Business and Licensing
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The Derbyshire Dales is ideally located in the heart of England, having good connectivity to Derby, Sheffield, Manchester and good transport links (M1, A6, A52, direct train links to major cities including London and close proximity to East Midlands Airport), giving businesses an advantage and providing a great opportunity for potential investors.
Agricultural Business Centre
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Set in the heart of Bakewell, amid the rolling hills of the Derbyshire Dales, the District Council's Agricultural Business Centre is the ideal venue for meetings, conferences, seminars and training workshops.
The hub of the Peak rural economy, the Agricultural Business Centre is the venue for a host of regular events including the second biggest farmers' market in the whole of the UK and weekly livestock markets.
Business office opening times
Monday 9:00am - 4:30pm Tuesday 9:00am - 4:30pm Wednesday 9:00am - 4:30pm Thursday 9:00am - 4:30pm Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm Saturday Closed Sunday Closed
Room hire & conferences
What we offer
- Whiteboards, flip charts and multi-media projector are available for use and the Conference Room has the additional benefits of an audio loop system
- Wi-Fi available
- Full disabled access
- 400 car parking spaces and 15 coach bays
- Free parking for conference delegates
- Advertise your business on our media screens
- The ABC has a large cafe/restaurant and bar. Food & drink can be provided to suit individual requirements.
Function rooms are available for hire, with extensive facilities. To book or for further details, call 01629 813 777 or email email@example.com
Business rates (NNDR)
Business Rates or National Non-Domestic Rates (NNDR) is a national tax collected from all occupiers or owners of non-domestic properties that appear in the Rating List.
Commercial rental values are, in general, the basis for assessing the rateable value of business properties. The gross rate charge is calculated by multiplying the rateable value by the non-domestic rating multiplier.
The Government sets the multiplier, whilst rateable values are assessed by the Valuation Office Agency, an executive agency of HM Revenues and Customs. The local authority bills and collects the Business Rates and pays it to the Government.
Every 5 years a new rating list is compiled and all rateable values are re-assessed. The Government has implemented successive Transitional Relief Schemes following each of the 5-yearly revaluations to reduce the impact of changes in rateable values upon business ratepayers.
The Rating List is available online via the Valuation Office Agency website.
Doing business with us
We publish our tender opportunities on the Source Derbyshire website which is the first port of call for viewing contract opportunities with us. Source Derbyshire gives information on new contract opportunities and lists recurring contracts for which it is possible to bid in the future.
Potential suppliers who have not done business with the District Council previously are advised to read our "How to do business with us" web page. We have produced the guide to assist suppliers. It aims to help in three ways:
- It outlines the rules that the District Council must follow
- It alerts companies to the opportunity to supply the District Council
- It explains how to bid for District Council work
The District Council encourages competition and welcomes bids from new and established supplies.
Alcohol, entertainment & late night refreshment
Under the Licensing Act 2003, any individual or organisation involved in one or more of the following 'licensable activities' must be authorised by us. The licensable activities are:
- sale or supply of alcohol
- provision of regulated entertainment (including plays, films, sports, music and dancing)
- provision of facilities for entertainment
- sale of late night refreshment (hot food or drinks supplied between 11pm-5am).
- Animal licences
- Gambling & lotteries
To offer skin-piercing treatments - including tattooing, acupuncture, ear and body piercing - both the person performing the treatment and the premises must be registered with us.
- Street trading & collections
Taxis and minicabs
The District Council is responsible for the licensing of Hackney Carriages, Private Hire Vehicles, their Operators and Drivers, operating within the district of Derbyshire Dales. The main aim of the whole licensing procedure is to ensure public safety.
- Alcohol, entertainment & late night refreshment
We have many years of experience at working with the business community and managing partnership arrangements. If you would like to start developing a business relationship with us you can get involved in one of the area in which we operate.
How will you benefit?
Local authority sponsorship deals will raise your organisation's profile. By being seen to put something back into the community, your involvement with one of our events, project or initiative will raise awareness of your organisation. It shows that you care about your local area. It says you are prepared to give something worthwhile back to the community, whilst working towards your company's business objectives.
Support and advice
Whether you are setting up in business, are an established local company or are thinking of relocating to the Derbyshire Dales, this section may offer the advice and support you need.
Health & safety
We undertakes a wide range of duties designed to protect the health safety and welfare of people at work and those that visit places of work within our area. This involves enforcing legal standards in a variety of workplaces such as shops, offices, leisure centres, hotels, warehouses and residential homes. The Health and Safety Executive based in Nottingham deals with higher risk businesses such as factories, mines, quarries and farms.
Tourism business support
- Health & safety
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A strong visitor economy is important to the economic health of the Derbyshire Dales. Generating an estimated £315m in visitor spend, it provides employment, offers business opportunities and helps sustain local services – but there is room for growth.
To grow the value of the sector visitors need to be encouraged to spend more when they come. Promoting the special qualities of the Dales, improving the visitor 'welcome', providing better experiences and working towards a higher value visitor offer will help achieve this.
This plan takes its lead from the District Council's Economic Plan. Drawing on the area's distinctive rural offer, proximity to urban markets and already high visitor numbers (relative to other Derbyshire districts), the aim of the plan for the period 2015 -2019 is to develop a higher value visitor economy in the Derbyshire Dales.
Download the DDDC Visitor Economy Plan 2015 -2019 [PDF 2.4MB]
- Agricultural Business Centre
Community & Living
- Births, deaths & marriages
The Localism Act 2011 enshrined in law for the first time a new set of rights for communities, designed to put more power back in the hands of local people. The legislation put in place new community rights, relating to the following four areas:
Our Community Safety Team provide support to the Safer Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership to reduce crime and the fear of crime across Derbyshire Dales.
The Partnership has succeeded in helping to keep the Derbyshire Dales a low crime area, reducing vehicle crime by around 33 per cent, and domestic burglary by 35 per cent. We have also put in place improvements to make car parking safer, have successfully reduced anti-social behaviour and have undertaken a range of other initiatives to successfully reduce crime in our communities.
The key to our success is effective partnership working. We have put in place innovative joint working with the High Peak Community Safety Partnership.
We will continue to work with our partners and with local people to achieve our ambition of keeping the Derbyshire Dales one of the safest places in England to live, work and visit.
- Funding and grants
- Health and Wellbeing
Environment & Waste
- Animal Welfare
Drains & sewers
Water companies in England and Wales have responsibility for the maintenance and repair of shared sewer pipes. This means you are only responsible for the drainage pipe which serves your own property. Sewer pipes which are shared by more than one property, or run beyond your property boundary, are Severn Trent Water's responsibility.
As well as the private drains serving a single home or business within the boundary of the property, there are a few other types of pipes that are the responsibility of the current owners. These are:
- Water supply pipes within your property boundary
- Existing surface water sewers that drain directly to watercourses
- Privately owned sewage treatment works and pipes connected to them
- Privately owned septic tanks and cesspits (including all associated pipes even if serving more than one property)
- Private pumping stations
If you have a problem related to the above you should contact Severn Trent Water on 0800 783 4444.
Any food premises in Derbyshire Dales - whether they sell food to you, or prepare food to be sold - need to be registered with the District Council.
We inspect them regularly to ensure they meet the necessary standards of food safety and hygiene.
Our Environmental Health Section helps protect public health and supports businesses to ensure standards of hygiene and safety are maintained by:
- registering premises used for food business
- inspecting food premises on a risk basis
- ensuring that food is processed, prepared and served in a safe and hygienic manner, focusing on 'Food Safety Management Systems ' principles
- ensuring food handlers are adequately trained
- investigating complaints about food, food premises and food poisoning
- arranging random sampling of food and drinks
- offering advice and guidance to food businesses
Trading Standards at Derbyshire County Council are responsible for making sure that food goods are properly labelled and that they meet certain compositional standards for example the meat content of pies, the cocoa levels in chocolate and the fruit and sugar levels in jams.
Food Business Registration From [PDF 11KB]
- Land and premises
Noise and nuisance
The District Council has powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to deal with statutory nuisance. The areas that are covered by this legislation are listed below. Premises Where a neighbouring building is in a poor state of repair or condition and it begins to affect your property, then this can be a nuisance. An example would be where a neighbour's leaking guttering is causing damp to your property.
In certain circumstances you may be affected by pests such as insects, rats or mice arising from a nearby property or area of land. The District Council offers a Pest Control Service, who can offer advice and can treat your property.
The Public Health and Housing Section deals with a wide range of pollution related issues and enquiries. These pages can be used to find out more about activities that can cause pollution, about activities that are regulated by law to control the pollution that they may cause and about land contamination.
Many activities can, if not undertaken carefully or in accordance with the law, pollute our environment. Abandoned vehicles are unsightly and can leak fuel and oils where they are abandoned. Bonfires, as well as potentially causing a nuisance to neighbouring properties can cause localised air pollution.
The District Council produces annual reports on local air quality in Derbyshire Dales. In order to help us to do this we carry out routine monitoring throughout the district for a number of common air pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide, lead and dust.
Some activities are regulated by law under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 (as amended). These are certain types of industrial and agricultural processes that have been designated as requiring permits to operate due to their potential to give rise to pollution of land, air or water. Some activities are permitted by the Environment Agency and some are permitted by the District Council.
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 Part IIA gives the District Council the responsibility to deal with land contamination issues. These are typically those issues arising from historical activities that are suspected to have resulted in land contamination and may pose a risk to human health or the wider environment.
We also advise our Planning colleagues and developers to ensure that local development is undertaken in such a way that issues including noise, light, odour and contaminated land do not become a problem.
One of our statutory duties is to undertake period reviews of the air quality in the district.
Air Quality Management Areas
All local authorities are required to assess air quality in their areas. An Air Quality Management Area must be declared if pollutant concentrations are identified as exceeding, or likely to exceed, air quality objectives set out in The Air Quality Standards (England) Regulations 2007 and prescribed for Local Air Quality Management. These objectives must be met in any outdoor location where members of the public (receptors) are likely to be present.
At the current time 235 local authorities have declared Air Quality Management Areas, mostly for NO2 and PM10 from traffic sources. The number of Air Quality Management Areas will change through time as new areas are declared and existing areas are revoked when pollutant concentrations are no longer being exceeded.
There are currently seven Air Quality Management Areas within the County of Derbyshire, of which six have been declared in relation to traffic pollution and one in relation to industrial emissions.
The procedures that must be followed when investigating a likely breach of an air quality objective and when declaring an Air Quality Management Area are detailed in Technical Guidance LAQM.TG(09) [pdf].
Cubley Air Quality Management Area
The Council previously consulted on its proposal to declare an AQMA in relation to pollutant emissions from Stoneleigh Cottage Poultry Farm, Derby Road, Cubley. It was the intention to declare an AQMA for a breach of the 24-h mean air quality objective for fine particulates (PM10). This objective for PM10 has a limit of 50 µg/m3, not to be exceeded more than 35 times a year. It is not considered that any other air quality objective is likely to be exceeded at this location.
- Cubley Air Quality Management Area
- Air Quality Management Areas
Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 ("Part IIA") was introduced to provide a system for the identification and remediation of land where contamination is causing, or is likely to cause, an unacceptable risk to human health or the wider environment.
Pollution from industrial installations in England and Wales has been controlled to some extent for over 150 years. The Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000 (the "PPC Regulations") were introduced under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 in response to the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive (96/61), and build on existing systems. The PPC Regulations gradually replaced the pollution control regime set up under Part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA 1990), and the PPC Regulations were replaced in April 2008 by the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007.
The Public Register is a register of all processes that operate in Derbyshire Dales under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010. A current list of all regulated facilities can be downloaded at the end of this page.
- Animal & Vegetable Matter Processes
- Bulk cement
Coating activities, printing and textile treatments are regulated under section 6.4 of the Environmental Permitting Regulations.
Within Derbyshire Dales there are currently only coating activities, and no printing or textile treatments. A coating material means paint, printing ink, varnish, lacquer, dye, any metal oxide coating, any adhesive coating, any elastomeric coating, any metal or plastic coating and any other coating material.
Section 6.4 covers a range of different activities for which there are thresholds for the use of coating materials, which contain solvents. Full details of the activities that are regulated under this section can be found in the Environmental Permitting Regulations. To summarise, installations using 5 or more tonnes of organic solvents require a permit to operate. Additionally, the re-spraying of road vehicles where 1 tonne or more of organic solvents are used in any 12 month period.
- Dry cleaners
- Other mineral activities
- Petrol stations
- Tar & bitumen process
- Waste incineration
- Waste oil burners
- Waste transfer station
- Public register
- Air Pollution
Private water supplies
Under the Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009 the District Council has a duty to ensure that the location of all private water supplies is recorded, and those that serve commercial businesses or more than one domestic property are monitored to ensure that they are of sufficiently high quality to protect the health of consumers.
Water supplies not provided by the public water supply (mains water) can be from a borehole, spring, well or originate from ground run-off. Each supply requires its own unique protection and treatment. The Regulations have brought in risk assessments to assess the supply from source to tap; each supply is then risk rated. Improvements are either recommended, or where there is a risk to public health, enforced under The Regulations.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It has no taste, smell or colour and it requires special devices to detect it. Radon is everywhere and it comes from the radioactive decay of naturally occurring uranium, which is found in small quantities in all soils and rocks. Radon levels vary between different parts of the country and even between neighbouring buildings.
Waste & recycling
A-Z guide on household waste
We have put together an A-Z guide on general household waste. If you're not sure what items go in what container, use the A-Z to find out.
How you can help?
This A-Z is powered by you, the resident. If you can't find your item, let us know by completing our simple online form and we will update the A-Z accordingly. Others may have the same query so it's a great opportunity for you to help them out.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Recycling in Schools Education (RISE)
Recycling in Schools Education (RISE) project works with local schools throughout Derbyshire Dales to support recycling education.
We are committed to educating the next generation about sustainable waste management issues and have developed a new Recycling in School Education project, which is a free and fully supported recycling education programme for schools.
We have a dedicated Recycling in Schools Education team who works with schools throughout the Derbyshire Dales and offers a variety of workshops, lessons and interactive activities to promote the key themes of reduce, reuse and recycle.
For more information on the Recycling in Schools Education activities available, discuss your schools needs or book a date please complete the online interest form and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly.
- A-Z guide on household waste
Housing & Council Tax
Looking for a new home?
Home-Options is the Choice Based Lettings scheme for the Derbyshire Dales. It is the way to apply for social housing in the district.
Every week, social landlords advertise their empty properties on the Home Options website. You can then search for an empty property that meets your needs, in a place where you want to live.
Advice and help
Have you got a home to let?
We are always in need of good quality homes for local residents. Our aim is to increase the choices to local residents who need somewhere to live in Derbyshire.
If you are a private landlord or letting agent looking to let your property, Home-Options can introduce you to tenants and match tenants to your property. There are no administration fees or hidden costs, all we ask is that you are an accredited landlord so we can be sure that we are offering good quality, well managed properties.
Over 5,000 local home seekers visit our Home-Options website every week so why not advertise your property for free?
To discuss advertising your property, contact your local Home-Options Team on tel: 01629 761 117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Find a place to live
We no longer own or manage properties. Instead we work with Dales Housing Ltd, other registered social landlords and the private sector to provide a stock of houses that meet the needs of our community through Home-Options.
Home-Options replaced the Council Housing waiting list. It gives you more choice about where you want to live. It also gives you a better idea of what is available in your area. In the past your Council or landlord decided where and when you would be offered a home. Now you will have the choice.
If you would like to find out more about Home-Options log onto the website www.home-options.org.
- Housing development
Do you need help paying your Council Tax or Rent?
If you are on a low income then you may be entitled to help with your Council Tax or rent. We also have a full online benefit calculator which will also enable you to make a claim electronically.
If you just want a rough idea of how much Housing Benefit (for Housing Association tenants) or Council Tax Support can be paid in a number of different circumstances, you can use the ready reckoners below:
For tenants of private landlords, the Directgov website will give information on the amount of Local Housing Allowance that can be paid.
The following documents are also available for you to download and print:
- Housing Benefit/Council Tax Support - Application Form (PDF 253KB)
- Housing Benefit/Council Tax Support - Change of Address (PDF 134KB)
- Housing Benefit/Council Tax Support - Change Of Income (PDF 247KB)
or alternatively contact the Benefits Section at the Town Hall (telephone 01629 761188) and request a form.
Benefit Fraud Hotline
If you have any information about someone who is claiming benefit to which they may not be entitled you can report your suspicions to us by telephoning the Benefits Fraud Hotline on:
Benefit Fraud Hotline: 01629 761 330
You call will be treated in complete confidence and you need not give your name.
Council Tax is a locally set tax that is charged on domestic properties which helps to pay for the services provided by all the local authorities in your area. These include Derbyshire Dales District Council, Derbyshire County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority and the Town or Parish Council where you live.
Derbyshire Dales District Council needs income to provide services to the community including refuse collection, housing, leisure facilities, planning and development services and environmental services.
There are rules for who is liable to pay the Council Tax. In general, where a dwelling is occupied, the owners (if it is owner/occupied) or tenants (if it is rented) will be liable, provided they are aged 18 or over. Only persons aged 18 or over are classed as residents of a dwelling.
Most dwellings are subject to Council Tax. There is one bill per dwelling, whether it is a house, bungalow, flat, maisonette, mobile home or houseboat, and whether it is owned or rented. Each dwelling has been allocated to one of eight bands according to its open market capital value at 1st April 1991.
The Government has embarked on a series of welfare reforms – the biggest changes to the system in over 60 years. Most of the changes come into effect from April 2013. We want to make sure that you understand what the changes are and how they will affect you and those that live in your home.
If you receive benefits then it's important to find out now whether you are affected by the changes and what your options are.
More detailed information is available on the Welfare Reform pages of the Department for Works and Pensions website.
Some of the key changes
From April 2012 – Tax Credits
Changes to the way Tax Credits are assessed, so that the credit is withdrawn faster as income rises. Working Tax Credit is no longer available to people aged over 50 who start work of 16 hours or more. Working hours for couples with children will be increased. Most couples must work at least 24 hours a week between them, with one working at least 16 hours to qualify for Working Tax Credit. Couple and lone parent rates of Working Tax Credit will be frozen.
For more information, visit the HM Revenue & Customs website.
- Advice and help
Leisure & Culture
Our parks, open spaces and leisure facilities contribute to the health of residents by creating clean and attractive environments for a wide range of sport, recreational and play for all ages, as well as offering other social benefits such as bringing together communities, and learning and development.
Arts & culture
Our Arts Officer is based at Matlock Town Hall and is available to provide advice on funding, contacts and networking and to offer support to people interested in developing the arts. The Arts Development Service welcomes articles for the in-house newsletter artsMATTERS.
Derbyshire Dales hosts a wide range of arts opportunities for local people and visitors. We aim to enable everyone who lives in, works in, or visits the Derbyshire Dales to take part in and enjoy the arts in all its many forms.
Matlock Bath Illuminations
Book online now for our 2015 season! (Please select the 'Other Payments' option)
Once described as 'absolutely breathtaking' Matlock Bath Illuminations is a fun-packed family event featuring a spectacular parade of illuminated and decorated boats on the River Derwent every weekend from 12 September to 31 October.
Each model is adorned with thousands of pea lights, powered by lorry batteries, and are made by the Matlock Bath Venetian Boat Builders' Association. The decorated models are mounted on rowing boats and then paraded each Saturday and Sunday on the River Derwent. As darkness falls the boats disappear into the blackness below, leaving the models apparently gliding along just above the water. The event also features a spectacular opening night hosted by Peak FM, dazzling firework displays each Saturday and a Spooktacular Halloween finalé!
Peak FM will be joining us for an opening night to remember this year on 12 September. We are also featuring local singing sensation Max Restaino
Matlock Bath Illuminations will run every Saturday and Sunday evening from 12 September until 31 October.
Fireworks nights will take place every Saturday evening from 19 September through to Halloween night on 31 October.
Please keep an eye on this page during the summer for information on the entertainment schedule, illuminated boat displays and firework times.
Book online now for our 2015 season! (Please select the 'Other Payments' option)
Tickets will be available to purchase on the night from our ticket booth.
Type Saturday Sunday Online/Advance On the night Online/Advance On the night Adult £5 £6 £4 £5 Child* Free Free Free Free Concession** £4 £5 £3 £4
* A child is under the age of 16. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
** Available to those who have reached or exceed the national retirement age.
- Matlock Bath Illuminations
Parks and open spaces
We have four leisure centres which provide all of the facilities and activities you need to keep fit and healthy, to learn new skills as well as having a great deal of fun, whatever the weather!
Arc Leisure Matlock
- 8 lane, 25 metre regional competition standard swimming pool with movable floor and tiered spectator seating.
- 50 station, cutting-edge fitness suite
- Teaching pool and toddler splash pad
- Regional standard badminton courts
- First-class spaces for: fitness classes, indoor hockey, basketball, volleyball, five-a-side football, netball, gymnastics, dance classes, parties
- Refurbished outdoor football pitches
- Meeting rooms and more
We believe that swimming is an essential life skill that everyone should be able do for the sake of personal safety, general health and because it's fun. It tones up the whole body, strengthens the heart and is perfect for burning calories. Here at Arc Leisure Matlock we promote swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle through our varied swimming pool programme and the learn to swim scheme.
Ashbourne Leisure Centre
Ashbourne Leisure Centre is modern and spacious with facilities and activities to suit everyone. Have a look through the information in this section to find out more about how you can enjoy what's on offer at Ashbourne Leisure Centre.
Day Time Monday 07:00-22:00 Tuesday 07:00-22:00 Wednesday 07:00-22:00 Thursday 07:00-22:00 Friday 07:00-21:00 Saturday 08:30-16:30 Sunday 08:30-16:30
We believe that swimming is an essential life skill that everyone should be able do for the sake of personal safety, general health and because it's fun.
It tones up the whole body, strengthens the heart and is perfect for burning calories.
Here at Ashbourne Leisure Centre we promote swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle through our varied swimming pool programme and the learn to swim scheme.
Bakewell Swimming Pool
Bakewell Swimming Pool is a local community pool and gym situated in the centre of Bakewell. Easily accessible on foot, by car and by public transport.
Facilities & activities include
- Swimming Pool - 20m x 10.5m
- Fitness Suite with 12 pieces of cardio vascular and resistance equipment
- Adult and child swimming lessons
- An extensive pool programme
- A wide range of school holiday courses and activities
- Birthday Parties
We believe that swimming is an essential life skill that everyone should be able do for the sake of personal safety, general health and because it's fun.
It tones up the whole body, strengthens the heart and is perfect for burning calories.
Here at Bakewell Swimming Pool we promote swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle through our varied swimming pool programme and the learn to swim scheme.
- Discount duck
Our fitness staff, both gym based and those teaching group exercise, are well-qualified, experienced and friendly, with a wealth of knowledge and bags of enthusiasm. They are sure to motivate you to achieve your goals and to make sure that your experience is a special one!
Derbyshire Dales first FA affiliated small-sided football league began its first season in September 2011.
The Arc Leisure Matlock League had a fantastic first, second and third season and recommenced in May September 2013. View the latest scores and league positions in this section.
For more information on entering a team into the small sided leagues please email Dave Turvey.
Get active, become a member - our membership schemes start from just £6.00 per year and offer you great savings and benefits designed to keep you active and healthy all year round!
Our Great Value Membership Packages
We all know how important it is to be active and healthy, so we have put together a number of leisure membership packages as a great way for you to begin and to maintain an active lifestyle. From our £6.00 Active Leisure Card to our complete exercise package - Fitness Freedom (unlimited access during public sessions to gyms, pools and fitness classes across the Derbyshire Dales four leisure centres), we have a membership scheme to suit everyone.
When you become one of our gym members, we'll work together to improve your health and fitness levels and take you on a journey to maintaining a truly active and healthy lifestyle!
Our membership packages are designed so that you only have to use our facilities twice a week in order to make fantastic savings, the more you come, the more you save!
School holiday activities
Have Fun and Be Active this Summer
This summer, we are offering a wide range of activities so your children can keep fit and above all, have fun!
Here's the week-by-week offering:
- Week 1 (27 July - 2 August)
- Week 2 (3 - 9 August)
- Week 3 (10 - 16 August)
- Week 4 (17 - 23 August)
- Week 5 (24 - 30 August)
- Week 6 (31 August - 6 September)
There are plenty of activities for children of all ages; some sessions are also suitable for adults. Take a crash course in:
- - swimming
- - climbing
- - cricket
- - football
- - tennis
- - sports mania days
Term time activities
We provide loads of great courses and activities for children, all year round.
Help your child to keep active and enjoy life to the full - enrol on a Derbyshire Dales District Council Active Sports for Kids course.
Enjoy Life to the Full
There is plenty of evidence that says taking part in regular sporting activities helps to build children's health, self-esteem, educational achievement and above all, allows them to enjoy life to the full!
Our programme is always very popular so try and book early. But don't worry if a course has already started, as we're happy to enrol you at any time, as long as a space is available.
We have courses for just about everything you can think of, including badminton, climbing, football, gymnastics, swimming, tennis and trampolining.
Wirksworth Leisure Centre
Wirksworth Leisure Centre is modern and spacious with facilities and activities to suit everyone. Have a look through the information in this section to find out more about how you can enjoy what's on offer at Wirksworth Leisure Centre.
Leisure Centre opening times
Day Time Monday 0800 - 2230 Tuesday 0800 - 2230 Wednesday 0800 - 2230 Thursday 0800 - 2230 Friday 0800 - 2130 Saturday 0900 - 1730 Sunday 0900 - 1700
Please check the Gym opening times as these may be different from those advertised above.
The Face (Indoor climbing wall)
The Face is well renowned across the region for being an excellent facility and for having some of the most experienced climbing instructors around; it's also very popular due to its relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
As well as being great fun and a very satisfying skill to have under your belt, climbing is also a fantastic way to keep fit and develop strength and muscle tone.
Day Time Monday 0800-2230 Tuesday 0800-2230 Wednesday 0800-2230 Thursday 0800-2230 Friday 0800-2130 Saturday 0900-1730 Sunday 0900-1700
Wirksworth Leisure Centre recognises that climbing is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants of climbing should be aware of these risks.
- The Face (Indoor climbing wall)
- Arc Leisure Matlock
Derbyshire Dales District Council operates lively town centre stall markets in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth – all year round!
We also run the UK's second largest farmers' market in Bakewell every month.
Sports and health activities
Our Sports Development team includes the award-winning Village Games project, Street Games, Walking for Health, Club Development and much more. Here's a taste of some of the activities we offer:
Our aim is to create a more vibrant and healthy place to live and work. This is achieved by providing local opportunities for people to get active, get healthy and get involved thus increasing participation in getting started, staying and succeeding in sport, and physical activity. The provision of a diverse range of accessible sport, health and recreational activities and services helps to achieve this.
Our aims are to :
- Increase participation in sport and physical activity for children, young people, adults and older people to create safer, stronger, healthier communities
- Develop a club / group network which provides quality and accessible sport and physical activity
- To promote / develop and sustain a quality, enthusiastic workforce
- To manage and develop existing and new or improved facilities
We work with a wide range of partners from the voluntary, public and private and community sector to provide a broad and diverse range of services. The aim is to widen opportunities for people living and working in the Derbyshire Dales to become more active, and by doing so, to improve their health, well-being and quality of life.
StreetGames is a national sports charity that brings sport to the doorstep of young people in targeted communities. Doorstep sport sessions happen where young people are free to come and go as they please and choose the sports they take part in. StreetGames is for young people wanting to participate in local sport, interested in volunteering and wanting to improve their health and well-being.
There are also opportunities for young people to volunteer with the StreetGames project. Volunteers are able to access training courses and mentoring to provide them with the skills to work in sports coaching and development.
Area Day Time Venue Darley Dale Friday 6.00 - 7.00pm Whitworth Park, Darley Dale Wirksworth Wednesday 6.00 - 7.00pm Wirksworth Leisure Centre - New Astro Turf Pitch
FREE activities for ages 14 years+
Walking for health
Download: July to September 2015 walking guide [PDF 3.5MB]
A programme of led walks across the Derbyshire Dales, supporting local communities to maintain active lifestyles and improve the health and wellbeing of local people.
It's a great way of meeting new friends with the chance to socialise and enjoy refreshments either during or after the walk. Why not encourage a friend to come with you?
We always welcome new walkers throughout the year!
Derbyshire Village Games is a community spirited project which has a team of co-ordinators who work with local people to develop classes, clubs, activities and events to get people active. The Village Games Co-ordinator for Derbyshire Dales is Ian Dipaolo, he is working closely with our sports development team to identify local villages and key contacts to develop activity across the District. Derbyshire Dales Village Games is always looking for new ideas to come from the community so if there is something you would like to see happening please get in touch using the details below:
Ian Dipaolo – Derbyshire Dales Village Games Co-ordinator
There's lots going on cycle-wise in the Derbyshire Dales from our own led rides programme through to the large events like the annual Eroica Britannia festival.
There's never been a better time to get involved with cycling and we aim to help as many people as possible to access cycling at their physical ability level.
- Arts & culture
Planning & Building Control
Information on planning and building control services. Find information and advice to help you make sure your project complies with planning and building regulations. Also, search, track and comment on planning applications or keep up-to-date on the latest information on the redevelopment of Bakewell Road, Matlock.
We would be grateful for your feedback on our Building Control service. If you are an architect, builder or a member of the public who has used our service for either of the following:
- Full plans
- Building notice
- Inspection service
then please complete our online survey. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes of your time to complete.
Bakewell Road, Matlock
Welcome to the Bakewell Road, Matlock section of the District Council's website, which provides you with information about the background to the project and the opportunity to help shape the future of this important site in Matlock.
Keep up-to-date with the latest happenings relating to the Bakewell Road, Matlock project.
- Latest updates
Derbyshire Dales District, which for Planning and Conservation purposes only relates to that part of the District outside the Peak District National Park, covers approximately 33,000 hectares (128 sq miles) of land with a total population of around 45,000 and contains some of the most diverse and scenically beautiful areas in Britain. The District has a wealth of stunning landscapes, picturesque villages, historic buildings, over 1325 are listed buildings; conservation areas; archaeological sites and monuments and historic parks and gardens which make it one of the best places in Britain to live, work and visit.
The Council's Conservation Team is responsible for the care, protection and enhancement of the high quality historic built environment of the Derbyshire Dales.
A Conservation Area is 'an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance'.
Within the Derbyshire Dales area, outside the Peak District National Park, there are currently 33 designated Conservation Areas. For information relating to Conservation Areas in general please refer to the District Council's information leaflet entitled - 'Conservation Areas in the Derbyshire Dales' [PDF 280KB].
The list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest is a Register, compiled by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport who record the best of British buildings. It comprises a wide variety of structures from castles and cathedrals to milestones and village pumps. Not all structures are what we may consider to be 'beautiful' as some are included purely for their historical value. This heritage 'Register' covers the entire country.
- Conservation Areas
Submit a planning application
The Planning Policy team is responsible for the formulation of land use planning policies to guide and encourage future development through the statutory planning framework within the Derbyshire Dales, outside the Peak District National Park.
The overall aim is secure an appropriate balance between enabling development to take place whilst also seeking to conserve, protect and where possible, enhance the local environment.
The preparation of planning policy documents is an ongoing process with new documents being drafted, consulted upon, updated and published on a regular basis. It is therefore advisable to check the site for updates on a regular basis.
From 24th November 2008 some of the policies in the Local Plan ceased to have effect following a Direction by the Secretary of State under Paragraph 1(3) of Schedule 8 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.
The Derbyshire Dales Adopted Local Plan (DDLP) sets out the Council's land use planning policies and proposals for the area outside of the Peak District National Park. As well as identifying and allocating land for development including housing, employment and leisure uses it is used as the basis for the determination of planning applications.
The DDLP was adopted on 24th November 2005, and puts in place policies and proposals to guide the development of land for the period up to 2011.
- Adopted Derbyshire Dales Local Plan (PDF 1419KB)
- Inspectors Report Local Plan (2005) (PDF 777KB)
- Inspectors Report Covering Letter Local Plan (2005) (PDF 3321KB)
- Schedule of Saved Local Plan Policies (PDF 1752KB)
Revised Derbyshire Dales Local Plan
The 'Call for Sites' survey is live and we welcome your suggestions on additional land for housing and other uses over the next fifteen to twenty years.
Withdrawal of the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan Pre Submission Draft 2013 from Examination
The Derbyshire Dales Local Plan Pre Submission Draft was submitted by Derbyshire Dales District Council to the Secretary of State for Independent Examination on 13th May 2014. The Secretary of State, in accordance with Section 20 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act (as amended), appointed Inspector Keith Holland BA(HONS) DIPTP MRTPI ARICS to conduct the examination to determine whether the Local Plan was sound.
The Examination in Public of the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan opened on 22nd July 2014 for a period of two days. During the two days of the Examination in Public, the Inspector considered the District Councils position in respect of the Duty to Cooperate and the Objectively Assessed Need for Housing. The Examination in Public was adjourned at the close of business on 23rd July 2014 and the Inspector's Initial Report [PDF 0.06MB] was presented to the District Council on 29th July 2014.
The Local Plan Inspector concluded that the current level of housing provision proposed is inadequate and the full Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) for housing within the Derbyshire Dales in the plan period 2006-2028 should be at least 6500 dwellings. The Inspector advised that in its current form the Local Plan would not be found sound.
In light of the outcomes of the Examination in Public a resolution to withdraw the Local Plan was made on 2 October 2014 by a decision of the authority's full Council. The resolution to withdraw was made under the provision of Section 22(1) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) which provides for a local planning authority to withdraw a local development document at any time up to its adoption.
The Council has issued a Notice of Withdrawal [PDF 0.06MB] in accordance with Regulation 27 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning)(England) Regulations 2012.
Related documents and information
- Evidence Base
- Local Development Scheme
- Statement of Community Involvement
- Derbyshire Dales Local Plan - Pre Submission Draft [PDF 2.26MB]
- Adopted Local Plan 2005
Supplementary Planning Documents
Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD's) can cover a range of issues, and seek to expand policy or provide further detail to policies in a Development Plan Document. In comparison to Supplementary Planning Guidance prepared previously SPD's now have statutory weight attached to them in the determination of planning applications.
- Adopted Local Plan (2005)
The Localism Act has empowered communities to shape the development and growth of their local area through Neighbourhood Planning, and essentially consists of three elements:
- Neighbourhood Development Plans - Communities can write a plan which, if passed, becomes part of the statutory planning framework for the area
- Neighbourhood Development Orders - Communities can agree to approve a particular development of type of development without the need for planning permission
- Community Right to Build - Communities will be able to develop land subject to doing the work and passing examination and referendum (via a Neighbourhood Development Order)
The Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 set out the procedures for Neighbourhood Planning and Community Right to Build.
- Local Plan
View planning applications
- Building Control
Streets & Transport
You can purchase a 2nd and/or replacement resident parking permit for your household online - in addition to the free permit that enables you to park for free in our car parks every day before 11am and after 4pm.
The Derbyshire Dales, situated right at the heart of England, has excellent transport links by road, rail, coach or air.
Street care and cleaning
We are responsible for the day-to-day cleansing requirements of the District and this includes the hand and mechanical sweeping of highways, pavements and public open spaces such as car parks and market squares to remove litter and detritus.
We are also responsible for the removal of weeds from footways, the removal of dog faeces from pavements and verges and the sweeping of autumn leaves to maintain safety and reduce the risk of flooding.
The main towns centres are cleaned daily through the use of barrowmen supported by mechanical pavement sweepers. The villages are cleaned to a schedule, generally four times a year. If standards within the villages or along the interlinking roads drop additional cleansing will be carried out.
- Taxis and minicabs
Visit the Dales
Picturesque villages and bustling market towns with historic buildings, speciality shops and local produce ...wooded valleys overlooked by spectacular crags and cut by sparking rivers. The Derbyshire Dales has all of this - a perfect choice for a day out, a weekend break or a longer holiday.
Walkers and cyclists enjoy an unrivalled choice of waymarked paths – offering routes to suit every ability, from gentle riverside paths to challenging long-distance routes. But many people visit the area simply to enjoy a gentle stroll around one of the many unspoilt villages.
The Derbyshire Dales has a wide range of superb holiday accommodation to suit all tastes. So if it's a pampering stay in a luxury hotel, the privacy of your own self-catering holiday cottage or the independence of a camping or caravanning holiday, start your search to find something to meet your requirements.
The Derbyshire Dales is a paradise for walkers, horse riders, cyclists and lovers of other outdoor activities. With miles of waymarked footpaths, traffic-free cycle trails and bridleways there are routes suitable for all abilities. Gritstone edges offer a challenge to climbers, who come to the area from all over the country. Or if you prefer to relax with a spot of fishing or golf, there are plenty of excellent locations to enjoy yourself. Rivers and reservoirs offer excellent water-sports and the hills and edges offer superb opportunities for air-sports such as hang gliding and paragliding.
Find an activity and enjoy the great outdoors in the Derbyshire Dales!
Get out, get fit and and enjoy the fresh air! Walking is the one of the best ways to see the countryside and the Derbyshire Dales offers an unrivalled choice of routes. The northern half lies with the Peak District, Britain's first National Park, where the limestone 'White Peak' is a patchwork of fields, stone walls and sparkling river valleys such as the Wye, Derwent, Lathkill and Dove. Higher up the moorland of the 'Dark Peak' ends in dramatic gritstone 'edges' offering superb views for walkers. In the southern half of the Dales the countryside is gentler, with rolling green fields and hedges where wildlife flourishes.
- Visit Peak District & Derbyshire has more information on walking routes, guided walks and trail walks.
Cycling is very popular due to the miles of quiet country lanes and traffic-free former railway lines such as the the Tissington Trail, the High Peak Trail and the Monsal Trail. Bring your own bikes or hire one at one of several cycle hire centres.
Mountain bikers love the Dales too - with lots of challenging routes particularly in the Dark Peak
area with its gritstone edges and moorland paths.
Visit the Peak District website for further information on cycle routes and cycle hire (including electric bicycles).
- Visitor Information Points
What's on in the Dales
A lively programme of events runs throughout the year, especially in the summer months when the towns and villages are alive with carnivals, fairs, well dressings, arts festivals and garden events.
Use the simple search system to find events throughout the Dales.
View our latest events listings for:
The Council has 39 District Councillors serving a population of approximately 75,000. The Cabinet, comprising the Leader of the Council and portfolio-holders, is responsible for the Council's budget and policies. The Council's Corporate Plan sets out our overall direction and priorities, supported by a range of other strategies and plans. Our success in carrying out these plans is monitored through performance management.
- Civic and ceremonial duties
Compliments and complaints
We take pride in the way we deal with our customers. We try and provide you with efficient and high quality services at all times.
However, we recognise that despite our best efforts sometimes things can and do go wrong. We want to know if you are unhappy with our service. We would also like to hear from you if you are satisfied with our service.
Throughout the year we seek the views of residents, business owners, visitors and stakeholders on a range of topics. View the list of current consultation exercises and find out how you can get involved.
Budget & spending
Information about our budget and financial accounts and links to relevant reports and documents.
Council & committees
The Democratic Services department is one of our core services, providing support to our officers and Councillors in delivering our services to the public. Minutes and agendas for all meetings are all produced internally and can be found in this section.
Agendas and minutes
You can find out about the business conducted in the council's decision making bodies, key decisions due to be taken by council and other committee decisions.
- Agendas and minutes
- Council departments
- Customer services & standards
Data and information
The District Council has a legal obligation to make certain information available to the public.
The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you access to your own personal information held by the District Council.
The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 gives you access to environmental information about the air, water, soil or land and factors affecting them, such as noise, energy, radiation or waste held by the District Council.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives you access to other information, which is held by the District Council.
Data Protection Act 1998
The Data Protection Act 1998 exists to protect all personal information held by organisations such as the Council. It also gives individuals the right to know what information is being held about them, known as a Subject Access Request.
Personal Information Held
A full list of the types of information held by the Council, known as the 'Register of Notifications' is held by the Information Commissioner.
You can search this list by visiting the Data Protection Public Register. You will need to enter our registration number Z6752355 or you can enter Derbyshire Dales District Council.
We use information about individuals to carry out specific functions for which we are responsible and in turn provide you with services you require.
We are under a duty to protect the public funds that we administer and, to this end, may also use the information that you have provided for:
- the prevention & detection of fraud
- to support national fraud initiatives; this may include your information being used in data matching exercises
- Freedom of Information
The aim of open data in the public sector is to increase transparency across Government and allow anyone, whether businesses, individuals, charities and community groups to re-use public sector information. The data needs to be in open, readable formats that can be easily reused.
The aim is to:
- Make all data we hold available online (unless private or sensitive)
- Encourage residents, businesses and anyone else with an interest to use our data to develop applications
- Increase transparency and accountability
Use of our open data
All data listed on this open data section is released for public re-use under the Open Government Licence - this licence allows you to use the data for any purpose you wish so long as the source is credited to Derbyshire Dales District Council.
- Data Protection Act 1998
As residents of Derbyshire Dales, you are eligible to vote in a number of local and central government elections providing your name is included on the Register of Electors.
May 2015 elections
Elections were held on 7 May 2015 for:
- UK Parliamentary General Election – to elect a Member of the UK Parliament to represent the people of the Derbyshire Dales Constituency
- Derbyshire Dales District Council Election – to elect 39 Councillors to represent the people of the Derbyshire Dales on Derbyshire Dales District Council
- Parish and Town Council Election – to elect 500+ local councillors to represent the communities of the Derbyshire Dales on 71 town and parish councils in the Derbyshire Dales area
Derbyshire Dales District Council
This page contains the results of the Derbyshire Dales District Council Elections which took place on Thursday, 7th May 2015 for 39 seats in 25 ward areas, nine of which were uncontested.
Current Council seats
Party Number of seats Conservative 29 Independent 1 Labour 5 Liberal Democrats 3 Other 1 Total seats 39
- Derbyshire Dales District Council
- May 2015 elections
We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, culture and experience.
The information sheet for each job shows some of the benefits that come with a job in local government.
We offer the opportunity to join a final salaried pension scheme. For more information please visit the Local Government Pension Scheme web site.
We welcome applications from disabled people, and we are committed to providing equal opportunities for all applicants.
Please note that we do not accept CVs, speculative applications or hold personal details on files.
How to apply
To apply for one of our jobs, you can apply online using our online application form, print the application form, fill it in and post it to us or complete the application form electronically and email it to us.
Application forms must be received by us on or before the advertised closing date shown on the job vacancy. Application forms received after this date will not be accepted.
We will use the personal information supplied on the application and in any supporting documents to assess your suitability for the post and to monitor how effective, efficient and fair our recruitment and selection processes are. The information you provide will be kept for 6 months whether you have been shortlisted or not.
We may check the information you supply with other people and organisations in order to confirm the accuracy of your application (references, previous employment, education, etc).
Please get in touch if you are are experiencing any difficulties completing a job application form.
- How to apply
News and publications
Our Communications team seek to provide newsworthy, topical and interesting information that is factually accurate and timely. All news material can be used freely for publication. If there is information you need but can't find it, please get in touch and we will do what we can to help.
We regularly publish a magazine, dalesMATTERS, to keep residents informed about District Council services. A copy of the magazine is delivered to every house in the Derbyshire Dales.
dalesMATTERS is a twice-yearly publication, edited and designed in-house, that keeps residents informed about your services and priorities.
You can view/download recent publications below:
- dalesMATTERS - Spring 2015 [PDF 2.5MB]
- Latest news
- News archive
We particularly welcome petitions as one way in which you can let us know your concerns. We set out below how the District Council will respond to petitions that you send to us.
What is a petition?
We treat as a petition any communication that is signed by or sent to us on behalf of a number of people. A communication needs at least 10 signatories or petitioners before we treat it as a petition. Whilst we like to hear from people who live, work or study in the Derbyshire Dales, this is not a requirement and we would take equally seriously a petition from, for example, 10 visitors to the District on the subject of facilities at one of our Leisure Centres.
The District Council welcomes e-petitions that are created and submitted through its website.
E-petitions must follow the same guidelines as paper petitions and combinations of the two are allowed.
As a petition organiser you will need to provide your name, postal address and email address. You will also need to decide how long you would like your petition to be open for signatures. The maximum time is six months, but you can choose a shorter or longer timeframe, which may depend on when the District Council will consider the issue you raise.
When you create an e-petition, it can take up to five working days before it is published online. This is because we have to check that the content of your petition is suitable before it is made available for signature.
If we feel we cannot publish your petition for some reason, we will contact you within this time to explain. You will be able to change and resubmit your petition if you wish.
When an e-petition has closed for signature, it will be dealt with as described in the 'Dealing with your petition' webpage and you will be kept fully informed of its progress. In the same way as a paper petition, you will receive an acknowledgement when your e-petition closes.
If you require further information please contact the Petition Officer.
Listed here are closed e-petitions that have been posted on the website.
- Closed petitions
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The Council has 39 District Councillors elected in 25 wards.
The Conservative Party retained overall control of the Council at the local elections on 7 May 2015. The political composition of the Council is as follows
- Conservative - 29 seats
- Labour - 5 seats
- Liberal Democrats - 3 seats
- Independent - 1 seat
- Other - 1 seat
The Council has 39 District Councillors elected in 25 wards.
The Conservative Party currently has control of the Council. The political makeup of the Council is as follows
- Conservative - 29 seats
- Labour - 5 seats
- Liberal Democrats - 3 seats
- Independent - 1 seat
- Other - 1 seat
Parish & Town Councils
List of Parish Clerks in the Derbyshire Dales [PDF 205kb]
Parish and Town Councils are the most local level of government in England. All parts of the Derbyshire Dales District have either a parish or town council.
What are Parish/Town Councils?
Parish/Town Councils are independent of the District Council, although they normally maintain a close working relationship with us.
Their powers vary depending on how large and how active they are. Some meet infrequently (but at least four times a year, including one public meeting) and are responsible for very few matters. Some larger parishes look after items such as street lighting, litter bins, bus shelters, village halls, war memorials and markets.
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