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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.

Community Leadership Scheme

Derbyshire County Councillor Steve Marshall-Clarke would like to reach out to the Community in these difficult times of the Covid-19 crisis to offer his support and to make people aware of the County Councils “Community Leadership Scheme”.

 

The scheme provides small grants to community, voluntary, youth and other local organisations. Its aim is to support worthwhile projects and initiatives that will benefit local communities.

 

People seeking support under the scheme should contact Steve explaining the nature of the project, the amount sought, what other funding may be available, and how it will benefit the community.

 

Steve can be contacted directly via Mobile: 07969 144909 or email: steve.marshall-clarke@derbyshire.gov.uk

Amber Valley Borough Council ‘Call for Sites’

Following the withdrawal of the Local Plan in May 2019, Amber Valley Borough Council remains committed to securing an up to date Local Plan for Amber Valley and is working to a timetable to adopt a new Local Plan by March 2023.

One of the key requirements for producing a new Local Plan will be to identify sufficient land for housing and economic development to meet the identified need within the borough, whilst at the same time ensuring that such land can be readily brought forward for development, including to enable the borough council to demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable sites.

The borough council has previously established a list of potential housing sites, which have been included in its Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). In line with the National Planning Policy Framework, the borough council is now seeking to review this by producing a Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) to ensure that the range of potential sites for both housing and economic development within the borough is up to date.

As part of the process of producing the SHELAA the borough council is undertaking a ‘call for sites’ inviting landowners, developers or other interested parties to put forward one or more potential sites for housing development, ranging from small-scale sites (capable of accommodating 5 or more dwellings) to opportunities for large-scale developments (such as extensions to urban areas and/or villages and new settlements where appropriate) and/or potential sites for economic development (sites of 0.25ha or greater, or 500m2 of floorspace or greater). The borough council would particularly welcome the submission of previously developed (brownfield) land in order to maximise potential development on such land.

The borough council would also welcome potential sites being put forward for other uses, including:

  • Gypsy and traveller accommodation
  • Retail
  • Community facilities
  • Sports / leisure development

All potential sites submitted through the ‘call for sites’ process will then be subject to a detailed assessment in relation to their suitability, availability and deliverability, taking into account potential constraints to development.

The SHELAA will be an important source of evidence to inform the new Local Plan. However, it should be emphasised that the inclusion of any site in the SHELAA does not imply that the site would be allocated in the Local Plan, or that planning permission will be granted for development.

Alternatively, a paper copy can also be requested by emailing ldf@ambervalley.gov.uk or by telephoning 01773 841584.

Completed forms should be returned to:

By email ldf@ambervalley.gov.uk

or by post to:

The Planning Policy Team
Amber Valley Borough Council
Town Hall
Ripley
Derbyshire
DE5 3BT

no later than 4:30pm on 31 March 2020.

All completed forms should be accompanied by an up to date Ordnance Survey (OS) map at an appropriate scale showing the site in context to its surroundings and clearly identifying the exact boundaries of the site. Please provide as much detail as possible about the site or sites on the form(s), as this will enable the borough council to give full consideration as to their suitability, availability and deliverability.

Please note that any previous submissions to the SHLAA will not automatically be taken into account, so if you have previously made any submission(s), you will need to confirm whether you still wish for these to be considered along with providing any updated information by using the site suggestion form.

All sites submitted through the ‘call for sites’ will be assessed using the SHELAA methodology, which has been written in accordance with National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) CLOSURE OF OFFICE

Alfreton Town Council have taken the decision to close their office and for their business to be conducted through staff working from home.

This decision has been made in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the risk to vulnerable staff and members.

Inevitably, Town Council business will be affected, however the staff will work hard to maintain continuity and where possible support will be provided to the community through partnership working with local professionals.

Please be aware that the Town Council have the equivalent of 1.5 staff members who normally work Tuesday to Thursday between the hours of 9-3pm. Please consider this when contacting staff and bear in mind that the Town Council may not be the most appropriate service to contact.

Alfreton Station East Midlands Railway meeting press release

At its meeting on January 28th 2020, Alfreton Town Councillors met with representatives from East Midlands Railways (EMR) as part of their ongoing campaign to protect direct services from Alfreton to London and provide long overdue step free access at the station.

 

In respect to the December 2020 proposal to abolish direct services to the capital, the meeting heard how the timing of the franchise award had compressed the preparation of the consultation process and EMR acknowledged that this process could have been much better. The meeting also heard how operational needs arising from fleet changes and reductions in high speed trains had forced the proposed changes, which were as a result of the recent franchise award.

 

The meeting received a letter from the Secretary of State for Transport noting that timetable proposals were a matter for EMR, although this was contradicted at the meeting where a number of potential suggestions from members to retain the services to London were dismissed due to timetable requirements set by the Minister’s Department. In addition to raising serious concerns around inadequate consultation process, members raised issues around economic and environmental impacts, the challenges faced in changing trains at Nottingham, premium fares via Chesterfield and anticipated loss of evening services from Nottingham.

 

There was some positive news in respect to the late evening services from Nottingham, where EMR committed to replacing the removed London services with local services, details which were not in the consultation document, or seemingly on offer, as recently as November.

 

Councillor Scott Walker Leader of the Council drew the debate to a close by summarising the discussions and commented that in his near twenty years’ service on the Council, that he could not recall a matter in which: MP’s, the County, Borough and Town and Parish Councils were all agreed on. He urged EMR to find a way to retain the London services and recognise not only the views on the civic leaders, but the near 4000 people who had signed both electronic and paper petitions.

 

After concluding discussions around the timetable changes, attention moved the long-promised access improvements to platform 2. Members were reminded of an Equality Act action from a local family, which the Town Council helped instigate some years ago. They also heard of comments via social media of rail user’s concerns that the matter of access has taken too long to resolve.

 

The meeting heard that one of the rail organisations had denied any liability and how legal papers had gone astray. An EMR representative described parts of the process as appalling and that as far as EMR is concerned, he would ensure that the matter is put in the appropriate hands.

 

Councillor Scott Walker commented that ‘it’s simply not acceptable that a station with footfall in excess of three hundred thousand people per year does not have ‘Access for All ‘ to both platforms ‘

and members generally echoed their frustrations that the bridge access dilemma has gone on for far too long.

 

In proposing that the Town Council should continue its opposition to the timetable changes and continue to campaign to ensure ‘Access for All’ at the Station Councillor Scott Walker said that ‘this  highlights the failings in the franchise system, where there is seemingly a merry-go-round between Ministers, Network Rail and Train Operators.’

 

Have your say…

East Midlands Railways plans to abolish services to London from the Town

DECEMBER 2020 TIMETABLE CONSULTATION

Major changes – have your say

By Friday 14th February 2020

Complete the consultation at:

eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk/December2020

https://www.facebook.com/alfretontc/

@ErewashRug

‘Will there still be direct services from Alfreton and Langley Mill to London St Pancras International during the week and at weekends?’

We have no plans to continue running direct services to London from those stations. We will, however, maintain a morning Sheffield to Nottingham service, which will call at these stations and allow connections from Nottingham to London St Pancras International

Alfreton Town Council
Alfreton Town CouncilThursday, August 6th, 2020 at 11:42am
Join us in paying tribute to forgotten British and Commonwealth forces who served in the Far East and ultimately brought an end to WW2. Leave a message of thanks on our interactive map, take part in the Two Minute Silence at 11am on 15 August and tune into BBC One to watch our commemorative service at the National Memorial Arboretum. Visit our website for the full programme of activities and discover how you can help us mark VJ Day 75. ➡️ www.rbl.org.uk/vjday75
Alfreton Town Council
Alfreton Town CouncilThursday, August 6th, 2020 at 8:38am
* EAT OUT TO HELP OUT *

The Governments "Eat Out to Help Out" scheme is now live & we've been asked to share a list of participating restaurants, cafes & pubs within Alfreton*, so far we have:

Alfreton House Tearooms
Costa Coffee
Subway
MADE at No.18
The Railside cafe

Get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner)

Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August, as many times as you like

You do not need a voucher to use this scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts. There is no minimum spend.

*Information taken from www.gov.uk on 6/8/2020*

Please let us know if you have joined the scheme and would like adding to the list!
Alfreton Town Council
Alfreton Town CouncilThursday, July 30th, 2020 at 11:05am
**Competition Time**

VJ DAY PICNIC AT HOME

Rules of entry:

Follow Public Health England Guidelines and enjoy a safe picnic.

Only residents of Alfreton Town can enter (Properties within the boundary of Train Line, A38, Brook and Chesterfield Hill)

Only residential properties can enter. No businesses.
Picture of your tasty picnic to be submitted by 23.59pm on Sunday 16th August 2020. Through messenger or email to office@alfretontc.co.uk Please confirm full name and address with entry.

Only one picture per household can be entered.
All photos will be placed on a post by Alfreton Town Council
Winners to be chosen by the Town Mayor and announced after 12 noon on Thursday 20th August 2020.

1st £50
2nd £25
3rd £10

Same to amount to charity (TBC)
Alfreton Town Council
Alfreton Town CouncilSaturday, July 25th, 2020 at 10:20am
*South Normanton Athletic Announce New Reserves Team*

After having to fold the reserve team a couple of seasons ago, The Shiners are proud to announce we can welcome back reserve team football back to Lees Lane for the new season.

Managed by local resident Joe Smith, the reserves are a young team full of energy and the club are delighted to be able to offer the opportunity for local players to play for their local team at a high standard of football.

Joining Joe Smith with be another local resident in Matt “Paddy” Hill. Paddy has worked with newer members of the clubs committee for over 6 years now and brings a wealth of experience at this standard of football.

The reserves are yet to find out which division they will be playing in but will be joining the 1st Team in the Central Midlands Football League setup.

With the majority of the team being made up of lads from the local area, the reserves are delighted to see the talent development of the clubs future stars under Smiths stewardship.

#UpTheShiners
Alfreton Town Council
Alfreton Town CouncilSaturday, July 25th, 2020 at 10:19am
Successful Internal Audit

The Council are pleased to announce that their internal audit was passed with no issues raised. The internal auditor is an independent person of the Council who inspects and reviews the Council accounts and records for accuracy and completeness.

Once approved by Full Council the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) is sent to the external auditors for approval. A period is set for the public to inspect the accounting records from Thursday 23rd July 2020 to Thursday 3rd September 2020.