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Notice of vacancy in the office of Town Councillor

Bakewell Town Council

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that ONE CASUAL VACANCY exists in the office of Councillor for the said Town Council.

An election to fill the vacancy will be arranged on receipt of a valid request in writing from ten local government electors for the Parish. If no such request is made, the vacancy will be filled by co-option by the Town Council. More »

Requests for such an election should be addressed to:

The Returning Officer,

Derbyshire Dales District Council,

Town Hall,

Matlock,

Derbyshire,

DE4 3NN

These to arrive not later than 14 days from the date of this notice (23rd July 2021) (computed in accordance with Rule 2 of Schedule 2 of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities)(England and Wales) Rules 2006.

Date: 5th July 2021

Signed:

John Rowe

Clerk to Bakewell Town Council » Less

Posted: Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:02 by John Rowe

Gypsies and Travellers: Extraordinary Meeting of Derbyshire Dales District Council Tuesday 27th July 2021.

The agenda for the meeting, which includes the supporting document, can be found at https://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/latest-committee-papers

Item 5 of the agenda concerns Gypsies and Travellers. Amongst the recommendations is the use of the Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell, as one of the temporary permitted sites, in the absence of a permanent site for travellers within the District.

The following is an extract from the report More »

"GYPSIES AND TRAVELLERS

PURPOSE OF THE REPORT

Item No. 5

To update the Committee in respect of a Gypsy and Traveller family who have presented themselves as homeless and in relation to the work that has been undertaken to bring forward a site at Knabhall Lane, Tansley as both a permanent and temporary Traveller site.

RECOMMENDATION

  1. The Council notes the progress to date concerning the identified temporary and permanent site at Knabhall Lane, Tansley.
  1. That Council approves a capital budget of £25,000 in 2021/22 for costs associated with further assessment of the Knabhall Lane site up to and including the submission of applications for temporary planning permission and permanent planning permission, to be financed from Capital Receipts.
  1. That in the interim period prior to the provision of a temporary or permanent site, Council delegates authority to any two of the Chief Executive, Director of Regulatory Services, Director of Housing, Director of Community and Environmental Services, Director of Corporate and Customer Services, to direct the Traveller family to specific Council owned sites, for temporary occupation until such time that a temporary or permanent site is established.

4. That subject to recommendation 3, Council identifies the following sites as 'negotiated stopping places':

• Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell • Old Station Close, Rowsley

• Matlock Station Car Park

• Artists Corner Car Park, Matlock Bath • Matlock Bath Station Car Park

• Land at Middleton Road, Wirksworth

• Fishpond Meadows Overspill Car Park, Ashbourne"

From the supporting document;

"NEGOTIATED STOPPING PLACES

3.1 In the absence of a currently available permanent site the District Council has a legal duty to accommodate the homeless Travellers on one or more temporary sites. The term used to describe a site on which Travellers may be sited temporarily is a negotiated stopping place. At the present time Derbyshire Dales District Council has not identified any such sites.

3.2 As no negotiated stopping places have been identified the Council's ability to control the location of the homeless families is extremely limited. Officers have no sites to which they can direct them and should they choose to occupy a site officers have no powers to direct them to another site, even though another site might be more suitable. As a consequence, recent encampments on sites in Matlock Bath and Matlock have been prolonged and have given rise to increased levels of public and Member complaint.

3.3 In order to address this situation, it is suggested that a number of sites are identified across the district for potential use as negotiated stopping places for use by the homeless families only, until such time as a permanent site is available for use. It is also suggested that officers be granted delegated authority to direct the families to these sites, having first informed rather than consulted, Ward Members of the intention to carry out such a direction.

3.4 It is further suggested that any one negotiated stopping place should generally be used for no more than 8 weeks at any one time, subject to the review of any extraordinary circumstances that might arise, for example with respect to issues such as health and welfare.

3.5 In order for such a system to work it is necessary to identify sites that may be used as negotiated stopping places. The list below has been compiled from officers' knowledge of District Council owned sites where encampments comprising the homeless families have previously been managed successfully and is recommended for adoption.

• Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell

• Old Station Close, Rowsley

• Matlock Station Car Park

• Artists Corner Car Park, Matlock Bath

• Matlock Bath Station Car Park

• Land at Middleton Road, Wirksworth

• Fishpond Meadows Overspill Car Park, Ashbourne.

3.6 Officers recognise that a system of consent for these negotiated stopping places may not be popular, but nevertheless feel it is the only effective way of managing the encampments of the homeless families until a permanent site is available. As such, it will be necessary for Members to accept that these sites will be used from time to time. The alternative currently is that any one of these sites might be used by the families, with the Council having no ability to direct them to an alternative site.

3.7 In order to ensure that decisions are made in a considered and appropriate manner, it is suggested that authority is delegated to specified members of the Corporate Leadership Team and that all such decisions must be agreed by 2 such officers in consultation with each other. It is recommended that the following officers are granted that delegated authority: Chief Executive, Director of Regulatory Services, Director of Housing, Director of Community and Environmental Services, Director of Corporate and Customer Services."

It is recommended that the full agenda is read by viewing it on DDDC website.

The proposals have a huge impact on legitimising any type of Gypsies or other Travellers that may chose to stay at Bakewell ABC site for up to eight weeks. This includes further extended families and groups that may wish to attach themselves to the "existing group" who have registered themselves homeless to the DDDC,they have been in Bakewell for two weeks already. Residents will remember 2020 when forty caravans were on the site, this could happen again if the ABC or any other site is made into a recognised temporary legitimate location to settle.

Experience shows that those on sites usually have to be removed by court action which in itself takes time so the proposed eight weeks could easily become much longer.

Be aware DDDC has a very complex situation to manage with potential legal action costs either way and is genuinely trying to find a solution.

Any opinions should be directed to DDDC by 26th July and your elected members should be copied in so that they can represent your view at the meeting on 27th July.

Bakewell Town Council has forwarded this matter to PDNPA who are the Planning Authority for Bakewell. » Less

Posted: Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:01 by John Rowe

Operational changes to recycling and waste collections

The Town Council has received the following notification from Derbyshire Dales District Council:

We apologise again for the inconvenience but the aim of this plan is to ensure that all 34,000 households in the Derbyshire Dales get the best possible waste collection service in the current emergency situation.

There will be no food waste collections (we are currently the only authority in Derbyshire to offer a separate food waste collection service). More »

Food waste should be put in household waste containers for the period of these emergency measures.

To help us complete rounds no "excess" recycling will be collected - please contain recycling in your blue bin (or 2 blue bags and blue box for residents on a sack collection round who don't have a bin).

During the emergency measures, if we don't manage to collect your waste within 4 days of its scheduled collection we won't be able to return until your next collection date.

However, where we have missed an assisted collection or bins that have been missed for a number of weeks we will do everything we can to get back to you. Continue to report any missed collections at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/missedcollection

We're also looking to introduce mobile 'bring sites' to hotspot locations across the district on Saturdays - a waste truck where residents can bring excess recycling. More on this will follow later.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding.

Here's more background to the current issues, caused in part by a national shortage of drivers and also by new Covid isolations www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/wastemessage » Less

Posted: Mon, 19 Jul 2021 09:01 by John Rowe