Former member of Dronfield Civic Society and local Tree Warden, Jim Barden together with former Chairman of DCS, John Harvey, have both been campaigning for the War Memorial to be cleaned in this, the centenary year marking the end of the First World War.
Jim attended the April and June Town Council meetings where disappointingly the Property Committee stated that they preferred its ‘weathered appearance’.
The Civic Society had also put in a request that the memorial needed cleaning as its location below overhanging trees had resulted in some discoloration.
We were pleased that the Town Council then had a change of heart and the War Memorial was duly assessed by experts in early summer.
The overall cost of the work was close to £1000. DCS agreed to match the original contribution of the Town Council of £325 and also agreed to underwrite the remaining cost so that the work could be done in time for the commemorations.
"As we reflect on the events of the First World War that saw so many people make the ultimate sacrifice, we believe it is vital that we ensure our memorials are fitting tributes to the fallen."
First World War Commemoration Preparations
Dronfield Hall Barn will host an exhibition which is being created by the Dronfield Heritage Trust History Research Group entitled ‘Untold Stories: Dronfield and the First World War’.
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In Unstone, preparations are underway for a special commemorative weekend which will take place in St. Mary’s Church from November 8th to the 11th.
Thanks to all those who have knitted poppies for the cascade. There is still time to knit a poppy if you would like to. Patterns are available from Unstone Post Office which is also the collection point for the finished poppies.
The Dronfield Neighbourhood Plan has now been published for consultation for 8 weeks from 17 July to 11 September 2018.
The results of the consultation will be considered very carefully and used to finalise and amend the Plan. The revised Neighbourhood Plan will then be submitted to North East Derbyshire District Council with background documents. North East Derbyshire District Council will undertake a further public consultation on the Plan for 6 weeks before the Plan is subjected to an independent examination. A referendum will be held, and if successful the Plan will be "made" and used to help determine planning applications.
It is likely that the Plan will be formerly adopted in June 2019. Whilst a Neighbourhood Plan cannot reduce the housing allocations proposed for Dronfield by NEDDC in the Local Plan, it can provide documentary evidence of the type of housing needed for the town and brownfield sites put forward by residents can be listed. Green spaces within the town are listed together with Character Buildings and Structures.
There will be a summary of the main points and policies of the Plan in the Dronfield Eye. Hard copies of the Plan can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Hard copies are also available to view at Dronfield Town Council Office and Dronfield Library.
The Local Plan is currently under scrutiny by Independent Planning Inspector Sarah Housden. She will determine whether it has been prepared in accordance with the relevant legal requirements. A Public Hearing on the document will take place on weeks commencing 12th November, 19th November and 3rd December when those residents who sent in representations and who opted to speak at the Hearing will be invited to do so.
Following a well-attended public meeting held at the Unstone Community Hall, organised by Councillor Alex Dale, more information was collected from those likely to be affected by the proposed cycle track. Information collected from surveys, questionnaires and public exhibitions will be used to make a decision on whether to adopt the scheme. This decision will now be reached in the autumn.
Litter Picks Monthly – A New Initiative by DCS
On July 1st, our first Big Litter Pick took place around the route of the Dronfield 10K and Fun Run including the area around Pentland Road shops. Despite the heat, an enthusiastic team of Civic Society committee members and members of the public did a great job and they were thanked by the organisers of the race for their efforts. Further litter picks are planned throughout the summer.
All equipment including litter pickers, high viz jackets, gloves and plastic sacks are provided.
To express an interest in joining the next Big Litter Pick email the committee co-ordinator, David Hallam at email@example.com and he will provide further details. Or check out our Facebook Page for all upcoming Civic Society activities.
Test Drilling at Bramleymoor Lane
Controversial plans to carry out exploratory drilling in Marsh Lane were approved on 16th August. The Planning Inspectorate granted Ineos permission to drill a vertical hydrocarbon exploratory core well on land off Bramley Moor Lane, in order to extract rock samples for testing to see if it is viable to extract gas by fracking.
Local opposition to the proposals centred around increased traffic through Coal Aston and unacceptable noise pollution particularly at night for nearby Marsh Lane residents. Other considerations related to inappropriate industrialisation of the rural landscape, pollution of ground water, the close proximity of the drilling rig to Apperknowle Air Field, access difficulties and temporary loss of an area of Green Belt.
The Inspector said that the benefits of the exploration in terms of its potential to improve energy resources would outweigh the slight harm caused to neighbouring occupiers and that on all other matters the impact of the drilling would be neutral. She added that the conditions attached to the decision would ensure that the development would be carried out in an acceptable manner.
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