Middleton Parish Council – October Report; Middleton Remembers, Council changes, Millennium Garden Gates, Neighbourhood Plan and more

October has been a month of change for the Parish Council. Cllr Dawn Greatorex has stood down as Chair but remains as a member of the Council. Cllr John Sedgwick and Cllr Rob Rawlinson have resigned from the Council. The Council thanks them both for their work on behalf of the parish.

At the Middleton Remembers meeting held on 4th October 2018 a contingency was agreed for events to mark the centenary of the end of World War One. This would involve the commissioning of the central panel that could be incorporated in a larger memorial at a later date. Including a simple poppy emblem it would include the words "Erected by the Middleton Community on 11 November 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the ending of the First World War In memory of those who died and in the hope of future peace"

Following an order placed by the Parish Council with Lant Lane Ltd in May for the shot blasting and refurbishment of the Millennium Garden gates it is good to see them back in position and restored to their former glory.

At the meeting held on 8th October 2018 routine business included the purchase of a Christmas Tree and it's siting on the Village Green and the approval of the Christmas Lights switch on event.

In view of the current workload it was decided to defer a decision on developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Middleton until June 2019.

A response was approved to the DDDC consultation on potential Council Tax increases on long term empty houses by suggesting that provisions are made for properties empty through no fault of the owner and that exemptions be made for circumstances such as long-term illnesses.

In response to a consultation on Supplementary Planning Document on the Conversion of Farm Buildings Design guidance it was resolved to welcome the opportunity to bring such buildings into use through appropriate development.

The Parish Council noted the opportunity for join Derbyshire County Council's Snow Warden Scheme but resolved to remain outside it.

The next scheduled meetings of the Parish Council are:

  • Monday 12th December 2018
  • Monday 10th December 2018
  • Monday 14th January 2019

Middleton Parish Council meets in the Committee Room of the Village Hall at 6.30pm on the second Monday of the month. Members of the public are welcome to attend and may make representations during Public Speaking. You may stay for as much of the meeting you wish although on rare occasions some items may be held in exclusion of the public and press. A wide range of information including agendas, minutes and supporting documents is published on our website at www.middletonbywirksworth-pc.gov.uk. Email John Rowe the Parish Clerk clerk@middletonbywirksworth-pc.gov.uk Telephone 07717137526. Write to: Middleton Parish Council, 1 Devonshire Villas, Upperwood Road, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3PD.

Posted: Sun, 28 Oct 2018 14:00 by John Rowe

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