Tweet your say on plans

Your readers will be interested to learn that it’s easier than ever for local residents to have their say on Derbyshire Dales District Council’s spending plans for 2012/13.

The final session in the current round of Area Community Forums will be staged by the District Council on Monday, November 28, at Darley Dale’s Whitworth Centre at 7pm.

And as with forums staged earlier in the month in Ashbourne and Bakewell, people who can’t attend in person can follow a live Twitter feed from the event and even ask questions online.

The forums provide an opportunity for residents to informally meet representatives of the District Council and other organisations.

At a time when local government continues to face some challenging decisions on spending we want to make it as easy as possible to explain to local people the action that needs to be taken and, of course, to air your views.

Each year since the current grant system was introduced in 2003, Derbyshire Dales has received a lower Government grant settlement than any other district in Derbyshire.

This year we addressed a grant reduction of 16.2 per cent by achieving savings of £1.3 million and we face a further cut of 13.4 per cent for 2012-13.

The additional savings target for the next three years is between £1.2 million and £1.4 million and we know we have to work harder than ever to deliver value for money services for the people of the Dales.

We appreciate people lead busy lives and although we want to see as many as possible in the audience at the Whitworth Centre on Monday, we’re offering the Twitter feed as an alternative. The panel have fielded some interesting questions via Twitter in recent weeks and we look forward to more of the same.

Also at the November forums, Derbyshire County Council are talking about their winter service arrangements. There is also the customary Question Time session where questions, comments and suggestions can be put to the various representatives from the participating authorities.

Your readers can follow the Darley Dale forum on Twitter at

Links to the district council’s sustainable financial plan report and a presentation by head of finance Phil Colledge are available online at

Councillor Lewis Rose

Leader Derbyshire Dales District