Dronfield has recently been voted the 9th best place to live in the UK.
You could view it as a real achievement or that we might have done even better.
So where might there be room for improvement and what are we doing about it?
Litter — too much of it
Parking — not enough of it
Traffic — too much of it
Pavement parking — a real nuisance
Fly-Tipping — on the increase
Signage — inappropriate
Graffiti/Vandalism — may be not too bad
Shop Fronts — some good, some not so
Conservation Areas — improving/deteriorating
We report fly-tipping and illegal signage to the authorities, we arrange litter clearance
of problem sites, we campaign for a Safer Dronfield, we comment on Local Plans and
help feed ideas through to Neighbourhood Plans, we report acts of vandalism and graffiti,
we raise awareness of our Conservation Areas and what is appropriate in terms of shop
fronts and we report problems of pavement parking.
You can help to put a stop to fly-tipping in Derbyshire by reporting incidents to DCC. Call Derbyshire on: 01629 533190 or NEDDC 01246 217610
We have long campaigned for a traffic management plan for the town. It is often a one thing leads to another issue where changing one variable can have a knock-on effect.
The recent consultation on the Local Plan did not include an infrastructure delivery plan for the proposed 10% increase to Dronfield's population from the 860 new dwellings.
There was no explanation offered as to how Dronfield's already crowded narrow streets will cope with an additional 1700 vehicles to the town centre by way of Church Street and High Street.
Parking charges of £2 a day have been introduced at the railway station car park.
The Civic Society has been monitoring the effects of these charges. The once full to overflowing car park now regularly is only 50% occupied.
There can be no doubt that on-street parking has increased which compromises pedestrian safety. Where the roads are particularly narrow, more pavement parking is the result.
We are pleased to note that double-yellow lines have been painted near to Sainsbury's petrol station on Sheffield Road and on Pentland Road which should improve visibility when exiting the petrol station and the road leading from Pentland shops.
A further change has been the marking of two car parking spaces near the steps to Dronfield Parish Church with the idea of slowing traffic as it approaches the junction with Lea Road.
Litter clearance at a problem hot-spot
Increasing traffic issues
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