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
No Laughing Matter
We all know when the circus is in town because every item of street furniture, and even private property gets plastered with their fly-posters. Every poster is illegal.
Those who advertise never remove them after the circus has left town and so we are left with faded, ripped and rotting papers; in other words a mess.
Last year two circuses came hot on the heels of each other. We had only just cleared one lot of posters and then more appeared.
We wrote to Pinder’s and they donated £50 to the Civic Society to clear the mess. But that is not really the point.
In the area near to where the Mondeo Circus pitch their tent, people attending the circus were unable to park in the field because of the wet spring weather. They parked on grass verges nearby, which were churned up and looked unsightly.
It is extremely annoying and irritating that this sort of practice by a travelling industry is allowed to blight our town. It causes extra litter, sets a precedent for others and has a negative visual impact on the town.
Dog Fouling at Gosforth Fields - A Message from our Sponsor
At the end of March we were contacted by John Morris via Facebook to ask if we could post something on our page or in the newsletter about the increasing nuisance of dog waste at Gosforth Fields and in local parks generally.
There have been a number of ‘shares’ on Facebook about this problem including by the police “who have advised us to send photos of offenders to the NEDDC website and they will get the dog warden to issue fines.” (J Morris Stauff UK).
Here is the link to the NEDDC website: To report Dog Fouling on the NEDDC website: Click ‘Resident’, Click ‘Environment’ and ‘Dog Fouling’ appears in the list.
You can then fill in an online form.
“Incidents reported will be treated in confidence. Please provide as many details as you can to help enforcement staff convict the offenders.” (NEDDC)
As most of you will know, we’re very proud of our bulb planting around the town. We have had some superb displays this year, notably along Green Lane, near the Coach and Horses Pub, at the Unstone-Dronfield lay-by and at the junction of Green Lane and Holmley Lane.
However one usually impressive display, along Eckington Road suffered badly on account of early mowing last year which took place too soon after the crocuses had flowered.
Keen gardeners will know that the bulb foliage should not be cut for at least six weeks after flowering is over to allow time for the bulb to fatten so that it reaches flowering size in time to bloom again next spring (otherwise it will miss out a year’s flowering).
Committee Member David Hallam notified the Council that they had cut too early last year and requested that the cutting of the verges needed to be later. This year two small patches on Eckington Road verge which did flower because they were not cut last year have once again been cut too early. This has also happened at the lay-by. The matter was escalated by both Councillor Alex Dale and our own David Hallam to Steve Brunt Joint Head of Streetscene NEDDC.
Steve said, “It is essential we work closely together to ensure plantings are undertaken to strike a balance between creating a short period of bright spring colour, whilst not at the detriment of creating large areas of long grass which some residents may view as being neglected by the Council’s maintenance arrangements.” Steve has suggested a meeting at the Eckington Road site to discuss this issue for the future planting and maintenance.
Litter clearance at a problem hot-spot
Increasing traffic issues
Dog Fouling Issues
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