Last chance to have your say on possible changes to waste & recycling collections. OUR SURVEY closes on 23 September

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Have YOUR SAY on future of bin collections

We're urging you to have your say on possible changes to your waste and recycling collections before a public consultation closes on 23 September.

The District Council, which organises collections across 34,000 Dales households, has started the process of shaping the future collection service ahead of the current contract with Serco ending in August 2020.

The online survey has been promoted widely and shared with all parish councils in the Dales since it was launched on 14 August. and has already been completed by well over 1,700 people.

A District Council spokesperson said:

“The first thing to reiterate is that no decisions have yet been taken, but these are challenging times.

“The current waste collection contract costs the District Council approximately £1.9 million per year but we know this could rise significantly due to increased service delivery costs, changes in the value of recyclable material and the level of liability bidders are likely to accept.

“The challenge facing the council is striking a balance of meeting our residents’ needs against the provision of an affordable service. We can achieve this by considering options that maintain our levels of recycling, encourage greater recycling, or reclaim some costs to help us afford the current collection frequency.

“One of the big questions residents are asking is why there isn’t an option in the online survey to leave things as they are. The answer is simple: even though we are not ruling out keeping things the same, we do not want to set false expectations.

"The status quo might not be affordable, so it is essential to review other possible alternatives. That’s why we are consulting the public - to help us understand what aspects of the waste and recycling collection scheme are most important to them and which possible alternatives they would be willing to consider. Without this information, we will be solely relying on market information and affordability to design a specification.”

The Derbyshire Dales currently achieves a 57% recycling rate – the best in Derbyshire - but the UK has a legislative target to meet 65% recycling in the future, which means the District Council has to consider further measures to increase its recycling performance.

Options being considered include charging for garden waste collections in line with many other councils in the UK and reducing general household waste collections from fortnightly to every three or four weeks, which has been proven in other areas to increase recycling rates and make the waste service more affordable.

Waste collection costs, on average, £34.63 per household a year - just under 67p a week - and represents 20% of what households pay to the District Council in Council Tax.

The spokesperson added:

"Successive central government grant cuts - including a further £637,000 reduction for 2018/19 - mean we need more money to continue to provide the frontline services residents expect. The level of government grant we receive will have reduced from £3.5m in 2013/14 to £0.5m by 2020/21, which means, even after making substantial savings in recent times, we have to find additional ongoing savings of £700,000 over the next three years.

"That's the stark reality of the District Council's financial position and something councillors will be taking account of when they meet on 29 November to decide on the preferred service option from August 2020."

Immediately following that meeting work will begin drafting the tender specification for the new waste and recycling contract.

  • The waste review is one of the items currently being discussed at a series of area community forums, and a video of the 10 September Matlock forum can be viewed again below.

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Discounted tickets on sale for 2018 Illuminations

Discounted online tickets have gone on sale for our showpiece autumn event Matlock Bath Illuminations.

This year adults pay £6 on Saturdays and £5 on Sundays if they buy online in advance. Accompanied under 16s continue to be free, with concessions available for OAPs.

People who buy on the night will pay £7.50 on Saturdays and £6.50 on Sundays - £1.50 more expensive than the online prices.

Online bookers will be fast-tracked into the Derwent Gardens for this year's season, which will run every weekend from Saturday 8 September to Sunday 28 October.

Every Saturday during the eight-week spectacular – and the final night - will include a fireworks finale, with numbers in Derwent Gardens again restricted to a maximum of 6,000 to improve crowd movement and enjoyment for visitors.

A District Council spokesperson said: “Our aim once again this year is to operate this fabulous regional event at no cost to local Council Tax payers. Last year the Illuminations attracted 52,087 paying visitors, but we estimate around 100,000 people were drawn to Matlock Bath by the unique atmosphere generated, effectively extending the village’s tourist season and providing a big boost for the local economy.”

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

During the 2018 Illuminations - the 121st – the organisers will once again focus on good signage to the popular park and ride service, effective stewarding and enforcement officers to police pedlars on the streets of Matlock Bath.

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VIDEO | Bin collections – hot topic for our forums

WATCH as future options for waste and recycling collections were discussed on Monday 10 September at the first of a series of community forums across the Derbyshire Dales.

The Matlock forum, at the Town Hall from 7pm, was broadcast live on the District Council’s YouTube channel, enabling local people who can’t be there in person to interact online.

It currently costs the District Council around £1.9m a year to collect waste and recycling from 34,000 properties – and that figure could rise significantly when a new contract starts in two years.

As part of an ongoing consultation on the way collections could look from August 2020, local residents are invited to have their say at public forums that are also happening in Bakewell and Ashbourne.

The consultation includes an online questionnaire residents are being encouraged to complete at

The Bakewell forum takes place at the District Council’s Agricultural Business Centre on Tuesday 18 September and the Ashbourne forum at the Henmore Suite, McMurty & Harding Veterinary Practice, the following Tuesday, 25 September. Both also start at 7pm.

Other issues up for debate at the forums will include presentations on a potential new joint venture to maximise commercial value in the District Council’s assets to generate new income streams, and an update on the transfer of the management of the District Council's leisure centres to a not-for-profit leisure trust.

Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:

“These forums continue to be an opportunity for us to listen to the views of local people. It’s also our opportunity to explain in more detail complicated issues such as the current waste and recycling review, which, understandably, is a big talking point across the district at the moment.

“However, it is also an opportunity for residents to set the agenda and ask any questions they like about local services.”

Anyone who can’t attend in person can email questions in advance to or via the District Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

For further details or to be added to our mailing list phone 01629 761302 or email

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