Parish Council Newsletter - March 2017

Repton Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan:  The NDP has now reached the final stage of public consultation before it is formally submitted to South Derbyshire District Council prior to independent examination. The Parish Council welcomes your comments; you have till 20th March to submit them. Full details are available on the village website: Copies of the NDP and comment sheets are also available at the Parish Council office, Repton Post Office, The Greedy Pig, Mulberry Beauty Salon and The Swan.

Outline Planning Permission for up to 25 houses off Milton Road:  Repton Parish Council objected to the above as it is contrary to the results of the survey for the Neighbourhood Plan regarding Repton village settlement boundary, and would have impact on already difficult traffic conditions, limited infrastructure and amenities, and flooding. They also sent in a letter regarding the Neighbourhood Plan and the disagreement with the change in the village settlement boundary in SDDC Local Plan part 2 which included this development. They requested a site visit and a representative spoke at the meeting. Originally the application was for up to 40 houses, however, following objections, this was subsequently reduced to up to 25 dwellings. However, SDDC granted permission for the development at a Planning Meeting on Tuesday 7th February. Unfortunately only 34 objections to the development had been received (far more than this would be required in order to make an impact), and SDDC gave little or no weight to the emerging Repton Neighbourhood Plan. Our District and County Council representatives did speak and voted against the development but SDDC are worried about appeals by developers and are reluctant to turn down applications. This shows exactly why it is so important to have a Neighbourhood Plan that does have legal standing, and which will have real influence in preventing similar applications succeeding in the future. The Parish Council has been working hard to achieve this and, as detailed above, the Plan is now out for consultation.

Litter Picking Group:  Councillor Barbara McArdle is to co-ordinate a local littler picking group, to ensure that our neighbourhood is one of which we can be proud. The first meeting will coincide with the Great British Spring Clean, organized by Keep Britain Tidy, at the start of March, however further events will take place during the year. So, if you are interested in improving the appearance of our neighbourhood, don't worry if you missed the first event, please contact either Councillor McArdle or the Parish Council office: or telephone 01283 701309. All necessary equipment will be provided.

Dog Fouling & Waste Bins:  The Parish Council is still receiving reports of overflowing waste and dog waste bins within the village. Having discussed this problem, at the meeting, the Councillors are now to request South Derbyshire District Council to install more bins at various locations within Repton. The Parish Council has identified key sites where problems are occurring and is hoping that the District Council will also agree that there is a need for greater provision of waste bins. We will keep you informed of our progress.

Allotments:  The allotment agreements for 2017 have now been issued and if you have not returned your agreement and fee please do so as soon as possible. Should you not wish to retain the plot please let us know so that we can find a new allotment holder. A waiting list is maintained in the Parish Council office and should you be interested please contact us, the rents are extremely reasonable. Some of the allotment holders are developing a Community Garden at the site and the Parish Council has agreed to fund the purchase of new plants for this area. This should be a welcome addition to the allotments and we would like to thank all those involved.

Missing 'Repton' Road Sign:  The 'Repton, Historic Capital of Mercia' sign, which was located at the south end of Main Street, in the area known as Wood End, has gone missing. The Parish Council is making enquiries regarding this matter, however, if you have any information please could you contact this office: or telephone 01283 701309. Many thanks for your assistance.

Facebook Page:  Repton Parish Council has a Facebook page to give everyone up to date information on a wide variety of subject such as local roadworks, police notifications, council consultations, neighbourhood meetings and all other topics of general interest. You do not have to be a Facebook user to view the page, just visit, click Pages and type Repton Parish Council; alternatively follow the link from the parish council website.  If you think the Facebook page is useful and ought to be encouraged please give it your seal of approval by 'liking' the page.