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Spring Clean appeal to Dales communities

Your District Council is backing a campaign to get half a million people out and about cleaning up their local communities in March

Half term holiday activities at our leisure centres

See what's on at our leisure centres this February half term

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Watch | Matlock community forum

Residents were given an overview of the District Council’s proposal to increase by 2.99% Council Tax for 2018/19 at the first of a series of public meetings, which is available to view now on YouTube.

The community forum held at Matlock Town Hall on 30 January was broadcast live and can be viewed again on the District Council’s YouTube channel.

A further Area Community Forum was held by the District Council in Ashbourne on 7 February, with the final one of the current series to be held at our Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre at 7pm on Wednesday 14 February, featuring an update on Council Tax and savings. View the presentations to the forums here.

The busy agenda also features an update on community safety issues, including the recent installation of updated CCTV cameras in the Dales’ busiest locations.

Anyone who can’t attend in person can email questions in advance to communityforum@derbyshiredales.gov.uk or via the District Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

The 30 January forum also included additional items on the Matlock Hurst Farm Regeneration Project and consultation on a new proposed rota system at Matlock Fire Station, 

Cllr Lewis Rose OBECouncil Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:

“Another cut in funding from Central Government in the coming year means we have to fight harder than ever to protect our services, which include enabling affordable housing, business support, leisure centres and health initiatives, waste and recycling collections, parks maintenance, street cleaning and leading on crime prevention initiatives.

“For some time now we have been reviewing all these services on a rolling basis to make them more cost effective, and, in some cases - notably our leisure centres – we have opted to do things very differently in the future.

“Working with partners and exploring shared service options are just two of the ways we continue to keep our heads above water, and our residents can be assured that we examine every penny of the 54p per day on average that they currently contribute to our services.

“So we are looking forward to answering questions at the forums on the continuing financial challenges we face as we analyse the main areas of our revenue budget and capital programme for the coming year.”

The forums provide an opportunity for residents informally to meet representatives of the District Council and other organisations.

A Question Time session will enable audience members to ask questions and make comments and suggestions to the various representatives from participating authorities.

For further details or to be added to our added to our mailing list ring 01629 761302 or email communityforum@derbyshiredales.gov.uk

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Nominate Dales people for our Community Awards

The Chairman of the District of Derbyshire Dales, Councillor Steve Flitter, is fulfilling his promise to revive the Derbyshire Dales Community Awards.

On his appointment in May last year as the District Council's civic leader, the Matlock St Giles ward member pledged to re-establish the awards, which haven't been held for a number of years.

Now Councillor Flitter is appealing for Derbyshire Dales people to nominate someone who lives in the district who hasn't been recognised before for their contribution to sport, youth, the arts or service to the community in any form.

It's quick and easy to make nominations online or via a paper form, which can be requested by calling the District Council on 01629 761375.

Councillor Flitter, who has been a district councillor since 1985 and is the authority's second longest serving member, said:

"Everyone knows someone who is the driving force behind a local organisation or an individual who goes out of their way to help others or improve local facilities or the environment. I want to hear about those people who make the wheels go round, without previous recognition of their efforts or expectation of reward."

Nominees chosen for an award will receive a surprise visit from Councillor Flitter, who will present an award certificate at a local event that involves those who benefit from the recipient's work. If a suitable event cannot be identified the nominee will be invited to meet Councillor Flitter at the Town Hall in Matlock.

Both the nominee and the person making the nomination must live in the Derbyshire Dales, and the closing date for nominations is Wednesday 28 February.

  • Councillor Flitter, who will represent the district at around 100 engagements in the county during 2017/18, is no stranger to a chain of office after serving four terms as Mayor of Matlock , and he is also raising funds for the local Air Ambulance during his civic year.
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