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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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Thinking of Volunteering?

Readycall is looking for volunteers from the Parwich area


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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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Courses for All


Sign up for new summer term of adult education courses

Bookings can be made from Monday 20 March 2017 for hundreds of daytime and evening courses and activities on offer this year providing opportunities for people to study for new qualifications or explore new hobbies and interests.

The summer term starts on Monday 24 April 2017.

Sign up for an adult education course.

Subjects include arts and crafts, cookery, upholstery, computing, health and wellbeing, literacy and numeracy, languages and IT, childcare, personal development and opportunities for families to learn together.

There are also free courses to help people get back into work such as English and maths tuition, CV writing, job applications and interview skills, advice on starting your own business and a range of traineeships and apprenticeships to help get young people on a career path.

Students can gain professional qualifications in practical skills like plumbing and our Eco Centre at Middleton by Wirksworth offers a growing range of courses to inspire greener living.

Gift vouchers are available in denominations of £5, £10, £20 and £50 which can be put towards the cost of courses.

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BT Problems

Is anyone else with BT broadband suffering from frequent breaks in their broadband service? We have been experiencing this for a few weeks now and it is driving us mad.
Rona C


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