Darley Dale Town Council

Serving the people of Darley Dale

Town Clerk: Sian Bacon
The Whitworth Centre, Station
Road, Darley Dale, Matlock
Derbyshire DE4 2EQ

Tel: 01629 735 248

Full Council Meeting - 17th September 2020

Change of venue for Town Council Meeting

Darley Dale Town Council's Full Council Meeting to be held on Thursday 17th September at 7pm will now be a Zoom meeting. Details of how to join the discussion will be issued in advance of the meeting. Public participation is suspended temporarily but residents can submit any questions or comments in writing to townclerk@darleydale.gov.uk before 12 noon on 17th September 2020. Voice and Video recordings of the meeting will be available through our website and other channels following the meeting.

Please see below for the agenda.



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that TWO CASUAL VACANCIES exist in the office of Councillor for the said Town Council.

An election to fill the vacancies will be arranged on receipt of a valid request in writing from ten local government electors for the Parish Ward.

If no such request is made, the vacancies will be filled by co-option by the Town Council.

Requests for such an election should be addressed to: The Returning Officer, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3NN, to arrive not later than 11th September 2020

27th August 2020

Signed: Mrs Sian Bacon

Town Clerk

Darley Dale Town Council Meeting - 20th August 2020

  • Darley Dale Town Council Draft Minutes August 2020 (Word Document, 113 Kb)

    These are the Draft Minutes of Darley Dale Town Council's August meeting held by video. Topics covered were the election of a new Mayor, a new Councillor appointment, finance, planning, committee structures and the 2020 Community Awards.

If you are offering help and providing a valuable service we want to hear from you

We're compiling a list of volunteers, organisations and businesses who are offering help and support to vulnerable and elderly residents. If that's you or you know of anyone who is doing that then drop us a line at townclerk@darleydale.gov.uk and we'll make sure that people know about it.

Councils and organisations across the county are co-ordinating a massive community response to make sure vulnerable residents are supported through the coronavirus outbreak.

If you need help and have no friends or family you can call on, you can register to get help online.

You can also register to volunteer online and help people in your local community who don't have anyone else to call on.

Darley Dale Town Council provides YOUR local services. We strive to make Darley Dale a better place to live, work and visit. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Darley Dale Town Council was formed in 1980 and consists of 12 councillors - seven covering the North Ward and five covering the South Ward. Meetings are normally held on the third Thursday of each month at 7pm (except August) at The Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale. A period of 10 minutes at the start and end of meetings is allowed for members of the public to raise issues with the Town Council.

  • Mary Myers, Mayor of Darley Dale, and Councillor Alan Long, who is also Chair of The Whitworth Centre, at the first Town Council Community Awards Ceremony.

  • Our Office is normally open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.00 to 12.00.

  • A view over the lake in Whitworth Gardens.

  • Whitworth Centre

    Whitworth Centre

    Our office is based here.

  • Whitworth Park July 2018

    Whitworth Park July 2018

  • Whitworth Park July 2018

    Whitworth Park July 2018

  • Whitworth Park July 2018

    Whitworth Park July 2018

  • Whitworth Park July 2018

    Whitworth Park July 2018

  • Whitworth Park July 2018

    Whitworth Park July 2018

  • Whitworth Park July 2018

    Whitworth Park July 2018

  • Lake in Whitworth park

    Lake in Whitworth park

  • Whitworth Park July 2018

    Whitworth Park July 2018

  • Whitworth Park July 2018

    Whitworth Park July 2018

Please try to ensure the information you have is accurate, the Town Council is currently being guided by the following sources.





Derbyshire County Council microsite


Derbyshire Dales District Council


National Association of Local Councils


The Town Council operates under very specific powers and legislation that differs from other tiers of Government such as Derbyshire Dales District Council and Derbyshire County Council. I have included a link to the Natiional Association of Local Council as they are providing guidance to all Parish and Town Councils in regard to how we operate and what we can do (legally) during this period.

Latest News

Early bird discount for new garden waste scheme

Posted: Wed, 09 Sep 2020 13:23 by Sian Bacon

Early bird discounts are available now for Derbyshire Dales residents subscribing to a new garden waste collection scheme.

It costs a discounted £35 for Dales households that subscribe for the 2021/22 year to the garden waste service now – the equivalent of less than 68p a week. More »

  • Find out more and subscribe here.

The new scheme, starting on 1 April next year, generates funds to offset the increased cost of the District Council's new waste and recycling contract, which began last month.

Derbyshire Dales joins more than half of all UK councils now charging residents for garden waste collections. The councils that make a charge include 39 of the 50 authorities most similar to Derbyshire Dales District Council.

In the coming weeks all local households will receive a leaflet delivered by contractor Serco, inviting them to take advantage of the discounted price online here. There's also a hotline number for residents without internet access.

The discount offer closes at the end of January 2021, when the subscription price rises to £50.

In recent weeks the District Council has been explaining the reason for the introduction of the opt-in subscription scheme, pointing to frequently asked questions online at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/gardenwasteFAQs

The cost of the council's new waste and recycling contract has risen by £1-million a year after Dales residents made it clear they wanted the District Council to maintain current service levels, which are the best in Derbyshire.

It means fortnightly collections of dry recycling and residual household waste have continued with the new contract, together with weekly food waste collections.

A cheaper deal could have been struck by making household waste collections less frequent - but in resident surveys local people rejected this idea.

Councillors voted by an overwhelming majority at a special council meeting at the end of last year for Serco to continue to deliver the waste and recycling contract for the district and also agreed to approve the new charge for collecting garden waste.

Free garden waste collections will continue for all 34,000 households across the Dales until April next year. » Less

Have your say on a new political map for Derbyshire Dales District Council

Posted: Tue, 25 Aug 2020 12:38 by Sian Bacon

A new pattern of wards is being developed for Derbyshire Dales District Council.

The Local Government Boundary Commission has decided that the number of councillors in Derbyshire Dales District Council should be 34. This is a change from the current council which has 39 councillors.The Commission wants to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area. A ten week consultation on the proposals will run until 02 November 2020. More »

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Derbyshire Dales to make sure councillors represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements help the council work effectively. It wants to be sure that its proposals reflect community ties and identities.

The Commission is interested in views on which communities should be part of the same ward. What facilities do people share, such as parks, leisure centres or schools and shopping areas? What issues do neighbouring communities face that they have in common, such as high numbers of visitors or heavy traffic? Have there been new housing or commercial developments that have changed the focus of communities? And are there roads, rivers, railways or other features that people believe form strong boundaries between neighbourhoods?

The Commission will use local views to help it draw up proposals for new ward boundaries. There will be a further round of consultation once the Commission has drawn up those proposals.

The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can give their views: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/22484

People can also give their views by e-mail at reviews@lgbce.org.uk, and by post:

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Ernest Bailey Charity

Posted: Tue, 25 Aug 2020 12:37 by Sian Bacon

The Ernest Bailey Charity is open for applications from groups and individuals from the following area: Matlock, Matlock Bath, Bonsall, Cromford, Darley Dale, Northwood and Tinkersley, Rowsley (part) South Darley, Starkholmes and Tansley) for one or more of the following ways:- More »

  • For the relief of the aged and poor
  • For the relief of distress and sickness
  • To support facilities for recreation and other leisure time activities
  • To support educational facilities
  • In such other way as the Trustees think fit

The deadline for applications is 26th October. The information and application form is on our website www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk and below is a link that will take you straight to the right page. If they don't have access to the internet they can contact me for a paper copy.

https://selfserve.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/renderform.aspx?t=42&k=B05E66E85BE023557CC07F32682805E914D017BB » Less