Nick Clegg signs £300m Growth Deal for Sheffield City Region…………..
Nick Clegg signs £300m Growth Deal for Sheffield City Region…………..
Protesters’ human barrier stops council tree cutters Published in the Derbyshire Times 6 March 2014
Protesters formed a human barrier on a wood shredder in an attempt to stop council workmen cutting the tops off a line of trees.
The trees on Slayley View Road, Barlborough, had been earmarked for a reduction by Bolsover District Council but residents were determined to preserve the leylandii trees amidst claims they provide vital privacy between nearby properties.
Campaigner Bridget Ingle, of Slayley View Road, said: “The lie of the land falls away with higher properties on one side of the road looking down through the windows of properties on the other lower side but the height of the trees provides privacy. Without the trees pedestrians can also see into people’s homes from the pavement.
“There has been no consultation about this and as soon as we saw workmen starting to chop the tops off the trees we positioned ourselves on the wood chipper to save the trees.”
Workmen had begun cutting about 5ft off the top of the line of trees from a point that was about eight foot off the ground when the protestors stepped in.
Ms Ingle also told how council leader Eion Watts had visited the site during the protest on Wednesday morning, March 5, in an effort to get the protesters to move so work could continue. But the protesters continued to prevent the tree cutting and a council officer was called out to discuss the situation with the residents.
The officer explained the council has a responsibility to maintain the grass and the hedge and it needs to keep the trees cut to a certain height so workmen can continue to safely maintain them without putting themselves at risk.
A Boslover District Council spokesman said: “The council received a request to prune an overgrown high hedge established within the boundary of council maintained land.
“The hedge is approximately 20 feet high and substantially higher than neighbouring fence boundaries. “Due to the proximity of neighbouring boundaries and property, the council considered this to present a risk. “It was also felt to be reducing amenity value of the local area due to its unkempt appearance.
“The high hedge line is therefore being reduced to a manageable height of 8 feet, to just above neighbouring property boundary fences; further to which, this will be included within the council’s annual hedge maintenance program to establish a more formal hedge and dense maintained feature more in keeping with the local urban amenity value.
“The council, prior to recommencing works, will be writing to neighbouring properties which directly bound the hedge line to explain its position and reason for pruning and planned maintenance.”
Watsy clearly isn’t satisfied with having hundreds of trees removed from the country park…
Barlborough First campaigned for improved access to Barlborough Country Park and a pathway along Clowne Road. It’s great news that this work is finally going ahead.
Brian Watson (Barlborough First) championed this back in 2008 as this old YouTube video shows.
Well Done Barlborough First!!
The stone planter on Clowne Road is currently being demolished by Derbyshire County Council. Even though the emergency parish council meeting to discuss its removal is not being held until tonight…7.00pm in the Church Institute – should be an interesting show down!!!
District Councillor Cllr Karl Reid (Clowne) cut a very ungainly figure this morning getting out of his silver Porsche in the District Council car park. When people of a certain age have to nearly resort to getting out of their car on their hands and knees it might be time to move to something higher off the ground!
Last chance lady magnet…
The Derbyshire Times report this week………………………
STAFF and residents have learned today, Wednesday, August 28, that Tesco’s distribution centre at Barlborough – which was due to close in September – is now expected to stay open.
The centre on Gander Lane was expected to close with the potential loss of about 400 jobs after Tesco announced the restructuring of its distribution system across the UK with centre closures and a transfer option to take jobs at Reading and Dagenham sites.
Troubled staff have spent the last six months since the original closure announcement in February considering or even taking up redundancy offers and pursuing alternate work.
But Tesco announced at just after 2pm, today, that it is now briefing remaining staff at Barlborough that following a review its non-food business it has found a way to keep the centre open by changing the centre’s use from grocery to general merchandise and non-food products.
A Tesco spokesman said: “We looked at the size of the centre and its location and how it is equipped and realised Chesterfield is the best place for this kind of operation.
“Everyone who is still based at the centre will still have a job with existing terms and conditions if they choose to stay so everyone wanting to stay will be able to stay.”
Tesco confirmed there are 210 employees still working at the Barlborough site, 90 others have chosen to leave early and another 40 have moved within the business already.
The company is holding consultations with all staff so they can fully consider all their options and it is also urging any employees who have left but wish to comeback to get in touch so they too can consider possible choices.
Tesco originally said it was bringing in closures to hold its slower moving grocery products in one depot and claimed this would improve frequencies, reduce road miles and carbon emissions.
Following the announcement that Barlborough will now stay open with a required workforce of about 200, a smaller distribution centre at Daventry is to be closed with options for these staff to move to other sites in Daventry.
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins said: “In July, alongside three other local MPs, I wrote to Tesco to highlight the huge impact their presence – or absence – has on the lives of real people living in our fragile economy. I am delighted that they seem to have taken this on board and have decided to keep our local distribution centre open. I know the hard workers of Chesterfield will ensure the centre thrives and plays a key part in the continued success of this Great British brand.”
Thank you to the Derbyshire Times for keeping the residents of Barlborough up to date with news that concerns us.
Derbyshire County Council meetings are now available to be viewed on line, the July meeting is available:
We wonder when Barlborough Parish Council will start allowing residents access to Parish Council minutes or even filming the meetings but the open and transparency that Anne Western spouts about at Derbyshire County Council doesn’t apply in Barlborough and we all know why!
Derbyshire County Council – News Update
Council Leader Councillor Anne Western said:
“We’re committed to putting communities at the heart of our decision making − listening to what people want and acting on it.
“Broadcasting debates allows us to show the council putting this into practice, by being open and transparent.
“Derbyshire is a large county and it isn’t always possible for people to get to council meetings. Our new broadcasts give them the opportunity to see and listen to the debate surrounding decisions being made on their behalf.”
Councillor Western added:
“Members of the public can ask questions at full council meetings, and to increase the level of participation we’ve introduced the opportunity for people to ask questions at cabinet meetings.”
It is surprising that at Derbyshire County Council Anne Western is looking at openness and transparency but at Barlborough Parish Council where she is Deputy Leader of the Parish Council she wont allow the minutes to be sent to residents even though they cannot attend the monthly meetings………………………..perhaps a rethink Anne?