Area community forums for Dales residents

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DERBYSHIRE Dales residents will have an opportunity to hear at first hand why they live in the healthiest place in the county later this month.

Derbyshire Dales District Council are staging the next round of Area Community Forums in Bakewell and Matlock.

It’s an opportunity for residents informally to meet representatives of the District Council and other organisations, to ask questions and air views.

The District Council’s leisure services team will talk about sports development, summer activities, the successful GP healthy referral scheme and the opening later this summer of the £12 million Arc Leisure Matlock.

The latest Sport England survey into participation in sport reveals that the Derbyshire Dales continues to top the county’s league table, with 25.4 per cent of the adult population taking part in at least three 30 minute moderate activity sports sessions every week.

Other topics at the July forums will include Derbyshire County Council’s Community Action Fund and Excellence Awards and an explanation of how to apply for District Council funding for community projects.

The July Forums take place at Bakewell’s Agricultural Business Centre on Tuesday July 19 and at the Town Hall, Matlock, on Monday 25. Both start at 7pm.

Derbyshire Dales District Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said: “As always, we would urge local people to take time out to attend these forums, which are a one-stop shop for tackling local issues.

“The forums will include the customary Question Time session and as well as councillors and senior officers from the District Council, the July sessions will be attended by representatives from Derbyshire Constabulary, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and the Peak Park National Park Authority. “

Anyone who can’t attend in person is welcome to email questions in advance to communityforum@derbyshiredales.gov.uk. A web video explaining more about the District Council’s forums can be accessed at derbyshiredales.gov.uk/communityforums.