CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT 2018/2019
The year saw a number of events worthy of record.
Confirmation was received following its high usage survey that Hartington Public Conveniences was one of the few in the Derbyshire Dales to remain open and free to the public. A small increase in DDDC Car Park charges in Mill Lane will help fund maintenance of the unit.
The cleaning and replacement of oak posts for the War Memorial was completed in advance of the centenary service marking the end of WW1.
The Neighbourhood Plan has completed its Public Consultation phase and is in the stages of drafting for review by an Inspector later this year.
DCC were persuaded to install a speed warning system and better signage along the Dale for the benefit of Hartington School.
The Stanner paving has been repaired, a replacement Noticeboard installed in the Market Place and several thousand crocus bulbs planted on the village green island. We agreed to support funding News and Views, arranged the installation of the village Christmas tree and played an active role in supporting the new trustees at the Village Hall, where the financial situation is much improved so that it is no longer under threat of closure.
We continue to monitor the development on the Dairy Crest site which proceeds slowly.
Our precept was reduced to £6,000.
Once again I wish to thank my fellow councillors for their support and acknowledge the vital and highly professional role played by Sandra Hampson as Parish Clerk.
HARTINGTON TOWN QUARTER PARISH ANNUAL MEETING
The Parish Annual Meeting of Hartington Town Quarter was held at 7 pm on Wednesday, 3rd May 2017 in the Bake House of Hartington Village Hall.
Present: D Annat, C Dullage, E Broomhead MBE, S Bruce, A Grindey, R Craven (Members of Hartington Town Quarter Parish Council) and Mrs S Hampson (Clerk to the parish council). There were no members of the public present.
1. The minutes of the previous Parish Annual Meeting were accepted as a true record of proceedings.
2. The Chairman of Hartington Town Quarter Parish Council gave a report of the last 12 months.
The Chairman's report was as follows:
This past year saw particular disappointment with the Decision of Planning Inspector, Clive Sproule, to overturn the Peak Park Planning Committee and grant permission to build 26 houses on the Dairy Crest site.
The press statement by the CPRE summed up reaction: "The site is out on a limb from the village, includes a conspicuously large house, twenty-one other private homes and a measly four affordable homes. The community in Hartington have spent years trying to work with the site owner to secure a good scheme with more affordable homes and some workshops, so that the re-use of the site could really contribute to the life of the village. This is the wrong scheme, and it's deeply disappointing that it has been approved on appeal."
Despite failing to persuade this particular Inspector, I believe we did all we could over the 6 year period, having seen schemes for up to 60 houses and a previous application for 39 houses rejected by a Public Inquiry.
I note the recent decision by Derbyshire Dales District Council (DDDC) to reduce key services with the aim of shifting the financial burden to Parish Councils. They will no longer fund cemeteries in smaller parishes such as Hartington. They are also considering withdrawing all funding for our public convenience and have already closed the village waste disposal site. We must carefully consider how we manage and fund these and other services going forward.
I would record yet another year of total frustration with Derbyshire County Council (DCC) Highways for general intransigence but in particular for refusing to repair the collapsed culvert beneath the road at Digmer Farm. We have endured several years of flooding on Dig Street, yet despite our numerous complaints they claim lack of funds means it is low priority. With the vast bulk of our Community Charges going to our County Council, I believe this village sees a poor return in service delivery.
There were of course a number of positive features of the year. Our Neighbourhood Plan made real progress with our comprehensive questionnaire returned by over 150 people, an astonishingly high return rate compared with other communities. Findings have been discussed with the Peak National Park Authority and a first draft of the key issues, drawn up by the Neighbourhood Plan Committee, will be presented to the Parish Council in June.
Congratulations to everyone involved in Hartington School’s 150th anniversary celebrations opened by the Duke of Devonshire. A huge turnout from this community and a great reflection on this Village.
We enjoyed another excellent Christmas Festival with our biggest and best lit tree thanks to the efforts of Richard Sherratt and Brian Broomhead. Congratulations also to all the people and volunteers who made last year’s Hartington Wakes, Well Dressing and Show such a success.
I am also pleased to report that this year’s precept was reduced from £8,000 to £6,000.
Finally I wish to thank fellow Councillors for their support and enthusiasm. In particular may I record our debt to our Parish Council Clerk, Sandra Hampson, who despite suffering such significant personal tragedy, still found time to organise and guide us so professionally throughout the year.
3. Public speaking by members of the parish regarding parish issues not covered by the parish council agenda below
As there were no members of the public in attendance the meeting was declared closed at 7.15 pm.
Mrs S Hampson
Hartington Town Quarter Parish Council
20th May 2017