After accepting an invite from the Town Council, representatives from Network Rail attended the full council meeting on Tuesday evening to explain to members why there has been a further delay to the schemes to provide step free access to platform 2. Members heard how the scheme had been deferred in 2019 due to Government cuts, but had been due to start construction at the start of this year. A combination of inflationary pressures, budget challenges set by the government, and the pandemic were cited as the reasons for the most recent delays. Network Rail apologised to the Council and wider community for the latest delays.
The meeting pressed for some assurances the project would still go ahead and was advised that a design review and tendering process would consume much of this year, and with a construction period of up to nine months completion by early 2024 was now anticipated. The meeting was also informed that the agreed taxi provision by the rail companies for disabled passengers unable to reach platform 2 was not widely advertised, and that a councillor had witnessed a disabled passengers being misadvised by train staff to proceed to Langley Mill to change trains.
Councillor Scott Walker said ‘it is clear that the root cause of the delays rest with central government and I urge our local MP Nigel Mills to turn his repeated broken promises into firm action with his government colleagues. Levelling up for Alfreton has so far seen our direct London Services cut, our regional services reduced by around 35% with 48 hours notes, threats of closure to our ticket office, and promised funds for the access scheme spent in Market Harborough.” The meeting resolved to write to Gary Walsh, East Midlands Route Director for Network Rail pressing for urgent progress, and share the latest update with the Derbyshire Law Society asking them to bring litigation against Network Rail under the Equalities Act. The meeting further agreed to write to East Midlands Railway and Northern Rail seeking confirmation of their provision for disabled passengers, and details of the training provided to station and train staff for these arrangements.
Full details of the Network Rail update can be found here: Network Rail update on Alfreton Station May 2022
VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF TOWN COUNCILLOR
A vacancy has occurred in the office of Town Councillor for the East Ward of Alfreton as a result of the resignation of Councillor Lyndsey Hunt-Slade.
The Town Council will fill the vacancy by co-option at their meeting on 19th October 2021.
Interested persons must fulfil the following criteria
Be registered as a local government elector for the parish or have occupied as owner or tenant, within the preceding 12 months, land or premises in the parish or
Had their principal or only place of work, during the last 12 months, within the parish or have, during the preceding 12 months, resided in the parish or within 4.8 kilometres of it
Be 18 years of age or over
Not be disqualified for holding office as a member of a local authority – the Town Council can advise you of this
If you meet the criteria and are interested in applying for co-option please contact the Joint Town Clerk David Holmes, Alfreton House, High St, Alfreton DE55 7HH which is open 9-00 to 12-30 on Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday
You can: write to that address, call in either in person or ask someone else to do so, telephone 01773 520032 (answering machine available) or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org You will receive a straightforward application form which you are asked to complete and return. If you need any help in completing the form please inform the Town Clerk at the time of applying.
Closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 7th October 2021 at 12 noon
Printed and published by the Town Clerk, Alfreton House, High Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7HH
Alfreton businesses please get in touch with Amber Valley Borough Council for details of £500 shop front improvement grants.
Details can be found on the Boroughs website here: https://www.ambervalley.gov.uk/business/business-support-and-advice/grants-and-funding/
TUESDAY 4th MAY 2021
VIRTUALLY VIA ZOOM
COMMENCING AT 6-30PM
ALL ELECTORS FOR THE TOWN OF ALFRETON ARE ENTITLED TO ATTEND THE ABOVE MEETING, PLACE ITEMS ON THE AGENDA AND VOTE.
IF YOU WISH TO PLACE AN ITEM ON THE AGENDA YOU MUST WRITE TO ME, AT ALFRETON HOUSE, HIGH STREET ALFRETON DE55 7HH ALTERNATIVELY VIA EMAIL: OFFICE@ALFRETONTC.CO.UK , NO LATER THAN 12-00 noon on TUESDAY 20th APRIL 2021.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 883 6148 0949
ITEMS RECEIVED SO FAR ARE:
- TO READ AND CONSIDER THE MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING 2019
- TO HEAR A REPORT ON THE FINANCES OF ALFRETON TOWN COUNCIL
David T Holmes, Joint Town Clerk and Proper Officer,
Dated 6th April 2021