Winster Parish Council

Serving the people of Winster

Clerk RFO: Rob Greatorex
Ashton House, West Bank
Winster, Matlock, Derbyshire

Tel: 01629 650954

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Notice of Polling Districts and Polling Places Review

Notice of Polling Districts and Polling Places Review

1. Notice is hereby given that Derbyshire Dales District Council (the Council) is conducting a review of polling districts, polling places and polling stations that fall within Council's area.

2. The (Acting) Returning Officer (ARO) for the Parliamentary Constituency of Derbyshire Dales, will make comment on the proposals and those representations will be published on the Council's website in accordance with the timetable set out below. More »

3. Electors within the Derbyshire Dales area may make a representation. We would like to invite initial comments from electors regarding the convenience of voting at polling stations currently used for elections and would welcome suggestions for alternative sites.

4. The Council would welcome the views of all residents, particularly disabled residents, or any person or body with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability, on the proposals, ARO's representations or any other related matters.

5. Persons or bodies making representations should, if possible, give alternative places that may be used as polling places.

6. Comments and representations may be submitted as follows:


By email:

By post: Polling Review, Electoral Services, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Town Hall, Matlock DE4 3NN

7. Documents relating to the review can be inspected on the Council's website at or Derbyshire Dales District Council, Town Hall, Matlock DE4 3NN


1 August 2019

Publication of notice and commencement of the review. Stage 1 public consultation period begins. Details of current arrangements and any proposed changes published.

2 September 2019

Stage 1 public consultation ends. Publication of (Acting) Returning Officer's comments and proposals

26 September 2019

Report to Council on proposals, submissions and Returning Officer's comments

27 September 2019

Public consultation on Returning Officer's comments on findings and proposals

25 October 2019

Stage 2 public consultation ends

21 November 2019

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Posted: Tue, 27 Aug 2019 22:24 by Rob Greatorex

Restoration of the old goods shed is underway at Millers Dale station

Restoration of the old goods shed is underway at Millers Dale station

A restoration project led by the Peak District National Park Authority is carrying out substantial repairs to the structure of an historic former railway building.

The work is taking place with a grant of £320,000 from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

The goods shed at Millers Dale station will be opened to the public as a new interpretation facility. It is next to the Monsal Trail which attracts more than 140,000 visitors every year. More »

Since the former railway line at Millers Dale closed in 1967, the goods shed had fallen into disrepair – the original roof had been lost and exposed to the weather, the walls had become structurally unstable.

The restoration will include: • replacement of the roof structure • restoration to the exterior walls of the goods shed • pointing and repairs to the adjacent canopy wall structure • restoration or replacement of doors and entrances

The project will safeguard the building for the future and the installation of information panels, audio and interactive displays will help people understand how the goods shed was used. The aim is to support the rural economy in the area by signposting visitors to other attractions and businesses, as well as extending the season by providing indoor space that people can enjoy at any time of year.

Emma Stone, head of visitor experience development at the Peak District National Park Authority, said: "We're delighted to get work underway on repairing the goods shed – the restoration work will greatly improve the look of the site and the new interpretation and displays will enhance people's understanding and experience of this historic place.

"As part of the project, we are keen to hear from anyone with memories of the goods shed and Millers Dale station when the trains were running – perhaps they caught trains here or brought goods and produce to transport to other parts of the UK. We would like to capture their stories to help explain how the site was originally used."

If you'd like to share your memories of Millers Dale station and the goods shed with us, please email: Or write to us at: Millers Dale Development, Communications Team, Peak District National Park, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1AE.

The goods shed will open in early 2020 and will complement the recently renovated Millers Dale station ticket office which was reopened by the Peak District National Park Authority as a café and visitor information point.

The Refreshment Room café at Millers Dale station is open for business as normal during the restoration.

To follow progress at the site, please visit: » Less

Posted: Tue, 27 Aug 2019 22:19 by Rob Greatorex

Dale Mine Crowdfunder Goes Live!

Dale Mine Crowdfunder Goes Live!

This week a new project from the South West Peak Landscape Partnership broke ground at the historically fascinating Dale Mine just outside Warslow. This project is directed by Dr. Catherine Parker Heath, the South West Peak Cultural Heritage Officer. Catherine also works with and trains enthusiastic volunteers who care passionately about preserving the cultural heritage of the South West Peak.

The South West Peak Landscape Partnership is a group of organisations led by the Peak District National Park Authority and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund through a grant of £2.4 million, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players. More »

This exciting new project is taking place at Dale Mine, an historically important 18th and 19th century lead and zinc mine with a range of unusual features, and is a key archaeological site within the Peak District National Park's Warslow Moors Estate.

One of these unusual features is a set of visually impressive 'ore bins'. Once interpreted as a series of limekilns, the ore bins have no known parallel at a mine site in Britain. They are the focus of this project alongside the site of one of the engine houses that once stood here.

South West Peak volunteers are working with local experts Dr John Barnatt and Mark Womersley to consolidate the ore bin structure, excavate in front of it and excavate the tanks behind to understand more about the nature of the site. This will also include opening a small excavation on the site of one of the engine houses.

Dale Mine is in an impressive and picturesque location, standing high above the Manifold Valley and opposite Ecton Hill, site of the renowned copper mines of the Dukes of Devonshire.

From here you can begin to appreciate how the countryside we see today has been created through the interplay of natural and human forces and begin to understand how a landscape can change. Alongside evidence of medieval lynchets (ridges formed by ploughing in ancient times) and field boundaries of various ages, the remnant lumps and bumps of earlier mining are testament to what was once a busy, noisy, industrial landscape. If you visit today you will find it much changed into a location of rural calm and tranquillity.

As part of this project a Crowdfunder has been created that is aiming to raise money to help support this work, after which a dedicated group of local people will adopt the structure to ensure its care and survival for years to come as part of the South West Peak Small Heritage Adoption Project.

Field work began on Tuesday 20 August and will continue for 4 weeks with an Open Day on Tuesday 10 September when you will be more than welcome to come along, meet us and see what we are doing. But please, do pledge some money to this important cause first - there are plenty of great rewards to persuade you! These rewards include tickets to Poole's Cavern, limited edition books, meal vouchers, and exclusive guided walks.

Go to Crowdfunder for more details and to claim your reward:

To learn more about the Open Day visit: » Less

Posted: Tue, 27 Aug 2019 22:13 by Rob Greatorex