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News from Crich Parish Council

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

Tel: 01773 853928


Clerk: Carolyn Jennings


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


By the time you read this, the referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan will have taken place and, if a majority of those who vote say yes to the plan, future planning applications will have to comply with it. It will help to protect our parish from further large-scale and unsuitable developments. This will be even more important now that the Amber Valley Borough Council Local Plan has stalled yet again over the lack of a 5-year supply of housing land.

Severn Trent and their contractors should be off the Ambergate Reservoir site completely by the middle of August. That part of the footpath across the site that is currently inaccessible will be restored for use, even though it is not an officially designated footpath. The camouflage netting will be extended onto the corner of the new reservoir that had been left bare.

In my last article for this magazine, I made a plea to dog owners to clean up after their pets, particularly because of the amount of dog mess that gets deposited on Crich recreation ground, even in and around the children's play area. We have enlisted the help of the dog wardens at Amber Valley Borough Council and they will be carrying out patrols in the area, handing out information leaflets and issuing fixed penalty notices where appropriate. Please read the leaflet published with this article if you are a dog owner. It contains useful information about dealing with dog mess responsibly and explains the health risks associated with not doing so. It is particularly dangerous for children to come into contact with dog waste.

If you see a dog fouling offence and you know who the owner of the dog is, you can report it to Amber Valley Borough Council by ringing their helpline on 01773 841335 or reporting it online at

Another problem we have at the recreation ground is broken glass that appears to result from people smashing bottles against the perimeter walls. We have it cleared up regularly but more keeps appearing. If you know who the people are who are responsible for this very anti-social behaviour, please report them to the police. We are very concerned to ensure that no children or dogs are injured by glass.

Finally, I'm sad to report that Peter Clark has resigned from the Parish Council. We are sorry to lose him. He has been a very popular and hard-working member of the Council for a number of years, latterly being Vice-Chair. We thank him for all he has done for the Council and the community. We are at present advertising the vacancy and hope to be able to co-opt a new member soon. Cllr. Paul Yorke has been elected Vice-Chair.


Margaret Lane
Chair of Crich Parish Council