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W3Z Update

We recently received an update from W3Z reporting new areas covered by their relays. Relays are up and running in Biggin and at Rivendale that may provide new broadband options for the western side of our area hopefully including Alsop Moor and possibly Upper Moor.
Also they are holding a public meeting in Bradbourne in January about possible cover to the east of our area which may impact on Ballidon and White Meadows. The meeting is at 6.30pm on Wednesday 11th January at Bradboune Church Hall.

If you have any questions you can get W3Z’s contact details from their website see  their website here

Note, if you are getting downloads speeds of 2Mb/s or less via your landline you may be entitled to a grant from Digital Derbyshire towards the cost of alternative broadband sources.

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Dales’ residents invited to participate in District Council’s autumn forums

 Local residents are being urged to take part in the next round of Area Community Forums to be staged across the Derbyshire Dales this autumn

 Hot topics up for discussion include a ‘You Said – We Did’ feedback session, a Good News briefing from Chief Executive Dorcas Bunton, an ‘Efficiencies’ workshop session, an update on recycling issues and a popular Questions & Answers session.

 Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said: “These forums continue to be important to us in reaching out to local people and listening to what they have to say.

 It’s a great opportunity for local people to get involved and we would urge anyone who hasn’t attended a forum before to come along.”

 Residents can pick up some handy tips on how to recycle more and there’ll be an update on future waste and recycling issues.  There’ll also be an opportunity to take part in The Budget Game where participants will be asked how they would spend the Council’s money and whether they have any suggestions for savings.

 The Forums will take place at Wirksworth Memorial Hall on Tuesday 18th October, Parwich Village Hall on Tuesday 25th October and Eyam Church Centre on Tuesday 1st November.

 All start at 7 pm and anyone who can’t attend in person can email questions in advance to or via the District Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages @derbyshiredales.  The 1st November forum will also feature a live Twitter feed at

 A Question Time session will enable audience members to ask questions and make comments and suggestions to the various representatives.

 For further details or to be added to our mailing list ring 01629 761302 or email


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Although we plan to continue posting information and encouraging discussion here at, we also encourage anyone interested to look at the very helpful and well laid out information section on the Parwich Parish Council website

Mobile Phone Mast Information

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Phone Mast Consultation

Thank you Jim for this reminder:

I would just like to make it clear that comments were invited by Pegasus, agents for Shared Access, in relation to the proposed mast application.

Comments are invited by Rachel Morrison, Planning Assistant, at the following email address:

Telephone comments were also invited on 01454 625 945

I would just like to make sure that any concerned residents of the village had this information to hand.

Pegasus have requested that comments are received by them by this coming Friday, 16/09/16 if possible, so that they can be taken into account during the design stage of the proposal. Whether such comments would help them amend their application to take into account any protests is not known by me at this moment.

Jim T

Click here to see the consultation letter.

The Blog Team added: This consultation is on behalf of the mobile phone company, and any proposed mast would need to be agreed by the landowner, and then go through the normal Peak Park planning procedure. Our Parish Council are sharing information promptly on this and [Ammended 12/9/16“Once all the information is available an open session will also be set up in the Memorial Hall. Residents will be able to see the same information as the councillors. Councillors will be present so that residents can share their own views with them.”.

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Ashbourne Post Office still only limited service

The Ashbourne News Telegraph reports that although you can get stamps or post parcels, there is not much else you can do at the Ashbourne Post Office at present:

The lack of full services at the post office inside the Co-op store in the Shawcroft Centre is now into its second week.

It is not known how quickly the difficulty will be resolved. Click here to see the full article. The nearest alternatives for us are Hartington and Winster, click here to find out more about local branches on the Post Office website.

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Mobile phone mast information

Thank you to the Parish Council for this update:

Some members of the Parish Council have met with a representative of Shared Access to obtain more information about the potential for a mobile phone mast in the village. They will be receiving further information shortly and have requested it in electronic form so that it can be shared widely. The blog and the Parish Council website will be used to do this.

Once all the information is available an open session will also be set up in the Memorial Hall. Residents will be able to see the same information as the councillors. Councillors will be present so that residents can share their own views with them.

It is not the Parish Council that will decide whether a mast will be built. This will be done through the normal process of planning applications for the Peak District National Park. The Parish Council would be consulted as part of this process but would not be making the decision.

The Parish Council does have the opportunity to decide whether or not to offer to lease land for the mast to be built on. The purpose of sharing information with residents will be to try and give the best possible understanding of the advantages and disadvantages for residents of them doing this. If the Parish Council does not offer a site for a mast someone else might.

The Parish Council would like to encourage residents to learn as much about these proposals as possible and to feed back their views both for and against the lease of land.

Andrew Martin
Clerk RFO. Parwich Parish Council

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The Derbyshire Dales DC online consultation about charging for replacement wheelie bins runs upto the 30th of September (click here to participate in their survey).

As well as the District Council consultation, the Blog Team thought it worth asking some additional questions here. (Click here to see our original post.) There have been some interesting results and comments to our poll which you can still participate in.

We feel that Derbyshire Dales offers an excellent waste collection and recycling service, which compares well with other Authorities, and they respond well to any disruption to collections. What do you think?

Replacement refuse and recycling containers cost the Council some £28,000 per year.


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