Hot topics at our autumn forums

Local residents are to get a first opportunity to give their view on a report that claims nearly 6,500 new homes need to be built in the Derbyshire Dales by the year 2033.

The next round of Area Community Forums to be staged in Bakewell, Hulland Ward and Darley Dale will include an update from the District Council on the timetable for the preparation of the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan.

A formal consultation on the new housing estimate will follow in November, but local people are welcome to have their say at the public forums.

Other hot topics up for discussion include the LEADER programme, providing grants of £2,500 for small businesses and community groups in rural areas, and the District Council's street cleansing service.

Cllr Lewis RoseCouncil Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:

"As a council we pride ourselves on our readiness to listen to what our residents are saying about the big issues in their communities.

"We know that the announcement by consultants of the number of new homes they think need to be built in the district in the coming years is already a talking point, and we will be revealing at these forums how we intend to gather feedback on whether people agree or disagree with the estimates.

"We also welcome questions on any local issues that may be causing particular concern."

The Forums take place at Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre on Wednesday 14 October, Hulland Ward Millennium Village Hall on Tuesday 20th and in the Gallery Room at Darley Dale's Whitworth Centre on Monday 2 November.

All start at 7 pm and anyone who can't attend in person can email questions in advance to or via the District Council's Facebook and Twitter pages @derbyshiredales. The 14st October forum will also feature a live Twitter feed using the #dddc hashtag.

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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