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Middleton Parish Council Annual Report 2022-23

As the term of our Council draws to a close I thank members past and present for their work on behalf of Middleton over the last four years.

In the last twelve months we welcomed Nicky Wallace to the council but were sorry to see the resignation of Derek Renshaw.

We were saddened to learn in the course of the year that former Chair of the Council, Cheryl Ward, and our previous Caretaker, Nicky Mumford, have passed away. More »

I would like to thank our County Councillor Cllr Dermot Murphy, and District Councillors Cllr Dawn Greatorex, Cllr Peter Slack, and Cllr Mike Ratcliffe for their contributions on behalf of the village and the wider community.

Thanks are also due to our Caretaker, Rod Alvin, and to the Parish Clerk.

The Parish Council has met 10 times in 2022-23 with two further meetings planned. Details of Parish Council meetings can be found on our website. Members of the public are welcome to attend our meetings and may make representations during public speaking.

Thanks are due to Holy Trinity Church for their hospitality for making the church available to us for our meetings.

We have continued to raise streetscene issues with Derbyshire County Council, most of which remain on-going. We have supported a request for a footpath to be established from Rise End to the top of Cromford Hill running along the side of Porter Lane. We were pleased to see the restoration of the Dene Hollow path.

We have continued with the renewal of benches in the village with contributions from several sources making for a total of five new benches.

The Parish Council is supporting the 20's Plenty road safety campaign.

We have purchased a flagpole and Union flag for the Village Green.

We have worked with DDDC to conclude the current upgrade to the Recreation Ground and have purchased nets for the goals and funded work to the goalmouth areas.

We have recently received a copy of a draft lease from DDDC for the Millennium Garden covering the period up to 2048. We thank the volunteers for their work at the Garden. We have supported their work with the purchase of a garden shredder.

The Parish Council is a statutory consultee on planning issues, and we have commented on a total of nine applications this year.

In 2022-23 the Parish Council has made grant awards to:

  • Millennium Garden Group £390
  • Village Pump £250

The Parish Council believes the "Pump" is an essential part of village life and something Middleton should be proud of. All issues since January 2016 are available to download from our website.

The Middleton Remembers book is also available on our website. It remains a popular document and has been downloaded over 175 times in the last twelve months.

For 2023-24 the Parish Council has set a precept of £15,000. However, with our costs rising, and inflation at its highest for 40 years our budgets are under significant strain. Reserves of £3,000 will be used to support routine spending plans this year. The Parish Council has also instigated a moratorium on non-budgeted expenditure for other than for health and safety requirements, urgent operational matters, or spend to save measures.

The local government elections will take place on 4th May 2023, and, following the election, amongst the items for consideration by the new Parish Council will be

  • progressing the many Streetscene issues with DCC Place including Speedwatch, 20's plenty, parking, and electric vehicle charging points,
  • improvements to the Millennium Garden
  • arrangements for incorporating WW2 inscriptions into the Middleton Memorial

In the meantime, we look forward to, and continue to plan our celebrations to mark the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III in May. » Less

Posted: Sun, 19 Mar 2023 11:36 by John Rowe

Renewable Energy: Wind Turbines Survey

The government is committed to decarbonising the UK electricity supply by 2035. A technical consultation on changes to national planning policy has been announced which may pave the way to reducing restrictions on onshore wind farms

It should be stressed that we are not aware of any such proposals locally at present and that the purpose of this exercise is simply to better understand people's views. More »

Whilst renewable energy may be generated from many sources, Middleton has no fast-flowing water sources for hydro-power, and large-scale solar panels may well prove impractical. The production of electricity from wind turbines appears to be a potentially viable option, particularly given Middleton's elevation. It's suggested that a site on Middleton Moor might be suitable, facing towards those at Longcliffe and Carsington, and out of the way of the Middleton Mine works.

The survey is being conducted by our two local Ward members, in conjunction with the Parish Council, and thanks are also due to the Village Pump who have a printed copy in the March 2023 edition.

We would like to hear your views about renewable wind energy, so please take a few moments to complete the short questionnaire below.

1. Are you familiar with the target set by the government for the generation of renewable energy?



Don't Know

2. Do you agree with the production of energy from renewable sources to support government and world targets?

Strongly Agree



Strongly Disagree

No opinion

3. Do you agree with the use of wind energy to support government and world targets?

Strongly Agree



Strongly Disagree

No opinion

4. In principle do you agree that Middleton is an acceptable location for the production wind energy?

Strongly Agree



Strongly Disagree

No opinion

5. If you have any concerns about the production of renewable energy from the use of wind turbines in or around Middleton please give them below.

You can email your responses to clerk@middletonbywirksworth-pc.gov.uk,

For the purpose of assessing the geographical spread of respondents please give your name and address


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Posted: Sun, 05 Mar 2023 15:22 by John Rowe

Local Government Elections 4th May 2023

Local Government Elections 4th May 2023

Elections for the Derbyshire Dales District Council and Parish and Town Councils across the District will take place on Thursday 4th May 2023. This, of course, includes Middleton where all eight seats are up for election. The elections are co-ordinated by the District Council.

Nominations open on 21st March 2023. There is a great deal more information on the DDDC website, including a link to download nomination papers and how to submit them. All the details are available at: https://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/your-council/elections-and-voting/2023-elections More »

Nominations close at 4pm on 4th April 2023.

You can contact the elections team in the following ways:

Voter ID

From 4 May 2023 in person voters will be required to show an accepted form of photographic identification in order to receive their ballot paper(s) to cast their vote in a polling station at:

  • UK Parliamentary general elections
  • Recall petitions
  • local elections in England
  • local referendums in England
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales

If any in person electors in your Parish do not have existing photographic ID such as a passport or driving licence they may apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. More information on how to apply can be found here https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate

Current accepted forms of photographic ID are as follows.

  • A passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country
  • A driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or an EEA state
  • A biometric immigration document
  • An identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)
  • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
  • A Blue Badge
  • A national identity card issued by an EEA state
  • An Older Person's Bus Pass (Gold Card)
  • A Disabled Person's Bus Pass
  • An Oyster 60+ Card
  • A Freedom Pass
  • A Scottish National Entitlement Card issued in Scotland
  • A 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
  • A Disabled Person's Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
  • A Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • A Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person's SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • A War Disablement SmartPass or War Disabled SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • A 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • A Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • An Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland
  • A Voter Authority Certificate or a temporary Voter Authority Certificate

If you need any further information please email electoral@derbyshiredales.gov.uk or call Derbyshire Dales District Council on 01629 761 335. » Less

Posted: Sun, 05 Mar 2023 15:08 by John Rowe