Welcome to Alfreton Town Council
Alfreton Town Council has reacted angrily to the news that the disability works at the Towns station to make platform two accessible to all users has seemingly been pulled just eighteen months after the scheme was given the green light.The scheme had also been fully surveyed, designed and costed, and presented to the public last autumn. The Town Council are seeking formal confirmation, but understand the scheme has been pulled by the Department for Transport. Cllr Scott Walker, Leader of the Council said 'the public needs to be aware that it is the Government who have stopped the scheme and the reality of the situation is that it could be more than seven years before the scheme comes around. It is unacceptable that the scheme has been stopped again and that the bad news has been sneaked out when cynically before the last General Election the news of the scheme approval was broadcast from the rooftops' The Town Council has also had train operating companies contacting them unsure of the situation as they have not been told by the Government department.
The Town Council has vowed to keep up its 20 year fight, and is working with a number of bodies to highlight the plight of disabled passengers and bring about a discrimination claim. Town Mayor Mary Kerry added 'the situation beggars belief with unprecedented investment in the rail industry, when fares keep rising faster than inflation and HS2 is going to connect with a route that some people can't even access. The scheme is all designed and it is no defence that the cost of the scheme make it reasonable for the discrimination to take place when the vast budgets of Network Rail are considered'. The Town Council also understands that a taxi service is available for disabled customer's, but needs to be booked in advance. The Council has asked that the service be advertised, but the train operating companies are not prepared to change the signage at the station advising customers to take a one hour detour. The Town Council encourages rail users to ask about and use this service.
Making a difference in our local community
Alfreton Town Council came into being on 1st April 1984. The Town Council covers the Town of Alfreton bordered by the A38, the railway line and Alfreton Brook.
The Town Council provides a diverse range of local services for residents in Alfreton.
The Town Council is based in the oldest residential building in the Town – Alfreton House which dates from the mid 1600s.
|Alfreton House - Home of Alfreton Town Council|
Historic Alfreton - 'ALFREDINGTUNE'
Alfreton means Alfred’s farmstead and is said by immemorial tradition to have been built by King Alfred – who burnt the cakes! There is a lot of evidence both to support and deny this claim.
By 600AD a family group of Angles had made their home on the spot where the war memorial is today. The site was well chosen; it had a sunny aspect on the south facing side of the hill, ample fresh water springs, thick woods for fuel and game, and surrounded by land suitable for agriculture.
The first written evidence of the town is in the will of Wulfric Spott of 1002AD when he bequeathed “Aelfredingtune “to the abbey he founded at Burton-on-Trent.
By 1086 the name had mysteriously changed to Elstretune which is rather confusing as it bears no resemblance to Alfred. By this time it had become a Manor under Earl Morcar.
On 16th July 1252 Henry III granted a charter to hold a market and a fair at Alfreton. This established the settlement as a local trading centre and also valuable revenue to the lords of the manor.
Many noble families held the manor. In 1629 it was sold by Robert Sutton to Anthony Morewood. The last of the Morewoods was George who died in 1792 and so the manor was left to his wife’s nephew William Palmer who assumed the name Palmer-Morewood. The last Lord of the Manor was Mr RCA Palmer- Morewood who died in 1957.
|War Memorial on King Street||Alfreton Hall|
|House of Confinement||St Martin`s Church|
The Town has an amazing blend of opposites – a blend of town and country, residential and industrial, historic and brand new, hustle and bustle alongside areas of peace and tranquillity. The Town has an extensive mature park which is open to the general public. Alfreton people are down to earth, friendly and considerate. Alfreton has long provided homes and accommodation for people with all types of needs. Alfreton Park Community Special School and the Leonard Cheshire Home Green Gables are examples of which illustrate those qualities.
The Town has a strong sporting and cultural life; it boasts a Conference League Football Club, a Derbyshire League One Cricket Club, bowls,tennis, boxing and golf. There are groups involved in choral singing, amateur dramatics and musical theatre. The Town has a state of the art Leisure Centre and the Genesis Centre provides facilities for sporting, business and education.
|Alfreton Town Football Club||Alfreton Cricket Club|