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Area Community Forums

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 communityforum@derbyshiredales.gov.uk or via the District Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages @derbyshiredales. 

Cllr Lewis RoseDistrict 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.



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

Central Area Community Forum, 18 October 2016, Wirksworth {128 KB}

Southern Area Commuity Forum, 25 October, Parwich {124 KB}

Northern Area Community Fourm, 1 November, Eyam {131 KB} 

For further information or to be added to our mailing list ring 01629 761302 or email communityforum@derbyshiredales.gov.uk


View the presentations

View the notes from the July / August 2016 Forums.

Southern Area Community Forum - 18 July 2016 [99 KB}

Northern Area Community Forum - 26 July 2016 {127 KB}

Central Area Community Forum - 4 August 2016 [101 KB}

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:

Wednesday 3 February – Community Room, Ashbourne Leisure Centre
Wednesday 17 FebruaryAgricultural Business Centre, Bakewell
Tuesday 23 February – Town Hall, Matlock

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

Southern Area Community Forum 3 February 2016

Northern Area Community Forum 17 February 2016

Central Area Community Forum 23 February 2016

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:



Area Community Forums

Town Hall, Bank Road
Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3NN
01629 761 302
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