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DCC sent the following:

Our Derbyshire Connect service − which operates in Ashbourne, Wirksworth and their surrounding villages − will run for an extra two hours for passengers wanting to go late night Christmas shopping in Ashbourne.

The service usually runs from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday. But on Friday 8 December 2017, it will operate until 9pm, to allow passengers to pick up presents and enjoy the street entertainment at the town’s annual festival.

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Thanks to DDDC for the following information:

For the 10th year in a row, Derbyshire Dales District Council is encouraging people to ‘shop local’ this Christmas by introducing free parking across the district from 1st December.
The free parking from 2pm throughout December comes on top of residents’ parking concessions that allow local people to park free every day of the year up to 11am and after 4pm.
This means Dales residents have free parking for 21 hours each day over the festive period, which helps local people and local traders.
Free parking extends to midnight each day and motorists are reminded not to leave anything valuable in their vehicles as the lead up to Christmas can also be a choice time for thieves.

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Keep an Eye on your Landrovers


We received a report yesterday that a Land Rover Defender 90 XS in Black of registration
YC65 HEV was stolen from a property in Flagg near Bakewell.

The vehicle was stolen some time between 2100 hours on 11th September and 0600 hours 12th September 2017.

The vehicle was fitted with one of the police discounted back2you trackers. We were initially able to make a link towards the South of the county, but unfortunately, as the tracker was not charged, we soon lost contact with it.

This alert is to respectfully serve as a reminder:

-It is worth purchasing a tracker for your farm/agricultural vehicle. We were able to initially make a link to an area.

-If you have purchased a tracker, please ensure that it is activated and regularly charged in the event of a theft to maximise our opportunities of recovery and identifying the offender(s)

-Thirdly, Land Rover Defenders and quad bikes are still being targeted by thieves. Please continue to think about security, considering good locks, CCTV, trackers, adequate lighting, alarms etcetera and also please keep reporting suspicious visitors to your farm premises or in the general area.

If you require any further help or advice, please contact the team either on 101 or via our dedicated rural crime team inbox:

Together we can beat Rural Crime.

Many Thanks

The Rural Crime Team


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Transport for Early Drinkers

Beer festival special offer from Derbyshire Connect bus service

Real ale-lovers travelling to Ashbourne beer festival are being offered a special fare on Derbyshire’s new, flexible bus service.

Derbyshire Connect is a bookable bus service rather than a conventional timetabled one. It takes passengers to and from their chosen pick-up points and destinations on their preferred days and times.
The beer festival takes place at Ashbourne Town Hall from 21 to 23 September 2017. Travellers to the festival will pay a special £1 single fare, instead of the usual £2, up to 7pm on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Derbyshire Connect runs weekdays from 7am to 7pm and Saturdays 8am to 7pm. There is no Sunday service. It was launched on a 12-month trial basis in the Ashbourne and Wirksworth areas in February, as far north as Hartington.
The 15-seater bus is fully accessible for passengers in wheelchairs. It can also carry bikes for people who do not wish to make return trips.
Derbyshire Connect bookings can be made by emailing or tel: 01335 342951.

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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 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

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 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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Dales residents invited to have their say on parking review

Derbyshire Dales District Council is asking local people for their views on possible changes to its car parking policy.

The council undertook a detailed parking policy review in 2013 when a number of changes were approved and implemented.

Other recommendations were put on hold for further consultation and this process has now started, giving people an opportunity to have their say on the possibility of charging for some existing free car parks and revising charges for season tickets.

The free car parks in question are Ashbourne’s Cokayne Avenue, Cromford’s Market Place and Lime Yard, Matlock’s Edgefold Road and Wirksworth’s Canterbury Road and North End. (more…)

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