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The Voice of Holbrook

Holbrook Parish Council

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Welcome to the Parish of Holbrook

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The Parish of Holbrook lies about 7 miles north of Derby and includes the part of Coxbench that lies west of the Bottle Brook. 


Holbrook is at the heart of the Parish.  It has many of the advantages of a traditional English village:  a vibrant and diverse community life with churches, pubs, sports clubs, village hall, schools, garage, shop and a Post Office.   


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November Parish News


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  • Remembrance Sunday 2018

This year we see the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. A very poignant date. Many choose to attend services to commemorate the end of WW1 while others choose to mark the anniversary in their own way. The important thing is the Remembrance.

We would like to remind everyone of the Service that will be taking place in Holbrook at St Michael's Church. If you are able to attend it would make the centenary anniversary a very special occasion.  The following link provides information on the timetable for the morning, including details of the procession and service, also some safety points to consider.


  • WI Planter on Makeney Road

The WI are holding a Committee Meeting this month to further discuss and decide on the future location of the Planter. Everybody is deeply saddened that the Planter has to be removed. We would like to thank everybody who has shown support to the WI regarding this matter. The Parish Council will do all it can to ensure the moving of the structure is a smooth as possible.


  • Parishioner Concerns

The Parish Council has received concerns from residents about several issues in the Parish that are the responsibility of the District and Borough Councils. All the issues highlighted are ones we have continued to request attention for.  We are frustrated that our requests are not always responded to let alone actioned. We ask that if you have any issues or concerns to raise them directly with the relevant council so they can see the number of people who share our concerns.

One issue that remains unresolved is the fallen Church Wall. The Parish Council have been pushing for a resolution and have been frustrated by the lack of urgency on the matter. We appreciate investigative work is required but this should have been done months ago. Our frustration is heightened by the fact we have contacted DCC many times over the last 20 years reporting the wall's condition and warning if left unresolved a major collapse will take place. The more complaints and concerns received by the different authorities the better.

You are always welcome to contact the Parish Council, and the Clerk will continue to push for action. However, if you can also make those complaints to the borough and district councils it will increase the urgency of a resolution.

For DCC matters please contact Kevin Buttery or Call Derbyshire.
Cllr Kevin Buttery tel: 07969145479 or 01332 781092


Call Derbyshire tel: 01629533190 or



For AVBC matters please contact Trevor Ainsworth

Cllr Trevor Ainsworth tel: 07970 741787 or 01332 780833


AVBC contact tel : 01773570222 or email:


  • A38 Noise Problems

The Clerk has recently contacted Nigel Mills’ office, further to recent correspondence sent to Highways England, requesting sound reduction measures on the A38 at Coxbench. The response from Nigel Mills states that  resurfacing with low-noise tarmac will be taking place but providing noise barriers at Coxbench was a problem due to geographical issues. Nigel Mills has asked for an alternative solution and the matter is being looked at.

The Clerk is going to re-contact Nigel Mills asking for clarity and reasoning behind the comments that the geography of the land is a problem. The Clerk will reiterate the problem of the noise and the effect it has on the properties below the A38 bridge level at Coxbench.  The Clerk will state that the recent new noise barriers placed on the M1 at Sawley are the ideal solution. The clerk will also query why something is being done at Kilburn and not at Coxbench.

The Parish Council feels that the matter should be escalated and residents of Coxbench should visit Nigel Mills at his next surgery in Holbrook. The surgeries are not well publicised. The Clerk will ask Charlotte Cupit from Nigel Mills' office to provide dates of the surgery in advance so the Parish Council can list the dates on our website.

The Clerk is also sending this to Highways England. To-date, the only response Highways England has sent is information stating that the resurfacing will be beginning shortly and will include the area from Little Eaton to the exit to the A610.


  • Defibrillator

We have been thrilled with the response we have received for our new Defibrillator. Community Heartbeat Trust are working with us to provide the equipment and we hope to have placed an order in the next month. We continue to receive offers of support and sponsorship. If you would be interested in supporting the project you can still get in touch with Hannah Owen to discuss the project.


In the last edition of Holbrook Magazine the PC thanked the Spotted Calf for raising money in a raffle. It was actually the Spotted Cow that raised the money through the raffle ticket sales. Sorry about the error and thank you to all at the Spotted Cow for your support.


  • Precept and Budget 2019/2020

The finance committee of the Parish Council met in October to set the next financial year budget. In the meeting the committee suggest the budget for Council approval and calculate the amount needed. The Parish Council have been doing more around the Village and we are excited to run new projects and work on improving areas of Holbrook. We are very pleased to inform you that the precept this year is only increasing by 0.13% . The precept for 2019/2020 is £26,525.12p.


  • Autism School Traffic

Cllr Massey, Cllr Kennedy and the Clerk attended a site meeting at Holbrook School for Autism. Representatives from the School and DCC Planning and Highways Departments were there with Cllr Kevin Buttery.  The meeting was rather frustrating. To give you a little history, on recent activity on the matter, a brief time line is below.

Originally back in 2016, Cllr Massey and an ex Councillor attended a meeting with the School. At this meeting the Parish Council were shown documents of a proposed new entrance at the bottom of the school site. It was agreed by the Parish Council that the new plan was sensible and would be successful at alleviating the traffic issues.

In 2017 The Clerk was search the planning portal on AVBC website and found an application for the school to resolve traffic and parking issues. The Parish Council had not received any documentation or request for a response, however, pleased to see the plans we had been showed were progressing, the Parish Council submitted a response stating the PC report the plan to resolve the existing problem.

At the beginning of 2018 the Parish Council contacted the school for an update. The Planning application had been approved but what the PC were unaware of were the changes to the application. The school informed the Council that these changes had been made by DCC and were not what the school wanted, therefore, they would not be beginning the work.

This is when we began our plight to resolve the issue and try and understand why the original idea, which was well supported, was changed.
The meeting didn’t resolve any of our questions, the officers and Kevin Buttery were going away to discuss the original decision to change the exit to the entrance and vice versa.

Now we are writing to all the parties of the meeting asking for an update, asking for confirmation on what the solution is and how to move the project forward. Also we are asking for a timescale of the work. We will continue to give updates.


  • Village Hall Update

The second phase of the Hall refurbishment is now underway. We are pleased with the progress so far. The AGM is taking place at 7:30pm on Thursday 15th November 2018 at the Hall. If you have chance to attend it would be great for lots of people to be there.  See adjacent document.


  • Contacting the Parish Council

If you would like to contact the Parish Council please call Hannah Owen, Parish Clerk on 07738076902 or you can email her on:





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For DCC matters please contact Kevin Buttery or Call Derbyshire.
Cllr Kevin Buttery tel: 07969145479 or 01332 781092.   email:

Call Derbyshire tel: 01629533190 or  email:




For AVBC matters please contact Trevor Ainsworth

Cllr Trevor Ainsworth tel: 07970 741787 or 01332 780833  email:

AVBC contact tel : 01773570222 or email:


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