Matlock Town Council launches public consultation on future use of Starkholmes community land

Matlock Town Council has launched a public consultation on the possible future uses of a piece of land in Starkholmes.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 1:06 pm

The Starkholmes community open space, behind the village hall, is currently owned by Derbyshire Dales District Council but the land will shortly be being passed to the town council through a community asset transfer.

A town council spokesman said: “We know how important this area is for the residents of Starkholmes.

“It is the site of the village fete, is a popular walking spot and generations have sledged down the hill in winter.”

The Starkholmes open space plays an essential role in village life.

They added: “We would like the design of the site to reflect the needs of the community and so we are holding a consultation for local residents and people who use the space to find out what they currently use the land for and what they might like to see in the future.

“We know a survey can only capture so much information. Normally, we would do a consultation in person, collecting ideas and drawings and developing plans with the local community. Due to Covid we obviously haven’t been able to do that this year.”

Starkholmes residents and users of the land have until Friday, May 28 to complete the survey.

Questions consider how and why people access the site currently, and how they might want to use it in the future. It also offers a choice of options which could be incorporated in a redesign of the space.

That includes improving the drainage in the lower part of the site to facilitate village events, or levelling the field to make it fit for a formal sports ground complete with football pitch.

The town council is also considering the creation of a community orchard growing apples, pears, plums and hazelnuts which could be picked by anyone in the community.

Alternatively, there could be efforts to develop a wildflower meadow, or additional tree planting to supplement the natural regeneration of the woodland, or rewilding the space to make it more hospitable to birds and insects.

Other ideas can be submitted in 100 words or less together with pictures via [email protected] or [email protected] using the subject line ‘Starkholmes consultation’.

To take the survey, go to surveymonkey.co.uk/r/753YM67.

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