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April Spring Walk

A relaxing and sociable three-mile walk was enjoyed by 16 local people and 5 dogs, led by Peter Pilsbury. The morning closed with a well-deserved cup of tea and cake.

Thanks to all the organisers, helpers and supporters.

Local Elections

North East Derbyshire District Council is holding a further briefing session for prospective election candidates for the forthcoming local elections in May 2019.

The briefing session will take place at 6pm on Wednesday 13 March 2019 at North East Derbyshire District Council, District Council Offices, 2013 Mill Lane, Wingerworth, Chesterfield, S42 6NG and will last approx. one hour.

The briefing will be hosted by the Returning Officer, Dan Swaine and will cover the nomination process, key dates of the election timetable, the election campaign, polling day and arrangements for the verification and count of the votes.

The briefing is open to all candidates and agents. It will be relevant to first time candidates or those standing again who require a refresh on the process.

All potential candidates and elections agents are welcome to attend but are asked to contact the Electoral Services Team to register their interest either by emailing or by telephone on 01246 217058.

Heritage Cafe visit to Derby Museum

The Heritage Cafe visit to Derby Museum and Art Gallery was a huge success and we are grateful to Lucy Bamford, Senior Curator of Art and the Joseph Wright Collection, for her fascinating and absorbing insight into Joseph Wright of Derby and his work. Renowned throughout the world, Derby is proud to house the largest collection of paintings and drawings by this artist of the 18th century "Age of Enlightenment". An hour was barely time to scratch the surface and some of the group plan to return. The exhibition of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, some so small that a magnifying glass was required to see the detail, was an added bonus and
there was also time for drinks, snacks and chat in the Museum cafe. The painting being discussed is "A Philosopher giving a Lecture on the Orrery" (1766)


Brackenfield Parish Council has submitted a Neighbourhood Plan proposal under the Town and Country Planning Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (reg. 15).
The Plan sets out a vision for the Brackenfield Parish and establishes the type of development needed to help sustain the community. If made, it will become part of the development plan for land use and development proposals within Brackenfield Parish.  The Plan can be inspected in the following ways:
At North East Derbyshire District Council’s Offices at Mill Lane, Wingerworth between 9am & 4.30pm 

At the following location in the Plan area:- - The Plough Inn, Matlock Road, Brackenfield, DE55 6DD 

Viewed on the Council’s website:-
If you have any comments on the Neighbourhood Plan, please respond by e-mail to  Emails are preferred but you may comment in writing to: Helen Fairfax, Planning Policy Manager, North East Derbyshire District Council,  2013 Mill Lane, Wingerworth,  Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S42 6NG
All responses must be received no later than 5pm on Friday 12th April 2019. Please title your response ‘Brackenfield Neighbourhood Plan: Submission Draft’ and where possible refer to specific paragraphs or policies on which you are commenting.  

The Plan proposal has been submitted with a selection of documents and is supported by evidence used in the preparation of the Plan. These are available via the above web sites.

The District Council has determined that the legal requirements of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations are complied with. It has also confirmed that the Plan does not require an Environmental Assessment or a Habitats Regulation Assessment, in accordance with the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004.

Following the consultation period the Plan will be examined by an independent Examiner, who will report to the District Council, following which they will decide what action to take and whether to go forward to ‘make’ the Neighbourhood Plan part of the development plan for the District. You may include in your comments a request to be notified of our decision on this plan.

If you have any queries you may email the above address or ring the office on 01246 217170.

Neighbourhood Watch 2019

The meeting on Friday seemed to be sucessful and well attended by around 35 neighbours. Dates about the next meeting will be published as soon as organised. A big thank you to Christine and Mike Edwards for organising and to all the helpers on drinkls and nibbles.

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