MARCH 2021

Tax rise could have been higherfront page
Derbyshire County Council has set a new budget of £572.4 million, meaning a council tax increase of 2.5% from April. Government would have allowed a rise of twice that figure, but the County Council states that it has a stable financial position.
A walk in the park page 4
The Tideswell Community Park survey was completed by 235 people, having their say about how the planned facility adjacent to the sports ground should be run. Funding is being sought for a professional feasibility study to create a long-term plan for the site.
Vaccinations progress continues page 10
By the middle of February, the Peak & Dales Medical Partnership had vaccinated over 2,500 people against Covid-19. The programme is being carried out at the Parke Road surgery in Tideswell and Newholme Hospital, Bakewell.
Lifeline grant for St John's pages 16 & 17
St John the Baptist Church, Tideswell's Cathedral of the Peak, has been given a lifeline grant from the new "Heritage At Risk" fund, administered by Historic England. The award of £15,000 is for urgent repairs to the tower roof and masonry. A further £1,500 has been secured from the Allchurches Trust.
Dominic Cork is back page 32
Former England cricketing all-rounder Dominic Cork is set to return to Derbyshire as Twenty20 head coach for the county's summer campaign. The Derbyshire legend won the tournament as a player in 2010 and has been coach for the last two seasons.

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