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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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Nominate your community champion

Derbyshire Dales residents are being urged to nominate community champions who make their neighbourhoods tick.

The Chairman of the District of Derbyshire Dales, Councillor Jean Monks (pictured), is inviting nominations for the 2018/19 Community Awards.

She said:

"We want to hear about local people who deserves recognition for the work they do in their local community. They may be the driving force behind a local organisation or an individual who goes out of their way to help others or improve local facilities or the environment."

Nominations can be made now online

The civic role held by Councillor Monks, who represents Hathersage and Eyam, is to establish and maintain links with people in the local community, promoting the interests of the district and the people living and working in it.

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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 were invited to have their say at public forums in Matlock and Bakewell, with the final one of the series happening in Ashbourne on Tuesday 25 September.

The consultation includes an online questionnaire residents were encouraged to complete before 23 September.

The Bakewell forum took 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 communityforum@derbyshiredales.gov.uk 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 communityforum@derbyshiredales.gov.uk

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