17 August – Community News from Derbyshire County Council – Beacon of Hope, road maintenance, accessing the council online, Elvaston's pump house, recycling centres survey, Creswell's new path

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Latest news in this edition:

Beacon of Hope winners unveiled

We can now reveal the people and groups across the county who have been successfully nominated to receive a Derbyshire Beacon of Hope award.

Beacon of Hope Awards logo

More than 120 groups and individuals across the county, and dozens more in the city, are receiving one of the prestigious awards, launched earlier this year by Derbyshire’s Lord Lieutenant Elizabeth Fothergill and the High Sheriff for 2020-21 Tony Walker.

The awards were created to recognise the efforts of groups and individuals who have gone above and beyond and worked tirelessly and selflessly to help and support others during the coronavirus pandemic.

The current High Sheriff of Derbyshire Louise Potter, and Tony Walker, Elizabeth Fothergill and a number of their deputies, and also county council Cabinet and Cabinet Support members and county council Civic Chairman Councillor Jean Wharmby have been busy in recent weeks making award presentations or arranging to make them in the near future.

Read the full list of county Beacon of Hope winners

Find out about Derby city award recipients 


Essential maintenance on our roads

We're currently carrying out major improvements to roads across the county, as you may be aware.

road work surface dressing

Our road resurfacing and surface dressing programme is well underway, with roads across the county being improved.

We know that the work is causing inconvenience so we're really sorry if you've been affected.

Find out which roads we are on this month 


Accessing the council online - your thoughts needed!

your thoughts

Derbyshire County Council would like to find out more about how you use our website to access services and your experience of finding the information you are looking for.  

We’re looking for Derbyshire residents who have visited the council website in the last six months to participate in a focus group so we can understand how to improve access to a range of online services provided by the council. 

The focus groups will take place in the first half of September, last about 90 minutes and are at a range of times so you can choose one to suit you. The sessions will be held online and you will be sent a link to join the meeting in advance. 

 If you’d like to take part, please register your interest here before the 31 August 2021.

Restoration of Historic Pump House

We have given Elvaston Castle’s historic pump house a new lease of life in time to welcome visitors over summer, so why not pay it a visit if you go to Elvaston?

Elvaston Pump House

The Grade II listed building was built as part of the estate’s lavish gardens designed by William Barron between 1830 and 1860 and it contains a waterwheel-driven pump which was used to distribute water throughout the estate.

Work to remove ivy, repair the collapsed roof and rebuild parts of the building was commissioned by us – the owner's of Elvaston Castle Country Park – as part of a £35 million redevelopment masterplan.

The masterplan was developed in partnership with the Elvaston Castle and Gardens Trust to restore the 321-acre estate, including its many listed buildings and historic features.

The aim is to relieve the significant ongoing annual maintenance and running costs and resolve the major backlog of repairs and other work needed to the buildings and landscape while maintaining public access to the estate, so that you can continue to enjoy it.


Tell us about our recycling centres

Do you use any of our household waste and recycling centres? If you do we'd like your opinion, please.


We’re asking you to have your say about our nine HWRCs – what they're like and what you feel could be improved.

We do this every year and then act on the results where possible. All you have to do is complete our short survey 

The survey closes on 13 September. 


Making healthy connections in Creswell

Creswell is to get a new public footpath and cycleway to help encourage healthy lifestyles and attract visitors.

Creswell footpath and cycle path

We hope the path will support residents to make healthy and more environmentally friendly lifestyle choices, and encourage people to visit the area.

The Gypsy Lane footpath will run from Elmton Road in Creswell to Stoney View in the new housing estate off Skinner Street and will create connections from the Clowne Greenway to the village centre and the railway station.

Clowne Greenway is a really popular traffic-free route running through a wildlife corridor between Seymour and Creswell and is part of our key cycle network.

More than £30,000 funding for the path was secured by Bolsover District Council from the developers of the new housing estate, who have already built the section linking Stoney View and the start of the Clowne Greenway.

We'll be managing the work to create the all-weather surface route for walkers, cyclists, buggies and mobility scooters. We'll also maintain the path.