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Gold Card Changes

Derbyshire Dales District Council have sent us the following information:

Gold Card application changes in Ashbourne and Bakewell
A new processing system means leisure centres in Ashbourne and Bakewell will not be able to deal with Gold Card applications after 25 September.

Ashbourne Leisure Centre and Bakewell Pool, both operated by Derbyshire Dales District Council, do not have compatible technology.

Gold Card application forms can however be obtained from the libraries in Ashbourne and Bakewell or downloaded at http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/goldcard and posted to Gold Card, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Town Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3NN. New applications can also be made in person at the Town Hall.

Existing Gold Card holders who have a query about their card can call the District Council on 01629 761199 and can renew their card online at http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/goldcard.

The Gold Card is Derbyshire County Council’s travel, discount and library card for older people and people with certain disabilities, enabling free off-peak travel on local buses throughout the whole of England, together with discounts at around 700 shops and other local businesses. Gold Card holders can also use community transport dial-a-bus services.

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We have been asked by the Parish Council to publish the following –

The Peak District National Park Planning committee has rejected this Planning Application.

The reason given was that

“The proposed installation by reasons of its height and exposed position would appear as an intrusive feature in this open countryside location, detrimental to the visual amenities of the area.”

No further public consultation had taken place as the application was regarded as a “permitted development”.

Further details can be found here

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We have received the following press release from Derbyshire County Council.

Derbyshire Connect services to be rolled out countywide

Community transport users will continue to receive life-line services as Derbyshire Connect buses are rolled out countywide.

We have pledged to continue supporting Dial-a-Bus (DAB)- style ‘shopping’ buses and aCTive Travel journeys to healthcare appointments.

These services are for people unable to use conventional transport because of mobility difficulties or because they live in areas − usually rural − where public transport is limited.

A new Derbyshire Connect service has been trialled in the Ashbourne and Wirksworth area since February. Contracts to operate the service across the county have now been awarded and will start in October − continuing to take people to supermarkets, shops, banks and medical appointments at hospitals, clinics, the doctors, dentists and opticians.

Councillor Trevor Ainsworth, our Cabinet Support Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said:

“This is great news for community transport users. We are aware that there have been concerns among some passengers that their services were ending because funding was being withdrawn. This is not the case − funding is being provided in a different way.”

Councillor Ainsworth added:

“We know how important getting out and about is for people to retain their independence and we are clear on our commitment to continue to support the most vulnerable, particularly in rural and isolated communities, ensuring they have the same opportunities as they currently have, to travel to vital services.”

Funding for DAB and aCTive Travel services is currently provided by the council to the county’s six community transport schemes through grants.

Following a legal challenge, which makes it more difficult to provide funding in this way, the new Derbyshire Connect services will be run under contract.

Ashbourne Community Transport, based in Ashbourne, won the contract to provide shopping buses to cover the Derbyshire Dales, High Peak and South Derbyshire.

Community Transport for Town and County (CT4TC), based in Chesterfield and Ripley, will run shopping buses in Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Erewash and North East Derbyshire.

South Derbyshire Community Volunteers Service, based in Swadlincote, will provide journeys to medical appointments in South Derbyshire and in the south of the Derbyshire Dales.

Ashbourne Community Transport, Erewash Community Transport, based in Ilkeston, and Community Transport Swadlincote will run services to healthcare appointments in Amber Valley and Erewash.

And CDGi Training Limited − a specialist healthcare transport provider based in Eckington – will put on aCTive Travel services in Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.

Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport, based in Bakewell, The Bureau − Glossop’s voluntary and community network – New Mills Volunteer Centre and Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales, based in Ashbourne and Buxton, will take passengers to medical appointments in the High Peak and north Derbyshire Dales.

Like the current DAB and aCTive travel services, the new Derbyshire Connect services will still need to be booked but will continue to run door-to-door with passenger assistants on hand to provide extra assistance, where necessary.

Councillor Ainsworth said:

“These new Derbyshire Connect buses will offer better value for money − around £7 per passenger to run compared to an average £16.57 for the current service − and provide a more customer focused service. Gold Card holders will also be able to travel for free − currently they have to pay − and in the longer term we expect them to develop into more flexible services to meet the needs of a wider range of customers.”

 

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Derby Dales District Council are encouraging as many people as possible to complete the Rural Services Network survey on living in a rural area. Follow this link for more information and to complete the survey.

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Derbyshire County Council has removed the charges that were introduced in April . Details can be seen here

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Martin Aiton (Liberal Democrats) 241
Tom Barker (Labour) 433
Simon Spencer (Conservative) 1825 – ELECTED
Colin Swindell (Independent) 1250
John Robin Youatt (Green Party) 132
Turnout 42.3%
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New charges for bins and sacks in Derbyshire Dales

Further cuts in central government funding have prompted Derbyshire Dales District Council to charge for replacing waste bins and sacks from 1 April.

But all replacement recycling containers including blue-lid bins, inserts, blue bags, kerbside and kitchen caddies will remain free of charge.

Replacing all bins and containers for free is currently costing Derbyshire Dales Council Tax payers around £38,000 a year. But following a public consultation last year, charges will apply for replacement grey wheeled bins where the bin has gone missing or been damaged. There will also be a nominal charge to replace green-lid bins.

Dales households that use black sacks rather than grey bins for waste disposal will receive a free year’s supply of black sacks in April and May – but it will be the last time free black sacks are delivered. Next year, residents will need to buy their own standard size black sacks.  (more…)

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