Crich Parish Council

Serving the people of Crich Parish

Clerk RFO: Carolyn Jennings
Glebe Field Centre, Glebe
Field Close, Crich, Matlock
Derbyshire DE4 5EU

Tel: 01773 853928

Chair's Newsletter - May 2019


Not enough candidates stood for Crich Parish Council in the local elections at the beginning of May and we are currently advertising for people to apply for co-option. We have two vacancies. If you are interested, please contact the Clerk for information.

The Parish Council held its Annual General Meeting soon after the elections and I was elected Chair for another year. Cllr. Paul Yorke is Vice-Chair.

Following Amber Valley Borough Council (AVBC) Planning Board's decision to pass the application for 71 houses at Woodside Farm in December, the Parish Council passed a motion of no confidence in AVBC as a planning authority. We sent details of this to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government but he has refused our request to intervene and put alternative arrangements in place. We find this unacceptable and are about to pursue this further. We are also awaiting Counsel's opinion on the likely success of an application for Judicial Review.

The local elections have produced a change of administration at AVBC. The new administration is withdrawing the Local Plan from examination and starting afresh with a new Plan. The process is expected to take three to four years. It is difficult at this stage to say how this will affect our parish but common sense says that it should be more difficult to ignore our Neighbourhood Plan which will be by far the most up to date document in our parish's development plan.

A great deal of work has been done to prepare the extension of the Burial Ground for future use and arrangements are being made for it to be consecrated.

The Parish Council's defibrillators are now in place at the front of the Glebe in Crich, in the phone box on Fritchley Green, and at the Family Tree in Whatstandwell. Training courses in the use of defibrillators are being planned and parishioners will be able to book places on them.

Mrs. Sue Whetton has recently completed forty years service as the school crossing warden in Crich and the Parish Council would like to thank her for helping to keep our children safe for all that time.

Cllr. Margaret Lane

Posted: Wed, 29 May 2019 11:12 by Carolyn Jennings

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