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Chesterfield Council Devolution Bid Pulled


Friday 16th June 2017


It has been announced this week that Chesterfield Borough Council's leader has pulled the council's devolution bid to avoid an unnecessary waste of public money on a referendum called by Derbyshire County Council's leader, Councillor Barry Lewis.

It has been announced this week that Chesterfield Borough Council's leader has pulled the council's devolution bid to avoid an unnecessary waste of public money on a referendum called by Derbyshire County Council's leader, Councillor Barry Lewis.

Councillor Tricia Gilby, leader of Chesterfield Borough Council
(above), said: "The referendum plans by Councillor Lewis are completely unjustified, especially when Derbyshire County Council admits itself it still needs to find £80 million to balance its books due to Tory austerity.

"To avoid this happening I have put a stop to Chesterfield Borough Council's application to become a full member of Sheffield City Region Combined Authority.

"Since being appointed leader of Derbyshire County Council, Councillor Lewis has been determined to hold this costly referendum and has repeatedly refused to meet to discuss his plans despite stating that he intended to improve partnership working."

Last week, Derbyshire County Council announced its intention to hold a postal referendum of all Chesterfield borough residents over the age of 18 about whether they want the town to become part of the Sheffield City Region.Last week, Derbyshire County Council announced its intention to hold a postal referendum of all Chesterfield borough residents over the age of 18 about whether they want the town to become part of the Sheffield City Region.

Sheffield City Region is also required to hold a public consultation into the plans. This would have meant public money being spent twice to ask the same question in a matter of weeks.

Councillor Gilby added: "There is little appetite from our residents to take part in yet another vote so soon after the local elections and the general election. What is more, the general election has left the Government in complete disarray. Everyone expects that there will be a further general election in the coming year.

"The Government will be so busy trying to manage parliamentary business and the Brexit negotiations that its other policies, such as devolution, will just be kicked into the long grass. This is a further reason to halt the unnecessary expense of the referendum now.

Throughout this process, Chesterfield Borough Council's only interest has been to get the best deal for Chesterfield and Derbyshire while remaining part of Derbyshire - a deal which would have brought an estimated £35 million of new investment to the borough over the next five years

"Throughout this process, Chesterfield Borough Council's only interest has been to get the best deal for Chesterfield and Derbyshire while remaining part of Derbyshire - a deal which would have brought an estimated £35 million of new investment to the borough over the next five years.

"In contrast the county council seems determined to just act in its self-interest.

"So I have written to Councillor Lewis today to advise him of my decision and invite him yet again to meet with me.

"I shall be specifically asking Councillor Lewis how he intends to replace the £35 million of investment that we were in line to achieve over the next five years through the Sheffield City Region devolution deal.

"I shall also be suggesting to him that he uses the money that he had intended to spend on the public referendum on services for vulnerable people in Chesterfield instead."

Chesterfield Borough Council decided last year to apply to become a full member of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority so that it could access the benefits of the devolution deal that was on offer.

The devolution deal would have seen extra powers come to the region which are currently controlled by the national Government in London and an extra £900 million of funding over the next 30 years.

This is in addition to £31.3 million already allocated to developments including Markham Vale, Waterside, Northern Gateway and Peak Resort.

Chesterfield Borough Council will remain a non-constituent member of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority as it has been for many years, along with North East Derbyshire District Council, Bolsover District Council and Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Leader of Derbyshire County Council, Councillor Barry Lewis, has responded to Chesterfield's decision not to join Sheffield City RegionLeader of Derbyshire County Council, Councillor Barry Lewis (left), has responded to Chesterfield's decision not to join Sheffield City Region saying, "This is absolutely the right decision by Chesterfield Borough Council and a victory for common sense!

"Obviously we would rather not have to spend tax-payers' money on holding a referendum. But with so many people clearly not in favour of Chesterfield joining Sheffield City Region, it was only fair and proper that residents were given the chance to have their say and give a clear indication of what they wanted for the future of their town and borough.

"The county council never believed the proposals were in the best interests of Chesterfield which would have had to compete against all the councils within the Sheffield City Region for funding from the Sheffield City Region Mayor.

"If the plans had gone ahead, there would have been untold costs to Derbyshire's tax-payers in delivering services in two separate ways - one way for Chesterfield and another for the rest of the county - and making sure they ran seamlessly alongside each other.

"We can now look ahead and concentrate on continuing to deliver services for Chesterfield and the rest of Derbyshire - the county to which the borough truly belongs.

"Chesterfield's decision opens up new opportunities for working in partnership and I look forward to discussing with Councillor Gilby how the county and borough council can work together in the future."



 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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Tributes have been paid to Councillor Walter Burrows - who was a former Chairman of Derbyshire County Council after he passed away on Wednesday, following a short illness, aged eighty. More...

COUNTY COUNCIL EXPANDS NUISANCE CALL BLOCK PILOT SCHEME -
More older and vulnerable residents will be protected from telephone fraud after a Derbyshire County Council trial using monitoring devices found more than 80% of the calls they received were nuisance calls. More...

WORK BEGINS ON NEW PAVILION FOR HASLAND'S EASTWOOD PARK -
Chesterfield Borough Council's builders and apprentices are playing a key role in building a new pavilion at Eastwood Park. More...

NEW CHAIR TAKES UP DERBYSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL'S CHAIN OF OFFICE -
Derbyshire County Council's new chair, Cllr Steve Freeborn, has taken up the chain of office. More...

ADVICE FOR RESIDENTS AS LOCAL COUNCILS PREPARE FOR STRIKE ACTION -
Bin collections, street cleaning and leisure activities are just some of the Bolsover District Council services that will be disrupted on Tuesday 14th October 2014, as public service workers nationally take part in a one day strike. More...

WORK BEGINS ON IMPROVING OLD WHITTINGTON JUNCTION -
Work to improve a junction with a history of collisions began yesterday morning, Monday 6th October. More...

FORMER CHESTERFIELD MAYOR, CLLR PAUL STONE, JOINS UKIP -
Last years Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Paul Stone, has joined UKIP to become their first councillor on Chesterfield Borough Council More...

NATASCHA ENGEL MP VISITS STATE OF THE ART FACTORY IN CLAY CROSS -
North-East Derbyshire MP, Natascha Engel visited the IKO factory facility on Coney Green Road with a view to learning more about the roofing and waterproofing systems manufactured there. More...

CHESTERFIELD FIRM SHOWS ITS METTLE WITH MARKHAM VALE MOVE -
Chesterfield-based firm Gould Alloys is marking its 30th anniversary by relocating to Derbyshire County Council's flagship regeneration site to benefit from better transport links. More...

WORK BEGINS ON THE NEW QUEEN'S PARK LEISURE CENTRE -
A sod cutting ceremony has been held to mark the start of work on Chesterfield Borough Council's £9.3 million project to replace the Queen's Park Sports Centre. More...

CHESTERFIELD MP TAKES ON THE 'ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE' -
It's Chilly in Chesterfield! Toby Perkins MP takes the Ice-Bucket Challenge to Raise Money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. More...

TONY BENN: WILL & TESTAMENT - THE TOWN HALL SCREENING TOUR -
Will and Testament is a moving and informative tribute to Tony Benn - political firebrand, prolific diarist, writer, charismatic anti-war campaigner, husband and father.
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FURTHER DEVELOPMENT IN
THE PIPELINE FOR MARKHAM VALE -

A further development could be on the cards for Derbyshire County Council's flagship regeneration site, now a planning application has been submitted for a new 100,000 sqft warehouse and office building. More...

NEW QUEEN'S PARK SPORTS CENTRE GETS £2 MILLION FUNDING BOOST -
Chesterfield residents will benefit from the enhanced new Sports Centre, to be built on Queen's Park Annexe, as Chesterfield Borough Council receives £2 million of funding from Sport England.
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PLANS FOR EXTENDED QUEEN'S PARK SPORTS CENTRE ARE APPROVED -
Chesterfield councillors have approved plans for a new, extended, Queen's Park Sports Centre to be built. More...

TRAFFIC DELAYS EXPECTED AS WORK STARTS ON NEW A61 CYCLE LANE -
It's been announced that work to build a new cycle lane in Chesterfield will start next Tuesday, 26th August, as part of plans to link different parts of the town together for cyclists. More...

MARKHAM VALE REGENERATION EXPANDS AFTER BRIDGE REMOVED -
One of the country's largest cranes was in Derbyshire on Tuesday to remove a bridge deck as part of plans to expand Derbyshire County Council's flagship Markham Vale regeneration site. More...

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS AT HORNSBRIDGE ISLAND LIFTED EARLY -
Traffic restrictions at Hornsbridge Island in Chesterfield have been lifted four weeks earlier than anticipated. More...

BOROUGH COUNCIL REASSESSES OPTIONS OVER NORTHERN GATEWAY -
Plans for the Northern Gateway scheme are being reassessed by Chesterfield Borough Council to respond to the changing High Street retail sector. More...

COUNCIL'S PLEDGE
TO SOLVE CHESTERFIELD'S FLOODING ISSUES -

With perfect timing after Friday's chaos, news that this week, Yorkshire Water and Chesterfield Borough Council have pledged to work together to tackle flooding in the town, including the long running issues at Horns Bridge roundabout More...

COUNTY COUNCIL PLANS TASK FORCE TO TACKLE YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT -
Plans to tackle youth unemployment are being drawn up by Derbyshire County Council to get more young people into work, further education or training. More...

EVERYONE PITCHES IN TO MAKE 'FESTIVAL OF FOOTBALL' A SUCCESS -
More than 300 people turned out to a festival of football at Holmebrook Valley Park last weekend. More...

BOROUGH COUNCIL
TO OPEN NEW INFORMATION AND BOOKING HUB -

A combined information and theatres booking hub for residents and visitors is to be launched at Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre, next to the Crooked Spire Church. More...

COUNTY COUNCIL'S TRAVEL TRAINING HELPS DERBYSHIRE'S YOUNGSTERS -
A successful travel scheme which helps Derbyshire youngsters with special educational needs get out and about in their communities could be continued. More...

'WE WILL REMEMBER THEM' FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY EVENTS -
Chesterfield residents can take part in a series of events at Chesterfield Museums to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. More...

TAPTON LOCK IS VOTED ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S FINEST GREEN SPACES -
Tapton Lock, a quarter mile stretch of the Chesterfield Canal, has been named one of the country's finest green spaces, after receiving a prestigious Green Flag award. More...

UPDATE ON WORK & TRAFFIC CONTROL
AT HORNSBRIDGE ISLAND -

Traffic control measures at Hornsbridge Island will be removed earlier than planned after a review into the project. More...

STILL TIME TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON LOCAL MOBILE LIBRARY SERVICES -
Residents still have three weeks to give their views on the future of Derbyshire County Council's mobile library service in a consultation to help the authority deal with budget cuts More...

HAVE YOUR SAY ON POSSIBLE CHANGES TO STREET LIGHTS -
Derbyshire residents are being urged to make sure they have their say on possible changes to the way street lights across Derbyshire are maintained, before the consultation closes on Friday 8th August. More...

IMPROVEMENT WORK TO TAKE PLACE AT THISTLE PARK, BRIMINGTON -
Children in Brimington are set to benefit from new play equipment at their local park thanks to Chesterfield Borough Council. More...

COULD YOUR BUSINESS BENEFIT
TO THE TUNE OF £75,000? -

Small businesses in Derbyshire are being helped to develop and grow with grants of up to £75,000 - and there's still time for local firms to bid for cash. More...

'CHESTERFIELD TO BE A SUCCESS' COUNCIL CHIEF HUW BOWEN INTERVIEW -
After an ongoing ten and a half years as part of the Chesterfield Borough Council, Huw Bowen, the current Chief Executive spoke to The Chesterfield Post about his roles as part of the council and ongoing issues within The Borough. More...

CABINET DECIDES ON SITE FOR NEW QUEEN'S PARK SPORTS CENTRE -
At their meeting today (Tuesday, 15th July) Chesterfield Borough Council's cabinet decided the centre can be built on the site of Queen's Park Annexe, subject to planning permission. More...

DISRUPTION TO COUNCIL SERVICES DURING THURSDAY'S STRIKE ACTION -
There is expected to be widespread disruption to services across the area on Thursday, July 10th, as public sector workers strike over pay. More...

BOROUGH COUNCIL REFUSES NEW LICENCE FOR BAR CENTRO -
Chesterfield Borough Council's licensing committee has refused a licence for a bar previously closed because of drug dealing. More...

PLANS SUBMITTED FOR QUEEN'S PARK SPORTS CENTRE REPLACEMENT -
New plans have been submitted by Chesterfield Borough Council for the replacement Queen's Park Sports Centre. More...

A NEW FOOTBRIDGE IS TO BE OPENED AT CHESTERFIELD CANAL FESTIVAL -
A new footbridge which has been built in Staveley over Chesterfield Canal will be officially opened on Saturday 28th June. More...

TRADING STANDARDS ISSUE AN E-CIG SAFETY ALERT -
Residents in Derbyshire are being warned to be extra vigilant when charging electronic cigarettes following incidents where the devices have exploded in people's homes. More...

FLAG RAISING PARADE TO MARK ARMED FORCES DAY IS CANCELLED -
A parade planned in Chesterfield to mark Armed Forces Day on 23 June has been cancelled. More...

WORK SET TO BEGIN ON HORNSBRIDGE ISLAND -
Work is set to begin on transforming a key gateway into Chesterfield town centre after planning permission has been granted. More...

DETAILS OF FORMER COUNTY COUNCIL CHIEF EXEC'S £219k PAY OFF TO BE PUBLISHED -
Derbyshire County Council's former chief executive Nick Hodgson received a £219,211 severance payment when he left the authority last year. More...

BOLSOVER COUNCIL HARNESSES THE POWER OF THE SUN AND SAVES MONEY -
Bolsover District Council is doing its bit for the environment as they prepare to install photovoltaic cells (solar panels) onto the roof of its offices in Clowne and save over £34,000 of council taxpayers' money every year. More...

COUNTY COUNCIL'S SENIOR MANAGERS' REVIEW TO SAVE £2 MILLION -
More senior managers' jobs are to go at Derbyshire County Council as part of the organisation's drive to cut £157 million from its budget by 2018. More...

GRASSMOOR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT RECEIVES OUTLINE APPROVAL -
North East Derbyshire District Council has granted outline planning permission for a maximum of 165 dwellings at Windwhistle Farm in Grassmoor. More...

LOCAL RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PART IN 'LEGAL HIGHS' SURVEY -
A national survey that aims to gather information about the use of 'legal highs' is being supported by Derbyshire County Council.
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NEDDC COUNCIL APPROVES REGENERATION PLANS -
North East Derbyshire District Council has approved plans to move their main administrative headquarters from Saltergate to Mill Lane, Wingerworth in early 2015. More...

CHESTERFIELD BOROUGH COUNCIL IS PRAISED BY PEERS -
An independent assessment has praised Chesterfield Borough Council for the huge commitment to the borough by both councillors and employees. More...

NEW FIGURES SHOW URGENCY OF CHESTERFIELD'S HOUSING CRISIS -
New figures, released to local MP Toby Perkins by the National House Building Council reveal that new house building in Chesterfield has fallen to just one third of the national average. More...

COUNTY COUNCIL'S CHILDREN IN CARE
TO PLAN BRIGHT FUTURES -

Young people will be able to consider their future at a Derbyshire County Council careers event hosted specifically for children in care and care leavers. More...

COURT UPHOLDS COUNCIL'S DECISION ON BAR CENTRO -
A town centre bar has been refused permission to re-open, after magistrates upheld the decision by Chesterfield Borough Council's licensing committee to revoke its licence. More...

OUTGOING NEDDC CHAIR - OVER 8,000 FOR CHARITY TO BE HAPPY! -
North East Derbyshire District Council's outgoing Chairman, Councillor Ken Savidge and generous residents from across the area, have helped raise thousands of pounds through an annual charity appeal. More...

'STILL PUNCHING ABOVE OUR WEIGHT!" Cllr JOHN BURROWS ON CHESTERFIELD -
In a wide ranging interview, Council Leader John Burrows talked to us on developments which have been mooted in the town, admitting that the financial climate and unforeseen issues had significantly impacted on the 'master plan' More...

PLANS FOR NEW QUEEN'S PARK SPORTS CENTRE ARE APPROVED -
Members of Chesterfield Borough Council's planning committee have approved plans for the new centre to be built on the site of Queen's Park Annexe, subject to planning conditions. More...

COURT SENTENCES APPLIANCE REPAIR MAN TO 160 HOURS UNPAID WORK -
An appliance repair man from Chesterfield has been ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work and compensate victims, after a successful prosecution by the County Council's trading standards team. More...

ENVIRONMENTALLY FIRENDLY WAY TO DISPOSE OF YOUR FOOD WASTE -
An environmentally friendly way to dispose of food waste is being introduced for residents in the Bolsover District, Chesterfield Borough and North East Derbyshire District Council areas. More...

CHILDREN'S CENTRES REVIEW AGREED BY DERBYSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL -
Derbyshire residents will be asked how they think children's centre services should be delivered in a review to begin this month. More...

POTHOLE FIXING 'JETPATCHER' MACHINES TO STAY
IN COUNTY -

Two specialist 'Jetpatcher' machines are to stay in Derbyshire until mid-July to continue work to fix potholes across the county. More...

LOCAL MP, NATASCHA ENGEL CONTINUES
TO LEAD THE FIGHT AGAINST HS2 -

MP for NE Derbyshire, Natascha Engel, continues to campaign against the case for HS2 and demand that the Government gives more say to the people who will be directly affected by the project. More...

COUNCIL WARNING TO CHESTERFIELD RESIDENTS TO AVOID FLY TIPPING -
Chesterfield Borough Council is warning residents to make sure anyone they pay to dispose of their rubbish is licensed and does so legally. More...

MAJOR REFORMS OF SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS ARE ON THE WAY -
Families whose children have special educational needs and disabilities, can have a say in how major reforms will affect them, as part of a consultation launched by Derbyshire County Council. More...

CHESTERFIELD BOROUGH COUNCIL REMINDS RESIDENTS TO CHECK FOR ID -
Chesterfield Borough Council is reminding residents to always check for ID from staff who are carrying out work on behalf of the council.
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WORK TO FURTHER EXPAND MARKHAM VALE IS DUE TO START -
Work to expand Derbyshire County Council's flagship regeneration site is due to start next month, after a visit to Markham Vale by Eric Pickles confirmed Government cash is in the pipeline. More...

MAKE SURE YOU
ARE READY TO VOTE IN THE EURO ELECTIONS -

Chesterfield Borough Council is reminding residents to make sure they are registered to vote in the elections to the European Parliament. More...

CRACKDOWN ON
BLUE BADGE MISUSE CONTINUES COUNTYWIDE -

A crackdown on people who are misusing Blue Badges has seen just over 700 checks carried out in four months. More..


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