Welcome to Alfreton Town Council

This site provides you with news of local matters, contact details for the Council and Council Members, meeting dates, minutes and various other useful documents.

Mayor elected for 2017/18

At the Annual Meeting of the Town Council on 16th May 2017, Councillor John Walker was appointed as Mayor for the 17/18 municipal year.  Councillor Walker takes over from Councillor Kerry who presented the Parish Meeting with her Annual report. Councillor Kerry is the Deputy Mayor this year.  If you would like the Town Mayor to attend an event please contact the office by email:

office@alfretontc.co.uk or call 01773 520032.  Councillor Mary Kerry can be seen passing the Chain of Office to Councillor John Walker.

Lifesaving defibrillators installed at Alfreton House

Leisure Centre gifts equipment to Town Council.

The Town Council was approached at the end of 2016 as potential recipients of a defibrillator from fund raising at Alfreton Leisure Centre.  The equipment, which is there for anyone to use on someone in cardiac arrest, has been installed in the grounds of Alfreton House, and is easily identifiable by the bright yellow box.

Fitting a defibrillator and housing unit costs around £1,500, the installation costs have been met by the Town Council and ongoing maintenance and checks of the unit will be the responsibility of the Town Council.  Shown with the Town Mayor, Councillor John Walker are Michael Conway who a made significant personal contribution to its purchase, due to having first-hand experience of requiring  a defibrillator whilst having a cardiac arrest at Alfreton Leisure Centre and Manager Peter Sharkey.  Hector the Hound is the Leisure Centre’s mascot and he stole the opportunity to grab the attention of children, so they too become aware of what a defibrillator is and how it can be used to save lives.

Town Mayor, Councillor John Walker said ‘The Council welcome the gift from the Leisure Centre and were happy to support their suggestion of installing the defibrillator at the opposite end of Town to them.  This is a vital piece of equipment which, you would hope is never required but when needed has the proven potential of saving lives.    It will benefit the residents and visitors to Alfreton.

In an emergency, people phone 999 and the ambulance service will give them the access code to open the box housing the defibrillator.

An ambulance is then dispatched and the operator provides guidance on what to do. This is all clearly explained on the front of the box.

The staff and members of Alfreton Town Council have a training session in early July on the correct use of the equipment and maintenance checks.

 

Access Denied at Alfreton Station

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.

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Alfreton Town Council updated their cover photo.Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 at 1:06pm
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Alfreton Town CouncilTuesday, July 24th, 2018 at 10:21am
Library Consultation

Derbyshire County Council has a consultation currently live on the draft Public Library Service Strategy ‘Libraries for Derbyshire’ consultation. Seeking views on the following proposals in the draft strategy:

That the libraries in 20 communities in Tier 4 will be transferred to community management
That the community-managed libraries are retained as part of our statutory network
That we will implement a tiered approach, which will be used to decide on provision and resources for libraries in the future
That there will be a reduction in weekly opening hours across the library service
That there will be a reduction in the materials fund (books, audiobooks, eBooks, eMagazines, eAudio, online resources like Newsbank and newspapers)
That voluntary and community organisations will be consulted with a view to creating an alternative way of delivering the mobile library service
That the future implementation of Smart Libraries be considered
That the DVD hire loan service will cease
That feedback will be gathered and considered on the potential impact of the proposals.

The Town Council responded to the consultation and do not support the proposal. The Town Council are concerned that there will be 5 hours loss of opening times and surrounding areas will be closed or further reduced which will have a further impact on Alfreton Library.

You can complete the survey yourself by following this link https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/have-your-say/consultation-search/all-consultations/consultation-details/libraries-for-derbyshire.aspx
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Alfreton Town Council added 2 new photos.Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 1:36pm
Rock and Bike Festival happening this weekend near Alfreton
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Alfreton Town CouncilTuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 2:37pm
The Town Council were pleased to award two grants in June at their Full Council Meeting to;
Alfreton Party in the Park £3340.00 - to provide the marquee for live music performances and Amber Sound to provide music in the main arena
Alfreton Special School £500.00 - to provide a manual awning in the garden so that gardening activities can take place in all weathers
The Town Council are proud to support the work of local groups and clubs and to be providing continued support to these two causes.
If you would like to apply for a grant the application can be found on the Town Council website.
http://alfretontowncouncil.co.uk/policies-and-procedures/
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Alfreton Town CouncilThursday, July 5th, 2018 at 2:14pm
Alfreton & District Heritage Centre celebrates its 25th anniversary over the weekend of 7th/8th July.

There are fresh information boards and displays, full video projection, DVDs, recent local publications and commemorative mugs for sale.