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Glebe Field Centre, Glebe Field Close, Crich, Derbyshire DE4 5EU

Tel: 01773 853928


Clerk: Clive Ludlam


Crich: Cllrs. Anstead, Bateman, Baugh, Broom, Collison, Smith and Yorke
Fritchley: Cllrs. Lane (Chair), Brown & Thorpe
Whatstandwell Ward: Cllrs. Clark (Vice-Chair) and Walsh


Both Amber Valley Borough Council’s Local Plan and Crich Parish’s Neighbourhood Plan are, as I write this in April, in their public consultation phases. We hope that large numbers of the public will respond, as these plans will help to shape our parish over the next fourteen years. The most controversial aspect of Amber Valley’s Local Plan, as far as Crich Parish is concerned, is the inclusion of Woodside Farm as a proposed site for eighty houses. We are encouraging as many parishioners as possible to object to this part of their plan, given the number of houses we are already having to accept on our greenfield sites. Our own Neighbourhood Plan does not support such large-scale housing developments but only schemes for up to five houses. Once our plan comes into force, it will become part of the planning process and should help to prevent further large housing schemes.

Harron Homes and other building contractors on Roes Lane, Crich, continue to generate complaints about mud on the surrounding roads and lorries arriving before the permitted time causing noise nuisance and road safety hazards. We are still doing our best to get the Amber Valley Borough Council enforcement team to get on top of the situation.

There is very little new to report about the Ambergate Reservoir project in Fritchley, which is still due to be finished by Spring 2018. Increased lorry movements will resume over the Summer, while the second reservoir is being built on the site of the old one. Severn Trent Water and their contractors have, throughout the work, shown respect and consideration towards the local community and have done everything possible to minimise the inconvenience caused by their operations.

I can now confirm that the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, will be attending our Parish Council meeting on the 8th May to talk about policing in rural areas.

We are still waiting for Derbyshire County Council to tell us the timetable for consulting on and trialling a 20 miles per hour speed limit in the centre of Fritchley.

The planning application to build houses on Bowmer Lane in Fritchley has been changed to address some of the heritage issues. The application is now for seven dwellings instead of eleven. The Parish Council has objected once again as there are other heritage issues plus highways concerns.

The burial ground extension is being landscaped in order to prepare it for consecration.

The plans to improve Crich Recreation Ground will soon come to fruition. The PLACE project committee has secured a £50,000 grant from Veolia and, with that and money from the Parish Council plus other very generous donations, work can start soon.

The Parish Council currently puts its agendas and minutes on the Crich Area Community News website but we have decided that it’s time we had our own website and arrangements are in hand to develop this.

Finally, I’m sad to report that our Parish Clerk, Clive Ludlam, will be retiring at the end of August. He has been with us for nearly ten years and has served us with great loyalty, efficiency and good humour. We are really sorry to be losing him and we wish him a very long and happy retirement.


Margaret Lane
Chair of Crich Parish Council