Each household in the Ripley Township* pay a proportion of Council Tax to Ripley Town Council. This enables us to do the following for our residents: 
Ripley Town Council contributed £200,000 towards the new community facility at Greenwich Recreation Ground on Nottingham Road in Ripley. This officially opened in March 2019. 
 
Other than paying the salaries of our three part-time staff, the biggest 'routine' annual cost is for the Christmas lights around the town and some villages each year. 
 
We have a town centre based office where members of the public are able to come in and talk to us about their concerns, ideas and wishes for the town. Within that office, we have a large window looking out onto Grosvenor Road which local groups, charities and organisations can use to advertise their events or use for a display, free of charge. 
We distribute over £20,000 per year amongst local community groups and sports clubs to help support them. 
This helps them develop and grow community-based activities in many areas, from Scouts and Guides to sports clubs, pensioner groups to village halls. We also support both Ripley Music Festival and Amber Sound FM, our community radio station. 
 
We spend around £10,000 per year providing the Ripley Youth Hub once a week at the Greenwich Community facility. 
 
We meet with local traders and businesses to discuss how we can make Ripley prosper and attract more visitors to the town. 
 
We fund the Citizens Advice Bureau Derbyshire District to provide its one day a week free advice session for local people at Ripley Library every Monday. Amongst other things, CAB has helped local people recover 100’s of 1,000s of pounds in benefits to which they were entitled. This has helped the individuals and their families, as well as local businesses! 
 
We supply the litter bins along Ripley Greenway and pay for them to be emptied and the rubbish removed. 

We organise many events throughout the year for local residents 

in May 
The Spring Market & 
Wool Bombing 
in September 
Ripley’s Big Day Out at Midland Railway 
in summer 
Bands on Crossley Park throughout the summer 
in September 
Outdoor Cinema 
Christmas 
Christmas Lights Switch On and the Christmas Market 
We regularly produce newsletters which are delivered to 14,000 properties in the township. 
This is a statutory requirement for authorities such as Ripley Town Council so we can let our residents know about Council decisions, news, events and details of how they can contact their local Councillor. 
 
A really important role is for the Town Council to monitor the Planning Authority and how it implements – or tries not to implement - the Ripley Neighbourhood Plan. 
 
We provide six Allotments within the Ripley Township where residents to grow their own produce. Each year, we organise the Best Kept Garden and Best Kept Allotment competition, where prizes are sponsored by Central England Co-op. We have established an Environmental Policy and developed a detailed Environmental Action Plan. 
 
We have an annual Certificate of Merit Award, recognising the contribution a volunteer has made to our community.  
 
All of our Councillors are volunteers - they do not receive expenses for being on Ripley Town Council. 

And we do more! 

Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings which are held on the third Tuesday of every month (except August and December), or check our website regularly, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to stay in touch and informed. 
We also provide: 
Bus Shelters 
Notice Boards 
Hanging baskets in the town 
Public Toilets in Ripley and Heage 
Cedar Avenue & Porterhouse Road recreation grounds 
Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings which are held on the third Tuesday of every month (except August and December), or check our website regularly, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to stay in touch and informed. 
We also provide: 
Bus Shelters 
Notice Boards 
Hanging baskets in the town 
Public Toilets in Ripley and Heage 
Cedar Avenue & Porterhouse Road recreation grounds 
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