Concrete blocks on land by the bridge
The Parish Council were concerned like many other parishioners to see the arrival of concrete blocks blocking off access to land by the bridge. An email was sent to Derbyshire County Council to report that parishioners were not happy about this decision and to establish the reasoning behind this.
The following response was received. "Derbyshire County Council (Highway Maintenance) have installed the blocks as a temporary measure to address reports the authority received regarding ASB (Anti Social Behaviour) from SDDC. ...The land is under the ownership of Derbyshire County Council, but it does not form part of the adopted publically maintainable highway and it is an important difference to note.
We have installed these physical measures as an immediate response to address this problem. It is then the intention to review the matter in detail with a proposal moving forward to address the future use of this land. This may as part of this process result in the current provision being set back to allow a vehicle to negotiate turning around.I would add that we are currently addressing a significant number of issues around the Covid-19 situation and with regard to opening up town centres to allow social distancing to be maintained, therefore it may be some time before we are in a position to move forward with a permanent proposal for this piece of land".
The Parish Council have also asked SDDC and the Police (101) how many instances of ASB/flytipping have been reported to them and this was the response received. "Since the beginning of 2018 South Derbyshire District Council has dealt with two reports relating to this land. Please note that the land does not belong to SDDC and SDDC does not have any duty to remove material deposited on the land. It is therefore possible that other material has been deposited and removed without the knowledge of this Authority".
Since the land is owned by DCC and is not Access Land (land with a public right of way), the Parish Council do not have any powers to remove the blocks unilaterally. The Parish Council would suggest that if parishioners are unhappy with the current situation then they write to their Derbyshire County Council representative Pat Murray email@example.com to express their concerns along with Derbyshire County Council Highways department Highways.Hub@derbyshire.gov.uk.
The Parish Council will be discussing at their next meeting on the 8 June ways to enhance and keep the area open for the benefit of parishioners and put any proposals to Derbyshire County Council. If parishioners would like to attend the Parish Council meeting that is being held by Zoom then please contact the Parish Clerk for details.
Posted: Thu, 04 Jun 2020 17:32 by Parish Clerk