk Lane)
- Buxton (Waterswallows Road)
- Glossop (Melandra Road)
- Ilkeston (Manners Avenue Industrial Estate)
- Loscoe (Heanor)
- Newhall (Swadlincote)
- Northwood (Darley Dale)
- Stonegravels (Chesterfield)
All electrical appliances are accepted including:
- coffee makers
- electric toothbrushes
- electric garden equipment
- fairy lights
- fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers
- game consoles
- laptops, tablets and PCs
- music systems
- power tools
- sat navs
- slow cookers
- straighteners and hairdryers
- washers and dryers
For a full list of the other items you can take to the recycling centres and their locations visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentres
Please make sure all personal data has been removed from items such as laptops, mobile phones or tablets before you take them to a recycling centre.
5th December 2017Overwhelming number vote in favour of new Neighbourhood Plan Open or Close
Residents in Holymoorside and Walton have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish.
It follows a referendum in which 94% of residents who voted, said they wanted North East Derbyshire District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan to help it decide planning applications in the area.
The Neighbourhood Plan – the first of its kind to be adopted in North East Derbyshire – is a new type of planning document which gives residents a greater say over how their community evolves.
It gives residents the power to decide where developments should go, what they should look like and which areas of land should be protected from development.
A steering group made up of councillors from Holymoorside and Walton Parish Council and members of the community, have prepared the plan over the past two years, which will run until 2033 – the same time as North East Derbyshire District Council’s Local Plan is scheduled to last until.
Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council, Cllr Graham Baxter MBE, said: "We are pleased to endorse the hard work that Holymoorside and Walton Parish Council has done over the last two years to prepare this plan and ensure that the views of the parish council and its residents about their environment can now be taken into account in our planning decisions.
“The Plan will fit in with our Local Plan to provide a clear and up-to-date picture of how development in Holymoorside and Walton Parish should take place.
“Our officers have worked alongside those preparing the Plan to make it the best it could be.”
The Neighbourhood Plan pays particular attention to things such as important views and local green spaces, heritage buildings and in particular protecting dry stone walls.
It also protects important community facilities and shops, protects existing employment uses and ensures housing development is of the right type and quantity.
After submission to North East Derbyshire District Council, the Plan was examined by an independent examiner. The examiner considered whether the plan met certain basic conditions set by Government and reported to the District Council. The council then agreed with his recommendation, to submit the Plan to a referendum.
The Plan will now be used by the District Council’s planning officers to help determine planning applications in the parish.
The Holymoorside and Walton plan is the first neighbourhood plan to be adopted in North East Derbyshire.
It is hoped that Ashover and Wingerworth will also have neighbourhood plans in place in the near future.Details of the Plan and the referendum result can be found on our website www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk under ‘Local Plan’
13th November 2017Telephone Problems Open or Close
We're experiencing problems with our telephone system and receiving calls.
Our contractors are aware and working to resolve the problem. We will be rebooting the system at 12noon, which could last up to 30 minutes.
We apologise for the inconvenience and are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. If your query is urgent, please complete our general enquiry form.
30th October 2017Court slams rogue landlord for state of properties Open or Close
A rogue landlord has been given a fine of £2,500 (allowing for his guilty plea) and issued with a four-year Criminal Behaviour Order following his failure to comply with a Community Protection Notice on a property in North Wingfield.
Our Environmental Health team received 11 complaints regarding waste accumulating at the front, side and rear of a property in North Wingfield owned by Martin Ambler.
Despite repeated requests to remove the waste, Ambler of Vincent Lane, Chesterfield failed to comply and was subsequently served with a Community Protection Notice in February 2017 requiring the waste to be cleared within 14 days.
Although the defendant contacted us and had a skip present at the property, there was still a large amount of waste left, which he failed to clear. We subsequently started court proceedings for failure to comply with the Community Protection Notice.
Despite the defendant pleading guilty, the Magistrates Court imposed the maximum fine (allowing for his guilty plea) and the Chair of the Bench stated that the ‘appalling nature of the offence justified this unusual step’.
The problems became so bad at properties owned by Ambler, that a neighbour considered selling their property and was too afraid to let their children play outdoors due to the presence of rats. A tenant of a different property was hospitalised as a result of the condition in which the property was let.
Both Councils received a large number of complaints about properties owned by Mr Ambler in relation to accumulations and housing conditions. Examples include lack of heating, faulty electrics, damp and mould and blood stained walls.
In addition to the prosecution, we also applied for a Criminal Behaviour Order which was granted.
Since 2015, 19 enforcement Notices had been served on Mr Ambler regarding properties and land under his ownership. Despite repeated requests to deal with issues and the use of enforcement Notices, Mr Ambler failed to act and the Chair of the Bench issued the Criminal Behaviour Order, stating that it was ‘both necessary and proportionate to prevent further such consequences’.
The Order is for four years and he was ordered not to:
- Store or dispose of any controlled waste on any land under his control.
- Burn any waste or instruct someone else to burn any waste
- Rent out any properties containing Category 1 hazards under the housing Act 2004.
And he was ordered to:
- Monitor and maintain all land under his control monthly, so that it is kept free from waste
- Monitor and maintain each property under his control annually to check for hazards under the Housing Act 2004. Once indentified to remove or reduce the hazard to an acceptable level as soon as reasonably practicable.
- To join and/or remain in an accredited landlord scheme.
If this Criminal Behaviour Order is breached, then the penalty is a custodial sentence.
30th October 2017Anglers net charity donation Open or Close
Two local charities have benefitted from the goodwill of a group of anglers as they donated £350 from their charity angling matches.
The money has been donated to North East Derbyshire District Council’s Chair’s charities – Sheffield Hospitals Charity the Spinal Cord Injury Centre and the Elm Foundation – from Clay Cross Angling Association in conjuction with Marshalls Electrical.
They held seven angling matches throughout 2017 at Wingerworth Lido and the Wallpond and this years winner was Martyn Jacques, based on an aggregate score of the matches.
The Council Chair, Councillor Rosie Smith said, “I was overwhelmed by the angling associations genorisity and kindness in donating this money to my charities, which will certainly go a long way to helping a lot of people.”
The association has been holding charity matches for over 20 years and have always donated money to the Council Chair’s Appeal.
Picture Caption: Pictured is (left to right) Steve Mellor, Club Secretary, Martyn Jacques, competition winner, Council Chair, Cllr Rosie Smith and Frank Bradley, Match Secretary.
5th October 2017Sporting heroes honoured by council Open or Close
Ten athletes and clubs from across North East Derbyshire were honoured recently for their commitment to sport and the achievements they had made over the last 12 months at the Council’s annual Sports Awards.
The winners picked up their awards at a special ceremony held at our headquarters on Wednesday 4 October 2017 to recognise and celebrate the sporting successes of athletes and those involved in sport at all levels across North East Derbyshire.
The winners ranged from local swimming and running clubs to national heptathletes and a multiple bike trails world champion.
Council’s Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “It really is an honour and privelige to be able to recognise these individuals and teams for what they have done over the past year. We’ve got some amazing sporting talent and dedicated volunteers who make sport across our District what it is today – a huge success.
“My congratulations go to not only all the winners, but everyone else who was nominated or takes part in sport in whatever capacity.”
The full list of winners are below and the photographs can be seen via our Flickr site.
- Lifetime Achievement Awards - Richard Walker
- Sportsman of the Year – Matthew Cooper
- Sportswoman of the Year – Imogen Clark
- Service to Sport Award – Tom Dawson
- Community Award – Dronfield Diamonds
- Manager/Coach – Anthony Klenczar
- Club of the Year – Eckington Swimming Club
- Junior Team – Tupton Hall U14 Girls for Football/Cricket
- Young Sportswoman of the Year – Niamh Emerson
- Young Sportsman of the Year – Adam Morewood
All the individual winners also received an annual leisure pass for the Council’s leisure facilities and will be submitted to the Derbyshire County Awards judging panel.
28th September 2017Joint crackdown on taxis hailed a success Open or Close
A recent crackdown on taxi vehicles at East Midlands Airport found over 85% of vehicles stopped met the required standards.
The regional enforcement campaign, included officials from Bolsover District Council and North East Derbyshire District Council, the Police and the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), saw spot checks carried out on over 140 vehicles, with 120 of these passing with flying colours.
All the vehicles from Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire that were checked were found to be satisfactory. However, 20 taxis from other areas did not reach the required standards.
Four of them received prohibitions for failing to have tyres that meet safety requirements. Two drivers were reported for not having road tax, and another was given a fixed penalty notice for having a tyre tread below the legal limit. Others were also warned about more minor defects such as broken bulbs.
Cabinet member with responsibility for Licensing, Councillor Michael Gordon said, “It’s very reassuring all the vehicles inspected from North East Derbyshire and Bolsover were found to be satisfactory. Public safety is our absolute priority and we hope this operation has helped spread this message among drivers of licensed vehicles. What we need now is for better and more stringent legislation from government to make sure taxis and those driving them are fit and proper for the safety of the public.”
Bolsover District Council's Cabinet Member for Licensing Councillor Brian Murray-Carr said, "This initiative highlights that the majority of taxi drivers take care of their vehicles and ensure they meet high standards when it comes to safety. It is very important to us and our partners that we participate in enforcement campaigns to identify those that don’t comply with the law and licensing requirements.
Inspector Ivan Odell from Leicestershire Police said: "Once again this was a highly successful operation and demonstrates the value of partner agencies working collaboratively and effectively to improve the safety of the travelling public. The vast majority of taxis and licensed vehicles were being operated safely and legally but this operation will be repeated and should serve as warning to those who choose to continue to operate outside the law."
Bill Harrison, DVSA enforcement delivery manager, said: “DVSA’s first priority is to protect the public from unsafe drivers and vehicles. Our frontline staff worked alongside their police and local authority colleagues, and used their powers to take some of these dangerous vehicles and drivers off of the road. The vast majority of taxis checked were safe, with properly licensed drivers, which was pleasing to see."
During the initiative, a vehicle which was not a taxi was also flagged up on Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology and found to have no road tax, no insurance, no MOT, and defects including illegal tyre tread. The driver also did not have a DVLA licence. The car was seized and the driver was reported.
18th September 2017Rural businesses funding boost Open or Close
Rural businesses are being encouraged to apply for funding to help them expand and diversify.
LEADER funding is available for businesses based in rural communities throughout Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire District Council areas. Grants of up to €200,000 are available for a maximum of 40% of the total project costs, with the minimum grant being £3,500.
The funding is currently available until March 2019 and to help businesses find out more the BNED LEADER Approach in conjunction with D2N2, are holding two events to provide businesses with advice and information on the funding and support available. Refreshments will also be provided.
The events will be held as follows:
- Wednesday 27 September 2017 from 5-7pm at Doe Lea Centre, Mansfield Road, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, S44 5PD, and
- Thursday 28 September 2017 at Eckington Civic Centre, Market St, Eckington, Sheffield S21 4JG.
Please register for the event using Eventbrite or call 01246 217594 for more information.
29th August 2017Local electoral arrangements finalised for North East Derbyshire District Council Open or Close
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for North East Derbyshire District Council.
Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals earlier this year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across North East Derbyshire.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that North East Derbyshire should be represented by 53 district councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent ten three-councillor wards, nine two-councillor wards and five one-councillor wards across the district.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across North East Derbyshire who took part in the review. The Commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during the consultation.
“We believe these recommendations deliver electoral fairness for voters as well as reflecting community ties throughout North East Derbyshire.”
Full details of the final recommendations are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk
The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the coming months. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2019.
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1525/1250 or email.
Notes to editors:
1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected and – separately - for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.
2. The electoral review of North East Derbyshire District Council is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is being carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.
3. Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/8906 or www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/east-midlands/derbyshire/north-east-derbyshire/_recache
29th August 2017Anti-Fracking protest causing problems for local villagers Open or Close
A five-month anti-fracking protest in the village of Danesmoor is continuing to cause problems for local residents, businesses and the environment.
The protest has been in situ since April 2017, but alongside the legitimate peaceful protests there are a number of activists, mostly from outside the county, who have been involved in serious criminal activities in the area including extensive criminal damage. There have been assaults of Police Officers, serious criminal damage, obstruction and intimidation and flying drones over the site without a licence which have resulted in over 30 arrests being made to date.
14 of these, from a number of different locations across the country, recently appeared in court and the majority are charged with trespassing or obstructing on land, namely Old Pit Lane, near PR Marriott, in June and July this year.
The activities of the protestors include obstructing vehicles entering or leaving local business premises and occasional ‘lock-ons’ where the activists lock themselves to each other, or to equipment using a lock-on device. The protestors at the camp are also filming the individuals and vehicles coming and going from several business premises in the area, including those that have no connection to the fracking industry, causing widespread intimidation.
Damage to several local businesses and the nuisance caused by the protestors intimidating their staff and customers, is harming trade in the area.
They have set up camp on Pilsley Road near several trade premises and they have caused damage to the field, fences and gates.
A Council spokesperson said, “We are working with the police and other agencies to make sure the protest remains as peaceful as possible. People have the right to protest, but they must do this within the laws of the land and in a way as to not disturb and cause harm to the local environment and community who live in the area.
“These ‘activists’ are causing more and more problems for the local community and causing damage not just to property but to people’s livelihoods as well - and this cannot and will not be tolerated. So, we are investigating these issues and exercising our powers to resolve these problems as quickly as possible so the legitimate protestors and local community can be left in peace.”
We are currently consulting on possible measures to restrict the behaviour of the camp occupants to legitimate peaceful protest only and details can be found on on our news pages.
24th August 2017Two week public consultation on PSPO Open or Close
We are currently undertaking a two-week consultation on a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) covering Danesmoor and parts of Clay Cross which could last for up to three-years.
After the end of the 2 weeks period, we will look at the response to the consultation alongside evidence that has already been collated by the police, and any new evidence that is submitted. This will be presented for a decision to made on whether the Order is granted.
The PSPO could be introduced in mid-September, which would allow for appropriate signage to be installed.
The consultation will prohibit certain activities in the area defined by the map below:
- Any behaviour which causes, or is likely to cause, obstruction or interference to any individual or business in the conduct of lawful activity (or similar);
- Any behaviour which causes, or is likely to cause, intimidation, harassment, alarm or distress to any person;
- The placing of tents, caravans or any other temporary structures on any open space; and
- Camping, whether within temporary tents/structures/vehicles or otherwise, on any open space.
- The recording or broadcast by any means of video/audio/photographic footage of any individual and/or their vehicle which causes, or is likely to cause, intimidation, harassment or distress.
14th August 2017Council and Police revving up to deal with nuisance bikes Open or Close
Nuisance motorcycles and quads are continuing to cause problems across North East Derbyshire District.
Residents have become increasingly frustrated and angry at some of the irresponsible antics of those riding these machines in and around neighbourhoods and causing damage to trails, paths and open spaces such as children’s parks and sports fields.
And together with the Police, we have vowed to target these individuals, via organised initiatives which include focusing on known hot spot areas and bringing the culprits to justice.
Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Councillor Jeff Lilley said, “We receive reports about pit bikes, scooters and quads plus mini motos being ridden at high speeds in places where they are a real threat to the public. The irresponsible antics of some riders and their disregard for the safety of the public, and themselves has to be stopped.”
The machines can often un-roadworthy, have no license plates or are being ridden by people not wearing a helmet.
Councillor Lilley added, “Our aim has to be to protect members of the public and combat the problems sensibly, but what we need is for people to inform us and give us names and addresses of those responsible so we can act and take action.”
Sgt James Shirley from Derbyshire Police is urging members of the public to put forward names of possible culprits. He added, “These people will then be visited and given advice, followed by any appropriate warnings. This is a community problem and the solution lies in a joined up public, council and police response."
Anyone with any information should contact the Police on 101 or the Council on 01246 231111.
27th July 2017LGBT Consultation Open or Close
The Government want to know more about the experiences that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have living in the UK.
They have produced a survey that asks about:
- your experiences of accessing and using public services in the UK
- any experiences of discrimination you may have faced throughout your life
You will be asked about your experiences at work, in education, in healthcare, and about your personal safety. We want to collect as much information as possible, but you don’t have to answer every question if you don’t want to. The survey is anonymous: no one will be able to tell who you are at any point.
24th July 2017Brass Band Festival comes to Dronfield Open or Close
Talented musicians will once again raise the roof when we stage our annual Brass Band Festival.
Dronfield Sports Centre is the venue for the 59th event, which will see Dronfield (Genquip) Band, Shirebrook Miners Welfare (Unison) Band and Stannington Brass Band competing for the coveted T.H Hallworth Challenge Trophy and a top cash prize.
Money raised on the night from the sale of plants and raffle tickets will go to our Chair’s Appeal in aid of the Derbyshire Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Service and Sheffield Hospitals Charity the Spinal Cord Injury Centre.
Councillor Rosie Smith, Council Chair said: “This promises to be a great night of music and entertainment. I hope to see as many people as possible in attendance, enjoying themselves and helping me raise money for my two charities.”
Tickets are on sale now for the festival, which will take place on Saturday 23 September 2017. The event starts at 7.30pm, with doors opening at 6.30pm. Admission is £5 or £4 for senior citizens.
The event has been sponsored by: Avonside Roofing, Gary Fletcher Surfacing Ltd, Nationwide Windows, Providence Maintenance and Electrical Services, Pulse Fitness, Rykneld Homes Ltd and WM Lee Ltd.
17th July 2017Sporting stars set to be recognised Open or Close
The search is on to find the stars and unsung heroes of the sporting world from across North East Derbyshire.
We are once again on the lookout for dedicated local sports people and their sporting successes from the past 12 months, so they can be recognised at our annual awards ceremony.
The North East Derbyshire District Council Annual Sports Awards help to recognise and celebrate the success of those involved in sport at all levels within the District.
There are 13 categories up for- grabs, including: Lifetime Achievement Award, Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, Disabled Sportsperson of the Year and Team of the Year.
Winners of the individual performer categories will receive a free annual membership to our leisure facilities to help with their training programme. All winners will also be put forward to be judged for the Derby Telegraph Sports Awards.
Each category has qualifying criteria and must be based upon performances from September 2016 to August 2017. Nominations can be received from any individual, club or team involved in schools or sports organisations within North East Derbyshire district and the nominee must be involved in a sport recognised by Sport England and must be submitted by the deadline of Friday 8 September 2017.
Nomination forms are available to complete on-line or by contacting Derbyshire Sport (Katie Crockett, Marketing Officer 01773 571224).
7th July 2017Barking Mad Open or Close
Four noisy dogs have cost their owner over £584 in court fees after they caused a neighbourhood nuisance by continually barking.
We received complaints about dogs continuously barking at the property of Brenda Green (52) of Thirlmere Drive, Dronfield. We served her with an abatement notice requesting that the noise stop and be dealt with, but Green failed to act on this.
Further investigations by us found that Green’s four dogs - a Staffy cross Collie, a Jack Russell, a Staffy cross Alsatian and an American Bulldog – were still continually barking, sometimes for up to four hours at all times of the day and night.
Green, who failed to appear at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court in Chesterfield was found guilty under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and was handed a fine of £440 plus £100 costs and £44 victim surcharge, totaling £584.
Member with responsibility for the Environment, Councillor Michael Gordon said, “The noise caused by these dogs caused a great deal of disruption and distress to the local residents and neighbourhood. The owner had been warned on several occasions about the noise and the consequences of not complying with the abatement notice.
"This is a clear message we want to send to people that noise nuisances of any nature will not be tolerated.”
If you are experiencing noise issues please report them online.
27th June 2017Dronfield named Safest Place in East Midlands Open or Close
Dronfield has been named the ‘Safest Place in the East Midlands’ following a recent study.
The study, undertaken by Value Penguin, was based on a variety of crime metrics sourced from police.uk via UKCrimeStats across 44 East Midland post towns.
Dronfield received a score of 593 which considered both violent crime and property crime and was adjusted for population size. The town was ranked as:
- 1st - Small Town Safety Rank
- 1st - Overall Safety Rank
- 1st - Violent Crime
- 2nd - Property Crime
The postal towns with populations of at least 1,000 were included in the regional study and crime scores ranged from 593 to 3,891 (where a lower score indicates less crime).
Dronfield has a population close to 25,000 and has the lowest violent crime rate for a post town of its size (population 20,000 to 50,000) in all of England and Wales. The most recent policing priorities involve ticketing vehicles parked in white zig zag lines near schools and carrying out speed checks near schools and problem areas.
Council Leader and councillor for Dronfield North, Graham Baxter MBE said, “We are delighted to receive this accolade. Dronfield is a lovely town with lovely people and we have worked hard to make sure it is a safe place to live, work and play.
“It’s a tight knit community, where people know each other, say hello walking down the street and look out for each other. We’ve got some great amenities in the town, such as parks, train station and leisure facility, and I feel all this added together has contrinbuted to us receiving this title.”
The North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partntership have worked hard with partners to reduce crime in the area which included:
- targeted and specific crime prevention work in areas where people have suffered from crime,
- staged cracking crime events to help educate people,
- spoke directly to local residents about any concerns they may have,
- undertook a burglar alarm project and provided free burglar alarms to people in areas that were deemed as needing one, and
- staged diversionary activities for young people by providing activities such as Extreme Wheels Roadshows.
Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Councillor Jeff Lilley said, “To be ranked first in three out of the four categories is a great achievement. I think people do feel safe here as over the years we’ve worked with our partners to tackle problems head on as they occur.
“You can see that our targeted approach to tackling problem areas and hot spots has helped reduce both minor and serious crime offences and we will continue to work closely with our partners to make sure we provide a safe and pleasant community for the town’s residents.”
21st June 2017Sheffield City Region Appointment of Independent Members - Audit Committee Open or Close
The Sheffield City Region Combined Authority has an Audit Committee to promote excellence in governance and financial reporting.
The Committee currently has a vacancy for one or more Independent Members, and is seeking people with the necessary skills, enthusiasm and commitment to be a member of the Committee and to bring a fresh external perspective to its work.
The purpose of the Committee is to provide independent assurance of the effectiveness of:
- the governance arrangements of the Authority
- the Authority’s risk management framework
- the Authority’s financial management processes and the way this relates to the performance of services
The Committee meets four times a year although additional meetings may be called if there is urgent business to be considered. The successful applicant will need knowledge, skills and expertise of the public sector in respect of finance, audit and wider corporate governance.
Support and full access to the Authority’s learning and development programme of activities will be provided, however, no allowance shall be payable, as per the Authority’s policy on Committee Member Allowances, other than for travel and subsistence where applicable.
This position is not open to Members or employees of the Authority’s constituent councils and for the purpose of these appointments, a person is deemed ‘independent’ if the person is not (and hasn’t been for a minimum of 5 years) a member, co-opted member or officer of the Authority, is not a member, co-opted member or officer of a parish council for which the Authority is the principal authority, and is not a relative, or close friend, of a member, co-opted member or officer of the Authority.
Closing date: Friday 30th June 2017, by 4.00 pm