Area Community Forums February 2017
Derbyshire Dales residents will get an overview in February of our spending plans for 2017/18.
The February round of Area Community Forums will be staged by the District Council in Darley Dale, Hulland Ward and Ashford-in-the-Water and will feature an update on Council Tax and savings - and what the District Council’s share of local Council Tax is likely to be from April.
A busy agenda will also include an update on the process to outsource the running of the District Council's four leisure centres as a package to a management operator, together with a bus service update from Derbyshire County Council.
The Forums take place at Darley Dale's Dale Road Methodist Church on Tuesday 7 February, at Hulland Ward & District Millennium Village Hall on Monday 13 February and at Ashford War Memorial Institute on Tuesday 21 February.
All start at 7 pm and anyone who can’t attend in person can email questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or via the District Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages @derbyshiredales.
District Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:
“We look forward to answering questions on continuing financial challenges as we analyse the main areas of our revenue budget and capital programme.
"For 2016/17 the District Council increased its element of Council Tax bills for the first time in six years with a 1.94% increase that means Dales households are now paying on average 1p more a day than in 2015/16 for District Council services that include affordable housing, business support, leisure centres and health initiatives, waste and recycling collections, parks maintenance, street cleaning and leading on crime prevention initiatives.
“Despite successive cuts in funding from Central Government, we have done remarkably well as a local authority to keep our heads above water without a significant impact on the frontline services we provide. We have achieved this by reviewing all our services on a rolling basis, not only making them more efficient, but in some cases delivering them differently, sometimes with partners or as shared services.
"But things don't get any easier. We are running out of money-saving options and there is uncertainty over future funding regimes. Our reserves are the lowest they have been for many years and we are already examining radical solutions such as outsourcing the running of our four leisure centres."
The Forums provide an opportunity for residents informally to meet representatives of the District Council and other organisations.
A Question Time session will enable audience members to ask questions and make comments and suggestions to the various representatives from participating authorities.
- For further details or to be added to our added to our mailing list ring 01629 761302 or email email@example.com
2016 Community Forums
Area Community Forums took place in October & November 2016 in Wirksworth, Parwich & Eyam.
Topics for discussion included:-
- Emma Simpson, of Rural Action Derbyshire, talking about the launch of a new LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) service and promoting smart meters to vulnerable (rural, off-gas) households in Derbyshire
- ‘You Said – We Did’ feedback session
- A Good News briefing from Chief Executive Dorcas Bunton
- An ‘Efficiencies’ workshop session
- An update on recycling issues
- The popular Question & Answer session
For further information or to be added to our mailing list ring 01629 761302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
View the presentations
View the notes from the July / August 2016 Forums.
View our news release about the topics up for discussion, including tips on how to access funding for community projects.
February 2016 Forums
Area Community Forums took place in February 2016:
Topics for discussion included the District Council’s spending plans and there were updates by Digital Derbyshire & BT regarding the roll-out of fibre optic in the Derbyshire Dales. All of our forums also feature a popular Question Time session.
February 2016 presentations
View the notes from the February Forums
What are the Forums?
The Forums provide an opportunity for residents to meet representatives of the District Council and other organisations, to ask questions and air views.
You can access the notes from our previous Forums below:
- Central Forum - 2 November 2015 [137 KB]
- Southern Forum - 20 October 2015 [137 KB]
- Northern Forum - 14 October 2015 [113 KB]
- Northern Forum - 28 July 2015 [314 KB]
- Central Forum - 21 July 2015
- Southern Forum - 7 July 2015
- Northern Forum - 16 February 2015 [PDF 0.23MB]
- Central Forum - 9 February 2015 [PDF 0.23MB]
- Southern Forum - 2 February 2015 [PDF 0.22MB]