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Derbyshire County Council Care Home Proposals; Have Your Say

The Town Council has received the following from DCC:

We want to know what you think about our plans

to close or refurbish some of our care homes

Come and talk to us at one of the following events:

Clowne Library, 7 February, 2pm – 5pm

New Mills Library, 14 February, 10am – 1pm

Sandiacre Library, 21 February, 10am – 1pm

Brimington Library, 28 February, 2pm – 5pm

Bakewell Library, 6 March, 10am – 1pm More »

Ilkeston Library, 13 March, 10am – 1pm

Alfreton Library, 20 March, 10am – 1pm

Borrowash Library, 27 March, 10am – 1pm

Shirebrook Library, 3 April, 10am – 1pm

For more information on our proposals visit

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Posted: Mon, 03 Feb 2020 16:26 by John Rowe

Bakewell is Britain’s best large outdoor market

It's official! Derbyshire Dales District Council's fabulous weekly Bakewell market is the BEST large outdoor market in the country.

Our Monday market picked up the accolade today at the Great British Markets of the Year 2020 awards.

The District Council's events manager Dave Turvey and communities officer Nicola Goodwin received the award at the NABMA Annual Conference in Birmingham.

District Council Leader Councillor Garry Purdy said: "Bakewell has had a market since 1330 and that age-old tradition is something which still attracts visitors today. However, in recent years we have also been working very hard to modernise and further develop the market and I am thrilled that this work has paid off with national recognition." More »

Together with the regular livestock market at the District Council's Agricultural Business Centre, the Monday stall markets in the heart of Bakewell is a magnet for tourists and visitors as well as providing an essential service to the local community.

The market boasts around 100 stalls. » Less

Posted: Mon, 03 Feb 2020 09:27 by John Rowe

At Risk of Closure: Gernon Manor Care Home

Following news reports that seven Derbyshire care homes, including Gernon Manor, are at risk of closure, the Town Council has expressed its concerns to Sarah Dines, MP for Derbyshire Dales;

"Dear Miss Dines,

Closure of Gernon Manor House Care Home

I write as instructed by members of Bakewell Town Council at a Full Council meeting held on Monday 20th January 2020, with reference to the above matter.

Over the past seven days there have been media reports stating that seven Derbyshire County Council care homes are being considered for closure, Gernon Manor House in Bakewell being one of the seven. More »

I know as our MP you will be aware of the rural nature of your constituency and how widespread the residents are located within the Derbyshire Dales. Gernon Manor House is a very precious resource which serves Bakewell and surrounding communities, providing care and employment for local people and therefore would be a significant loss to the local communities if closed. With a poor local transport infrastructure in this part of the Derbyshire Dales, relatives visiting Gernon Manor already have significant problems at times. This would be exasperated significantly if the residents of this care facility were moved to locations, likely outside the Derbyshire Dales, or much further away.

A lunchtime news bulletin featured on BBC East Midlands Today, on 21st January, covered some of the reasons for the proposed closures of care homes, this included, out of date electrical wiring, no en suite facilities, rooms that are too small and overall poor conditions of buildings, such as roofs. There is obviously a significant cost implication to the County Council regarding maintenance and upgrading and its members will be asked to make some budgetary decisions soon.

Bakewell Town Council strongly object to the proposed closure of a Gernon Manor House Care Home for the reasons given above and most importantly, for extreme hardship it will cause to the displaced residents of this important facility in this rural location.

You are asked to demand why such a closure needs to take place and if funding can be secured to ensure this facility remains open, especially as the Bakewell area has an evidenced above average ageing population.

I would be grateful if you could give this matter your urgent attention and update me with the results of your enquiries so that members and our community can be updated."

A petition, independent of the Town Council, seeking to stop the closure, has been started at:

https://www.change.org/p/boris-johnson-stop-the-closure-of-gernon-manor » Less

Posted: Thu, 23 Jan 2020 15:24 by John Rowe