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Leisure Review consultation begins

We're inviting local people to take part in a consultation as part of the process to outsource the management of our four leisure centres as a package to a new service provider.

Dales councillors voted unanimously in December last year to start the process, where the leisure centre buildings in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth will continue to be owned by the District Council, but a specialist leisure operator will take on the responsibility of managing the service for the next 10-15 years.

An online survey, together with consultations with partners and key stakeholders, will help define the contract, which is to be advertised in June this year.

Feedback will be used to inform the tendering specification and the consultation, which is now open, runs until 16 April.

A District Council spokesperson said:

"We have invested heavily in our leisure centres in recent years, and this is the next step in sourcing further improvements for a valued service.

"Ashbourne Leisure Centre, Bakewell Swimming Pool, Arc Leisure Matlock and Wirksworth Leisure Centre attract over 600,000 visitors each year and are an important asset to the communities they serve. Most leisure centre members are Derbyshire Dales residents, which is why we are asking local people to help us shape the new contract for the future."

The results of the process will be reported back to Council no later than May 2018, when a final decision will be made.

  • Go to this webpage for more information and to take part in the consultation
  • Sign up here for regular email updates about the Leisure Review

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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. 

Candidates and Agents

Prospective candidates and their agents are invited to a Briefing on Tuesday 28 March 2017.  This will be held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Bank Road, Matlock DE4 3NN at 6.00pm and will provide information on processes and procedures relating to nominations, the election campaign, expenses and election day.  The Briefing will be based on the Electoral Commission Guidance for candidates, which you can see here, but will also cover local arrangements.  Anyone who will be, or is considering becoming, a candidate or agent is strongly encouraged to attend.  The presentation associated with the Briefing is available here.

Information provided by Derbyshire County Council on what it means to be a County Councillor is available here.

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

Nomination Papers

Prospective candidates and agents can download a nomination pack here.  Nominations must be delivered in person to The Town Hall Matlock, DE4 3NN on working days between 10am and 4pm from Monday 27 March - 4 April 2017.  Prospective candidates and agents are encouranged to make an appointment for delivery and informal checking of their nomination papers by ringing 01629 761335.

For further information please email

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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Read latest Dales Matters publication

To save money, the Spring 2017 edition of our Dales Matters publication is being delivered to households across the district this week in the same envelope as residents' Council Tax bills.

An online version can be viewed here [PDF 3MB].

Published twice a year, Dales Matters keeps residents informed about the services we deliver for you and your priorities.

The current issue explains our decision to increase Council Tax in 2017/18 by 2.6%, which means average Dales household will pay around 10p more a week for our services than in 2016/17 (an £5 extra per year for a band D property).

There are also articles about how to get involved in the review of our four leisure centres, a new telephone payments system, the launch of a planning advice service, the introduction of so-called 'Big Belly Bins' at busy locations in the Dales, new charges for bins and sacks, plus a round up of news including the latest affordable housing schemes across the district.

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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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