Another chance to quiz PCC

Following the announcement that Dales police stations face closure in Ashbourne and Bakewell, Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles will be available to answer questions again at a public forum in Matlock tonight (Monday 9 February, 7pm).

The February series of our area community forums started last week in Ashbourne, and this evening - at the Matlock Town Hall event  - local residents will get an overview of the District Council's plans to freeze Council Tax once again in 2015/16.

>> View out our live Twitter feed on the #dddc hashtag from 7pm.

Community Forum poster Feb 2015A busy agenda will also include Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles, presentations on how to become a councillor and on a new credit union to be launched in the Derbyshire Dales soon.

The final February forum take place on Monday 16th at our Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre.

All start at 7 pm and anyone who can't attend in person can email questions or complete the online form in advance or via the District Council's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Cllr Lewis Rose OBEDistrict Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:

"We will be setting our share of Council Tax for 2015/16 in March and these forums will analyse the main areas of our revenue budget and capital programme and the difficult challenges we continue to face.

"A further 13.78% cut in the settlement funding we receive from central government in the coming year, on top of a near £500,000 grant cut in the current year and grant reductions of around 16% in the previous two years, mean we have no choice but to continue to review all our services to explore yet more savings and efficiencies.

"We have to make further savings in the region of £1m a year by 2019/20 and in the meantime we will work hard to protect, wherever possible, the key services we provide for the people of the Derbyshire Dales."

Derbyshire Constabulary are also facing difficult choices, including the possible loss of some local police stations, and Alan Charles will be joined by Chief Superintendent Karl Smethem to answer questions.

The forums provide an opportunity for residents informally to meet representatives of the District Council and other organisations.

Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service is working with Erewash Credit Union (ECU) to bring credit union services to the Dales and the CVS will explain how credit unions work and how local people can benefit.

A Question Time session will enable audience members to ask questions and make comments and suggestions to the various representatives from participating authorities.


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