• Bamford and Thornhill from Shatton Moor

  • The Green, Bamford

  • The Moot, Thornhill

  • Bamford Village Institute

  • Thornhill Trail

  • Slack Lane, Thornhill

  • Behind The Anglers Rest and Post Office

  • Ladybower Reservoir from Bamford Edge

BAMFORD PARISH MEETING 2019   

The annual Bamford Parish Meeting took place at 7.30pm on 18 March 2019 in the Bamford Institute with Cllr Sue Beckett, Chair of Bamford with Thornhill Parish Council, in the chair. Parish Cllrs Ashton, Danks, Farrell, Nordhausen Scholes, Stubbs, Tattersall and Taylor, Borough Cllr Walton and County Cllr Perkins were present, and 26 other electors. 

 

Apologies had been received from Parish Cllr Hearnshaw.                         

Minutes of the Annual Meeting of 9 April 2018 were confirmed as correct.

Chair’s report Cllr Beckett reported that:

1.      Cllr Jill Rosier had resigned during the year (on leaving the village) and been replaced by Annette Nordhausen Scholes.

2.      The Council now employs a handyman to help the general upkeep and tidiness of Bamford and Thornhill.

3.      Planning permission for the proposed development of the former Rising Sun site has been refused; the Parish Council had raised a number of points of objection to it, while also recognising that the site cannot just be left to rot.

4.      The proposal, mentioned at last year’s meeting, for a SmartWater campaign across the Hope Valley has made only slow progress, but nevertheless it is hoped that it will happen during 2019.

5.      Our efforts to achieve more frequent DCC verge-cutting failed, owing to their budgetary restrictions.

6.      The WW1 armistice centenary week of events, supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, had been a success. Two Bamford & District History Group members each wrote a book - one about village life here around WW1 and the other giving information about every WW1 name on the War Memorial. Copies are free to residents.

7.      The best location for the new Parish noticeboard was eventually agreed as being outside the public toilets.

8.      The Parish Council lobbied RBS unsuccessfully over their closure of the last bank branch in the Hope Valley – although Bamford Post Office does offer a range of banking services.

9.      The Parish Council has been able to keep its precept for 2019/20 the same as in 2018/19 - £12,843.

10.  The Parish Council responded to the DCC’s consultation on proposed cuts to its Early Help services for vulnerable people, making the point that, although we acknowledge that DCC’s own funding is being cut, their cutting of well over half the current budget for Early Help services is disproportionately large and wholly unacceptable. The Parish Council also made Ruth George MP aware of our response.

11.  Friends of Bamford Station have been pursuing Northern Rail over anomalies in the operation of the station’s new ticket machine.

12.  Proposals have been received from Sustrans to create a signed cycle-route from the Thornhill Trail to Bamford station, which should be implemented soon.

13.  PDNPA are developing a seasonal bus service, the ‘Edale Explorer’, planned to operate for 42 consecutive days during the school summer holidays, Edale-Winnats Pass-Castleton-Hope. An option of continuing through Bamford to Fairholmes is also being considered.

14.  The Parish Council resisted DCC’s proposal to move the northbound bus-stop near the Catholic church, and the proposal has now been dropped.

15.  The Parish Council has organised 2 litter-picking days, as part of the ‘Great British Spring Clean’, on Saturdays 6 and 13 April, meeting at the Bamford Institute at 10am. All are welcome to come and help; equipment such as litter pickers and hi-vis vests will be supplied.

16.  Bamford Carnival may not take place this year in its usual form, owing to insufficient leaders to run the week’s programme of events. The Parish Council is considering what assistance it might be able to offer to enable at least some events to happen; residents’ views would be welcome.

17.  The Parish Council is looking into whether there is appreciable demand for allotments here – and, if so, whether it might be possible to obtain the land needed. Anyone willing to offer the use of land for this is asked to get in touch - at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

18.  The Parish Council is considering whether it would be worth setting up an arrangement whereby any residents with a glut of home-grown fruit or vegetables can easily be put in touch with other residents who would be keen to have the produce.

19.  DCC is seeking expressions of interest from any organisation willing to undertake ‘community management’ of the mobile library service, as they could otherwise withdraw it. The Parish Council is mindful of how big a task this would be, as our library covers half of Derbyshire. But as further information emerges from DCC, the Parish Council will consider if it is feasible to become involved in some way, to keep this service.

20.  Nominations are now open for candidates to stand in the Parish Council election on May 2nd.

 

Issues raised from the floor

1.      The longstanding problem of a number of old vehicles, not in regular use, being parked on Bamford’s streets (to the inconvenience of other residents trying to park) remains unresolved. It was important that those which are untaxed are continually reported to https://forms.dft.gov.uk/report-an-untaxed-vehicle

2.      What is the current position re the continued closure of Bamford Clough (closed since 2013)? DCC continue to prevaricate about next steps, and there is currently no target date for this Byway to reopen.

3.      What can be done about the untidy condition of the site of the former NatWest bank? Previous discussions with PDNPA about this have borne little fruit, but the Parish Council will now try again to achieve some action.

4.      Could the Parish Council compulsorily purchase this site? No, the Council has no compulsory purchase powers.

5.      What is the current position with the planning application for a large new cafe at Fairholmes? This is outside Bamford parish, but a decision on the application is understood to have been deferred.

6.      What is the current position at the Marquis of Granby site? The developer is understood to be reconsidering his options, as he believes the hotel for which he has planning consent is no longer viable to build.

 

The meeting closed at 9pm.

Minutes taken by Peter Leppard, Parish Clerk

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THORNHILL PARISH MEETING 2019           

The annual Thornhill Parish Meeting took place at 7.30pm on 12 March 2019 in Bamford Village Institute with Cllr Sue Beckett, Chair of Bamford with Thornhill Parish Council, in the chair. Parish Cllrs (for Thornhill Ward) Stephen Brennan and Karen O’Connor were present, also Parish Cllr Annette Nordhausen Scholes. 14 other electors attended.

 

Apologies were received from Axel Chatburn.

Minutes of the 2018 meeting were confirmed as correct.

 

Matters arising

1.      The railway bridge on Thornhill La had been inspected by both DCC Highways and Network Rail, and no action re the dip in the surface was felt to be necessary.

2.      A resident asked if a list of known forthcoming events passing thorough Thornhill could be displayed on noticeboards. The Clerk undertook to instigate this list (although not all events are known about in advance).

3.      The proposed SmartWater project for the Hope Valley has been progressing only slowly; however it is hoped to achieve implementation during 2019.

 

Chair’s report Cllr Beckett reported that:

1.      The Council now employs a handyman to help the general upkeep and tidiness of Bamford and Thornhill.

2.      The Parish Council has been kept fully informed by Cllr O’Connor of residents’ concerns re speed and accidents on Hope Rd, and has expressed those concerns to DCC, adding weight to the residents’ petition. The latter will be discussed at a forthcoming DCC Highways meeting.

3.      Planning permission for the proposed development of the former Rising Sun site has been refused; the Parish Council had raised a number of points of objection to it, while also recognising that the site cannot just be left to rot. The condition of the frontage is now an eyesore; PDNPA has been asked to address this with the developers, though PDNPA’s powers to do so are limited.

4.      The WW1 armistice centenary week of events, supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, had been a success. Two Bamford & District History Group members each wrote a book - one about village life here around WW1 and the other giving information about every WW1 name on the War Memorial. Copies are free to residents.

5.      The Parish Council has been able to keep its precept for 2019/20 the same as in 2018/19 - £12,843.

6.      Proposals have been received from Sustrans to create a signed cycle-route from the Thornhill Trail to Bamford station, which should be implemented soon.

7.      PDNPA are developing a seasonal bus service, the ‘Edale Explorer’, planned to operate for 42 consecutive days during the school summer holidays, Edale-Winnats Pass-Castleton-Hope. An option of continuing through Bamford to Fairholmes is also being considered.

8.      The Parish Council has organised 2 litter-picking days, as part of the ‘Great British Spring Clean’, on Saturdays 6 and 13 April, meeting at the Bamford Institute at 10am. All are welcome to come and help; equipment such as litter pickers and hi-vis vests will be supplied.

9.      Bamford Carnival may not take place this year in its usual form, owing to insufficient volunteers to run the week’s programme of events. The Parish Council is considering what assistance it might be able to offer to enable at least some events to happen; residents’ views would be welcome.

10.  The Parish Council is looking into whether there is appreciable demand for allotments here – and, if so, whether it might be possible to obtain the land needed. Anyone willing to offer the use of land for this is asked to get in touch - at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

11.  The Parish Council is considering whether it would be worth setting up an arrangement whereby any residents with a glut of home-grown fruit or vegetables can easily be put in touch with other residents who would be keen to have the produce.

12.  DCC is seeking expressions of interest from any organisation willing to undertake ‘community management’ of the mobile library service, as they could otherwise withdraw it. The Parish Council is mindful of how big a task this would be, as our library covers half of Derbyshire. But as further information emerges from DCC, the Parish Council will consider if it is feasible to become involved in some way, to keep this service.

 

Issues raised from the floor

1.      Could DCC be prevailed upon to upgrade the A6187’s footway between Thornhill Lane End and Shatton Lane to the same standard as has recently been achieved east of Hope station? The Clerk will make this case to DCC.

2.      Is there any progress towards Thornhill getting fibre broadband? Yes, Digital Derbyshire are now promising us connection before the end of 2020.

 

The meeting closed at 9pm.

Minutes taken by Peter Leppard, Parish Clerk