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I would like to begin by saying that it has been a very busy year for Middleton Parish Council, and this is a good time to reflect on what has been achieved and what the future holds.
We would like to thank Tina Hymas-Taylor, who left the Council in June 2021 for her contribution during her time as a member. The Parish Council currently has three casual vacancies, and it is important that we fill these posts in order that we can expand our role. If you would like further information please speak to any councillor or the Parish Clerk. More »
For 2022-23 we have set a precept of £14,000, a below inflation increase. We have to balance expenditure in pursuit of improving facilities in the village whilst reducing costs wherever possible. Sadly though, at present, many of the cost increases are both unavoidable and outside our control.
Grant funding has made a significant contribution to what we have achieved. Working with DDDC, we have been successful in obtaining £19,981 from Tarmac via the Derbyshire Environmental Trust for play equipment at the Recreation Ground. In addition, we have received £1,200 from Cllr Dermot Murphy's DCC Leadership Fund for seating and £136 from the DDDC Local Projects Fund for signage in support of Community Speedwatch. Together, these grants represent additional funding equivalent to more than one-and-a-half times our precept.
In 2021-22 the Parish Council made grant awards to the Allotment Group, Steeple Grange Light Railway, and the Village Pump. The Parish Council believes the "Pump" is an essential part of village life and something Middleton should be rightly proud of. All issues since January 2016 are available to download.
Our "Middleton Remembers" book also remains available on our website and has been downloaded a total of 607 times in the last year.
Since May 2021 the Parish Council has returned to physical meetings and in the last year we met a total of 11 times. Details of our meetings, which are now held in Holy Trinity Church, can be found on our website. Members of the public are welcome to attend can make representations during public speaking.
We thank the Church for its continued hospitality in making the building available to us.
The work of the Parish Council is wide and varied;
- As statutory consultee on planning issues, we received eighteen applications for comment this year,
- We have been consulted by DDDC on Public Space Protection Orders, and by DCC on the upgrade of Middleton Footpath 14,
- We continue to work with County Councillor Murphy on streetscene issues including parking, visibility-splay issues, and white lining,
- We have made a bid to DCC for Electric Vehicle Charging points, and
- Are working with DDDC to extending the lease of the Millennium Garden
It was gratifying that, following representations from the Parish Council and many others, the Boundary Commission reviewed its plans, so that Middleton by Wirksworth now remains in the Wirksworth ward. As has been pointed out to them by 'one or two' others: "There's a clue in the name".
Thanks are due to members of the Parish Council, fellow District Councillors Cllr Dawn Greatorex and Cllr Mike Ratcliffe, County Councillor Dermot Murphy, the Parish Clerk and our Caretaker.
The lifting of COVID-19 restrictions earlier in 2022 has meant that life is returning to a more familiar pattern, though there are certainly many challenges ahead.
The Parish Council looks forward, as the nation does, to the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of Her Majesty The Queen which are now less than a month away. » Less
Posted: Tue, 10 May 2022 18:26 by John Rowe
At this time of year we start to think about the mud drying up and getting out to walk in the beautiful English Countryside again, but where to find new and interesting walks?
Walking in Derbyshire https://www.walkinginengland.co.uk/derbyshire has hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, details of all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place. More »
John Harris (the custodian of the website) said 'There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Derbyshire (part of the Walking in England website) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you'.
With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.
So home or away, check out the websites and get walking! » Less
Posted: Sun, 06 Feb 2022 17:42 by John Rowe
Nominations are being sought for Batonbearers to take part in the Queen's Baton Relay ahead of the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on 28 July 2022.
Organisers are looking for individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria:
- - Always willing to take on a challenge and has a unique and inspiring story
- - Has made a meaningful contribution to sport, education, the arts, culture, or charity
- - Is a figure of inspiration that positively challenges others to achieve their best
- - Has taken on a challenge or cause and made a positive impact within their community
To make a nomination before February 14 go to www.birmingham2022.com/queens-baton-relay/batonbearer-nominations/ More »
Posted: Sun, 06 Feb 2022 17:36 by John Rowe