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We haven’t seen our window cleaner since March – does anyone have one to recommend?

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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are aware that there have been concerns among some passengers that their services were ending because funding was being withdrawn.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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Clarke Telecom have sent the Parish Council photomontage images to illustrate the location of the proposed mobile phone mast. These can be seen on the Parish Council’s website here

It seems likely that the Parish Council will be asked to comment on the Planning Application at its meeting on Wednesday the 19th of July.

any comments on this proposal should be sent to the Parish Council clerk, Andrew Martin

tel: 01335 216238
address: Fernlea, Parwich, Ashbourne, DE6 1QJ

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New Mast Proposal

We have received this from the Parish Council. This one looks to be even closer to the school than the previous mast proposal.


The Parish Council has recently been approached for comments regarding a new proposed mobile phone base station to be located on private land at Brook Close Farm.

Whilst the Parish Council has been approached for comment, we do not have the power to either accept or reject the latest proposal. Likewise, should planning consent be sought from the Peak District National Park then the Parish Council will again be asked to comment but will not be able to make the decision.

The Parish Council’s response will be discussed at the Parish Council at 7.00pm on the 17th May 2017.

There is no financial benefit for the village from this proposal.

The correspondence received can be seen on the Parish Council’s website here

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Public Toilets

We have received this from Andrew Martin, the Parish Council Clerk –

The Parish Council is grateful for work recently done by the Bowls Club to repair and refurbish the toilets at Parson’s Croft.

In recent times the toilets have been opened only for Bowls matches and on a limited number of special occasions. The Bowls club have serviced them for this level of use on a voluntary basis.

The Parish Council would like to gauge the level of interest in having them open on a more regular basis. In order to do this volunteers and/or money would be needed to have them locked and unlocked and serviced more frequently.

The willingness of the Parish Council to contribute public money for this may be influenced by the level of support for regular opening.

Note that the toilets would remain closed during the winter anyway as there is no heating and the water has to be drained to prevent damage from freezing.

Feedback on any of the following points would be most helpful.

* Would you be interested in seeing the toilets open on a more regular basis?
* Are there any times when you would find this particularly useful?
* Would you be able to provide voluntary support for more regular opening?
* Would you be able to provide financial support for more regular opening?
* Any other comments?

Responses from individuals or organisations would be very welcome. You can either leave comments on the blog or e-mail the Clerk on

Any comments received will be considered at a future meeting.

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Internet Problems?

Anyone else seeing flaky BT broadband service? Over the past couple of weeks or so, I’ve seen around 10 or so short periods of zero internet connectivity here at Alsop, but this afternoon topped the lot at around four hours total. BT claim all is well.

Anthony C

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