A quick summary catch up post on some of the things that have taken place since my last post.
First up is the February full council meeting, which took place on the last day of February, which in addition to the usual budget processes and council tax setting, also saw the council take the decision to bring the management of it’s council housing stock back in house, ending the arms length arrangements that have been in place since the end of 2003.
Work is now underway to return the arms length arrangements and you can find out more by clicking here for the Peak Performance newsletter that has recently gone out.
The first full week of March (4th to 10th) saw meetings of the Joint Local Strategic Partnership, along with a meeting of the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership which works to bring together the various agencies and groups working along with the police on community safety, the week finished off with a weekend training course.
The second week (11th to 17th) of March included a meeting of the High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership in the village which is the home of the Peak District’s only open air swimming pool Hathersage. Amongst the issues discussed were the partnership’s wish list for items to be included the next time the rail franchise which covers the area is renewed, which includes along with a whole host of improvements to service etc support for getting a station at Gamesley.
The council’s regeneration select committee also met that week, and also considered a report on transport issue with the High Peak along with presentations from Visit Peak District around what work they are doing which included a number of questions from Glossopdale councillor’s on how there work helps in Glossopdale along with a presentation on some of the analysis of the 2011 census. You can view the papers for the meeting by clicking here for the regeneration select committee March 2013 papers.
Week three (18th to 24th) of March saw a shorter than normal meeting of the council’s community select committee which considered a report on changes to the council’s housing allocation policy, along with the two confidential reports on changes to bring sites, and procuring horticultural equipment, and you view the details of the changes to the allocation policy by clicking here.
A consultation event with United Utilities on planning for the future of water services was next up that week along with training sessions on Housing Complaints and the new role that councillor’s will have with the housing ombudsman (more details on this to follow shortly) along with a session on planning enforcement.
The week also included a presentation to a group of 14 young and upcoming athletes from across the High Peak who have shared a £2,810 bursary pot from the Derbyshire Sports organized business network ICON to help them reach their sporting goals. In addition to the bursaries, DC Leisure who run our leisure centre also offer each of the athletes free access to the gym and swim facilities across the High Peak. You can see more details on the scheme and the wide range of sports that the talented group are doing on the Derbyshire Sports website by clicking here.
Finally and almost bringing things up to date was last week’s meeting of the council’s executive committee which with the County Council elections limiting some things that we can consider had a brief agenda of agreeing the Designation of the Chapel en le Frith Neighbourhood Area for neighbourhood plan purposes, along with a confidential report on Horticulture Equipment Procurement – further details available by clicking here.