News, Training & Events Grapevine news Have Your Say June 2018 Important consultations in June 2018 Libraries for Derbyshire: Public Library Service Strategy Consultation A 12 week public consultation for proposed public library service strategy Libraries for Derbyshire. You can complete the consultation questionnaire at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/librariesforderbyshire. As part of the consultation drop-in sessions have been organised across all 45 libraries in Derbyshire for people to meet with DCC and to discuss the proposals in person. Details can be found on their website. They would also like to engage with voluntary and community organisations to look at alternative methods of delivery for the Mobile Library Service. A focus group is being organised for people and groups interested in getting involved to give their views, discuss any practicalities and challenges and decide if they want to take their interest further. The mobile libraries focus group has been arranged for Wednesday 11th July 6-8pm in the Members’ Room at County Hall in Matlock. DDDC Business Rates Discretionary Relief Consultation Councils have a statutory duty to collect National Non Domestic Rates (NNDR) or ‘business rates’. Rates are set by the Valuation Office Agency and the Government. However, councils can award ‘discretionary relief’ in certain cases to reduce a rates bill. Registered Charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs are entitled to 80% mandatory rate relief. Councils can use discretionary powers to top this up to 100%. For other organisations, which do not qualify for mandatory relief (such as some not-for-profit organisations), councils have discretionary powers to grant up to a full 100% award, i.e. reduce a business rates bill to nil. Two options are being considered and DDDC is asking interested parties to complete an online survey, open until 29th July 2018. For more information and to complete the survey, click here. DDDC Draft Supplementary Planning Document Consultation Local residents and businesses are being invited to have their say on a draft document that aims to provide guidance on how new developments can meet the aims and objectives of the recently adopted Derbyshire Dales Local Plan. It is open from 15th June to 27th July 2018. For more information and to complete the survey, click here. DDDC Food Waste Recycling Consultation Derbyshire Dales District Council provides a weekly collection of food waste through the kerbside food caddy. But 35% of the content of the grey household waste bins which are sent to landfill, is recyclable food waste. They would like to know what would encourage people to recycle more food waste. The online survey is open until 3rd July. For more information and to complete the survey, click here. Bolsover Local Plan Formal consultation on the Publication Local Plan for Bolsover District runs between 9:00am Wednesday 2nd May 2018 to 5:00pm Friday 15th June 2018. Have your say here: Bolsover Local Plan Consultation To find out more about consultations in your area, see our website page for appropriate links.