Ripley Town Council are moving from the Town Hall to 6, Grosvenor Road, Ripley in July 2018. This will enable us to be more accessible to the community and have more of a presence within the town centre.
EXCITING PROGRAMME OF EXTREME WHEELS SLAMMING ITS WAY TO RIPLEY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE THIS SUMMER.
A free, action-packed summer is in store for the young people of the Ripley Township, courtesy of Ripley Town Council.
Extreme Wheels are once again coming along to the town to hold exciting skateboarding and BMX sessions on Greenwich Skate Park on Nottingham Road for young people aged from 11 years.
Sessions will run weekly from Wednesday 6th June 2018 for 15 weeks, where people can have a go at skate boarding, scooters and riding BMX bikes and learn tricks like the professionals – and it’s all free of charge. If you already have a bike, scooter or skateboard and safety wear, you can use that if it is fit for purpose, otherwise equipment and helmets will be provided.
The sessions lead up to the finale event on Wednesday 12th September 2018 – the Skate Jam show-stopping event. There will be demonstrations from pro-riders, mini competitions, freeriding, MC shows and free give-aways. The Show will be great for spectators too as it will showcase the exciting and attention-grabbing displays that the young people have put together.
Experienced staff will be present throughout all the sessions to ensure a safe but fun environment.
Competitions will be organised throughout the activities, providing all participants with new and challenging experiences.
If you know someone who would like to come along and take part at any of the sessions, please turn up at the Skate Park on Greenwich Recreation Ground, near Sainsburys in Ripley Wednesday evenings, 6-8pm starting on 6th June 2018 through to 12th September 2018.
NEW MAYOR AND DEPUTY MAYOR FOR RIPLEY
On Tuesday 15th May 2018, the new Mayor of Ripley was announced. Councillor Paul Lobley took over the post from Councillor Mrs. Sheila Emmas-Williams at the Annual General Meeting of Ripley Town Council. The new Deputy Mayor is Councillor Michael Missett. Both Councillors will be in post until May 2019, when new representatives will be announced.
Ceremony marks launch for new pavilion construction
The Greenwich Park Sports Partnership group dedicated to reviving Ripley’s Greenwich Park as a first-class sports facility has successfully raised the funding required to build a new community sports pavilion on the park. With the group having received planning permission and completed a competitive tender process, building works are due to commence as early as June. To mark this important milestone the Partnership held a ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday 12 May, with representatives from all partners including the Mayor of Amber Valley – Cllr David Wilson and Mayor of Ripley Town Council – Cllr Mrs Sheila Emmas-Williams who completed the ceremonial cutting of the turf where the new pavilion will be built.
Cllr Chris Short, Amber Valley Borough Council Cabinet Member for the Environment who also attended the ceremony stated: “These improvements to Greenwich Park have been a priority for the Borough Council for many years and it is fantastic news that we are now at the point where building works can commence.”
In one of her last engagements as the Mayor of Ripley Town Council, Cllr Mrs Sheila Emmas-Williams commented: “I am extremely proud that Ripley Town Council is helping to deliver the project with all the other partners, and I look forward to the first community event to be held in the new building. The facilities will be an asset for the whole of Ripley.”
The appointed contractor for the build is Tamworth-based company A&S Enterprises who have been involved with similar community projects locally. Subject to final discussions with A&S, building works are due to commence in June starting with the demolition of the old changing rooms. The new facilities will take around 28 weeks to complete so should be open by Christmas or early in the new year.
The building is being funded in partnership by Amber Valley Borough Council, Ripley Town Council, Sport England, and the Duke of Devonshire’s Trust with other grant applications also being considered. The local cricket and football clubs have also contributed £10,000 to the scheme. The single-story building will contain a large multi-purpose community club room with views over both the cricket and football pitches, kitchen/bar area, two team changing rooms and a covered veranda overlooking the cricket pitch.
Glyn Hubbard, secretary of the Greenwich Park Sports Partnership is keen to hear from any organisations and groups who may want to hire the new clubroom, but went on to say: “The group have not ceased their fundraising efforts as further capital is needed to complete the fit-out inside the building and deliver the wider vision for the park, including a footpath around the outside of the playing pitches. We are currently competing against 9 other community organisations from around the country to win a share of £10,000 from the Stoves Community Kitchens competition. The money is distributed to the groups who collect the most votes on the Community Kitchens website and I am asking everyone to vote for this project by simply clicking on the link below and voting for Greenwich Park”
Any local businesses, clubs or organisations interested in supporting this project should contact the partnership at email@example.com
Further information on the Greenwich Park Sports Partnership is available on our social media pages:
Twitter: @GreenwichParkSP (https://twitter.com/greenwichparksp/)
Facebook: Greenwich Park Sports Partnership (https://www.facebook.com/greenwichparksp/)
Pictured: The Mayor of Amber Valley, Cllr David Wilson, and Mayor of Ripley Town Council, Cllr Sheila Emmas-Williams undertaking the ground breaking ceremony along with local councillors and members of the cricket, football and running clubs.
Here is what the new Pavillion will look like:
Here is the draft budget for Ripley Town Council 2017/18
UPDATE ON OXFORD HIPPODROME DEVELOPMENTS
We have received a message via Amber Valley Borough Council today that the owners of the site of the Hippodrome intend to preserve the facade of the original building in their plans, which include a ground floor retail space and potential first floor residential use. This is great news for the preservation of Ripley's rich heritage!
CRIME FIGURES FOR RIPLEY TOWN CENTRE IN APRIL SHOW POSITIVE SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT.
Figures delivered to Ripley Town Council by a Derbyshire Constabulary representative at the monthly meeting show a positive decline in incidents and a higher detection rate based on the crime figures for the same month from the previous year. There was a significant decrease in Violent Crime and 31 less incidents of Anti-Social Behaviour. There was a nominal increase in reports of shoplifting with the number of reported cases up by two from the same month on the previous year and it was reported that the detection rate of shoplifting was up 106% on previous figures, mainly due to the increased use of the ShopWatch Scheme. The Police within the area reported they are concentrating on Vehicle Crime and Non-Domestic Theft within the coming weeks and shall continue to encourage the use of ShopWatch.
FEEL CONFIDENT WITH A DERBYSHIRE TRUSTED TRADER
Finding a company that you can trust to do some work for you can be a bit daunting – how can you be sure that you won’t get ripped off? What if things go wrong? How do you choose between lots of different companies? These sorts of dilemmas were a driving force behind the setting up by Derbyshire County Council of the Trusted Trader scheme to help local people find traders and businesses that do a good job at a fair price and provide good customer service.
That was back in 2008 and the popular scheme has gone from strength to strength. These days there are nearly 17,000 searches each month on the Trusted Trader website, www.derbyshire.gov.uk/tt by people looking for reliable companies to use. Another ringing endorsement for the scheme was a recent survey which gathered feedback from more than 16,000 people who had used a Trusted Trader and an impressive 94% said they were very satisfied with the service they received.
So people can have lots of confidence when employing one of the 1,200 traders who are part of the scheme. In the very unlikely event of someone having a problem with one of the traders then help is at hand. Derbyshire County Council trading standards officers can get involved in any queries involving Trusted Traders and seek to resolve them
The scheme particularly helps to protect older and vulnerable adults by making it easier for them to use Trusted Traders rather than rogue traders who typically cold-call and use high pressure sales techniques. A recent development has been the inclusion of Financial Advisors who specialise in providing financial advice for people in later life and can help with matters like care fees, pensions and investments.
Find out more about all aspects of Trusted Trader at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/tt or call 01629 536148. Enquiries are also welcome from businesses interested in signing up to the scheme – membership brings lots of benefits and costs only £70 - £100 per year.
2018 Best Allotment and Garden Competition
NEW PLAY EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON CEDAR AVENUE PLAY AREA THANKS TO TESCO 'BAGS OF HELP' CAMPAIGN
Ripley Town Council is delighted to confirm that thanks to the Tesco 'Bags of Help' campaign, we can now offer brand new socially inclusive play on Cedar Avenue play area. The new roundabout is specially designed so that it can be used by those with limited mobility and able bodies children alike, encouraging social interaction across the board. Also installed is a brand new sunken trampoline which is also accessible to all.
The Tesco 'Bags of Help' campaign takes thousands of community projects into account when deciding whom to award grants to. All revenue is generated from the sale of plastic carrier bags in store. Ripley Town Council came second out of approx. 5000 applicants to be awarded £10,000 for improvements to Cedar Avenue.
FOUR NEW BUS SHELTERS PROVIDED WITHIN THE TOWNSHIP
Four new bus shelters have been installed within the township by Ripley Town Council in conjunction with Derbyshire County Council, with two more planned for installation in the very near future. Locations of the new shelters are; Old Road – Heage, Derby Road – Ambergate, Ripley Road – Sawmills & Riversdale – Ambergate (pictured).
RIPLEY TO RECEIVE £10,000 TESCO GRANT TO IMPROVE CEDAR AVENUE
Ripley Town Council has been chosen to receive a £10,000 grant from
he Tesco 'Bags of Help' campaign, which saw three projects get shortlisted from over 5000 applicants. The second place prize, which was chosen by an in-store vote, will be used to install new play equipment on Cedar Avenue including socially inclusive play apparatus which will make it the first of its kind in the area. Installing equipment that could be used by anyone, regardless of ability was the defining factor of the application and clearly is well supported by the voting public. Plans are being put together by Ripley Town Council and the Community Officer.
More on this exciting project as it happens!
NEW CONTACT EMAILS FOR YOUR LOCAL COUNCILLORS
We are in the process of updating systems in line with government requirements and very shortly will have .gov.uk email addresses to make it even easier to contact your local councillor. Our website has already changed over, as has the contact email for our Community Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org). All new details will available on this website once finalised.
Discover the rich industrial history of Ripley.
A new guide has been published detailing an easy two mile walk around the Butterley area taking in all the key landmarks of the industrial history of Ripley. Download it for free here. Another walk has been prepared to trace the establishment of Ripley Co-operative Society from its humble beginnings on Butterley Hill to its domination of Ripley Town centre in the early 20th century, which can be found here.
Do you know an older person who live alone, rarely leaves the house, has recently suffered a bereavement, is in poor health, disabled, has sight or hearing loss, or doesn't seem to have close family living nearby? Ask them if they need any help with tasks such as shopping, posting letters, picking up prescriptions and medicines or dog walking. Offer to accompany them or give them a lift to activities or doctors and health appointments, the library, hairdressers or faith services.
Helping others is extremely rewarding. For a full list of sociable activities for the elderly please visit the 'Clubs and Associations' area of our website, here.