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.

News Headlines

Alfreton Town Council
Alfreton Town CouncilTuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 11:54am
Appearing on Severn Square
Saturday 20th April
1 - 3PM
Alfreton Town Council
Alfreton Town CouncilWednesday, March 27th, 2019 at 11:48am
Sale of Council Van
57 Plate
37000 miles
Some damage to drivers wing (see pictures)
Please contact the office by 2.30pm tomorrow if you may be interested
Alfreton Town Council
Alfreton Town CouncilThursday, March 21st, 2019 at 10:35am
As part of Alfreton Town Councils campaign to improve facilities and access at the Town’s station, which has been ongoing for more than 25 years, representatives from East Midlands Trains and the Derbyshire Law Centre attended a recent Town Council meeting.

The meeting heard about recent works at the station including security and toilet upgrades and details of an extension to the current Franchise ahead of a formal announcement of a new East Midlands Railway Franchise, which is now expected in April. A variety of topics were raised by Councillors, with the discussions dominated by car parking and access challenges. Although the meeting was constructive, members were left frustrated with the limited information about the long-delayed access improvement project, where it is expected that clearer information on funding in Network Rails Control Period 6 would be available in April. It was also noted that the ongoing short extensions of the current Franchise was limiting opportunity to compete more substantial works to the car park where it was agreed a full review was required by the new Franchisee.

An update on a Discrimination claim, which had been initiated by the Town Council was provided by the Derbyshire Law Centre, who confirmed the final stages of the claim where being concluded ahead of the case being heard in court.

Finally, members expressed concern that fares to London via Chesterfield were more expensive than via Nottingham, which felt like a double whammy for less able passengers that had to travel that route due to the access restrictions to south bound services.

The meeting resolved to write to the Transport Minister and the local MP’s with constituents likely to use Alfreton Station, pressing for prioritisation of the access work. A further meeting is to be held with East Midlands Trains once the new Franchise has been awarded and funding for Control Period 6 confirmed. East Midlands Trains agreed to undertake urgent investigate concerns with the structure of the current bridge, clarity of disabled parking provision and visibility of the ticket machine in direct sunlight.
Alfreton Town Council
Alfreton Town CouncilSunday, March 17th, 2019 at 11:37am
Poppy Redesign
The Town Council has been approached by a local resident who would like to see a leaf added to the recently restored poppy to Alfreton House. That resident is an experienced sheet metal fabricator and has specialist equipment to undertake work of this type.
The resident has offered to design, manufacture and install the leaf, which would be the same design and colour as the Royal British Legion poppy, scaled appropriately.
There would be no cost to the Town Council. The Town Council have accepted this offer and will be working with the local resident to have this installed.
Alfreton Town Council
Alfreton Town CouncilFriday, March 15th, 2019 at 9:36am
Crich Parish Council held a no confidence vote on Amber Valley Borough Councils Planning Authority a view which the Town Council have supported.
Alfreton Town Council have ongoing concerns with planning applications in the Town over the past few years in relation especially to; Outseats farm development Eachwell Lane Development Tesco Store Application and Lack of consideration to Highways Advice

Alfreton is at saturation point for housing, services and facilities adequate to cope with the increased residents to the Town. Despite many concerns raised with the Borough Council, no regard has been given to those concerns and applications continue to be approved and implemented.

Further concerns will be raised separately in relation to the Green Belt Boundary and additional housing in Alfreton and negative responses from the Borough Council to Highways advice relating to the traffic island on Mansfield Road, installed to accommodate the new housing development (Outseats Farm)