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May Bank holiday opening times and bin collection details

Our administrative offices are closed on Monday 1st May, re-opening on Tuesday 2nd. Listed below you can find a bin collection timetable, opening hours of our

Stray Dogs

Report a stray dogs issue.

Homeless emergency

If you are homeless owing to an emergency situation, outside of office hours or at the weekend, please call Derbyshire County Council for advice and assistance - telephone 08456 058 058 or 01629 532600. More about homelessness.

Waste & Recycling

There is no collection on bank holiday Monday, so all collections are one day later than usual w/c 1 May, including a Saturday collection on 6 May (for usual Friday rounds). Details of which containers to put out and can be found using our 'when is my collection?' search facility.

Report a missed bin or order a replacement container online.  Find out when your collection is with our handy postcode search.

Details of changes to bin collections are also advertised on our Facebook page, on Twitter and through our e-newsletter.

Leisure Centres

Below are opening times on Bank Holiday Monday for our leisure centres in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth.

 Date  Arc Leisure Matlock Ashbourne Bakewell Wirksworth
Mon 1 May 06:30-18:00 07:00-18:00 07:00-18:00 08:00-15:00

Matlock Town Hall reception

The Town Hall is closed on Monday 1 May and will re-open on Tuesday 2 May. View our usual opening hours.


 Date  Market  
Mon 1 May  Bakewell Stall Market  OPEN 
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Derbyshire County Council Elections on 4 May 2017

The Election of Councillors to Derbyshire County Council will take place on Thursday 4 May 2017.

There are six County Council Divisions within Derbyshire Dales and one Councillor will be elected for each of these. 


The candidates who are validly nominated for each of the six divisions in Derbyshire Dales and the polling stations for each Division are detailed on the notices, below:

Notice of Poll & Situation of Polling Stations - Ashbourne Division
Notice of Poll & Situation of Polling Stations - Bakewell Division
Notice of Poll & Situation of Polling Stations - Derwent Valley Division
Notice of Poll & Situation of Polling Stations - Dovedale Division
Notice of Poll & Situation of Polling Stations - Matlock Division
Notice of Poll & Situation of Polling Stations - Wirksworth Division

Further information from Derbyshire County Council is available on their website at

Register to vote

If you are not currently on the electoral register you need to complete your application by Thursday 13 April 2017 to be able to vote in this election. On line applications can be made at - you will need to have your National Insurance number to hand.  For assistance with registrations please email or phone 01629 761335.

Postal / Proxy Votes

If you are registered to vote but are likely to be away from home on 4 May 2017 you can apply for a postal or proxy vote.  The deadlines for applications are shown below but please apply as soon as possible to ensure early delivery of your postal vote.

Deadline for receipt of  postal vote applications - 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2017
Deadline for receipt of proxy vote applications - 5pm Tuesday 25 April 2017

Contact Details

Elections Helpline:

phone: 01629 761335


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Discounted Illuminations tickets on sale from 1 May

Discounted online tickets are on sale from Monday, 1 May, for our showpiece autumn event Matlock Bath Illuminations.

This year adults pay £5.50 on Saturdays and £4.50 on Sundays if they buy online in advance - that's 50p cheaper than last year. Accompanied under 16s continue to be free, with concessions available for students and OAPs.

People who buy on the night will pay £7.50 on Saturdays and £6.50 on Sundays - £2 more expensive than the online prices.

Online bookers will be fast-tracked into the Derwent Gardens - and the online incentive prices will also apply to visitors who take the train to Matlock Bath during this year's season, which will run every weekend from Saturday 9 September to Saturday 28 October.

The District Council has acted on feedback from a customer survey conducted after last year's eight-week spectacular. Every Saturday in 2017 will include a fireworks finale, with numbers in Derwent Gardens restricted to a maximum of 6,000 - down from 8,000 in previous years - to improve crowd movement and enjoyment for visitors.

To enhance the reputation of Sundays as a "family night", the event will start and finish earlier, running from 6-8pm to take account of the fact that younger visitors have school the following morning.

Other improvements for the 2017 Illuminations - the 120th - include better signage to the park and ride service, more stewards and more enforcement officers to police pedlars on the streets of Matlock Bath.

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Tideswell housing need survey

Local people with a connection to Tideswell are being urged to take part in an online survey to tell us their housing issues. For

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Dales one of UK's top rural areas

The Derbyshire Dales is one of the UK's top three rural areas when it comes to residents enjoying the best quality of life, according to a new survey.

Based on advantages such as scenery, low crime rates, education, access to leisure and a good choice of pubs, the survey by the Bank of Scotland puts Orkney top of the list, followed by Wychavon in the West Midlands and then the Derbyshire Dales.

It's the first time the Orkneys have topped the rural quality of life survey, having jumped from 46th last year, and it comes four months after the same islands were rated the second-best place to live in the UK, when the Dales was placed fourth.

In that survey - carried out by the Halifax - the Derbyshire Dales was lauded for having one of the highest employment rates (87.7%), with more than 45% of adults having a higher level of qualification compared to the national average of 35.6%.

The Dales also scored well for pubs and bars, with 27 per 10,000 adults.

A District Council spokesperson said:

"For the Derbyshire Dales to be named as one of the top areas to live in two prestigious surveys really does put us on the map and confirm the status of this region as a beautiful place to live, work and visit.

"Alongside its stunning natural beauty, a lot of hard work goes into maintaining the Dales' first class reputation and we, along with our partners, are committed to continuing that work for the benefit of our residents and businesses."

The top 10 rural areas with the best quality of life:

  1. Orkney Islands, Scotland
  2. Wychavon, West Midlands
  3. Derbyshire Dales, East Midlands
  4. Hambleton, Yorkshire and the Humber
  5. Purbeck, South West
  6. South Cambridgeshire, East of England
  7. Chiltern, South East
  8. West Oxfordshire, South East
  9. South Hams, South West
  10. South Oxfordshire, South East.
  • The quality of life survey rates locations based on a variety of factors, including its employment rate, quality of education, and levels of anxiety. This year, two new categories have also been added to survey - rating the number of pubs and the availability of health clubs and leisure centres.
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