Consultations on the Local Plan Draft have now finished.
You can read the comments submitted in response on the NE Derbyshire website.
The Plan proposed 860 new homes for Dronfield by taking land out of the Green Belt. We opposed these proposals on the grounds of: the effects on infrastructure, school places and medical provision, the loss of important green space and recreational facilities, the effects of congestion and pollution as a result of increased commuting and a lack of increased employment provision.
NEDDC will produce a Publication version of the Plan based on our responses by October/November. It will then go before a Planning Inspector who will test the soundness of the Plan in 2018.
Dronfield Town Council has been collecting responses from residents for their Neighbourhood Plan which will feed ideas into the District Plan. Some residents have found it all very confusing.
Dronfield Civic Society – A Case Study
Dronfield Civic Society has been invited by Ian Harvey, Chair of Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement, to showcase its work to other civic societies across England.
Starting with ten societies of varying sizes, the case studies will aim to inspire other groups, connect with them, learn lessons from and raise the profile of key individuals in the network.
We are delighted to have been chosen. Read More Here
The ‘Foil Safe’ way to beat the contactless fraudsters.
There is conflicting advice about whether contactless cards, which allow you to tap and pay without entering a Pin, are leaving users vulnerable to fraud.
Some consumer groups have put forward that someone standing close by to someone with a contactless enabled card in their bag, can easily ‘lift’ sensitive account details using card readers readily available online.
Whether this is correct or whether it is just scaremongering, it can be prevented by wrapping your wallet lining or individual card in tin foil, as this can deflect the reader and shield the card, even when a fraudster is in close range.
Committee member David Hallam has two foil-lined, plastic bank card wallets per household to give away on a first come, first served basis.
Additional wallets may be available for a small donation of 50p at our DCS events.
Don’t bank on it
The banks are leaving town! The Civic Centre branch of HSBC closed its doors to us as part of a reduction in a quarter of its network over the last two years and more than 150 Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest branches are also set to close which will affect Dronfield.
The proposals are in response to changing consumer behaviour and the continuous shift towards online and mobile banking. A total of 30 RBS and 128 NatWest sites are likely to close, placing about 470 jobs at risk. Simple transactions undertaken in branches have, apparently fallen by 43 per cent since 2010, while online and mobile transactions have increased by more than 400 per cent.
Jayne Gains who runs Unstone Post Office said, “I know this does not help people who will lose their jobs but you can access your NatWest current account at Unstone Post Office” where you can withdraw cash and deposit cash or cheques. To deposit you will need to bring your paying in book.
NatWest Bank on Dronfield Bottom is closing on 5th October 2017
A Dronfield resident wrote to us to express his concerns which have been summarized as follows:
There are dozens of businesses in and around Dronfield Bottom that rely on the bank for paying in their takings.
Within the next few years another 850+ houses are proposed to be built around Dronfield.
The bank has several parking areas within a very short walk and is on the main bus routes.
The bank is centrally located on Dronfield bottom near to many shops and businesses.
The alternative RBS Bank on Lea Road is also downscaling operations to part-time opening.
The RBS Bank on Lea Road is badly positioned on a ‘T’ junction at one side and a 90º bend at the other side.
There is a school within 200 yards and a residential area, consequently, there is little or no parking available for customers. Parking will worsen with part-time opening times.
The RBS Bank is a fair walk from all the shopping areas. This could pose a security problem for shop and other business owners.
The older generation will have problems accessing the RBS Bank as it is not on a public transport route.
For people without internet access, mainly the older generation, banking will become a real chore and a big problem.
What do you think about the loss of the town Banks? Write to us and share your views.
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