A Plan for Whitwell

Would you like to help shape the future of Whitwell?  Do you have ideas on what we need in our community for the future?

If so then you should come along to the meeting on Monday 8th June at 19:00 in the meeting room at Whitwell Community Centre.

Whilst Parish Councillors will no doubt be present and the council is offering administrative support, this is not a council project and nor should it be – A Neighbourhood Plan (Parish Plan) is for the people of Whitwell Parish as a whole to shape and should serve to inform the council of what we want.

Neighbourhood Plans allow local communities to shape their future planning policy and developments rather than everything being controlled from district and county levels and serve to inform all levels of council what the community needs.

You can find more about Neighbourhood Planning on the My Community website:

http://mycommunity.org.uk/programme/neighbourhood-planning/

Whitwell Quarry – Planning Proposals Exhibition

Lafarge Tarmac will be holding a public exhibition at Whitwell Community Centre from 14:00-19:00 Wednesday 10th June and 10:00-15:00 on Thursday 11th June about their proposals to extend the life of the quarry and access new areas of limestone earlier than originally planned.

Lafarge Tarmac wish to get the views of local residents on the proposals and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Update (03/06/2015): You can see the proposals below, they are to extend the quarrying to the two areas marked in green towards Franklin Avenue and the right hand side towards Southfield Lane and two smaller areas at the bottom end of the site.  The extensions will allow them to extract the limestone required to mix and maintain the correct product grades that they need for their customers.  It is estimated that this will further extend the life of the quarry by another 15 years on top of the current 10 year expected life.

lafarge-extension-planKarl | Whitwell Parish

Thacker’s Garage – Progress

After much rumour and speculation, it has been confirmed that the Co-operative are looking to move from Welbeck Street to the Thacker's Garage site on Spring Street.  A new larger store would provide customer car parking as well as allowing a larger range of items to be stocked.

Obviously this is not going to happen overnight, as planning permission needs to be obtained and the land purchased so it is going to take some time; hopefully now though the end is in sight for what has been a blight on the village for so many years.

Whitwell wins against Alkane Energy plc.

Victory for the people of Whitwell – Alkane Energy plc. have withdrawn their planning application for the anaerobic digestion facility on Southfield Lane.

You can see the letter of withdrawal on the Derbyshire planning website here: http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/environment/planning/planning_applications/recent_decisions/app-details.asp?AppCode=CW5/0410/6&AppType=1 – it's in the list of documents (2nd from the bottom in the list at the time of writing).

We'd like to thank everyone at Whitwell Against Alkane for all their hard work and time put in to defeating Alkane Energy plc.

We also hope that this serves as an important lesson for Whitwell, that things can change and people can make a difference and that we do not have to accept what is happening in the belief that things "are a done deal" or "will never change".  All it takes is people working together and understanding that it does take time, and hard work but that we can make a difference and make Whitwell a better place to live and work.

Edinburgh Council to live stream meetings

In a forward thinking move Edinburgh Council are to stream council meetings live over the Internet to all this whom want to watch. The aim of the council is to improve debate and involvement in local politics – Exactly our aim in wanting to record the meetings of Whitwell Parish Coucil.

Not only will meetings be streamed live, they will also be recorded and stored as a permanent record of decisions made and the debate around them – this is another point we raised that caused shocked looks on the faces of some councillors.

You can find the full story here: http://m.scotsman.com/edinburgh-evening-news/cameras-to-stream-live-footage-from-city-chambers-1-2308360

Updated Website

We've been needing to update the design of the webite for some time now and to upgrade to the latest version of the software we run – and finally we've done it!

We hope you like the new design and that it's easier for you to find the information you're looking for.

There are bound to be a few glitches (We know everyone's Facebook comments aren't showing for example) so if you do find any we apologise and ask that you let us know so we can fix them.

Thanks.

Half Way To Next Gen Broadband

UPDATED

It looks like that whilst we weren’t paying attention BT Openreach changed their ready-for-service (RFS) date for their 21st Century Network (21CN) for Whitwell to the end of January 2012.  What this means is that you should now be able to get up-to 24Mbit/s internet instead of just basic up-to 8Mbit/s internet from any ISP not just the likes of TalkTalk.  If you want faster access you may also have to talk to your ISP, as not all will upgrade you automatically to faster services – even though their faster services are the same price.

We’ve also noticed that the full Sky Broadband is now available on the Whitwell exchange as well – So if you’ve got Sky TV you can get their free/cheap broadband as well.

The RFS date for the much faster FTTC products (What BT Retail calls Infinity) is still set for June 2012.

Update

At the Whitwell Parish Council meetings on 8th February 2012 three planning applications for additional BT Openreach street cabinets was put before the council (They were in the conservation area, so planning consent is required) and the council raised no objections to them going ahead – So it looks like things really are moving ahead for June this time.

Please accept our apologies

Please accept our apologies for the lack of updates since December. With Christmas and wedding planning we’ve been a little busy!

We will be posting some updates shortly, starting with the December & January Parish Council meetings – including a summary of the precept meeting (where the PCs budget is set for the year).

We will also be re-designing the site a little as well over the coming months – so keep an eye out for that. As usual if you have any news or events you would like mentioned then please get in touch.

Thanks for visiting.

Whitwell Remembers – 13th November 2011

Once again Whitwell young and old alike came out in numbers to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.  Approximately 250 paid their respects at the service of remembrance held at the war memorial in The Square despite the grey and damp conditions.

We apologise for the quality of some of the photos – it seems that lenses don’t like being dropped in the woods, even on to soft piles of leaves :(

Half Moon – The verdict is in!

As promised back in August when the Half Moon became part of the Chef & Brewer chain I've finally had chance to eat there on a couple of occasions, the first time a couple of weeks ago and today (16th October 2011).

On our first trip back to the Half Moon we ate on a Sunday with my parents and the first thing we noticed was how much lighter it was inside – As my Mum put it, "It was more like no moon than Half Moon before".  The new interior is much nicer and brighter.

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