News from Around the Corner to the Four Corners of the Parish
Shirland Village Hall: Festival of Light
Ahoy there! It's almost time for our Winter Lights Festival! Join us on Saturday 18th November, 6pm - 9pm for a free night of family fun!
This year we've got a pirate theme - go on a spooky treasure hunt by lamplight, make your own pirate to take home, and much more! Fancy dress is optional - you might win a prize or maybe we'll make you walk the plank! We wrap things up with a fabulous firework finale. It's going to be spectacularrr!
Photo Aaron Burden
New Community Cafes for Stonebroom
Two new Community Cafes have been organised in Stonebroom at the Children's Sure Start Centre and Stonebroom Pavilion on Friday 17th November 2017. For further details please download the flyer below-:
Planning permission has been granted for New Cemetery Facilities. Shirland & Higham Parish Council has successfully aquired planning permission from North East Derbyshire District Council to extend the current cemetery in Shirland and to construct a new remembrance garden where ashes of loved ones can be scattered. A new car park will also be constructed for mourners to use during burials/ interments. The car park will remain closed at all other times. The Council is keen to involve local people in the design of the new cemetery extension and will be consulting on it over the coming months.
Stonebroom Children's Play Area Improvements Completed
The Parish Council is please to announce the completion of the £25,000 upgrade of play equipment at Stonebroom playing fields which includes a round a bout where able-bodied children can play along side children who use wheelchairs.
Outline application for up to 50 dwellings (all matters reserved except access) Land between 1 St Leonards Place and Shirland Primary School, Park Lane Shirland
The Parish Council has been asked to comment upon the above planning application (17/01033/OL). As this is a major development and a development contrary to the Development Plan, the Parish Council has requested an extension in the consultation time to allow Parishioners to make representations to their Parish Councillor if they so wish. Alternatively people can comment directly on the North East Derbyshire District Council Planning Portal.
The Parish Council will deliberate and formulate its response at the November meeting of the council.
Proposals for Land South of Hallfieldgate Lane
A large number of parishioners have contacted the Parish Council voicing concerns about the proposed development. At this time the Council cannot comment until the planning application has been formally submitted to North East Derbyshire District Council. The Parish Council will be notified when this happens and the application will be discussed at the next Parish Council Meeting when a recommendation will be formulated to be submitted as part of the statutory consultations period.
Councillors understand the strength and depth of feeling such proposals can evoke and will ensure sufficient time is made available to allow parishioners to make their views known and inform the consultation. An announcement when this proposed application will be discussed will be made through the Council's social media and this website.
For further information on the process please refer to the planning section on this website.
This year's Halloween Party will be held on Friday 27 October from 5.30pm – 7pm. in Mickley Village Hall. Thanks to Rykneld Homes for their support in financing this event.
Shirland Village Hall
Two new groups have started at the village hall. 'Daisybirthing' is a group for mums to be and 'Sunflowers' mother and toddler group. For more details contact Anne Brown email@example.com
On Wednesday 27th September at 19:00 The Village Hall Management Committee is holding its Annual General Meeting to which everyone is invited.
Bus Shelter A61 (southbound) Shirland
Following requests from Parishioners, the Parish Council began talks with Derbyshire County Council to explore the possibility of having a bus shelter erected at the bus stop towards Alfreton just up from St Leonards church. Recently, the Parish Council has received further approaches from Parishioners relating to this matter. Below is the correspondence from the County Council detailing why it is not possible to have a bus shelter. The letter has been edited to protect identities.
Good afternoon *****. ***** copied me your e-mail regarding the bus stop / shelter issue for Shirland Main Road / Church Street.
I note that you have a Parish Council meeting for 20 March and thought that it might be useful to give you some background on what we are currently looking at and why.
The current bus stop is positioned immediately before the radius for the turn into Church Street; it is also part on kerbs which are standard height and some which are almost level with the carriageway. Additionally it is on the inside of a tapered lead-in to the turn into Church Street. This creates a number of issues for the safe operation of the bus stop.
The combination of varied kerb heights provides an uneven area for passengers getting on or off buses.
The lowered section of kerbing (most of the bus stop area) increases significantly the difficulty for passengers with restricted mobility as they have a high step up on to or down from the bus; it would also be difficult to safely deploy a ramp (because of the increased gradient) if required by a wheelchair user.
The tapered lead-in results in a bus standing in the stop at an angle to the main carriageway. This effectively restricts the drivers ability to see traffic approaching from the rear (they can only see the back end of the bus). This is exacerbated when cars are parked on the immediate approach to the stop as this increases the angle at which the bus actually comes to a stand.
The County Council has an on-going programme to improve accessibility at bus stops. This generally involves providing a run of kerbs (absolute minimum of 3) with a greater height than normal resulting in a significantly reduced step height between bus and footway. Even if it were possible to do this at the current site it would push the stop position back by around 3m, closer to property No. 73; there may also be difficulty in achieving the necessary footway height because of the proximity of the adjacent property thresholds and services.
If it were possible to do the necessary work at the current location we would have to provide clearway markings (the yellow ‘Bus Stop’ boxes you may have seen) to protect correct and safe access to the raised boarding area. This would extend for at least 23m taking out much of the area currently available for kerb-side parking.
For the avoidance of doubt it would not be possible to accommodate the Parish’s request for a shelter at this position.
I note *****'s suggestion of providing a “lay-by…out of the large grass verge almost opposite the existing north bound stop”. Quite apart from the fact that it is not good practice to position bus stops immediately in advance of pedestrian crossings there is insufficient length available in which to construct a lay-by here – we would need 53m overall. Furthermore the County Council does not support the provision of new bus stop lay-by’s unless there is a specific Highways Traffic & Safety consideration to satisfy which there isn’t at this site.
I hope the above gives some background to the considerations being given to your request for a bus shelter at this location.
**** ********* Public Transport Unit, Derbyshire County Council. 01629 536745.
This is as far as the Parish Council can take this matter and it is suggested that Parishioners consider contacting their County Councillor who can take this matter up directly with the Transport Unit on their behalf.
Footpath Closure Extension
Footpath No.17 (Part) Shirland & Higham Parish from the end of Carlyle Road to the junction with Public Footpath No.11, has been further continued. Please download file for more details including schematic diagram.
Following the announcement on the 10th of August relating to there being no formal meeting of the Council in August, due to additional planning matters being received for consultation, the Parish Clerk has called an extraordinary meeting of the Council to be held on Monday 21st August 2017 at 19:00 in the Stonebroom Sports Pavilion. An agenda can be downloaded from the Council meetings section on this website.
Planning Matters: 10th August 2017
There is no formal meeting of the Parish Council Council in August. However the following planning applications and appeals are posted here for information.
17/00781/FLH – Proposed rear extension Willowdale Farm, Park Lane, Shirland
17/00775/FLH – Proposed roof alteration from a hip roof to gable roof and front and rear dormer 39 Strettea Lane, Higham
17/00757/FL Conversion of outbuildings to a dwelling with extension (alterations to design approved under application 12/00593/FL) Willowdale Farm, Park Lane, Shirland
17/00730/FLH Proposed single storey extension and new detached garage 16 Hallfieldgate Lane, Shirland
17/00566/OL Outline application for proposed residential development Land to rear of 14A – 54High Street, Stonebroom (Council has already submitted comments re the above application following the June meeting)
Planning Appeal Enquires to: Telephone: 01246 217163/217158 E MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 10 August 2017 Our Ref: NED/17/00301/FL
Town and Country Planning Act, 1990 Appeal Site at: The Cottage Belper Road Shirland Alfreton Proposal:Application for erection of one dwelling and one garage with associated access off Belper Road (revised scheme of 15/01288/FL) (Conservation area) (Amended Plans)
I refer to the above details.An appeal has been made to the Secretary of State against the decision of North East Derbyshire District Council to refuse to grant planning permission.
The appeal will be determined on the basis of written representations. The procedure to be followed is set out in Part 2 of the Town and Country Planning (Appeals) (Written Representations Procedure) (England) Regulations 2009.
We have forwarded all therepresentations made to us on the application to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant. These will be considered by the Inspector when determining the appeal.
If you wish to make comments, or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you can do at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.ukor bycontacting the Inspectorate on 0303 444 5000.If you do not have access to the internet, you can send three copies to the Planning Inspectorate.
All representations must be received by 5 weeks of the start date.Any representations submitted after the deadline will not usually be considered and will be returned. The Planning Inspectorate does not acknowledge representations. All representations must quote the appeal reference.Please note that any representations you submit to the Planning Inspectorate will be copied to the appellant and this Local Planning Authority and will be considered by the Inspector when determining the appeal. The appeal documents are available for inspection at the Council’s offices at District Council Offices, 2013 Mill Lane, Wingerworth, Chesterfield, S42 6NG between 09:00 – 17:00 hours Monday to Thursday and 09:00 – 16:30 hours on Friday. You can also view Appeals on the Public Access part of our Web site. You can get a copy of the Planning Inspectorate’s “Guide to taking part in planning appeals” booklets by downloading -Procedural Guide: Planning appeals - Gov.ukWhen made, the decision will be published on GOV.UK
A.Kirkham Planning Manager – Development Management
£25,000 Investment in Play Equipment for Stonebroom
The Parish Council is pleased to announce a significant investment in new play equipment for under 5's at the Children's Play Area, Stonebroom. Cllr Barnes stated "... the new equipment is a much needed resourse for younger children and compliments the existing play equipment for older children such as the MUGA and tennis courts." Work will commence installing the new equipment in Septemper 2017 after the children return to school following the summer holidays.
Fly Tipping in the Parish
Some of our Parishioners will be aware that fly tipping is becoming more of a problem in the area especially in Shirland. Cross Lane, off Park Lane has seen two episodes in the last few days. One in particular was a lorry load of building material just dumped.
Not only is it unsightly but often the contents of the rubbish could be hazardous especially to children who can be found playing in these areas during the school holidays.
The Council is grateful to everyone who has reported these incidents however we ask you to be vigilant. If you see any incidents of tipping, please let us know. We will pass on any information that will help bring a successful prosecution against the perpetrators.
Our villages have some lovey countryside for all of us to enjoy. Please don't let these thoughtless fly tippers spoil it. Report it. Dumping Rubbish is illegal.
If you report it, the rubbish can be removed and with your help the crime can be investigated. If you see someone fly-tipping, or you want to report an area where fly-tipping has taken place, take note of the following:
Date, time and place of the incident
What the waste looks like and how much there is Descriptions of any person and/or vehicles involved along with the registration number AS FLY-TIPPERS ARE DOING SOMETHING ILLEGAL, THEY DO NOT WANT TO BE CAUGHT. DO NOT APPROACH THEM OR PUT YOUR OWN SAFETY AT RISK. The Parish Council together with the local authority and the Environment Agency have powers to tackle fly-tipping and they have agreed a fly-tipping protocol to address the important issues associated with the problem. The protocol sets out who will deal with different types of incidents. Local Authorities will deal will smaller scale, more frequent incidents and the Environment Agency will deal with larger scale, more serious incidents of illegal waste disposal, or fly-tipping including hazardous wastes and tipping carried out by organised criminals.
The Environment Agency is investigating the flytipping incident off Park Lane, Shirland. (pictured above)
Reports to the Environment Agency can be made using their national hotline number 0800 807060
Thank you for your support
Serious Scam Incident in Shirland
The Parish Council has received information from North East Derbyshire District Council's Customer Communications Department relating to a very serious incident in Shirland today (18/07/2017). Please be vigilant and inform any vulnerable people you may know to be on their guard.
"A vulnerable 76 year old adult care client has been threatened by two men who visited her property and demanded they cut her hedge and then extracted an extortionate payment. One of the men put his hand on her shoulder and his face close up to hers and said "You seem like a nice lady but I can hurt you". He then pressed his fingers harder into her shoulder. She felt very threatened, intimidated and afraid. The younger of the two men kept his foot wedged in the door preventing her from closing it. The men also entered her property four times.
The client paid £500 in cash (although the client says they asked for £150,000 initially) and they refused to give her receipt when she asked for one. Initially the client did not call the police but this has now happened and she is also being supported to access Victim Support. This was clearly a very frightening incident and it is important that other people are alerted."
Should you wish to discuss this incident or obtain further information please contact District Cllr Barry Barnes: email email@example.com
New Defibrillator for Stonebroom
The Parish Council has purchased and installed a new defibrillator at St Peters Church Stonebroom. Training in its use is being organised by the Community First Responders.
YOUR Local School Needs YOU
Stonebroom School Forest Project Vandalised
As reported over the weekend on our Facebook Page the school project has been badly damaged by vandals. Investigations have already identified that the damage was done on Saturday 20th May between 12.30 and 14.30.
The children's wooden fort was completely demolished. The high Tarpaulin was ripped down and is beyond repair. Yesterday school staff made safe this piece of equipment due to loose ropes hanging down. The children's stick den was also damaged and the camouflage nets were also ripped beyond repair. The recently constructed pond has also been damaged.
Already the good people of Stonebroom have rallied round and the Teachers have received donations towards the cost of replacing the equipment. Unfortunately its not just the cost of replacing equipment that is required but the school would be grateful for any help people can offer in re-building the facility making it safe for the children to use again. Please contact Jane Thompson on firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to offer help in any way or make a donation. Thank you
Meet YOUR Police and Crime Commissioner
The Parish Council has installed a defibrillator in Shirland and is now installing a second in Stonebroom. Defibrillators save lives. If you live in the Parish and would like to undertake a FREE one hour training programme on how to operate one and potentially save a life, please contact us by email. There will be two courses, one in Shirland and one in Stonebroom.
Parish Council to Create all Year-Round Nudist Picnic Area
Following representations from two National Nudist Organisations, the Parish Council has agreed to take part in a trial providing an area for all year-round nude picnicking and associated recreational activities.
A small wooded area between Shirland and Stonebroom is set to have underground heating installed to make it an all year-round destination for naturalists. In a new pilot scheme being trialled in the Parish, Derbyshire heating company Deep Blue Flame has been commissioned to install specially designed underground heating and heating outlets across the secluded site.
The project, which begins today April 1st, will include the installation of a large commercial gas boiler, 10 heating outlets and meters of underfloor heating pipework installed to the main tree lined area. This heating will enable the ground to keep at a constant temperature of between 18-23 degrees throughout the year and the evergreen foliage will ensure the ground is dry and damp free.
Deep Blue Flame Director, Anna Sasin said, ” Having explored a variety of options for this area we are delighted to announce our plans for gas heating in this secluded area in the Parish of Shirland & Higham. "Subject to the pilot scheme analysis, we are hoping to roll the project out to other suitable wooded areas over the next 18 months. Given the ever-changing Derbyshire weather we think this will enhance the Nudist visitor’s experience even on days of inclement weather.
"We are exceptionally proud to have been chosen for this project and look forward to supporting further suitable areas as an all year-round destination designed for nude picnickers throughout the UK.”
Parish Council Vacancy
PARISH of SHIRLAND & HIGHAM
NOTICE OF VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF PARISH COUNCILLOR
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that
formerly a member of the above Parish Council has ceased to be a member and that a casual vacancy exists in the office of Councillor for the said Parish.
On receipt of a request in writing from any ten local government electors for the said parish, an election to fill the vacancy will be held within sixty days. If no such request is made the vacancy will be filled by the Parish Council.
Requests for such an election should be addressed to The Returning Officer, North East Derbyshire District Council, District Council Offices, 2013 Mill Lane, Wingerworth, Chesterfield, S42 6NG to arrive not later than fourteen days from the date of this notice (computed in accordance with Rule 2 of Schedule 2 of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities)(England and Wales) Rules 2006.
DATE 28 March 2017
SIGNED Sally Plummer
DESIGNATION (Clerk of the Council, the Proper Officer for this purpose)
There is a coffee morning planned for Monday 20th March 2017 from 11.00 to 13:00 in Shirland Village Hall. If you fancy a try at learning a new craft, then why not come along and have a go. Everyone is welcome, young and old and a cup of coffee and a biscuit will only cost 50 pence. You can even borrow books free of charge and you wont get fined if you return them late. You can't afford to miss it!
A Meeting organised to give people of Stonebroom the chance to find out more about HS2 and register their opposition to the project has been organised by local activists for Saturday 4th March from 10am til 12 pm in the Community Centre, Quarry Lane, Stonebroom . Everybody welcome.
Parish Council Donates to Council Leader's Charity
Cllr Barry Barnes, Chairman of Shirland & Higham Parish Council is pictured with North East Derbyshire District Council Leader Stephen Peters with a cheque for £200.00 to be donated to Weston Park Hospital which is the Council Leader's chosen charity.
TEMPORARY FOOTPATH CLOSURE
PUBLIC FOOTPATH NO.17: SHIRLAND AND HIGHAM PARISH
WHEN: 04 March 2017 to 27 August 2017.
WHERE: Public Footpath No.17 Shirland and Higham Parish from the end of Carlyle Road to the junction with Public Footpath No.11.
REASON: To facilitate public safety due to building works.
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: Carlyle Road – Kingsley Crescent – High Street – Public Footpath No.11 and Vice Versa.
Access will be maintained, whenever reasonably possible, on the affected length of footpath. The footpath will re-open as soon as the work is finished. This may be earlier than advertised.
Derbyshire County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused while work takes place. Anyone needing further information should ring Call Derbyshire 01629 533190.
The County Council has made an Order under Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) to prohibit its use by traffic.
Stonebroom Youth Club Members Raise Money for The British Heart Foundation
A group of twelve members of the Stonebroom Youth Club took part in a sponsored walk on Saturday 11th February to raise money on behalf of the British Heart Foundation. Parish Council Chairman and Youth Club Leader Cllr Barry Barnes stated he was proud of the young people's achievements and hope to organise a similar event in the near future.
Mining Memorial Dedication
On Sunday 5th February we held a joint celebration with Shirland Brass Band which was very successful. Dennis Skinner MP and Cllr Barry Barnes unveiled the new Mining Memorial Display Board and then presented our award winning Brass band with their recently won accolades. Featured is a small selection of photographs from the day but more photographs are available for download from our Facebook page.
(from L-R) Cllr P Allsop, Cllr S Smith, D Skinner MP & Parish Council Chairman Cllr B Barnes
Community Speed Watch
The Community Speed Watch Initiative is about to start within our area. A meeting has been arranged at Clay Cross Police Station on the 31st January 2017 at 19:00 to update all participants about the arrangements.
Additional CCTV for Stonebroom
The Parish Council is installing additional CCTV at the Stonebroom Pavilion to help ensure the safety of people using the facilities and combat anti-social behaviour.
Beacon for the Parish
Parishes throughout Britain will be celebrating the anniversary of the end of the first world war by lighting beacons throughout the country next year. The Parish Council want to join in these celebrations and is looking into the feasibility of siting a beacon within the Parish.
Safer Neighbourhood Team Meeting
Meet the Safer Neighbourhood Team on the 16th January at 11.00-13.00 in Shirland Village Hall
Village Hall Table Top Sale
WHERE: Shirland Village Hall, Main Road, Shirland, DE55 6BB
WHEN: Sunday 8th January 2017- Open to the public - 9 am till 11.30 am: Free car parking
COST: Entrance 50p (children free) - Refreshments on sale
There are still a few tables available at a cost of £6 for one and £10 for two. BOOK a TABLE please ring 01773 831749 and leave a message if no-one is available to take your call, you will be rung back.
Shirland and Higham Parish Council are seeking local tradesmen to join their list of Approved Contractors. The Council maintains a range of facilities and is looking for tradesmen in the following categories-:
Mechanical Heating Services Electrical Services Building Contractors General Repair and Maintenance Sewage / Drainage Plumbing Gas Services Hard & Soft Landscaping Sports Pitches Playground Equipment CCTV
Please see the 'Tenders' section of the website for further details.
New Mining Memorial Display Board Installed
Council contractors have installed a new display board at the top of Hallfieldgate Lane. The display contains a number of images relating to Shirland Pit and illustrates the important contribution mining has made the the village..
An official dedication ceremony is being organised together with Shirland Miners Welfare Institute
Proposed New Bus Shelter for Shirland
Following representations from local parishioners, Shirland and Higham Parish Council has started exploratory discussions with Derbyshire County Council Highways Department about the siting of a new shelter for southbound bus services.
More Support for Stonebroom Youth Club
Shirland and Higham Parish Council has allocated addition funds this year to Stonebroom Youth Club to ensure the members have an exciting programme of activities during the winter months.
The youth club is very popular and has seen a big increase in its numbers thanks to the hard work of Council Employees, Parish Councillors and Volunteers.
Pictured are members ejnoying a visit to the skate park with 'Extreme Wheels'.
Festival of Fire & Light
SATURDAY 19th November – 6.30 pm Shirland Village Hall Main Road Shirland DE55 6BB
Lantern Walk, Fancy Dress Competition, Sing - Song, stalls. Fire Performer & Fireworks Hot Food & Mulled Wine on Sale
District Councillor and Parish Council Chairman Barry Barnes lays a wreath on behalf of local parishioners at St Peters Church, Stonebroom.
Parish Council Donates Defibrillator to Shirland Miners Welfare
Shirland & Higham Parish Council has purchased a defibrillator for the residents of Shirland. Council Chairman Barry Barnes stated that it is hoped to site other units around the Parish once suitable locations have been found.
North East Derbyshire District Council Local Plan
The cemetery has suffered some minor subsidence over the past few months. Shirland and Higham Parish Council is committed to ensuring the cemetery is kept in good condition at all time. Subsidence is quite normal where developments are located in a mining area.
Our staff has commenced 'topping up' graves to ensure they are as level as possible and further grass seed has been planted to the top soil. Following winter further grass seed will be applied as required.
Quite a few graves have been routinely maintained in this way which the photograph shows. This programme of maintenance is essential and should be completed within the next four weeks.
We are being plagued by dog 'poo' in the cemetery. Not only is it a health hazard but it can be distressing for relatives visiting loved ones to find a pile of poo on the grave. Dogs are not allowed in the cemetery and we ask you to call the office and let us know if you witness anyone taking their dog into the cemetery or any dogs running wild.
Expect major traffic disruption when Hallfieldgate Lane Shirland is closed its entire length on 21st November to 24th November 2016 for the installation of a new gas connection.
Shirland Craft & Collectors Fair
CRAFT & COLLECTORS FAIR
WHEN: Sunday 16th October 10 am - 2 pm Where: Venue: Shirland Village Hall Admission: Entrance 50p
Hand crafted goods, jams & pickles, cakes, collectables on sale. Refreshments on sale during the event.
All money raised from the stall rent, entrance and refreshments is split 50% towards the running costs of the hall and 50% towards events organised for everyone in the Parish and surrounding villages.
Shirland Village Hall
Shirland Village Hall are holding their Annual General Meeting in the village hall on Wednesday 28th September 2016 commencing 19:30. Everyone is welcome.
Community Speed Watch
Volunteers from the villages of Shirland, Morton, Calow and Sutton-cum-Duckmanton will be helping police in a long-term campaign to encourage drivers not to speed. A Community Speed Watch initiative has been launched and around 20 residents have been trained by officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team to monitor the speed of traffic. Community Speed Watch involves volunteers carrying out checks to note any vehicles travelling at excessive speeds using radar guns. A letter is then sent to the owner to advise them about their speed and asking them to respect local limits.
They are supported by each of the Safer Neighbourhood policing teams for their area and if any particular hotspot areas are identified then police enforcement checks are carried out.
Signs are put up whenever Community Speed Watch checks are being carried out to help make passing traffic aware and volunteers wear high-visibility tunics to let people know they are a volunteer.
PC Dave Price, of the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team for Shirland and Morton, said: “Community Speed Watch gives local people the ability to actively get involved in raising awareness of road safety and encouraging motorists to drive within the legal limits. It has been set up to help us target the issue, which residents have told us is a concern for them. “Motorists who speed through local villages are often unaware of the impact it can have on local people and the risk to the safety of other road users and pedestrians. The main aim of the Community Speed Watch initiative is to raise awareness of the speed limit on local roads and hopefully make them safer for all.”
For more information please contact the North Wingfield, Pilsley, Stonebroom and Shirland Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team by calling 101 or email CCNT@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk. You can also follow the team on Twitter: @SouthEasternSNT. ENDS Release date: 19/08/2016
Soccercise is Coming to North East Derbyshire!
Village Games are having a road show! Soccercise is a female only, outdoor, exercise class that takes inspiration from aerobics, dance, football, and music!
6 x Road show sessions shall take place, to feed into a weekly session there after! Below are all the venues and time:
9th August – Sharley Park, Clay Cross S45 9LX 1-2pm 11th August – North Wingfield, Blacks Lane, S42 5LW 6-7pm 11th August – Wingerworth, Deer Park, Allendale Road, S42 6PX 7:30-8:30pm 17th August – Stonebroom Playing fields, DE55 6LD 1-2pm 23rd August – Eckington - Ducksett Lane S21 4EB 7-8pm 25th August – Dronfield, Cliff Park S18 2XP 7-8pm
BMX Track Re-opens Following Repairs
A team of volunteers have repaired the track. Grateful thanks go to Rykneld Homes for their support.
Mickley BMX Track Closed for Repairs
The Mickley BMX and Skate park has been closed until further notice. This is due to surface breakdown. It is hoped the track will re-open in the next two weeks.
Community Speed Watch Initiative
The Parish Council is pleased to announce that this initiative is about to start with volunteer training being held on Wednesday 17th August commencing at 10:00 in Shirland Village Hall. Would volunteers who have previously registered on the scheme confirm your attendance by emailing the Council. An acknowledgement email will be sent to you.
Shirland & Higham Parish Council is proud to announce that phase one of the Shirland Mining Memorial was completed this morning with the installation of a seat at the top of Hallfieldgate Lane, Shirland. Work on phase two has already begun with the designing of the display board which will inform people of the role mining played in Shirland's past. The display will be sighted next to the commemorative seat so people will be able to sit and look over the site of the colliery and with the aid of the display board visualise where the key buildings were located.
installed 25th July 2016
Mickley BMX Track: Abuse of the Facility
The Parish Council has received a number of complaints from residents of Mickley Village that the BMX track is being abused by motor bike riders and quad bikes have been seen in the park. The track is a great example of what can be achieved when young people who want to effect positive change in their community work together with voluntary and statutory organisations to build a facility to be proud of. The Parish Council wish to keep it in good condition so that the young residents of the village can enjoy their BMX and Skate park for many years to come. However, if it is abused in this way it will very soon become damaged to a point it will have to be closed on safety grounds until expensive repairs can be budgeted for. We therefore seek your support in working with our local Safer Neighbourhood Team to ensure the people who are abusing and damaging the track are caught and dealt with before any further damage is caused.
You can get in touch by dialling 999 immediately you see the track being abused or call 101 to contact the neighbourhood team. You can email details about what you saw to email@example.com or online at http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us/Contact-Us.aspx
With the Parish Council, the Safer Neighbourhood Team and the local community working together it is hoped that we can bring a swift and lasting solution to this destructive anti-social behaviour at Mickley BMX and Skate Park.
Road Repairs: Shirland
The following works are due to take place in the week commencing 15/8/16 and will be carried out during weekday working 08.00-16.00hours, under a Temporary Road Closure and traffic lights. Park Lane from A61 to Bevan Close. These repairs to the carriageway are expected to last for two weeks and some delays for motorists are to be expected.
Pavement Repairs: Stonebroom
Week commencing 1st August 2016 at Bikinstyle Lane, Kingsley Crescent to Birkinstyle Avenue extensive footway resurfacing will take place from 08:00 to 16:00. These works will take place under traffic lights control and delays will be experienced. The repairs are scheduled to last for 5 weeks.
On the 1st August to the 5th August 2016 an unnamed section of the B6013 in Shirland between Bumphill Lane and Main road will be closed for patching prior to surface dressing.Alternative route(s) will be signposted. On the 15th to 26th August 2016 between 08:00 & 16:00 daily Close Park Lane, Shirland between A61 main Road and Clay Street will be closed to facilitate carriageway resurfacing and highway drainage works. Alternative route(s) will be signposted. Please feel free to share these notices.
Shirland & Stonebroom Summer Activities
An exciting programme of activities has been arranged for children aged 7-16 years over the school holidays. The activities will be taking place at Shirland Village Hall and Stonebroom Pavilion and are FREE to everyone. For further details see the activities leaflet below.
The Parish Council is grateful to PCSO 4453 Kate Hodnett for her help and support in organising an action packed month during the school holidays.
Local Shirland Athlete Niamh Emerson is heading to Tbilisi, Georgia with the British Athletic Team
Shirland athlete Niamh Emerson will be leading the British Athletics Team to Tbilisi. Earlier this month, Niamh recorded a huge personal best of 5,815 points eclipsing the British heptathlon youth record previously held by Olympic finalist Katarina Johnson-Thompson. Like Johnson-Thompson, the 17 year old is developing into a world-class high jumper after winning the Loughborough International with a clearance of 1.89m, while also winning bronze at last weekend’s British Championships in Birmingham. If she carries on breaking world records she will be an Olympic champion for sure and Hallfieldgate Lane will have its very own gold post box!
You can follow Niamh's progress on our facebook page by clicking on the button below.
The result of the consultation into the siting of the play area in Stonebroom suggests that people are happy with the location of the facilities. As a result of the comments received, the Parish Council is embarking on a planned painting programme of the existing equipment and is looking into the feasibility of adding a further piece of play equipment within the fenced area. Thanks go to all who took the time to submit comments.
On Monday 13th June 2016 Mr Stephen Jones resigned as a Parish Councillor. The Shirland and Higham Parish Council wish to place on record its appreciation for the work Mr Jones undertook on behalf of the Council and wish him well in his future.
Community Speed Watch
27th April 2016: The Parish Council is keen to promote a safer living environment for everyone resident or visiting our Parish. The Council is committed to support initiatives that help reduce the speed of traffic through our villages. Despite the introduction of speed reduction measures, it has been highlighted by members of the public that speeding drivers continue present a problem.
The Parish Council therefore will be forming a Community Speed Watch Group to monitor and record the speed and registration number of vehicles travelling through our villages in an attempt to improve driver behaviour thereby preventing collisions by encouraging drivers to slow down.
If you too have a wish to enjoy safer roads in our villages and have an hour or two spare a week then the Parish Council would love to hear from you. Full training and equipment will be provided. It is hoped the scheme will go live in June 2016.
Further details can be obtained from the Council Office or by emailing shirlandandhighamparishcouncil@gmail,com
New CCTV for Mickley
20th April 2016:- The Parish Council is pleased to announce the installation of new, state of the art CCTV cameras near Mickley Village Hall in response to residents' concerns over anti-social behaviour. The Council is grateful to Rykneld Homes who provided financial assistance to the project.
Stonebroom Play Area Consultation
The Parish Council is seeking your thoughts and opinions about the play area in Stonebroom. Please go to our consultations section of the website to complete the survey which should only take a few moments of your time.
Volunteers Tackle Stonebroom Litter Problem
A small group of volunteers set about cleaning up the rubbish along the footpath next to St Peter's Church and the GP Surgery. Well done and thank you.
Complaints About Litter in Stonebroom
It has been brought to the Council's attention there have been Facebook postings criticising the state of footpaths in the village. It is claimed the footpath at the side of St Peter's Church is in a disgusting state and the Parish Council has done nothing about it.
It must be remembered that footpaths are normally the responsibility of North East Derbyshire District Council. The Parish Council has installed dog bins to assist with the problem of dog fouling in the area, however the footpath in question is still in a very untidy state. Your local Parish Councillors are keen to help.
To celebrate the Queen's Birthday next month, Keep Britain Tidy are holding a 'clean for the Queen event'. The Parish Council has registered its interest and it is hoped that a few interested Stonebroom Villagers will join with the Parish Council to collectively clean up the litter which is blighting the village.
Cllrs Pauline Stephens and Michelle Green have recently tendered their resignation to the Parish Clerk. The Council would like to place on record its appreciation for their hard work and dedication during their term of office. Subsequently the following vacancies are now being advertised on the Shirland and Higham Parish notice boards.
Parish Council Disappointed at North East Derbyshire District Council's Lack of Enforcement: Press Release
Shirland and Higham Parish Council is frustrated at the lack of enforcement by North East Derbyshire District Council. The Parish Council has passed on local residents concerns over the past year to the District Council but the District Council has lacked any response. Local residents are now angry at the apparent failure of North East Derbyshire District Council to fulfil its responsibilities.
Chair of Shirland and Higham Parish Council Cllr Barry Barnes stated, “We have repeatedly requested that NEDDC Enforcement Department address the situation regarding the state that this site at the corner of Lilac way Hallfieldgate Lane, Shirland has been left in. The site has been deserted after partial preparation to build leaving a large mound of soil and rubble by the footpath trenches exposed some with pipes in an unsafe condition.
Local people have reportedly seen vermin around the site which is not secured and children are often seen playing on there. This has been going on for a long time and it is not fair on the local residents who take pride in their properties to have this blight at the side of them.”
The Parish Council has additional issues regarding a lack of enforcement in other areas of the Parish and are working with concerned residents to resolve them.
Attached Photograph of site at Lilac Way, Shirland.
Anti-Social Behaviour in Stonebroom: Police & Agencies Respond
Residents from Stonebroom attended the January meeting of the Parish Council to raise their concerns about a spate of anti-social behaviour taking place around properties in the vicinity of the GP's Surgery. Responding to concerns police have increased patrols around the area together with instigating a multi-agency approach to resolving the problem.
The police, together with representatives from Rykneld Homes have interviewed local residents to collect impact statements. Rykneld homes has also begun to issue tenancy warnings. Those individuals who have been identified as being involved in anti-social behaviour have been issued with nuisance letters. Acceptable Behaviour Contracts are in the process of being drawn up and the police will consider the implementation of a temporary dispersal order if the previous measures do not resolve the situation.
However this is not just a police problem as the community need to work together on this issue. The Parish Council, the community we serve and the parents of the children all have a very large role to play in reducing this anti-social behaviour as do partner agencies. The Parish Council looks forward to harnessing all the goodwill and efforts of everyone involved to implement an effective and lasting solution to this problem..
Remembrance Day: Sunday 8th November 2015
Cllr and Chair of Shirland and Higham Parish Council, Barry Barnes lays a wreath at the foot of the Roll of Honour at the Church of St. Peter, Stonebroom.
Abandoned Pony 21st September 2015 Unfortunately the Parish Council has discovered an abandoned pony in one of our fields in Shirland. Somebody has deliberately left this lovely animal without food or water. This is called Fly-Grazing as the land is being used illegally. The Control of Horses Act 2015 allows the Parish Council to remove the animal to a place of safety. If the owner cannot be identified within 96 hours, the Parish Council will either re-home it, euthanise it or sell it privately.
The Parish Council would much prefer the pony to be returned to its owner within the three day time frame. If you do know of anyone who may have lost a pony or know of someone who may be able to help, please share this post. Thank you
UPDATE The pony owners have come forward and it has been returned to them. 23/09/2015
Theft Warning 13/07/2015
There has been a spate of thefts from vehicles in Mickley, Stonebroom and Shirland. Please BE VIGILANT, especially if you own or have access to builder/work vans. Our local crime prevention team request that anyone who does own one of these vehicles ensure that no tools are left inside the vehicle as it is quite clear the offenders are particularly attacking vehicles to steal tools.
Please share this information with your friends who live in this area.
Safer Roads around the Parish 17/07/2015
In an effort to make our roads safer, the Parish Council has joined with our neighbouring Parishes to purchase a radar device. The hand held radar gun is now being deployed throughout the Parish and a significant number of speeding motorists have either been stopped and warned about their driving or have been prosecuted.
Parish Clerk Tom Tait tests the radar gun with Council Chairman Barry Barnes 4th from left.
Repairs to Shirland Village Hall 18/07/2015
The Parish Council has approved a number of repairs and improvements to Shirland Parish Hall. Work is scheduled to commence during the summer and it is hoped there will be minimal disruption to planned activities.
Adoption of a Phone Box 28/07/2015
The Parish Council has recently completed the adoption process of the telephone kiosk (similar in design to photo) located at the end of Hallfieldgate Lane and its junction with the A61. In a response to the withdrawal of the mobile library service, the Council plan to turn the kiosk into a free book lending facility for parishioners. Work on its conversion is planned to start in August 2015.
This is a message sent via Derbyshire Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary 30/07/2015
Message sent by
Tim Parkin (Police, Community Information Officer, Derbyshire)
Tradespeople across Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Bolsover and Amber Valley are being urged to make sure their vehicles are secure after a recent series of vehicle break-ins and thefts.
Police have received reports over the last few weeks of works vehicles being targeted on business sites and homes across the division, with valuable tools and equipment stolen from within.
Simple crime prevention advice includes:
Parking in well-lit areas, using a driveway or garage if possible;
Fitting your vehicle with an alarm;
Parking close to walls or buildings to limit access to your vehicle;
Removing valuable items from inside when leaving the vehicle unattended;
Investing in security lighting for outside your property;
Investing in gravel driveways to ensure you can hear if someone enters your property.
Community Safety Inspector Russ Dakin added: “One very important piece of crime prevention is for people to simply lock it or lose it! Some reports of break-ins and thefts come from those who have left keys in the vehicle’s ignition or left the vehicle insecure.
“Thieves are ready to strike and seize their chance when they notice someone has left a vehicle unattended or it is unlocked or not properly secured. “I would urge local tradespeople to consider stepping up their vehicle security in a bid to clamp down on this type of crime. If local residents notice anyone acting suspiciously in their area, please contact police on 101 or 999 if a crime is taking place.”
DERBYSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PROW CONSULTATION 10/08/2015
Derbyshire County Council have decided that the countryside service must save £1M. Some of this will come from rights of way budget by revising targets set out in the Rights of Way Charter and by reducing staff. They are holding an online consultation asking for views on this proposal and how the reduction in service will affect you
It is important that DCC are made aware of important Public Rights of Way are to walkers and the Society urges you to take part in this consultation which can be found here at last
Thank you for your action in this matter.
New Community Development Officer 10/08/2015
I’d like to introduce myself. I have just started in post as Community Development Worker (Health North East Derbyshire). My role is to give support to existing groups, in initially around Heath and Holmewood and Shirland area, and to instigate and support new ideas from the community. I would also like to try to get more of the community involved as volunteers and to help promote their own ideas around healthy lifestyles.
With this in mind, I thought it might be good to meet up and discuss your views. I would appreciate if you could let me know any suitable times to do this.
Community Development Worker (Healthy North East Derbyshire) Partnerships Team
Fraudsters have created a high specification website template advertising flat screen televisions for sale which are below market value and do not exist. Payment is being requested via bank transfer and will offer no protection to the consumer when the television does not arrive.
Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not receive the item.
Always make payment via a credit card or PayPal where you have some avenue of recompense should you not receive your product.
Conduct some online research on the website, company name and business address to identify any poor feedback or irregularities.
Check the authenticity of websites before making any purchases. A ”whois” search on the website will identify when the website has been created, so be wary of newly formed domains. This search can be conducted using the following website - https://who.is/
If the item advertised seems too good to be true, it probably is