Success of the household recycling collections means that Derbyshire Dales District Council are considering reducing the number of ‘bring’ recycling points. The sites under consideration for closure includes the one at the Sycamore Inn.
A council spokesman says:
Derbyshire Dales can probably now boast the top home recycling figure in the county thanks to local people recycling 8% more than at this time last year. Everything that can be recycled at bring sites can now be recycled at home.
We always anticipated the convenience of the household scheme would impact on our bring sites – that’s why we agreed to annually review the contract with H W Martin. To ensure the contract continues at no cost to Dales Council Tax payers it makes sense to close sites that require long travel distances or currently produce very low recycling yields.
We will of course clean and remove any screening from the sites that are scheduled to close and monitor each site to identify any potential fly-tipping issues.
What do you think about this in relation to the Parwich ‘bring’ recycling point at the Sycamore Inn? Do you still take any recycling to the containers at the pub? Do complete the poll below and add comments to this post.
How have you been effected by part-night street lighting so far? At the time, our Councillor, Simon Spencer, expressed a strong commitment to responding to any changes we felt were needed once we had experience of part-night street lighting. After Christmas, here at parwich.org, we will be offering readers a chance to have their say again. This will include polls on individual lights where our readers’ wishes were previously over ruled, and any other street lights that our readers have subsequently raised.
Let us know, using the comments facility with this post, about any street lights that you want to ask Derbyshire County Council to reconsider (be it part-night lights you feel should be on all night, or all night lights you feel only need to be on part-night) and we will include them in our review.
Reading on the blog that super-fast broadband will be here in the next ten years, would anyone know of a reliable broadband supplier at the moment with decent speeds? I am looking for a bundle with anytime calls. Look forward to any comments.
Thanks, Terry P.
Note: There was some previous discussion of broadband speed in February this year and, more relevant, of recommended providers in 2010, but things are likely to have changed since then.
A £27.67 million project to transform broadband speeds for thousands more businesses and residents across Derbyshire was announced today
Derbyshire County Council, which has spearheaded the Digital Derbyshire programme, has signed a contract with BT to make fibre broadband available to a further 88,000 premises across the county, bringing access to more than 95 per cent of homes and businesses by 2016. The project builds on BT’s existing commercial fibre deployment in the county.
The project aims to ensure that the remaining premises will also see an uplift in speed and deliver a minimum of 2Mbps or more to almost all homes and businesses, fast enough to use online services such as BBC iPlayer.
The council chose BT to work in partnership on its Digital Derbyshire programme after an extensive procurement process using the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) framework.
BT is contributing £12.87 million to the project while Derbyshire County Council is contributing £4.9 million. A further £7.4 million is coming from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funds as well as £2.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Openreach, BT’s local network division, will now begin the work on the ground with engineers surveying locations around the county and analysing the best way to roll out the network and to identify which areas of the county will be upgraded for fibre broadband. There will be a phased approach to the roll-out, with the first areas predicted to be upgraded in 2014.
Fibre to the Cabinet will be the main technology deployed. This can deliver wholesale downstream speeds of up to 80Mbps, and upstreamspeeds of up to 20Mbps. Fibre to the Premises technology − delivering ultra-fast wholesale speeds of up to 330Mbps − will also be deployed in certain areas and will be available on demand throughout the fibre footprint should local businesses want the ultra-fast speeds it offers.
We get a lot of information and press releases from the County and District Councils and the Peak Park Authority. Many are not of specific interest to our immediate area or are too general for parwich.org. However today there are few that may be of tangential interest to some of our readers, not enough to warrant separate posts, but perhaps worth a brief listing here:
Serco agreed to pay £75,000 to cover costs incurred by Derbyshire Dales District Council in tackling a series of problems with the launch of a new waste and recycling service. The good news is the new contract is now working well and, in addition to saving Dales Council Tax payers £385,000 a year, has increased recycling rates to almost 50% – one of the best figures in Derbyshire. Click here for more details.
Our Aga is broken and the engineers Phil suggested “Blakemore & Chell” but they don’t service electric Agas. Neither could/would they recommend anyone. Can anyone recommend a service engineer for electric Agas?
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This email has been sent to the blog by Parwich Parish Council, the following appeared in a circular from Rural Action Derbyshire and provides information from a charity offering refurbished computers with some software and a warrenty for people in rural areas at a small cost.
Arthur Rank Centre – Computers for Rural People
Living in a rural area, whether on a farm miles from anywhere, or even in a country town, means spending time and money travelling about to get things done.
Email and Internet provide enormous opportunities when you can’t just pop round the corner to the shop or library etc, yet computers are usually expensive items, and few people want to buy one “just to see if one day it might be useful”. Once you have one and know how to use it, and appreciate what it can do, you don’t mind paying but that first step is often inhibited by the cost.
The Arthur Rank Centre is committed to supporting the rural community, and has set up the “Computers for Rural People” scheme to provide computers at very low cost to encourage people to take the first step. (more…)
Free caddy liners distributed across the Derbyshire Dales
The distribution of free compostable caddy liners to all 33,000 households across the Derbyshire Dales is set to be completed this week.
An annual supply of liners for residents’ kitchen food caddies was part of the agreement between Derbyshire Dales District Council and contractor Serco when a new recycling service was launched last autumn.Residents received an initial supply of the liners with their new recycling containers from October last year. From now on they will receive a free annual supply of 52 liners each year.
Additional liners can be bought online at www.caddyliners.com or from the District Council’s reception desks at the Town Hall in Matlock, Bakewell Agricultural Centre and the leisure centres in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth.
A District Council spokesperson said: “Local people might notice their annual supply of caddy liners differs from the initial supply as these have no printing on them, but they do comply with the strict compostable standards set by the recycling company.It’s important that only liners approved by the District Council are used to transfer food waste from kitchen caddies to kerbside caddies for the weekly collection. Alternatively, our message to residents is don’t use a liner at all; simply wash out your kitchen caddy after use.”
We would like to introduce our services. We have 12 wheelchair accessible vehicles available for hire for trips out etc. during the week, evenings and weekends. Our vehicles range from 12 seats to 16 seats. (more…)
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The final results for our Street Light polls have now been counted. It may be possible to still vote for several days, but these votes will not be included in the information sent to Derbyshire County Council (DCC).
PARWICH.ORG readers supported the general principle of ‘part night lighting with decisions being made on a light by light basis’. The poll results agreed with DCC’s proposals for 16 lights, did not reach any consensus for one light, and disagreed with the proposals for 16 lights.
There is a clear recommendation that more lights be part night than the County Council proposes, (more…)
There continues to be strong support for some form of reduction in street lighting (86%), with the largest group in favour of making a decision on a light by light basis. So far the individual street light polls in general suggest some lights remain on all night in Main Street (including Chestnut and Sycamore Cottages) and Shaw Lane, through routes, including some that the County Council propose part night, but there is a split vote in relation to Smithy Lane, also a through route. In contrast for the rest of the village the polls support all lights being part night, more than proposed by the County Council, with the exception of Kiln Lane where there is support for the Council’s proposal to turn some lights off completely.
Parwich Parish Council have set up a sub-committee to forward their views, and will be taking these poll results into account on Wednesday. The County Council’s community engagement runs to the 2nd of April, so you can still contact them directly. The polls here at PARWICH.ORG will continue open until next Sunday (31st March), so those who have not done so already can still vote:
Polls for individual Parwich street lights: (more…)
Here are some interim results from the polls at PARWICH.ORG on the County Councils proposals for part nightstreet lighting in Parwich village, which are being discussed at tonight’s Parish Council meeting.
Although there is a wide range of genuinely held opinions, so far there seems to be strong support for some reduction in street lighting (86%) with the largest group in favour of making a decision on a light by light basis.
Decide on a light by light basis – 53%
Turn all lights off for part of the night – 23%
Turn street lights off altogether – 10%
Keep all lights on all night – 14%
Looking at the individual polls (see Draft Interim Report for the workings out), PARWICH.ORG readers so far disagree with the proposals for 14 lights, have not reached a consensus for 4 lights, and agree with the proposals for 15 lights. (more…)
So far there seems to be strong support for some reduction in street lighting (89%), with the largest group in favour of making a decision on a light by light basis. Up to this morning, Friday 15th March, 36 people have responded to our general poll:
Decide on a light by light basis – 50%
Turn all lights off for part of the night – 28%
Turn street lights off altogether – 11%
Keep all lights on all night – 11%
In relation to the polls for individual lights, so far, things are less clear cut: some indicate agreement with the County Counci’s specific suggestion, others indicate disagreement with the proposals, though for many there is a split vote giving no clear consensus. (more…)
The poll in our previous post is so far indicating a majority support some form of part night lighting in Parwich. This further post contains individual polls for each street light in the Village.
You can have your say on which street lights are turned off for part of the night and which remain on by contacting:
Derbyshire County Council directly by Tuesday 2nd April 2013 on their Parwich consultation page or by post to Street Lights, Derbyshire County Council, County Hall, Matlock, DE4 3AG
Parwich Parish Council prior to their next meeting on Wednesday 20th March 2013, by speaking to a councillor, by emailing the Clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org, or by attending the open section of their meeting.
or here at
PARWICH.ORG by completing the polls below and adding comments. We will then forward poll results and any comments to the County Council prior to the close of the Parwich consultation on the 2nd April.
The County Council’s rationale in deciding their proposals can be seen on their website, but they will not understand as well as us how we might be effected, so please fill in at least the polls for the lights outside your house.
There should be a separate poll below for each Parwich street light (based on plan circulated by Derbyshire County Council): (more…)
Derbyshire Dales District Council is managing a scheme to make homes cheaper to heat.
Old and uneconomical boilers could be replaced for free as the District Council encourages local residents to improve energy efficiency. But the deadline for applications is the end of March.
Around £2.5m funding is being shared between 14 district and borough councils across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire after the District Council was successful in a national competition run by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. In order to make homes warmer and more energy efficient, householders can apply to the scheme for the replacement of old and inefficient boilers, replacement boilers where it is not economical to repair, boiler repairs and installation of new heating systems.
To qualify for the free work, Dales residents must be owner-occupiers with savings of less than £16,000, and be in receipt of certain benefits such as Pension Credit, Income Support, Child Tax Credit or housing/council tax benefits.Anyone not receiving benefit but having a total household income of £18,000 or less, could also be eligible for support from the scheme.
The scheme is being handled by the established Warmstreets team, who have been working with Derbyshire Dales District Council over the past two years to provide loft and cavity insulation.
To enquire, call the Warmstreets team on 0800 043 9569.
I’m two miles from the Parwich Exchange. Has anyone else in our area experienced a serious drop in BT Broadband speed during recent weeks?
My BB speed has dropped from around 4.5 Mbps average (over a five month period – 6.5 Mbps peak) to around 1.75 Mbps. Since that time I’ve spent far too long messing around with repeated calls to the BT “Help” Desk, until this morning when they said an engineer would be calling in a week’s time to “do some checks”. Per the Help Desk, I’m currently connected to the “Test Socket”.
I’d be interested in others’ current (and past) experiences with BT and alternative Providers out here in the boonies. I’ve noticed some in our community use microwave, which sounds costly!
The Derbyshire Public transport unit have advised that there is a tendering process for the bus service in April. They said there is NO intention to take away a bus service from Parwich.
They are legally obliged to provide a service for children to school. They cannot provide details until after April of exact timetables. There may be changes to the services as a result of the re-tendering process and there will be notification in advance of any possible changes being implemented.
The Parish Council will be notified of any changes and will post these on the blog.
The first detailed policy review in 10 years of public car parks across the Derbyshire Dales begins soon.
And Derbyshire Dales District Council – which operates 33 pay and display car parks throughout the Dales – will be inviting local people and traders to give their views on the way ahead.
The first opportunity will be at the District Council’s latest series of Area Community Forums in February, at Shirley Community Space (St Michael’s Church) on Monday 4th, Wirksworth Memorial Hall on Monday 11th and Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre on Monday 18th. All start at 7pm.
A formal consultation programme will follow in March and April, including focus groups with traders, residents, disabled users, town and parish councils and tourism and stakeholder organisations.
Feedback will also be available by post and online.
Every household in the Derbyshire Dales currently receives a free car park permit enabling them all to park free of charge at every District Council car park before 11am and after 4pm every day of the week. For the past five years the District Council has also made parking free after 2pm for everyone throughout December to encourage people to shop locally. (more…)
This Business Peak District event is for local employers interested to find out more about Work Place Pensions, HMRC “Real Time” Information, Broadband, Personnel (HR).
Where? – Ashbourne Leisure Centre, Clifton Road, Ashbourne DE6 1DR When? – Wednesday 30 January 1.00 – 17.00pm
What? – You may not want to but you know you have to… It’s arriving to your business soon … Come and find out all about Work Place Pensions, HMRC “Real Time” Information, Broadband, Personnel (HR) top tip.
We have received this from Deryshire Dales this morning:
Derbyshire Dales bin collections update:
To enable us to catch up with this week’s missed bin collections caused by weather disruptions, please note we will be collecting food, household waste and garden waste AT THE SAME TIME next week, from Monday 28 January, on residents’ normal collection day.
So, as a one-off, if we have missed bins because of the weather, we’re asking residents please to leave out food, household waste and garden containers together next week.
Properties that did not receive a recycling collection on Monday 21 January because of snow should get a collection this weekend.
Any recycling collections not possible this weekend will be completed on the next scheduled recycling day.
Any other recycling collections missed this week will now be completed on the next scheduled collection day.
Don’t throw out your old electricals. Donate them to Encore Re-use – Ashbourne’s furniture reuse project.
At this time of year, we tend to cast our minds to having a good old clear out. You’ll probably find that some of the things you want to get rid of are old electricals. Things that still work but perhaps you’ve replaced them with something more up-to-date. We tend to stick old, working electricals in a cupboard somewhere, up in the loft or stashed away in the garage. They sit there until they’ve become obsolete or worse still, eventually get thrown away.
Encore Re-use in Ashbourne is a furniture reuse charity that is crying out for good quality, working household electricals and appliances. Donate your vacuums, kettles, radios, microwaves, fridges, washing machines and other working items that you no longer use to the project and they will find them a new home. Everything’s tested for safety before being sold from their showroom on Henmore Trading Estate on Mayfield Road at very reasonable prices. Families on low incomes, students or just people on the look-out for a bargain can benefit – anyone’s welcome. (more…)
We have received the following communication from Derbyshire Dales District Council:
By working yesterday (Sunday), crews managed to catch up with most of last week’s snow-enforced missed collections. Any remaining areas missed last week will get a “double” collection (household waste and garden waste) this week – these households should please leave out household and green waste containers, plus food caddies, for collection.
Snow disrupted collections yesterday causing a backlog in collections.
The District Council’s contractor Serco is advising householders to continue to put out containers on the usual collection day for the rest of the week, but to be aware that collections in some areas could be delayed by 24 hours as the catch-up takes place.
Serco’s crews have already committed to working this Saturday (19 January) to ensure, subject to any further problems, all this week’s collections take place.
As we enter our third week of no landline and have had numerous second rate excuses from BT, we were wondering if anyone else in the Blog area have lost their service – BT tell us ‘it is an extensive problem both nationally and locally’.
We are now on our fourth promised repair date, all in the last week and all unfulfilled.
Commiserations to the Parwich households who have been affected by today’s power cut, which struck around lunch time. Repairs are currently taking place, with the aim of restoring power in time for Christmas Day.
Sadly, the lack of electricity means that Chris Hoolie will be unable to perform at the Legion tonight. However, the Legion is staying open: powered by candle light, and looking very picturesque with it! Meanwhile, The Sycamore still has full power.
East Midlands Ambulance Service launched a consultation about the future of the ambulance service in our region in September. Part of the proposals they are consulting on involves the creation of a smaller number of main hub ambulance stations, where staff start and finish their work, and from where they travel to local community facilities to await emergency calls. Rather than being dedicated ambulance stations these community facilities will be shared with other services such as the Police. To achieve this a number of the smaller dedicated ambulance stations will be closed, including the Ashbourne Ambulance Station (see the Ashbourne News Telegraph website for more information).
There is concern that this may result in reduced response time in rural areas such as in our villages. Where will our nearest community base be, and what will happen while ambulances are traveling back and forwards from their hubs in Derby or Chesterfield? The Ambulance Service argue that reducing the cost of maintaining these buildings, not always now in the best locations, will release funds for better direct patient services. The consultation still has another week to run (closing date Monday 17th December) so click here if you want to have you say directly on the East Midlands Ambulance Service website.
Alternatively for those opposed to the closure of the Ashbourne Ambulance Station, you can sign a petition at the Sycamore registering your concern.
Earlier this week our new waste and recycling contractor Serco Ltd issued a media statement in which they stated they were confident all outstanding containers would be delivered and missed collections cleared by today (Friday 2 November).
It is now evident that Serco won’t hit this target, so here’s a statement from Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Director of Community Services, Peter Foley:
We are hugely disappointed with the performance of our waste contractors, Serco. But whilst we appreciate they have experienced serious issues, the only thing that matters to us is that our residents receive the service they have every right to expect.
We are working with Serco on a continual basis to resolve the problems. At the highest level, Serco are fully aware that we are holding them to account and they have responded with an action plan that includes the use of significant extra resources.
We know from comments made to us by local people that the majority of households are delighted with the new service as it enables them to recycle more at home than ever before. So when Serco eventually get it right for everyone, it’s going to be a first class service.
However, Serco know their performance to date is unacceptable and they need to get it right – and soon – to comply with their contractual obligations. They are fully aware we are not prepared to accept anything less.