Jan 222019

A repair cafe is soon to open in Eyam. The idea behind this national initiative is that you take any household items to the cafe for repair rather than passing them on to landfill. It is not just electrical items but any household item that needs repair – clothing, picture frames, tvs, toasters, light fittings etc.

Have a look at their website or Facebook page.



 January 22, 2019
Jan 222019

Derbyshire Dales residents will get an overview of the District Council’s spending plans for 2019/20 at a series of public meetings.

The next round of Area Community Forums will be staged next month in Matlock, Hulland Ward and Bakewell when local residents will be asked to give their views on options for the level of the District Council’s element of Council Tax bills in the coming year.

A busy agenda will also feature an update on the procurement of a new waste and recycling contract, plus information about standing as a candidate at the District and Parish Council elections on 2 May this year.

The forums take place at Matlock Town Hall on Monday 4 February, at Hulland Ward & District Millennium Village Hall on Tuesday 12 February and at the Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre on Tuesday 26 February.

All start at 7 pm and anyone who can’t attend in person can email questions in advance to communityforum@derbyshiredales.gov.uk or via the District Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages @derbyshiredales.

 January 22, 2019
Jan 192019

On Tuessday 29th January, representatives from Derbyshire Police will be at the Heart of Hathersage, Main Road, Hathersage from 09:00 to 11:00 for you to discuss any matters of concern that you may have that the Police should be aware of.

It is intended that these drop-ins will be a monthly event, operational matters allowing. The drop-in for February will be Thursday 26th February 09:00 to 11:00.

Don’t forget that any crimes or suspicious activity of an non emergency nature should be reported to 101.

 January 19, 2019
Dec 182018

With the ongoing problems with parking around the station and an empty station car park the Parish Clerk has again written to Northern Rail asking that they review the decision to make charges. Below is the email, word for word, that has been received.

Thank you for your email below which I am replying to on behalf of Northern. When my colleague and I addressed the Parish Council in September we explained the rationale for the charges and our drivers for introducing them at a number of locations. Those points remain valid.  The pictures you have provided do indicate little use but in reality we have an income stream from the car park and that in itself justifies the business case for charging over the life of the Franchise. Car parking on the areas outside of the station and beyond our lease area are a matter for the local authority as is congestion and should be raised directly with them.

From a Northern Rail Client and Stakeholder Manager dated 11/12/2018

3rd Floor, Aintree House, 1 York Place,  Leeds LS1 2DR.

Below is the email from the Clerk to which the above is the response – (a few words have been omitted to protect the innocent).

Following a Parish Council meeting yesterday evening I find that I have to write to you again about the continuing problems caused by your decision to impose car parking charges at Hathersage station.

As previously explained the car park used to be full, now it is very often completely empty as shown by the photos that I still occasionally send to you. You claimed when you visited a Parish Council meeting earlier this year that based on your data from car park ticket sales that the car park was 55% utilised. This was not and is still not the case based upon visual evidence of the car park. Rail travellers (and there are many from and to Hathersage) do not wish to pay for car parking and are parking on the surrounding roads leaving the car park empty. At last night’s Parish Council meeting there were representatives … stating that if the parking congestion situation does not improve they will not be renewing their leases …. Hathersage has recently been quoted as a thriving Derbyshire community. It would be a great shame for this to decline ….

You stated when you visited our meeting that you would expect car park utilisation to increase back to previous levels 18 months after imposing charges. Based on the photographic evidence this is not happening and the car park remains unused causing parking and access problems for residents and businesses in the vicinity…. representatives last night said that the parking problems had become far worse since charges were imposed. I deliberately say imposed because as we have discussed previously there was no consultation with either the Parish Council or local rail user group although you believed otherwise.

I urge you to reconsider your decision to impose charging at Hathersage as the meagre income from car park ticket sales at Hathersage is not going to benefit the community as much as having a free car park facility will.

 December 18, 2018