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Local Govenment Boundaries Commission Consultation - Have Your Say

Have your say on the Local Government Boundary Commission's second consultation on ward boundaries within the Derbyshire Dales District Council area here. The consultation closes on 26th October 2021.

Middleton Parish Council has submitted the following comments:

"To the members of the Electoral Boundary Commission:

We are very concerned to note that the amended proposals for new boundaries in Derbyshire Dales fail to correct some of the most evident errors in the original proposals and as such refer in particular to the proposal to remove Middleton-by-Wirksworth from the Wirksworth Ward and place it in the Masson Ward along with Cromford, Matlock Bath and Bonsall. More »

Historically, Wirksworth and Middleton have been linked for centuries, with strong connections through lead mining and then quarrying. Indeed, until fairly recently, a significant number of people from bot settlements spent their working lives in the quarries that will, in the next few years be the location for large scale planned housing developments under the DDDC Local Plan. This will to all intents effectively turn Wirksworth itself and Middleton-by-Wirksworth into one large conurbation.

Politically, for over one hundred years Middleton-by-Wirksworth has been associated with the former Wirksworth Urban District Council.

Unfortunately Middleton no longer has any shops and those residents who do not travel to Derby or Matlock do their shopping in Wirksworth. Furthermore children at Middleton Primary School in due course go on to complete their education at Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth. It is also noted, significantly, that Middleton has no transport links to Bonsall.

Numerous clubs and associations link the people of Wirksworth and Middleton, for example the Cricket Club, the Wrestling Club, the Football club, the National Stone Centre and Steeple Grange Light Railway. Recently the two communities worked collaboratively in order to gain grant funding to erect war memorials in each of the two locations in commemoration of the centenary of the end of WW1.

We would stress that the villages to the south of Wirksworth, which the current proposals suggest should replace Middleton, have very few historic links and in general their populations have closer links to Ashbourne or Duffield. Also when looking at the number of electors in each area, it would appear that keeping Middleton-by-Wirksworth in the Wirksworth Ward instead of replacing it with the southern and western villages and hamlets does give a total electorate within the required range.

As far as Masson is concerned, where total numbers are low, this could be remedied by moving Brassington into their electoral division. Currently, Cromford and Matlock Bath have much in common; moving Brassington would mean that along with Bonsall, this 2 councillor division would have two former lead mining centres alongside the two settlements in the World Heritage corridor."

The Parish Council had previously commented as follows:

The LGBC proposal gives an electorate far too large to make long term sense and too diverse socio-economically and geographically to support convenient and effective local government. In particular:

  1. The +8% variance for the LGBC's proposed ward gives a very large electorate for a Tier 1* settlement. Wirksworth is set to have a significant number of homes built over the next decade.
  2. Kirk Ireton and Hognaston have few obvious links to Wirksworth. Their children do not attend Wirksworth schools, either having their own or travelling to Ashbourne.
  3. The view of the single resident quoted in the report that 'all the parishes around Carsington Water be brought within the same ward' may well have been taken out of context. They were most likely thinking that this would be a ward separate from Wirksworth – an idea defeated by the sparse electorate in the area. We do not believe that their intention was to group those parishes with Wirksworth.

We therefore sugges that Kirk Ireton be moved into its near neighbour Hulland Ward.

We also suggest that Homesford (cluster of cottages by Soggs Wood) be moved from Wirksworth to Cromford parish, as requested by Cromford PC, by amendment of the Parish boundary.

The proposal will require further adjusting in the future if the housing proposal for Middle Peak Quarry is delivered. » Less

Posted: Tue, 05 Oct 2021 09:02 by John Rowe

Casual Vacancies 3 Councillors

The Electoral Officer for Derbyshire Dales District Council has advised the above vacancies should be

filled by co-option.

Applications are invited from individuals interested in becoming members of the Parish Council.

If you would like further details please get in touch

To apply contact the Parish Clerk by email or post

at the address below.

Closing date

5.00pm Friday 29th October 2021

Co-option will take place by interview at a Parish Council meeting to be held at More »

6.45pm on Monday 8th November 2021

Parish Clerk: John Rowe c/o 1 Devonshire Villas, Upperwood Road, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3PD.

Telephone: 07717137526

E-mail: clerk@middletonbywirksworth-pc.gov.uk » Less

Posted: Tue, 05 Oct 2021 09:02 by John Rowe

DDDC: Operational changes for bin collections from 26 July

We have received the following important update about temporary changes to bin collections from DDDC:

"These are the temporary operational changes put together by the District Council and Serco to help alleviate current bin collection disruptions. The changes will start from 26 July for a period of three months.

We apologise again for the inconvenience but the aim of this plan is to ensure that all 34,000 households in the Derbyshire Dales get the best possible waste collection service in the current emergency situation. More »

👉 There will be no food waste collections (we are currently the only authority in Derbyshire to offer a separate food waste collection service).

👉 Food waste should be put in household waste containers for the period of these emergency measures.

👉 To help us complete rounds no *excess* recycling will be collected - please contain recycling in your blue bin (*or* 2 blue bags + blue box for residents on a sack collection round who don't have a bin).

👉 During the emergency measures, if we don't manage to collect your waste within 4 days of its scheduled collection we won't be able to return until your next collection date.

👉 However, where we have missed an assisted collection or bins have been missed for a number of weeks we will do everything we can to get back to you. Continue to report any missed collections at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/missedcollection

👉 We're also looking to introduce mobile 'bring sites' to hotspot locations across the district on Saturdays - a waste truck where residents can bring excess recycling. More on this will follow later.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding.

Here's more background to the current issues, caused in part by a national shortage of drivers and also by new Covid isolations 👉 www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/wastemessage" » Less

Posted: Sun, 18 Jul 2021 09:01 by John Rowe